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Trucker chain-up fines jump

The provincial government has announced increased fines for commercial truckers caught without chains this winter on B.C. highways. 

Truckers will now face a $196 fine for not carrying chains and a $596 penalty for not installing them during mandatory chain ups. That’s a significant increase from the base-level fine of $121 for both violations during previous winters. 

The new penalties go into effect Oct. 1, when winter tire and chain-up regulations begin on most B.C. highways.

The stricter fines are in support of increased chain-up regulations brought in last November. The new penalties were not implemented at the time to provide industry time to adjust. The new rules require a wider variety, and lighter, commercial vehicles to use chains. 

During winter 2018-19, there were 10 extended closures on the Coquihalla, nine of which involved commercial vehicles.



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