Mandatory Snow Tires



Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership - Defeated by the UBCM Membership


WHEREAS winter weather creates hazardous road conditions and the use of snow tires on passenger vehicles & light trucks has been proven to provide improved traction in these conditions;

AND WHEREAS the use of snow tires has been proven to reduce morbidity & mortality in associated motor vehicle incidents, and yet all passenger & light vehicles are not required to use snow tires;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM request the Province of British Columbia to require all passenger & light truck vehicles to be equipped with tires specifically manufactured for winter driving conditions, and that these tires be installed on such vehicles between October 15th and April 15th.

Additional Information

UBCM comments:

Resolution 2009-B158, which called on the provincial government “to require all passenger vehicles in the province to be equipped with tires specifically designed for winter driving”, between October 1 and April 30 annually, was not considered at Convention due to time constraints and was referred automatically to the UBCM Executive. The Executive did not endorse the resolution.

In addition, two previous resolutions (2009-B159; 2003-B116) have requested that the Province develop a mountain highway designation and require winter tires or chains for all vehicles driving on mountain highways in BC between November and April. The 2009 resolution was not considered at Convention due to time constraints, and was referred automatically to the Executive. The Executive determined that no action was required on the issue, since the Ministry of Transportation already has the ability to require that chains or snow tires be used on particular highways when warranted by weather conditions. Members did not endorse the 2003 resolution.