I have been asked by a number of riders to find out what is up with riders being fined for not having winter tires on their motorcycles.

I have a request in to the BC Laws site to see if they can help me find the information on what the law exactly states.

ICBC's web site states:

Although winter tires are not mandatory in B.C., keep in mind that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure can designate them to be required on certain roads and highways. This typically happens during the fall and winter months in northern B.C. and the southern Interior.

NB - If you are driving on these roads without winter tires, police can ticket you and make you turn back.

On the Ministry of Transportation site  they provide regional maps for roads where winter tires and or tire chains are mandatory.

So if you see this sign: You need to understand you will be ticketed.

From what I understand, studded tires may be an option but double check with your ICBC office.

If I get any other information on this situation I will be sure to post about it.

It's a quiet news day so far and I am going to sign off for now.
I have a ton of writing and video editing to do and whack of phone calls to make.

UPDATE:  I just got word from a Facebook friend that one of our American brothers needs a helping hand after a crash.  If you can help out, please do.

If you are blessed enough to be riding today, please ride like everyone is blind and can not see you and remember to dress for the slide, not the ride.

Belt Drive Betty
Editor & Writer

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  1. Anonymous7:08 AM

    I find reference to the snowflake in a mountain NOWHERE in our laws = Please direct me to it:

    Winter tires

    7.162 A winter tire as defined in section 208 of the Act shall have not less than 3.5 mm of tread depth across the surface of the tire in contact with the road.

    [en. B.C. Reg. 161/76, s. 1; am. B.C. Reg. 343/77.]

  2. It's on the Ministry of Transportation Web Site: