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Behind-the-Wheel

Law On Turns

Q: When turning either right or left at intersections onto a street with more than one lane, it is my understanding that you must enter the lane closest to you and then if you want the other lane, signal to turn into it. I see people turning right directly into the left lane and also those turning left directly into the right lane. So, what is the law on these types of turns?

A: A driver making a left turn onto a multi lane roadway is not permitted to turn left directly into the lanes closest to the curb. In order to move to lanes closer to the curb a driver is required to make a proper lane change after turning left into the proper lane. The same applies to a right hand turn. A driver making a right turn must turn into the curb lane on a multi laned roadway. The RCMP enforce this law on a regular basis. Left turn into wrong lane and Right turn into wrong lane carries a fine of $109 & 3 points.

Turning at intersections
Section 165 (1) of the Motor Vehicle Act indicates that if the driver of a vehicle intends to turn it to the right at an intersection, the driver must cause it to approach the intersection and then make the turn as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway.
(2) of the Motor Vehicle Act indicates that when the driver of a vehicle intends to turn it to the left at an intersection where traffic is permitted to move in both directions on each highway entering the intersection, the driver must
(a) cause the vehicle to approach the intersection in the portion of the right side of the roadway that is nearest the marked center line, or if there is no marked center line, then as far as practicable in the portion of the right half of the roadway that is nearest the center line,
(b) keep the vehicle to the right of the marked center line or center line of the roadway, as the case may be, at the place the highway enters the intersection,
(c) after entering the intersection, turn the vehicle to the left so that it leaves the intersection to the right of the marked center line of the roadway being entered, or if there is no marked center line then to the right of the center line of the roadway being entered.


Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment


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About the Author

Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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