RCMP Sgt. Rose says there are certain roads in B.C., including Highway 16 and Highway 118, where winter tires are required and they are identified by a sign that reads “Use winter tires or carry chains beyond this point October 1 to April 30.”
A winter tire is any tire that is advertised or represented as a tire intended principally for winter use, and that gives necessary traction in snow or mud.
The Motor Vehicle Act defines a winter tire as one with no less than 3.5 mm of tread depth across the surface of the tire in contact with the road.
Sgt. Rose says a person can be charged and fined $109 for not having winter tires.
Studded tires are allowed from Oct. 1 to April 30, but $109 fine can be issued for having studded tires outside of that time frame, Sgt. Rose said.