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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
SUPERINTENDENT OF
MOTOR-VEHICLES
FOR THE YEAR
1949
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty
1951  Colonel the Honourable Clarence Wallace, C.B.E.,
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 1949.
G. S. WISMER,
A ttorney-General.
A ttorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., December 31st, 1950. Victoria, B.C., December 31st, 1950.
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 1949.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
GEORGE A. HOOD,
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles. Report of the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles, 1949
The Honourable Gordon S. Wismer, K.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I have the honour to submit hereunder my annual report for the year 1949.
A new record in the number of motor-vehicles licensed for operation in this Province
was recorded during the licence-year 1949, and new records were also established in the
number of new registrations of motor-vehicles, as well as in the number of motor-cycles,
trailers, motor-vehicle dealers' licences, transfers of motor-vehicles, chauffeurs' and
drivers' licences issued.
For the purposes of comparison, the following statement shows the issuance of
licences, permits, etc., during the licence-years 1942 to 1949, inclusive: —
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., Issued during
the Licence-years 1942 to 1949, Inclusive
Licences Issued
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
Motor-vehicles
Passenger (new)   	
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
26,858
138,248
Total passenger 	
100,582
98,920
99,063
99,421
109,077
128,611
143,675
165,106
Passenger substitutional 	
495
672
692
26,113
1,471
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
9,184
51,037
29,084
31,146
32,893
32,861
38,119
46,709
53,915
60,221
837
1,279
1,494
3,290
1,964
129,666
130,066
131,956
132,282
147,196
175,320
197,590
225,327
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1,332
1,951
2,186
29,403
1
2,919
3,332
2,697
2,790
2,450
3,422
3,604
3,737
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle permits 	
Non-resident special motor-vehicle per-
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
347
413
692
3,095
436
661
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle
Permits for temporary operation—farm
485
Motor-cycles—
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
3,940
108
Substitutions 	
3,227
3,306
3,134
2,506
3,038
4,364
4,536
4,681
4,169
19
5,041
19
189
203
5
2
1
5,539
17
6,276
39
8
231
224
6
3
8,178
45
2
343
215
11
9
2
9,487
55
26
514
309
25
38
13
10,117
51
7
621
400
20
23
•   6
1
653
2
94
10,739
Motor-dealers—
228
250
6
6
1
230
227
4
3
696
578
Original motor-cycle dealer licences -.
18
Motor-cycle substitutional licences.	
Salesmen's licences 	
Salesmen's duplicate licences 	
319
180
1
193
1
193
350
522
902
4
92
131 CC 6                                                         BRITISH COLUMBIA
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., Issued during
the Licence-years 1942 to 1949, Inclusive—Continued
Licences Issued
1942
1943
1
1944    I     1945
1
1946
1947
1948
1949
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
2,746
327
93,452
20,584
	
2,871
270
47,677
53,822
49,566
46,841
56,728
89,106
97,974
117,177
Chauffeurs—
Original Class "A" _
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
98
4,599
175
46,157
203
241
25,921
201,750
3,654
5,638
42,331
4
408
12,210
428
8,018
2,045
156,022
4,861
48
Original Class " B ".	
Substitutional Class " B " -	
Original Class " C ". 	
4,717
63
50,763
212
254
Drivers—
Original..  	
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
26,810
218,866
Duplicate  	
4,144
4,995
48,610
5
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
547
Permits to minors	
Duplicate permits to minors	
10,829
798
12,646
Learners' permits  	
Search fees ■-	
3,212
160,089
From the foregoing statement, i
were recorded in connection with the
year 1949, as compared with such is
Passeneer ("new reristratio
t will be noted the foll<
issuance of licences a
suance during the lice
Increase
as)	
awing increases and de
id permits during the '.
rice-year 1948:—
Number                  Per Cent
7,577             39.29
3,854             11.13
218               2.43
6,088            13.54
89            25.64
248 60.04
163             23.55
299           160.75
145              3.19
622              6.13
75            12.07
178            44.5
68            72.34
249 38.13
9,203            19.60
846            21.07
118              2.56
4,606              9.97
889              3.42
7,116              8.48
6,279            14.83
creases
icence-
Passenger (renewa
Commercial (new i
s)	
  1
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/als)	
ions)	
Commercial (renev
Non-resident specia
Non-resident comm
Permits for temnor
1 motor
ercialn
arv one
-vehicle permits
lotor-vehicle permits
ration	
Permits  for temporary  o
tractor 	
Deration  of a  farm
Motor-cycle licence
Trailer licences
s	
Original motor-dealers' lice
Additional plates, motor-d
Temnorarv oneration of m
nces	
;alers' 1
otor-de
icences	
alers 	
Salesmen's licences
Transfers 	
  1
Chauffeurs' Class "A" lice
nces	
Chauffeurs' Class " B " lice
nces  ___.
Chauffeurs' Class " C " lice
nces	
White drivers' licences (or
iginals)
)	
Drivers' licences (renewals
          1
Chauffeurs' drivers' licence
s (rene<
walsl	 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1949 CC 7
Number Per Cent
Salesmen's drivers' licences (originals)  1 25.0
Salesmen's drivers' licences (renewals)  139 34.06
Learners' licences  4,628 57.72
Learners' permits  1,167 57.13
Motor-vehicle duplicate licences  133 3.69
Decrease
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle permits _____       572 15.59
Original motor-cycle dealers' licences  5 21.73
Additional plates, motor-cycle dealers' licences 2 33.33
Substitutions   25,953 87.78
Chauffeurs'drivers'licences (original) -        643 11.40
Permits to minor     1,381 11.31
The increase in the number of motor-vehicles licensed this year over the number
licensed last year was 27,737 or 14 per cent, a total of 225,327 motor-vehicles (other
than motor-cycles) being licensed, while an increase in the number of drivers being
licensed this year over the number of drivers licensed last year was 23,781 or 8.6 per
cent, a total of 299,833 drivers' licences being issued. Of the 36,042 motor-vehicles
being licensed for the first time in this Province, 26,858 were of the private passenger
type and 9,184 were commercial type motor-vehicles. Included in this number were
4,889 used private passenger type motor-vehicles and 958 used commercial type motor-
vehicles which had been licensed in other places and brought into this Province for use
here. The balance of 21,969 private passenger type motor-vehicles and 8,226 commercial
type motor-vehicles were new vehicles being licensed for the first time.
The motor-vehicles which had been licensed elsewhere, and brought into this
Province for use here, came from the following places:—
Place Passenger Commercial
Alberta :  1,319 395
Saskatchewan   1,034 234
Manitoba  591 91
Ontario 1  1,283 151
Quebec  172 5
New Brunswick  30 1
Nova Scotia   96 5
Prince Edward Island  3                 	
Newfoundland :  1 1
Yukon   14 19
Total used-car registrations (Canadian)  4,543 902
Alaska  3 1
Arizona   2
Arkansas 	
California        i <,•;;
Colorado 	
Connecticut 	
Delaware  1	
Florida 	
Georgia 	
Idaho 	
Illinois	
Indiana 	
Carried forward       1414,543        18 902
1
108
14
7
4
1
2
1
2
4
2
6
1 CC 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Place Passenger
Brought forward      141
4,543
Commercial
18 902
Iowa  :__
Kansas 	
Kentucky	
Louisiana 	
Maryland	
Massachusetts __
Michigan 	
Minnesota 	
Missouri 	
Montana	
Nebraska	
Nevada 	
New lersey	
New York	
North Dakota __
Ohio	
Oregon 	
Pennsylvania __.
Rhode Island ._
South Carolina
South Dakota
Texas 	
Utah 	
Vermont .
Washington __....
Wisconsin	
3
2
1
2
1
1
6
11
1
8
2
2
5
7
1
2
34
1
2
1
1
8
2
1
79
1
Total used-car registration (United States)
Australia 	
Cuba  '-	
Great Britain _	
Malta	
Mexico	
Nigeria 	
Northwest Territories :	
Singapore 	
2
2
22
326
1
1.4
52
1
1
Total used-car registrations,  1949 licence-
year   4,889
958
From the following statements, which show a comparison of the issuance between
this year and last year, according to issuing offices, of motor-vehicle licences, motor-cycle
licences, trailer licences, transfers of such licences, chauffeurs' licences, drivers' licences,
and permits to minor, it will be noted that there was an increase in all issuing offices in
the issuance of licences for motor-vehicles with the exception of the issuing office at
Stewart, but that in the issuance of motor-cycle licences, 20 of the issuing offices showed
an increase, 8 issued the same number, and 13 showed a decrease, while in the issuance
of trailer licences, 28 issuing offices showed an increase, 2 issued the same number as last
year, 2 did not issue any and 9 showed a decrease. In the number of notices of transfer
received upon changes taking place in the ownership of motor-vehicles, motor-cycles, or
trailers, all issuing offices with the exception of 3 showed an increase, and of these 3, REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1949 CC 9
2 showed a decrease and 1 did not handle any such notices either last year or this year.
In the issuing of the chauffeurs' licences, 33 of the issuing offices showed an increase this
year, while the remaining 8 offices showed a decrease, the most marked of which was
at Barkerville and Stewart. All issuing offices with the exception of 4 showed an increase
in the number of drivers' licences issued, but in the issuing of permits to minor, 14 issuing
offices showed an increase and 26 issuing offices showed a decrease, while 1 issuing office
did not issue any permits to minor this year or last year. CC 10
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« E S3 Comparative Statement of Issuance of Motor-vehicle, Motor-cycle, and Trailer Licences, by Issuing Offices, during 1948 and 1949
cc 11
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Motor-cycles
Trailers
Issuing Office
1948
1949
Increase
Decrease
1948
1949
Increase
Decrease
1948
1949
Increase
Decrease
1948
1949
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
Alberni	
1,889
156
17
94
403
130
1,978
737
2,007
2,698
749
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
2,150
186
23
100
470
133
2,238
804
2,269
2,920
835
494
493
181
2,223
102
3,413
394
287
4,534
1,924
359
28,610
995
3,032
1,125
931
1,311
769
594
393
438
2,868
979
420
6
261
30
6
6
67
3
260
67
262
222
86
112
39
1
354
12
462
75
32
712
261
40
3,343
129
431
157
144
194
168
113
45
54
416
118
52
7,621
317
4,706
59
13.8
19.2
35.3
6.4
16.6
2.3
13.1
9.09
13.05
8.2
11.5
29.3
8.6
0.6
18.9
13.3
15.7
23.5
12.5
18.6
15.7
12.5
13.2
14.9
16.6
16.2
18.3
17.4
27.95
23.5
12.9
14.1
16.96
13.7
14.1
14.7 .
10.3
16.7
17.7
6
50.0
647
128
21
62
437
119
998
652
721
949
441
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
704
148
24
68
551
152
1,145
740
791
1,061
497
479
351
171
1,300
85
1,779
270
222
1,696
1,088
346
9,308
660
1,400
1,643
408
1,015
537
353
463
251
1,161
653
373
28
10
14,831
2,187
10,833
439
57
20
3
6
114
33
147
88
70
112
56
114
56
3
201
15
211
41
41
189
114
62
917
69
148
275
48
122
101
27
115
42
220
77
92
543
260
1,420
84
8.8
15.6
14.3
9.7
26.08
27.7
14.7
13.5
9.7
11.8
12.7
31.2
18.98
1.8
18.3
21.4
13.5
17.9
22.7
12.5
11.7
21.8
10.9
11.7
11.8
20.1
13.3
13.7
23.2
8.3
33.04
20.09
23.4
13.4
32.7
3.8
13.5
15.08
24.8
7
20.6
49
4
1
2
16
43
2
1
1
17
2
65
13
32
68
14
13
13
3
64
1
239
8
16
81
30
4
621
28
70
15
27
37
17
6
6
19
60
14
3
1
1
1,741
90
1,188
7
1
2
10
3
7
1
2
23
1
6
2
3
21
11
1
3
42
19
60
4
6.3
200.0
18.2
30.0
100.0
8.3
18.2
ib"~6
14.3
60.0
ioo"6
12.0
42.9
42.3
1.69
27.3
2.5
26.8
5.3
133.3
6
2
1
1
1
9
4
8
1
~~33
_
4
1
12.2
50.0
50.0
~3"03
25.0
12.3
80.0
8.98
3.2
5.04
26.08
40.0
14.3
131
7
126
4
2
5
41
10
212
73
306
299
60
24
44
17
140
15
392
10
41
404
97
39
2,546
104
282
114
94
65
43
74
46
37
160
94
23
2
_
5
16
7
21
6
9
6
4
51
26
7
8
170
19
26
"To
6
19
8
9
26
14
7
~~80
97
3
200~6
24.2
100.0
8.2
10.6
7.4
2.04
17.6
15.8
36.4
14.95
"6.8
7.8
25.8
7.2
7.2
29.5
18.2
16.2
34.5
21.05
32.1
19.4
17.5
43.8
3.3
5.8
10.0
5
3
3
1
7
6
2
5
16
3.8
Ashcroft	
Atlin	
42.9
Barkerville	
Burns Lake	
8
33
5
196
66
285
293
51
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
37.5
Clinton __ . 	
Cranbrook	
55
10
33
68
7
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
Creston      	
Cumberland	
Duncan  	
Fernie	
Golden	
Grand Forks	
Greenwood	
Kamloops	
Kaslo       	
4.0
29.2
4.1
Kelowna	
Lillooet	
Merritt	
Nanaimo	
Nelson          	
16.7
10.9
New Denver        -
New Westminster	
Oliver           	
Penticton	
Pouce Coupe ~   	
Powell River	
Prince George	
Prince Rupert 	
Princeton	
Quesnel	
Revelstoke	
Rossland	
Salmon Arm...   	
	
Smithers	
Telegraph Creek	
Vancouver	
Vernon	
Victoria	
Williams Lake	
51,790
3,080
28,197
333
59,411
3,397
32,903
392
2,457
365
1,680
30
2,537
349
1,777
33
4.4
Totals	
143,675
165,106
21,437
6
	
53,915
60,221
6,313
7
4,536
4,681
222
77
10,117
10,739
670
48
	 Comparative Statement of Notices of Transfer Received Through Issuing Offices during 1948 and 1949
CC 13
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Motor-cycles
Trailers
Total
Issuing Office
1948
1949
Increase
Decrease
1948
1949
Increase
Decrease
1948
1949
Increase
Decrease
1948
1949
Increase
Decrease
1948
1949
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
Number
Per
Cent
Number
Per
Cent
Alberni	
977
47
1
20
113
30
698
220
527
785
147
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
1,507
45
7
15
131
30
1,138
331
1,170
952
196
130
190
52
1,251
16
1,516
154
106
2,160
1,397
73
11,128
403
1,871
469
350
805
297
241
196
138
1,870
314
142
2
530
6
18
440
111
643
167
49
50
37
438
137
86
28
917
473
9
2,477
66
591
164
123
180
56
77
48
24
633
28
4
3,365
218
4.822
56
54.2
600.0
15.92
63.03
50.5
122.01
21.3
33.3
62.5
24.2
53.9
9.9
126.5
35.9
73.8
51.2
14.06
28.6
19.6
46.3
53.8
54.2
28.8
23.2
46.95
32.4
21.05
51.2
9.8
2.9
10.2
17.9
24.2
44.8
2
5
4
11
z
2
4.3
25.0
7.1
40.7
50.0
221
29
2
20
148
27
340
151
262
243
85
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
357
32
4
11
153
28
436
207
310
252
78
66
84
40
488
14
541
63
52
532
445
62
2,605
187
642
449
104
425
145
104
149
59
469
151
108
9
136
3
2
5
1
96
56
48
9
19
12
92
14
83
66
15
399
106
91
5
72
27
23
19
11
123
31
61.5
10.3
100.0
3.4
3.7
28.2
37.08
18.3
3.7
40.4
42.9
23.2
28.6
18.5
17.4
31.9
18.08
........
19.8
25.4
5.05
20.4
22.9
28.4
14.6
22.9
35.5
40.3
9
7
14
3
11
2
45.0
8.2
14.3
"l7~6
1.99
3.7
26
29
1
3
1
1
1
3
42
2
3
~~26
4
20
6
3
7
30
71
11.5
100.0
100.0
10.0
300.0
51.2
200.0
23.07
7l~06
36.4
86.95
300.0
21.4
175.0
""4'9
5.08
1
7
7
5
13
5
12
4
1
10
1
3
3
3
13
2
6
2
100.0
87.5
22.6
45.5
54.2
62.5
27.3
36.4
3.1
52.6
~9"09
100.0
60.0
25.0
30.2
100.0
50.0
3
1
3
1
1
7
1
1
1
2
50.0
21.2
100.0
100.0
100.0
11.1
1
3
5
5
5
3
1
1
7
1
2
1
1
9
25
100.0
33.3
55.6
100.0
33.3
75.0
iob"6
100.0
58.3
50.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
15.3
21.6
1,227
77
3
41
270
57
1,078
390
805
1,056
236
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
1,896
79
11
26
285
59
1,604
553
1,486
1,219
278
199
277
93
1,781
32
2,188
220
166
2,740
1,861
135
14,034
605
2,561
928
463
1,249
453
346
347
206
2,369
476
252
11
669
2
8
15
2
526
163
681
163
42
72
18
8
513
168
102
19
999
543
23
2,909
57
710
262
118
255
83
96
62
31
742
26
34
1
3,644
312
5,071
83
54.5
2.6
266;7
5.6
3.5
48.8
41.8
84.6
15.4
17.8
56.7
6.9
9.4
40.5
8.3
86.4
12.9
57.4
41.2
20.5
26.1
10.4
38.4
39.3
34.2
25.7
22.4
38.4
21.8
17.7
45.6
5.8
15.6
10.0
9.5
16.4
19.5
32.2
15
14
	
Atlin
1
8
36.6
Burns Lake                   .
1
1
24
11
6
11
4
3
3
1
32
2
124
3
7
31
16
1
Clinton
Cranbrook	
Creston	
Cumberland
31
10
11
24
4
9
9
5
4
6
4
Duncan	
4
Grand Forks
8
1
44
2
82
1
11
32   •
13
Kamloops	
15
10
30.4
Kelowna	
7
7
Merritt	
Nanaimo	
Nelson -	
4
17
2
1
33
1
12
1
1
17
3
	
New Denver          ..,.,,..._...
New Westminster	
235
11
23
2
19
14
11
3
5
12
43
4
2
261
15
43
8
9
17
10
40
12       1         6.03
Penticton	
Pouce Coupe    	
9
" 5.6
5
2
Powell River
Prince George	
2
2
1
1
Princeton
2
2
1
1
Quesnel	
Revelstoke
2
9
30
11
Salmon Arm
Smithers.
1
2
Stewart
3     1       50.0
258
98
203
29
5.4
15.6
4.4
22.5
Vancouver	
32,957
1,221
19,895
125
36,322
1,439   -
24,717
181
4,753
630
4,623
129
5,011
728
4,826
158
614
38
1,397
4
644
32
1,468
2
59
18
116
50
20
91
38,383
1,907
26,031
258
42,027
2,219
31,102
341
Vernon	
Victoria	
Totals	
76,405
93,452
17,071
24
18,496
20,584
2,155
67
2,746
2,871
223
	
98
327
270
13
70
97,974
117,177
19,232
29 Comparative Statement of Issuance of Chauffeurs' Class "A," " B," and "C " Licences, by Issuing Offices, during 1948 and 1949
CC 15
Class "A" Chauffeurs
Class
" B " Chauffeurs
Class
" C " Chauffeurs
Total
Issuing Office
1948
1949
Increase
Decrease
1948
1949
Increase
Decrease
1948
1949
Increase
Decrease
1948
1949
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
Alberni            .                  	
82
12
3
15
4
68
30
68
80
63
34
24
6
77
13
55
27
14
156
103
20
588
25
104
84
47
44
51
26
21
14
115
21
13
5
1,247
70
569
17
86
12
1
3
23
11
75
30
72
86
72
30
24
8
92
14
54
29
12
175
132
22
662
24
112
82
51
42
76
23
24
12
125
15
18
3
1,830
74
596
29
4
1
8
7
7
4
6
9
2
15
1
2
19
29
2
74
8
4
25
3
10
5
583
4
27
12
4.9
100.0
53.3
175.0
10.3
5.9
7.5
14.3
33.3
19.5
7.7
7.4
12.2
28.2
10.0
12.6
7.7
8.5
49.01
4
1
2
1
2
2
11.8
1.8
14.3
4.0
2.4
4.5
11.5
14.3
28.6
40.0
115
22
9
15
43
16
63
8
30
78
10
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
32
102
21
11
14
49
16
68
14
29
74
12
22
15
5
72
3
52
60
5
110
83
26
451
13
65
40
60
89
146
23
18
18
107
30
37
3
8
2,044
44
628
30
2
6
5
6
2
4
3
11
3
2
8
3
3
31
13
4
5
10
9
1
4
1
67
22.2
13.95
7.9
75.0
20.0
22.2
25.0
18.03
5.3
66.7
7.8
3.8
13.04
7.4
25.0
11.1
9.09
7.4
9.2
3.4
12.1
14.3
3.4
13
1
1
1
4
2
1
11
5
3
2
39
2
11.3
4.5
6.7
3.3
5.1
28.6
1.9
11.0
17.9
50.0
4.3
5.8
6.3
1,018
181
15
93
382
106
1,035
442
862
1,012
441
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
1,129
183
17
78
363
135
1,150
487
919
1,066
484
351
378
197
973
106
1,188
409
220
2,256
1,174
345
7,031
369
994
1,667
344
1,086
652
502
458
221
1,170
449
271
30
2
15,832
1,503
4,255
319
111
2
2
29
115
45
57
54
43
94
31
90
37
126
66
52
291
71
10.9
1.1
13.3
27.4
11.1
10.2
6.6
5.3
9.8
36.6
8.9
10.2
53.6
11.9
19.2
30.95
14.8
6.4
15
19
20
7
34
16.1
4.97
9.2
1.9
3.3
2.5
1,215
215
24
111
440
126
1,166
480
960
1,170
514
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
1,317
216
29
95
435
162
1,293
531
1,020
1,226
568
403
417
210
1,137
123
1,294
498
237
2,541
1,389
393
8,144
406
1,171
1,789
455
1,217
874
548
500
251
1,402
494
326
36
10
19,706
1,621
5,479
378
102
1
5
36
127
51
60
56
54
94
34
116
38
124
71
52
318
103
62
842
160
39
227
28
68
20
276
2
28
1,839
160
414
45
8.4
0.47
20.8
28.6
10.9
10.6
6.3
4.8
10.5
30.4
8.9
11.4
44.7
10.6
16.6
28.1
14.3
8.0
18.7
11.5
9.8
9.6
35.08
5.4
15.7
8.7
24.5
0.406
9.4
10.3
10.95
8.2
13.5
16
5
20
8
13
3
15
1
Ashcroft '	
Atlin	
Barkerville                                   ..   	
14.4
Burns Lake	
Clinton..     	
1.1
Cranbrook	
Creston 	
Cumberland	
Duncan	
Fernie                 .                               .... 	
Golden	
Grand Forks    	
Greenwood  	
Kamloops	
Kaslo	
Kelowna	
Lillooet 	
8.7
-----
Merritt 	
Nanaimo	
Nelson	
New Denver	
57    |     19.8
737    |     11.7
158    |    10.5
30           9.6
10    |      0.93
192    |    41.7
36    1      7.7
New Westminster
Oliver    _       .       	
1.9
Penticton                     	
1.09
- Pouce Coupe	
Powell River	
Prince George .	
Prince Rupert	
0.25
Princeton	
......    1      3
Quesnel	
14.3
8.7
38.5
46.8
5.7
4.7
70.6
2
6
2
65
22
257
7
19
1,189
158
426
35
16.5
11.05
28.1
1.6
7.5
8.1
11.7
11.1
12.3
Revelstoke	
Rossland	
Salmon Arm	
10
Smithers	
Stewart 	
29.4
Telegraph Creek	
2    1    50.0
9.09
Vancouver	
Vernon	
Victoria    .
Williams Lake 	
Totals  	
4,015
4,861
871     |     --
1
25
4,599
4,717
203    |     ......
1
85
46,156
50,763
4,714
......    |  107
1
54,770
60,341
5,652
81 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1949
CC  17
DISTRIBUTION OF MOTOR-VEHICLES
Although there has been quite an increase in the number of motor-vehicles licensed
in the Province, there has been very little change in the distribution of the same throughout the Province. The total of motor-vehicles licensed in Coast points was 174,700
(77.53 per cent), while 50,627 (22.47 per cent) were licensed at Interior points, as
compared with 153,827 (77.85 per cent) licensed at Coast points and 43,763 (22.15
per cent) licensed at Interior points last year.
The issuance of motor-vehicle licences, according to issuing offices, was as follows:—
1949 Motor-vehicle Licences Issued According to Issuing Offices
Place
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Used
New
Renewal
Total
Used
New
Renewal
Total
Total
1,974
611
861
88
79
141
104
108
47
49
140
21
51
-     38
128
39
26
18
51
6
124
27
14
43
9
12
7
1
11
10
13
12
1
8
2
4
5
3
3
9,848
2,752
3,251
681
455
308
442
369
364
371
324
364
382
401
157
243
85
73
105
148
56
187
40
64
71
54
60
44
71
11
65
30
35
7
16
25
10
47,589
29,540
24,498
3,765
2,863
2,964
2,486
2,391
2,509
1,803
1,774
1,884
1,491
1,711
840
1,029
884
888
648
777
655
555
416
387
514
327
426
347
338
338
360
352
251
166
168
104
97
87
20
6
59,411
32,903
28,610
4,534
3,397
3,413
3,032
2,868
2,920
2,223
2,238
2,269
1,924
2,150
1,125
1,311
995
979
804
931
835
769
470
494
594
393
493
392
420
359
438
394
287
181
186
133
102
100
23
6
143
48
161
10
26
31
27
26
9
15
46
4
14
8
122
18
10
18
27
1
92
11
9
37
6
8
4
3
3
5
5
1
1
4
3
1
1
2,202
1,075
1,126
245
327
182
233
209
131
217
186
139
190
■    108
332
185
83
74
116
48
71
115
90
71
33
70
44
69
76
34
42
12
30
10
18
18
6
7
1
1
12,486
9,710
8,021
1,441
1,834
1,566
1,140
926
921
1,068
913
648
884
588
1,189
812
567
561
597
359
334
411
452
371
314
385
303
370
294
309
204
253
192
160
129
130
76
60
22
27
10
14,831
10,833
9,308
1,696
2,187
1,779
1,400
1,161
1,061
1,300
1,145
791
1,088
704
1,643
1,015
660
653
740
408
497
537
551
479
353
463
351
439
373
346
251
270
222
171
148
152
85
68
24
28
10
74,242
43,736
37,918
6,230
5,584
5,192
4,432
4,029
3,981
3,523
3,383
3,060
3,012
2,854
2,768
2,326
1,655
1,632
1,544
1,339
1,332
1,306
1,021
973
947
856
844
831
793
705
Penticton  	
Rossland -  	
Duncan 	
Cumberland  	
Nelson ,"	
Oliver	
Fernie _  -  .
Burns Lake  __	
Golden      	
Quesnel    	
Smithers	
Lillooet	
Merritt —_	
Greenwood —-	
664
509
352
334
Clinton _ ■ 	
Kaslo     	
Barkerville  , .
Atlin	
285
187
168
10
Totals	
4,889
21,969
138,248
165,106
958
8,226
51,037
60,221
225,327 CC 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA
The foregoing table shows the approximate distribution of motor-vehicles throughout
the Province, with the exception of the Victoria area. Quite an amount of issuance of
licences by mail is carried out by the headquarters office at Victoria, there being 30,670
items so issued this year, as compared with 23,346 last year, an increase of 31.3 per cent.
Of the licences issued by mail from the Victoria office to persons residing outside the
Victoria area, 10,583 were for private passenger type motor-vehicles and 3,213 were for
commercial type motor-vehicles, so that the issuance to persons residing in the Victoria
area was 22,320 private passenger type motor-vehicle licences and 7,620 commercial type
motor-vehicle licences, a total of 29,940 motor-vehicle licences.
Licences issued by mail from the Victoria issuing office during 1949 were as
follows:—
Vancouver
Victoria
New Westminster
Vancouver
Island and
Islands
Balance of
Province
Out of
Province
Total
Passenger licences _	
6,110
1,443
99
114
6
1
47
3,873
2,765
2,190
71
85
15
12
38
1,952
441
72
15
26
2
1
10
376
951
265
46
102
10
6
37
1,144
3,045
1,331
92
159
15
20
275
3,236
36
102
2
12
2
1
17
13,348
5,403
325
498
Class "A" chauffeurs' licences.
Class "B " chauffeurs' licences
Class " C " chauffeurs' licences
50
40
408
10,598
Totals ■ _	
11,693
7,128
943
2,561
8,173
172
30,670
REVENUE
The amount collected during the licence-year 1949 from licences, permits, and fees
under the " Motor-vehicle Act," with the exception of fees for drivers' examinations
(which are used to defray the cost of such examinations), was $6,419,287.46. This was
an increase of $765,831.82 (13.5 per cent) over the amount so collected during the
licence-year 1948.
Of this amount, $4,590,524.40 (71.5 per cent) was collected through the offices of
this Branch as follows:—
Vancouver motor-licence office  $2,217,848.56
Victoria motor-licence office     1,114,556.10
New Westminster motor-licence office        637,091.95
Chilliwack motor-licence office        187,733.71
Mission motor-licence office        144,379.65
Trail motor-licence office        103,651.45
Kamloops motor-licence office        102,537.52
Nelson motor-licence office  82,725.46
Total  $4,590,524.40
The balance of $1,828,763.06 was collected through the various Government
Agencies throughout the Province and Police Detachments collecting and reporting
through such Agencies.
The sum of $52,409 was also collected this year for drivers1 examination fees.
This was an increase of $19,365 (58.6 per cent) over the amount so collected during
last year.    This amount was collected through stationary and travelling examination units
operating at or out of the following places:-
Vancouver  $21,908
Victoria        9,427
New Westminster...      6,395
Vernon       3,621
Nanaimo       2,233
Mission       2,231
Nelson   $2,130
Chilliwack  1,474
Kamloops   1,332
Trail  1,133
Kelowna  525
Total  $52,409 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1949
CC 19
In addition to the above, the sum of $38,853 was also collected during the calendar
year 1949 by the Encumbrance Registry Division of this Branch at Victoria, under the
" Bills of Sale Act," " Conditional Sales Act," " Mechanics' Lien Act," " Companies
Act," and " Co-operative Associations Act," in connection with the registration and
releases of documents relating to motor-vehicles filed thereunder and searches, etc., in
connection therewith. This was an increase of $7,233.40 or 22.8 per cent over the
amount collected from this source during the calendar year 1948.
A sharp increase of 42.8 per cent was registered in the number of refunds made this
year, these totalling 2,643, as compared with 1,851 last year. These refunds amounted
to $22,683.66, an increase of $6,391.42 or 33.1 per cent over the amount so refunded
during the preceding year. The major portion of this increase was in connection with
the relinquishment of motor-vehicle licences upon the motor-vehicles concerned being
either damaged beyond all possibility of being repaired as a motor-vehicle or being
permanently removed from the Province.
For purposes of comparison, the following table gives particulars of the types of
refunds made during 1948 and 1949:—
Type of Refund
1948
1949
Number
Amount
Number
Amount
251
31
2
6
11
21
12
19
5
1
27
$59.59
3,607.24
335.00
10.00
13.00
88.16
289.84
9.00
19.00
12.50
1.00
509.12
2
291
46
5
13
34
18
11
5
30
1
1
$219.17
4,244.74
430.00
6.00
111.22
273.50
Transfer fees (overpaid)	
13.50
10.25
12.00
554.57
1.00
.50
Sub-totals	
387
$4,953.45
457'
$5,876.45
809
134
404
117
$7,196.23
1,278.01
2,357.75
506.80
1,470
216
293
207
$11,869.61
Seasonal refunds, section 54 (October 31st, one-third) —	
Seasonal refunds, section 54 (November 30th, one-quarter) -	
Seasonal refunds, section 54 (December 31st, one-sixth)--	
2,068.02
1,970.50
899.08
1,464
$11,338.79
2,186
$16,807.21
1,851
$16,292.24
2,643
$22,683.66
EXAMINATION OF MOTOR-VEHICLE DRIVERS
During the year 1949, 24,268 male applicants and 6,846 female applicants, a total
of 31,114 applicants, completed their examinations for drivers' licences. As a result of
such examinations, it was found necessary to issue restricted drivers' licences to 4,704 or
19.52 per cent of the male applicants and 1,493 or 21.81 per cent of the female applicants, a total of 6,233 or 20 per cent of those applying, and to refuse drivers' licences to
76 or 0.31 per cent of the male applicants and 5 or 0.07 per cent of the female applicants,
a total of 81 or 0.26 per cent of the total applicants.
Particulars of the results of such examinations, segregated into age-groups, were as
follows:—  Summary of Drivers' Original Examinations, 1949
cc 21
Males
Females
15-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65 Years and Over
Total
15-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65 Years and Over
Total
ijrana ioiai
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
Number 1 Per Cent
1
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number examined ..         ~ ,
1
6,787    |     	
8,800
4,106
2,500
1,184
395
496
24,268
1
1,356    |     	
2,527    |     	
1,891
708
302
41
21
6,846
31,114
Restrictions Placed for—
Hearing               	
10
22
162
20
8
61
6
4
608
0.15
0.32
2.39
0.29
0.12
0.90
0.09
0.06
8.96
16
48
186
37
5
74
42
2
1
698
0.18
0.55
2.11
0.42
0.06
0.84
0.48
0.02
0.01
7.93
21
33
109
22
.7
32
31
2
449
0.51
0.80
2.65
0.54
0.17
0.78
0.75
0.05
10.94
17
43
109
37
2
25
20
6
372
0.68
1.72
4.36
1.48
0.08
1.00
0.80
0.24
14.88
28
28
77
26
1
14
22
2
2
513
2.37
2.37
6.50
2.19
0.08
1.18
1.86
0.17
0.17
43.33
11
6
16
8
1
3
4
3
6
175
2.79
1.52
4.05
2.03
0.25
0.76
1.01
0.76
1.52
44.30
26
13
45
15
13
45
18
14
258   *
5.24
2.62
9.07
3.03
2.62
9.07
3.63
2.82
52.02
129
193
704
165
24
222
170
37
23
3,073
0.53
0.80
2.90
0.68
0.10
0.92
0.70
0.15
0.09
12.66
5
24
2
1
218
0.37
1.77
0.15
0.07
16.08
2
8
37
7
1
6
2
404
0.06
0.32
1.47
0.28
a04~
0.24
0.08
15.99
2
7
29
5
1
3
4
2
315
0.11
0.37
1.53
0.26
0.05
0.16
0.21
0.11
16.66
8
6
19
5
1
1
1
172
1.13
0.85
2.68
0.71
0.14
0.14
0.14
24.30
6
2
2
3
137
2.00
0.65
0.65
0.99
45.38
1
2
1
_
~~20
2.44
4.88
2.44
~9~76
48.78
1
1
1
1
13
4.76
4.76
4.76
4.76
61.91
14
26
118
20
4
1
6
17
8
1,279
0.20
0.38
1.72
0.29
0.06
0.02
0.09
0.25
0.12
18.68
143
219
822
185
28
223
176
54
31
4,352
0.46
Vision (including glasses)	
Depth (including glasses)	
Periphery (including glasses) ...
Diplopia (including glasses).—
Colours	
0.70
2.64
0.59
0.09
0.72
0.57
0.17
Road tests                     	
0.10
Glasses	
13.99
Total restrictions   	
901
13.28
1,109
12.60
706
17.19
631
25.24
713
60.22
233
58.99
447
90.12
4,740
19.53
250    |     18.44
467
18.48
368
19.46
213
30.09
150
49.67
28
68.30
17
80.95
1,493
21.81
6,233    1    20.03
Failed for—
Hearing                	
1
17
1
0.02
0.25
0.02
_____
1
1
0.18
0.01
0.01
3
0.07
5
1
2
1
0.20
0.04
0.08
0.04
1
1
1
0.08
0.08
0.08
1
1
0.25
0.25
.5
1
1
4
1
10
1.01
0.20
0.20
0.81
0.20
2.02
1
47
3
2
8
2
13
0.01
0.19
0.01
0.01
0.03
0.01
0.05
1
—
0.04
	
1
1
0.05
0.05
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........
1
1
4.76
4.76
3
2
0"04
0.03
1
50
3
2
8
2
15
0.01
Vision (including glasses)	
Periphery (including glasses)...
Diplopia (including glasses) —
Physical condition .   .   .  .
0.16
0.01
0.01
0.02
Reaction time    ....   	
0.01
Road tests	
0.04
Total failures	
19
0.29
18
0.20
3
0.07
9
0.36
3
0.24
2
0.50
22
4.44
76
0.31
1
0.04
2
0.10
	
2
9.52
5
0.07
81
0.26 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1949 CC 23
It was also found necessary to call in 273 holders of drivers' licences, who, as a
result of being involved in three reportable motor-vehicle accidents within a "period of
one year, or upon recommendation made by the Magistrate by whom they were convicted
of a violation of the legislation governing the operation of motor-vehicles, or as a result
of information received as to their physical condition, it was considered advisable to
re-examine as to their fitness and ability to operate motor-vehicles. As a result of these
re-examinations, it was found necessary to restrict the drivers' licences of 76 or 27.8 per
cent and to suspend the drivers' licences of 13 or 4.7 per cent.
Particulars of these special call-ins, segregated into age-groups, are as follows:— CC 24
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On August 12th, 1949, instructions were received from you to proceed at the earliest
date possible with the re-examination of motor-vehicle drivers on the following basis:—
(a) Every year, Class "A" chauffeurs and persons over 70 years of age.
(b) Every two years, Class " B " chauffeurs and persons over 65 years of age
and under 70 years of age.
(c) Every five years and at such other times as may be deemed necessary, all
holders of drivers' licences.
In accordance with these instructions, the matter of obtaining the necessary equipment, employing and training additional examiners of drivers, and setting up the necessary
procedures was immediately proceeded with, and on November 28th, 1950, such reexaminations were commenced.
During the period between November 28th and December 31st, 1950, 5,257 holders
of drivers' licences were called in and completed such re-examinations, of whom 4,471
were males and 786 were females. As a result of these re-examinations, it was found
necessary to restrict the drivers' licences of 1,500 or 28.53 per cent and to suspend the
drivers' licences of 23 or 0.44 per cent.
The following summary, segregated into age-groups, shows the results of these
re-examinations, the reasons for the restrictions imposed on the drivers' licences, and the
reasons for the suspension of drivers' licences:— CC 27
Summary of Drivers' Re-examinations, November 28th to December 31st, 1949
Males
Females
Grand
15-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65 Years and Over
Total
15-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65 Years and Over
Total
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
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Number
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Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
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Number
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Number
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Number re-examined.     .   .
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1,267
1,081
731
237
461
4,471
2
88
314
211
115
30
26
786
5.527
Restrictions placed for—
Hearing	
Vision (including glasses)	
Depth (including glasses)	
Periphery (including glasses).
Diplopia (including glasses).-
Colours (including glasses).—.
Physical condition
1
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2.08
12.50
1
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5
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0.46
1.39
0.46
0.31
0.78
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0.08
0.56
1.89
0.63
0.47
0.47
0.32
10.89
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0.55
2.04
3.98
1.66
0.46
0.37
14.71
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1.23
2.33
4.65
2.33
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0.68
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0.42
0.85
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4.56
2.60
6.51
2.39
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0.96
1.44
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1.39
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0.54
0.60
0.22
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0.64
0.95
0.64
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0.47
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0.87
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3.85
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0.89
0.38
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0.25
0.13
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50
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64
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0.95
1.27
3.01
1.21
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0.46
0.51
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Road tests                	
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Glasses	
20.79
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14.58
96
14.86
194
15.31
257
23.77
297
40.63
119
50.21
336
72.90
1,306
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50
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24.68
1,500
28.53
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Vision (including glasses)	
Road tests	
1
2
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0.31
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0.08
0.08
2
0.19
2
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0.27
0.27
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3
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0.65
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0.25
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23
0.44 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1949 CC 29
In addition to the regular drivers' examinations carried out, 1,183 written examinations were given to applicants for Class "A" chauffeurs' licences and 1,180 road tests
carried out; 1,295 written examinations were given to applicants for Class " B " chauffeurs' licences and 1,204 road tests given; and 2,515 road tests were given to minors in
connection with their applications for a permit to minor. Altogether a total of 43,591
examinations as to eyesight, reaction, etc., as well at 42,934 road tests were carried out
by the examiners of drivers during the year.
The work of the drivers' examination units during the year is shown on the following
synopsis:— CC 30
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A sharp increase of 33.58 per cent was recorded this year in the number of convictions reported under the provisions of the " Motor-vehicle Act" and regulations and
under section 285 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The number of these convictions
was 15,034, an increase of 3,780 over the number reported last year. Of these convictions, 1,973 (13.13 per cent) were for violations of section 285 of the Criminal Code of
Canada; 12,169 (80.94 per cent) were for violations of the provisions of the " Motor-
vehicle Act "; and 892 (5.93 per cent) were for violations of the " Motor-vehicle Act";
regulations.     ■.<■< '■■
For purposes of comparison, particulars of the types of convictions reported for
violations of the " Motor-vehicle Act" and regulations thereunder, as well as of section
285 of the Criminal Code of Canada, during the years 1946 to 1949, inclusive, are given
in the following table:—
Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act " and Section 285,
Criminal Code, 1946-49
Offence
I
1946      I     1947
1948
1949
Driving while driver's licence under suspension _   	
Failing to stop after accident — _   	
Unlawfully taking a motor-vehicle without consent of owners __ _
Driving a motor-vehicle while intoxicated __: : 	
Driving to common danger   	
Operating a vehicle with apparatus for making a smoke-screen  __
Careless driving  __   	
Exceeding maximum speed-limit  , ,	
Exceeding speed-limit indicated by " speed " signs 	
Failing to obtain, or.to display, motor-vehicle licence or permit as required
Exceeding speed-limit passing schools and playgrounds 	
Operating without driver's licence or failing to produce same- _ 	
Operating motor-vehicle without minor's permit _ 	
Using licence belonging to another, refusing to show licence, etc.- _
Making false statement, permitting another to use licence, etc. — _	
Driving motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence.	
Holding two current driver's licences   	
Driving motor-vehicle as chauffeur without chauffeur's licence or permit ._
Failure of dealer to notify re sale, misuse of dealers' plates, etc 	
Operating with " D " plates without salesman's licence or permit, etc.	
Operating as dealer without licence —-   	
Permitting person not properly licensed to drive motor-vehicle, etc	
Letting motor-vehicles for hire without complying with requirements —-	
Employing unlicensed chauffeur  *_,  	
Failing to transfer motor-vehicle, etc   	
Failing to report change in motor-vehicle   .._	
Failing to notify re change of address-. . ,   _„.
Altering number-plates and using fictitious plates.—  ,._
Failing to report an accident, etc   	
Failing to register'as a tourist       	
Failing to stop at railroad crossing   	
Failing to stop on approach of fire and police patrol	
Failing to take necessary precautions re street-cars  	
Failing to take necessary precautions re horse-drawn vehicle.- 	
Failing to notify of removal or destruction, of motor-vehicle  	
Operating motor-cycle with person in front of driver  	
Transporting animals unprotected   	
Failing to stop on request of police or state proper name  __
Failing to surrender licence on suspension.-   	
Removing or releasing impounded vehicle without authority  	
Producing invalid financial liability card, etc.   - -
Failing to display number-plates unobstructed, clean, etc  	
Driving without head-lights or improper head-lights  _
Driving without tail-light- - .•_., — 	
Driving over-width 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. ,	
Replacing glass other than with safety glass.-   	
Operating motor-vehicle with improperly mounted or unauthorized fo
spot-, or auxiliary-lights  	
Failing to have proper connection between motor-vehicle and trailer	
Failing to submit motor-vehicle for inspection and testing „ 	
Operating defective motor-vehicle after ordered off road -	
Totals  	
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104
84
63
781
1,489
653
160
1,606
1,024
82
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17
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105
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228
1,675
1,202
92
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116
26
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166
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194
108
158
1,382
102
133
124
225
1,389
1,962
1,743
300
2,805
1,380
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3
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2,037
442
3,612
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8,630  | 11,254  | 15,034 CC 32 BRITISH COLUMBIA
SAFETY RESPONSIBILITY
As a result of our experience in connection with the requirements of the amended
legislation as implemented on March 1st, 1948, further amendments to such legislation
were passed on March 24th, 1949, to, without weakening the protection afforded by such
legislation, provide for the giving of some relief under certain conditions, and these
amendments have resulted in practically obviating any complaint in this connection.
During the year, many large transportation companies have deposited bonds or
obtained certificates from the Superintendent of Insurance as " self insurers," and this
method of filing proof of financial responsibility has resulted in a decrease in the total
number of British Columbia financial responsibility insurance certificates filed of 225 or
2.6 per cent, the total number of such certificates filed during the year being 8,503 as
compared with 8,728 during the previous year. This decrease was registered in the
owner's policy certificates for public and limited vehicles, there being 2,737 of these filed
this year as compared with 3,164 last year, a decrease of 427 or 13.49 per cent. Owner's
policy certificates and garage and sales agencies policy certificates filed during the year
totalled 4,700, an increase of 198 or 4.39 per cent over the number so filed last year,
while a slight increase of 0.37 per cent was registered in the number of drivers' policy
certificates filed, there being 1,066 filed this year as compared with 1,062 last year.
Out of a total of 11,424 British Columbia financial responsibility insurance certificates received during the year, 2,921 or 25.57 per cent were rejected and returned to
the insurance companies concerned as incorrect. While this number of rejections is
still much too high, it does show a slight decrease under the number which were rejected
in 1948, when 25.6 per cent of the certificates received were not acceptable.
The number of British Columbia financial responsibility insurance certificates which
were cancelled during the year amounted to 7,423. This was a decrease of 4,214 or 36.2
per cent under the number cancelled during the previous year. However, it is felt that,
due to the number of enquiries from insurance companies during the year in connection
with their responsibility when such certificates are not cancelled, a substantial increase in
the number of cancellations may be anticipated in the future.
Financial responsibility cards issued during the year to corporations who had filed
bonds, or who had been issued with a certificate from the Superintendent of Insurance
that they maintain sufficient funds to satisfy third-party liability claims, totalled 500 and
one such card was issued to a private individual who deposited security for $11,000.
As it is necessary to screen all new registrations of motor-vehicles as well as transfers
of the same, and all applications for original drivers' licences, approximately 301,500
individual checks were made this year as compared with approximately 255,100 made
last year, an increase of 18.1 per cent.
During the year, 3,691 drivers' licences and 2,808 motor-vehicle licences were
suspended under the financial responsibility sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act." This
was an increase of 433 or 13.3 per cent in the number of drivers' licences suspended and
an increase of 484 or 20.8 per cent in the number of motor-vehicle licences suspended
as compared with last year.
However, 2,587 drivers' licences and 2,121 motor-vehicle licences were reinstated
during the year upon compliance with the requirements of such financial responsibility
sections of the Act or the bona-fide sale of the motor-vehicles concerned to other persons.
This was an increase of 658 or 34.3 per cent in the number of drivers' licences reinstated
and an increase of 774 or 57.5 per cent in the number of motor-vehicle licences reinstated
in this connection as compared with last year. A comparative statement of the suspensions and reinstatements of drivers' licences and motor-vehicle licences under the provisions of the financial responsibility sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act" during this
year and last year is given in the following table:— REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1949
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In addition to the suspensions made under the provisions of the financial responsibility sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act," it was also found necessary to suspend 1,443
drivers' licences. This was an increase of 33.6 per cent over the number so suspended
during the corresponding period last year. Of these, 825 were as a result of Court orders
or recommendations received from Magistrates, and the balance as a result of being
found unfit to drive or for failing to take and qualify in a driver's examination when called
upon to do so.
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licences were suspended, is shown in the following statement:— CC 36
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During 1949, 39 drivers' licences, which had been obtained from persons who had
been committed to mental institutions, were forwarded to this office, and 16 drivers'
licences so surrendered were returned upon the clearance of the holder.
There were also 408 persons released, during the year, from the requirement of
having to maintain proof of financial responsibility. Of these, 102 were released, as
one year had elapsed since the date of the motor-vehicle accident as a result of which
they were required to give such proof and they had not been named as defendant in an
action in connection with damages and had neither paid nor agreed to pay any sum for
damages; or as a result of judgment in an action for damages being given in their favour,
and 306 were released by submitting the necessary proof that during a period of at least
three years immediately preceding their application for release they had not been convicted of any offence which would bring them under the financial responsibility legislation,
that they had no judgment in an action for damages as a result of a motor-vehicle accident
outstanding against them, and that they had not been involved in any motor-vehicle
accident.
At the beginning of the year, 351 motor-vehicles were still impounded as a result
of being involved in a motor-vehicle accident, and during the year, 1,554 were impounded
for this reason, making a total of 1,905. During the year, 1,505 motor-vehicles were
released from impoundment, leaving 400 motor-vehicles still impounded on December
31st, 1949. The 1,505 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 fifing
proof of financial responsibility for future operation, 73.
(b) 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, 647.
(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, 46.
(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, 97.
(e) By satisfactory proof being given that, at the time of the accident, the
motor-vehicle was a stolen motor-vehicle, 8.
(/) 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, 56.
(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, 242.
(h) By the owner or driver of the motor-vehicle producing satisfactory proof
of satisfaction of claims for damages (non-residents), 67.
(i) By warrant of execution, 1.
(/') By judgment in action for damages having been given in favour of the
owner of the impounded motor-vehicle, 2.
(/c) On expiration of six months after accident and no action for damages
taken against owner of impounded motor-vehicle, 247.
(I) By satisfactory proof being given that, at the time of the accident, the
motor-vehicle was properly parked, 19.
MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Although there was an increase of 13.49 per cent in the number of motor-vehicles
licensed within the Province during 1949, I am very pleased to be able to report that CC 38 BRITISH COLUMBIA
there was a decrease of 1.12 per cent in the number of motor-vehicle accidents resulting
in personal injuries and a decrease of 1.89 per cent in the number of motor-vehicle
accidents resulting in fatalities, motor-vehicle accidents resulting in personal injuries
totalling 3,633 this year as compared with 3,674 last year, and fatal motor-vehicle
accidents totalling 156 as compared with 159 last year.
The total number of reportable motor-vehicle accidents .this year was 19,061 as
compared with 17,565 last year, an increase of 1,496 or 8.52 per cent, while 5,194
persons received non-fatal personal injuries this year as compared with 5,133 last year,
an increase of 61 or 1.19 per cent, and 184 persons lost their lives as compared with 182
last year, an increase of 2 or 1.1 per cent. Property damage caused in reportable motor-
vehicle accidents this year amounted to $3,769,821.29, an increase of $602,711.76 or
19.03 per cent over the amount caused during last year. However, it would seem that
some of this increase in the amount of property damage can be attributed to the increased
cost of repairs.
From the brief summary given in Appendix I of the motor-vehicle accidents
occurring in this Province during the past ten years, it will be noted that during that
period there has been 95,447 accidents, which have resulted in 1,424 fatalities, 35,144
persons receiving non-fatal injuries, and property damage of $14,550,244.97 being
caused, such acidents involving 158,680 motor-vehicles.
This year, 13,651 or 71.6 per cent of all motor-vehicle accidents resulted from
collision between motor-vehicles. This is an increase in this type of accident of 2.7 per
cent over last year, when 68.9 per cent of the motor-vehicle accidents resulted from this
cause. As a result of this type of accident, 2,322 persons were injured and 32 persons
died, this being 44.7 per cent of the persons receiving non-fatal injuries and 17.3 per cent
of the persons receiving fatal injuries in motor-vehicle accidents.
The next largest group was the non-collision accidents, which amounted to 1,889
or 9.9 per cent of the total accidents. This type of accident resulted in 923 persons
receiving non-fatal injuries and 72 person losing their lives, which was 17.7 per cent of
the total number of persons injured and 39.1 per cent of the total fatalities. This is
a sharp increase over last year in the number of fatalities in this type of accident, when
25.2 per cent of the fatalities occurred from this source.
Motor-vehicles striking fixed objects was the third largest group, these totalling
1,293 or 6.7 per cent of the total accidents and caused non-fatal injuries to 397 or 7.6
per cent of the persons receiving such injuries and 11 or 5.9 per cent of the fatalities.
This type of accident shows a decrease in the number of persons injured and killed this
year as compared with last year, when 464 persons were injured and 16 persons killed.
Although there were 91 less accidents this year with pedestrians being struck by
motor-vehicles, resulting in a decrease of 78 in the number of persons receiving non-fatal
injuries and a decrease of 7 in the number of persons losing their lives in such accidents
as compared with last year, this still remains the most fatal type, as in 949 or 4.9 per cent
of the total number of motor-vehicle accidents, 939 or 18 per cent of the number of
persons receiving non-fatal injuries were caused as well as 48 or 26 per cent of the
fatalities.
There was no change in the peak hours of motor-vehicle accidents, which still
remains from 4 to 6 p.m., 3,229 or 16.9 per cent of the accidents taking place at this
time, while Saturday was again the day on which most accidents occurred, 4,139 or
21.7 per cent of the total accidents taking place on that day.
Of the 32,970 motor-vehicles involved in reportable motor-vehicle accidents this
year, 23,271 or 70.5 per cent were private passenger type motor-vehicles, 4,056 or 12.3
per cent were trucks, 3,233 or 9.8 per cent were deliveries, and 963 or 2.9 per cent were
taxis. This was a percentage increase of 1.5 per cent in the number of private passenger
type motor-vehicles and a percentage increase of 2 per cent irt the number of deliveries REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,   1949 CC 39
involved, over last year, while a percentage decrease of 2.6 per cent in the number of
trucks and 0.9 per cent in the number of taxis involved, under last year, was registered.
Private passenger type motor-vehicles were involved in 59.2 per cent of the fatal
accidents, an increase of 7.6 per cent over last year; 68.7 per cent of the accidents
resulting in non-fatal injuries, an increase of 1 per cent over last year; and 71 per cent
of the accidents resulting in property damage only, an increase of 1.3 per cent over last
year. Trucks were involved in 23.2 per cent of the fatal accidents, a decrease of 4.5
per cent under last year; 9.2 per cent of the accidents resulting in non-fatal injuries,
a decrease of 3.7 per cent under last year; and 12.8 per cent of the accidents resulting
in property damage only, a decrease of 2.5 per cent under last year. Deliveries were
involved in 9 per cent of the fatal accidents, an increase of 1.6 per cent over last year;
10.1 per cent of the accidents resulting in non-fatal injuries, a decrease of 1.3 per cent
under last year; and 9.7 per cent of the accidents resulting in property damage only,
a decrease of 4.2 per cent under last year. Taxis were involved in 0.5 per cent of the
fatal accidents, a decrease of 2.7 per cent under last year; 2.6 per cent of the accidents
resulting in non-fatal injuries, a decrease of 0.8 per cent under last year; and 3 per cent of
the accidents resulting in property damage only, a decrease of 0.9 per cent under last year.
Accidents occurring at railroad crossings increased by 17.6 per cent this year,
83.7 per cent taking place at unguarded crossings, resulting in 80 per cent of the fatalities,
94.7 per cent of the accidents resulting in non-fatal personal injuries, and 80.3 per cent
of the accidents resulting in property damage only from this source.
Of the 32,970 motor-vehicle drivers involved in accidents, 94.7 per cent were male
drivers. Drivers under 25 years of age comprised 22.5 per cent of the drivers involved
in motor-vehicle accidents, and this group was involved in accidents which caused 27.6
per cent of the fatalities, 25.1 per cent of the non-fatal injuries, and 22 per cent of the
property damage. The largest age-group of the drivers involved were those between
25 and 40 years of age, this group being involved in 45.6 per cent of the total accidents,
resulting in 40.7 per cent of the fatalities, 44.6 per cent of the non-fatal injuries, and
45.8 per cent of the property damage.
Of the drivers involved in accidents, 75.7 per cent had a driving experience of five
years and over, and these were involved in accidents causing 56.1 per cent of the fatalities,
72.5 per cent of the personal injuries, and 76.4 per cent of the property damage. However, 2.5 per cent of the drivers involved had a driving experience of not more than twelve
months, and these drivers were involved in accidents resulting in 6.9 per cent of the
fatalities, those drivers having less than three months' experience being involved in
accidents resulting in 3.7 per cent of the fatalities.
While 89.9 per cent of the drivers involved were apparently in a normal condition,
0.3 per cent were intoxicated, and this group was involved in accidents resulting in
2.6 per cent of the fatalities. Non-resident drivers involved in accidents comprised
1.4 per cent of the total drivers involved, and this group was involved in accidents
resulting in 5 per cent of the fatalities. Last year there were 243 drivers who did not
have a driver's licence involved in accidents, and these drivers were involved in accidents
in which 6 fatalities and 86 non-fatal personal injuries were caused. This year there
were only 24 persons not having drivers' licences involved in accidents, these resulting
in 1 fatality and 5 non-fatal injuries.
In those accidents in which there was no doubt but that the action of the driver
contributed to the accident, the largest group (18.3 per cent) were those who left their
cars standing in the roadway, followed closely by the group (18.1 per cent) who drove off
the highway, while the practice resulting in the most fatal accidents were those who
exceeded the speed-limit who, while they comprised but 1.2 per cent of the drivers in
this group, were involved in 6 per cent of the fatalities caused by such group. CC 40 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Again this year, there has been a decrease in the number of pedestrians who have
been killed or injured as a result of being involved in motor-vehicle accidents, 4.8 per
cent of the pedestrians so involved receiving fatal injuries and 95.2 per cent receiving
non-fatal injuries. This is a decrease of 13.5 per cent in the number receiving fatal
injuries and 7.4 per cent in the number receiving non-fatal injuries. Of the pedestrians
receiving fatal injuries, 22.9 per cent were under 15 years of age. This is an increase of
1 in this age-group over last year. However, there was a decrease of 6 in the number
of pedestrians between the ages of 50 and 64 and a decrease of 8 in the number of
pedestrians of 65 years and over who were fatally injured, as compared with last year.
The largest group of pedestrians who were fatally injured were those who were walking
on or along a highway.
Of those who lost their lives or received non-fatal injuries from motor-vehicle accidents, the largest group was again passengers, of whom 72 received fatal injuries and
2,638 non-fatal injuries. This was an increase of 18 per cent in the number of those
receiving fatal injuries and an increase of 9.4 per cent in the number receiving non-fatal
injuries, as compared with last year. Drivers wer,e the next largest group, of whom 55
received fatal injuries and 1,229 non-fatal injuries. This was an increase of 37.5 per
cent in the number of drivers who lost their lives and 10.5 per cent of the number receiving non-fatal injuries, as compared with last year.
Again this year, accidents occurring during darkness were more than twice as fatal
as those occurring during daylight, there being 21.5 per cent of the accidents resulting in
39.7 per cent of the fatalities occurring during darkness as compared with 56.2 per cent
of the accidents occurring during daylight resulting in 36.6 per cent of the fatalities.
Brakes were found to be defective in 1.4 per cent of the motor-vehicles involved in
accidents and these motor-vehicles were involved in 4.8 per cent of the fatalities, while
5.9 per cent of the motor-vehicles involved were operating on slippery roads without
chains and these motor-vehicles were involved in 3.2 per cent of the fatalities. Of the
motor-vehicles involved in accidents, 81.2 per cent were apparently in good condition
and this group of motor-vehicles was involved in 73.6 per cent of the fatalities.
Reportable motor-vehicle accidents occurring in cities in the Province this year
totalled 11,673 or 61.2 per cent of the total accidents. While this was an actual increase
of 6 per cent in the number of accidents occurring in cities this year as compared with
last year, it is a decrease of 1.4 per cent in the over-all picture of motor-vehicle accidents
occurring throughout the Province. These motor-vehicle accidents in cities resulted in
57 persons receiving fatal injuries, an increase of 11.8 per cent over last year; 2,656
persons receiving non-fatal injuries, a decrease of 0.1 per cent under last year; and
property damage of $1,845,832.27, an increase of 16.1 per cent over last year. The
number of motor-vehicles involved showed an increase of 13.4 per cent over last year.
The greatest percentage increase in motor-vehicle accidents in cities was at Rossland,
accidents in that city increasing 255.6 per cent over last year, while the greatest percentage decrease was registered at Grand Forks, where the accidents showed a decrease of
38.1 per cent under last year.
In district municipalities, there were 3,254 reportable motor-vehicle accidents this
year, an increase of 6.5 per cent over last year. This was 17 per cent of the total accidents in the Province, which was a decrease in the over-all picture of 0.3 per cent under
last year. These accidents in the district municipalities resulted in 43 persons receiving
fatal injuries, a decrease of 32.8 per cent under last year; 1,086 persons receiving nonfatal injuries, a decrease of 6.9 per cent under last year; and $753,137.62 property
damage being caused, an increase of 9.3 per cent over last year: the number of motor-
vehicles involved showing an increase of 7.9 per cent. The heaviest percentage increase
was registered in Fraser Mills, where an increase of 700 per cent was registered, and the
largest percentage decrease took place in Glenmore, where a decrease of 66.7 per cent
was shown. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1949
CC 41
An increase of 18 per cent was also recorded in the number of motor-vehicle accidents taking place in village municipalities and unorganized districts in the Province,
there being 4,134 accidents in such areas, which was 21.6 per cent of the total accidents
in the Province, an increase of 1.7 per cent in the over-all picture as compared with last
year. These accidents resulted in 84 persons being fatally injured, an increase of 25.4
per cent over last year; 1,452 persons receiving non-fatal injuries, an increase of 11 per
cent over last year; and property damage of $1,170,851.40 being caused, an increase of
32.3 per cent over last year; motor-vehicles involved amounting to 5,963, an increase of
13.1 per cent over last year.
Statements giving details according to location of motor-vehicle accidents occurring
this year and last year are given in Appendices II, III, and IV, while a statistical summary
of motor-vehicle accidents occurring throughout the Province during this year is given in
Appendix V. Brief particulars of motor-vehicle accidents occurring during the calendar
years 1946 to 1949, inclusive, are as follows:—
Motor-vehicle Accidents Occurring during Calendar Years
1946 to 1949, Inclusive
1947
1948
1949
Number of motor-vehicles licensed „  	
Number of motor-vehicle accidents -	
Number of motor-vehicles involved	
Number of motor-vehicle accident deaths 	
Number of persons injured in motor-vehicle accidents 	
Amount  of property  damage  caused  by  motor-vehicle
accidents —-   _	
147,639
9,792
15,964
147
3,920
176,296
13,056
21,381
197
4,489
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$1,352,670.96 | $2,002,855.18
$84.73
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200,161
17,565
29,852
182
5,133
$3,167,109.53
$102.74
225,327
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32,970
184
5,194
$3,769,820.29
$114.34 CC 42
BRITISH COLUMBIA
"BILLS-OF SALE ACT," "CONDITIONAL SALES ACT," 'MECHANICS'
LIEN ACT," "CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATIONS ACT," AND "COMPANIES ACT."
Again this year, the sharp increase which has taken place in the filing of documents
and the making of searches under the above-mentioned Acts has continued. The total
number of documents being handled this year amounted to 70,130, an increase of 14,798
or 26.6 per cent over last year. Revenue collected in this connection totalled $60,365,
an increase of $14,098 or 30.47 per cent over last year. 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, during this year and last year,
are given in the following summary:—
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1948
1949
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23,725
8,150
525
38
798
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484
668
10,496
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9,558
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1,408
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21.56
17.57
17.42
172.22
Registrations under " Companies Act " 	
Motor-vehicle files marked under " Companies Act "
13.16
24.44
80.0
Motor-vehicle  files  marked  under   " Co-operative
58.62
47
142
1,844
1,836
93
55,512
70,310
14,798
26.66
Revenue
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14,648.00
4,727.85
38.00
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6,179.00
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Value of law stamps attached to documents when
Value of bills of sale and conditional sale search
13.16
80.0
Miscellaneous searches, copying, fees, certificates,
94.85
$46,267.00
$60,365.00
$14,098.00
30.47
SCHOOL BUSES
During the year, there were 439 school-bus permits issued for the purpose of carrying school children to and from school, this being a 0.9 per cent increase over the number
of school-bus permits issued last year.
Mechnical Supervisors of the British Columbia Provincial Police inspected 460
school buses throughout the year and found 48 cases where brakes were defective and
131 cases where steering was defective. In all instances, these defects were corrected
immediately. It was also found necessary to suspend the operation of one school bus,
as it was considered to be in too poor a condition to be transporting school children to
and from school. This school bus was subsequently replaced by a new piece of equipment.
The Mechanical Inspectors of the Motor Carrier Branch carried out 131 inspections
of school buses during the year, and in 33 cases steering was found to be defective, while
in 8 cases brakes were found defective. In each case, the defects were immediately
remedied.
A total of 80 new school buses were put into operation for the transporting of school
children during the year, an increase of 20 or 33.33 per cent over the number of new
school buses put into operation last year. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1949
CC 43
School buses were involved in 30 accidents this year, resulting in property damage
amounting to $7,907 and one nine-year-old child receiving a minor injury.
STAFF
With the increase in the volume of work, it was necessary to increase the staff, and
for this purpose 24 persons were added to the staff handling the regular work, an increase
of 14.8 per cent. In addition to this, it was also necessary to engage 27 persons to be
trained as examiners of drivers for the purpose of giving a re-examination to drivers
throughout the Province.
The classification and distribution of the staff on December 31st, 1949, was as
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A very substantial increase in the amount of information, etc., supplied to police
departments and other Provincial and Dominion Government departments, as well as to
insurance companies, finance companies, etc., and to the public in general, was made
during the year.
CONCLUSION
In conclusion, I would like to take this opoprtunity 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,
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Your obedient servant,
GEO. A. HOOD,
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Statistical Summary-—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued
CC 49
2.                                   Hour of Occurrence
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
818
528
366
219
169
118
173
652
785
782
896
692
915
908
1,259
1,171
1,778
1,451
1,043
978
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811
639
963
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122
143
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158
158
235
227
325
289
231
234
160
165
154
193
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409
280
168
126
97
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8 to   9 a.m	
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9 to 10 a.m	
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1 to   2 p.m	
742
2 to   3 p.m     	
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1,441
1,154
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7 to   8 p.m	
735
8 to   9 p.m	
704
9 to 10 p.m	
636
lOtollp.m.	
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11 to 12 p.m	
763
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55
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19,061
156
3,633
15,272
3.                                    Day of Occurrence
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Sunday        '	
2,709
2,250
2,199
2,306
2,511
2,938
4,139
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423
389
386
475
557
764
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1,813
1,795
1,907
5. Thursday   	
2,020
6. Friday	
7. Saturday ._ _	
8. Not stated
2,355
3,329
4
Totals ...	
19,061
156
3,633
15,272
Type of Vehicles Involved
Number of Vehicles Involved
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Private passenger.
2. Motor-cycle	
3. Stage	
4. Taxi  	
5. Bus 	
6. Delivery	
7. " Drive Yourself '
8. Truck 	
9. Not stated.. _
Totals.
23,271
■ 365
8
963
726
3,233
325
4,056
23
32,970
112
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17
1
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3
189
3,606
251
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172
532
52
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19,553
107
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2,684
272
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Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued
5.                                    Railroad Crossings
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1
3
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67
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1
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6.                         Drivers Involved, Description of
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Male    	
2. Female.. ■       	
3. Not stated	
31,229
1,673
68
181
3
5
4,982
253
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26,066
1,417
56
32,970
189
5,242
27,539
Age of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
659
6,783
15,041
6,334
2,470
1,071
612
3
49
77
27
18
5
10
119
1,193
2,345
962
366
172
85
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2. 18 to 24 years —	
3. 25 to 40 years - ■	
5,541
12,619
5,345
2,086
894
7. Not stated.            	
517
Driving Experience
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Less than 3 months-
2. 3 to 6 months	
6 to 12 months.....
1 to 4 years	
5 years and over.
Not stated	
246
344
240
4,849
24,932
2,359
7
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25
106
45
65
75
43
884
3,799
376
174
266
194
3,940
21,027
1,938
Condition of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Intoxicated  	
119
50
271
29,601
102
2,827
5
6
138
2
38
20
14
79
4,739
19
371
94
36
186
4. Normal    	
5. Other    -	
24,724
81
6. Not stated	
2,418
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
32,347
24
457
142
166
1
10
12
5,122
5
87
28
27,059
18
360
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Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued
7.                Action of Driver Contributing to Accident
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
149
84
527
607
198
65
477
37
236
168
358
359
1,286
20
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83
440
662
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59
83
352
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5
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63
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116
57
403
500
182
47
7. Passing on curve or hill   	
8. Passing on wrong side    	
406
31
219
133
298
275
13. Driving off roadway     —	
916
14
1,161
78
366
599
35
20. Not stated ___._	
7,101
49
5,836
8. Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, $3,769,821.29.
Amount of property damage this year to date, $3,769,821.29.
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 at 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...	
Riding or hitching on vehicle ._	
Not on roadway .
9
10
11
12
13
14. Coming from behind vehicle .
15. Not known 	
Totals  	
Walking on or along highway .
Playing in street  	
Crossing street diagonally .
26
13
60
20
155
12
149
10
7
8
92
66
73
98
197
9
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3
4
11
47
25
12
60
20
149
10
143
9
5
8
83
65
70
94
186
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Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
48
16
39
53
293
289
248
1
1
1
9
13
22
47
15
38
53
284
276
7. Not stated                   	
226
986
47
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Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1,284
2,638
986
21
273
145
31
55
72
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2,566
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19
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143*
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5,378
184
5,194
* Thirty-five motor-cyclists and passengers injured in other than motor-cycle accidents; 18 persons, not :notor-
cyclists, injured in motor-cycle accidents; 2 other persons killed in motor-cycle accidents; and 1 motor-cyclist killed :'n
other than a motor-cycle accident.
t Fifteen pedestrians injured in other than pedestrian accidents; 15 persons, not pedestrians, injured in pedestrian
accidents; 1 car driver killed in a pedestrian accident.
t Five bicyclists injured in other than bicycle accidents; 21 persons, not bicyclists, injured in bicycle accidents; 1
other person killed in a bicycle accident.
11.
Nature of Injuries
Number of Victims
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Fractured skull 	
2. Fractured spine	
3. Other fractures - 	
4. Concussion of brain -    —
5. Severe general shock with bruises and cuts_
6. Slight shock and shake-up._ 	
7. Internal injuries  	
8. Other injuries (sprains, dislocations, etc.)—..
9. Cuts by glass (only) _._ _ _
10. Drowned 	
11. Burned  _  	
12. Asphyxiated  _ —
13. Not stated.. 	
Totals    -.
42
13
4
15
12
26
6
31
2
602
13
13
4,283
36
175
15
2
1
3
1
46
29
184
5,194
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Light Conditions
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Daylight .
2. Dusk	
3. Artificial light—good..
4. Artificial light—poor...
5. Darkness	
6. Not stated	
Totals.
10,726
1,364
1,556
880
4,091
444
19,061
57
11
10
62
1,904
268
290
208
884
79
8,765
1,085
1,258
662
3,145
357
156
3,633
15,272
13.
Condition of Vehicles Involved
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Brakes defective	
2. Steering-gear defective.
3. Other defects	
4. Glaring head-lights 	
5. Head-light out (one light)-
6. Head-lights out (both)-	
7. Head-lights dim.-
Tail-light out or obscured..
No chains (slippery road)-
Puncture or blow-out	
Apparently good  	
Not stated 	
Totals.
466
203
101
24
29
96
187
35
1,947
194
26,797
2,891
32,970
1
1
6
1
139
27
189
80
65
17
6
11
22
46
6
156
113
4,308
412
I
377
137
81
18
17
74
140
28
1,785
80
22,350
2,452
5,242 27,539 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1949
Statistical Summary—Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued
CC 53
Direction of Travel
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Going straight  	
2. Turning right -	
3. Turning left 	
4. Backing	
5. Parked or standing still	
6. Slowing down or stopping .
7. Skidding 	
8. Not stated 	
Totals.
18,896
2,346
3,603
1,000
3,896
851
777
1,601
32,970
116
19
20
5
9
3
17
3,405
402
624
49
336
96
107
223
5,242
15,375
1,925
2,959
946
3,551
755
667
1,361
27,539
15.
Road Surface
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Dry surface 	
2. Wet surface 	
3. Muddy surface	
4. Snowy surface	
5. Icy surface 	
6. Loose sand or gravel .
7. Not stated	
Totals .
9,441
3,819
147
1,558
2,641
723
732
19,061
90
22
2
10
10
6
16
156
2,040
752
18
203
335
162
123
3,633
7,311
3,045
127
1,345
2,296
555
593
15,272
16.                                     Road Condition
Number of Accidents
Total   .
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Defect in roadway —	
422
280
302
15,123
373
2,561
4
3
122
3
24
92
47
64
2,977
56
397
326
230
238
12,024
314
5. Other                      ~ - --
6. Not stated            	
2,140
Totals                                                	
19,061
156
3,633
15,272
17.                                  Type of Road
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal           Property
Injury      | Damage Only
1. Concrete           	
2. Asphalt    	
2,189                     11                    408        |        1,770
13,124                       99                  2,566                10,459
2,409                     21        |           462        |        1,926
466        |             10        |             68        |           388
4. Earth	
5. Brick or cobble	
213                        1                     22                   190
660        j             14        j           107        |           539
Totals               ~	
19,061         |            156        I        3,633         I       15,272
18.
Weather Conditions
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Clear ...._  	
10,988
2,573
895
2,657
1,378
92
478
92
20
6
18
5
1
14
2,171
551
159
484
165
23
80
8,725
2,002
730
2,155
5. Snow  — -  	
6. Smoke or dust  	
1,208
68
384
Totals
19,061
156
3,633
15,272 VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty
1951
470-151-4723

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