FORT ST. JOHN, BC: Over the next few months the Fort St. John Municipal Traffic Services Unit will be focusing on illegal modifications to vehicles within the Fort St. John area…
Please keep in mind that this is Traffic Service Enforcement, it does not take resources from other sections of your local RCMP!!
Below you will find the most common modifications police will be targeting…
Number 1: Suspension; suspension/lift kits, which the RCMP says is a common modification seen by officers, and involves the illegal raising or lowering of the vehicle’s suspension height.
A car’s height changed by more than 10 centimetres cannot be driven or parked on a highway in BC until it has been inspected by a certified inspector to ensure the modification meets safety standards.
Illegal height modifications could mean a fine of $598 for the offender.
Number 2: Head lights; headlamps and headlamp height, and looks specifically at High Intensity Discharge lights. The RCMP advises the public considering those lights to check out the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement website to make sure they comply with the Motor Vehicle Act.
Drivers with improper light locations, inadequate headlights or headlights blocked by dirt or other materials could face a $109 fine.
Number 3: Mud flaps; Insufficient or no mud flaps can also cost a driver $109.
Number 4: Window tint; Officers still encounter vehicles with illegally tinted windows, making it number four on the list.
Anything that reduces the amount of light a window lets through cannot be installed more than 75 millimetres below the top of the windshield, a side window that isn’t behind the driver or the rear window.
That infraction makes another $109 fine.
Number 5: Windshield; Make sure windshields aren’t too cracked and chipped up, as windshields obstructed from damage is number five on the list.
A crack over 300 millimetres long in any part, more than two cracks over 150 millimetres long, a stone injury over 40 millimetres in diameter or any clouding on the driver’s side of the windshield could mean paying a $109 fine.
Number 6: License Plates; Finally, licence plates make number six on the list, with RCMP noting it shouldn’t be difficult to find a car’s plates.
Cars and trucks in BC are required to have two licence plates secured to the vehicle – one on the front and one on the rear – and those plates must be entirely unobstructed and free from dirt so the letters and numbers can be plainly seen and read.
Cars without a front and/or rear licence plate will see a $109 fine for the driver, while an illegible licence plate will cost the driver $230.
Written and released by Fort St. John RCMP with edits by PJXM News as we felt some words were improperly used by police to instigate an argument.