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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
MOTOR-VEHICLE
BRANCH
FOR THE YEAR
1954
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1955  To His Honour Frank Mackenzie Ross, C.M.G., M.C.,
Lieutenant-Governor oj the Province oj 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 1954.
R. W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
A ttorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., October, 1955.  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF
MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1954
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 1954.
This Report shows a continuing increase, evident in the past several years, in all
aspects of work of the Branch. The Report is indicative of the growth of the Province
and of the position of the Motor-vehicle Branch in the expanding economy.
The report deals with the operation of the Branch under the following headings:—
1. Licences.
2. Accidents and Convictions.
3. Driving Safety.
(a) Safety Responsibility.
(b) Examination of Drivers.
(c) Drivers' Education.
4. Encumbrance Registry Division.
5. School Buses.
6. Staff.
1. LICENCES
During 1954 there was a total of 367,967 motor-vehicles (other than motor-cycles)
licensed, as compared to 345,005 for 1953, an increase of 22,962 or 6.66 per cent. The
1954 total includes 34,441 passenger and 11,248 commercial new registrations, of which
8,591 passenger and 1,998 commercial vehicles were used-car registrations for motor-
vehicles previously licensed elsewhere and subsequently brought into this Province for
use. The balance of 25,850 passenger and 9,250 commercial motor-vehicles were new
vehicles being licensed for the first time.
The motor-cycle total decreased slightly from 3,825 in 1953 to 3,744 in 1954,
continuing a steady downward trend which commenced in 1949.
For the purpose of comparison, the following is a statement of licences, permits,
etc., issued for the licence-years 1947 to 1954 inclusive: — L 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Comparative Statement oj Licences, Permits, etc., Issued during the
Licence-year 1947 to 1954, Inclusive
Licences Issued
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
Motor-vehicles—
22,362
106,249
19,281
124,394
26,858
138,248
42,025
156,372
27,616
186,154
34,820
201,891
37,532
221,40S
34,441
241,720
128,611
|  143,675
165,106
198,397
213,770
236,711
258,940
276,161
Passenger substitutional	
692
|    26,113
1,471
2,707
5,448
1,650
4,075
5,770
8,627
38,082
8,966
44,949
9,184
51,037
11,496
55,810
11,733
61,770
12,521
68,321
11,485
74,580
11,248
80,558
46,709
53,915
60,221
67,306
73,503
80,842
86,065
91,806
Commercial substitutional licences
1,494
3,290
1,964
2,207
1,938
2,852
7,303
2,128
175,320
197,590
225,327
265,703
.87,273
317,553
345,005
367,967
Total substitutional licences.
2,186
29,403
3,435
4,914
7,386
4,502
11,378
7,898
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
162
952
1,702
711
11,324
1,371
130
1,555
1,806
790
11,791
2,127
213
Non-resident   touring   motor-vehicle
Non-resident   special   motor-vehicle
Non-resident   commercial   motor-
2,598
2,612
810
Permits   for   temporary   operation—
Motor-cycles—
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
508
3,317
49
470
3,274
63
4,364
4,536
4,681
4,609
4,144
3,929
3,825
3,744
9,487
55
26
10,117
7
10,739
46
3
11,032
68
11
11,707
54
8
13,543
58
1
15,417
59
ls.^os
106
Motor-dealers—
514
309
25
38
13
621
400
20
23
6
1
653
94
2
696
578
22
18
4
718
800
60
16
4
1,245
212
7
713
876
40
13
5
1
1,091
197
6
688
859
32
9
5
914
227
2
682
889
45
10
1
903
173
3
687
873
56
Original motor-cycle dealer licences _.
Additional motor-cycle dealer licences
Motor cycle substitutional licences —
10
9
522
131
902
162
4
Temporary operation of motor-dealers
2
Transfers—
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
31,756
2,912
358
173,954
33,626
2,630
286
172,256
37,540
2,847
466
89,106
97,974
117,177
160,512
167,972
206,644
210,496
213,109
Chauffeurs—
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
4,717
63
50,763
212
254
26,810
218,866
4,144
4,995
48,610
5
547
10,829
798
12,646
3,212
160,089
5,048
46
4,654
70
53,560
196
240
31,047
237,101
4,939
3,904
52,601
14
778
9,282
929
19,281
3,496
377,466
5,062
46
4,594
130
49,598
189
500
4,616
42
4,275
78
42,997
100
151
4,546
76
4,128
101
42,862
118
66
4,541
43
Original Class " B "   	
4,001
56
43,486
111
54
Drivers—
19,723
480,131
22,229
562,175
23,926
Learners' permits 	
712,517
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Drivers' Licences
British Columbia commenced on January lst, 1951, a programme of issuing drivers'
licences valid for a period of five years. In 1951 and up to 1954, drivers' licences have
been issued in the following amounts:— Licences
1951   335,378
1952     56,368
1953      50,307
1954     51,122
Total
_ 493,175
The 1954 issuance was of 28,563 original and 12,353 renewal licences to adults,
and 10,185 originals and 21 renewals to minors. Drivers' licences which were lost or
destroyed caused 8,902 licence-holders to apply for duplicates.
Chauffeurs' Licences
It is interesting to note the number of chauffeurs' licences issued in 1954 is 10,234
less than the number issued in 1950, the 1954 figure being 52,028 as compared with
63,262 in 1950. Of interest also is that 1954 saw 91,806 commercial vehicles licensed,
as against 67,306 in 1950, for a gain of 24,500.
It does seem only right to assume that rather than have a decrease in chauffeurs'
licences, an increase proportionate to the increase in commercial vehicles should be
reportable. There is a strong feeling many drivers employed as chauffeurs are not
licensed. The remedy to the trend rests with the various enforcement agencies giving
the problem attention. L  10
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Distribution of Motor-vehicles
The following table shows a breakdown of motor-vehicle licence issuance by
centres:—
Place
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Used
New
Renewal
Total
Used
New
Renewal
Total
Total
Vancouver  '.	
3,422
1,123
1,046
109
258
95
127
137
140
129
125
60
173
71
111
401
151
57
60
45
38
24
61
73
29
109
134
44
19
21
13
15
20
23
17
23
28
8
14
7
11
4
6
3
7
12,801
2,621
2,461
,    580
587
456
363
469
421
485
398
278
398
503
421
320
272
339
286
125
90
145
153
73
46
127
91
85
48
67
40
52
53
65
11
27
17
6
18
24
11
'3
8
6
82,908
46,488
32,848
6,165
5,596
4,274
4,259
3,834
4,404
4,107
3,645
4,091
2,887
4,082
3,530
1,898
2,917
3,272
2,505
1,119
1,271
1,519
1,322
1,040
1,227
787
961
718
936
679
896
495
665
500
550
382
522
680
452
385
270
339
167
106
22
99,131
50,232
36,355
6,854
6,441
4,825
4,749
4,440
4,965
4,721
4,168
4,429
3,458
4,656
4,062
2,619
3,340
3,668
2,851
1,289
1.399
1,688
1,536
1,186
1,302
1,023
1,186
847
1,003
767
949
562
738
588
578
432
567
694
484
416
292
343
176
117
35
357
139
176
18
52
25
42
43
17
30
35
19
96
13
37
370
84
8
21
25
16
6
6
40
13
75
82
28
13
17
4
12
5
5
3
14
3
2
6
6
5
1
7
1
21
3,011
1,203
786
180
272
276
163
250
143
172
147
140
306
99
191
357
138
87
116
134
104
47
56
71
56
116
54
107
58
93
14
52
27
56
14
47
8
3
31
21
26
2
3
5
16,918
13,926
8,491
2,020
2,100
2,597
1,943
2,069
1,615
1,656
1,782
1,511
2,237
1,241
1,508
2,266
1,587
813
1,119
1,119
1,015
535
627
866
699
795
516
843
722
739
392
585
346
458
471
481
347
177
330
309
343
192
142
67
43
20,286
15,268
9,453
2,218
2,424
2,898
2,148
2,362
1,775
1,858
1,964
1,670
2,639
1,353
1,736
2,993
1,809
908
1,256
1,278
1,135
588
689
977
768
986
652
978
793
849
410
649
378
519
488
542
358
182
367
336
374
201
151
71
69
119,417
65,500
45,808
Nanaimo 	
Chilliwack — -
Vernon „..._. 	
9,072
8,865
7,723
6,897
6,802
6,740
6,579
6,132
6,099
6,097
6,009
5,798
5,612
Kamloops  	
Duncan  	
Trail     ...
Abbotsford  -	
5,149
4,576
Mission — 	
4,107
2,567
2,534
2,276
2,225
2,163
2,070
Golden
2,009
1,838
1,825
1,796
1,616
1,359
1,211
Revelstoke —- 	
1,116
1,107
1,066
Vanderhoof . - 	
Lillooet —   -
Rossland	
974
925
876
851
Merritt  - - -
Clinton               	
752
666
544
327
Barkerville  	
Atlin  - 	
188
104
Totals 	
8,591
25,850
241,720
276,161
1,998
9,250
80,558
91,806
367,967 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954
L  11
Mail-order Issuance
Motor-vehicle licences issued by mail in 1954 increased 22 per cent or 5,471 on
the similar issuance in 1953. The following synopsis gives a breakdown of the 30,357
licences issued by indicating various areas from where the licence applications were
received. By taking this synopsis into consideration it is indicated the approximate
motor-vehicle population in Victoria is 39,443, made up of 32,629 passenger and 6,814
commercial motor-vehicles.
The following is a summary of mail-order issuance during 1954:—
1954 Mail-order
Synopsis
Vancouver
Victoria
New
Westminster
Vancouver
Island and
Islands
Balance
of
Province
Out of
Province
Total
Passenger plates   	
12,185
2,700
692
497
2,519
30
5
24
1,604
32
7
230
1,132
217
7
3
2
764
309
23
6
1
4
49
2
2,745
1,585
91
102
10
39
276
4
85
231
3
2
37
19,611
692
1,989
97
4,828
Provincial Government commercial plates
2,519
251
Farm-tractor plates  	
116
Class "A" chauffeurs' licences	
Class " B " chauffeurs' licences.-	
Class " C " chauffeurs' licences	
Drivers' licences and minors' drivers' licences
1
19
12
43
372
1,604
National Defence motor-cycle plates	
7
32
47
230
Totals   	
14,298
8,340
1,361
1,158
4,852
348
30,357
Revenue
A total of $9,360,138.21 was collected during the 1954 licence-year for licences,
permits, and fees. This does not include drivers' examination fees mentioned at the end
of this section. The above-mentioned revenue is a decrease under 1953 collection of
$306,251.74 or 3.17 per cent. The decrease is entirely due to a reduced-fee structure
of 10 per cent of passenger licences, reduction of registration fees from $10 to $1 for
motor-vehicles and from $5 to $1 for motor-cycles, and monthly reduction of motorcycles and trailer fees on the principle always applied to motor-vehicle fees.
Collection through offices of this Branch amounted to 70.04 per cent of the total for
an amount of $6,555,735.29.
Motor Licence Offices, together with corresponding collections, were as follows:—
Vancouver Motor Licence Office  $3,091,683.25
Victoria Motor Licence Office     1,546,811.45
New Westminster Motor Licence Office     1,111,696.60
Chilliwack Motor Licence Office        220,061.06
Kamloops Motor Licence Office        179,883.67
Trail Motor Licence Office        155,910.99
Abbotsford Motor Licence Office        146,435.67
Mission Motor Licence Office        103,252.60
Total . .  $6,555,735.29
The balance of $2,804,402.92 was collected through various Government Agencies.
Drivers' examination fees in 1954 amounted to $91,745, an increase of $9,583
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2. ACCIDENTS AND CONVICTIONS
Motor-vehicle Accidents
The following table shows the trend from 1949 to 1954 of motor-vehicle registrations, ratio of accidents per 1,000 motor-vehicle registrations, total traffic deaths, ratio
of traffic deaths per 10,000 motor-vehicles registered, and the average cost of reported
property damage:—
Year
Motor-vehicles
Registered
Accidents
per 1,000
Registered
Traffic
Deaths
Deaths per
10,000
Registered
Average
Property
Damage
1949        -   	
225,327
265,703
287,273
317,553
345,005
367,967
84.60
67.80
68.10
66.70
63.05
61.05
184
175
208
209
208
211
8.2
6.5
7.2
$197.73
19S0
236.66
1951                   - - _
283.79
1952                   - —    	
6.5                304.32
1953           -    	
5.9                322.59
1954               -                     	
5.7
325.67
The first nine months of 1954 showed a very much improved picture accident-wise
compared to the same period in 1953.   However, the last three months in 1954 produced
so many accidents, the previous gain was lost in all categories except injuries, as indicated
in the following synopsis:—
Accidents—
1953  22,096
Increase of 329 or 1.5 per cent.
1954....
Injuries—
1953 ...
1954.__._.
Deaths—
1953	
1954	
Increase of 3 or 1.4 per cent.
Reported property damage—
1953	
Decrease of 155 or 2.0 per cent.
22,425
7,737
7,582
208
211
   $7,128,012.75
1954..      7,303,323.26
Increase of $175,310.51 or 2.5 per cent.
The following tables give a recapitulation of accident statistics for the 1945-54
period; accident statistics for the various cities, municipalities, villages, and districts for
1954;  and the statistical summary of accidents for the Province for 1954:—
Table 1.—Statistical Summary oj Motor-vehicle Accidents jor the
Ten-year Period 1945-54
Year
Accidents
Reported
Persons
Killed
Persons
Injured
Property
Damage
Motor-
vehicles
Involved
1945           _ -
7,067
9,792
13,056
17,565
19,061
18,029
20,381
21,189
22,096
22,425
116
147
197
182
184
175
208
209
208
211
3,108
3,920
4,489
5,133
5,194
5,720
6,624
7,197
7,737
7,582
$960,367.22
1,352,670.96
2,002,855.18
3.167.109.53
11,598
1946                          _        	
15,964
1947
21,381
1948
29.852
1949
3,769,821.29 |        32,970
10S0
4,266,784.40 |        31,223
1951       	
5,784,077.02 |        35,331
1952                   	
6,448,892.19 |        36,757
1953
7,128,012.75 |        38,566
1954      _ _	
7,303,323.26 |        39 620
Totals	
172.661         1        1.8.37           1       56.704
$42.180913 80  1       793 762  Table 2.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province for the Calendar Years 1953 and 1954
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Place of Occurrence
Killed
1953
1954
(+)
Increase
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Decrease
Fatal Accidents
1953
1954
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injured
1953
1954
(+)
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
Injury Accidents
1953
1954
(+)
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
Vehicles Involved
1953
1954
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Accidents Reported
1953
1954
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Property Damage
1953
1954
<+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Alberni	
Armstrong City	
Chilliwack City ....
Courtenay City	
Cranbrook City	
Cumberland City.
Duncan City	
Enderby City	
Fernie City	
Grand Forks	
Greenwood	
Kamloops	
Kaslo	
Kelowna	
Kimberley	
Ladysmith	
Merritt--	
Nanaimo	
Nelson	
New Westminster
North Vancouver.
Port Alberni	
Port Coquitlam	
Port Moody	
Prince George	
Prince Rupert	
Revelstoke	
Rossland	
Salmon Arm—_
Slocan	
Trail	
Vancouver	
Vernon	
Victoria	
Totals	
6
2
1
2
1
1
43
1
5
2
2
1
4
3
2
31
1
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—100.0
+100.0
—66.6
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—100.0
+100.0
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1
18
19
12
3
1
14
23
1
41
21
12
7
48
11
297
88
13
23
21
58
12
2
9
6
43
2,411
39
346
2
1
1
28
2
32
4
4
1
60
10
262
84
25
20
38
46
17
5
12
2
16
2,468
26
321
Per Cent
+5.8
—100.0
—20.8
—29.4
—25.0
—48.1
-100.0
-71.4
+21.7
+ 100.0
—21.95
—80.9
—66.6
—85.7
+25.0
—9.0
— 11.7
—4.5
+92.3
— 13.0
+ 80.9
—20.6
+41.6
+ 150.0
+33.3
—66.6
—62.79
+2.3
—33.3
—7.2
3,635     3,554
—2.2
10
1
15
15
4
1
20
3
5
1
18
1
30
17
8
4
38
8
210
63
11
15
14
37
12
2
8
5
30
1,842
27
260
12
18
9
2
1
12
2
1
1
23
2
27
4
4
1
47
6
188
67
20
12
25
33
14
4
7
2
12
1,898
17
246
Per Cent
—20.0
—100.0
+20.0
—40.0
—50.0
—40.0
— 100.0
—60.0
+27.7
+100.0
-10.0
—76.4
—50.0
—75.0
+23.6
—25.0
—10.4
+6.3
+81.8
—20.0
+78.5
— 10.8
+ 16.6
+100.0
— 12.5
—60.0
—60.0
+3.0
—37.0
—5.3
2,735     2,717
■0.6
125
25
144
112
98
11
109
16
57
17
8
267
5
191
87
42
11
389
46
1,715
453
212
128
78
464
174
32
53
26
2
286
15,383
170
2,061
104
9
139
127
81
12
92
6
37
22
4
246
11
151
60
48
21
368
35
1,679
497
207
104
86
349
170
22
40
15
172
16,401
146
1,873
Per Cent
— 16.8
—64.0
—3.4
+ 13.3
— 17.3
+9.0
—15.6
—62.5
—35.0
+29.4
-50.0
—7.8
+120.0
—20.9
—31.0
+ 14.2
+90.9
—5.4
—23.9
—2.1
+9.7
—2.3
— 18.7
+10.2
—24.7
—2.3
—31.2
—24.5
—42.3
— 100.0
—39.8
+6.6
— 14.1
-9.1
22,997   23,334
+1.4
67
61
15
5
77
79
63
70
51
44
7
7
65
52
9
3
30
22
11
12
4
2
151
131
3
8
109
90
52
33
23
26
7
13
218
205
27
20
913
866
246
263
115
115
71
62
49
54
256
196
98
97
18
12
32
24
17
9
1
157
98
8,206
8,664
97
82
1,109
1,017
12,373
12,442 |
1
Per Cent
-8.9
-66.6
+2.6
+11.1
—13.7
~20!5
-66.6
—26.6
+9.0
-50.0
— 13.2
+ 166.6
— 16.6
—36.5
+ 13.0
+85.7
—5.9
—25.9
—5.1
+6.9
—12.6
+ 10.2
—23.4
-1.0
—33.3
—25.0
—47.0
—100.0
—37.5
+5.5
—15.4
—8.3
+0.5
$21,980.85
3,885.00
21,149.76
16,344.61
16,317.17
2,588.50
17,220.21
2,231.95
7,112.64
3,763.00
1,209.00
37,363.90
1,201.91
27,556.74
13,853.28
5,905.23
3,400.00
61,662.06
7,902.50
261,656.36
81,157.89
32,689.00
21,060.61
15,216.17
86,376.53
24,754.76
4,122.00
8,947.00
4,213.91
198.00
46,381.91
2,034,716.89
26,949.26
279,665.78
$21,164.60
1,438.37
20,984.76
21,726.85
11,981.78
1,295.00
13,074.33
1,500.00
4,346.38
2,705.00
1,500.00
37,552.61
3,293.00
24,068.27
6,245.50
5,356.19
2,868.94
55,752.48
11,219.00
250,692.86
81,838.32
34,099.18
18,235.28
16,051.32
55,784.74
25,727.54
1,808.11
6,166.00
3,715.00
23,670.98
2,231,055.92
23,628.20
242,687.05
$3,200,744.38
$3,263,233.56
Per Cent
-3.71
—62.98
—0.78
+32.93
—26.57
-49.97
—24.08
-32.79
—38.89
—28.11
+24.07
+0.51
+173.98
—12.63
—54.92
—9.30
—15.62
—9.58
+41.97
—4.19
+0.83
+4.31
-13.42
+5.49
—35.42
+3.93
—56.14
—31.08
— 11.84
— 100.00
—46.38
+9.65
— 12.28
—13.22
+1.95
DISTRICT MUNICIPALITIES
Burnaby	
Central Saanich...
Chilliwhack	
Coldstream	
Coquitlam	
Delta	
Esquimalt	
Fraser Mills	
Kent Agassiz	
Langley	
Maple Ridge	
Matsqui	
Mission .	
North Cowichan„
North Vancouver
Oak Bay	
Peachland	
Penticton	
Pitt Meadows—!.-
Richmond	
Saanich	
Salmon Arm	
Spallumcheen	
Sumas	
Summerland	
Surrey	
Tadanac	
West Vancouver-
Totals—
13
1
3
5
2
1
2
1
1
2
5
11
3
6
1
1
5
4
2
3
2
2
1
7
5
3
1
4
16
2
Per Cent
—53.8
—100.0
+100.0
-66.7
+100.0
+100.0
+50.0
+100.0
—100.0
+250.0
—50.0
~+45.5
—33.3
53
67
+26.4
11
6
1
1
1
2
3
1
5
4
1
4
1
2
2
2
1
2
1
2
1
2
6
5
2
2
1
1
3
10
13
3
2
48
56
Per Cent
—45.4
—100.0
+100.0
—66.7
-50.0
+300.0
+100.0
+100.0
—100.0
+200.0
—60.0
+30.0
—33.3
+16.5
423
528
14
10
85
57
2
38
34
44
45
44
28
1
8
27
72
89
77
87
74
55
41
31
37
48
42
63
14
26
4
50
35
6
10
115
117
106
106
14
10
7
9
49
54
13
11
465
457
1
67
71
1,913
2,008
Per Cent
+24.8
—28.6
—32.8
—100.0
—10.5
+2.3
—3.6
— 100.0
+237.5
+23.6
+ 12.9
—25.6
—24.4
+29.7
+50.0
+85.7
—100.0
—30.0
+66.6
+ 1.7
—28.6
+28.6
+ 10.2
— 15.4
— 1.7
— 100.0
+5.9
+4.9
280
357
7
8
52
35
1
23
26
25
28
28
23
1
5
14
46
48
49
55
43
35
18
16
20
30
30
46
11
16
2
29
29
3
6
82
85
74
80
9
6
6
4
25
26
7
7
264
271
1
47
48
1,188
1,299
Per Cent
+23.9
+14.3
—32.7
—100.0
+13.0
+ 12.0
—17.9
— 100.0
+180.0
+4.3
+ 12.2
— 18.6
— 11.1
+50.0
+53.3
+45.5
—100.0
+100.0
+3.6
+8.1
—33.3
—33.3
+4.0
+2.7
— 100.0
+2.1
+9.4
1,865
2,403
27
30
240
169
5
231
226
107
121
181
166
9
2
24
48
282
272
254
233
263
211
69
77
115
129
259
354
84
89
10
192
235
21
33
501
579
375
464
48
43
31
11
129
116
45
31
1,929
2,138
16
1
370
505
7,682
8,686
Per Cent
+28.8
+ 11.1
—29.6
—100.0
—2.2
+13.1
—8.3
—64.4
+100.0
—3.5
—8.3
—19.8
+11.6
+ 12.2
+36.7
+5.9
— 100.0
+22.4
+57.1
+ 15.6
+23.7
— 10.4
-64.5
— 10.1
—31.1
+ 10.8
—93.7
+36.5
+13.1
1,005
1,264
17
18
163
102
4
133
,122
73
89
100
92
6
1
17
35
173
163
154
151
149
128
42
49
82
86
145
197
47
55
8
106
136
13
20
289
321
230
276
31
26
22
9
73
70
28
20
1,012
1,128
10
1
201
275
4,333
4,834
Per Cent
+25.8
+5.9
—37.4
—100.0
—8.3
+21.9
—80.0
—83.3
+105.9
—5.8
—1.9
—14.1
+ 16.7
+4.9
+35.2
+17.0
—100.0
+27.4
+53.8
+ 11.1
+20.0
—16.1
—59.1
—4.1
—28.6
+11.5
—90.0
+36.8
+11.6
$313,205.18
6,796.19
53,845.80
2,575.18
39,712.33
34,106.08
27,957.00
2,700.75
7,688.50
68,698.46
52,455.54
63,532.03
20,018.64
27,616.87
35,553.51
14,388.13
2,535.00
31,854.38
4,385.74
87,014.32
72,718.86
11,062.12
10,015.00
41,674.98
8,527.58
354,024.81
3,596.56
61,411.53
$416,354.20
7,799.50
47,432.94
37,712.06
24,872.59
21,825.79
232.29
24,428.07
72,042.32
55,927.77
48,021.00
21,205.60
27,378.00
52,823.73
15,975.05
43,401.71
7,364.65
99,661.01
73,842.25
17,044.00
3,282.50
41,443.39
5,181.23
388,224.65
350.00
84,562.22
Per Cent
+32.9
+ 14.8
-11.9
—100.0
-5.0
—27.1
—20.9
—91.4
+217.7
+4.8
+6.6
—23.9
+5.9
—0.9
+48.6
+ 11.0
—100.0
+36.2
+67.9
+ 14.5
+1.5
+54.1
—67.2
—0.6
—39.2
+9.7
—90.3
+37.7
$1,459,671.07
$1,638,388.52
+ 12.2  Table 2.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province for the Calendar Years 1953 and 1954—Continued
VILLAGE MUNICIPALITIES
L 17
Place of Occurrence
Killed
1953
1954
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Fatal Accidents
1953
1954
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injured
1953
1954
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injury Accidents
1953
1954
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Vehicles Involved
1953
1954
I (+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Accidents Reported
1953
1954
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Property Damage
1953
1954
Abbotsford	
Alert Bay	
Ashcroft	
Burns Lake	
Campbell River..
Castlegar	
Chapman Camp.
Comox	
Coquitlam	
Cranberry Lake.
Creston	
Dawson Creeks-
Fort St. John	
Fruitvale	
Gibson	
Hope	
Invermere	
Lake Cowichan...
Lillooet	
Lytton	
McBride	
Mission	
New Denver	
North Kamloops
Oliver	
Osoyoos	
Parksville	
Pouce Coupe	
Princeton	
Qualicum	
Quesnel	
Salmo	
Sidney	
Silverton	
Smithers	
Squamish	
Stewart	
Terrace	
Torino	
Vanderhoof	
Westview	
Williams Lake	
Kinnaird	
Marysville	
Totals—
Per Cent
—100.0
— 100.0
-100.0
— 100.0
—100.0
—80.0
Per Cent
—100.0
— 100.0
—100.0
100.0
—100.0
80.0
3
7
5
3
1
4
12
5
8
2
10
5
2
1
6
4
1
1
8
2
1
3
2
1
2
2
14
8
1
6
1
3
2
4
4
1
5
4
1
7
5
2
	
1
3
1
6
9
3
2
——.
114
80
Per Cent
+ 133.7
—40.0
+300.0
—58.3
—75.0
-60.0
-100.0
—33.3
—75.0
—33.3
+100.0
—42.9
—100.0
—83.3
—33.3
—75.0
—20.0
—28.6
-100.0
—66.7
-100.0
-66.7
3
6
4
2
1
4
9
3
6
1
5
3
2
1
5
4
1
3
2
1
2
2
1
2
2
10
4
1
5
1
3
2
1
3
1
5
2
1
4
4
1
1
2
1
3
9
3
2
--—
86
58
Per Cent
+ 100.0
—50.0
+300.0
—66.6
—83.3
—60.0
—100.0
—20.0
—33.3
+ 100.0
—60.0
-100.0
—80.0
—33.3
—66.7
—60.0
100.0
—50.0
-100.0
—66.7
36
51
11
4
1
13
15
73
48
17
4
2
7
6
42
11
5
17
25
72
89
26
6
1
1
5
38
15
7
9
14
2
10
1
2
8
4
84
72
1
26
20
11
15
20
10
10
7
5
	
6
10
10
109
49
6
5
36
12
30
16
5
7
2
1
40
19
2
25
6
36
28
13
13
4
2
819
652 1
Per Cent
+41.7
—63.6
+15.4
—34.2
-76.5
—100.0
— 14.3
—54.5
+47.1
+23.6
—76.9
+400.0
—60.5
+55.6
+400.0
+ 100.0
—50.0
-14.3
—100.0
—23.1
+36.4
—50.0
—30.0
—100.0
—55.0
—16.7
—66.7
—46.7
+40.0
—50.0
—52.5
—76.0
—22.2
-100.0
-100.0
-20.4
19
28
9
3
1
9
10
44
27
13
2
1
4
4
22
8
4
10
12
39
47
14
4
1
1
2
22
8
4
7
8
1
7
1
2
5
2
49
38
1
16
12
6
8
12
7
5
4
2
3
8
6
60
28
3
3
21
8
16
9
3
4
1
1
22
11
1
14
4
22
16
7
8
2
1
478
369
Per Cent
+47.4
—66.7
~+11.1
—38.6
—84.6
—100.0
—50.0
+20.0
+20.5
—71.4
+1000
—18.2
+14.3
+600.0
+ 100.0
—60.0
-22.4
-100.0
—25.0
+33.3
-41.7
—20.0
-100.0
—25.0
—53.3
______
—43.8
+33.3
—50.0
—71.4
-27.3
+ 14.3
—100.0
-100.0
—22.8
$4,065.14
803.00
1,618.00
11,758.89
2,222.86
100.00
717.00
' 715.00
2,060.00
9,125.11
3,220.00
100.00
4,746.00
938.00
557.05
1,302.00
10,214.42
100.00
4,390.23
884.00
2,855.00
837.50
300.00
2,740.56
16,569.00
1,030.00
5,928.44
3,249.27
560.00
600.00
4,647.18
3,078.14
3,375.00
1,500.00
210.00
104.00
$5,151.10
125.00
300.00
7,960.00
6,126.12
1,325.00
70L0O
7,071.00
400.00
2,981.77
13,478.20
1,550.00
100.00
925.00
2,183.50
845.00
3,293.94
1,228.32
300.00
207.85
8,876.56
3,379/75
1,443.81
2,292.00
1,840.00
376.20
1,353.00
8,123.05
300.00
2,675.00
1,634.00
865.00
4,235.00
68.00
745.00
4,246.00
1,757.50
$107,220.79      $100,462.67
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
+26.7
—84.4
+391.9
—47.9
—40.4
—100.0
—2.2
^44.1
+44.7
+47.7
—51.9
+825.0
-53.9
+250.6
+120.5
~~-^84To
—13.1
—100.0
—23.0
+63.3
— 19.7
+119.7
—100.0
—50.6
-50.9
—70.9
—54.9
—49.7
—54.5
—100.0
-8.9
—75.8
—25.8
+83.8
— 100.0
-100.0
•6.3
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY
Ashcroft District	
Cariboo-Fort George..
Chilli wack District—
Cranbrook District—
Kamloops District	
Nanaimo District	
Nelson District	
Peace River District—
Penticton District	
Prince Rupert District
Vancouver District—
Victoria District	
Totals	
6
8
15
7
12
12
7
3
6
1
1
6
11
6
5
11
15
9
4
6
10
5
3
6
Per Cent
+83.3
—25.0
—66.7
+57.1
+25.0
—25.0
—42.9
+100.0
+66.7
+400.0
+200.0
84
91
+8.3
4
8
9
6
11
7
6
3
6
1
1
4
8
6
4
6
10
9
4
6
10
2
2
6
Per Cent
+ 100.0
—25.0
—55.6
—9.1
+28.6
—33.3
+ 100.0
+66.7
+ 100.0
+100.0
+50.0
66
73
+10.6
85
60
212
201
149
185
154
167
308
217
245
258
296
182
85
87
214
228
71
63
44
90
212
202
2,075
1,940
Per Cent
-29.5
—5.2
+ 19.8
+8.4
—27.6
+5.3
—38.3
+2.4
+6.5
—11.3
+104.5
—4.7
—6.5
52
127
70
87
173
157
183
42
130
36
33
125
39
118
102
101
149
166
111
44
125
30
60
127
Per Cent
—25.0
—7.1
+45.7
+16.1
— 13.9
+5.7
—39.3
+4.8
—3.8
— 16.7
+81.8
+1.6
1,215
1,172
-3.5
249
277
879
812
384
529
525
575
1,027
884
783
931
1,071
738
281
248
561
617
293
248
274
359
741
730
7,068
6,948 1
1
Per Cent
+ 11.2
—7.6
+37.8
+9.5
— 13.9
+ 18.9
—31.1
—11.7
+9.9
— 15.4
+38.4
—1.5
1.7
178
200
587
558
255
346
391
415
728
648
560
641
767
499
197
173
407
425
204
170
173
231
465 |
474
4,912
4,780
Per Cent
+ 12.4
-4.9
+35.7
+6.1
—10.9
+14.5
—34.9
-12.1
+4.4
— 16.7
+33.5
+ 1.9
—2.7
$110,370.31
295,773.83
125,448.17
188,270.21
348,723.98
264,290.44
335,309.32
145,811.96
202,381.61
108,242.12
49,892.37
185,862.19
$102
271
183
220
286
303
221
122
229
88
77
191
,996.90
,733.53
,538.02
883.53
,677.46
,672.69
,598.19
,873.09
,208.37
,756.72
,974.81
,325.20
$2,360,376.51 J$2,301,238.51
Per Cent
-6.7
-8.1
+45.6
+ 17.3
— 17.8
+ 14.9
—33.9
-15.7
+ 13.3
— 18.3
+56.3
+2.9
—2.5
SUMMARY
Cities	
Municipalities	
Villages I—
Districts	
Totals for Province
66
53
5
84
52
67
1
91
Per Cent
—21.2
+26.4
—80.0
+8.3
208
211
+1.5
64
48
5
66
50
56
1
73
Per Cent
—21.9
+ 16.5
—80.0
+ 10.6
183
180
—1.5
3,635
1,913
114
2,075
3,554
2,008
80
1,940
Per Cent
—2.2
+4.9
—29.8
—6.5
7,737     7,582
—2.0
2,735
1,188
86
1,215
2,717
1,299
58
1,172
Per Cent
—0.7
+9.4
—32.6
—3.5
5,224
5,246
+0.4
22,997
7,682
819
7,068
23,334
8,686
652
6,948
Per Cent
+ 1.5
+ 13.1
—20.4
— 1.7
38,566   39,620
+2.7
12,373
4,333
478
4,912
12,442
4,834
369
4,780
Per Cent
-0.6
+ 11.6
—22.8
—2.7
22,096   22,425
+1.5
$3,200,744.38
1,459,671.07
107,220.79
2,360,376.51
$3,263,233.56
1,638,388.52
100,462.67
2,301,238.51
Per Cent
+1.9
+ 12.2
—6.3
—2.5
$7,128,012.75
$7,303,323.26
+2.5  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954
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Table 3.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
jor the Year 1954—Continued
2.                                 Hour of Occurrence
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
12 to   1 a.m. _	
665
599
438
348
209
162
197
915
1,099
702
846
958
930
1,013
1,206
-     1,435
1,878
2,133
1,306
1,303
1,048
830
849
1,170
186
13
5
10
5
2
3
1
2
2
5
6
5
4
4
4
7
10
15
17
14
6
7
12
13
9
183
159
118
96
53
41
47
152
189
127
160
209
213
198
303
361
425
502
328
387
261
193
200
304
37
469
1 to   2 a.m  ._
435
310
3 to  4 a.m _ ._	
247
154
118
149
7 to   8 a.m _ _	
8 to   9 a.m  - _                     	
761
908
9 to 10 a.m.   	
570
10 to 11 a.m  _                      	
680
11 to 12    m _ _.
744
12 to   1 p.m. _ _     _       .   ._
1 to   2 p.m.
2 to   3 p.m _ „.	
713
811
899
1,067
4 to   5 p.m      _         	
5 to   6 p.m. _ __ . _.               	
6 to   7 p.m           _	
7 to   8 p.m.  _              	
8 to   9 p.m _                     	
9 to 10 p.m.  _  	
lOtollp.m _	
11 to 12 p.m _	
1,443
1,616
961
902
781
630
637
853
Not stated	
140
Totals
22,425
181
5,246
16,998
Day of Occurrence
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Sunday	
2. Monday	
3. Tuesday	
4. Wednesday..
5. Thursday	
6. Friday	
7. Saturday	
8. Not stated	
Totals.
3,071
2,915
2,602
2,613
2,971
3,595
4,654
4
42
23
15
14
18
21
48
806
626
580
609
655
831
1,139
2,223
2,266
2,007
1,990
2,298
2,743
3,467
4
22,425
181
5,246
16,998
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 .
30,778
224
14
605
582
3,341
194
3,879
3
39,620
156
5
2
3
21
2
35
 3_
227
6,357
172
3
121
148
677
44
695
8,217
24,265
47
11
482
431
2,643
148
3,149
31,176 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954
L 21
Table 3.—Statistical Summary oj Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
jor the Year 1954—Continued
Railroad Crossings
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Gates not down __ 	
2. Guarded crossing—man on duty _
3. Automatic signal 	
4.
5.
6.
7.
Unguarded crossing 	
Driver disregarded signal-
Signal not given _.	
Not stated 	
Totals  	
1
19
40
2
2
64
1
4
17
1
1
14
22
1
1
38
Drivers Involved, Description of
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Male	
2. Female 	
3. Not stated   ...
Totals
36,237
3,284
99
211
11
5
7,477
730
10
28,549
2,543
84
39,620
227
8,217
31,176
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..
4,031
12,458
10,192
6,975
3,424
946
1,494
32
85
44
27
22
1
11
930
2,560
2,094
1,388
677
235
323
3,069
9,813
8,054
5,560
2,725
710
1,160
Driving Experience
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
445
274
552
6,658
30,994
697
2
3
39
140
43
97
71
118
1,420
6,366
145
348
201
431
5,199
24,488
6. Not stated _ _ 	
509
Condition of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
227
41
115
36,302
12
2,923
7
2
169
49
54
11
39
7,544
2
567
166
30
74
4. Normal        	
5. Other    .   	
28,589
10
6. Not stated_ _ _	
2,307
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
37,706
449
1,353
112
188
12
17
10
7,749
146
305
17
29,769
291
1,031
85
2. Unlicensed   	 L 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Table 3.—Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
jor the Year 1954—Continued
7.               Action of Driver Contributing to Accident
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Reckless driving   	
262
302
803
1,120
307
73
290
58
405
316
476
712
1,814
35
1.847
125
534
1,335
62
669
3
6
6
2
2
4
4
29
5
1
3
3
66
74
163
219
25
24
33
9
44
56
91
177
542
9
367
14
101
177
22
46
193
222
634
4. Did not have right-of-way   ■„ 	
899
282
49
257
8. Passing on wrong side .  - 	
49
361
10. Cutting left corner..  	
11. Car ran away
258
381
531
13. Driving off roadway ,	
14. Driving through safety-zone ._	
1,243
26
1,475
110
430
1,158
37
623
Totals                                                 .. .
11,545
68
2,259
9,218
8. Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, $7,303,323.26.
Pedestrians Involved, Actions of
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
Getting on or off a street-car	
Getting on or off another vehicle	
Crossing at intersection with signal	
Crossing at intersection against signal-
Crossing at intersection—no signal	
Standing on safety-isle _	
In street—not at intersection.. 	
Working on car or roadway 	
Riding or hitching on vehicle _
Not on roadway-
Walking on or along highway-
Playing in street.
Crossing street diagonally	
Coming from behind vehicle-
Not known. . 	
Totals — _
7
4
75
25
184
1
148
6
3
6
89
66
69
150
300
1
14
2
9
2
20
7
4
75
24
177
1
139
5
3
5
75
64
60
148
280
1,067
Condition of Pedestrian
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
67
16
48
46
275
318
363
6
2
13
14
31
61
14
48
46
262
304
7. Not stated   . _ _	
332
Totals                        _	
1,133
66
1,067 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954
L 23
Table 3.—Statistical Summary oj Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
jor the Year 1954—Continued
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
2,329
3,835
1,1331
19
3232
1343
203
61
72
66
1
5
5
1
2,268
3,763
1,067
18
318
129
19
7,793
111
7,582
1 Twelve pedestrians injured and one killed in other than pedestrian accidents.
- Three bicyclists injured in other than bicycle accidents.
8 Thirty-seven motor cyclists injured and three killed in other than motorcycle accidents.
11.                                               Nature of Injuries
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
140
76
954
99
419
5,728
92
253
13
13
6
84
4
49
4
24
8
23
2
13
	
56
72
3. Other fractures      	
905
95
5. Severe general shock with bruises and cuts  ~__ 	
395
5,720
69
253
11
6
13. Not stated
7,793
211
7,582
12.                                   Light Conditions
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Daylight             _        __ —	
12,552
1,662
2,039
S14
4,782
576
63
14
14
13
62
15
2,790
362
506
243
1,224
121
9,699
1,286
1,519
4. Artificial light—poor -■•	
5. Darkness       	
6. Not stated                '                         	
558
3,496
440
Totals        _       _ 	
22,425
181
5,246
16,998
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. _	
8. Tail-light out or obscured..
9. No chains (slippery road)
10. Puncture or blow-out	
11. Apparently good	
12. Not stated— 	
Totals 	
565
201
94
33
30
89
193
58
1,302
173
32,869
4,013
1
3
185
29
39,620
123
73
18
10
5
14
44
13
157
42
i,888
830
8,217
436
127
76
22
25
75
148
45
1,144
128
25,796
3,154
31,176 L 24
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Table 3.—Statistical Summary oj Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
jor the Year 1954—Continued
14.                                Direction of Travel
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
22,503
2,717
4,507
866
4,903
1,262
933
1,929
150
14
23
3
3
2
5
27
5,106
517
953
68
767
239
178
389
17.247
2,186
3,531
795
4,133
1,021
7. Skidding   ;
750
8. Not stated  	
1,513
39,620
227
8,217
31,176
15.                                        Road Surface
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
10,866
6,609
180
1,300
1,751
744
975
105
39
2
11
7
16
2,884
1,526
35
156
239
188
218
7,877
5,044
143
1,143
1,501
549
7. Not stated     —	
741
22,425
181
5,246
16,998
16.                                      Road Condition
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
263
195
289
18,097
34
3,547
4
4
3
140
30
62
43
55
4,402
3
681
197
2. Road under repair '        _	
148
231
13,555
31
6. Not stated- _ —
2,836
Totals                                                                     _ .
22,425
181
5,246
16,998
17.                                        Type of Road
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Concrete      	
1,868
17,169
2,213
420
64
691
5
133
22
5
1
15
399
4,174
458
75
16
124
1,464
12,862
1,733
4. Earth   _	
340
47
6. Not stated  _ - -  .
552
Totals                      _	
22,425
181
5,246
16,998
18.                               Weather Conditions
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Clear    ___ 	
11,215
3,905
1,269
4,334
1,048
58
596
97
31
8
28
2
1
14
2,800
916
280
986
130
15
119
8,318
2. Cloudy      ...  -	
2,958
981
4. Rain           ...               _.._	
3,320
916
42
7, Nnt stated
463
Totals               _     "	
22,425
181
5,246
16,998 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954
L 25
CONVICTIONS
Convictions by the Courts of the Province of the various driving offences are required
to be reported to the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles for the recording of particulars
of the convictions in the personal driving records of the persons convicted.
During 1954 a total of 26,343 convictions were reported arising from infractions of
the " Motor-vehicle Act" and regulations and under the Criminal Code of Canada. This
is below the 1953 total of 26,909 convictions, for a decrease of 566 or 2.1 per cent.
Convictions under the Criminal Code of Canada accounted for 3,483, as compared
with 3,735 in 1953. The 1954 convictions in this group amount to 13.2 per cent of the
total convictions.
The majority of convictions arise as a result of infractions of the provisions of the
"Motor-vehicle Act." In 1954 this percentage amounted to 79.2 per cent of the total,
showing 20,874 convictions as against 20,926 in 1953.
The remainder of convictions, amounting to 1,986 or 7.6 per cent were under the
"Regulations pursuant to the 'Motor-vehicle Act.'" In 1953 there were 2,248 convictions in this category.
There follows a comparative table showing the number of convictions under the
various sections of the Criminal Code of Canada and the "Motor-vehicle Act" and
regulations for the years 1951 to 1954. L 26 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Convictions under "Motor-vehicle Act" and Section 285, Criminal Code, 1951—54
Offences
1951 1952 1953 1954
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 motor-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 " signs, sec. 63  	
Failing to obtain, or to display, motor-vehicle licence or permit as required,
sees. 69, 10, 8, 9, 4.
Exceeding speed-limit passing schools and playgrounds, sec. 62 	
Operating without driver's licence or failing to produce same, sees. 20, 21, 85,
23._              -
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 dealer's 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, sees. 11, 20 (9)       '.	
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 (6)   _ _ ._ 	
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 (6), 3 (c)	
Driving without tail-light, Reg. 3 (d) -   —--. —
Driving overwidth 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 (0
Failing to give required signals on turning or stopping, Reg. 3 (/)_
Driving with windshield obstructed, Reg. 3 (/), 3 (k)	
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 end of load, Reg. 3 (o)	
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—     	
155
163
240
97
509
1,310
1,539
6,159
2,013
368
1,748
2,241
4
35
19
309
95
29
22
14
1
53
13
136
2
7
21
2
53
202
227
42
68
28
186
850
17
8
22
7
3
1
19,046
1,748
224
264
103
136
801
2,077
7,639
2,319
876
3,241
2,716
2
32
35
644
132
20
16
1
15
2
48
4
1
17
2
136
22
37
5
1
3
4
124
281
361
64
77
13
' 274
1,225
26
3
6
26
1
1
2
25,812
2,490
297
246
86
85
531
2,770
7,776
2,889
986
2,522
2,536
1
45
46
813
143
18
22
4
33
85
4
2
33
1
131
1
16
27
4
9
1
245
320
342
35
145
24
229
846
9
7
14
14
1
26,909
2,276
420
225
90
43
429
2,900
7,860
2,517
932
2,820
2,269
1
42
27
913
127
17
10
2
116
~~56
20
31
5
136
2
8
32
14
2
10
2
129
225
315
48
87
13
246
885
6
3
3
14
1
4
2
26,343 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954
L 27
3. DRIVING SAFETY ;
(a) Safety Responsibility
It would appear that the automobile insurance companies in this Province maintained
the stringent requirements demanded of their clients in 1953 through 1954. This is
exemplified by an increase of only 1.6 per cent in the total number of British Columbia
financial responsibility insurance certificates filed in 1954 over 1953, whereas in the
same period the total number of suspensions of licences due to financial responsibility
requirements increased 22.41 per cent.
The Safety Responsibility Division received 16,495 certificates in 1954, and of these
we filed 15,100. The balance, representing 8.4 per cent of the total, were rejected and
returned to the insurance companies as they were not acceptable due to errors or
omissions.
A decrease in the number of requests from insurance companies for cancellation of
British Columbia financial responsibility insurance certificates was experienced in 1954.
This 9.2-per-cent decrease under the 1953 total indicates that the companies are finding
less " accident and infraction repeaters " amongst these persons required to maintain proof
of their financial responsibility and are willing to accept these risks from year to year.
A summary of the certificates filed and cancelled is shown hereunder:—
Comparison of Financial Responsibility Certificates Received, Filed, and
Cancelled in 1953 and 1954
1953
1954
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
16,247
14,868
1,379
11,177
1,475
2,216
16,015
16,495
15,100
1,395
11,753
1,346
2,001
14,542
248
232
16
576
1.30
1.56
1.16
Owner's policy certificates and garage and sales-agency certificates
filed
5.15
129
215
1,473
8.74
Owner's policy certificates filed (public and limited)	
9.70
9.19
During 1954 the Division issued financial responsibility cards to corporations who
had filed a bond or who had been issued certificates by the Superintendent of Insurance
that they maintained sufficient funds to satisfy third-party liability claims. Financial
responsibility cards were also issued to two private individuals who had been issued a
certificate by the Honourable the Minister of Finance that they had deposited securities
in an amount required by the " Motor-vehicle Act" to satisfy any claim that may be made
due to the operation or ownership of a motor-vehicle. This total of 257 cards issued is
49.7 per cent more than the total for 1953, when 165 cards were issued.
Due to the ever-increasing number of suspensions of licences, it was found necessary
to expand our card-index wheel file from ten to eleven wheels in 1954. The cards on
these wheels, which have a total capacity of nearly 50,000, make available pertinent
information relating to persons whose licences are under suspension or who are required
to maintain proof of financial responsibility and are constantly referred to by the staff
when checking all new registrations for motor-vehicle licences, notices of transfer of
motor-vehicles, original drivers' licences, and general correspondence. Approximately
900,000 individual checks were made during 1954, which definitely contributed to the
control exercised over the driver in this Province.
Convictions and accidents caused the suspension of 9,885 drivers' licences in 1954
under the financial responsibility sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act." These suspensions increased 22.4 per cent over the number in 1953, when 8,075 suspensions were
made.   These figures do not include the suspension of licences of the owners of motor- L 28 BRITISH COLUMBIA
vehicles involved in accidents but who were not driving at the time and which represented
570 in 1953 as against 638 in 1954.
Reinstatement of licences increased 23.2 per cent in 1954 over the 1953 total of
7,558 drivers' licences returned to the individuals concerned.
A total of 227 drivers satisfied the requirements of Part II of the " Motor-vehicle
Act" prior to the effective date of any suspension about to be made due to convictions
or accidents.   This total is not included in the number of licences suspended.
The following table gives full information in this regard:— REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954
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Due to Court orders and recommendations of Magistrates as a result of convictions
for drivingunfractions, 1,642 drivers' licences were suspended during 1954. This represents an increase of 85.74 per cent over the 1953 total, when 884 suspensions were
ordered or! recommended.
Particulars as to the reasons for these suspensions and the length of time each suspension was in effect are shown in the following table:—
Drivers' Licences Suspended During 1954
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Failing  to   rer&airi   at  scene  of
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134
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127
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195
9
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It is interesting to note in 1954 the firmer attitude of the Courts in suspensions
resulting from drunken and impaired abilities increasing from the 1953 total of 277 to the
1954 figure of 1,000. Similarly, suspensions from driving to the common danger and in
a reckless rhanner increased from 213 to 392.
A total of 3,835 persons were released from the obligation of having to maintain
proof of their; financial responsibility during 1954. This number is 15.51 per cent higher
than that of 1953, when 3,320 persons were released. Of this total, 1,010 releases were
made 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 they had not
been named as a defendant in an action for damages in connection with such accident,
and that they;had neither paid nor agreed to pay any sum for injuries or for damages in
excess of $100. A total of 2,795 persons were able to submit statutory declarations
proving 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 within
the financial responsibility sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act," and that no judgment
in an action for damages as a result of a motor-vehicle accident was outstanding against
them. Thirty persons were released as a result of judgment in an action for damages
having beeiji given in their favour.
During 1954, 1,947 motor-vehicles were impounded as a result of being involved
in motor-vehicle accidents. This is a decrease of 24.60 per cent under the 1953 total,
when 2,426, motor-vehicles were impounded. In the same period, 2,015 motor-vehicles
were released to the owners, as compared with 2,226 in 1953, being a decrease of 10.47
per cent.   A total of 823 motor-vehicles still remained impounded at the end of 1954. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954
L 31
(b) Examination of Drivers
The programme of examination of drivers was carried out in many centres of the
Province in 1954. Permanent examination units were located in fourteen centres where
examinations were available daily. A number of other centres received the service on
one or two days each week, others several times monthly, and still others were visited by
travelling examination units of the Branch in the course of annual trips through the
central, eastern, and northern parts of the Province.
Government Agents in areas where examinations are not available on a frequent
service are in a position to issue drivers' licences to new applicants upon being satisfied
of certain basic requirements, and when an examiner of the Branch is in the area, the
holder of the licence is notified to appear for an examination. By these arrangements,
persons outside of the frequent-service area are not penalized by being unable to obtain
a licence before examination. It is the hope of the Branch to eventually offer a regular
service to a wider area of the Province, and thus to reduce the incident of unexamined
drivers obtaining licences.
In 1954 a total of 71,069 drivers were examined, and required a total of 81,514
examinations, due to the fact a large number of examinees failed first tests and required
additional ones.   Total drivers examined in 1953 was 61,061.
Of the total examined, 38,573 were applicants for original drivers' licences, an
increase of 1,699 over 1953. Examinations caused the restricting of licences issued to
4,900 or 19.5 per cent of male applicants and to 2,987 or 22.3 per cent of female
applicants.
The following table gives a summary of the original examinations conducted:—  L 33
Summary of Drivers' Original Examinations, 1954
Males (65
per Cent)
Females (35 per Cent)
16-21 Years
22-30 Years
31-40Years
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
Grand Total
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
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number examined, by age-group...
Restrictions
8,429
13
102
147
19
5
9
816 ~
100.00
0.15
1.21
1.74
0.23
0.06
0.11
9.68
7,725
11
127
158
27
3
17
2
890
100.00
0.14
1.64
2.05
0.35
0.04
0.22
0.03
11.52
4,626
16
118
135
39
1
22
1
579
100.00
0.35
2.55
2.92
0.84
0.02
0.47
0.02
12.52
2,517
22
62
71
16
1
10
1
1
378
100.00
0.87
2.46
2.82
0.64
0.04
0.40
0.04
0.04
15.02
1,140
43
41
47
14
1
5
3
403
100.00
3.77
3.60
4.12
1.23
0.09
0.44
0.26
35.35
333
7
17
19
12
1
5
162
100.00
2.10
5.11
5.71
3.60
0.30
1.50
48.65
326
16
12
18
2
4
2
172
100.00
4.91
3.68
5.52
0.61
1.23
0.61
52.76
98
9
5
5
3
2
1
2
48
100.00
9.19
5.10
5.10
3.06
2.04
1.02
2.04 \
48.98
25,194
137
484
600
132
14
73
1
11
3,448
100.00
0.54
1.92
2.38
0.52
0.06
0.29
0.01
0.04
13.69
2,842
4
29
35
2
1
1
1
413
100.00
0.14
1.02
1.23
0.07
0.04
0.04
0.04
14.53
4,527
6
46
55
3
1
4
1
1
819
100.00
0.13
1.02
1.21
0.07
0.02
0.09
0.02
0.02
18.09
3,902
12
43
55
11
1
8
2
722
100.00
0.31
1.10
1.41
0.28
0.03
0.21
0.05
18.50
1,503
5
20
24
3
1
4
326
100.00
0.33
1.33
1.60
0.20
0.07
0.27
21.69 J
481
7
5
7
1
2
2
215
100.00
1.46
1.04
1.46
0.21
0.42
0.42
44.70
77
1
1
1
2
44
100.00
1.30
1.30
1.30
2.60
57.14
42
3
2
2
29
100.00
7.14
4.76
4.76
69.05
5
4
100.00
80.00
43,379
38
146
179
20
4
18
4
6
2,572
100.00
0.28
1.09
1.34
0.15
0.03
0.13
0.03
0.04
19.22
38,573
175
630
779
152
18
91
5
17
6,020
100.00
0.45
1.63
2.02
0.39
0.05
0.24
0.01
0.04
Adequate eye-glasses —-
15.61
Totals . -   ~
1,111
13.18
1,235
15.99
911
19.69
562
22.33
557
48.86
223
66.97
226
69.32
75
76.53
4,900
19.45
486
17.10            936
20.67
854
21.89
383
25.48
239
49.70
49
63.64
36
85.71
4
80.00
2,987
22.33
7,887
20.44
Failures
Failed to complete examination
5
39
1
12
0.06
0.46
0.01
0.14
7
31
1
24
4
0.09
0.40
0.01
0.31
0.05
4
13
10
5
0.09
0.28
0.22
0.11
2
11
1
23
4
0.08
0.44
0.04
0.91
0.16
4
11
21
1
0.35
0.96
1.84
0.09
2
4
12
1
0.60
1.20
3.60
0.30
4
12
1.23
3.68
3
3
6
15
3.06
3.06
6.12
15.31
31
112
9
129
15
0.12
0.44
0.04
0.51
0.06
1
7
4
0.04
0.25
0.14
2
18
10
0.04
0.40
0.22
3
11
14
0.08
0.28
0.36
7
4
13
0.47
0.27
0.86
1
3
13
0.21
0.62
2.70
1
2
1.30
2.60
1
2
2.38
4.76
1
2
20.00
40.00
15
45
60
0.11
0.34
0.45
46
157
9
189
15
0.12
0.41
0.02
0.49
Written tests             -
	
0.04
Totals   .
57
0.67
67
0.86
32
0.69
41
1.63
37
3.24
19
5.70
16
4.91
27
27.55
296
1.17
12
0.43
30
0.66
28
0.72
24
1.60
17
3.53
3
3.90
3
7.14
3
60.00
120
0.90
416
1.08
llll
Analysis of Restrictions (Original Applicants)
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
Devices
Certain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
Non-
physical
Restrictions
Physical
Condition
Vision
Passed
Restricted
Failed
Adequate
Eyeglasses
Speed
Motor-
vehicles
with
Special
Devices
Certain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
Non-
physical
Restrictions
Physical
Condition
Vision
Passed
Restricted
Failed
16-21    .      .
22-30
816
890
182
187
149
108
71
25
30
13
128
148
149
96
75
26
30
12
1
1
3
3
1
1
2
1
6,946
214
166
135
95
30
34
13
2
3
3
2
6
13
102
133
103
52
52
59
26
18
16
9
3
3
3
7
1
12
96
121
97
52
46
57
25
19
15
5
6
5
1
7
413
819
722
326
215
44
29
4
39
70
70
30
12
2
4
21
60
66
25
12
2
5
1
1
2,172
351
339 .
178
77
15
9
2
2
1
2
1
1
5
20
36
16
21
5
1
1
2
2
2
1
1
.    5
20
36
15 .
21
4
1
1
■*1-40
579
378
403
162
172
48
41-50
51-/.0
1
61-64      	
..S-/.0
70 and over
Totals
3.448       1       765
664
1       1         12
7,633
131
459
134      1      432
24
2,572
227
191
.   .      1          2
3,143
12      1      100
13
98
1
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 THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954
L 35
Re-examination oj Motor-vehicle Drivers
This programme continued within the limits possible by the number of examiners
of drivers available. A total of 32,496 drivers attended for these examinations, an
increase of 8,309 over the 1953 total of 24,187.
Resulting from the examinations was the need to restrict the licences of 8,228 or
30.4 per cent of male examinees, and 1,495 or 27.4 per cent of female examinees. Some
363 licences were suspended because of unsatisfactory examinations, and for failure to
appear for re-examination when required necessitated the suspending of an additional
1,659 licences.
Tables follow showing the results of the re-examination of drivers in the matter of
licence restrictions and suspensions.  L 37
Summary of Drivers' Re-examinations, 1954
Males (83
per Cent)
Females (17 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
Total
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
1
Number   Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
Per Cent
Number
Per Cent
Number examined, by age-group
Restrictions
1,378
2
21
28
4
1
3
131
100.00
0.15
1.52
2.03
0.29
0.07
0.22
9.51
6,331
10
103
136
20
2
23
585
100.00
0.16
1.63
2.15
0.32
0.03
0.36
9.24
6,913
26
154
173
56
3
43
2
776
100.00
0.38
2.23
2.50
0.81
0.04
0.62
0.03
11.23
4,526
44
138
134
51
1
31
1
2
708
100.00
0.97
3.05
2.96
1.13
0.02
0.68
0.02
0.04
15.64
2,549
50
90
94
27
1
27
2
1
792
100.00
1.96
3.53
3.69
1.06
0.04
1.06
0.08
0.04
I 31.07
765
21
32
39
12
2
9
243
100.00
2.75
4.18
5.10
1.57
0.26
1.18
31.76
2,106
63
98
113
36
2
28
4
9
980
100.00
2.99
4.65
5.37
1.71
0.09
1.33
0.19
0.43
46.53
2,470
176
162
158
43
3
43
9
79
1,368
100.00
7.13
6.56
6.40
1.74
0.12
1.74
0.36
3.20
55.38
27,038
392
798
875,
249
15
207
18
91
5.583
100.00
1.45
2.95
3.24
0.92
0.06
0.77
0.07
0.34
20.65
50
1
5
100.00
2.00
10.00
1,090
1
16
16
3
2
3
1
161
100.00
0.09
1.47
1.47
0.28
0.18
0.28
0.09
14.77
2,008
2
15
20
4
1
310
100.00
0.10
0.75
1.00
0.20
0.05
15.44
1,289
5
12
17
5
1
276
100.00
0.39
0.93
1.32
0.39
0.08
21.41
485
2
6
9
1
1
192
100.00
0.41
1.24
1.86
0.21
0.21
39.59
98
3
4
3
1
64
100.00
3.06
4.08
3.06
1.02
65.31
213
2
10
14
4
1
3
136
100.00
0.94
4.69
6.57
1.88
0.47
1.41
63.85
225
7
7
11
1
1
1
8
126
100.00
3.11
3.11
4.89
0.44
0.44 {
0.44
3.56
56.00
5,458
22
70
91
19
3
6
6
8
1,270
100.00
0.40
1.28
1.67
0.35
0.05
0.11
0.11
0.15
23.27
32,496
414
868
966
268
18
213
24
99
6,853
100.00
1.28
2.67
2.97
0.82
0.06
0.66
0.07
0.30
21.09
Totals... —
190
13.79
879
13.89
1,233
17.84
1,110
24.52
1,084
42.53
358
46.80
1,333
63.29
2,041
82.63
8,228
30.43
6
12.00
203
18.63
352
17.53
316
24.52
211
43.51
75
76.53
170
79.81
162
72.00
1,495
27.39
9,723
29.92
Failures
Failed to complete examination
1
1
1
0.07
0.07
0.07
3
5
4
0.05
0.08
0.06
4
3
1
8
0.06
0.04
0.01
0.12
9
10
1
12
0.20
0.22
0.02
0.27
5
11
1
20
0.20
0.43
0.04
0.78
6
2
8
0.78
0.26
1.05
4
14
3
16
0.19
0.66
0.14
0.76
5
46
31
2
58
0.20
1.86
1.25
0.08
2.35
37
92
38
2
126
0.14
0.34
0.14
0.01
0.47
2
2
0.18
0.18
2
3
10
0.10
0.15
0.50
3
2
14
0.23
0.16
1.09
2
7
0.41
1.44
3
3.06
2
6
0.94
2.82
3
1
6
1.33
0.44
2.67 1
12
8
48
0.22
0.15
0.88
49
100
38
2
174
0.15
0.31
0.11
0.01
Road tests	
0.54
Totals                 	
3
0.22
12
0.19
16
0.23
32
0.71
37
1.45
16
2.09
37
1.75
142
5.74
295
1.09
——
4
0.37
15
0.75
19
1.47
9
1.85
3
3.06
8
3.76
10
4.44
68
1.25
363
1.12
Analysis of Restrictions (Re-examinees)
Males
Females
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Restricted to—
Restricted to—
Age-group
Referrals
Results
Referrals
Results
Adequate
Eyeglasses
Speed
Motor-
vehicles
with
Special
Devices
Certain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
Non-
physical
Restrictions
Physical
Condition
Vision
Passed
Restricted
Failed
Adequate
Eyeglasses
Speed
Motor-
vehicles
with
Special
Devices
Certain
Districts
Daylight
Hours
Only
Non-
physical
Restrictions
Physical
Condition
Vision
Passed
Restricted
Failed
.«_■>.
131
34
28
1,080
1
4
1
4
5
1
29
22-30   _. _..
585
156
130
	
1
10
6
68
10
61
3
161
26
19
	
4
10
2
I        8
*1_4ft
776
708
229
196
216
181
1
2
28
20
13
14
53
68
18
14
48
62
6
310
276
20
23
17
21
1
5
12
1
2
9
14
1
3
9
1        13
41-50        	
51-60  	
792
154
184
1
5
21
23
80
20
82
1
.  192
14
9
	
1
9
1
9
2
8
fil-fcl
243
980
1,368
55
201
669
58
165
306
2
8
1
4
25
11
19
41
17
54
2,359
37
90
196
17
51
2,305
36
85
221
1
8
29
64
136
126
5
20
30
6
12
10
1
1
5
5
7
173
8
7
8
169
7
11
«-6<*
70 and over	
Totals	
5,583
1,694
1,268
11
[        39
1
1,230
2,487            596
1
2,436
599
48
1,270
139
94
-     1        3
1
70
184
57
185 I
|       56
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-
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-
conventional motor-vehicle.
(b) A number of licences have more than one restriction.
-removable on passing test in
•removable by further test in  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954
L 39
Chauffeur's Licence Examinations
The policy of the Branch calls for the requirements of applicants for Class "A" and
Class " B " licences to qualify in appropriate examinations prior to the issuance of a
licence.
In 1954 some 1,346 applicants wrote examination papers in Motor-vehicle Branch
offices and 408 wrote similar tests in Government Agents' offices, making a total of 1,754
applicants. To these applicants were given 2,282 driving tests, due to a number of applicants failing first tests. The test is strict, on the basis an operator in these categories,
carrying passengers for hire, must be physically fit and be a very able driver.
The Branch endeavours to re-examine Class "A" and Class " B " operators every
three years. In 1954 a total of 903 chauffeurs were called in for the re-examination.
Some statistics of these re-examinations are as follows:—
Called for re-examination	
Number suspended	
Reasons for suspension—
Vision	
Colour-blindness 	
Hearing	
Physical condition	
Driving test	
Did not wish to attend .
Class "A"
Chauffeur
Class " B "
Chauffeur
413
490
66
57
16.0%)
(11.6%)
6
11
3
4
1
2
4
1
10
13
42
26
(c) Drivers' Education
The 1953 Annual Report of this Branch told a story of commencing a programme
designed to deal with the driver who too frequently becomes involved in convictions and
accidents resulting from his operation of a motor-vehicle on our highways. This programme attempts to deal with the person who demonstrates by a driver's examination he
is physically fit and able to drive properly but proves to be an habitual offender of traffic
rules or is accident-prone.
The programme, known as the Drivers' Education Programme, calls for the continuous screening of the driving records of motorists mentioned in the thousands of
conviction and accident reports received by the Branch. In instances where it is felt a
polite, courteous, but yet firm, warning letter is indicated to draw to the attention of the
driver the fact record has been received of an incident with the advice the need for
improvement is indicated, such a course is followed, and 1954 saw 1,264 letters of this
nature written.
Then there is the driver who is involved in a serious manner so as to indicate the
immediate need for a suspension. In 1954 some 654 drivers were suspended under this
programme, of which number 235 had been previously warned. Suspensions are made
by a panel of at least three senior members of the staff, and, on occasions, members of
police departments, insurance company representatives, and others interested in the programme have helped to form a panel. Suspensions are for varying periods of time, ranging from fifteen days to three years, but generally are from a one- to three-month period.
Often it is deemed wise for a member of the Branch personally to talk with a driver
being warned, or, if suspended, then upon the return of the driver's licence, to freely
discuss across the table the problems involved and to urge the need for more care.
A total of 200 conferences were held in 1954.
An essential part of the programme is that of informing the public of what can and
is being done with the problem, and thereby to solicit public support. To accomplish this L 40
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purpose, most areas in the Province were visited in 1954, and meetings were held with
many types of groups, service clubs, Boards of Trade, etc.
A large number of police detachments were visited, and many personal calls were
made on police and Stipendiary Magistrates. At this point it might be mentioned the
programme does not tend in any way to supersede the authority of Magistrates, but rather
to supplement it by reason of having a complete record of the driver with facts not known
by the Magistrate at the time of trial.
The interest by the general public in the programme is very gratifying, and it is
believed an informed public will be a great asset in the developing of " local thinking " on
a big problem of our age of highway safety and the irresponsible driver.
The following statistics summarize action taken with drivers during 1954:—
Warning Letters
Age-group
Male
Female
Total
Per Cent
by Age
Chauffeurs
Class "A" Class "B" Class "C
Under 21	
21-30.- 	
31^40. 	
41-50	
51-60	
61-70	
Over 70	
Totals.
336
562
210
105
29
6
2
337
566
215
107
31
6
2
26.6
44.7
17.0
8.5
2.5
0.5
0.2
1,250
1,264
100.0
16
15
2
1
1
35
69
118
26
13
226
Suspensions
Male
Female
Total
Per Cent
by Age
Previously
Warned
Chauffeurs
Class "A"
Class "B"
Class "C"
Under 21 '	
154
289
108
61
25
9
2
2
2
1
1
154
291
110
62
25
9
3
23.5
44.5
16.8
9.5
3.8
1.4
0.5
77
116
29
11
1
1
1
8
5
2
40
21-30	
72
31-40 ...
41-50 	
51-60  	
61-70   	
Over 70 	
18
6
2
648
6
654
100.0
1
235
1
15
138
Total records adjudicated, 23,855.
Age-group
Under 21
21-30 .....
31-40 .....
41-50 .....
51-60 .....
61-70 .....
Over 70 _.
Conferences
Number
.    56
.    96
.    35
9
.      4
Total
200 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954
L 41
Driving-record Searches
All too often there is a tendency to keep records simply for the sake of keeping
them. It is very gratifying to observe the desire for information available in the records
of various drivers in the Province. This indicates another useful purpose served by the
comprehensive records of the Branch.
In 1954 a total of 7,231 record-searches were prepared to supply pertinent information of drivers for the use of the Courts, police departments, insurance companies,
employers, etc. The information given in these searches told the story of accidents and
convictions, if any, of the drivers in question. The information formed the basis of many
penalties set by the Courts in the instances of the frequently involved driver. In other
instances, it served to substantiate a driver's claim of a first involvement with the law.
The enforcement agencies in the Province have been frequently reminded of the
service which is available to them for the asking.
4. ENCUMBRANCE REGISTRY DIVISION
Since 1932 the laws of the Province have required the filing with the Superintendent
of Motor-vehicles of chattel mortgages, conditional-sales contracts, liens, etc., on motor-
vehicles, which previous to that time were filed with the various County Court Registrars
of the Province. The central location of registry made possible the speedy and accurate
searching to determine encumbrances, if any, filed against any motor-vehicle. Formerly
it was necessary to search in the files of all the County Court Registrars to obtain the
information.
The following table gives a summary of the volume of work carried out during 1954
in the Encumbrance Registry Division. It will be noted there was an over-all increase
in items of work of 7.7 per cent, and that the revenue of the Division increased by
$7,097.75 or 5.4 per cent.
Statement oj Comparison oj Transactions under Provisions oj "Bills oj Sale Act," "Conditional Sales Act," " Mechanics' Lien Act," " Companies Act," and " Co-operative
Associations Act," 1953 and 1954.
1953
1954
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
Increase
Per Cent
Decrease
Item
Registrations   under   " Conditional   Sales
Act "  _           	
Registrations under " Bills of Sale Act" ..
47,551
13,652
1,017
9
1
47,549
15,557
1,170
10
3
1,905
153
1
2
254
118
2,504
2,611
14
2
14.6
15.0
11.1
200.0
38.6
13.3
14.4
15.3
10.9
0.004
Registrations under "Mechanics' Lien Act"
Registrations under " Companies Act"	
	
	
" Co-operative Associations Act "	
Releases   filed   under   " Conditional   Sales
Act "_	
1
658       1              919.
Releases filed under "Bills of Sale Act" ....
890
17,376
17,059
129
1,008
19,880
19,670
143
Searches under "Conditional Sales Act"	
Documents copied, certified, etc 	
98,342      |     105,902      |       7,560
7.7      |       	
Revenue
Value of law stamps sold  	
Value of law stamps attached to documents
when received ...   —. - 	
Value of conditional-sale and bills-of-sale
$76,015.50
46,899.00
8,608.75
9.00
1.00
129.50
$76,068.00
52,649.00
9,887.50
10.00
3.00
143.00
$52.50
5,750.00
1,278.75
1.00
2.00
13.50
0.07
12.3
14.9
11.1
200.0
10.4
	
Fees under "Companies Act"  	
Fees under " Co-operative Associations Act"
Miscellaneous copying and certification fees
	
	
Total revenue	
$131,662.75
$138,760.50
$7,097.75
5.4 L 42 BRITISH COLUMBIA
5. SCHOOL BUSES
The " Motor-vehicle Act" provides for the setting-up of regulations for the construction and operation of buses used in the transportation of pupils to the public schools
of the Province, and the regulations require that all school buses be covered by a permit
issued by the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles upon being satisfied of the safety of the
bus for the use.
School buses are required by the Superintendent to be periodically inspected, and
these inspections are carried out by mechanical inspectors of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police and the Motor Carrier Branch of the Public Utilities Commission.
Defects observed through these inspections require the immediate attention of the operators, the alternative being an action of the Superintendent to cancel the school-bus permit.
It should be mentioned school transportation in this Province involves, in addition
to the conventional buses, a large number of sedan-type vehicles, converted panel
deliveries, and station wagons, all of which require permits to operate, and are regularly
inspected.
In 1954 a total of 645 permits were issued, an increase of sixty over the 1953 total
of 585. On December 31st, 1954, there were 610 permits in effect, covering the various
type of vehicles in school-bus use.
There were twenty-six accidents reported involving school buses during the year.
There were no fatal accidents, however, and it is pleasing to note the only injuries were
of a minor nature to two pupils. Property damage in the accidents amounted to
$5,778.51, down from the 1953 total of $8,872.66.
6. STAFF
The Motor-vehicle Branch in 1954 had an establishment provided for in the estimates of 212 permanent employees, all of which positions were used, this being a reduction from 215 permanent employees of the previous fiscal year.
In addition, the Branch required the use of a varying number of temporary employees
during the year to cope with large volumes of work in issuing offices and at headquarters,
the work arising through the issuance of annual licences. However, method changes
during the year were instigated to allow for the reduction in the volume of temporary
assistance compared with the previous year. The last Report told of the employment
of forty-two temporary employees at December 31st, but on December 31st, 1954, that
total was reduced to twenty employees.
Total employees on December 31st, 1954, was 232, compared to 245 at that date
in 1953.
CONCLUSION
The year 1954 was a very busy one for the Branch, a fact this Report bears out.
It is a tremendous credit to the staff of the Branch that the increased work was handled
adequately with a lower staff total than was the case in 1953. Their efforts are sincerely
appreciated.
My last Report told of effort expended in a programme of public relations. This
Report tells of a continuation of that programme, and I am able to report that in all
areas of the Province there is much interest in the work the Branch is endeavouring to
carry out. The various civic-minded organizations have provided invaluable assistance,
and the interested support of their members has been a big factor in creating a local
awareness of the need for positive action in dealing with the drivers who continue to
abuse the privilege of the use of our extensive highway system.
The Branch continued to enjoy excellent relations with other branches of the Government and bodies outside the Provincial service. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1954 L 43
May I also express my appreciation to the members of your Department and to
those of other departments of the Government, to the Officer Commanding and other
officers and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and to the chief constables and members of the various municipal police departments for their advice and
co-operation throughout the year.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
GEORGE LINDSAY,
Superintendent oj Motor-vehicles.
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1955
410-1055-7512 

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