New Rules On Changing Lanes In British Columbia

Residents of British Columbia must demonstrate some knowledge of driving rules, in order to obtain a driver’s license. If the rules get altered, as they have with respect to changing lanes, then every driver should learn about any new rule.

Clear laws about specific lines

• White lines are used to designate a lane where all the traffic goes in the same direction.
• Yellow lines get used on a 2-way street.

Clear laws about passing

• If you are on a road with a solid white line, do not cross it, in order to pass another vehicle.
• If you are on a road with a broken white line, it is OK to pass, but exercise caution while doing so.
• If you are driving on a highway with a solid yellow line, feel free to pass, but use an added amount of caution.

If your vehicle is traveling one of the roads with a double yellow line, one solid and one broken, it should be safe to pass on the side with the broken yellow marking. Do not pass if on side with the solid yellow marking.

Conflicting rules about roads with a double yellow line (both lines solid)

According to the Learn to Drive Smart Manual, it is wrong to cross that line in order to pass another vehicle. It is OK to cross such a line, when entering or leaving a highway, as long as you do not affect the flow of traffic.

Two different rules on what to do if meeting-up with an obstruction, while on a road with 2 solid yellow lines. According to subsection 155 of the Manual, the driver must remain to the right of the 2 parallel yellow lines, both of which are unbroken. According to section 155 of the same Manual, it is OK to cross those paired lines, as long as the vehicle’s movement can be completed safely.

The official Manual does not make clear what a driver can and cannot do in the presence of the 2 solid yellow lines. Consequently, a motorist that has been fined by a law enforcement officer for crossing such a marking should hire an attorney. The attorney could show a judge and jury the contradictory directions. Such an effort should help to strengthen the case for the unfairly fined motorist.

If the judge and jury do not overturn the officer’s decision, the motorist can request a chance to appeal the judge’s ruling. That would provide the ICBC Lawyers in Surrey with another opportunity for showcasing the contradictory nature of two of the new passing rules. Following a second disclosure of that contradiction, the motorist’s case would seem stronger, and the case put forward by the Province would be weaker.