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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
MOTOR-VEHICLE
BRANCH
FOR THE YEAR
1955
VICTORIA, B.C.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1956  To His Honour Frank Mackenzie Ross, C.M.G., M.C.,
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 1955.
R. W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
Attorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., October, 1956.  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF
MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955
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 1955.
This Report shows a continued upward trend in the volume of business and transactions in all aspects of the work of the Branch. Perhaps it is of interest to note that the
rate of increase in practically all phases of work has accelerated when compared to the
somewhat steady rate of increase indicated in the preceding few years. The Report is a
clear indication of the growth of the automobile industry of the Province, of the growth
of the economy of the Province, and of the position the Motor-vehicle Branch plays in this
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 1955, licences were issued to a total of 405,578 motor-vehicles (other than
motor-cycles). This compares with the 1954 total of 367,967, producing an increase of
37,611 licences, or a rate of increase of 10.2 per cent. The 1955 total includes the total
of 44,269 passenger and 15,845 commercial vehicle new registrations. Of these vehicles,
9,975 passenger and 2,499 commercial vehicles were used-car registrations for motor-
vehicles previously licensed elsewhere and subsequently brought into this Province for use.
This leaves a balance of 34,294 passenger and 13,346 commercial motor-vehicles, or
a total of 47,640 mo tor-vehicles which were new vehicles being licensed for the first time,
representing an increase of 12,540 above the 1954 new vehicle registrations, for an
increase of 35.7 per cent.
It is observed that some 22,503 vehicles which were licensed in 1954 were not
licensed in 1955. This could be for several reasons, including the vehicle being removed
from British Columbia, or the vehicle being removed from use as a motor-vehicle due to
the condition and age of the vehicle. It is presumed the majority of the vehicles not
relicensed fall into the second category.
The motor-cycle total runs very slightly higher from the 1954 figure of 3,744 to
a total of 3,765 in 1955.
For the purpose of comparison, the following is a statement of licences, permits, etc.,
issued for the licence-years 1948 to 1955, inclusive:— P 6
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Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., Issued during the
Licence-years 1948 to 1955, Inclusive
Licences Issued
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
Motor-vehicles—-
Passenger (new) -
19,281
124,395
26,858
138,248
42,025
156,372
27,616
186,154
34,820
201,891
37,532
221,408
34,441
241,720
44,269
259,212
Total passenger . ._	
143,675
165,106
198,397
213,770
236,711
258,940
276,161
303,481
26,113
1,471
2,707
5,448
1,650
4,075
5,770
1,457
Commercial (new)  _ -
Commercial (renewal) ■''  	
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
15,845
86,252
53,915
60,221
67,306
73,503
80,842
86,065
91,806
102,097
Commercial substitutional licences.	
3,290
1,964
2,207
1,938
2,852
7,303
2,128
2,253
197,590
225,327
265,703
287,273
317,553
345,005
367,967
405,578
Total substitutional licences -
29,403
3,435
4,914
7,386
4,502
11,378
7,898
3,710
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
2,598
2,612
810
12,903
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle
1,959
Non-resident special motor-vehicle
permits -— 	
Non-resident   commercial   motor-vehicle permits - —	
232
3,991
3,998
Permits for temporary operation farm
tractors .   —	
829
Motor-cycles—
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
532
3,233
Substitutions  	
80
Total motor-cycles.. - -	
4,536
4,681
4,609
4,144
3,929
3,825
3,744
3,765
10,117
51
7
10,739
46
3
11,032
68
11
11,707
54
8
13,543
58
1
15,417
59
18,205
106
20,855
182
Duplicate licences.	
Motor-dealers—
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
9
5
682
889
45
10
8
1
903
173
3
687
873
56
10
9
691
883
68
Original motor-cycle dealer licences..—
Additional motor-cycle dealer licences
Motor-cycle substitutional licences   .....
Salesmen's licences.  	
Temporary operation of motor-dealers
Salesmen's duplicate licences.—	
10
5
2
902
162
4
1,245
212
7
914
227
2
875
843
2
3
Transfers—
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
191,642
Commercial '    , 	
Motor-cycle _ —	
Trailers   -	
41,718
2,846
505
Total transfers 	
97,974
117,177
160,512
167,972
206,644
210,496
213,109
236,711
Chauffeurs—
Original Class "A"  -	
Substitutional Class "A"  	
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
4,001
56
43,486
111
54
4,627
50
4,011
Substitutional Class " B "	
67
48,406
Substitutional Class " C " -
126
59
Drivers—
19,723
22,229
23,926
480,131
562,175
712,517
668,319
939,920
9,690 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955
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Drivers' Licences
On January 1st, 1951, a programme was commenced of the issuance of British
Columbia drivers' licences valid for a period of five years. The programme was developed
with two purposes in mind; namely, to curtail work in the vast amount of clerical effort
necessary to process driver's licence renewals and at the same time to economize in the
use of space in the driver's licence files, and to overcome congestion and delays encountered by the public in the previous method of the renewing of drivers' licences in conjunction with the renewing of motor-vehicle licences.
From 1951 to 1954, inclusive, a total of 493,175 drivers' licences were issued.
During the 1955 licence-year approximately one-half of the drivers' licences obtained in
the 1951 licence-year expired and required a further five-year period renewal. In 1955
issuance totalled 175,793. Of this total, there were 30,762 adult original licences,
132,782 adult renewal licences, 12,240 original minors' licences, and 9 renewal minors'
licences.
Whilst it is difficult to tell accurately the number of drivers' licences valid at the end
of the 1955 licence-year, it is reasonable to assume the total would equal 500,000 licences.
Chauffeurs' Licences
A comparative statement in the section dealing with chauffeurs' licences indicates an
increase in 1955 of 5,049 licences over the 1954 total. Of this amount, Class "C"
chauffeurs' licences contribute an increase of 4,920, or 11.31 per cent increase in that
category.
In our last Report the fact the issuance of chauffeurs' licences had not kept pace with
the increase in the issuance of licences for commercial motor-vehicles was emphasized.
Whilst there has been some improvement in the issuance of chauffeurs' licences in the
last two years, the point, perhaps, is borne out by stating that from 1951 to 1955 the
number of licensed Class " C " chauffeurs' licences decreased by 1,192 or 2 per cent,
whilst at the same time commercial motor-vehicle registrations increased 28,594 or 39
per cent.
This again draws to attention that many drivers employed as chauffeurs are not
properly licensed under the " Motor-vehicle Act." The correcting of this situation is one
which could only be effectively dealt with by the various enforcement agencies.
Distribution of Motor-vehicles
The following table shows a breakdown of motor-vehicle licences issued by centres.
It is emphasized this breakdown is by actual number of licences issued and does not
necessarily indicate the motor-vehicle population of the centres; however, it is an indicative table of the vehicle use and growth in various parts of the Province.
Following the distribution table is a synopsis of the 1955 mail-order issuance at the
Victoria Motor Licence Office. A large number of the licences issued by mail order are
for places other than Victoria district, and to arrive at a reasonable vehicle registration
figure for Vancouver, Victoria, and New Westminster, certain adjustments to the totals
in the licence-issuance distribution table are required. These adjustments are shown
immediately following the distribution table. P  10
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Place
Passenger
Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Used
New
Renewal
Total
Used
New
Renewal
Total
Total
Vancouver... 	
Victoria 	
3,461
1,398
1,125
264
106
132
109
156
157
316
284  '
581
198
73
99
87
185
104
49
70
50
44
66
78
71
178
36
156
30
26
19
47
37
28
9
18
26
22
34
12
14
6
7
3
4
16,937
3,470
3,302
746
728
589
629
454
674
580
475
492
502
350
508
658
341
489
356
197
110
184
152
213
104
136
81
97
97
110
80
147
58
59
7
44
22
57
19
4
30
2
1
3
88,626
49,890
36,413
6,330
6,579
4,485
4,140
4,457
4,401
3,175
4,548
2,122
3,821
4,268
3,659
3,995
3,052
3,511
2,440
1,309
1,345
1,781
962
1,424
1,067
932
1,238
985
959
700
836
575
467
692
581
401
618
449
328
654
407
330
162
71
27
109,024
54,758
40,840
7,340
7,413
5,206
4,878
5,067
5,232
4,071
5,307
3,195
4,521
4,691
4,266
4,740
3,578
4,104
2,845
1,576
1,505
2,009
1,180
1,715
1,242
1,246
1,355
1,238
1,086
836
935
769
562
779
597
463
666
528
381
670
451
338
169
75
34
422
134
216
45
18
40
43
30
27
187
33
516
35
12
32
15
77
21
15
43
13
7
52
10
48
125
11
106
15
15
8
10
18
16
8
11
6
11
21
1
6
1
6
1
12
4,391
1,802
1,046
378
230
399
417
207
282
485
163
543
219
160
236
153
193
163
101
177
109
79
185
91
113
101
77
90
73
140
48
118
72
42
27
72
17
52
52
2
34
4
3
18,258
14,880
9,222
2,483
2.127
2,760
2,190
2,031
1,697
2,425
1,641
2,496
1,839
1,641
1,629
1,128
1,606
857
1,044
1,248
1,124
589
1,071
630
939
864
733
532
787
794
427
486
576
370
502
518
360
363
410
188
332
195
154
52
54
23,071
16,816
10,484
2,906
2,375
3,199
2,650
2,268
2,006
3,097
1,837
3,555
2,093
1,813
1,897
1,296
1,876
1,041
1,160
1,468
1,246
675
1,308
731
1,100
1,090
821
728
875
949
483
614
666
428
537
601
383
426
483
191
372
196
164
53
69
132,095
71,574
51,324
Chilliwack 	
Nanaimo  	
Vernon  	
Kamloops   -
Kelowna  	
Penticton  	
10,246
9,788
8,405
7,528
7,335
7,238
7,168
Courtenay  	
7,144
6,750
Nelson ..	
Duncan ..	
Abbotsford  	
Trail ....	
6,614
6,504
6,163
6,036
5,454
Alberni....  	
Mission..  ..
Quesnel1	
5,145
4,005
3,044
2,751
2,684
2,488
2,446
Creston.   	
Golden   	
2,342
2,336
2,176
Fernie 	
1,966
1,961
Smithers  	
Princeton   	
1,785
1,418
1,383
1,228
Revelstoke.	
1,207
1,134
1,064
Lillooet  —
1,049
954
Clinton __ 	
Rossland  	
864
861
823
534
333
128
Atlin  	
103
Totals.  --.
9,975
34,294
259,212
303,481
2,499
13,346
86,252
102,097
405,578
1 Effective May 1st, 1955, issuance at Barkerville is accounted for through Quesnel Agency.
An adjusted total of licences issued in Vancouver area indicates 122,015 passenger-
vehicles and 24,926 commercial vehicles, for a total of 146,941.
Adjustment for New Westminster area, which includes the licensing sub-offices of
Cloverdale and Haney, shows 41,981 passenger-vehicles and 10,644 commercial vehicles,
for a total of 52,625.
The vehicle population in the Greater Victoria area is adjusted to a total of 37,159
passenger-vehicles and 12,382 commercial vehicles, for a total of 49,541. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955 P  11
1955 Mail-order Synopsis
Vancouver
Victoria
New
West-
minster
Vancouver
Island and
Islands
Balance
of
Province
Out of
Province
Total
Passenger plates   .        	
12,991
2,741
643
412
2,729
49
3
1,764
1,141
160
7
2
806
347
16
6
3,247
1,889
64
99
57
183
20,983
643
1,855
4,846
Provincial Government commercial plates	
2,729
88
224
Farm tractor plates	
110
National Defence plates	
1,764
Totals 	
14,934
8,341
1,310
1,175
5,299
240
31,299
Revenue
A total of $10,928,851.10 was collected during the 1955 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 an increase over 1954 of $1,568,712.80
or 16.76 per cent. Approximately $600,000 of this increase is due to the renewal of
five-year drivers' licences commencing the second five-year term for adult drivers who
first obtained five-year renewals during 1951. The remainder is mainly due to the ever-
increasing registration of motor-vehicles, both passenger and commercial.
Collections through offices of this Branch amounted to 69.91 per cent of the total,
for an amount of $7,640,348.60.
Motor Licence Offices, together with corresponding collections, were as follows:—■
Vancouver Motor Licence Office  $3,609,476.35
Victoria Motor Licence Office     1,787,730.40
New Westminster Motor Licence Office     1,328,064.29
Chilliwack Motor Licence Office        270,726.04
Kamloops Motor Licence Office        210,636.65
Abbotsford Motor Licence Office        165,589.39
Trail Motor Licence Office        161,019.25
Mission Motor Licence Office        107,106.23
Total  $7,640,348.60
The balance of $3,288,502.50 was collected through various Government Agencies.
Drivers' examination fees in 1955 amounted to $101,557, an increase of $9,812
over 1954.
2. ACCIDENTS AND CONVICTIONS
Motor-vehicle Accidents
The trend in motor-vehicle accident frequency during the period 1949 to 1955 is
shown in the following table:—
Year
Motor-vehicles
Registered
Number of
Accidents
Accidents
per 1,000
Registered
Traffic
Deaths
Deaths per
10,000
Registered
Average
Property
Damage
Deaths per
100,000,000
Miles
1949
225,327
265,703
287,273
317,553
345,005
367,967
405,578
19,061
18,029
20,381
21,189
22,096
22,425
22,030
84.60
67.80
68.10
66.70
63.05
61.05
55.10
184
175
208
209
208
211
225
8.2
6.5
7.2
6.5
5.9
5.7
5.6
197.73
236.66
283.79
304.32
322.59
325.67
392.79
11.32
1950     	
9 67
1951      	
10.41
1952 	
1953	
1954 	
1955    	
9.44
8.49
7.38
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o 2 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955
P  13
The following synopsis shows a comparison between 1954 and 1955 in accidents
reported, the resultant injuries and deaths, and the property damage reported in the
accidents:—
Accidents—
1954  22,425
1955    22,030
Decrease of 395 or 1.76 per cent.
Injuries—
1954     7,582
1955     8,263
Increase of 681 or 8.99 per cent.
Deaths—
1954        211
1955        225
Increase of 14 or 6.64 per cent.
Reported property damage—
1954  $7,303,323.26
1955    8,653,176.40
Increase of $1,349,853.14 or 18.5 per cent.
The following tables give a recapitulation of accident statistics for the 1946-55
period; accident statistics for the various cities, municipalities, villages, and districts for
1955; and the statistical summary of accidents for the Province for 1955:—
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents for the
Ten-year Period 1946-55
Year
Accidents
Reported
Persons
Killed
Persons
Injured
Property
Damage
Motor-
vehicles
Involved
1946                              —           	
9,792
13,056
17,565
19,061
18,029
20,381
21,189
22.096
147
197
182
184
175
208
209
208
3,920
4,4&9
5,133
5,194
5,720
6,624
7,197
7,737
7,582
8 261
$1,352,670.96
2,002,855.18
3,167,109.53
3,769,821.29
4,266,784.40
5,784,077.02
6,448,892.19
7,128,012.75
7,303,323.26
8,653,176.40
15,964
1947              	
21,381
1948    .
29,852
1949	
32,970
1950  ,
1951                          	
31,223
35,331
1952 _	
36,757
1953	
38,566
1954               .                            	
22,425                    211
23.030         1           225
39,620
1955	
39,201
Totals	
186.624         1        1946           1       61.859
$49,876,722.98
320,865  Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province for the Calendar Years 1954 and 1955
CITIES
P 15
Place of Occurrence
Killed
1954
1955
(4-)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Fatal Accidents
1954
1955
(4-)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injured
1954
1955
(4-)
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
Injury Accidents
1954
1955
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Vehicles Involved
1954
1955
(4-)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Accidents Reported
1954
1955
(+)
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
Property Damage
1954
1955
(4-)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Alberni	
Armstrong	
Chilliwack	
Courtenay	
Cranbrook	
Cumberland	
Duncan	
Enderby	
Fernie I	
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	
Trail	
Vancouver	
Vernon	
Victoria	
Totals.-..
2
2
1
4
3
2
31
1
4
2
2
2
1
1
1
26
6
Per Cent
100.0
—75.0
—100.0
—100.0
—16.1
—100.0
4-50.0
52
42
—19.2
2
2
1
4
3
2
29
1
4
2
2
1
1
1
1
25
6
Per Cent
—100.0
—75.0
— 100.0
—100.0
— 13.7
—100.0
4-50.0
50
40
-20.0
18
9
6
19
24
12
13
3
8
1
3
14
8
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
28
49
2
32
37
4
10
4
12
1
2
60
41
10
3
262
264
84
94
25
28
20
23
38
27
46
57
17
30
5
6
12
3
2
7
16
39
2,468
2,644
26
37
321
361
3,554
3,851
Per Cent
-50.0
4-26.3
4-8.3
4-166.6
4-200.0
—43.5
4-75.0
— 100.0
4-15.9
4-150.0
4-200.0
4-100.0
—46.3
—70.0
-f-0.7
-f-11.9
4-12.0
4-15.0
—40.7
4-23.9
+76.4
4-20.0
—300.0
4-250.0
4-143.7
+7.1
+42.3
+ 12.4
+8.3
12
7
3
18
21
9
9
2
8
1
1
12
6
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
23
28
2
27
28
4
10
4
5
1
2
47
32
6
3
188
186
67
72
20
22
12
15
25
16
33
41
14
27
4
6
7
3
2
3
12
27
1,898
1,969
17
24
246
279
2,717
2,859 |
1
Per Cent
—41.6
__
+300.0
s
+21.7
— 100.0
+3.7
+ 150.0
+25.0
+ 100.0
—31.9
—50.0
-1.0
+7.4
+ 10.0
+25.0
—36.0
+24.2
+92.8
+50.0
-57.1
+50.0
+ 125.0
+9.0
+41.1
+ 13.4
+5.2
104
86
9
16
139
145
127
80
81
94
12
6
92
65
6
11
37
30
22
11
4
3
246
274
11
7
151
207
60
58
48
35
21
17
368
284
35
50
1,679
1,679
497
520
207
190
104
118
86
79
349
487
170
205
22
44
40
42
15
39
172
191
16,401
14,807
146
173
1,873
1,762
23,334
21,815
Per Cent
— 16.6
+77.7
+4.3
—37.0
+ 16.0
—50.0
—29.2
+83.3
—19.1
—50.0
-25.0
+ 11.3
—36.3
+37.0
—3.3
-27.0
—19.0
+22.8
+42.9
+4.6
-8.2
+ 13.4
—8.1
+ 39.5
+20.5
+ 100.0
+20.0
+ 16.0
+ 11.0
—9.7
+ 18.5
—5.9
—6.6
61
46
5
11
79
79
70
47
44
52
7
4
52
41
3
7
22
15
12
7
2
2
131
141
8
4
90
108
33
33
26
19
13
11
205
158
20
28
866
839
263
282
115
107
62
70
54
49
196
259
97
120
12
24
24
23
9
22
98
108
8,664
7,712
82
97
1,017
952
12,442
11,477 I
1
Per Cent
-24.5
+ 120.0
-32.8
+18.1
—42.8
—21.1
+133.3
—31.8
—41.6
"+7"6
-50.0
+20.0
—26.9
—15.3
—22.9
+40.0
—3.1
+7.2
-6.9
+12.9
-9.2
+32.1
+23.7
+100.0
—4.1
+ 144.4
+ 10.2
— 10.9
+ 18.2
-6.4
-7.8
$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
242,678.05
$21,674.86
3,282.00
23,731.03
18,066.53
13,991.44
1,758.00
19,329.82
1,952.00
3,785.00
2,950.00
175.00
48,962.21
1,705.00
34,136.54
11,584.52
6,508.68
1,840.00
50,688.38
11,040.00
337,656.03
95,171.86
35,223.12
30,087.54
19,072.65
88,892.35
29,106.00
6,995.00
5,547.43
6,600.45
25,208.57
2,543,195.30
29,674.69
293,873.20
$3,263,233.56 l$3,823,465.20
Per Cent
+2.4
+ 128.2
+ 13.1
-16.9
+ 16.8
+35.8
+47.8
+30.1
— 12.9
+9.1
-88.4
+30.4
—48.2
+41.8
+85.5
+21.5
—35.9
—9.1
— 1.6
+34.7
+ 16.3
+3.3
+64.9
+ 18.8
+59.3
+ 13.1
+286.9
—10.0
+77.7
+6.5
+ 13.9
+25.5
+21.1
+ 17.2
DISTRICT MUNICIPALITIES
Burnaby.	
Central Saanich...
Chilliwhack	
Coquitlam	
Delta	
Esquimalt	
Fraser Mills	
Kent-Agassiz	
Langley	
Maple Ridge	
Matsqui	
Mission	
North Cowichan..
North Vancouver
Oak Bay	
Penticton	
Pitt Meadows	
Richmond	
Saanich	
Salmon Arm	
Spallumcheen..	
Sumas	
Summerland	
Surrey	
Tadanac	
West Vancouver-
Totals....
6
1
2
1
5
4
2
3
2
2
1
7
5
3
1
4
3
4
3
5
7
1
3
4
16
67
2
6
Per Cent
+50.0
+200~0
—lbb.o
+400.0
+40.0
—75.0
—100.0
-100.0
—50.0
— 100.0
—35.6
-20.0
— 100.0
—100.0
-50.0
—62.5
3 j      +50.0
53
-20.8
6
1
2
1
4
4
2
2
2
2
1
6
2
2
1
3
13
2
3
4
1
4
5
1
2
1
3
4
2
5
3
Per Cent
+ 16.7
+200.0
-iooTo
+300.0
+25.0
—75.0
— 100.0
-100.0
—50.0
— 100.0
—50.0
+ 100.0
-100.0
— 100.0
—33.3
—6L5
+5076
56
45
19.8
528
501
10
11
57
95
34
73
45
55
28
34
1
27
22
89
114
87
102
55
47
31
22
48
4
63
63
26
22
35
68
10
117
126
106
103
10
9
54
45
11
3
457
455
3
71
100
2,008
2,069
1
Per Cent
-5.0
+10.0
+66.3
+114.7
+22.2
+21.4
—S5-
+28.1
+ 17.2
-14.5
—29.0
—91.7
" —15.4
+48.5
— 100.0
+7.7
-2.8
— 100.0
— 100.0
— 18.5
—72.7
—4.0
+40.8
+3.1
357
8
35
26
28
23
14
48
55
35
16
30
46
16
29
6
85
80
6
4
26
7
271
48
330
9
57
48
30
19
1
14
71
58
29
15
2
43
21
41
73
61
24
3
272
3
75
Per Cent
—7.6
+12.5
+62.8
+84.6
+7.1
+17.4
+47.9
+5.5
— 17.1
-5.6
—93.3
-6.5
+31.2
+41.4
-100.0
— 14.1
—24.7
— 100.0
— 100.0
—7.7
—55.6
+37.0
+563
1,299
1,299
2,403
2,216
30
37
169
369
226
234
121
138
166
149
2
4
48
48
272
330
233
392
211
221
77
73
129
22
354
358
89
108
235
219
33
1
579
472
464
414
43
9
11
116
125
31
25
2,138
1,940
1
12
505
535
8,686
8,451
Per Cent
—7.8
+23.3
+ 118.3
+3.5
+14.1
-10.2
+ 100.0
+21.3
+68.2
+4.3
—5.2
—82.9
+ 1.1
+21.6
-6.8
—97.0
—18.5
— 10.8
—79.1
— 100.0
+7.8
— 19.4
—9.3
+ 100.0
+5.9
—2.7
1,264
18
102
122
89
92
1
35
163
151
128
49
86
197
55
136
20
321
276
26
9
70
20
1,128
1
275
1,145
27
228
139
103
81
2
40
196
227
126
46
15
193
65
125
1
269
248
6
80
15
1,006
7
293
Per Cent
-9.4
+50.0
+ 123.5
+ 13.9
+ 15.7
— 12.0
+ 100.0
+ 14.3
+20.2
+50.3
— 1.6
-6.1
-82.6
—2.0
+ 18.2
—8.1
—95.0
+ 16.2
-10.1
—76.9
— 100.0
+ 14.3
—25.0
— 11.8
+600.0
+6.5
4,834
4,683
•3.1
$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
$464,547.34
9,680.69
106,217.80
55,725.20
40,613.40
26,492.80
1,032.00
14,447.75
76,695.03
104,433.91
57,931.03
19,976.50
4,568.50
65,917.22
20,890.04
42,839.85
500.00
109,904.14
94,528.16
1,560.00
54,136.62
4,441.75
407,760.93
2,400.00
112,171.84
Per Cent
+ 11.6
+24.1
+ 123.8
+47.8
+63.3
+21.4
+344.3
—40.9
+6.5
+86.7
+20.6
-5.8
—83.3
+24.8
+30.8
— 1.9
—93.2
+ 10.3
+28.0
-90.8
— 100.0
+30.6
— 14.3
+5.0
+685.7
+32.7
$1,638,388.52
$1,899,412.50
+ 15.9  Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province for the Calendar Years 1954 and 1955—Continued
VILLAGE MUNICIPALITIES
P  17
Place of Occurrence
Killed
1954
1955
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Fatal Accidents
1954
1955
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injured
1954
1955
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injury Accidents
1954
1955
(4-)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Vehicles Involved
1954
1955
(4-)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Accidents Reported
1954
1955
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Property Damage
1954
1955
(4-)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Abbotsford	
Alert Bay	
Ashcroft	
Burns Lake	
Campbell River...
Castlegar	
Comox	
Coquitlam	
Cranberry	
Creston	
Dawson Creek	
Fort St. John	
Fruitvale	
Gibson	
Hope	
Invermere	
Lake Cowichan—
Lillooet	
Lytton .	
McBride	
Mission	
North Kamloops
Oliver	
Osoyoos	
Parksville .	
Pouce Coupe	
Princeton	
Qualicum	
Quesnel	
Salmo	
Sidney	
Smithers	
Squamish	
Stewart	
Terrace	
Torino	
Vanderhoof	
Westview	
Williams Lake	
Totals-
Per Cent
—100.0
+300.0
1
Per Cent
—100.0
+300.0
7
3
3
2
7
1
4
5
6
2
2
10
7
2
1
4
4
1
2
1
4
2
2
1
2
10
2
1
2
2
8
13
1
1
1
2
1
4
1
1
4
1
4
7
1
5
1
3
1
4
3
13
4
Per Cent
—66.6
—100J0
+20.0
—30.0
— 100.0
+100.0
—100.0
+400.0
—50.0
—100.0
+62.5
—50.0
—75.0
— 100.0
+75.0
— 100.0
—100.0
+20O0
+300.6
+333.33
+100.0
80
106
+32.5
6
2
3
2
6
1
4
3
6
1
2
3
4
2
1
4
4
1
2
1
2
2
2
1
2
5
2
1
2
2
4
10
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
3
1
2
6
1
4
1
3
1
3
1
12
3
Per Cent
—50.0
—iooo
+ 100.0
+100.0
+~33.3
—100.0
+100.0
—100.0
+ 150.0
-50.0
—100.0
+15676
-50.0
—100.0
+200.0
— 100.0
—100.0
+200.6
+3o6]6
+300.0
+50.0
58
85
+46.5
51
58
4
4
1
8
15
16
48
45
4
12
6
3
42
21
5
25
23
89
103
6
19
1
12
5
9
15
8
7
2
14
16
10
21
2
4
6
72
85
20
15
15
9
10
5
7
9
4
6
16
10
5
49
73
5
7
12
16
20
7
14
1
19
39
2
6
10
28
56
13
41
652
794
Per Cent
+13.7
+700.0
+6.6
—6.2
+200.0
—50.0
—50.0
—100.0
—8.0
+ 13.5
+216.6
+1,100.0
+80.0
-46.6
—71.3
+ 14.2
+110.0
—100.0
+50.0
+ 18.0
—25.0
—40.0
—50.0
+28.5
+166.6
—50.0
+48.9
+40.0
— 100.0
+25.0
+ 100.0
—100.0
+ 105.2
—100.0
+66.6
+100.0
+215.3
+21.7
28
3
1
10
27
2
4
22
4
12
47
4
1
2
8
4
8
7
2
2
38
12
8
7
4
3
6
28
3
8
9
4
1
11
1
4
16
8
31
3
6
9
26
6
2
13
12
53
11
6
5
5
2
11
12
4
47
9
5
3
6
3
11
3
38
4
11
10
20
6
32
22
Per Cent
+ 10.7
+500.6
— 10.0
—3.7
+200.0
—50.0
—39.1
—100.0
+ 12.7
+175.0
+500.0
+ 150.0
—37.5
—50.0
+37.5
+71.4
— 100.0
+100.0
+23.6
—25.0
—37.5
-57.1
+50.0
+266.6
-50.0
+35.7
+33.3
—100.0
+22.2
+150.0
— 100.0
+81.8
—100.0
+50.0
+100.0
+175.0
369
447
+21.1
$5,151.10
125.00
300.00
7,960.00
6,126.12
1,325.00
701.00
7,071.00
400.00
2,981.77
3,478.20
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
$7,736.34
450.00
1,525.00
2,581.05
9,997.75
1,089.50
260.05
6,971.80
2,553.63
15,802.27
3,039.14
1,470.85
623.00
1,899.00
70.00
3,361.62
6,501.00
1,300.00
12,940.61
2,817.00
1,125.00
1,010.00
1,085.00
725.00
2,519.00
1,430.00
15,049.03
1,665.00
3,428.00
5,075.00
6,780.85
2,010.00
11,919.80
7,396.36
Per Cent
+50.2
+260.0
+508.3
—67.6
+63.2
— 17.8
—62.9
—1.4
—100.0
— 14.4
+ 17.2
+96.1
+ 1,370.8
—32.6
—13.0
—91.7
+2.1
+429.3
— 100.0
+525.5
+45.8
-16.7
—22.1
—55.9
—41.0
+569.9
+5.7
+85.3
+455.0
— 100.0
+109.8
+486.7
+60.1
—100.0
+169.8
+ 179.3
+320.8
$100,462.67  $144,207.65
+43.5
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY
Alberni District	
Alert Bay District	
Alexis Creek District	
Armstrong District-	
Ashcroft District	
Atlin District	
Barkerville District	
Bella Coola District	
Blue River District	
Boston Bar District	
Bralorne District	
Burnaby District	
Burns Lake District	
Campbell River District	
Castlegar District	
Chase District	
Chemainus District	
Chilliwack District	
Clinton District	
Colwood District ..
Copper Mountain District
Courtenay District	
Cranbrook District	
Crescent Valley District	
Creston District	
Dawson Creek District:	
Duncan Districl:	
Enderby Districl:	
Falkland District	
Fernie District—	
2
4
1
2
1
1
1
5
1
1
4
1
3
4
2
1
4
2
3
2
1
2
3
1
1
1
1
1
Per Cent
+100.0
2
1
1
1
1
3
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
4
1
4
2
1
4
2
2
1
3
1
1
1
+400.0
—ibo.o
+200.0
—50.0
+300.0
—33.3
+50.0
Per Cent
+300.0
~"ibao
+100.0
—66.6
+300.0
+ 100.0
+50.6
25
28
1
7
3
1
1
9
12
25
1
5
4
9
3
5
3
24
31
11
5
4
16
19
43
48
13
8
4
14
2
31
55
8
15
37
87
89
2
3
53
52
42
37
5
4
26
44
45
47
40
41
8
10
7
32
33
26
Per Cent
+12.0
13
19
+600.0
1
2
—66.6
3
1
+800.0
1
4
+ 108.3
7
3
15
1
3
-20.0
—74.4
5
3
—40.0
4
2
+29.1
17
19
—54.5
8
4
— 100.0
2
+18.7
11
10
+11.6
30
24
—38.4
9
7
+250.0
4
8
+1,450.0
2
19
-85.4
30
3
+ 140.0
11
17
+2.2
55
58
—50.0
2
2
— 1.9
38
38
—11.9
26
18
—20.0
2
4
+65.3
19
29
+44.4
17
21
+2.5
25
21
+25.0
5
8
+37.7
4
12
—51.5
19
13
Per Cent
+46.1
108
111
+100.0
9
7
—66.6
9
25
+300.0
24
35
+114.2
39
95
3
5
19
22
18
16
—40.0
—50.0
43
42
+11.7
123
169
—50.0
49
57
—100.0
10
1
—9.0
65
81
—20.0
153
189
—22.2
59
63
+ 100.0
25
39
+850.0
7
71
—90.0
147
27
+54.55
75
92
+5.45
368
320
15
191
9
206
—30.7
147
123
+ 100.0
41
37
+52.6
140
124
+23.5
110
127
— 16.0
118
134
+60.0
41
38
+200.0
47
55
—31.6
85
69
Per Cent
+2.8
78
81
—22.2
7
4
+ 177.8
8
14
+45.8
17
22
+ 143.6
27
66
+66.7
2
4
—5.3
13
10
—27.3
16
10
—2.3
29
26
+37.4
80
106
+ 16.3
34
35
—90.0
5
1
+24.6
48
53
+23.5
105
123
+6.8
41
41
+56.0
19
30
+914.3
6
50
—81.6
89
16
+22.7
58
64
— 13.0
227
198
—40.0
10
5
—7.9
135
147
—16.3
110
91
—9.8
26
25
— 11.4
102
89
+ 15.5
74
85
+13.6
82
89
—7.8
28
27
+ 17.0
35
40
—18.8
64
52
Per Cent
+3.8
—42.9
+75.0
+29.4
+ 144.4
+ 100.0
—23.1
—37.5
— 10.3
+32.5
+2.9
—80.0
+ 10.4
+ 17.1
+57~9
+733.3
—82.0
+ 10.3
— 12.8
-50.0
+8.9
— 17.3
-3.8
— 12.7
+ 14.9
+8.5
—3.6
+ 14.3
—18.7
$29,195.97
2,045.00
2,265.00
4,699.50
18,389.50
485.00
3,889.48
4,305.00
13,183.00
36,031.99
11,993.60
1,357.34
23,991.50
57,360.51
17,626.51
6,236.00
1,983.50
49,076.92
31,542.00
85,452.34
2,797.50
76,910.13
56,045.62
9,305.00
42,548.82
35,330.10
35,746.53
12,790.34
18,065.39
31,130.54
$41,751.00
1,480.00
7,572.10
12,034.84
31,584.14
1,200.00
4,867.00
4,062.00
11,768.00
61,940.19
12,673.60
400.00
28,623.00
57,844.43
19,640.15
12,082.00
22,552.34
9,300.19
33,682.71
80,749.26
1,620.75
74,958.76
58,266.46
9,551.48
42,659.04
53,382.41
35,722.86
9,510.00
22,500.00
33,445.00
Per Cent
+43.0
—27.6
+243.3
+ 156.1
+71.8
+ 147.4
+25.1
—5.6
— 10.7
+71.9
+5.7
—70.5
+ 19.3
+0.8
+11.4
+93.7
+ 1,037.0
—81.0
+6.8
—5.5
—42.1
-2.5
+3.9
+2.6
+0.2
+51.1
—0.07
—25.6
+24.5
+7.4  Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province for the Calendar Years 1954 and 1955—Continued
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY—Continued
P  19
Place of Occurrence
Killed
1954
1955
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Fatal Accidents
1954
1955
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Injured
1954
1955
(4-)
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
Injury Accidents
1954
1955
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Vehicles Involved
1954
1955
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Accidents Reported
1954
1955
(4-)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Property Damage
1954
1955
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Field District	
Fort Nelson	
Fort St. James District	
Fort St. John District	
Fruitvale District	
Ganges District	
Gibsons Landing District
Golden District ___
Grand Forks District	
Greenwood District	
Hazelton District	
Hedley District	
Hope District	
100 Mile House District™
Invermere Districl:	
Kamloops District	
Kaslo District	
Kelowna District—	
Keremeos District:	
Kimberley District	
Kitimat District	
Ladysmith District	
Lake Cowichan District-.
Langley District	
Lillooet District	
Lumby District	
Lytton District	
McBride District	
Masset District j	
Merritt District	
Mission District -
Nakusp District	
Nanaimo District	
Natal District	
Nelson District	
New Denver District	
Ocean Falls District:	
Oliver District	
Osoyoos District:	
Parksville District	
Penticton District .	
Port Alberni District:	
Port Alice District:	
Port Edward District:	
Powell River District	
Prince George District—
Prince Rupert District	
Princeton District	
Qualicum District:	
Quesnel District	
Queen Charlotte District..
Red Pass District	
Revelstoke District	
Rossland District	
Salmo District	
Salmon Arm District:	
Sechelt District	
Shawnigan Lake District.
Sicamous District	
Sidney District	
Smithers District:	
Sooke District:	
Spences Bridge District:	
Squamish District	
Stewart District:	
Summerland District:	
Terrace District	
Trail District	
Ucluelet District.™	
Union Bay District	
University District.	
Vanderhoof District	
Vernon District:	
Westview District—*	
Williams Lake District	
Zeballos District:	
Totals	
3
1
1
2
1
3
3
2
1
4
4
1
3
3
4
1
1
2
2
2
1
1
1
3
1
3
1
4
1
1
5
8
4
6
1
5
2
2
3
2
3
4
1
2
4
2
1
4
Per Cent
—100.0
" —66.6
—100.0
—100.0
"+400i5
+ 100.0
—100.0
+100.0
"+66/7
TTiobTo
+300.0
—75.0
—25.0
—100.0
+66.7
—100.0
—50.0
—100.0
+50.0
+300.0
—100.0
—100.0
—100.0
—100.0
—100.0
—100.0
+100.0
—100.0
+300.0
—100.0
—100.0
—100.0
+100.0
91
126
+38.5
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
6
2
3
1
3
4
3
5
2
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
2
4
3
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
2
2
2
2
1
4
1
2
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
3
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
4
Per Cent
—100.0
7-6675
— 100.0
—100.0
+200.0
+50.0
— 100.0
+33.3
~476677
"—Tooio
+200.0
— 100.0
+100.0
—33.3
—100.0
—50.0
— 100.0
+300.0
—100.0
—100.0
—100.0
— 100.0
—100.0
—100.0
+100.0
—100.0
+200.0
—100.0
— 100.0
—100.0
+ 100.0
73
105
+43.8
8
13
35
7
29
17
13
7
1
12
13
12
18
25
15
25
9
7
6
5
2
72
61
23
25
19
15
73
80
6
1
67
60
16
15
30
30
14
28
23
24
40
7
1
5
18
13
9
5
24
4
9
1
16
12
27
19
11
7
44
49
17
5
34
33
12
11
1
17
19
11
19
8
13
43
43
3
4
2
6
18
15
20
63
118
7
2
66
80
41
26
56
44
2
4
1
12
23
22
15
20
38
1
8
9
22
25
20
9
11
17
16
13
26
6
7
12
9
22
11
2
4
13
20
26
22
33
2
7
7
12
13
14
11
9
27
38
13
20
39
60
2
1,940
2,237
Per Cent
+169.2
—44.4
—46.1
+1,100.0
—7.7
+38.9
+66.7
—22.2
—16.7
— 100.0
— 15.3
+8.7
—21.1
+9.6
—83.3
— 10.4
-6.2
—17.9
+66.7
—85.7
+260.0
—30.8
+380.0
+ 125.0
"7_25.0
—29.6
—36.4
+11.4
—70.6
—2.9
—8.3
+11.8
+72.7
+62.5
—fbo.o
—50.0
+200.0
+33.3
+87.3
—71.4
+21.2
—36.6
—21.4
—75.0
+91.7
—31.8
+90.0
+700.0
+144.4
—20.0
+22.2
-5.9
+ 100.0
+ 16.7
—25.0
—50.0
—100.0
+225.0
+30.0
+50.0
+250.0
+71.4
+7.7
— 18.2
+40.7
+53.8
+53.8
+ 15.3
6
10
21
5
17
8
9
7
1
10
7
9
12
13
13
19
7
3
3
3
2
35
33
15
15
16
11
50
49
5
1
37
34
10
7
13
15
6
17
11
14
23
5
1
4
10
10
5
5
10
4
3
1
12
6
15
13
6
5
28
31
8
4
19
18
10
9
1
11
12
8
10
5
9
18
24
2
3
2
4
12
13
13
33
61
4
1
33
42
24
19
32
29
1
2
1
9
11
8
7
9
21
1
8
8
9
13
12
5
6
12
10
5
11
5
6
4
7
9
6
1
4
9
8
10
14
18
1
3
5
8
12
11
7
7
17
23
8
11
23
27
1
1,172
1,289
Per Cent
+110.0
—53.6
—22.2
+900.0
+28.6
+8.3
+46.2
—57.1
71100.6
—5.7
—31.2
—2.0
—80.0
— 8.1
—30.0
+ 15.4
7L~35"3
+64.3
—80.0
+150.0
-50.0
+ 100.0
—25.0
"7-50.0
—13.3
—15.8
+ 10.7
—50.0
—5.3
—10.0
~+97l
+25.0
+80.0
+32.2
—100.0
—33.3
+100.0
+84.8
—75.0
+27.3
—20.8
—9.4
—50.0
+22.2
— 12.5
+ 133.3
+700.0
+ 12.5
—7.7
+20.0
-16.7
+ 120.0
+20.0
+75.0
—33.3
—100.0
+ 125.0
+25.0
+28.6
+200.0
+60.0
—8.3
+35.3
+27.5
+ 17.4
+9.9
15
27
52
90
4
20
83
76
46
32
35
53
35
49
66
105
81
99
47
56
26
45
9
173
178
91
126
96
118
244
325
39
37
179
200
41
48
61
94
50
90
71
78
116
17
6
35
54
55
43
44
36
27
37
2
8
45
48
69
65
47
54
211
193
46
31
113
114
44
55
1
39
74
32
65
28
33
113
78
11
11
8
7
33
50
69
112
218
387
32
12
143
211
88
115
264
251
5
11
11
5
61
76
50
31
82
83
16
51
60
100
65
108
16
23
47
42
51
95
12
25
35
37
39
30
10
2
46
73
67
60
89
102
12
7
31
66
97
101
40
56
95
122
40
49
155
233
2
6,948
8,141
Per Cent
+ 80.0
+73.1
+400.0
—8.4
—30.4
+51.6
+40.0
+59.1
+22.2
+ 19.1
+73.1
—100.0
+2.9
+38.5
+22.9
+33.2
—5.1
+1.1
+17.1
+54.1
—21.1
+48.7
—64.7
+54.3
—21.8
— 18.2
+37.0
+300.0
+6.7
-5.8
+14.9
—8.5
—32.6
+0.9
+25.0
" +89.7
+103.1
+ 17.9
—30.9
"77l2^
+51.5
+62.3
+77.5
—62.5
+47.5
+30.7
-4.9
+ 120.0
—54.5
+24.5
—38.0
+ 1.2
+218.7
+66.7
+66.2
+43.8
— 10.6
+86.3
+108.3
+5.7
—23.1
—80.0
+58.7
— 10.4
+14.6
—41.7
+112.9
+4.1
+40.0
+28.4
+22.5
+50.3
4-17v2
10
38
3
59
33
25
27
50
61
32
16
6
117
71
64
184
26
115
27
46
61
52
10
25
36
29
20
2
34
50
30
128
29
78
29
26
25
21
80
8
6
20
45
148
24
107
69
173
3
8
44
34
55
12
42
43
11
28
34
11
27
26
6
29
49
54
9
21
54
30
68
25
107
21
69
13
50
26
35
34
69
68
34
28
122
81
81
225
23
133
34
63
27
49
73
3
36
28
27
24
5
31
48
35
127
21
83
38
1
53
47
24
54
6
4
35
68
229
9
146
86
154
8
4
49
20
55
34
72
68
16
26
63
19
25
21
1
44
44
66
7
46
52
37
78
35
148
1
Per Cent
+ 110.0
+81.6
+333.3
—15.3
—21.2
+40.0
+25.9
+38.0
+ 11.5
+6.2
+75.0
—100.0
+4.3
+ 14.1
+26.6
+22.3
— 11.5
+15.7
+25.9
+36.9
"~_1977
+40.4
—70.0
+44.0
—22.2
—6.9
+20.0
+ 150.0
—8.8
—4.0
+ 16.7
-0.8
—27.6
+6.4
+31.0
+163.8'
+88.0
+ 13.3
—32.5
-25.0
—33.3
+75.0
+51.1
+54.7
—62.5
+36.4
+24.6
— 10.9
+166.7
—50.0
+11.4
—21.2
+ 183.3
+71.4
+58.1
+45.5
—7.1
+85.3
+72.7
—7.4
— 19.2
—83.3
+51.7
— 10.2
+22.2
—22.2
+ 119.0
—3.7
+23.3
+ 14.6
+40.0
+38.3
4,780 I 5,423 ]      +13.5
$2,315.00
38,543.00
1,250.00
48,514.99
12,897.85
6,334.50
9,523.68
23,707.00
29,376.00
13,089.13
8,290.00
2,575.00
71,206.99
36,625.00
36,863.05
76,566.41
9,682.75
46,666.31
16,315.50
22,677.00
22,934.31
29,746.99
4,698.25
11,790.30
13,969.94
14,099.50
6,606.00
300.00
12,811.00
22,523.87
12,313.00
53,020.47
31,618.50
35,251.07
14,802.38
16,323.50
11,344.02
6,730.00
43,818.22
3,385.00
2,655.00
11,580.30
16,313.78
76,469.73
20,004.67
72,857.57
37,335.80
80,084.80
1,517.50
1,665.00
20,713.04
19,540.50
24,035.00
4,850.00
18,226.64
16,575.51
8,284.00
10,966.50
11,812.00
4,519.33
15,182.00
9,547.00
2,300.00
16,510.75
28,647.25
23,679.00
4,290.00
9,855.50
13,249.12
12,839.00
31,861.84
7,712.25
62,673.02
$10,890.00
58,871.99
4,840.00
57,362.03
9,524.00
10,924.00
14,352.79
29,195.15
36,085.00
11,975.00
12,668.85
88,976.84
33,821.60
43,379.49
118,111.92
8,979.00
60,902.79
22,442.50
28,822.10
17,246.75
29,202.56
37,949.85
1,225.00
17,104.48
15,589.00
25,034.00
8,524.94
999.38
12,200.37
22,267.58
14,085.83
72,584.79
11,907.77
44,940.16
14,083.50
23,346.17
26,135.40
16,520.00
28,064.31
1,985.00
1,020.00
23,098.77
22,749.77
125,533.45
14,462.40
91,760.54
48,547.52
74,498.76
1,755.00
1,650.00
19,670.00
8,838.00
27,783.26
11,626.45
30,958.95
26,642.85
6,803.19
7,439.22
23,022.00
7,974.00
11,499.00
6,542.50
90.00
15,938.48
25,502.46
26,931.50
3,650.00
21,802.45
20,295.15
17,651.24
39,958.68
18,302.15
95,373.71
6,174.00
Per Cent
—370.4
+52.7
+287.2
+ 18.2
—26.2
+72.5
+50.7
+23.2
+22.8
-8.5
+52.8
—100.0
+24.9
-7.6
+ 17.7
+54.3
—7.3
+30.5
+37.6
+27.1
+27.3*
+27.6
—73.9
+45.1
+11.6
+77.6
+29.0
+233.1
—4.8
— 1.1
+ 14.4
+36.9
—62.3
+27.5
—4.9
+43.0
+ 130.4
+145.5
—35.9
—41.4
—61.6
+99.5
+39.5
+64.2
—27.7
+25.9
+30.0
—6.9
+15.7
-0.9
-5.0
—54.8
+15.6
+ 139.7
+69.8
+60.7
—17.9
—32.2
+94.9
+76.4
—24.3
—31.5
—96.1
—3.5
— 10.9
+13.7
— 14.9
+ 121.2
+53.2
+38.3
+25.4
+ 137.4
+52.2
$2,301,238.51  [$2,786,091.05
+21.0  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1955—Continued
2.                           HOUR OF OCCURRENCE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
12 to   1 a.m  	
801
656
462
287
204
149
213
837
964
620
842
929
846
940
1,218
1,501
1,922
1,989
1,193
1,425
1,083
868
876
1,051
154
7
11
10
6
3
7
2
2
8
2
4
1
3
5
5
9
9
12
19
13
9
11
13
19
4
220
215
120
83
59
38
47
160
230
116
176
193
193
218
272
371
496
484
346
417
297
235
231
285
30
574
430
2 to   3 a.m  	
332
198
142
104
164
675
8 to   9 a.m '   .	
726
9 to 10 a.m	
502
10 to 11 a.m - - 	
662
11 to 12    m	
735
650
1 to   2 p.m 	
717
2 to   3 p.m 	
3 to   4 p.m -	
941
1,121
1,417
1,493
828
995
8 to   9 p.m  	
777
9 to 10 p.m 	
622
10 to 11 p.m...	
11 to 12 p.m 	
632
747
120
22,030
194         1         5.532
16,304
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.
3,404
2,854
2,355
2,441
2,916
3,491
4,560
9
43
15
13
19
18
40
46
970
683
557
593
658
896
1,175
2,391
2,156
1,785
1,829
2,240
2,555
3,339
9
22,030
194
|   5,532   |  16,304
TYPE OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Number of Vehicles Involved
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Private passenger....
2. Truck	
3. Bus  	
4. Taxi. 	
5. " Drive Yourself "..
6. Motor-cycle	
7. School bus 	
8. Not stated	
Totals	
31,856
6,399
376
300
42
195
21
12
190
47
4
3
7,309
1,271
109
78
13
154
2
2
24,357
5,081
263
219
29
36
19
9
39,201
250
8,938
30,013
RAILROAD CROSSINGS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Unguarded crossing-	
2. Automatic signal.- —
3. Guarded crossing—man on duty..
4. Gates not down 	
5. Driver disregarded signal 	
6. Signal not given— _	
7. Not stated.. _ 	
Totals 	
49
5
57
17
1
29
4
18
35 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955
P 23
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1955—Continued
6.                             MANNER OF COLLISION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Angle collision	
2. Head-on collision or head-on side-swipe	
7,368
3,812
5,047
353
1,156
4,294
37
49
7
3
98
1,678
1,108
959
22
113
1,652
5,653
2,655
4,081
331
1,040
2,544
4. Backed into other vehicle	
6. Not stated 	
22,030
194
5,532
16,304
7.             DRIVERS INVOLVED, DESCRIPTION OF
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Male
35,679
3,378
144
240
8,054
862
22
27,385
2,507
121
9
1
3. Not stated                                             	
39,201
250
8,938
30,013
Age of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. 16 to 20 years	
2. 21 to 24    „	
3. 25 to 30    „    	
4. 31 to 40    „    	
5. 41 to 50    „	
6. 51 to 60    „    	
7. 61 to 64    „    	
8. 65 to 69    „    	
9. 70 years and over..
4,191
4,996
7,482
9,659
6,992
3,510
861
773
595
35
38
58
59
27
17
1
7
7
970
1,271
1,719
2,188
1,587
769
207
172
135
3,186
3,687
5,705
7,412
5,378
2,724
653
594
453
Driving Experience
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
331
315
535
6,912
30,306
751
78
80
129
1,608
6.880
153
253
235
2
54
128
58
404
5,250
23,298
540
Condition of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Normal. 	
2. Extreme fatigue	
3. Physical defect	
4. Confused by traffic..
5. Ability impaired	
6. Not known _	
7. Not stated	
32,755
339
47
138
321
189
5,414
166
4
8
29
43
7,522
115
15
34
82
49
1,123
25,067
220
32
104
231
111
4,248
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
37,388
657
1.061
95
204
29
13
4
8,501
177
246
14
28,683
451
802
4. Not stated	
77 P 24 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1955—Continued
ACTION OF DRIVER CONTRIBUTING
TO ACCIDENT
Number of Drivers
Total
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
No improper driving-
Driving off roadway-
Did not have right of way-
Car standing in roadway (not parked)..
Following too close	
On wrong side of road	
Failing to signal-
Through street—did not stop..
Passing at intersection	
Exceeding speed limit	
Careless driving	
Cutting in	
Car ran away-
Passing on curve or hill-
Passing on wrong side-
Hit and run 	
Railroad—did not stop..
Cutting left corner	
Parked legally-
Driving through school zone-
Driving through safety zone—
Totals- 	
20,297
1,639
764
993
751
387
216
530
273
74
245
94
292
173
14
68
22
131
1,671
9
6
-c
Personal
Property
Injury
Damage Only
109
4,875
15,313
45
482
1,112
2
180
582
4
212
777
133
111
618
265
11
1
23
192
3
139
388
52
221
8
24
42
2
53
190
12
82
4
61
227
21
152
1
13
	
9
59
2
7
13
1
26
104
5
246
1,420
	
3
6
3
3
28,649
197
6,673
21,779
9.                                  TRAFFIC CONTROL
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
12,277
342
2,129
1,737
517
130
3
5
3
3,067
87
588
455
173
9,080
255
1,538
1,277
341
Totals
17,002
141
4,370
12,491
10.
PEDESTRIANS INVOLVED, ACTIONS OF
Number of Pedestrians
Total
1. Crossing at intersection—no signal	
2. In street—not at intersection	
3. Coming from behind parked or moving vehicle..
4. Crossing at intersection with signal	
5. Crossing street diagonally—not at intersection...
6. Walking on or along highway   	
7. Playing in street.  	
8. Crossing at intersection against signal —
9. Not on roadway— 	
10. Getting on or off another vehicle 	
11. Riding or hitching on vehicle. - —
12. Working on car or roadway.   —
13. Crossing street diagonally 	
14. In pedestrian crosswalk    	
15. Standing on safety isle— 	
16. Not known  	
Totals  —	
119
188
165
147
71
74
65
39
30
7
6
6
3
10
35
591
Fatal
Personal
Injury
13
5
3
6
1
1
19
106
183
162
141
71
67
62
35
30
7
6
6
3
9
34
572
1,494
Condition of Pedestrian
1. NormaL
2. Physical defect..	
3. Confused by traffic.
4. Impaired	
5. Not known	
6. Not stated	
Totals	
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
309
4
15
37
31
1,160
1,556        |
3
1
1
51
~62~
Personal
Injury
303
4
12
36
30
1,109
1,494_ REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955
P 25
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1955—Continued
CLASSIFICATION OF VICTIMS
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Passengers—
2. Drivers	
3. Pedestrians.-
4. Bicyclists	
5. Motor-cycle drivers..
6. Others (persons in horse-drawn vehicles, etc.)..
7. Motor-cycle passengers.- 	
8. Not stated 	
Totals--
4,311
2,579
1,098!
3222
135s
19
243
79
81
55
5
5
225
4,232
2,498
1,043
317
130
19
24
8,263
12.
NATURE OF INJURIES
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Slight shock and shake-up..
2. Fractured skull	
3. Fractured spine	
4. Other fractures  _
5. Other injuries (sprains, dislocations, etc.)..
6. Internal injuries— 	
7. Concussion of brain	
8. Severe general shock with bruises and cuts-
9. Cuts by glass (only)	
10. Drowned   	
11. Burned  	
12. Asphyxiated-
13. Not stated-—.
Totals—
4,938
132
129
1,120
1,808
74
93
130
39
15
6
3
2
74
14
57
24
24
1
3
6
15
1
3
1
4,936
58
115
1,063
1,784
50
92
127
33
225
8,263
13.
LIGHT CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Daylight...
?.. Darkness-
3. Artificial light—good—.
4. Dusk or semi-darkness-
5. Artificial light—poor	
6. Not stated	
12,396
6,258
1,251
1,131
336
658
70
92
9
11
6
6
2,944
1,702
340
275
116
155
9,382
4,464
902
845
214
497
22,030
194
5,532
16,304
14. Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, $8,653,176.40;
$7,303,323.26.
amount for same period last year.
CONDITION OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Apparently good 	
2. No chains (slippery road)_.
3. Brakes defective..
4. Steering mechanism defective..
5. Head-lights dim	
6. Puncture or blowout	
7. Head-lights out (both)	
8. Tail-light out or obscured...
9. Glaring head-lights	
10. Head-light out (one light)..
11. Other defects  	
12. Not stated  	
Totals-
36,316
844
374
131
45
76
30
13
7
17
71
1,277
228
2
4
39,201
15
250
i,328
126
95
36
11
21
10
1
1
7
20
282
8,938
27,760
716
275
95
34
54
20
12
6
10
51
980
30,013
1 Eight pedestrians injured in other than pedestrian accidents.
2 Five bicyclists injured in other than bicycle accidents.
3 Eighteen motor-cyclists injured and one killed in other than motor-cycle accidents. P 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1955—Continued
16.                         DIRECTION OF TRAVEL
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
24,850
4,714
2,504
1,320
429
629
362
30
176
1,043
30
191
236
2,687
170
27
19
1
2
3
1
2
8
1
16
6,038
1,097
516
268
41
114
32
7
41
221
2
38
68
455
18,642
3,590
1,969
1,051
386
512
329
23
133
814
28
153
167
14. Not stated          	
2,216
Totals	
39,201
250
8,938
30,013
17.
ROAD SURFACE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Dry surface...
2. Wet surface..
3. Icy surface—
4. Loose sand or gravel-
5. Snowy surface	
6. Muddy surface ..	
7. Not stated	
Totals..
9,871
6,133
2,966
442
1,080
64
1,474
121
41
16
2
1
13
2,842
1,549
495
108
165
15
358
6,908
4,543
2,455
334
913
48
1,103
22,030
194
5,532
16,304
18.                               ROAD CONDITION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
17,421
347
186
150
91
2,337
1,498
1
161                   4,609
3 1             82
4 1               36
12,651
262
146
1
29
37
440
299
120
54
6. Other    	
11
14
1,886
7.   Not stated
1,185
22,030
194
5,532
16,304
19.                                  TYPE OF ROAD
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
17,269
2,343
1,066
332
61
199
760
156
20
3
3
1
1
10
4,460
514
270
55
13
45
175
12,653
1,809
793
4. Earth	
274
47
6. Other                                      	
153
7. Not stated  	
575
Totals  	
22,030
194
5,532
16,304
1 Eight pedestrians injured in other than pedestrian accidents.
2 Five bicyclists injured in other than bicycle accidents.
3 Eighteen motorcyclists injured and one killed in other than motor-cycle accidents. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1955
P 27
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1955—Continued
20.
WEATHER CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Clear.. 	
2. Rain	
3. Cloudy	
4. Fog or mist	
5. Snow	
6. Smoke or dust
7. Not stated	
Totals.—
11,524
4,337
2,582
484
1,436
60
1,607
118
26
31
2
5
12
22,030
194
3,062
1,084
672
108
216
22
368
5,532
8,344
3,227
1,879
374
1,215
38
1,227
16,304
CONVICTIONS
An important part of the driving-licence records maintained by the Superintendent
of Motor-vehicles is the record of convictions by the Courts of the Province of the
various driving offences, which convictions are maintained in the personal driving-record
files of the person convicted.
The increased driving on the highways in 1955 produced convictions in greater totals
than ever before encountered. In 1955, convictions under the "Motor-vehicle Act"
and " Motor-vehicle Act" Regulations and under the Criminal Code of Canada totalled
32,506, which is an increase of 6,163 over the 1954 total of 26,343 or 23.4 per cent.
In addition to these convictions, the Motor-vehicle Branch was advised of 699 adjudications under the " Juvenile Delinquents Act" arising from driving offences and 4,247
convictions of driving violations under the Vancouver City by-law. Convictions under
the Criminal Code of Canada amounted to 3,303 in 1955, compared with 3,483 in 1954.
The 1955 convictions under this group amounted to 10.2 per cent of the total convictions.
Convictions under the " Motor-vehicle Act" amounted to 26,766 or 82.3 per cent
of the total convictions.   The 1954 convictions in this category amounted to 20,874.
Convictions under the " Motor-vehicle Act" Regulations amounted to 2,437, or
7.5 per cent of the total.   The 1954 convictions in this category were 1,986.
There follows a comparative table showing number of convictions under the various
sections of the Criminal Code of Canada and the " Motor-vehicle Act" and " Motor-
vehicle Act " Regulations for the years 1952 to 1955. P 28 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Convictions under "Motor-vehicle Act" and Section 285, Criminal Code, 1952—55
Offences
1952 1953 1954 1955
Under Criminal Code of Canada—
Driving a motor-vehicle while ability impaired by alcohol or drugs, sec. 223—
Driving while driver's licence under suspension, sec. 225 (3) 	
Failing to stop after accident, sec. 221 (2)	
Unlawfully taking a motor-vehicle without consent of owner, sec. 281... 	
Driving motor-vehicle while intoxicated, sec. 222	
Driving to common danger, sec. 285 (6)—     	
Criminal negligence in operation of motor-vehicle, sec. 221 (1)   	
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  - 	
Operaing 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-vehicle for hire without complying with requirements, sec. 46 _.
Employing unlicensed chauffeur, sec. 30  - 	
Failing to transfer motor-vehicles, 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 a 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 (b), 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 (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)  	
Driving motor-vehicle without mud-guards, Reg. 3 (c)	
Totals	
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
1
3
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
2
9
6
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
2,308
509
226
48
32
83
97
3,276
9,328
3,290
982
4,758
3,222
44
33
1,044
176
25
23
1
220
~90
13
1
40
6
121
4
8
33
15
4
4
5
130
308
276
29
127
24
207
1,179
11
5
3
33
1
97
25,812 | 26,909 | 26,343 | 32,506 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955
P 29
3. DRIVING SAFETY
(a) Safety Responsibility
The " Motor-vehicle Act " requires that drivers of motor-vehicles (a) who become
involved in certain convictions and (b) are judgment debtors resulting from a motor-
vehicle accident are required to maintain for a period of time proof of financial responsibility. This may be done in several manners, such as posting a cash bond or having
evidence of adequate insurance coverage. In addition, the Superintendent has power to
demand the giving of proof of financial responsibility by persons if he determines from
the driving record of such person the proof is warranted for the protection of other users
of the highway.
It is the duty of the Safety Responsibility Division to administer the appropriate
sections of the " Motor-vehicle Act," and to ensure that all persons who come within
these provisions maintain for the protection of other users of the highway the necessary
proof of financial responsibility.
During 1955 the Safety Responsibility Division filed 13,067 B.C. financial responsibility insurance certificates. It is noted the insurance companies submitted a total of
14,065 certificates, but some 998 certificates or 7.64 per cent were rejected as non-
acceptable, due to errors or omissions. It might be noted the number of rejections is
gradually decreasing, which indicates a greater care being exercised by the agents in the
preparation of insurance certificates.
The number of certificates filed in 1955 was 13.5 per cent less than in 1954, and
certificate cancellations totalled 12,907 in 1955, or 11.2 per cent less than in 1954.
This reduction was brought about by the growing tendency of insurance companies to
leave certificates on file year after year instead of cancelling an existing certificate and
filing a new certificate on renewal of an insurance policy. In addition, in the 1955
Session of the Provincial Legislature an amendment was made to the " Motor-vehicle
Act " which has had a bearing on the reduction in the filing of insurance certificates.
Previous to the amendment, owners who elected not to carry insurance coverage
and whose vehicles were impounded resulting from a reportable motor-vehicle accident
were required to maintain, for at least a period of three years, proof of financial responsibility. The fact the driver was not convicted for his action in the accident or that he
was absolved of liability had no bearing.
The amendment provides that owners who elected not to maintain insurance coverage and who could obtain a release evidencing satisfaction of claims from the third
party would be able to regain their licences without filing proof of financial responsibility,
providing there was no conviction under the " Motor-vehicle Act " or the Criminal Code
of Canada arising from negligence of the driver of the uninsured vehicle.
Summary of certificates filed and cancelled is shown hereunder:—
Comparison of Financial Responsibility Certificates Received, Filed, and
Cancelled in 1954 and 1955
1954
1955
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
16,495
15,100
1,395
11,753
1,346
2,001
14,542
14,065
13,067
998
10,166
1,132
1,769
12,907
2,430
2,033
397
1,587
214
232
1,635
14 73
13 46
	
Owner's policy certificates and garage and sales-agency certificates
filed                        - -	
13 50
15 90
11 59 P 30 BRITISH COLUMBIA
The 1955 amendment to the " Motor-vehicle Act " also provided for the collection
of a fee of $2 by the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles for the filing of each certificate of
financial responsibility, and from the effective date of May 2nd, 1955, to December 31st,
1955, a total of $15,810 was collected for this service.
A method of giving proof of financial responsibility available to owners of fleets of
vehicles is the posting of a bond of an amount suitable to the Superintendent of Insurance
for the purpose of satisfying third-party liability claims. After the bond is filed and the
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles is notified, financial responsibility insurance cards are
issued by the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles to cover the motor-vehicles of the fleet-
owner, on request of the fleet-owner. During 1955 some 183 financial responsibility
insurance cards were issued to cover motor-vehicles under this arrangement. It is noted,
though, that some of the companies using this bond coverage arrangement are adopting
a policy of obtaining insurance coverage for the private passenger type of motor-vehicle
operated by their employees. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955
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The " Motor-vehicle Act " provides for the releasing of persons from their requirement of maintaining proof of financial responsibility generally after a period of three
years without further involvement and providing the person can give an affidavit.
In 1955, 3,010 were released under this provision, which is less than the 3,838
total in 1954. The reduction here is accounted for in part due to the fact that in 1954
the Safety Responsibility Division made a concerted effort to release persons who might
have been released previous to that year and who, perhaps, were unaware of the possibility of being released of the requirement. Six persons were released from the obligation as a result of a judgment in their favour being rendered by the Court absolving them
from liability of damages.
In 1955, motor-vehicles totalling 1,646 were impounded as a result of having been
involved in accidents. This figure is 18.3 per cent less than the 1954 total of 1,947
impoundments. During 1955 a total of 1,697 vehicles were released from impoundment
due to the owners being able to comply with the requirement of the law governing the
impoundment action. At the end of 1955 a total of 673 vehicles remained impounded,
which is less than the 823 impounded vehicles on the same date in 1954.
Magistrates, by means of Court orders setting periods of suspensions and by
recommendations to the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles of periods of suspensions,
accounted for the suspension of 1,407 drivers' licences in 1955, which is 7.2 per cent
less than the total of 1,642 in 1954. The following table indicates the period of suspensions or recommendations by Magistrates under the various convictions which gave cause
for the suspension action:—
Drivers' Licences Suspended during 1955
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127
15
2
108
3
3
23
1
27
9
28
2
3
56
3
3
4
6
2
44
25
6
174
6
......
20
1
1
23
3
z:
__
2
l
7
3
......
......
~2
III
......
2
1
4
192
1
1
3
27
11
8
143
9
2
8
12
1
2
4
1
11
1
3
2
13
6
5
108
3
2
12
5
1
1
6
1
12
2
1
2
1
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i
i
4
2
2
2
3
	
I
1
......
__
......
1
16
249
68
30
818
30
15
74
Not in possession of driver's licence 	
2
1
83
15
Conviction or judgment outside Province	
3
3
16
Totals                       	
318
107
303
15
204
223
22
155
26
1
12
22
1,407
One of the functions of the Safety Responsibility Division is to scan all applications
for registration of a motor-vehicle and notices of transfer, to determine if the new owner
of the vehicle is one required to maintain proof of financial responsibility and to check
names of all persons who obtain original drivers' licences for the same purpose. There
are now 60,000 persons who are required to maintain proof of financial responsibility,
and these names are set up on appropriate index cards on Cardex wheel files. It is
estimated that during 1955 approximately 1,000,000 individual checks were made against
these cards, which check contributed greatly in the control exercised over the owners and
drivers in this Province.
Suspensions, pending filing of proof of financial responsibility as a result of convictions and accidents during 1955, amounted to 8,019, which is a decrease of 18.4 per
cent from the total of 9,822 during 1954.   In addition, owners who were not drivers at REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955 P 33
the time of an accident accounted for 379 suspensions in 1955, as compared with 638
in 1954.
During 1955, licences totalling 7,400 were reinstated and returned to the individuals
concerned, due to the filing of proof of financial responsibility. This represents a decrease
of 1.5 per cent from the 1954 total of 7,514 licences reinstated.
It is noted some 223 drivers who would ordinarily be suspended until proof of
financial responsibility was filed as a result of accidents or convictions took immediate
steps after the incidents and saved themselves the inconvenience by the immediate filing
of a necessary insurance certificate. There follows a table giving detailed information
of the suspension and reinstatement of drivers' licences under the safety responsibility
section of the " Motor-vehicle Act."
(b) Examination of Drivers
The year 1955 saw the extension of the service of examination of driver (a) in
the East Kootenay area by the posting of an examiner at Cranbrook and (b) by posting
an examiner at Prince George, making a total of sixteen centres where examination units
are located. A by-product of these extensions is that the surrounding areas enjoy
service, and perhaps more important is that it gives opportunity to examine the new
driver who has, because of his location and distance from an examining centre, received
his first licence without having been required to take a driving test.
During 1955 a total of 75,132 drivers were examined, and to these drivers a total
of 88,785 examinations were given, due to the number of applicants that failed first
tests and required additional tests.   Drivers examined in 1954 totalled 71,069.
A total of 40,775 persons completed examinations for original drivers' licences, an
increase of 2,202 over 1954. It is interesting to note the percentage distribution
between male and female applicants for original drivers' licences remains constant with
that evident in 1954, namely, 65 per cent male and 35 per cent female. Resulting from
these examinations was the restricting of licences issued to 5,484 or 20.8 per cent of
male applicants, and 4,483 or 31 per cent of female applicants.
The following table is a summary of the examinations conducted in connection with
original driver's licence applications, and of the restrictions resulting therefrom: —  Summary of Drivers' Original Examinations, 1955
P 35
Males (26,330, 65 per cent)
Females (14,445,35 per cent)
16-20 Years
21-25 Years
26-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65-69 Years
70 and Over
Total
16-20 Years
21-25 Years
26-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65-69 Years
70 and Over
Total
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
. Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
1
Number   PerCent
1
Number examined by age-group.   !
Restrictions
Hearing	
8,199
22
140
155
20
5
6
1
955
56
100.00
0.27
1.71
1.89
0.25
0.06
0.07
0.01
11.65
0.68
5,754
6
91
96
17
1
9
100.00
0.10
1.58
1.67
0.29
0.02
0.16
3,764
11
77
85
19
1
13
100.00
0.29
2.05
2.26
0.50
0.03
0.35
4,311
25
106
112
19
2
14
100.00
0.58
2.46
2.60
0.44
0.05
0.32
2,464
18
65
61
22
18
100.00
0.73
2.64
2.48
0.89
1,121
17
50
53
16
1
5
1
341
10
100.00
1.52
4.46
4.73
1.43
0.09
0.44
292
8
13
19
5
2
100.00
2.74
4.45
6.51
1.72
315
12
11
14
3
100.00
3.81
3.49
4.45
0.95
0.32
110
9
4
6
2
1
2
1
5
.    53
100.00
8.18
3.63
5.45
1.82
0.91
1.82
0.91
4.55
48.18
26,330
128
557
601
123
11
70
1
9
3,711
188
100.00
0.49
2.12
2.28
0.47
0.03
0.27
0.01
0.03
14.09
0.71
2,793
2
24
38
4
2
1
~518
100.00
0.07
0.86
1.36
0.14
0.07
0.04
2,926
1
32
37
6
1
2
100.00
0.03
1.09
1.27
0.21
0.03
0.07
2,499
9
38
46
3
2
3
100.00
0.36
1.52
1.84
0.12
0.08
0.12
4,092
12
53
62
9
1
7
100.00
0.29
1.30
1.52
0.22
0.02
0.17
1,512
6
29
31
3
4
100.00
0.40
1.92
2.05
0.20
0.26
505
3
16
12
1
100.00
0.59
3.17
2.38
0.20
76
2
1
2
100.00
2.63
1.32
2.63
38
1
1
100.00
2.63
2.63
4
100.00
14,445
36
194
228
26
6
18
2
100.00
0.25
1.34
1.58
0.18
0.04
0.12
0.01
40.775
164
751
829
149
17
88
3
9
6,660
189
100.00
0.40
Vision 	
1.84
Depth Perception
2.03
Periphery
0.37
Tliplnpin	
———
	
	
0.04
Physical rotation	
0.73
0.68
0.68
48.97
1
1
205
0.20
0.22
Reaction ,
1
2.63
1
25.00
0.01
Road tMtK
0.09
30.42
0.89
2
143
23.94
0.02
Adequate *ye-gl»wfs
Colour-blindness
589
39
10.24
0.68
439
34
11.66
0.90
588
29
13.64
0.67
450
17
18.26
0.69
153
3
48.57
0.95
18.55
633
21.63
461
1
18.45
0.04
699
17.08
362
40.59
45
59.21
23
60.53
3
75.00
2,949
1
20.42
0.01
16.33
0.46
Totals	
1,360
16.59
848
14.74
679
18.04
895
20.76
651    |    26.42
494
44.07
192
65.75
197
62.54
83
75.45
5,399
20.50
589
21.09
712
24.33
563
22.53
843
20.60
435
28.77
238
47.13
50
65.79
26
68.42
4
100.00
3,460
23.95
.   8,859    |   21.72
Failures
Written test*   ....  ,,
4
24
0.05
~0.29
4
1
~20
0.07
0.02
0.35
0.03
1
0.02
5
6
0.20
0.24
1
6
10
0.09
0.54
~089
0.09
1
4
11
21
104
0.04
0.08
0.39
0.01
0.01
0.01
0.36
i
-
0.05
0.25
7
1
1.31
1
2
2.63
5.27
2
17
0.01
0.12
13
38
0.03
Failed to complete examination
1
0.34
~0.68
2
0.63
	
	
	
0.10
0.41
0.04
2
0.46
1
3
0.20
1
25.00
0.09
Hf"rf"g
VH«"
13
0.35
16
0.37
11
0.45
2
4
1.27
3.63
9
0.32
12
13
0.52
10
7
0.46
0.59
1
1.31
1
2.63
1
25.00
57
0.39
161
0.39
Depth perception	
Periphery., 	
	
	
	
Diplopia	
	
—'—
	
	
—
	
	
	
Physical rnnrtltlnn
	
1
2
1
1
3
1.82
0.91
0.91
2.73
3
1
1
96
2
0.07
1
0.04
1
0.02
	
4
1
0.03
0.01
7
2
1
165
0.01
Physical B,C,A, not rct»rne<l	
	
11
	
20
1
1
1.31
0.00
""1">tl0n
10
0.26
0.77
4
1.27
3
0.11
0.07
0.36
21
0.00
RnaH tMta
11
0.14
0.17
0.29
11
19
22
1.96
5
1.72
2
9
0.51
1.33
11
2.18
1.31
2
5.27
69
0.48
0.40
Tntflls
39
0.48
35
0.61
25
0.67
28
0.65
41
1.66
40
3.57
8
2.74
10
3.17
11
10.00
237
0.90
12
0.43
19
0.65
24
0.96
34
0.83
34
2.25
15
2.97
4
5.26
6
15.53
2
50.00
150
1.04
387
0.95
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
16-90 years
955
589
439
588
450
341
143
153
53
196
129
97
148
i         91
71
27
17
18
156
116
90
138
100
69
22
22
12
1
1
4
1
1
2
1
H
378
231
182
235
238
134
35
53
23
6
4
2    j
3
3
4
3
5
116
126
51
53
73
48
52
17
14
13
1                   1
17               110       1          5
518
633
461
699
362
205
«Sj45i.;:
23
3
40
44
54
76
30
14
2
3
1
26
34
45
67
33
15
3
2
—
1
1
290
283
287
96
233
115
19
7
1
2
1
4
38
23
34
27
31
13
1
1
1
3
3
1
2
2
1
4
37
17
27
25
31
12
71-75     „
6                 47
6 43
10                 65
7 43
4 48
3                   17
5 13
112         |           14
2
6
1
1
4
~"1
3
3
96-30     „
4
31-40     „
2
41-50     „
51-60     „
61-64     „
65-69   „   	
70 years and oyer
1
TotBlR
3,711
794
725
1
13
1,509
146
447
170        1        400
23
2,949
264
225
2
1,330
8
168
17
149
10
Note.—(a) Non-physical resrictions include:   (1) Automatic transmission, when new applicants have test in that type of vehicle—removable on passing test in conventional-transmission vehicle;   (2) tractor-type vehicle, if that type vehicle used in original test—removable by further test in conventional
motor-vehicle;   (3) motor-cycles only, if that type vehicle used in original test—removable by further test in conventional motor-vehicle.
(b) A number of licences have more than one restriction.  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955 P 37
Re-examination of Motor-vehicle Drivers
The re-examination of drivers continued in 1955, with some 34,357 drivers being
called in for a re-examination, compared to the 1954 total of 32,496, for an increase of
6 per cent.
Of the drivers re-examined, 28,386 or 83 per cent were males and 5,971 or 17 per
cent were females. These examinations gave cause to restrict the driving licences of
8,922 or 31.4 per cent of male examinees and 1,646 or 27.6 per cent of female examinees.
The following tables show the results of the re-examination of drivers in the matter
of licence restrictions and suspensions:—  Summary of Drivers' Re-examinations, 1955
P 39
Males (28,386, 83 per cent)
Females (5,971, 17 per cent)
Grand
16-20 Years
21-25 Years
26-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65-69 Years
70 and Over
Total
16-20 Years
21-25 Years
26-30 Years
31-40 Years
41-50 Years
51-60 Years
61-64 Years
65-69 Years
70 and Over
Tot
il
Total
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent  Number
1
PerCent
Number
1
PerCent  Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
1
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number
PerCent
Number examined by age-group	
Restrictions
Hearing	
1,124
25
21
3
100.00
2.23
1.87
0.27
2,350
4
35
45
8
3
14
1
100.00
0.17
1.4<)
1.91
0.34
0.13
0.60
0.04
3,248
4
65
76
17
1
23
100.00
0.12
2.00
2.34
0.52
0.03
0.71
6,103
25
159
183
49
1
56
1
1
814
84
100.00
0.41
2.60
3.00
0.80
0.02
0.92
0.02
0.02
13.34
1.37
6,941
48
168
175
53
2
47
2
1
448
61
100.00
0.69
2.42
2.52
0.76
0.03
0.68
0.03
0.02
6.45
0.8ft
3,626
64
129
150
47
2
40
1
5
1,112
61
100.00
1.76
3.56
4.14
1.30
0.05
1.10
0.03
0.14
30.67
1.68
1,023
24
53
64
29
13
4
100.00
2.35
5.18
6.26
2.83
1,016
63
75
79
24
2
9
3
5
665
22
100.00
6.20
7.38
7.78
2.36
0.20
0.89
0.30
0.49
65.45
2.16
2,955
252
197
227
46
5
47
28
153
1,865
34
100.00
8.53
6.66
7.68
1.56
0.17
1.59
0.95
5.18
63.11
1.15
28,386
484
906
1,020
276
16
250
40
165
6,081
363
100.00
1.70
3.19
3.59
0.97
0.06
0.89
0.14
0.58
21.42
1.28
45
100.00
$.67
2.22
2.22
324
100.00
715
100.00
2,017
4
23
30
4
1
2
100.00
0.20
1.14
1.49
0.20
0.05
0.10
6.05
15.71
0.05
1,628
9
22
25
5
100.00
0.55
1.35
1.53
0.31
0.37
726
9
13
17
3
100.00
1.24
1.79
2.34
0.41
0.41
177
1
3
5
100.00
0.56
1.69
2.82
122
3
6
3
1
100.00
2.46
4.91
2.46
0.82
217
13
4
8
100.00
5.99
1.84
3.69
5,971
39
86
98
16
1
13
3
10
1,480
1
100.00
0.65
1.44
1.64
0.27
0.02
0.22
0.05
0.17
24.78
0.02
34,357
523
992
1,118
292
17
263
43
175
7,561
364
100.00
1.52
2.89
3.25
0 85
.   .
3
1
1
4
4
1.23
1.23
8
5
2
1.12
0.70
0.28
Deptii Perception
0.05
1
0.09
1.27
0.39
46.53
1.56
6
3
1
2
105
0.56
1.16
1
1
8
146
0.46
0.46
3.69
67.28
	
0 12
113
6
1
317
1
1
78
0.82
63.94
0.51
22 01
Adequate eye-glasses..	
10.05
0.53
254
22
10.81
0.94
334
57
10.28
1.76
476
16
14
31.11
^~61
18.83
113
15.80
357
21.93
289
39.81
59.32
1 06
Totals-     _
169
15.04
386
16.43
577
17.76
1,373
22.50
1,005
14.48
1,611
44.43
679
66.37
947
93.21
2,854
96.58
9,601
33.82
19
42.22
69
21.29
128
17.90
383
18.99
424
26.04
334
46.00
117
66.11
92
75.41
181
83.41
1,747
29.26
11,348
33.03
Failures
Failed to complete examination
2
2
0.08
0.08
3
0.09
0.12
12
0.19
6.03
7
0.10
0.14
9
0.25
"6.27
3
4
0.29
6
12
0.59
13
53
0.44
1.79
55
0.19
0.34
2
0.62
1
0.14
9
2
0.44
0.09
6
2
0.37
2
0.28
1
0.82
1
0.46
0.92
22
12
0.37
6.20
77
109
0 22
	
4
2
10
10
0.39
1.18
97
2
1
0.14
0.12
2
0.28
3
2.46
2
0 32
	
	
0.02
0.08
0.50
2
0.07
0.01
'
	
2
0 01
1
1
0.49
	
	
	
0.04
2
0.03
3
0.10
5
4
7
4
66
0.14
0.23
0.14
2.23
16
7
5
135
0.06
0.02
0.02
0.48
16
7
5
176
0 05
3
1
41
0.02
001
i
0.26
6.78
1.77
0.69
Rnnrf tf«ts	
0.27
2
0.06
1
0.02
18
18
8
18
2.22
4
0.56
8
0.39
9
0.55
10
1.37
2
1.16
3
2.46
4
1.84
0.51
Totals ...   ..
3
0.27
5
0.21
9
0.27
17
0.28
37
0.53
40
1.10
16
1.56
41
4.03
149
5.04
317
1.12
1
2.22
2
0.62
6
0.84
19
0.94
17
1.04
14
1.93
2
1.16
7
5.74
7
3.22
75
1.26
392
1.14
Analysis of Restrictions (Re-examinees)
Males
Females
Restricted to—
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Restricted to—
Certificates of Examination by Competent Authority
Referrals
Results
Referrals
Results
Age-group
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
16-70 years
113
254
334
814
448
1,112
476
665
1,865
28
66
101
242
239
215
91
132
562
23
54
90
227
252
226
87
146
463
4
6
6
3
1
14
1
"16
19
14
9
26
27
30
10
15
38
2
15
12
12
20
33
19
39
3,029
7
19
49
50
78
116
27
47
207
2
7
16
12
26
35
18
35
2,981
7
15
43
49
68
104
25
41
213
2
1
4
10
3
10
42
14
61
113
317
357
289
105
78
146
3
4
9
41
41
21
7
8
35
3
4
9
30
43
18
3
7
19
1
1
1
2
2
9
10
9
3
~4
5
5
1
1
4
209
1
7
7
8
15
8
1
8
14
1
6
5
1
1
4
208
1
6
7
7
15
7
1
7
13
21-25    „ _
76-30     „
—
31-40     „
41-50     „
51-60    ,,
1
61-64   „
65-69   „
70 years and over
1
2
Totals
6,081
1,676
1,568
10
55
188
3,181
600
3,132
565
73
1,480
169
136
1
1
40
225
69
226
64
4
Notb.—(a) Non-physical restrictions include:   (1) Automatic transmission, when new applicants have test in that type of vehicle—removable on passing test in conventional-transmission vehicle;   (2) tractor-type vehicle, if that type vehicle used in original test-
motor-vehicle;   (3) motor-cycles only, if that type vehicle used in original test—removable by further tejt in conventional motor-vehicle.
(6) A number of licences have more than one restriction.
-removable by further test in conventional  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955 P 41
Chauffeur's Licence Examination
Before a driver may obtain a chauffeur's licence in the categories covering the operation of motor-vehicles carrying passengers for hire, the applicant must qualify in appropriate examinations as to knowledge of relevant laws of motor-vehicle operation and to
demonstrate that his driving ability is of a required standard. A driver of a vehicle carrying passengers for hire not in excess of nine requires a Class " B " chauffeur's licence.
To carry a large total of passengers, a Class "A" chauffeur's licence is required.
During 1955 a total of 1,559 applicants wrote examinations for Class "A" and " B "
chauffeurs' licences. In addition, the Motor-vehicle Branch calls in for re-examination
chauffeurs in these categories periodically, to determine if the licence-holder is still of
required physical fitness, that his vision is of the required standard, and that his driving
ability shows continued satisfaction. In 1955 some 406 chauffeurs were re-examined;
of this total, 92 or 22.6 per cent failed to requalify.
(c) Drivers' Education
The programme of drivers' education, dealing with the driver who is frequently
involved in convictions and accidents and yet who has shown his ability to drive competently, continues more strongly in this its third year of operation.
Comparative figures show that 906 suspensions have been made due to unsatisfactory driving records, an increase of 252 or 38.5 per cent over 1954. Of this total, 363
or 40 per cent had already been warned by way of letter of their need for better driving
in order to avoid suspension. The balance were immediately suspended as the seriousness
of their record indicated such action should be immediate. An interesting feature, as in
previous years, shows the number of female drivers suspended is far below the total of
male drivers against whom action was taken. Total number of chauffeurs suspended was
116 or 21.8 per cent.
Suspensions are still made by panel of at least three senior staff members, always
including either the Superintendent or the Deputy Superintendent, with occasional visitors
attending from the Bar, police departments, insurance firms, service clubs, etc., all of
whom offer valued suggestions and opinions.
Warning letters, like suspensions, have shown a marked increase over the previous
year, with a total of 2,202 drivers warned, representing an increase of 938 or 74.2 per
cent over 1954. Personal contact by way of interview or conference was held with 144
drivers.
This Branch is mindful of the need of contacting the youths of our Province, both
those who drive or who are likely to drive, prior to encountering driving difficulties. It is
felt the best point of this contact is in the high schools. Some ten high schools were
visited, and on each occasion a panel was formed, consisting of students and our staff
members, to provide an open discussion of various driving records, and to draw attention
to the pitfalls and consequences of driver's licence abuse. The response from the staffs
of the high schools and the 4,900 pupils was enthusiastic and encouraging, with the result
that it is intended this end of the programme will be pursued with vigour.
In addition to the schools visited, twenty addresses were given to service clubs
throughout the Province and one radio broadcast was made.
In determining those drivers against whom action was to be taken, it was necessary
to screen the files of 33,447 drivers, a considerable increase of 9,592 or 40 per cent over
the number screened in 1954.
Again this year a large number of police detachments were visited and personal calls
made on Magistrates. As stated in previous Reports, this programme does not intend in
any way to supersede the authority of the Magistrate, but rather, with the complete record
of the driver at our disposal, to supplement his decision. P 42
BRITISH COLUMBIA
The following are statistics for the drivers' education programme for the year
1955: —
Warning Letters
Age-group
Male
Female
Total
Chauffeurs
Class "A"
Class " B "
Class " C "
589
498
480
369
169
54
10
7
3
4
1
4
4
7
3
593
499
484
373
176
57
10
7
3
2
6
3
2
22
26
21
15
3
1
1
100
21-24 years
92
25-30    „    	
70
31^10    „    	
32
41-50    „
13
51-60    „                    	
2
61-64    „    	
65-69    „	
70 years and over 	
1
Totals  	
Same period last year 	
2,179
1,250
23
14
2,202
1,264
13
4
89
35
310
226
Suspensions
Age-group
Male
Female
Total
Already
Warned
Chauffeurs
Class "A"
Class " B "
Class " C "
235
195
180
163
97
23
3
5
2
1
1
-1
......
—
235
195
180
164
98
24
3
5
2
110
98
77
48
23
4
1
1
1
i
6
1
6
3
1
1
30
21-24 years 	
25-30    ;,'■'.:                         	
30
20
31-40    „    	
10
41-50    „
6
51-60    „    ...	
61-64    „    	
65-69    „
70 years and over 	
Totals	
903
648
3
6
906
654
363
235
2
1
18
15
96
138
Total records adjudicated, 33,447; same period last year, 23,855.
Age-group
Under 21 years
21-24 years	
25-30    „   ..__._
31-40    „	
41-50    „   ___
51-60    „   _L
61-64    „	
65-69    „   .	
Conferences
Number
. 40
35
30
.    23
. 11
2
.      2
70 years and over       1
Total.
144
Same period last year  200
4. ENCUMBRANCE REGISTRY DIVISION
The function of the Encumbrance Registry Division is to record documents submitted for filing under the " Bills of Sale Act," " Conditional Sales Act," " Mechanics'
Lien Act," " Companies Act," and " Co-operative Associations Act," and which are
encumbrances or transfer on interest in a motor-vehicle. It is the only location in British
Columbia for such a filing.
Further, the Division must maintain its records in such a manner so as to deal
accurately and expeditiously with requests for searches as to encumbrances against
motor-vehicles. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1955
P 43
The volume of work handled by this Division increased 20.5 per cent in 1955 over
1954, and the revenue increased by $42,424.50 or 23.4 per cent. A breakdown of the
quantities of the various documents filed, searches made, and other services rendered,
together with revenue collected, is given in the following table:—
Statement of Comparison of Transactions under Provisions of "Bills of Sale Act," "Conditional Sales Act," "Mechanics' Lien Act," "Companies Act," and "Co-operative
Associations Act," 1954 and 1955.
1954
1955
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
Increase
Per Cent
Decrease
Item
Registrations   under   " Conditional   Sales
Act"                                                     	
47,549
15,557
1,170
10
3
912
1,008
19,880
19,970
143
58,114
20,381
1,108
16
4
886
1,167
23,072
22,804
99
10,565
4,824
22.2
31.0
60.0
33.3
15.8
16.1
15.9
30.8
62
5.3
6
1
26
Releases  filed   under   " Conditional   Sales
Act"                   	
2.9
159
3,192
3,134
44
30.8
105,902
127,651
21,749
20.5
.
Revenue
$76,068.00
52,649.00
9,887.50
10.00
3.00
143.00
$91,739.00
67,858.00
11,469.00
16.00
4.00
99.00
$15,671.00
15,209.00
1,581.50
6.00
1.00
20.6
28.9
16.0
60.0
23.3
Value of law stamps attached to documents
Value of conditional-sale and bills-of-sale
Fees under "Co-operative Associations Act"
Miscellaneous copying and certification fees
$44.00
30.8
$138,760.50
$171,185.00
$32,424.50
23.4
..    .
5. SCHOOL BUSES
The construction and operation of buses used in the transportation of pupils to the
public schools of the Province is provided for in regulations under the " Motor-vehicle
Act." Prior to the issuance of a permit for school-bus transportation, the Superintendent
of Motor-vehicles is required to be satisfied the bus complies with the prescribed standards
of construction and as such is a safe vehicle for school-bus use.
Inspection of school buses is carried out by a mechanical inspector of the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police and the Motor Carrier Branch of the Public Utilities Commission. After the permit is issued, periodic inspections are made to ensure the maintaining
of the standard set forth. Buses found to be below the required standard must receive
immediate remedial attention of the operators, with the alternative being a cancellation
of the school-bus permit.
During 1955, school-bus permits were issued for 664 vehicles, an increase of 19
over the 1954 total of 645.
There were twenty-one accidents reported involving school buses in 1955, compared
to twenty-six in 1954. There were no fatal accidents, and the only injuries were of a
minor nature to two pupils. Property damage in school-bus accidents amounted to
$3,903.50, down from the 1954 total of $5,778.51.
6. STAFF
The 1955 Estimates provided for an establishment of permanent employees of 212,
all of which positions were used, and which is the same total allowable and used in 1954. P 44 BRITISH COLUMBIA
The nature of the work of the Branch is such that the permanent staff requires
augmenting with a varying number of temporary employees, to cope with the large amount
of work arising through the annual licence issuance, seasonal increases in motor-vehicle
sales, and in 1955 to care for the problem of driver's licence renewing. At December
31st, 1955, temporary employees totalled 30, making a total staff of 242. The December 31st, 1954, total shows 20 temporary employees for a total of 232. Total staff
increase in the year amounted to 10 persons or 4 per cent, which is very much less than
the over-all increase in work volume processed.
May I take this opportunity to give credit to the staff of the Motor-vehicle Branch
for the additional effort which has gone into their work to make possible the handling of
the additional business without a commensurate staff increase. By their ingenuity they
have devised new methods and found short cuts to make this possible.
It becomes obvious that as the automobile industry continues to expand at a rapid
rate, that as the desire to drive a motor-vehicle seems to come to more and more citizens
each year, it is going to be increasingly difficult to maintain a standard of service to which
the public has been used to receive, and which the Branch desires to maintain, without
some staff increases in the near future.
CONCLUSION
Throughout this Report are evidences of the increased use of motor-vehicles, and
of the complications arising through that use. The increase in use demands further
extension in the services of the Branch.
Perhaps the opening of a licence office in Kitimat on December 1st, 1955, was one
of the better examples of the increased demand for our services. When licensing was
commenced in that centre, approximately 1,500 vehicles were in operation, and a large
number of residents required drivers' examinations. A team of examiners was sent to
Kitimat to conduct these examinations.
The growth of population in the northern part of the Province is one of which I am
very cognizant. Services will be extended by setting up drivers' examination units in
several additional northern centres as soon as necessary funds are provided.
The large increase in vehicle population in the Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland area makes it imperative that additional licence and examination offices be provided,
and plans are being developed along that line, which should be completed in part in 1956.
Accommodation has become an acute problem in the Victoria head office. It is my
hope new accommodation may be provided in the near future which will allow for a
better organization of work-flow and urgently needed space for the storage of records to
give relief in filing facilities now completely filled.
I am very pleased to again report of the splendid support received from civic-minded
organizations in our efforts to create a public awareness of the responsibilities of drivers
in the problem of highway safety. The Branch continues to enjoy excellent relations with
other branches of the Government and bodies outside the Provincial service.
May I express my appreciation to the members of your Department and to those of
other departments of the Provincial 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 the advice and co-operation
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
1956
410-1056-5407 

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