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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
SUPERINTENDENT OF
MOTOR-VEHICLES
FOR THE YEAR
1948
VICTORIA, B.C.:
I'rtttfetl by Don McDiahmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1950.  Colonel the Honourable Charles A. Banks, C.M.G.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
I have the honour to transmit herewith the Report of the  Superintendent of
Motor-vehicles for the year 1948.
G. S. WISMER,
Attorney-General.
Attorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., December 31st, 1949. Victoria, B.C., December 31st, 1949.
The Honourable the Attorney-General,
Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I have the honour to enclose herewith the Annual Report of the Motor-vehicle
Branch for the year 1948.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
GEORGE A. HOOD,
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles. Report of the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles, 1948.
The Honourable Gordon S. Wismer, K.C,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I have the honour to submit my annual report for the year 1948.
While there has been a substantial increase of 22,270 or 12.7 per cent, in the
number of motor-vehicles licensed this year over the number licensed during the year
1947, there has been a decrease of 2,742 or 8.85 per cent, in the number of motor-
vehicles being registered for the first time, as compared with last year. The total
number of motor-vehicles was 197,590, which consisted of 143,675 passenger motor-
vehicles and 53,915 commercial motor-vehicles.
Of the 28,247 motor-vehicles registered for the first time in this Province, 19,281
or 68.2 per cent, were passenger motor-vehicles and 8,966 or 31.8 per cent, were commercial motor-vehicles. The passenger motor-vehicles thus registered and licensed
were made up of 12,806 new motor-vehicles and 6,475 motor-vehicles which had been
licensed elsewhere, and the commercial motor-vehicles thus registered consisted of 7,731
new motor-vehicles and 1,235 used motor-vehicles which had been licensed elsewhere.
This was a decrease of 1,555 (10.8 per cent.) in the number of new passenger motor-
vehicles being registered and licensed for the first time, a decrease of 1,526 (19 per
cent.) in the number of used passenger motor-vehicles being registered and licensed in
this Province for the first time, a decrease of 178 (12.6 per cent.) in the number of
used commercial motor-vehicles being registered and licensed in this Province for the
first time, and an increase of 517 (7.1 per cent.) in the number of new commercial
motor-vehicles being registered and licensed for the first time.
Of the 7,710 used motor-vehicles registered and licensed in this Province for the
first time this year, 7,364 or 95.5 per cent, had been previously licensed in other parts
of the Dominion; and of the balance, 319 were previously licensed in the United States
of America and 27 in various other places.
These motor-vehicles were brought into this Province from the following places:—
Place. Passenger.
Alberta   1,492
Manitoba       926
New Brunswick        32
Northwest Territories    1
Nova Scotia         89
Ontario   1,874
Prince Edward Island  5
Quebec       182
Saskatchewan   1,614
Yukon         17
Commercial.
402
138
3
199
14
351
17
Total used-car registrations (Canadian) _____ 6,232
Alaska     	
Arizona   1
California   70
Canal Zone   ____ 1
Colorado   1
Connecticut   2
Florida   4
Georgia   1
Hawai i     3
1,132
11
19
1 AA 6                                                            BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Place.                                                                                      Passenger
Idaho          2
Illinois                6
Commercial.
2
1
3
1
1
3
1
1
2
1
51
2
-
219                    100
1
1
20                        3
2
Indiana           2
Iowa _           1
Kansas   __            	
Louisiana           1
Maryland            2
Massachusetts     	
Michigan           4
Minnesota    _ _         2
Montana   _                5
Nevada      .             — __                   _   	
New Jersey       _____                                 2
New York _    _    ___                                     8
North Dakota                                           2
Oklahoma          2
0 regon         21
Pennsylvania      _           2
Texas            3
Utah          3
Washington          65
Wisconsin    ____       _           2
Wyoming          1
Total used-car registrations (United States)
British West Indies  _           _	
France     	
Great Britain     	
Malaya   	
Total used-car registrations, 1948 licence-
year            _ _ , „
6,475                1,235
and decreases were recorded
compared with those issued
Number.                Per Cent.
18,145              17.1
339                3.9
6.867 18.0
42                1.1
177                4.1
630                6.6
105              20.3
91              29.4
131              25.1
8.868 9.9
27,202         1,161.9
453              12.7
394                9.4
7,191              18.4
16,077                8.7
During the licence-year 1948 the following increases
in connection with the issuance of licences and permits, a£
during the 1947 licence-year:—
Increase.
Passenger (renewals) 	
Commercial  (new registrations)  _ _         	
Commercial  (renewals)    	
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle permits
Motor-cycle licences 	
Trailer licences  	
Original motor-dealers' licences __
Additional plates, motor-dealers' licences	
Salesmen's licences 	
Transfers   ___   	
Substitutions 	
Chauffeurs' Class " A " licences 	
Chauffeurs' Class " B " licences 	
Chauffeurs' Class " C " licences
White drivers' licences (renewals)    	 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1948.
AA 7
Number. Per Cent
Chauffeurs' drivers' licences  (originals)    455 8.8
Chauffeurs' drivers' licences  (renewals)    7,740 22.4
Salesmen's drivers' licences  (originals)     3 300.0
Salesmen's drivers' licences  (renewals)   95 30.4
Permits to minors   2,707 28.6
Learners' licences   1,578 22.9
Learners' permits   519 34.0
Motor-vehicle duplicate licences   182 5.3
Decrease.
Passenger (new registrations)      3,081 13.8
108 23.7
28 6.3
78 10.1
15 39.4
7 53.8
37 28.5
106 .4
Non-resident special motor-vehicle permits 	
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle permits.
Permits for temporary operation 	
Original motor-cycle dealers' licences	
Additional plates, motor-cycle dealers' licences__
Temporary operation of motor-dealers 	
White drivers' licences (original) 	
The particularly large increase in the number of substitutions was brought about
by the many number-plates issued becoming defective through the flaking-off of the
white enamel on the letters and figures when exposed to rain. This was most unfortunate, as it not only created inconvenience to the motorists but also caused considerable
additional work to this Branch.
The following comparative statement of licences, permits, etc., issued during the
licence-years 1941 to 1948 shows that the steady increase in the number of motor-
vehicles, drivers, etc., experienced since the end of World War II is continuing:—
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., issued during
the Licence-years 1941 to 1948, inclusive.
Licences issued.
1941.
1942.
1943.
1944.
1945.
1946.
1947.
1948.
Motor-vehicles—•
8,543
96.867
3,237
97,345
2.526
96,394
2,509
96,554
2,768
96,653
11,157
97,920
22,362
106,249
19,281
124.394
Passenger (renewal)	
105,410
100,582
98,920
99,063
99,421
109,077
128,611
143,675
495
672
692
26,113
3,652
23,016
3,870
25,214
2,198
28,948
1,857
31.036
1,861
31,000
5,334
32,785
8,627
38,082
8,966
44,949
Commercial (renewal)	
26,668
29,084
31,146
32,893
32,861
38,119
46,709
53,915
Commercial substitutional licences	
   1   ....
837
1,279
1,494
3,290
Total motor-vehicles	
132.078
129,666
130,066
131,956
132,282
147,196
175,320
197,590
    |    	
1,332
1,951
2,186
29,403
4,139
2,919
3,332
2.697
2,790
2,450
3,422
3,604
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle per-
7,159
541
280
112
2,456
250
961
141
1,741
174
330
158
1,837
203
184
143
2,374
255
298
190
2,853
321
308
444
3,625
455
441
770
3,667
Non-resident special motor-vehicle per-
347
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle
413
692
Motor-cycles—■
337
2,084
63
981
2,246
35
237
3,069
18
184
2,950
22
306
2,200
45
761
2,277
55
1,652
2,712
100
789
3,747
89
Total motor-cycles	
2,421
3,227
3,306
3,134
2,506
3,038
4,364
4,536 AA 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., issued during
the Licence-years 1941 to 1948, inclusive—Continued.
Licences issued.
1941.
1942.
1943.
1944.
1945.
1946.
1947.
1948.
4,165
24
4,169
19
5,041
19
5,539
17
6,276
39
8
231
224
3
8,178
45
2
343
215
11
9
2
9,487
55
26
514
309
25
38
13
10,117
51
7
Motor-dealers—
294
412
19
11
5
228
250
6
6
1
189
203
2
1
230
227
4
3
621
400
20
Original motor-cycle dealer licences....
23
6
1
Salesmen's licences	
538
319
180
1
193
1
193
350
522
653
2
Temporary   operation   of  motor-
92
131
94
Transfers—
35,794
8,932
1,918
197
42,094
11,686
2,585
363
69,250
16,886
2,595
375
76 405
18.496
  1   	
2,746
  i     i    	
327
68.604
47.677
53.822
49,566
46.841
56,728
89,106
97,974
Chauffeurs—
1,184
9
1,507
26
14,355
91
1,310
11
1,685
37
17,478
127
1,465
13
1,770
31
19,367
150
1,713
12
1,925
17
19,388
60
2,130
26
2,529
44
24,474
49
41
15,076
153,141
1,676
2,655
22,228
2,826
57
3,469
108
32,728
123
153
20.395
169,922
2.378
4,580
28,185
3
215
6.958
366
4,044
1,059
41,604
3,562
95
4,205
179
38,966
169
226
26.027
185,673
3,299
5,183
34,591
1
313
9,503
465
6,440
1,526
217,522
4 015
Substitutional Class "A"	
98
4,599
175
Original Class " C "	
Substitutional Class " C "	
46,157
203
241
Drivers—
Original	
14,364
145,592
2,184
992
12,637
6
477
7,266
134
5.203
5,203
75,320
11,691
140,456
1.805
1,856
14,420
	
11,435
134,169
1,439
2.615
16,383
11.588
137,038
1.266
1.531
18,515
25,921
201,750
3,654
5,638
42,331
4
290
5,413
262
2,585
778
40,782
154
4,808
437
2.282
784
34,434
142
4,835
305
2,258
785
1,530
158
5,760
438
2,879
968
124,624
408
Permits to minors	
Duplicate permits to minors	
12,210
428
8.018
2.045
156,022
From the following statements, which show a comparison between this year and
last year, according to issuing office, of the issuance of motor-vehicle licences, motorcycle licences, trailer licences, transfers of such licences, chauffeurs' licences, drivers'
licences, and permits to minors, it will be noted that the issuance of passenger motor-
vehicle licences increased in all but six such offices, and that the largest percentage
increase was registered at the Prince George issuing office; that the issuance of commercial motor-vehicle licences increased in all but two such offices, the largest percentage increase being registered by the Quesnel issuing office; that the issuance of
motor-cycle licences increased in all but thirteen offices, the largest increase being
registered at the Lillooet issuing office; that the issuance of trailer licences increased
in all but ten offices, the largest increase being registered at the Barkerville issuing
office. In submission of notices of transfers from one owner to another owner all issuing offices except ten registered increases, the largest percentage increase being registered at the Rossland issuing office. The issuance of chauffeurs' licences also showed
an increase at all offices, with the exception of five, and the largest percentage increase
was registered at the Quesnel issuing office. The issuance of original drivers' licences
also showed an increase in all but eighteen offices, the largest percentage increase being
registered at the Duncan issuing office, and the renewal of drivers' licences showed an
increase in all but five offices, the largest percentage increase being registered at the
Quesnel issuing office. The issuance of permits to minors also increased in all offices
except ten, the largest percentage increase being registered at the Cumberland office. Comparative Statement of Issuance of Motor-vehicle, Motor-cycle, and Trailer Licences, by Issuing Offices, during 1947 and 1948.
AA 9
Passenger Motor-vehicles.
Commercial Motor-vehicles.
Motor-cycles.
Trailers.
Issuing Office.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
1,585
149
23
94
116
1,773
670
1,876
2,408
764
373
382
385
159
1,648
94
2,525
283
243
3,479
1,753
285
21,877
774
2,323
917
664
928
503
414
317
362
2,093
782
338
20
1,889
156
17
94
130
1,978
737
2,007
2,698
749
403
382
454
180
1,869
90
2,951
319
255
3,822
1,663
319
25,267
866
2,601
968
787
1,117
601
481
348
384
2,452
861
368
12
304
7
14
205
67
131
290
30
69
21
221
426
36
12
343
34
3,390
92
278
51
123
189
98
67
31
22
359
79
30
4,500
359
3,297
12
19.1
4.7
12.0
11.5
10.0
6.6
16.1
8.3
17.9
13.2
13.4
16.8
12.7
4.9
9.8
11.9
15.4
11.9
11.9
5.5
18.5
20.3
19.4
16.1
9.7
6.07
17.1
10.1
8.8
9.5
13.1
13.2
3.7
6
15
4
90
8
26.1
1.9
4.2
5.1
40.0
547
105
20
58
117
873
562
612
814
462
352
315
262
137
987
65
1,335
178
142
1,240
1,006
225
7,074
507
1,095
1,184
312
742
363
259
259
178
719
471
255
30
8
12,889
1,600
8,046
304
647
128
21
62
119
998
652
721
949
441
437
365
295
168
1,099
70
1,568
229
181
1,507
974
284
8,391
591
1,252
1,368
360
893
436
326
348
209
941
576
281
35
10
14,288
1,927
9,413
355
100
23
1
4
2
125
90
109
135
85
50
33
31
112
5
233
51
39
267
59
1,317
84
157
184
48
151
73
67
89
31
222
105
26
5
2
1,399
327
1,367
51
18.2
21.9
5.0
6.9
1.7
14.3
16.0
17.8
16.5
24.1
15.8
12.6
22.6
11.3
7.7
17.4
28.6
27.4
21.5
26.2
18.6
16.5
13.1
15.5
15.4
20.3
20.1
25.8
34.3
17.4
30.8
22.2
10.1
16.6
25.0
10.1
20.4
16.6
16.7
4.5
3.2
51
4
2
2
49
4
1
2
12
2
6
16
7
1
2
2
45
6
3
1
87
11
2
15
5
3
2
2
23
2
1
1
12
73
1
27.9
25.0
22.2
30.8
140.0
33.3
28.1
66.6
26.3
600.0
42.9
100.0
15.3
78.6
4.2
125.0
23.8
42.8
40.0
11.8
63.9
22.2
100.0
100.0
20.3
6.9
50.0
2
1
5
3
4
156
3.9
50.0
41.6
21.4
4.3
8.4
110
10
131
7
21
3
14
58
1
3
6
13
83
1
3
1
3
177
1
40
3
8
6
1
8
3
20
1
30
1
175
5
19.1
60.0
5.1
24.6
2.0
13.6
33.3
9.8
32.1
9.1
6.9
0.26
10.7
8.04
0.97
17.9
3.5
9.3
12.2
2.8
17.0
8.6
17.3
1.2
1.2
0.27
11.6
20.0
3
1
4
15
5
4
18
7
2
21
32
30.0
Atlin            	
5
6
200
81
271
235
50
38
22
38
18
133
15
258
11
43
377
108
28
2,199
103
223
85
86
49
36
47
35
35
114
79
18
8
5
196
66
285
293
51
33
25
38
24
146
11
341
12
46
378
90
31
2,376
104
263
88
94
55
37
55
38
28
134
80
16
16.6
43
8
27
52
12
16
5
14
3
71
3
171
1
7
93
31
1
567
14
47
15
12
21
23
7
5
17
36
9
3
55
10
33
68
7
16
12
11
4
73
5
216
7
10
89
31
2
654
25
49
15
27
26
23
10
7
19
59
11
3
1
1
1,699
71
1,128
3
2.0
18.5
13.1
Golden        	
26.6
16.6
Princeton	
Quesnel	
20.0
Rossland	
Salmon Arm	
Smithers	
11.1
Telegraph Creek	
47,290
2,721
24,900
321
51,790
3,080
28,197
333
1,855
59
1,055
2
2,427
364
1,505
25
2,457
365
1,680
30
Vernon	
Victoria	
Williams Lake	
Totals	
128,611
143,675
15,064
11.7
46,709
53,915
7,206
15.4
4,364
4,536
172
3.9
9,487
10,117
620     1          fi.6 Comparative Statement of Notices of Transfer received through Issuing Offices during 1947 and 1948.
AA 11
Passenger Motor-vehicles.
Commercial Motor-vehicles.
Motor-cycles.
Trailers.
Total.
Issuing Office.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Nqm-
bdr.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
827
44
3
13
33
609
311
510
619
141
164
74
147
43
564
23
1,207
56
62
1,078
780
77
7,828
398
1,031
333
226
512
200
195
131
120
876
256
149
6
977
47
1
20
30
698
220
527
785
147
113
80
153
56
813
27
1,379
68
78
1,243
924
64
8,651
337
1,280
305
227
625
241
164
148
114
1,237
286
138
4
150
3
7
89
17
166
6
6
6
13
249
4
172
12
16
165
144
823
249
1
113
41
17
361
30
4,322
59
227
18.1
6.8
51.8
14.6
3.3
26.8
4.2
8.1
4.08
30.2
44.1
17.4
14.2
21.4
25.8
15.3
17.6
10.5
14.4
0.4
5.5
20.5
12.9
10.3
11.7
15.1
5.09
1.1
2
3
91
51
13
61
28
31
6
11
2
14
66.6
9.09
29.2
25.0
16.7
15.3
8.4
15.8
5.0
7.3
33.3
10.07
195
29
4
24
19
315
140
193
237
74
119
42
93
46
308
18
502
39
55
347
335
61
2,032
205
512
317
69
297
90
83
106
59
261
142
92
7
221
29
2
20
27
340
151
262
243
85
148
47
98
28
396
17
552
49
54
449
379
47
2,206
199
536
358
99
353
118
81
130
48
346
160
77
6
26
8
25
11
69
6
11
29
5
5
	
88
50
10
102
44
174
24
41
30
56
28
24
85
18
428
82
186
20
13.3
42.1
7.9
7.8
35.7
2.5
14.8
24.3
11.9
5.1
28.5
9.9
25.6
29.3
13.1
8.5
4.6
12.5
43,4
18.8
31.1
22.6
32.1
12.6
9.9
3.2
4.2
18.3
2
4
18
1
1
14
6
2
11
15
1
50.0
16.6
39.1
5.5
1.8
22.9
2.9
2.4
18.6
16.2
14.2
34
26
1
14
8
2
100.0
82.3
400.0
22.2
8
1
2
8
1
7
7
1
1
4
23.5
100.0
7.6
8.8
100.0
23.3
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13.7
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100.0
200.0
200.0
200.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
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4
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2
2
1
8
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7
6
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57.1
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200.0
66.6
100.0
34.7
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29.1
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66.6
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100.0
18.1
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73
8
37
52
946
459
716
887
221
293
116
243
90
936
42
1,805
96
125
1,480
1,133
140
10,084
615
1,579
659
303
821
298
280
239
186
1,158
404
242
13
1,227
77
3
41
57
1,078
390
805
1,056
236
270
127
259
85
1,268
46
2,020
118
147
1,741
1,318
112
11,125
548
1,851
666
345
994
370
250
285
175
1,627
450
218
10
164
4
4
5
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89
169
15
11
16
332
4
215
22
22
261
185
1,041
272
7
42
173
72
46
469
46
4,752
133
421
9
15.4
5.4
10.8
9.6
13.9
12.4
19.05
6.7
9.4
6.5
35.4
9.5
11.9
22.9
17.6
17.7
16.3
9.3
10.7
1.06
13.8
21.07
24.1
19.2
40.5
11.3
	
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7.4
1.6
3.6
5
69
23
5
28
67
30
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24
3
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1
62.5
1
17
2
9
26
4
7
31
10
11
24
4
8
5
6
4
5
2
3
9
9
5
4
15.C3
1     1       14.2
1
7.8
5
1
3
1
8
1
3
40
2
11
2
4
1
3
5
22
166.6
100.0
7.3
100.0
266.6
3.2
30.0
20.5
22.2
137.5
16.6
57.1
50.0
150.0
71.4
104.7
3
8
1
44
2
82
1
11
32
13
1
23
5.5
41
1
90
1
3
31
10
1
195
9
30
9
8
12
7
2
2
7
21
5
1
15
6
7
5
24
8
1
29
3
6
4
17
2
1
33
1
12
1
20.0
	
235
11
23
2
19
14
11
3
5
12
43
4
2
10.8
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1
2
2
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1
9.9
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28,635
1,162
19,668
139
32,957
1,221
19,895
125
4,325
548
4,437
109
4,753
630
4,623
129
615
42
1,348
1
614
38
1,397
4
56
22
157
59
18
116
33,631
1,774
25,610
249
38,383
1,907
26,031
258
      1      	
Totals           	
69,250
76,405
7.155     1       10.3
•-       1      	
1
16,886
18,496
1.610    1        9.5
2,595
2,746
151     1          5.8     I
375
327
48
12.8
89,106
97,974
8,868
9.9 1
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Comparative Statement of Issuance of Chauffeurs' Class " A," " B," and '
' C " Licences, by Issuing Offices, during 1947 and 1948.
AA 13
Issuing Office.
Class "A" Chauffeurs.
Class
" B " Chauffeurs.
Class " C " Chauffeurs.
Total.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
1947.
1948.
-Increase.
Decrease.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
Nu_}n-
beJ.
Per
Cent.
Number.
Per
Cent.
75
13
82
12
7
1
13
4
1
8
10
4
26
2
2
20
11
12
6
13
3
29
1
9
15
7
9
1
5
4
33
3
154
4
47
3
9.1
50.0
23.6
15.3
1.4
11.1
18.8
36.3
325.0
10.0
50.0
35.1
25.0
80.0
75.0
10.0
17.6
5.1
4.1
9.4
21.7
17.1
21.4
4.0
31.2
40.0
40.2
30.0
14.1
6.1
9.0
21.4
1
7.6
20.0
2.8
16.9
114
18
12
17
14
51
8
32
68
15
46
15
12
5
56
4
41
50
3
81
68
19
347
12
52
39
48
74
127
18
16
15
78
23
33
6
12
1,816
32
667
115
22
9
15
16
63
8
30
78
10
43
18
12
7
61
3
53
57
3
102
80
23
420
13
52
36
55
100
136
28
18
18
98
29
33
6
7
1,977
46
667
1
4
2
12
0.8
22.2
14.2
23.5
3
2
2
5
3
25.0
11.7
6.1
33.3
6.5
25.0
7.6
41.6
13.5
775
125
14
71
91
902
342
670
728
455
295
207
290
151
736
76
892
286
129
1,410
997
236
5,287
331
872
1,435
289
951
456
393
248
174
681
365
213
42
4
12,588
1,132
3,416
211
1,018
181
15
93
106
1,035
442
862
1,012
441
382
257
347
217
883
69
1,062
343
168
1,965
1,103
288
6,294
376
1,028
1,509
314
1,076
460
466
393
199
913
442
252
40
4
14,643
1,345
3,829
284
243
56
1
22
15
133
100
192
284
87
50
57
66
147
170
57
39
555
106
52
1,007
45
156
74
25
125
4
73
145
25
232
77
39
2,055
213
413
73
31.3
44.8
7.1
30.9
16.4
14.7
29.2
24.9
39.01
147.4
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19.6
43.7
19.9
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19.9
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10.6
38.9
19.04
13.5
17.9
12.8
8.6
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18.6
58.4
28.7
34.06
21.1
18.3
16.4
18.8
12.1
34.5
7.6
9.2
4.7
964
156
26
90
110
1,008
376
769
868
523
352
230
324
160
849
93
977
351
140
1,634
1,171
272
6,193
367
1,019
1,543
377
1,078
625
436
280
199
841
409
256
53
16
15,497
1,230
4,605
262
1,215
215
24
111
126
1,166
480
960
1,170
514
440
309
383
230
1,021
85
1,170
427
185
2,223
1,286
331
7,302
414
1,184
1,629
416
1,220
647
520
432
231
1,126
492
298
51
11
17,867
1,461
5,065
333
211
$9
26.03
37.8
23.4
15.4
15.4
27.6
11.8
34.7
25.0
34.3
18.2
43.7
20.2
19.7
21.6
32.1
35.6
9.3
21.6
17.9
12.8
16.1
5.5
10.3
13.1
3.5
19.2
54.2
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16.4
15.1
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9.9
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9
8
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7.6
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2
5
55
26
67
72
53
11
8
22
4
57
13
44
15
8
143
106
17
3
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68
30
68
80
63
15
34
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71
10
3
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12
7
21
12
4
73
1
7
26
9
10
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3
20
6
161
14
14.7
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40.0
5.3
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25.9
17.6
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21.03
8.1
14.5
35.1
7.08
55.5
12.5
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25.6
26.1
8.8
43.7
Golden           	
1
2
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Kaslo	
Kelowna	
Lillooet 	
Merritt      	
Nanaimo	
KK9     1           588
Oliver	
24
95
69
40
53
42
25
16
10
82
21
10
5
25
104
84
47
44
51
26
21
14
115
21
13
5
Prince George	
Princeton	
Smithers	
1,093
66
522
14
1,247
70
569
17
Victoria	
-    1     	
37    |            32
5
Totals	
3,562    |      4,015
I
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12.7
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4,201
4,599
398
9.4
38,966
46,156
7,190    |      18.9
1
46,729
54,770
8,041
17.2
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BRITISH COLUMBIA.
DISTRIBUTION OF MOTOR-VEHICLES.
There was only a very slight change in the distribution of motor-vehicles throughout the Province this year, there being 153,827 (77.85 per cent.) licensed at Coast
points and 43,763 (22.15 per cent.) licensed at Interior points. This was an increase
of 17,255 in the number being licensed at Coast points and an increase of 5,015 in the
number being licensed at Interior points over last year.
The issuance of motor-vehicles licences, according to issuing office, was as follows :■—■
1948 Motor-vehicle Licences issued according to Issuing Offices.
Place.
Passenger Motor-vehicles.
Commercial Motor
-VEHICLES
Used.
New.
Renewal.
Total.
Used.
New.
Renewal.
Total.
Grand
Total.
2,769
743
1,218
102
117
247
111
58
97
173
67
39
75
45
98
74
39
29
55
101
17
6
23
17
10
46
11
12
7
17
15
11
6
4
4
5
5
2
5,490
1,923
1,679
440
264
176
230
251
231
218
219
219
222
242
106
182
34
26
64
51
74
119
16
32
34
31
29
23
53
5
38
24
14
7
7
22
11
43,531
25,531
22,370
3,280
2,699
2,528
2,260
2,389
2,124
1,587
1,583
1,749
1,366
1,602
764
861
793
806
618
597
696
476
364
432
410
305
308
298
308
297
331
284
235
169
145
103
85
81
12
17
51,790
28,197
25,267
3,822
3,080
2,951
2,601
2,698
2,452
1,978
1,869
2,007
1,663
1,889
968
1,117
866
861
737
749
787
601
403
481
454
382
348
333
368
319
384
319
255
180
156
130
90
94
12
17
269
58
252
23
42
68
24
17
19
50
19
27
11
82
37
10
20
17
70
3
5
14
6
12
24
14
2
2
5
11
4
1
3
2
2
2
2,583
1,101
1,114
231
303
147
185
106
123
147
142
127
139
119
219
154
83
68
95
45
38
74
37
29
27
42
40
29
33
28
29
15
32
14
13
11
4
3
1
1
11,436
8,254
7,025
1,253
1,582
1,353
1,043
826
799
801
938
586
808
517
1,067
702
498
488
540
326
319
357
386
291
256
299
294
324
246
251
169
214
149
150
114
105
64
57
34
19
9
14,288
9,413
8,391
1,507
1,927
1,568
1,252
949
941
998
1,099
721
974
647
1,368
893
591
576
652
441
360
436
437
326
295
365
348
355
281
284
209
229
181
168
128
119
70
62
35
21
10
66,078
37,610
33,658
5,329
Vernon	
Kelowna	
5,007
4,519
3,853
3,647
3,393
2,976
2,968
2,728
2,637
Alberni	
2,536
2,336
2,010
1,457
Salmon Arm	
1,437
1,389
1,190
1,147
1,037
840
Princeton	
807
749
Golden	
747
Quesnel	
696
688
649
New Denver	
603
693
Lillooet	
548
436
Greenwood	
Ashcroft	
348
284
249
160
156
47
Atlin        	
38
10
Totals    	
6,475
12,806
124,394
143,675
1,235
7,731
44,949
53,915
197,590
With the exception of the Victoria issuing office, the above table gives the approximate distribution of motor-vehicles throughout the Province. The issuance of licences
by mail from the Victoria issuing office is continuing to increase, 23,346 various licences
being so issued this year as compared with 19,742 last year, an increase of 3,604 or 18.7
per cent. Of the licences issued for motor-vehicles (other than motor-cycles), 7,990
licences for passenger motor-vehicles and 3,363 licences for commercial motor-vehicles
were so issued by mail to persons residing outside of the Victoria area, so that the REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1948.
AA 17
issuance shown under the Victoria issuing office in the above table does not represent
the number of motor-vehicles licensed in such area, which is 20,207 passenger motor-
vehicles and 6,050 commercial motor-vehicles, a total of 26,257 motor-vehicles.
Licences issued by mail from the Victoria issuing office were as follows:—
Vancouver.
Victoria.
New
Westminster.
Vancouver
Island and
Islands.
Balance
of
Province.
Out of
Province.
Totals.
Passenger   motor-vehicle    li-
4,479
1,238
89
135
1
3
28
2,820
1,785
1,178
37
159
13
4
30
995
270
126
8
6
175
694
349
21
26
10
6
50
804
1
2.514       I          33
9,775
Commercial motor-vehicle licences	
1,337
79
264
20
25
160
2,989
313
3
39
2
29
4,541
237
623
Class "A" chauffeurs' licences....
Class "B " chauffeurs' licences-
Class " C " chauffeurs' licences....
46
38
274
7,812
Totals	
8,793
4,201
585
1,960
7,388
419
23,346
REVENUE.
An increase of $729,746.62 (14.8 per cent.) was collected this year over the amount
so collected last year from licences, permits, and fees under the " Motor-vehicle Act."
The amount so collected, with the exception of fees for drivers' examinations, amounted
to $5,653,455.64, as compared with $4,923,709.02 collected last year.
Of this amount, $4,039,335.84 (71.4 per cent.) was collected through the offices of
this Branch as follows:—
Vancouver motor-licence office  $1,999,666.05
Victoria motor-licence office        958,846.37
New Westminster motor-licence office        555,465.50
Chilliwack motor-licence office        167,175.63
Mission motor-licence office        113,694.88
Kamloops motor-licence office  86,888.43
Trail motor-licence office  84,588.90
Nelson motor-licence office         73,010.08
Total  $4,039,335.84
The balance of $1,614,119.80 was collected through the various Government Agencies throughout the Province, and Police Detachments collecting and reporting through
such Agencies and offices of this Branch.
During the same period $33,044 was collected for drivers' examinations, which was
a decrease of $186 (0.5 per cent.) under the amount so collected during the previous
year. Of this amount the Vancouver Motor Licence Office collected $14,594 (44.2 per
cent.), the Victoria Motor Licence Office $3,957 (12 per cent.), the New Westminster
Motor Licence Office $3,635 (11 per cent.), the Mission Motor Licence Office $1,280
(3.9 per cent.), the Chilliwack Motor Licence Office $1,036 (3.1 per cent.), the Trail
Motor Licence Office $746 (2.3 per cent.), the Kamloops Motor Licence Office $554
(1.7 per cent.), the Nelson Motor Licence Office $477 (1.4 per cent.), Examination Unit
No. 2 operating out of Nanaimo $2,637 (8 per cent.), Examination Unit No. 5 operating out of Vernon $2,002 (6 per cent.), Examination Unit No. 7 operating out of Nelson
$1,100 (3.3 per cent.), and Examination Unit No. 9 operating out of Vernon $1,026
(3.1 per cent.).
During the calendar year 1948, $31,954.60 was also collected by the headquarters
office of this Branch at Victoria in connection with the registration of documents under AA  18                                                              BRITISH COLUMBIA.
the " Bills of Sale Act," " Conditional Sales Act," " Mechanics' Lien Act," '* Companies
Act," and " Co-operative Associations Act," and searches, etc., made thereunder.   This
was an increase of $7,922.05 or 32.9 per cent, over the amount collected from this source
during the previous year.
Refunds made this year totalled 1,851, an increase of 218 or 13.3 per cent, over the
number made last year,  and the amount refunded was  $16,292.24,  an  increase of
$1,257.06 or 8.4 per cent.    This increase was principally made up of $744.89 in the
amounts refunded upon relinquishment of licences owing to the destruction of the
motor-vehicle or its permanent removal from the Province and $682.52 in the amount
refunded upon surrender of the motor-vehicle licences under the provisions of the
" Motor-vehicle Act "  allowing persons  residing  east of the  Cascade  Mountains to
surrender their licences at the end of October, November, or December.   Such increases
were partially offset by a decrease of $170.35 in the total amount of miscellaneous
refunds.
For purposes of comparison, the following tables give particulars of the types of
refunds made during the licence-years 1947 and 1948:—
Type of Refund.
1947.
1948.
Number.
Amount.
Number.
Amount.
Remitted by Order in Council	
3
313
40
2
6
6
17
15
14
10
21
$78.34
3,914.70
395.00
6.00
9.00
36.25
236.50
11.25
13.25
26.00
1
251
31
2
6
11
21
12
19
5
1
27
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3,607.24
335.00
10.00
13.00
88.16
289.84
9.00
19.00
12.50
1.00
509.12
397.51
447
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387
$4,953.45
709
175
224
78
$6,451.34
1,678.67
1,448.27
333.10
809
134
404
117
$7,196.23
1,278.01
2,357.75
506.80
Seasonal refunds, section 50 (December 31st, one-sixth)	
1,186
$9,911.38
1,464
$11,338.79
1,633
$15,035.18
1,851
$16,292.24
EXAMINATION OF MOTOR-VEHICLE DRIVERS.
During the period from March 1st to December 31st, 1948, 30,254 persons completed examinations as to their fitness and ability to operate motor-vehicles, and, as a
result of such examinations, it was found necessary to restrict the drivers' licences of
4,701 persons and to refuse to issue drivers' licences to or to suspend the drivers'
licences of 122 persons.
Included in this total were 585 persons who held drivers' licences, and who, as a
result of being involved in three reportable motor-vehicle accidents within the period
of a year or as a result of information received as to their physical condition, etc., it
was deemed advisable to call in for re-examination.    The results of these re-examinations were somewhat surprising, as it was found necessary to restrict the drivers'
licences of 114 or 19.5 per cent, and to suspend the drivers' licences of 91 or 15.5 per
cent., which would  appear to definitely indicate the necessity of carrying out  reexamination of motor-vehicle drivers within set periods. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1948. AA 19
Of the 114 drivers whose licences it was necessary to restrict, 1 was the holder of a
Class "A" chauffeur's licence, 6 were the holders of Class " B " chauffeurs' licences, and
5 were the holders of Class " C " chauffeurs' licences, while of the 91 drivers whose
drivers' licences it was found necessary to suspend, 4 were the holders of Class "A"
chauffeurs' licences, 4 were the holders of Class " B " chauffeurs' licences, and 8 were
the holders of Class " C " chauffeurs' licences.
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CONVICTIONS.
Convictions recorded this year under the provisions of the " Motor-vehicle Act"
and regulations and under section 285 of the Criminal Code have again registered a
sharp increase, there being 11,254 reported, as compared with 8,630 in 1947, an increase
of 2,624 or 30.4 per cent. Of these convictions, 1,911 (17 per cent.) were for infractions of section 285 of the Criminal Code, 8,770 (77.9 per cent.) were for violations of
the " Motor-vehicle Act," and 573 (5.1 per cent.) were for infractions of the regulations
made pursuant to the " Motor-vehicle Act."
As in the past, the majority of these convictions were for operating motor-vehicles
at an excessive speed, 7,892 or 70.1 per cent, of the convictions recorded this year being
for this offence. This was an increase of 2,122 (36.7 per cent.) over the number of convictions for similar offences last year. Other outstanding increases this year, as compared with last year, were for permitting employees to drive motor-vehicles without
being properly licensed to do so, 300 per cent.; driving overwidth motor-vehicles without clearance-lights, 187.5 per cent.; using licence belonging to another or refusing to
show a licence, etc., 119.2 per cent.; failing to obtain motor-vehicle licence, mount same,
etc., 111.5 per cent.; driving motor-vehicles otherwise than as restricted on driver's
licence, 97.4 per cent.; operating motor-vehicles displaying wrong number-plates, 90
per cent.; driving motor-vehicles without mufflers, 90 per cent.; failing to stop after
an accident, 84.7 per cent.; failing to produce driver's licence to Magistrate or police,
80.7 per cent.; failing to give required signals while driving, 70.8 per cent.; and
driving motor-vehicles with defective brakes, 51.6 per cent.
For purposes of comparison, particulars of the types of convictions reported for
infractions of the " Motor-vehicle Act " and regulations thereunder, as well as of section
285 of the Criminal Code, during the years 1945 to 1948, inclusive, are shown in the
following table:—
Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act " and Section 285,
Criminal Code, 1945-48.
Offence.
1945.
1947.
1948.
Failing to stop after accident	
Unlawfully taking a motor-vehicle without consent of owner	
Driving a motor-vehicle while intoxicated	
Operating a vehicle equipped with apparatus for making a smoke screen
Failing to obtain motor-vehicle licence or permit, mount same, etc	
Failure of dealer to notify re sale, misuse of dealers' plates, etc	
Operating with " D " plates without salesman's licence or permit	
Failing to register as a tourist	
Employing unlicensed chauffeur	
Operating without driver's licence or failing to produce same, etc	
Failing to take necessary precautions re horse-drawn vehicles	
Failing to take necessary precaution re street-cars	
Failing to stop on approach of fire and police patrol	
Exceeding speed-limit passing schools and playgrounds	
Exceeding speed-limit indicated by " speed " signs	
Driving to common danger, exceeding speed-limit in cities, etc	
Failing to report accident, etc	
Operating motor-vehicle without minor's permit	
Operating motor-cycle with person in front of driver	
Failing to transfer motor-vehicle, etc	
Operating motor-vehicle without motor-vehicle licence	
Operating motor^vehicle without displaying plates as required	
Operating motor-vehicle displaying wrong number-plates	
Using licence belonging to another, refusing to show licence, etc	
Driving motor-vehicle as chauffeur without chauffeur's licence or permit..
Making false statement, permitting another to use licence, etc	
Failing to report change in motor-vehicle	
60
4
4
1
66
830
50
77
1,251
310
1,374
79
57
1
1
80
63
7
21
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84
63
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5
41
881
2
41
17
1,606
653
2,271
79
82
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47
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41
82
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105
105
133
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1,035
3,060
116
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145
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194
108
158
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BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act " and Section 285,
Criminal Code, 1945-48—Continued.
Offence.
1945.
1946.
1947.
1948.
Operating as dealer without licence	
Transporting animals unprotected	
Failing to produce driver's licence to Magistrate, police, etc	
Failing to display number-plates unobstructed, clean, etc	
Failing to notify re change of address	
Failing to stop upon request of police or state proper name	
Driving while driver's licence under suspension	
Driving without head-iights or improper head-lights	
Driving without tail-lights, etc	
Driving overwidth motor-vehicle without clearance-lights	
Driving motor-vehicle with defective brakes	
Driving motor-vehicle with defective horn	
Driving motor-vehicle without muffler	
Failing to give required signals on turning or stopping	
Driving with windshield obstructed	
Driving motor-vehicle without windshield-wiper	
Driving motor-vehicle without rear-view mirror	
Driving motor-vehicle without flag or light at end of load	
Driving motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence	
Altering number-plates and using fictitious plates	
Operating defective motor-vehicle after ordered off road	
Operating motor-vehicle with improperly mounted or unauthorized fog,
spot, or auxiliary lights	
Failing to have proper connection between motor-vehicle and trailer	
Failing to submit motor-vehicle for inspection and testing	
Permitting   employees  to  drive   motor-vehicle   without  being   properly
licensed, etc	
Letting motor-vehicles for hire without complying with requirements	
Holding two current drivers' licences	
Failing to notify removal or destruction of motor-vehicle	
Failing to stop at railroad crossing ,
Totals	
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2
29
21
10
2
25
6
23
151
1
2
74
1
2
2
2
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143
10
4
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37
57
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27
20
41
112
43
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12
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213
14
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52
56
166
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113
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385
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88
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SAFETY EESPONSIBILITY.
On March 1st, 1948, Part II of the " Motor-vehicle Act," as enacted by the " Motor-
vehicle Act Amendment Act, 1947," was implemented. This legislation, in addition to
the financial responsibility requirements which have been in effect since 1932, also
requires the impounding of motor-vehicles and the suspension of drivers' and motor-
vehicle licences in cases where such motor-vehicles are involved in accidents causing
personal injury or property damage in excess of $50, and for which, at the time, proof
of financial responsibility could not be produced, and the holding of such motor-vehicles,
as well as the suspension of such licences, until security sufficient to satisfy any judgment that might thereafter be recovered against the owner or driver of the impounded
motor-vehicle was given, and proof of financial responsibility filed to cover future operation or satisfactory proof was given that the owner or driver had satisfied all claims
against him. in connection with such accidents and proof of financial responsibility filed
to cover future operation, etc.
Notices were forwarded to all registered owners of motor-vehicles giving them a
brief resume of this new legislation. It was also publicized in the newspapers and by
addresses over the radio, etc., by the Honourable Gordon S. Wismer, K.C., Attorney-
General. Various forms necessary in connection with the handling of the requirements
of the new legislation were made up and forwarded to enforcement officials and others
concerned, and instructions given as to their use, etc. Our filing-office systems were
augmented, etc. This involved considerable additional work, particularly in connection
with the volume of inquiries made by the public, and additional staff had to be obtained. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1948.
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In order to acquaint the personnel of the Financial Eesponsibility Division of this
Branch with the many varied and complex problems emanating from this legislation, it
was found necessary to hold classes after working-hours. Executives of police forces
were contacted personally, and the requirements of such legislation respecting the
impounding of motor-vehicles thoroughly discussed with them. Executives of the
various outside offices of this Branch were also briefed personally in connection with
the requirements as to the releasing of impounded motor-vehicles and the necessary
authority issued to them to release impounded motor-vehicles under certain circumstances.
One of the provisions of the new safety legislation was the setting-up of an Unsatisfied Judgment Fund, providing that in cases where a person who had suffered bodily
injury proved the claim, and the amount thereof by obtaining a judgment through the
usual way in the Courts and made the usual effort to collect from the guilty party, he
might, if such efforts proved fruitless, obtain an order from the Judge that the amount
of the judgment be paid from the Unsatisfied Judgment Fund, subject to the limitation
that the amount of the judgment must exceed $100 and that the amount paid from the
Fund would not exceed $5,000 per person or more than $10,000 per accident.
Up to the present no claim has been made on such Fund, as all matters have been
satisfactorily settled otherwise.
With the safeguards provided by the new safety responsibility legislation, it was
considered no longer necessary to have proof of financial responsibility filed on behalf
of minors in those cases where they had not been required to file proof of financial
responsibility clue to accidents, convictions, etc., with the result that an increase of
43.9 per cent, in the volume of work in connection with the cancellation of British
Columbia financial responsibility insurance certificates was experienced, there being
11,637 such certificates cancelled this year, as compared with 8,085 during the last year.
However, this was offset by a decrease in the total number of British Columbia financial
responsibility insurance certificates filed during this year as compared with last, particulars of which are as follows:—
Type of Certificate filed.
1947.
1948.
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Per Cent.
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7,743              4,502
2,215               1,062
4,027               3.164
3,241
1,163
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Altogether, 11,738 British Columbia financial responsibility insurance certificates
were received from insurance companies during the year, but of these, 3,010 or 25.6
per cent, had to be returned to the different insurance offices concerned owing to the
fact that they were not correct.
During the ten-month period between March 1st and December 31st, 1,242 financial
responsibility cards were issued by this Department covering motor-vehicles for which
a bond had been filed and one financial responsibility card covering a motor-vehicle for
which security of $11,000 had been deposited with the Minister of Finance.
As it is necessary to " screen " thoroughly all notices of transfer of motor-vehicles,
applications for new registrations of motor-vehicles, and applications for original
drivers' licences, approximately 255,100 individual checks were made during the year.
These checks were carried out on four card index wheels containing approximately
15,000 names.
From March 1st to December 31st, 1948, 1,525 motor-vehicles which were involved
in   accidents were  impounded  under  the  new  safety  responsibility  sections  of the AA 28 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
" Motor-vehicle Act," and 1,174 of such motor-vehicles were subsequently released, leaving a total of 351 motor-vehicles still impounded at the end of the year until such time
as their owners have complied with the provisions of such legislation.
The 1,174 motor-vehicles were released from impoundment under the following
circumstances:—
(a) By the owners giving security sufficient to satisfy any judgment that
might thereafter be recovered against them as a result of the accident and
filing proof of financial responsibility for future operation, 59.
(&) By the owners producing satisfactory proof that all claims for damages
resulting from the accident had been satisfied and filing proof of financial
responsibility for future operation, 487.
(c) By the production of a motor-vehicle liability insurance card or a financial
responsibility card in respect to the motor-vehicle which was in full force
at the time of the accident, 151.
(d) By satisfactory proof being given that the only damage resulting from
the accident was to the person or property of the owner or the driver, 154.
(e) By satisfactory proof being given that, at the time of the accident, the
motor-vehicle was a stolen motor-vehicle, 7.
(/) By satisfactory proof being given that the motor-vehicle impounded was
so damaged that it would be impractical to repair it so that it could be
driven on the highway, 27.
(g) By satisfactory proof being given that the driver, owner, or other person
in charge of the motor-vehicle was the holder of a valid existing motor-
vehicle liability policy in full force at the time of the accident, 175.
(h)  By the owner or driver of the motor-vehicle producing satisfactory proof
of satisfaction for claims for damages  (non-residents), 64.
(.)   By warrant of execution, 1.
(j)  By judgment in action for damages having been given in favour of the
owner of the impounded motor-vehicle, 2.
(k)  On expiration of six months after accident and no action for damages
taken against owner of impounded motor-vehicle, 47.
During the year 1948, 3,258 drivers' licences and 2,324 motor-vehicle licences were
suspended under the safety responsibility sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act."    This
was an increase of 1,442  (79.4 per cent.)  in the number of drivers' licences and an
increase of 1,536  (194.9 per cent.) in the number of motor-vehicle licences suspended
under the financial responsibility sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act " last year.
Upon the necessary proof of financial responsibility being submitted or upon the
bona-fide sale of the motor-vehicle concerned being made to other persons, 1,929 drivers'
licences and 1,347 motor-vehicle licences were reinstated during the year. This was an
increase of 720 (59.5 per cent.) in the number of drivers' licences and an increase of
873 (184.2 per cent.) in the number of motor-vehicle licences reinstated in a similar
manner last year.
Particulars of the suspensions and reinstatements of drivers' licences and motor-
vehicles under the provisions of the safety responsibility provisions of the " Motor-
vehicle Act " during the years 1947 and 1948 are given in the following table:— REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1948.
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MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS.
Reportable motor-vehicle accidents in this Province again increased this year to a
new all-time high of 17,565, this being 4,509 more accidents than in 1947 or an increase
of 34.53 per cent. Some of this rather alarming increase can be attributed to the
increase in motor-vehicle traffic, the number of motor-vehicles licensed in this Province
during 1948 increasing by 13.54 per cent, to the total of 200,161, and to the rising cost
of repairs, which require accidents formerly exempted as under $25 damage to be
reported. For similar reasons, property damage also reached an all-time high of
$3,167,109.53, an increase of $1,164,254.35 or 58.13 per cent, over the preceding year.
As a result of these motor-vehicle accidents, 5,133 persons received non-fatal
injuries, an increase of 644 or 14.35 per cent, over last year, and 182 persons received
fatal injuries, a decrease of 15 or 7.61 per cent, under last year. In view of the increase
of 13.54 per cent, in the number of motor-vehicles licensed, the decrease of 7.61 per cent,
in the number of fatalities gives reason of hope that progress is being made in the
combating of this unnecessary waste of lives.
In Appendix I a brief summary is given of the motor-vehicle accidents occurring
in this Province during the past ten years, from which it will be noted that during that
period there were 81,340 reportable motor-vehicle accidents involving 133,569 motor-
vehicles, in which 1,350 persons lost their lives, 32,413 persons received non-fatal
injuries, and property damage amounting to $11,295,120.48 was caused.
Again this year, the largest group of motor-vehicle accidents reported resulted
from collision between motor-vehicles, these amounting to 12,107, or 68.9 per cent, of
the total. These accidents caused non-fatal injuries to 2,182 persons, or 42.5 per cent,
of the persons receiving non-fatal injuries, and 28 or 15.3 per cent, of the fatalities.
The next largest group of accidents were those which were non-collision accidents.
These amounted to 1,534, or 8.7 per cent of the total, and caused non-fatal injuries to
768 persons, or 14.9 per cent, of the persons receiving non-fatal injuries, as well as 46
or 25.2 per cent, of the fatalities. Motor-vehicles striking fixed objects was the third
largest group, these totalling 1,347, or 7.6 per cent, of the total accidents, and caused
non-fatal injuries to 464, or 9 per cent, of the persons receiving non-fatal injuries, as
well as 16 or 8.8 per cent, of the fatalities.
The most fatal accidents were those caused by collisions between motor-vehicles
and pedestrians. These accidents amounted to 1,040, or 5.9 per cent, of the total accidents, and caused non-fatal injuries to 1,017 persons, or 19.8 per cent, of the persons
receiving non-fatal injuries, and 55 or 30.2 per cent, of the fatalities.
The peak hours for motor-vehicle accidents still remain from 4 to 6 p.m., 2,961 or
16.8 per cent, of the accidents taking place at this time, and Saturday was again the day
on which most accidents occurred, 3,718 or 21.1 per cent, of the total accidents taking
place on that day.
This year 29,852 motor-vehicles were involved in reportable motor-vehicle accidents, as compared with 21,381 last year, an increase of 8,471 or 39.6 per cent. Of the
motor-vehicles involved, 20,616 or 69 per cent, were private passenger motor-vehicles,
4,473 or 14.9 per cent, were trucks, 2,341 or 7.8 per cent, were deliveries, and 1,142 or
3.8 per cent, were taxis. Private passenger motor-vehicles were involved in 51.6 per
cent, of the fatal accidents, 66.7 per cent, of the accidents resulting in non-fatal injuries
and 69.7 per cent, of the accidents resulting in property damage only. Trucks were
involved in 27.7 per cent, of the fatal accidents, 12.9 per cent, of the accidents resulting
in non-fatal injuries and 15.3 per cent, of the accidents resulting in property damage
only. Deliveries were involved in 7.4 per cent, of the fatal accidents, 11.4 per cent, of
the accidents resulting in non-fatal injuries and 13.9 per cent, of the accidents resulting
in property damage only, while taxis were involved in 3.2 per cent, of the fatal accidents, 3.4 per cent, of the accidents resulting in non-fatal injuries and 3.9 per cent, of
the accidents resulting in property damage only. AA 32 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
There were 68 motor-vehicle accidents at railway crossings this year, as compared
with 56 last year, an increase of 21.4 per cent., but of these, only 4 were fatal and 17
resulted in non-fatal injuries. This is an improvement over last year, when 7 such accidents resulted in fatalities and 21 in non-fatal injuries being caused. Again this year
the majority of such accidents (66.1 per cent.) took place at unguarded railway crossings, and these accidents resulted in 75 per cent, of the fatalities, 58.8 per cent, of the
non-fatal injuries and 68 per cent, of the property damage resulting from this type of
accident.
Of the 29,852 drivers involved in motor-vehicle accidents, 94.6 per cent, were male
drivers. The largest age-group of drivers involved were those between 25 and 40 years
of age, these amounting to 13,670 or 45.7 per cent, of the total number of drivers
involved. Of the drivers involved, 81.8 per cent, had a driving experience of five years
and over and 87.7 per cent, were apparently in a normal condition.
There were 101 drivers who were apparently intoxicated when involved in motor-
vehicle accidents, and this group of drivers was involved in 3 fatal accidents, 33 accidents causing non-fatal personal injuries, and 65 accidents causing property damage
only. Drivers apparently suffering from extreme fatigue numbered 247, and these were
involved in 3 fatal accidents, 72 accidents causing non-fatal injuries, and 172 accidents
causing property damage only. There were also 243 drivers involved in accidents who
did not have a driver's licence, and these were involved in 6 fatal accidents, 86 accidents
causing non-fatal personal injury and 151 causing property damage only. The number
of non-resident drivers involved was 747, and these were involved in 11 fatal accidents,
163 accidents causing non-fatal personal injuries and 573 accidents resulting in property damage only.
Driving off the highway and failing to yield the right-of-way were the two highest
groups in which the action of the driver definitely contributed to the accident. There
were 1,318 drivers who drove off the highway, and these were involved in 19 fatal accidents, 342 accidents causing non-fatal injuries and 957 accidents resulting in property
damage only, while 1,221 drivers did not yield the right-of-way, and these were involved
in one fatal accident, 206 accidents causing non-fatal injuries and 1,014 accidents resulting in property damage only.
Of the pedestrians who were injured this year in motor-vehicle accidents, 59
received fatal injuries, and 1,015 non-fatal injuries. This was a decrease of 13 (18 per
cent.) in the number fatally injured and an increase of one in the number receiving
non-fatal injuries when compared with last year. Of the pedestrians fatally injured,
18.1 per cent, were under 15 years of age, 29 per cent, were between 50 and 64 years of
age, and 32.7 per cent, were 65 years of age and over. The largest group of pedestrians
who were fatally injured were those who were walking on or along a highway.
Again the largest group of persons injured and killed in motor-vehicle accidents
were passengers, of whom 61 received fatal injuries and 2,410 non-fatal injuries. The
next largest group receiving fatal injuries were pedestrians, which totalled 59, and the
third largest group receiving fatal injuries were drivers, 40 of whom lost their lives.
Of those receiving non-fatal injuries, drivers were the second largest group, with 1,112
so injured, and pedestrians, the third largest group, of whom 1,015 received non-fatal
injuries.
The most fatal injuries were caused by fractures; all of those who suffered a
fractured spine died as a result thereof, while 68.8 per cent, of those who suffered a
fractured skull lost their lives.
Motor-vehicle accidents occurring during the hours of darkness were more than
twice as fatal than those occurring during daylight hours, 1 accident in every 80 during
the hours of darkness being fatal, as compared with 1 accident in every 216 occurring
during the daylight hours. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1948. AA 33
Of the motor-vehicles involved in accidents, 428 had defective brakes, and these
motor-vehicles were involved in two fatal accidents, 75 accidents causing non-fatal
injuries and 351 accidents causing property damage only. There were also 172 motor-
vehicles which had defective steering-gear involved in accidents, 3 of which were fatal,
44 in which non-fatal injuries were caused, and 125 in which property damage only was
caused, as well as 274 motor-vehicles with defective head-lights or tail-lights which were
involved in 7 fatal accidents, 62 accidents causing non-fatal injuries and 205 accidents
causing property damage only.
Although there was an increase of 2,205 or 25.1 per cent, in the number of motor-
vehicle accidents occurring in the cities of the Province, this was a definite improvement
when compared with the motor-vehicle accident situation in the Province as a whole,
62.6 per cent, of the motor-vehicle accidents occurring in city municipalities this year,
as compared with 67.4 per cent, last year. In the 11,006 motor-vehicle accidents occurring in city municipalities, 51 persons received fatal injuries, as compared with 77 last
year, a decrease of 33.8 per cent., and 2,658 persons received non-fatal injuries, as
compared with 2,639 last year, an increase of 0.7 per cent, as compared with last year.
Property damage, however, amounted to $1,590,146.92, as compared with $1,050,653.41
last year, an increase of 52.3 per cent., and the number of motor-vehicles involved
increased to 19,374, as compared with 14,703 last year, an increase of 31.8 per cent.
The Cities of Cumberland, Greenwood, Kaslo, and Slocan reported no accidents
this year, while a reduction of 30.8 per cent, in the number of accidents was reported
by Rossland. The greatest increase was in Port Moody, which had an increase of 129.5
per cent, over last year, and the next greatest increase was in Ladysmith, which had an
increase of 120 per cent, over last year.
Motor-vehicle accidents occurring in district municipalities increased this year to
3,055, as compared with 1,882 last year, an increase of 62.3 per cent. In the over-all
picture this was 17.3 per cent, of the accidents occurring in the Province, as compared
with 14.4 per cent, last year. These accidents resulted in 64 persons being fatally
injured, as compared with 53 last year, an increase of 20.7 per cent. One thousand
one hundred and sixty-seven persons received non-fatal injuries, as compared with 837
last year, an increase of 39.4 per cent., and property damage amounted to $689,328.51,
as compared with $379,070.28 last year, an increase of 81.8 per cent. A decrease in the
number of accidents was reported from Salmon Arm and Spallumcheen, and the same
number of accidents as last year was reported from Fraser Mills, all other district
municipalities showing an increase. The largest increase was in Pitt Meadows, which
showed an increase of 258.3 per cent, over last year, and the next largest increase was
in North Vancouver, which showed an increase of 174.3 per cent. The largest decrease
was in Salmon Arm, which showed a decrease of 22.2 per cent., and the next largest
decrease was in Spallumcheen, which showed a decrease of 10 per cent, as compared
with last year.
An increase was also recorded in the number of motor-vehicle accidents taking
place in village municipalities and unorganized territory, these amounting to 3,504, as
compared with 2,373 last year, an increase of 47.7 per cent. These accidents constituted
19.9 per cent, of the total number of accidents this year, as compared with 18.1 per cent.
last year. The number of fatalities was 67, which was the same number as last year.
There were also 1,308 persons who received non-fatal injuries, an increase of 29.1 per
cent., and property damage amounted to $885,234.60, an increase of 54.5 per cent, over
last year.
For purposes of comparison, statements giving further details, according to
location, of motor-vehicle accidents occurring this year and last year are given in
Appendices II, III, and IV, while the statistical summary of motor-vehicle accidents AA 34
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during this year is given in Appendix V.   Brief particulars of motor-vehicle accidents
occurring during the calendar years 1945 to 1948, inclusive, are as follows:—
1945.
1946.
1947.
1948.
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7,067        |            9,792
11,598                    15,964
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197                       182
Number of persons injured in motor-vehicle accidents
Amount of property  damage  caused by motor-vehicle
4,489        |            5,133
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Average amount of property damage per motor-vehicle
involved	
$82.80
$84.73
$93.67
$102.74
As has been the case during the past, the large majority of motor-vehicle accidents
occurring can be attributed to carelessness on the part of both driver and pedestrian,
as it will be noted from a study of the statistical summary of motor-vehicle accidents
shown in Appendix V that the majority of drivers involved were between the ages of
25 and 40 years with a driving experience of five years and over, were apparently
in a normal condition operating motor-vehicles which were in apparently good condition,
in a straight direction, on a dry surface, with normal road conditions in clear weather.
" BILLS OF SALE ACT," " CONDITIONAL SALES ACT," " MECHANICS' LIEN
ACT," " CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATIONS ACT," AND " COMPANIES ACT."
The sharp increase recorded last year in the filing of documents and the making
of searches under the above-mentioned Acts has continued during 1948, the total
number of documents being handled in this connection amounting to 56,981, as compared with 41,481 last year, an increase of 15,500 or 37.4 per cent. Revenue collected
in this connection amounted to $46,602.60, an increase of $13,128.55 or 39.2 per cent,
over last year, and more than three times the amount so collected in 1946.
For purposes of comparison, the number of registrations and releases filed, as well
as the number of searches made and revenue collected under the above-mentioned Acts,
this year and last year, are given in the following summary:—
Item.
1947.
1948.
Increase.
Decrease.
Per
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16,184
6,956
258
40
1,177
23,725
8,150
525
38
798
5
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668
10,496
10,540
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2,435
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211
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230
456
8,058
8,105
Searches under " Motor-vehicle Act "—
17
41,481
56,981
15,500
381
37.4
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9.441.50
2,832.05
$26,791.50
14,648.00
4,727.85
335.60
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5,206.50
1,895.80
335.60
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Value of bills of sale and conditional sales search tickets sold..
40.00
27.00
34.65
$33,474.05
$46,602.60
$13,128.55
39.2 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1948.
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SCHOOL BUSES.
The number of school-bus permits issued this year was 435, as compared with 433
last year, an increase of one-half of 1 per cent. During the year 60 new pieces of
equipment were put into operation for the transportation of school-children.
Inspections of these buses were carried out by the Mechanical Supervisors of the
Provincial Police and by Inspectors of the Motor Carrier Branch. Mechanical Supervisors of the Provincial Police made 455 inspections and found that steering was
defective in 117 cases and the brakes in 57 cases, Inspectors of the Motor Carrier
Branch carried out 110 inspections and found that steering was defective in 36 cases
and brakes in 5 cases.   In all cases, such defects were remedied immediately.
School buses were involved in 20 accidents this year, as compared with 23 last
year. These accidents resulted in one passenger being injured and property damage
amounting to $6,385.50 being caused.
STAFF.
In order to keep up with the increasing amount of work, it was necessary to
increase the staff to handle the same, and 162 persons were employed as at December
31st, 1948, as compared with 143 on the same date in the previous year, an increase of
19 or 13.2 per cent.
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has been a very substantial increase in the amount of information, etc., supplied to
police departments and to other Provincial and Dominion departments, as well as to
insurance companies and the public in general. AA 36 BRITISH COLUMBIA.
CONCLUSION.
In conclusion I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my appreciation
to the members of the Department and to the various police departments for the
splendid co-operation which has been received, as well as to the personnel of this Branch
for the way in which they have carried out their duties during the year.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
GEO. A. HOOD,
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1948.
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2.                               Hour of Occurrence.
Number of Accidents.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
615
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385
242
157
117
124
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260
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175
167
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291
172
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668
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161
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Number of Accidents.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
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Property
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2,475
2,128
2,076
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2,277
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Number of Vehicles involved.
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Fatal.
Personal
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Property
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20,616
397
25
1,142
437
2,341
396
4,473
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420
78
687
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100
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1,909
316
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184
5,324
24,344 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1948.
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
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5.                                  Railroad Crossings.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
2
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9
45
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10
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Number of Drivers.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1. Male	
2. Female	
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Totals
28,243
1,509
100
169
8
7
5,051
261
12
23,023
1,240
81
29,852
184
5,324
24,344
Age of Driver.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1. Under 18 years....
2. 18 to 24 years	
3. 25 to 40 years	
4. 41 to 54 years	
5. 55 to 64 years	
6. 65 years and over.
7. Not stated	
Driving Experience.
577
6,019
13,670
5,579
2,421
884
702
7
35
85
24
10
3
20
152
1,176
2,379
955
409
155
98
418
4,808
11,206
4,600
2,002
726
584
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Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1. Less than 3 months
2. 3 to 6 months	
3. 6 to 12 months	
4. 1 to 4 years	
5. 5 years and over	
6. Not stated	
198
197
305
4,276
24,427
449
20
111
49
70
876
4,208
148
167
235
3,380
20,108
316
Condition of Driver.
Licence of Driver.
1. Intoxicated	
2. Physical defect...
3. Extreme fatigue.
4. Normal	
5. Other	
6. Not stated	
Total.
101
66
247
26,192
181
3,065
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128
48
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
33
9
72
4,676
37
497
65
55
172
21,388
144
2,520
1. Licensed in B.C
2. Unlicensed	
3. Non-resident	
4. Not stated	
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
28,642
243
747
220
148
6
11
19
5,016
86
163
59
Property
Damageonly.
23,478
151
573
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Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
Number of Drivers.
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Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damageonly.
198
45
591
1,221
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41
548
62
302
189
291
321
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310
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72
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140
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843
30
54
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13. Driving off roadway	
957
260
33
8,532
42
1,394
7,096
Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, 83,167,109.53.
Amount of property damage this year to date, $3,167,109.53.
Pedestrians involved, Actions of.
Number of Pedestrians.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
1. Getting on or off a street-car	
2. Getting on or off another vehicle	
3. Crossing an intersection with signal	
4. Crossing at intersection against signal
5. Crossing at intersection—no signal	
6. Standing on safety-isle	
7. In street—not at intersection	
8. Working on car or roadway	
9. Riding or hitching on vehicle	
10. Not on roadway	
11. Walking on or along highway	
12. Playing in street	
13. Crossing street diagonally	
14. Coming from behind vehicle.	
15. Not known	
Totals	
22
12
55
36
148
9
159
22
6
7
98
84
95
147
174
1,074
10
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1
14
4
21
11
55
34
143
9
149
20
5
7
84
80
87
143
167
59
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Number of Pedestrians.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
1. Intoxicated	
2. Physical defect	
3. Confused by traffic
4. View obstructed	
5. Careless	
6. Normal	
7. Not stated	
Totals	
67
35
57
48
332
298
237
4
2
3
1
7
22
20
63
33
54
47
325
276
217
1,074
1,015 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1948.
Statistical Summary-—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
AA 45
10.
Classification of Victims.
Number of Victims.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
1,152
2,471
1,074
30
304
222
61
1
40
61
59t
2
11
7*
2*
1,112
2,410
l,015t
28
293}
215*
59*
8. Not stated               	
1
Totals	
5,315
182
5,133
* Four motor-cyclists killed in other than motor-cycle accidents ; 56 persons, not motor-cyclists or motor-cycle
passengers, injured in motor-cycle accidents.
t Four pedestrians killed in other than pedestrian accidents ; 2 persons, not pedestrians, injured in pedestrian
accidents.
% Five persons other than bicyclists injured in bicycle accidents.
Number of Victims.
11.                                          Nature of Injuries.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
125
4
639
79
953
3,141
62
191
15
9
3
4
90
86
4
18
12
11
4
32
9
1
4
1
39
621
67
942
3,137
30
191
15
2
89
5,315
182
5,133
Light Conditions.
Number of Accidents.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damageonly.
1. Daylight	
2. Dusk	
3. Artificial light—good.
4. Artificial light—poor.
5. Darkness	
6. Not stated	
Totals	
9,948
1,185
1,431
855
3,656
490
17,565
46
12
5
6
66
26
161
228
304
246
912
8,013
945
1,122
603
2,678
369
3,674
13,730 AA 46                                                              BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
13.                     Condition of Vehicles involved.
Number of Vehicles.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damageonly.
428
172
71
21
13
78
124
38
1,154
133
25,149
2,471
2
3
1
1
1
4
1
2
1
122
46
75
44
20
6
3
13
35
5
166
25
4,449
483
351
125
50
15
9
64
85
32
986
107
20,578
1,942
3. Other defects	
10. Puncture or blow-out	
12. Not stated	
Totals	
29,852
184
5,324
24,344
14.                              Direction of Travel.
Number of Vehicles.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1. Going straight	
17,136
2,082
3,212
936
3,357
758
674
1,697
116
11
16
2
4
2
33
3,406
389
635
74
303
113
128
276
13,614
1,682
2,561
860
3,050
643
546
1,388
3. Turning left            	
6. Slowing down or stopping	
7. Skidding     	
8. Not stated 	
29,852
184
5,324
24,344
15.                                   Road Surface.
Number of Accidents.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damageonly.
8,306
4,667
167
1,213
1,754
546
912
78
29
4
6
5
7
32
1,904
985
32
182
266
138
167
6,324
3,653
131
1,025
1,483
401
713
17,565
161
3,674
13,730
16.                                 Road Condition.
Number of Accidents.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damageonly.
345
238
252
13,663
434
2,633
2
2
105
7
45
70
52
55
2,904
90
503
275
184
195
10,654
337
2,085
3. Obstruction in road	
5. Other            	
Totals	
17,565
161
3,674
13,730 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1948.
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued.
AA 47
Number of
Accidents.
17.                                   Type of Road.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
2,346
11,457
2,289
412
278
783
11
85
27
4
34
464
2,455
494
67
51
143
1,871
8,917
1,768
4. Earth	
341
227
606
Totals         	
17,565
161
3,674
13,730
Number of Accidents.
18.                             Weather Conditions.
Total.
Fatal.
Personal
Injury.
Property
Damage only.
1. Clear 	
9,299
2,397
768
3,363
1,077
47
614
78
22
7
23
2
1
28
2,011
518
132
687
176
12
138
7,210
2. Cloudy	
1,857
629
2,653
899
34
7. Not stated	
448
Totals	
17,565
161
3,674
13,730
VICTORIA, B.C. :
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1950.
495-150-6147   

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