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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
MOTOR-VEHICLE
BRANCH
FOR THE YEAR
1952
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1954  To His Honour Clarence Wallace, C.B.E.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Annual Report of the Motor-vehicle
Branch for the year 1952.
R. W. BONNER,
A Homey-General.
Attorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., January, 1954.  Report of the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles, 1952
The Honourable R. W. Bonner, Q.C., B.A., LL.B.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I have the honour to submit the Annual Report of the Motor-vehicle Branch
for the year 1952. This Report indicates trends in the various functions of the Branch.
The Report shows the steadily growing number of motor-vehicles in British Columbia, an increase in the number of drivers, statistics which tell of the work done in Drivers'
Examinations, trends in accidents and convictions, efforts in Safety Responsibility,
Encumbrance Registry Division and the regulation and licensing of school buses. Statistics concerning staff are also set forth.
LICENSING
The 1951 licence-year showed a decrease for the first time since 1948 in the number
of passenger motor-vehicle new registrations, which seemed to be due to the motor industry being caught up on the war-created back-log of new-car orders. This Report shows
an increase in 1952 over 1951 in that regard, which would indicate a resumption of the
trend of previous years.
The comparison set forth hereunder shows increases and decreases in connection
with the issuance of licences, permits, etc., during the 1952 year, as compared with the
1951 period.
Attention must be drawn to the decrease shown for salesmen's licences and all
classes of chauffeurs' licences. The opinion is that there are many more drivers employed
in these categories than indicated by licence issuance. Only by means of enforcement
by the various police organizations can the non-licensed be determined and then required
to obtain the proper licences.
Increase
Number Per Cent
Passenger (new registrations)  7,204 26.1
Passenger (renewals)  15,737 7.1
Commercial (new registrations)   788 6.7
Commercial (renewals)   6,551 10.6
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle permits 233 32.4
Permits for temporary operation  227 15.4
Permits for temporary operation for farm tractor 46 6.9
Trailer licences  1,836 15.7
Temporary operation of motor-dealers  30 15.2
Transfers  38,672 23.0
Learners' licences I.. 2,506 12.7
Motor-vehicle duplicate licences  1,638 25.2
Decrease
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle permits  421 26.4
Non-resident special motor-vehicle permits  54 25.0
Non-resident farmers' permits  14 56.0
Motor-cycle licences  215 5.2
Motor-dealers' licences  46 2.9
Salesmen's licences  177 16.2
Chauffeurs' Class " A" licences  446 8.8
Chauffeurs' Class " B " licences  319 6.9
Chauffeurs' Class " C " licences  6,601 13.3 X 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA
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Motor-vehicles which had previously been licensed
British Columbia for use and therefore registered came fr<
Place                                                                           Passenger
Alberta        2.316
VEHICLES,  1952                   X 7
elsewhere and brought into
>m the following places:—
Commercial
854
232
126
265
23
2
8
1
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44
6
6,472             1,562
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3
3
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6
3
1
6
3
23
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Saskatchewan
      938
Manitoba	
Ontario	
Quebec                        .
719
  1,933
      218
New Brunswick                  - -
        37
Nova Scotia                       -
      228
Prince Edward Island
        11
Newfoundland      ,.
Yukon  _ _   '
Northwest Territories	
        57
        15
Total used-car registratk
Alabama             —
)ns (Canadian)	
          2
Arizona            — - —
          1
Arkansas
          1
California	
Colorado
      156
          4
Connecticut
          2
Delaware	
District of Columbia	
          1
          7
Florida
          3
Georgia
          2
Idaho                     _ - _ -	
        14
Illinois                  _—   	
          5
Indiana       -   .   	
          3
Iowa	
Kansas        ., -, •
          1
          9
Kentucky
          2
Louisiana
2
Maine           .      ___
           1
Maryland
          1
Massachusetts 	
Michigan	
Minnesota
__ _     __„„           4
          6
„__   .   .._    ■        8
Missouri 	
Montana
        11
4
Nebraska
          1
Nevada
     .              1
New Jersey
          3
New York                      -
        11
New Mexico
          2
North Dakota
1
Ohio	
Oklahoma	
Oregon
          6
          4
        54
Pennsylvania 	
South Carolina	
          5
Carried forward _
  338
6,472       84 1,562 X 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Place Passenger
Brought forward  338 6,472
Commercial
84 1,562
South Dakota
Tennessee	
Texas	
Utah	
Vermont	
Virginia	
Washington _
Wisconsin	
Wyoming	
Alaska	
Hawaii	
2
1
18
6
2
2
131
4
2
2
1
2
2
53
1
Total used-car registrations (United States)     509
142
Great Britain
Mexico 	
Sweden	
Netherlands __
South Africa.
New Zealand
Venezuela	
British Honduras
Germany 	
31
3
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
Total used-car registrations (all others)	
Total used-car registrations, 1952 licence-
year 	
43
7,024
1,707
The number of motor-vehicles licensed under the " Motor-vehicle Act" continues
to show a steady increase. The 1951 total was 287,273, and in 1952 the total reached
317,553 for an increase of 30,280, or 10.5 per cent. This total includes 34,820 passenger new registrations and 12,521 commercial new registrations. It is to be pointed out,
however, that the new registrations included 7,024 used passenger-type and 1,707 used
commercial-type motor-vehicles, which had been licensed elsewhere and brought into this
Province for use. This makes a total of 27,796 passenger and 10,814 commercial vehicles
which were new and licensed for the first time.
For the purpose of comparison, the following is a statement of licences, permits,
etc., issued for the licence-years 1945 to 1952, inclusive:— REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1952
X 9
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., Issued during the
Licence-years 1945 to 1952, Inclusive
Licences Issued
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
Motor-vehicles—
2,768
96,653
11,157
97,920
22,362
106,249
19,281
124,394
26,858
138,248
42,025
156,372
27,616
186,154
34,820
201,891
Total passenger	
99,421
109,077
128,611
143,675
165,106
198,397
213,770
236,711
495
672
692
26,113
1,471
2,707
5,448
1,650
Commercial (new) _ 	
1,861
31,000
5,334
32,785
8,627
38,082
8,966
44,949
9,184
51,037
11,496
55,810
11,733
61,770
12,521
68,321
32,861
38,119
46,709
53,915
60,221
67,306
73,503
80,842
Commercial substitutional licences	
837
1,279
1,494
3,290
1,964
2,207
1,938
2,852
132,282
147,196
175,320
197,590
225,327
265,703
287,273
317,553
Total substitutional licences	
1,332
1,951
2,186
29,403
3,435
4,914
7,386
4,502
2,790
2,374
2,450
2,853
321
308
444
3,422
3,625
455
441
770
3,604
3,667
347
413
692
3,737
3,095
436
661
855
485
5,355
2,207
383
803
1,215
559
6,496
1,630
216
719
1,475
665
8,134
1,209
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle per-
Non-resident special motor-vehicle per-
255
298
190
162
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle
952
Permits for temporary operation	
Permits for temporary operation—farm
1,702
711
Motor-cycles—
New 	
306
2,200
45
761
2,277
55
1,652
2,712
100
789
3,747
89
741
3,940
108
743
3,866
94
423
3,721
77
445
3,484
93
Total motor-cycles  	
2,506
3,038
4,364
4,536
4,681
4,609
4,144
3,929
6,276
39
8
8,178
45
2
9,487
55
26
10,117
51
7
10,739
46
3
11,032
68
11
11,707
54
8
13,543
58
1
Motor-dealers—
231
224
6
3
343
215
11
9
514
309
25
38
621
400
20
23
6
1
653
94
2
696
578
22
18
4
718
800
60
16
4
713
876
40
13
5
1
1,091
197
6
688
859
32
Original motor-cycle dealer licences	
9
2
13
5
193
350
92
522
131
902
162
4
1,245
212
7
914
227
2
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
131,763
25,538
2,904
307
136,258
28,378
2,862
474
171,618
Commercial  _ _ 	
Motor-cycle— „	
31,756
2,912
358
46,841
56,728
89,106
97,974
117,177
160,512
167,972
206,644
Chauffeurs—
Original Class "A"  — 	
2,130
26
2,529
44
24,474
49
41
2,826
57
3,469
108
32,728
123
153
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
4,861
48
4,717
63
50,763
212
254
26,810
218,866
4,144
4,995
48,610
5,048
46
4,654
70
53,560
196
240
31,047
237,101
4,939
3,904
5,062
46
4,594
130
49,598
189
500
4,616
42
Original Class " B " 	
Substitutional Class " B " „	
4,275
78
42,997
Substitutional Class "C "	
100
151
Drivers—
15,076
153,141
20,395
169,922
2,378
4,580
28,185
3
215
6,958
366
4,044
1,059
41,604
1,676
2,655
Renewal chauffeurs	
22,228
52,601
4
408
12,210
428
8,018
2,045
156,022
5
547
10,829
798
12,646
3,212
160,089
14
778
9,282
929
19,281
3,496
377,466
	
158
5,760
438
2,879
968
124,624
19,723
22,229
Learners9 permits   	
480,131
562,175 X 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA
The following graph illustrates the rapid rate of growth in the number of motor-
vehicles during the last ten years:—
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X 11
Again for the 1952 licence-year the number of drivers' licences issued is not included
in the aforementioned statement. The issuance of the five-year drivers' licences, which
commenced on January 2nd, 1951, does not permit the comparison with issuance years
previous to 1951, when annual renewing was required. In 1952, 26,940 original, 20,603
renewal, and 5,828 duplicate drivers' licences were issued.
During 1952, licences were issued to minors to expire on the applicant's twenty-first
birthday, as follows:   8,371 originals, 448 renewals, and 1,279 duplicates.
In the 1951 licence-year, licences were issued to 335,378 drivers. Original and
renewal licences issued in 1952 amounted to 56,362, making a total, since the commencement of the five-year period, of 391,740.
DISTRIBUTION OF MOTOR-VEHICLES
The following table shows the breakdown of motor-vehicle licence issuance by
centres. A change in Branch administration during the year shows the centres of Abbots-
ford, Mission, Chilliwack, and Trail for the first time, in previous Reports the first three
offices were included in New Westminster, whilst Trail has been, in the past, included
in Rossland.
Interesting to note is that the volume in the district under the Courtenay Government
Agency has risen from thirteenth to eighth, and also the volume in the Alberni area has
dropped from twelfth to eighteenth.   Apart from this, other changes were only small.
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Used
New
Renewal
Total
Used
New
Renewal
Total
Total
Vancouver-—    —-
2,603
883
652
86
199
97
108
166
118
126
56
170
177
89
231
207
245
42
55
67
29
73
18
57
25
33
143
99
22
21
15
5
11
19
14
19
7
8
1
6
7
8
2
5
13,147
2,633
2,692
590
645
530
442
511
539
515
369
623
526
427
409
532
301
407
293
242
101
157
129
117
118
93
125
112
93
87
54
62
63
16
6
25
32
4
7
6
1
12
3
68,526
41,564
25,241
5,498
4,940
3,693
3,657
3,646
3,325
2,866
3,589
3,252
2,776
3,023
2,601
2,002
1,333
2,862
2,282
1,356
1,082
789
1,352
903
843
1,102
852
602
868
590
487
561
567
479
583
451
354
366
247
299
191
167
97
27
84,276
45,080
28,585
6,174
5,784
4,320
4,207
4,323
3,982
3,507
'4,014
4,045
3,479
3,539
3,241
2,741
1,879
3,311
2,630
1,665
1,212
1,019
1,499
1,077
986
1,228
1,120
813
983
698
556
628
641
514
603
495
393
378
255
305
204
176
111
35
228
96
124
14
38
39
23
18
31
57
18
31
42
27
104
111
268
9
16
21
14
44
6
33
13
11
99
79
1
9
12
7
19
8
2
2
5
2
2
4
12
2
6
3,199
1,253
871
245
293
333
230
195
234
380
140
195
218
227
242
448
432
119
140
170
101
167
42
106
143
79
84
128
42
96
73
46
32
27
4
10
15
16
10
2
14
5
5
3
14,987
12,043
6,396
1,833
1,794
2,288
1,715
1,373
1,410
1,615
1,286
1,103
1,559
1,255
1,345
1,577
1,778
808
1,051
832
833
912
514
768
821
622
459
636
412
586
621
423
311
426
175
270
276
288
226
174
260
140
83
37
18,414
13,392
7,391
2,092
2,125
2,660
1,968
1,586
1,675
2,052
1,444
1,329
1,819
1,509
1,691
2,136
2,478
936
1,207
1,023
948
1,123
562
907
977
712
642
843
455
691
706
476
362
461
181
282
296
306
236
178
278
157
90
46
102,690
58,472
35,976
8,266
7,909
6,980
6,175
Courtenay 	
5,909
5,657
5,559
5,458
Trail             	
5,374
Nelson -	
Abbotsford  	
5,298
5,048
4,932
4,877
4,357
Alberni	
Mi ssion	
4,247
3,837
2,688
2,160
2,142
2,061
1,984
1,963
1,940
1,762
1,656
Princeton 	
1,438
1,389
1,262
1,104
Revelstoke	
1,003
975
Rossland-  	
784
777
689
684
Greenwood	
491
483
482
333
Barkerville  	
Atlin - —
201
81
Totals 	
7,024
27,796
201,891
236,711
1,707
10,814
68,321
80,842
317,553
i This includes issuance at Terrace.
2 This includes issuance at Vanderhoof. X 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA
MAIL-ORDER ISSUANCE
The issuance of licences by mail-order was a large item carried out by the headquarters office. The fact a new licence plate was issued in 1952 was a considerable
factor in the increase due to the tremendous desire of a large number of owners to obtain
special or low numbers. However, a compensating work factor was the reduction in
driver's licence issuance, again due to the five-year licence policy.
There were 16,244 passenger licences and 4,136 commercial licences issued to
residents outside the Victoria area. To arrive at the correct motor-vehicle population
of Victoria, these figures would have to be deducted from the foregoing table, which
would then show motor-vehicles in the Victoria area to be as follows: Passenger, 28,836;
commercial, 9,256; total, 38,092.
The following is a summary of the mail-order issuance during 1952:—
1952 Mail-order Synopsis
Vancouver
Victoria
New Westminster
Vancouver
Island and
Islands
Balance of
Province
Out of
Province
Total
10,388
1,379
82
3,023
806
372
2,056
51
1
11
18
10
8
246
20
578
1,314
3,909
55
19,267
Provincial  Government passenger
806
Commercial plates
Provincial Government commercial
74
503
33
7
1,988
192
2
3
6
12
232
4,508
2,056
Motor-cycle plates	
8
103
64
28
24
223
508
129
12
279
72
Class "A" chauffeurs' licences..	
Class "B " chauffeurs' licences-	
Class " C " chauffeurs' licences -	
Drivers' licences and minors'
7
11
19
38
829
32
2
1
11
7
13
9
52
52
31
64
63
321
625
1,467
National   Defence   motor-cycle
plates — 	
64
12,785
6,622
681
2,014
6,988
502
29,592
Revenue
The amount collected during the 1952 licence-year for licences, permits, and fees
under the " Motor-vehicle Act," excluding drivers' examination fees (which are used to
defray the cost of these examinations) was $8,842,355.81. This total showed a decrease
of $552,244.02 or 5.9 per cent under 1951 collections. The decrease is directly attributable to the issuance of five-year drivers' licences. The actual decrease in revenue from
drivers' licences was $1,368,943.75. Collections for all other items were up $816,699.73
over the previous year.
Collections through the offices of this Branch amounted to 71.4 per cent of the total
for an amount of $6,316,579.10, as follows:—
Vancouver Motor Licence Office  $2,955,063.72
Victoria Motor Licence Office     1,493,615.64
New Westminster Motor Licence Office        940,984.27
Chilliwack Motor Licence Office        215,496.61
Kamloops Motor Licence Office        161,101.52
Trail Motor Licence Office        154,982.64
Nelson1 Motor Licence Office        150,825.75
Abbotsford Motor Licence Office        136,307.75
Mission Motor Licence Office        108,201.20
Total   $6,316,579.10
l Includes issuance at Nelson to December 31st, 1952, only.    Nelson put under Government Agent, effective January
1st, 1953. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1952
X 13
The balance of $2,525,776.71 was collected through the various Government
Agencies, by their staffs, Police Detachments and Municipal Issuing Offices reporting
through such Agencies. There are some seventy centres other than offices of this Branch
where issuing is conducted.
Municipal Issuing Offices were first used in the issuing programme on December
1st, 1951, in preparation for the 1952 licence-year. There are seventeen of these offices
assisting the Branch, and the municipalities are paid an allowance for their services in
accordance with the volume of issuance. The requirement for these offices was due to
the withdrawal of issuance from the offices of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in
many centres.
Drivers' examination fees in 1952 amounted to $93,234, for an increase of $3,906
over the previous year.
L_  REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1952
X 15
Although an increase in refunds was again recorded this year, the amounts in overcharges and licences taken out in error, etc., showed a decided decrease. Total refunds
amounted to 7,574 this year and the amount refunded was $44,372.93, compared to
6,490 refunds in 1951 amounting to $46,390.91. The increases were made up in the
amounts refunded on the surrender of unexpired five-year drivers' licences—in 1951,
$9,421; for 1952, $11,031—and in the amounts refunded on relinquishment of licences
under section 16 (2), amounting to $15,486.52 in 1951 and $17,978.32 in 1952. However, there was a decrease of refunds on licences taken out in error, overcharges, etc.,
amounting to $3,750.78. There was also a decrease of $1,134.76 in the amounts
refunded on the surrender of 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, and a decrease in miscellaneous
refunds amounting to $1,234.24.
Type of Refund
1951
Number        Amount
1952
Number       Amount
Licences taken out in error (overcharge, etc.)_
Registration fees paid twice 	
Motor-cycle licences (overpaid)	
Substitution fees (paid in error)	
Dealers' licences (relinquished)	
Trailer licences (overpaid)... 	
Transfer fees	
Drivers' licences and duplicates (paid in error)..
Chauffeurs' licences (issued in error)	
Minors' permits and drivers' licences	
Refunds, section 4 (4) (a)	
Refunds, section 4 (4) (6)	
Drivers' examination fees	
Duplicate motor-vehicle licences..
Sub-totals.-
Drivers' licence refunds, section 20 (8)	
Relinquishment refunds, section 16 (2)  	
Seasonal refunds, section 54 (October 31st, one-third)	
Seasonal refunds, section 54 (November 30th, one-quarter)..
Seasonal refunds, section 54 (December 31st, one-sixth)	
Sub-totals	
Total of refunds..
563
91
4
3
11
25
12
101
14
53
5
46
1
1
930
2,500
2,061
252
489
258
5,560
6,490
$11,082.86
905.00
15.00
6.00
128.89
280.30
9.75
497.50
33.00
83.00
219.26
849.28
1.00
.50
$14,111.34
$9,421.00
15,486.52
3,053.62
3,091.42
1,227.01
$32,279.57
$46,390.91
637
71
10
1
9
28
12
33
16
34
3
24
1
879
3,333
2,554
190
408
210
6,695
7,574
$7,332.08
705.00
29.00
2.00
60.68
214.51
9.00
124.00
45.50
48.00
143.43
412.12
1.00
$9,126.32
$11,031.00
17,978.32
2,357.87
2,775.08
1,104.34
$35,246.61
$44,372.93
EXAMINATION OF MOTOR-VEHICLE DRIVERS
For 1952, a total of 33,371 persons completed examinations for original drivers'
licences, of whom 23,465 or 70 per cent were male and 9,906 or 30 per cent were female.
Resulting from these examinations was the restricting of licences issued to 4,410 or 18.8
per cent of male applicants and the restricting of 2,008 or 20.27 per cent of female
applicants. Male failures in original examinations amounted to 240 or 1.03 per cent,
and 88 or 0.89 per cent of female applicants failed to qualify. Details of restrictions
and failure of original applicants by age groups are as follows:— ■
. Summary of Drivers' Original Examinations, 1952
X 17
Males (70
per Cent)
Females (30 per Cent)
Grand
16-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65-69 Years
70 Years and Over
Total
16-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
i41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65-69 Years
70 Years and Over
Total
Total
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
1
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
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number examined, by age-group..
Restrictions
Hearing	
7,339
7
40
183
23
5
41
4
570
100.00
0.09
0.55
2.50
0.31
0.07
0.56
0.05
7.77
7,350
22
65
165
38
3
46
23
2
789
100.00
0.30
0.88
2.24
0.52
0.05
0.63
0.31
0.03
10.73
4,243
27
37
116
33
2
40
29
535
100.00
0.64
0.87
2.73
0.78
0.05
0.94
0.68
12.61
2,610
20
38
67
23
2
23
20
2
1
380
100.00
0.76
1.46
2.57
0.88
0.08
0.88
0.76
0.08
0.04
14.56
1,175
33
19
47
10
1
15
15
2
1
345
100.00
2.81
1.62
4.00
0.85
0.08
1.28
1.28
0.17
0.08
29.36
319
15
8
16
5
4
3
1
142
100.00
4.72
2.51
5.02
1.56
1.25
0.94
0.31
44.51
314
23
4
16
4
2
6
4
5
146
100.00
7.33
1.27
5.10
1.27
0.64
1.91
1.27
1.59
46.50
115
9
3
7
1
1
4
1
10
61
100.00
7.83
2.61
6.09
0.87
0.87
3.48
0.87
8.69
53.04
23,465
156
214
617
137
13
172
104
11
18
2,968
100.00
0.66
0.91
2.63
0.58
0.06
0.73
0.45
0.05
0.08
12.65
1,849
3
15
3
242
100.00
0.16
0.81
0.16
13.09
3,464
63
10
45
2
5
1
518
100.00
1.82
0.29
1.30
0.06
0.14
0.03
14.95
3,063
15
12
33
8
1
5
4
1
508
100.00
0.49
0.39
1.08
0.26
0.03
0.16
0.13
0.03
16.59
1,035
rs
16
1
1
1
2
204
100.00
0.48
1.54
0.10
0.10
0.10
0.19
19.71
401
6
2
3
1
1
3
2
204
100.00
1.49
0.50
0.25
6.25
0.75
0.50
50.87
51
1
1
33
100.00
1.96
1.96
64.71
36
1
1
1
23
100.00
2.78
2.78
2.78
63.88
7
7
100.00
——V" "*
100.00
9,906
85
32
115
15
2
12
9
6
1,739
100.00
0.86
0.32
1.16
0.16
0.02
0.12
0.09
$jjftb6;$
'17.48
33,371
241
246
732
152
15
172
116
20
24
4,700
100.00
0.72
Vision	
Depth perception
0.74
2.16
Periphery    ... 	
Diplopia
0.46
0.04
Colourblindness        	
Physical condition
0.52
0.35
Wenrtion time
0.06
Road tpst
0.07
To adequate eye-glasses	
14.08
Totals	
873
11.90
1,153
15.69
819
19.30
576
22.07
488
41.53
194
60.82
210
66.88
97
84.35
4,410
18.80
263
14.22
644
18.59
587
19.16
230
22.22
222
55.36
35
68.63
26
72.22
7
100.00
2,008
20.27
6,418
19.20
Failures
Failed to complete examination	
Hearing -
Vision
9
7
9
2
0.12
0.10
0.12
0.03
7
20
1
2
19
4
0.10
0.27
0.01
0.03
0.26
0.05
8
10
16
1
0.19
0.24
0.38
0.02
1
7
1
19
4
0.04
0.27
0.04
0.73
0.15
2'
10
16
1
0.17
0.85
1.36
0.09
1
2
1
14
1
0.31
0.63
0.31
4.39
0.31
2
3
9
0.64
0.95
2.87
1
6
7
15
2
0.87
5.22
6.09
13.04
1.74
31
65
1
11
117
15
0.13
0.28
0.0L
0.05
0.50
0.06
3
1
0.16
0.05
4
6
1
0.12
0.17
0.03
3
5
22
1
0.10
0.16
0.72
0.03
4
1
1 14
0.39
0.10
1.35
2
3
11
0.50
0.75
2.74
1
3
1.96
5.88
	
2
5.56
1
14.29
9
18
59
2
0.09
0.18
0.60
0.02
40
83
1
11
176
17
0.11
0.25
Depth p<*rcppti"n
Periphery      	
Diplopia
0.003
Colour blindness  .
Physical condition	
0.03
Reaction time  	
Road test _ -
0.53
Written tests    	
0.05
Totals _	
27
0.37
53
0.72
35
0.83
32
1.23
29
2.47
19
5.95
14
4.46
31
26.96
240
1.03
4
0.21
11
0.32
31
1.01
19
1.84
16
3.99
4
7.84
2           5.56
1           1
14.29
88
0.89
328
0.973
Analysis of Restrictions (Original Applicants)
Age-group
Males
Females
Restricted to—
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Restricted to—
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Referrals
Results
Referrals
Results
Adequate
Eyeglasses
Speed
Motor-
vehicles
with
Special
Devices
S^rtain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
Non-
physical
Restrictions
Physical
Conditions
Vision
Passed
Restricted
Failed
Adequate
Eyeglasses
Speed
Motor-
vehicles
with
Special
Devices
Certain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
Non-
physical
Restrictions
Physical
Conditions
Vision
Passed
Restricted
Failed
16-21	
570
789
535
380
345
142
146
61
208
260
208
131
112
36
50
30
48
105
97
64
58
25
36
13
11
13
13
6
2
1
12
9
6
8
1
1
5,921
172
91
72
46
19
14
6
4
6
7
5
4
6
20
48
111
93'
39
45
51
26
20
18
7
7
8
3
7
5
19
44
106
89
35
47
45
27
21
18
2
3
3
3
4
242
518
508
204
204
33
23
7
13
50
64
17
17
2
3
1
5
20
30
5
7
1
1
2
—
1,211
109
115
47
35
11
3
3
1
3
3
2
13
27
24
7
8
1
2
1
2
1
2
2
3
1
11
29
23
8
8
1
2
2
22-30	
31-40                       -
41-50 	
51-60 	
61-64	
65-69	
70 and
over	
Totals 	
2,968
1,035
446
46
37
6,341
100
403
100
388
15
1,739
167
68
3
1,531
12
83
11
84
—
Note.—(a) Non-physical restrictions include: (1) All licences issued to minors; (2) safety responsibility requirements for certain applicants; (3) automatic transmission, when new applicants have test in that type vehicle—removable on passing test in
conventional transmission vehicle; (4) tractor-type vehicle, if that type vehicle used in original test—removable by further test in conventional motor-vehicle; (5) motor-cycle only, if that type vehicle used in original test—removable by further test in conventional motor-vehicle.
(6) A number of licences have more than one restriction. "C REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1952 X 19
In the year, 33,645 drivers attended and completed drivers' re-examinations, of
whom 29,747 or 88 per cent were males and 3,898 or 12 per cent were females. Results
of these examinations gave cause to restrict licences of 7,635 or 25.66 per cent of male
examinees, and 1,251 or 32.09 per cent of female examinees. Failures to qualify caused
the suspending of 390 or 1.31 per cent of male and 46 or 1.8 per cent of female examinees.
Failing to appear for re-examinations when required so to do accounted for an additional
1,449 licence suspensions.
The summary of drivers' re-examination applicants follows, showing age-groups,
restrictions, and suspensions:—  Summary of Drivers' Re-examinations, 1952
X 21
Males (88
per Cent)
Females (12 per Cent)
Grand
16-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65-69 Years
70 Years and Over
Total
16-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65-69 Years
70 Years and Over
Total
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
PerCent
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
Number examined, by age-group...
Restrictions
1,315
1
7
29
3
6
2
2
73
100.00
0.08
0.53
2.20
0.23
0.46
0.15
0.15
5.55
6,253
12
38
115
23
3
50
30
1
1
645
100.00
0.19
0.61
1.84
0.37
0.05
0.80
0.48
0.01
0.01
10.32
9,276
44
73
207
46
6
89
58
2
3
980
100.00
0.47
0.79
2.23
0.50
0.06
0.96
0.63
0.02
0.03
10.57
6,463
57
82
196
63
2
71
53
8
6
896
100.00
0.88
1.27
3.03
0.98
0.03
1.10
0.82
0.12
0.09
13.86
3,557
54
84
166
56
5
36
30
3
4
1,065
100.00
1.52
2.36
4.67
1.57
0.14
1.01
0.84
0.08
0.11
29.95
1,125
35
26
62
15
2
14
11
2
4
517
100.00
3.11
2.31
5.51
1.33
0.18
1.24
0.98
0.18
0.36
45.96
1,093
54
24
74
20
6
6
17
11
13
558
100.00
4.94
2.20
6.77
1.83
0.55
0.55
1.55
1.01
1.19
51.05
665
51
22
47
12
1
16
25
24
74
406
100.00
7.67
3.31
7.07
1.80
0.15
2.41
3.76
3.61
11.13
61.05
29,747
308
356
896
238
25
288
226
51
107
5,140
100.00
1.03
1.20
3.01
0.80
0.08
0.97
0.76
0.17
0.36
43
8
100.00
18.60
807
1
13
123
100.00
0.12
1.61
15.24
862
4
3
27
2
1
1
1
3
247
100.00
0.46
0.35
3.13
0.23
0.12
0.12
0.12
0.35
28.65
1,276
8
8
21
2
1
1
1
265
100.00
0.63
0.63
1.64
0.15
0.08
0.08
0.08
20.77
675
5
4
18
4
2
2
2
273
100.00
0.74
0.59
2.67
0.59
0.30
0.30
0.30
40.44
116
3
1
6
1
1
2
70
100.00
2.59
0.86
5.18
0.86
0.86
1.72
60.34
75
2
4
5
1
1
3
1
54
100.00
2.67
5.33
6.67
1.33
1.33
4.00
1.33
72.00
44
3
1
2
1
1
7
30
100.00
6.82
2.27
4.55
2.27
2.27
|p5£9S$
68.18
3,898
25
22
92
11
1
2
5
12
11
1,070
100.00
0.65
0.56
2.36
0.28
0.12
0.05
0.13
0.31
0.28
27.45
33,645
333
378
988
249
26
290
231
63
118
6,210
100.00
0.99
Vision   	
1.12
Depth perception  -
2.94
Periphery ..          	
0.74
Diplopia	
Colour blindness
0.08
0.86
Physical condition	
0.69
Reaction time
0.19
Bnfld fp.fit
0.35
To adequate eye-glasses	
18.46
Totals-	
123
9.35
918
14.68
1,508
16.26
1,434
22.18
1,503
42.25
688
61.16
783
71.65
678
101.96
7,635
25.66
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16.97
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33.53
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71
94.66
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102.27
1,251
32.09
8,886
26.42
Failures
Failed to complete examination...
Hearing   	
Vision
1
0.08
8
5
6
0.13
0.08
0.09
8
98
2
6
11
0.09
1.06
0.02
0.06
0.12
15
13
1
26
0.23
0.20
0.02
0.40
6
8
3
15
0.17
0.23
0.08^
0.42
1
7
1
21
0.09
0.62
0.09
1.87
4
6
1
20
0.37
0.55
0.09
1.83
2
18
10
67
0.30
2.71
1.50
10.08
44
156
2
22
166
0.15
0.52
0.01
0.07
0.56
1
2
0.12
0.25
3
1
5
0.35
0.12
0.58
5
5
0.39
0.39
l
9
0.15
1.33
2.59
2.59
1
1
6
2.27
2.27
13.64
10
6
30
0.26
6.15
6.77
54
162
2
22
196
0.16
3
3
0.48
Depth perception. .        _	
Periphery
0.01
Diplopia   _    . ..       	
Physical condition 	
0.07
Reaction time	
Road test 	
0.58
Totals 	
1
0.08
19
0.30
125
1.35
55
0.85
32
0.90
30
2.67
31
2.84
97
14.59
390
1.31
3
0.37
9
1.05
10
0.78
10
1.48
6
5.18
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18.18
46
1.18
436
1.30
Analysis of Restrictions (Re-examinees)
Males
Females
Restricted to—
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Restricted to—
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Age-group
Referrals
Results
Referrals
Results
Adequate
Eyeglasses
Speed
Motor-
vehicles
with
Special
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Certain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
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Restrictions
Physical
Conditions
Vision
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Restricted
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glasses
Speed
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vehicles
with
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Devices
Certain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
Non-
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Physical
Conditions
Vision
Passed
Restricted
Failed
16-21.... 	
73
645
980
896
1,065
517
558
406
43
12
392
373
277
117
179
223
12
1
173
195
160
66
93
77
9
10
8
2
3
6
15
16
9
4
5
7
1,102
2
89
80
44
22
8
17
3
7
12
17
12
12
18
182
8
53
95
102
168
76
76
85
3
6
13
15
14
7
14
145
8
53
84
102
163
78
78
110
22
1
10
2
3
3
2
12
8
123
247
265
273
70
54
30
12
37
34
32
13
14
17
1
12
19
15
6
4
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11
12
6
2
2
1
1
3
2
10
3
10
7
16
4
12
6
1
2
1
9
3
11
8
16
4
12
7
22-30	
31-40	
41-50	
51-601	
61-64. ;	
65-69...	
70 and over 	
Totals	
5,140
1,616
777
38
56
1,364
263
663
217
676
33
1,070
159
63
62
16
58
13
61
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Note.—(a) Non-physical restrictions include: (1) All licences issued to minors; (2) safety responsibility requirements for certain applicants; (3) automatic transmission, when new applicants have test in that type vehicle—removable on passing test in
conventional transmission vehicle; (4) tractor-type vehicle, if that type vehicle used in original test—removable by further test in conventional motor-vehicle; (5) motor-cycle only, if that type vehicle used in original test—removable by further test in conventional motor-vehicle.
(6) A number of licences have more than one restriction.  REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1952
X 23
CHAUFFEUR'S LICENCE EXAMINATIONS
During 1952 the Driver's Examination Division supplied written examinations to
1,819 applicants in Class "A" and "B" chauffeur's licence categories. Failures in
these written examinations required the supplying of 787 additional papers to applicants,
so that in all 2,606 examination papers required marking by the Division. To the successful writers of these papers some 3,949 chauffeurs' road tests were given. This high
number of road tests is owing to the difficulty of the applicants in meeting the set
standards.
In the re-examination programme, 2,369 Class " A " and " B " chauffeurs were
called. Some 629 failed to requalify, and of this total 478 failed to attend, indicating
they were no longer engaged as chauffeurs.
Some statistics of chauffeurs' re-examinations are given:—
1952 Chauffeurs' Re-examinations
Class "A"
Chauffeur
.. 626
Reasons for Suspension
Number re-examined	
Number suspended    .. 371 (59.27%)
Vision     10
Class "B"
Chauffeur
1,743
258 (14.8%)
26
Depth	
Colours	
Hearing	
Physical condition.
Road tests	
       1
       1
       2
       1
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3
5
1
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166
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CONVICTIONS
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, totalled
25,812, an increase of 6,766 over 1951, this being 35.5 per cent.
Of these convictions, 3,276 or 12.69 per cent were for violations of section 285
of the Criminal Code of Canada, 20,043 or 77.66 per cent were for violations of the
"Motor-vehicle Act," and 2,488 or 9.64 per cent for infractions of the regulations
pursuant to the " Motor-vehicle Act."
A comparative table showing the various types of convictions under the "Motor-
vehicle Act" and regulations and the Criminal Code of Canada during the years 1949 to
1952 is set forth:— X 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act " and Section 285,
Criminal Code, 1949-52
Offences
1949 1950 1951
1952
Under Criminal Code of Canada—
Driving a motor-vehicle while ability impaired by alcohol, sec. 285 (4a)..
Driving while driver's licence under suspension, sec. 285 (8) 	
Failing to stop after accident, sec. 285 (2)..
Unlawfully taking a motor-vehicle without consent of owner, sec. 285 (3)..
Driving motor-vehicle while intoxicated, sec. 285 (4)	
Driving to common danger, sec. 285 (6)..
Operating a vehicle with apparatus for making a smoke-screen, sec. 285 (5).
Under " Motor-vehicle Act "—
Careless-driving, sec. 57-
Exceeding maximum speed-limit, sec. 58	
Exceeding speed-limit indicated by " speed '
Failing to obtain, or to display, motor-vehicle licence or permit as required,
sees. 69, 10, 8, 9, 4
signs, sec. 63..
Exceeding speed-limit passing schools and playgrounds, sec. 62.	
Operating without driver's licence or failing to produce same, sees. 20, 21, 85, 28
Operating motor-vehicle without minor's permit, sec. 22
Using licence belonging to another, refusing to show licence, etc., sec. 68	
Making false statement, permitting another to use licence, etc., sec. 67	
Driving motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence, sec. 20 (6)
Driving  motor-vehicle  as  chauffeur  without  chauffeur's  licence  or  permit,
sees. 24, 26, 31
Misuse of dealers' plates, etc., sec. 35  	
Operating with " D " plates without salesman's licence or permit, etc., sees.
38, 39, 40, 41.
Operating as dealer without licence, sec. 32   	
Permitting person not properly licensed to drive motor-vehicle, etc., sees. 35, 80,
84,79   :.	
Letting motor-vehicles for hire without complying with requirements, sec. 46..
Employing unlicensed chauffeur, sec. 30   	
Failing to transfer motor-vehicle, etc., sec. 14   	
Failing to report change in motor-vehicle, sec. 12	
Failing to notify re change of address, sec. 11-
Altering number-plates and using fictitious plates, sec. 71-
Failing to report an accident, etc., sec. 65  	
Failing to register as a tourist, sec. 17_
Failing to stop at railroad crossing, sec. 60 (2)	
Failing to stop on approach of fire and police patrol, sec. 61-
Failing to take necessary precautions re street-cars, sec. 60...
Failing to notify of removal or destruction of motor-vehicle, sec. 16 (1)..
Operating motor-cycle with person in front of driver, sec. 45— 	
Transporting animals unprotected, sec. 69 (b)   	
Failing to stop on request of police or state proper name, sec. 70	
Failing to surrender licence on suspension, sec. 109-
Removing or releasing impounded vehicle without authority, sec. 110	
Producing invalid financial-liability card, etc., sec. 112. 	
Regulations under " Motor-vehicle Act "—
Failing to display number-plates unobstructed, clean, etc., Reg. 3 (a)....
Driving without head-lights or improper head-lights, Reg. 3 (fo), 3 (c)..
Driving without tail-light, Reg. 3 (d)_
Driving over-width motor-vehicle without clearance-lights, Reg. 3 (e).
Driving motor-vehicle with defective brakes, Reg. 3 (g)_ 	
Driving motor-vehicle with defective horn, Reg. 3 (h)	
Driving motor-vehicle without muffler, Reg. 3 (j)..
Failing to give required signals on turning or stopping, Reg. 3 (;')_.
Driving with wind-shield obstructed, Reg. 3 (/), 3 (fc)-
Driving motor-vehicle without windshield-wiper, Reg. 3 (m)..
Driving motor-vehicle without rear-view mirror, Reg. 3 (p)..
Driving motor-vehicle without flag or light at the end of load, Reg. 3 (q)..
Replacing glass other than with safety glass, Reg. 3 (n)_.
Operating motor-vehicle with improperly mounted or unauthorized fog, spot,
or auxiliary lights, Reg. 3 (/).
Failing to have proper connection between motor-vehicle and trailer, Reg. 3 (r)
Operating defective motor-vehicle after ordered off road, Reg. 13  	
Failing to sign driver's licence, Reg. 6.
Failing to obtain temporary permit for moving motor-vehicle or trailer from
place to place, Reg. 9  	
Letting of motor-vehicles without approved and properly adjusted governors,
Reg. 20.
Failing to submit motor-vehicle for inspection and testing, Reg. 12 	
Driving motor-vehicle with fixture or load which obscures view of highway,
Reg. 3 (o)	
Totals	
102
133
124
225
1,389
156
3,586
2,037
442
3,612
1,697
60
26
13
32
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30
37
56
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12
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114
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53
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5
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203
123
265
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746
5,354
2,093
482
3,781
1,610
27
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67
41
35
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286
18
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27
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3
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16
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163
240
97
509
1,310
1,539
6,159
2,013
368
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227
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264
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136
801
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2,319
876
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2,716
2
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281
361
64
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274
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26
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18,975
19,046
25,812 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1952 X 27
MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
In brief the following percentages give an idea of the trend in accident volumes and
results arising therefrom in comparison to motor-licence trends:—
Per Cent
Increase in motor-vehicles, 1952 over 1951  10.5
Increase in motor-vehicle accidents, 1952 over 1951     3.96
Increase in accident injuries, 1952 over 1951     8.65
Increase in accident deaths, 1952 over 1951     0.48
Increase in property damage, 1952 over 1951  11.5
Table 1 gives the comparison between 1951 and 1952 in totals under the pertinent
headings for the entire Province.
Tables 2, 3, 4, and 5 give the breakdown in accidents and results for the various
cities, municipalities, districts, and areas.
Table 6 graphically shows the hours of occurrence of motor-vehicle accidents. The
graph shows the detail for 1951 and 1952. An examination of the graph leaves no doubt
as to the accident potential by the various hours of the day. X 28
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Complete Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued
2.                                 Hour of Occurrence
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
12 to   1 a.m..	
782
646
453
296
199
164
202
723
936
660
737
913
838
864
1,215
1,314
1,798
1,945
1,178
1,203
1,103
837
850
1,226
107
7
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3
3
2
1
4
4
4
10
4
5
3
10
8
8
12
16
11
12
6
198
184
107
83
52
47
48
100
167
102
121
184
201
181
266
300
383
444
292
353
276
204
1 to   2 a.m _
2 to  3 a.m     	
344
210
144
115
153
7 to  8 a.m.	
8 to   9 a.m	
9 to 10 a.m	
10 to 11 a.m      	
11 to 12    m 	
606
725
12 to   1 p.m...    	
1 to   2 p.m  	
632
680
939
1,006
1,407
5 to   6 p.m.   	
1,489
870
7 to   8 p.m.	
839
8 to   9 p.m   	
815
9 to 10 p.m    	
627
10 to 11 p.m	
13
13
10
223
329
19
614
884
78
Totals       	
21,189
177
4,864
16,148
3.                                    Day of Occurrence
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
3,187
2,762
2,646
2,715
2,644
2,994
4,239
2
31
23
17
20
21
26
39
824
572
566
584
629
659
1,029
1
2,332
2. Monday   	
3. Tuesday   	
4. Wednesday ... _	
5. Thursday   	
2,167
2,063
2,111
1,994
2,309
7. Saturday  	
8. Not stated 	
3,171
1
Totals       	
21,189
177
4,864
16,148
4.                            Type of Vehicles Involved
Number of Vehicles Involved
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
27,400
215
19
765
609
3,091
310
4,344
4
149
8
2
4
16
2
58
5,405
159
3
131
191
603
59
716
1
21,846
48
16
632
414
2,472
249
8. Truck                                                       	
3,570
3
Totals                                                	
36,757
1
239
7,268
29,250 X 36 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Complete Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued
5.                                 Railroad Crossings
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
3
4
4
73
7
1
5
1
1
2
18
2
2
2. Guarded crossing—man on duty	
3. Automatic signal.	
3
1
4. Unguarded crossing...	
50
5. Driver disregarded signal   __	
5
7. Not stated _ 	
Totals 	
91
6
24
61
6.
Drivers Involved, Description of
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Male 	
34,143
2,529
85
224
14
1
6,766
496
f.
27,153
2. Female 	
3. Not stated         _ _      	
2,019
78
Totals.
36,757
239
7,268
29,250
Age of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. 16 to 20 years	
2. 21 to 30 years	
3. 31 to 40 years	
4. 41 to 50 years	
5. 51 to 60 years	
6. 61 to 64 years	
7. 65 years and over..
3,785
11,908
9,619
6,034
3,185
883
1,245
32
91
42
29
20
9
13
830
2,363
1,866
1,144
622
182
252
2,923
9,454
7,711
4,861
2,543
692
980
Driving Experience
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
334
171
432
2
1
73
38
91
1,338
5,603
125
259
132
341
6,578         |              48
28,592        |           129
650                       59
5,192
5. 5 years and over    	
22,860
466
Condition of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
292
84
435
33,154
128
2,664
6
74
23
125
6,503
25
518
212
6
167
60
61
304
26,484
5. Other	
103
2,086
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
34.929
202
6,761
117
336
54
27,966
376                     10
249
1,231
221
12
15
883
152 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1952 X 37
Complete Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued
Action of Driver Contributing to Accident
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
Reckless driving	
Exceeding speed-limit	
On wrong side of road	
Did not have right-of-way	
Cutting in _.
Passing standing street-car.	
Passing on curve or hill	
Passing on wrong side	
Failing to signal 	
Cutting left corner  	
Car ran away 	
Through street—did not stop..
Driving off roadway	
Driving through safety-zone.—
Car standing in roadway	
Hit and run	
Passing at intersection	
Following too close	
Railroad—did not stop	
Pulling out from curb	
Totals 	
253
247
637
833
264
73
518
60
371
264
467
494
1,813
15
1,477
95
502
1,015
49
672
10,119
5
2
30
71
57
69
134
145
24
20
75
7
38
47
102
141
544
3
240
9
106
136
14
56
192
171
499
686
238
53
439
52
332
217
360
351
1,239
12
1,234
86
395
877
33
615
8,081
8. Amount of property damage for period covered by this report,
8,892.19.
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.	
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  	
18
18
85
42
199
8
159
13
11
13
74
64
69
144
283
3
4
4
22
18
18
84
42
191
8
156
13
11
13
66
61
65
140
261
Condition of Pedestrian
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
65
21
52
59
317
269
417
4
2
2
1
8
6
30
61
19
50
58
309
263
7. Not stated                   	
387
Totals...     	
1.200
53
1,147 X 38 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Complete Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued
10.                                          Classification of Victims
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
2,030
3,673
1.2001
18
3012
152a
263
6
61
78
53
1
7
6
1
2
1,969
3,595
1,147
4. Others (persons in horse-drawn vehicles, etc.)    	
17
294
146
7. Motor-cycle passengers           	
8. Not stated             	
25
4
Totals       	
7,406
209
7,197
1 Sixty-two pedestrians injured and two pedestrians killed in other than pedestrian accidents.
2 Forty persons not bicyclists injured and one person not a bicyclist killed in bicycle accidents.
8 Fifty-two motor-cyclists injured and three motor-cyclists killed in other than motor-cycle accidents.
11.                                               Nature of Injuries
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
129
35
892
75
98
5,716
78
319
16
19
10
1
18
67
6
42
1
25
3
36
19
5
1
4
62
2. Fractured spine    .
29
850
74
73
6. Slight shock and shake-up     	
7. Internal injuries    ~	
8. Other injuries (sprains, dislocations, etc.) 	
5,713
42
319
16
5
13. Not stated  	
14
7,406
209
7,197
12.
Light Conditions
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Property
Injury
Damage Only
2,490
9,050
333
1,177
412
1,439
264
583
1,266
3,471
99
428
1. Daylight.
2. Dusk	
3. Artificial light—good-
4. Artificial light—poor...
5. Darkness	
6. Not stated	
11,620
1,518
1,862
856
4,790
543
80
8
11
9
53
16
Totals..
21,189
4,864
16,148
13.
Condition of Vehicles Involved
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Property
Injury
Damage Only
112
449
72
155
22
77
12
37
7
25
16
78
75
176
11
48
150
1,207
47
132
6,024
24,000
720
2,866
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 	
8. Tail-light out or obscured...
9. No chains (slippery road)..
10. Puncture or blow-out	
11. Apparently good	
12. Not stated.	
Totals..
566
230
101
49
33
94
255
60
1,358
181
30,206
3,624
36,757
4
1
1
2
182
38
239
7,268
29,250 REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1952 X 39
Complete Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents—Continued
14.                                   Direction of Travel
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Going straight  	
21,067
2,781
4,378
900
4,259
1,046
810
1,516
153
22
24
2
9
2
2
25
4,577
551
895
72
561
171
120
321
16,337
2,208
3. Turning left-                         	
3,459
826
3,689
873
688
1,170
6. Slowing down or stopping  	
7. Skidding    ...
8. Not stated 	
36,757
239
7,268
29,250
15.
Road Surface
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Dry surface..
2. Wet surface-
Muddy surface-
Snowy surface..
Icy surface-
Loose sand or gravel.
Not stated _.
Totals..
11,385
4,947
174
1,059
1,953
888
783
112
30
2
1
7
2,924
1,120
27
119
261
231
182
8,349
3,797
145
939
1,685
649
584
21,189
4,864
16,148
16.                                     Road Condition
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
303
229
298
16,895
240
3,224
3
4
1
139
1
29
79
49
57
3,948
39
692
221
176
240
12 808
5. Other  	
200
2,503
Totals	
21,189
177
4,864
16,148
17.                                       Type of Road
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1,954
15,120
2,765
532
115
703
6
117
32
7
395
3,689
540
94
1,553
11,314
2,193
431
5. Brick or cobble     	
       !           16
15        |           130
99
558
Totals     —
21,189
177
4,864
16,148
18.                               Weather Conditions
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
12,357
3,130
1,147
3,066
780
113
596
118
24
6
12
17
3,002
692
263
655
93
40
119
9,237
2,414
878
2,399
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Table 7 shows graphically the course of the accident rate per 1,000 motor-vehicles
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damage during the same period.
It will be noted that while the accident rate per thousand was very comparable in
1952 to 1946, the property damage cost per accident in the period increased from
$138.14 in 1946 to $304.32 in 1952, according to information given in accident reports
filed with the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles.
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X 41
SAFETY RESPONSIBILITY
A large increase in the number of British Columbia financial-responsibility certificates filed and cancelled by the Safety Responsibility Division was experienced during
the year 1952. This increase reflects activity throughout the Province in the buying
and selling of motor-vehicles, as each new purchase by a person who is required to give
proof of financial responsibility requires the filing of a new certificate.
In all, a total of 20,187 certificates were received for filing in 1952, as compared
with 14,336 in 1951, this being an increase of 40.11 per cent. Of this total, 17,497
certificates were accepted and filed, which was an increase of 47.69 per cent over that of
1951, when 11,847 certificates were filed.
Out of the total of 20,187 certificates received, 2,690 were rejected and returned
to insurance companies concerned as incorrect. These rejections represent 13.32 per
cent of the total, which is very encouraging, as in 1951 17.3 per cent of the certificates
issued by the insurance companies were returned, and in 1950, 24.2 per cent.
During the year 1952, 15,767 notices of cancellation of British Columbia financial-
responsibility insurance certificates were received, this being an increase of 34.64 per
cent over 1951, and tends to show that insurance companies are more active in notifying
the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles of intention to cancel existing certificates on file
for policies that are being renewed during the year. A summary of the certificates filed
and cancelled is shown hereunder:—
Comparison of Financial-responsibility Certificates
Received, Filed, and Cancelled in 1951 and 1952
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During 1952, 143 financial-responsibility insurance cards were issued to corporations, who had filed a bond or who had been issued a certificate from the Superintendent
of Insurance, that such corporations maintained sufficient funds to satisfy third-party
liability claims. This represents a decrease of 35 per cent under that of 1951 when
220 financial-responsibility cards were issued.
The Branch has eight card-index wheels in operation with a capacity of 4,500 cards
on each wheel. Each card shows the name of a person whose licence is under suspension
or who is required to maintain proof of financial responsibility. All new registrations for
motor-vehicle licences, notices of transfer of motor-vehicles, original drivers' licences,
and general correspondence are checked and well over one-half million individual checks
were made during 1952. The checking on the card-index wheel system is becoming
more and more complicated as cards are continually being added.
The suspension of drivers' licences under the financial-responsibility sections of the
"Motor-vehicle Act" increased 5.6 per cent over that of 1951. Due to the increased
filing of proof of financial responsibility, the reinstatement of drivers' licences increased
11.61 per cent over that of 1951. During 1952, 15.77 per cent more motor-vehicles
were suspended under the financial-responsibility sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act"
than in 1951, and 18.92 per cent more motor-vehicles were reinstated due to proof of
financial responsibility having been given.
The following tables give full information in this regard:— X 42
BRITISH COLUMBIA
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C X 46 BRITISH COLUMBIA
In 1952, 1,610 persons were released from the obligation of having to maintain
proof of financial responsibility. Of this total, 561 releases were granted, as one year
had elapsed from the date of the motor-vehicle accident as a result of which they were
required to give such proof, and they were able to prove that they had not been named
as a defendant in an action for damages in connection with the accident, and had neither
paid nor agreed to pay any sum for injuries or for damages in excess of $50. Five persons were released as a result of judgment in an action for damages having been given
in their favour. Of these releases, 1,044 persons submitted proof that during a period
of at least three years immediately preceding their application for release they had not
been convicted of any offences which would bring them under the financial-responsibility
sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act," that no judgment in an action for damages as a
result of a motor-vehicle accident was outstanding against them, and that they had not
been involved in a motor-vehicle accident. This represents an increase of 65.47 per
cent over 1951, when some 973 persons were released.
During the year 1952, 2,071 motor-vehicles were impounded as a result of being
involved in a motor-vehicle accident and 1,888 motor-vehicles were released. The
reason for the release of these motor-vehicles is shown hereunder:—
(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, 44.
(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, 673.
(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, 197.
(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, 72.
(e) By satisfactory proof being given that, at the time of the accident, the
motor-vehicle was a stolen motor-vehicle, 4.
(/) 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 a highway, 63.
(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, 219.
(h) By the owner or driver of the motor-vehicle producing satisfactory proof
of satisfaction of claims for damages (non-residents), 81.
(z)  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.
(k) By satisfactory proof being given that, at the time of the accident, the
motor-vehicle was properly parked, 13.
(/) On expiration of six months after accident and no action for damages
taken against owner of impounded motor-vehicle, 512.
(m) Action not brought to trial within twelve months after it was begun, 4.
(«) Motor-vehicle not seized within three months of date of judgment, 3. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1952
X 47
2,800
2,400
2, 0.00
1,600
1, 200
800
400
MOTOR-VEHICLES IMPOUNDED AND
RELEASED--1948-1952
(LAW BECAME EFFECTIVE JAN.   1/48)
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i X 48
BRITISH COLUMBIA
DRIVER'S LICENCE SUSPENSIONS
AND REINSTATEMENTS--1943-1952
7,000
6,000
4,000
3,000
1,000 ill*:
8,000
7,000
6,000
5,000
3,000
1946
1947
1948
1949
1944 1945
D.L. Suspended—Failure to File Proof Financial Responsibility —
D.L.  Reinstated by Filing Proof of Financial Responsibility ™—■
D.L. Suspended by Court Order,   Magistrate's Recommendation,
Fail to Pass Test
1952
ENCUMBRANCE REGISTRY DIVISION
This Division is the only location in the Province for the registration of encumbrances involving motor-vehicles. As such, all firms and individuals dealing in motor-
vehicles have the opportunity to protect their liens in a manner which provides a central
and convenient notice to interested parties in such vehicles. By proper use of the service
no one need unknowingly purchase an encumbered motor-vehicle.
Registration of conditional sales contracts showed a decrease of 3,432, or 7.7 per
cent, to 41,339 in 1952. The decrease without an explanation gives a false picture of
the amount of installment-buying in motor-vehicles. At the beginning of 1952, several
national finance companies decided to protect a large percentage of their loans through
an insurance carrier, rather than to use the protection afforded sellers under the " Conditional Sales Act." This action eliminated any recourse they formerly had upon the
selling of the motor-vehicle by their delinquent purchaser to a subsequent purchaser.
The following table summarizes the transactions of the Division for the year and
those of the previous year under the provisions of the " Bills of Sale Act," " Conditional
Sales Act," " Mechanics' Lien Act," " Companies Act," and " Co-operative Associations
Act":— REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1952
X 49
Item
1951
1952
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
Increase
Per Cent
Decrease
Registrations  under   "Conditional   Sales
Act"   	
44,771
10,691
968
54
3
746
943
17,784
17,719
157
41,339
13,111
1,158
11
1
790
935
14,955
14,780
96
3,432
22.6
19.4
5.9
7.7
2,420
190
43
2
79.6
Registrations under "Co-operative Associa-
66.7
Releases  filed   under   " Conditional   Sales
Act" 	
44
Releases filed under "Bills of Sale Act"	
8
2,829
2,939
61
0.8
15.9
	
16.6
38.9
93,836
87,174
6,662
7.1
Revenue
$54,601.00
58,496.00
8,875.75
54.00
3.00
164.25
$67,119.00
40,084.00
7,433.75
11.00
1.00
112.35
$12,518.00
22.9
......
Value of law stamps attached to documents
$14,412.00
1,422.00
43.00
2.00
51.90
24.6
Value of conditional-sale and bills-of-sale
16.2
79.6
Fees   under   "Co-operative   Associations
Act"           	
66.7
Miscellaneous fees, copying, certifications,
31.6
$122,194.00
$118,761.10
$3,432.90
......
2.8
SCHOOL BUSES
The Motor-vehicle Branch issues permits for the operation of buses used in the
transportation of children for school purposes. Buses are required to meet certain
standards and are examined by school-bus inspectors. The good services of the Officer
Commanding the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Superintendent of Motor
Carriers are greatly appreciated in providing the inspectors to do this work. Inspections
are carried out on a regular basis in order to maintain the high standard of this vital
equipment.
In 1952 the issue of school-bus permits totalled 597, this being an increase of 47
over the previous year. The number of permits effective on December 31st, 1952, was
472, the number of school buses actually in operation.
The number of school buses involved in accidents during the year amounted to 9,
and very fortunately there were no injuries. Total damages in the accidents involving
the school buses was $4,037.50.
STAFF
During 1952 there were extensive staff changes, considerable of which were due to
retirements.
As stated in the 1951 Annual Report, Superintendent George A. Hood found it
necessary to retire on August 31st, 1952, due to ill health. Superintendent Hood had
been the head of the Motor-vehicle Branch since its inception, during the days when it
was part of the British Columbia Provincial Police. To Superintendent Hood goes the
credit for a vast amount of planning and organization of the varied functions of the
Branch, and the building of a system of records which has always been held in very high
esteem by Motor-vehicle Administrators.
Superintendent Hood was succeeded by his Deputy, James P. M. Hannah, who had
been in the Branch since 1929, and who was, before that time, a member of the British
Columbia Provincial Police. However, reaching the superannuation age caused the
retirement of Superintendent Hannah on September 30th, 1952. X 50
BRITISH COLUMBIA
The vacancies created by these retirements resulted in the promotion from within
the Branch of the undersigned to Superintendent, and R. A. Hadfield to the position of
Deputy Superintendent.
The following table shows staff disposition at December 31st, 1952. The large
number of temporary assistants at that date was due to the procedure of preparation
of annual licence renewals being under way, a process which had been done earlier in
other years, but delayed in 1952 to the latest date possible to eliminate duplication of
effort.
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5
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Intermediate clerk (Grade 1)
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13
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12
Clerk (Grade 1)	
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17
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5
8
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Graphotype operator (Grade A)..
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Junior clerk (Grade A)	
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43
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188
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245
Number of permanent employees, 205; vacant permanent positions in process of
being filled, 8; employees on leave for armed forces, 2; making a total of 215 permanent
positions.
CONCLUSION
In 1952, the Branch enjoyed splendid relations with other Branches of Government
and other bodies outside the Provincial service.
May I express my appreciation to the members of your Department, to those of the
other Government Departments, to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other police
departments in the Province, and to the personnel of this Branch, for the co-operation
and the manner in which they have performed their many and varied duties throughout
the year.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
GEORGE LINDSAY,
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles.
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1954
360-154-7146  

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