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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
MOTOR-VEHICLE
BRANCH
FOR THE YEAR
1956
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in the right of the Province of British Columbia.
1957  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 1956.
R. W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
Attorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., November, 1957.  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF
MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1956
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 1956.
The Report shows a continuance in the upward trend in work volumes handled by
the Branch. It seems indicative of the economy of the Province with particular reference to the use of motor-vehicles in our mode of life, and I do feel it shows clearly the
increasing problems facing this Branch in providing the forms of service necessary to
meet the demands of the motoring public.
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 1956 licences were issued for a total of 450,493 motor-vehicles other than
motor-cycles. This is an increase of 44,915 over the 1955 total of 405,578, for a rate
of increase of 11.1 per cent. The 1956 total includes 341,650 passenger licences and
108,843 commercial licences. The number of newly registered passenger-vehicles increased from 44,269 in 1955 to 52,950 in 1956, an increase of 8,681 or 19.6 per cent.
During the same period new registrations on commercial vehicles increased from 15,845
to 17,827, a total of 1,982 or 12.5 per cent.
Increases in other types of licences are noted, perhaps primarily in trailer licences,
where the increase was from 20,855 in 1955 to 24,581 in 1956, an increase of 3,726 or
17.8 per cent.
The number of motor-cycle licences issued has altered only slightly and, as a matter
of fact, shows a slight decrease from 3,765 in 1955 to 3,724 in 1956, a total of 41 or
1.1 per cent. Perhaps it might be noted that during the period from 1949 to 1956
motor-cycle licences have decreased by 957 or 20.5 per cent.
There follows a table of comparison showing the licences, permits, etc., issued for
the licence-years 1949 to 1956, inclusive:— O 6
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Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., Issued during the
Licence-years 1949 to 1956, Inclusive
Licences Issued
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
Motor-vehicles—
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
52,950
288,700
165,106
198,397
213,770
236,711
258,940
276,161
303,481
341,630
1,471
2,707
5,448
1,650
4,075
5,770
1,457
2,070
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
17,827
91,016
60,221
67,306
73,503
80,842
86,065
91,806
102,097
108,843
Commercial substitutional licences	
1,964
2,207
1,938
2,852
7,303
2,128
2,253
3,086
225,327
265,703
287,273
317,553
345,005
367,967
405,578
450,493
Total substitutional licences	
3,435
4,914
7,386
4,502
11,378
7,898
3,710
5,156
Duplicate motor-vehicle licences.- _
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle
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
1,959
232
3,991
3,998
829
14,223
1,673
219
Non-resident special motor-vehicle
Non-resident  commercial  motor-ve-
6,519
7,787
983
Permits for temporary operation	
Permits for temporary operation farm
Motor-cycles—
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
80
536
3,188
56
4,681
4,609
4,144
3,929
3,825
3,744
3,765
3,724
Trailers   ., 	
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
24,581
227
Motor-dealers—
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
10
5
2
843
722
995
90
Original motor-cycle dealer licences
Additional motor-cycle dealer licences
12
7
1
Salesmen's licences.    	
902
162
4
1,245
212
7
914
227
2
875
947
2
3
2
Transfers—
Passenger
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
41,718
2,846
505
210,463
44,928
2,904
672
Trailers     	
117,177
160,512
167,972
206,644
210,496
213,109
236,711
258,967
Chauffeurs—
Original Class "A" 	
Substitutional Class "A"  .   	
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
67
48,406
126
59
4,978
68
4,243
Substitutional Class "B"~	
72
59,443
151
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22,229
	
	
	
	
19,723
	
Learners' licences 	
Learners' permits. -	
23,926
712,517
480,131
562,175
668,319
939,920
9,690
630,112
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Drivers' Licences
In 1956 the renewing of drivers' licences issued in the five-year programme which
commenced in 1951 was completed. Half of the drivers' licences obtained in 1951
came up for renewal during the latter part of the 1955 licence-year, and the remainder
were given attention in 1956. The programme was devised as a means of curtailing the
vast amount of clerical effort necessary in the former programme of the annual renewing
of drivers' licences. It has caused very considerable saving in space requirements essential in the maintaining of an annual renewing programme, and has contributed in removing a great deal of the congestion which was always present prior to 1951 at licence-
renewal time. The next heavy work load will come during the 1960-61 period, but it
is pointed out in the years between 1956 to 1960, licences issued five years prior to any
of those years likewise come up for renewal.
A criticism which was often evident in that the driver should have been advised by
some notification by this Branch that his driver's licence was due for renewal is one
receiving a great deal of study at this office, and I have every confidence a practical
solution will be in operation considerably before 1960.
The issuance of original drivers' licences increased from 30,762 in 1955 to 36,850
in 1956.
Minors' drivers' licences increased during the same period from 12,240 to 14,197.
It is difficult under our present system to tell accurately the number of drivers'
licences valid at the end of the 1956 licence-year, but it is reasonable to assume the total
will exceed 550,000 licences.
Chauffeurs' Licences
A comparative statement of licences issued includes a section dealing with chauffeurs' licences. It will be noted there was a sharp increase in the number of Class " C "
licences—namely, from 48,406 in 1955 to 59,443 in 1956. This increase amounts to
11,037, amounting to 23 per cent. It is felt the increase is attributable to the attention
being paid by the various enforcement agencies of the need of operators employed to
drive vehicles carrying goods in meeting all requirements of the " Motor-vehicle Act"
respecting licensing.
Distribution of Motor-vehicles
Following the practice of previous years, there appears hereunder a table showing
the volume of passenger and commercial motor-vehicle licences in the various centres
of the Province. Certain adjustments have been made, as indicated in the table, to provide a realistic picture of the number of vehicles in the various centres. O 10
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The following table shows a breakdown of motor-vehicle licence issuance by
centres:—
Place
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Used
New      Renewals
Total
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Used
New      Renewals       Total
Grand
Total
Vancouver*-
Victoria*	
New Westminster*
Chilliwack	
Nanaimo	
Vernon	
Prince George-
Kamloops —
Pouce Coupe*-
Kelowna	
Courtenay	
Penticton	
Duncan	
Nelson	
Abbotsford	
Alberni	
Trail	
Cranbrook-
Mission	
Quesnel.
Powell River.	
Williams Lake-
Golden 	
Salmon Arm	
Prince Rupert ~
Creston	
Oliver	
Grand Forks..
Smithers	
Fernie _..
Terrace ...
Princeton...	
Burns Lake.-..
Revelstoke—
New Denver...
Vanderhoof...
Ashcroft	
Fort St. John1 *-
Lillooet	
Clinton	
Merritt	
Rossland	
Ganges..
Vancouver-Point Grey2*..
Kitimat3 *	
Kaslo	
North Vancouver4*-
Cloverdale B * —
Vancouver East6*	
Atlin.  	
4,366
1,443
1,950
353
184
152
422
211
966
196
295
197
121
178
146
297
115
226
53
132
101
73
320
55
86
69
39
28
47
166
54
17
46
35
25
37
43
269
26
44
35
8
11
50
187
11
72
39
18
17
18,285
3,688
3,685
751
755
626
695
754
579
614
522
643
377
614
611
664
599
432
326
310
229
169
165
149
293
121
55
114
136
121
218
68
100
61
12
66
72
180
36
17
24
1
1
482
195
2
157
68
73
4
97,089
56,054
41,097
6,891
7,051
4,996
3,951
4,567
2,631
4,865
5,297
4,706
4,728
4,085
3,988
4,241
4,342
3,332
2,443
1,621
2,212
1,320
1,046
1,440
1,606
1,137
1,336
1,146
815
1,018
762
916
510
761
635
448
553
154
626
420
528
713
370
7
18
192
7
7
1
21
119,740
61,185
6,732
7,995
7,990
5,774
5,068
5,532
4,176
5,675
6,114
5,546
5,226
4,877
4,745
5,202
5,056
3,990
2,822
2,063
2,542
1,562
1,531
1,644
1,985
1,327
1,430
1,288
998
1,305
1,034
1,001
656
857
672
551
668
603
688
481
587
722
382
539
400
205
236
114
92
42
Totals..
14,031    | 38,919    | 288,700    | 341,650
363
135
317
58
30
47
224
40
671
38
37
32
21
38
35
49
22
94
15
58
12
37
264
18
12
34
17
10
17
90
14
5
20
9
8
25
13
135
2
21
12
1
1
2
27
5
11
12
4,667
2,198
1,046
338
296
361
539
391
585
239
170
257
202
255
269
148
143
187
118
201
76
140
181
125
86
95
65
74
129
54
140
42
91
35
26
100
73
222
26
43
31
2
3
44
82
1
9
24
36
4
19,204
15,457
9,603
2,622
2,200
2,994
2,776
2,424
2,656
2,088
1,690
1,740
1,621
1,857
1,732
979
1,115
1,619
962
1,376
703
285
952
1,128
611
1,020
752
846
850
541
586
448
609
391
556
567
423
209
355
471
361
191
211
15
149
11
4
1
55
24,234
17,790
10,966
3,018
2,526
3,402
3,539
2,855
3,912
2,365
1,897
2,029
1,844
2,150
2,036
1,176
1,280
1,900
1,095
1,635
791
1,462
1,397
1,271
709
1,149
834
930
996
685
740
495
720
435
590
692
509
566
383
535
404
194
215
46
124
150
25
39
37
71
3,158    | 14,669
91,016
108,843
143,974
78,975
57,698
11,013
10,516
9,176
8,607
8,387
8,088
8,040
8,011
7,575
7,070
7,027
6,781
6,378
6,336
5,890
3,917
3,698
3,333
3,024
2,928
2,915
2,696
2,476
2,264
2,218
1,994
1,990
1,774
1,496
1,376
1,292
1,262
1,243
1,177
1,169
1,071
1,014
991
916
597
585
524
355
261
153
129
113
450,493
1 Commenced April 1st, 1956;  previously accounted for through Government Agent, Pouce Coupe.
2 Commenced December 1st, 1956;  new office.
3 Commenced July 1st, 1956;  previously accounted for through Motor Licence Office, Victoria.
* Commenced December 1st, 1956;  previously accounted for through Motor Licence Office, Vancouver.
6 Commenced January 2nd, 1957;  previously accounted for through Motor Licence Office, New Westminster.
6 Commenced February 1st, 1957;  new office.
* Correct motor-vehicle population for these areas follows:—
Place Passenger      Commercial
Cloverdale—includes issuance accounted for through Motor Licence Office, New
Westminster, to December 31st, 1956, plus issuance through Cloverdale
Motor Licence Office, January 1st, 1957, to February 28th, 1957       7,121 3,197
Fort St. John—includes issuance accounted for through Pouce Coupe Agency to
March 31st, 1956, plus issuance through Government Agency, Fort St. John,
April 1st, 1956, to February 28th, 1957        1,121 1,245
Kitimat—includes issuance accounted for through Motor Licence Office, Victoria,
to June 30th, 1956, plus issuance through Kitimat Government Agency, July
1st, 1956, to February 28th, 1957        1,489 585
Pouce Coupe—issuance from Fort St. John Sub-office to March 31st, 1956, has
been deducted from total issuance at Pouce Coupe       3,658 3,233 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1956
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Place Passenger
New Westminster—these totals do not include Cloverdale issuance to December
31st, 1956, but include mail-order issuance from Victoria to New Westminster area;   issuance at Haney is also included in these totals    40,862
Vancouver—includes issuance at Vancouver, Vancouver-Point Grey, and Vancouver East offices plus mail-order issuance from Victoria to Vancouver
area;   does not include issuance at North Vancouver   126,491
North Vancouver—includes issuance accounted for through Vancouver Motor
Licence Office, to November 30th, 1956, plus issuance at North Vancouver
Motor Licence Office, December 1st, 1956, to February 28th, 1957      9,059
Victoria—does not include mail-order issuance outside Victoria area or Kitimat
issuance to June 30th, 1956; in addition to these totals there were 674 passenger plates and 3,203 commercial plates issued for British Columbia Government vehicles which operate throughout the Province; 1,585 commercial
plates were issued to National Defence vehicles and are not shown in above
totals    38,254
Commercial
7,970
25,324
1,034
7,757
Mail-order Issuance
There follows a synopsis of the mail-order issuance carried out by the Victoria
issuing office, indicating the areas from where most of the mail-order requests originate.
The totals from this synopsis are incorporated in the previous calculations of car populations in the appropriate centres.
The mail-order issuance in 1956 increased by 12.4 per cent over similar issuance
in 1955. This type of issuance does create problems for the Victoria issuing office, but
apparently it is a service which the motoring public is desirous of using in greater numbers each year, obviously for the reason that it overcomes the necessity of a personal
appearance at a local issuing office. A large percentage of this issuance originates in
Vancouver. It is hoped the establishment of new offices in that area might cause a
reduction in the mail requests from Vancouver through the fact the local service will be
more readily available.
7956 Mail-order Synopsis
Vancouver
Victoria
New
Westminster
Vancouver
Island and
Islands
Balance
of
Province
Out of
Province
Total
Passenger plates	
Provincial Government passenger plates..
Commercial plates...
Provincial Government commercial plates	
Motor-cycle plates	
Farm tractor plates-
14,707
1,991
76
1
National Defence plates-
National Defence motor-cycle plates..
Totals	
3,225
674
296
3,203
36
7
1,585
33
1,137
162
16,775
9,059
1,306
1,501
548
27
9
3,770
1,800
66
99
53
172
24,393
674
4,969
3,203
210
118
1,585
33
2,085
5,735
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</_■ REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1956
O 13
Revenue
A total of $12,428,932.87 was collected during the 1956 licence-year (March 1st,
1956, to February 28th, 1957) for licences, permits, and fees. Driver's examination
fees, mentioned at the end of this section, are not included in above total. The 1956
revenue shows an increase of $1,500,081.77 over 1955 or 13.73 per cent.
Collections through offices of this Branch amounted to 69.15 per cent of the total,
for an amount of $8,594,157.55.
Motor Licence Offices, together with corresponding collections, were as follows:—
Vancouver Motor Licence Office  $4,038,794.97
Victoria Motor Licence Office	
New Westminster Motor Licence Office
Chilliwack Motor Licence Office	
Kamloops Motor Licence Office	
Abbotsford Motor Licence Office	
Trail Motor Licence Office	
Mission Motor Licence Office	
Vancouver-Point Grey Motor Licence Office1
North Vancouver Motor Licence Office2	
Vancouver East Motor Licence Office3	
Cloverdale Motor Licence Office4	
1,986,620.59
1,533,328.19
304,661.40
243,010.37
185,504.37
173,078.04
105,820.83
10,129.46
6,204.55
3,984.25
3,020.53
$8,594,157.55
1 Commenced operation December 1st, 1956.
2 Commenced operation December 1st, 1956.
8 Commenced operation February 1st, 1957.
* Commenced operation January 2nd, 1957.
The balance of $3,834,775.32 was collected through various Government Agencies.
Driver's examination fees in 1956 amounted to $120,081, an increase of $18,524
over 1955.
2. ACCIDENTS AND CONVICTIONS
MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
The following table gives a summary of the accident frequency during the period
1950 to 1956:—
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
1950	
1951	
1952	
265,703
287,273
317,553
345,005
367,967
405,578
450,493
18,029
20,381
21,189
22,096
22,425
22,030
24,905
67.80
68.10
66.70
63.05
61.05
55.10
55.34
175
208
209
208
211
225
316
6.5
7.2
6.5
5.9
5.7
5.6
7.0
236.66
283.79
304.32
322.59
325.67
392.79
437.05
9.67
10.41
9.44
1953         .   .
1954   	
1955     	
8.49
7.38
7.51
9.03
It is unfortunate to have to note the high increase in accidents during 1956 over
the 1955 year. The increase was most noticeable in the number of fatalities. On the
monetary side of the question the reported property damage showed an increase of
26 per cent over the previous year. The following tables summarize the changes in
several aspects:— O 14
Accidents—
1955      _.
BRITISH COLUMBIA
22,030
1956	
24,905
Injuries—
1955	
Increase of 13.1 per cent.
1956                    	
Deaths—
1955
Increase of 17.4 per cent.
1956            	
Property damage—
1955	
Increase of 40.4 per cent.
1956	
8,263
9,700
225
266
Increase of 26 per cent.
$8,653,176.40
10,901,681.21
The following tables give the accident statistics for the various cities, municipalities,
villages, and districts for the years 1955 and 1956. There also follows a statistical summary of accidents for the Province for 1956:—  O 16
CITIES
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1955
1956
(T)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1
2
2
2
1
1
1
26
6
1
2
3
1
2
1
3
1
2
2
2
4
44
7
Per Cent
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
25
6
1
2
1
1
1
1
3
1
2
1
2
4
44
6
Per Cent
9
6
24
13
8
3
8
2
2
1
1
49
37
10
12
2
41
3
264
94
28
23
27
57
30
6
3
7
39
2,643
37
361
14
6
36
10
12
23
2
10
7
1
46
1
48
13
4
11
43
16
329
107
33
58
40
69
23
4
6
4
23
3,017
32
384
Per Cent
+55.6
Armstrong ..           .        	
Chilliwack	
+ 50.0
23.1
	
	
+50.0
— 100.0
Cumberland _ 	
+ 187.5
	
+400.0
+600.0
Greenwood
Kamloops
—6.1
Kaslo ■
	
 .
+29.7
+30.0
—66.7
Kimberley	
Ladysmith
-100.0
— 100.0
+450.0
+4.9
+433.3
+24.8
+ 13.8
+17.9
+ 195.7
+48.1
+21.1
—23.3
+50.0
—50.0
+50.0
—50.0
— 100.0
+ 100.0
— 100.0
+ 100.0
+ 100.0
—33.3
— 100.0
+ 100.0
—42.9
— 100.0
Trail
+41.03
+ 14.2
— 13.5
Vancouver
+69.2
+76.0
+ 16.7
+6.3
Totals 	
42
75
+78.6
40
70
+75.0
3,850
4,432
+15.1
DISTRICT MUNICIPAL-TEES
9
3
4
3
5
7
1
2
1
3
4
2
6
3
15
6
1
3
5
8
1
1
1
4
9
3
1
17
3
Per Cent
+66.7
7
3
4
1
4
5
1
2
1
3
4
2
5
3
--  1
11
4
1
3
5
8
1
1
1
4
8
2
1
13
3
	
Per Cent
+57.1
501
11
95
73
55
34
1
22
114
102
47
22
4
63
22
68
126
103
45
3
455
3
100
567
12
106
74
63
22
1
22
111
106
64
32
2
61
28
4
63
4
138
126
9
68
11
520
1
93
27
Per Cent
+ 13.1
+9.09
+ 100.0
— 100.0
+33.3
— 100.0
+ 11.6
+ 1.4
+ 14.5
—35.3
Delta                              -
+200.0
+25.0
+ 60.0
-100.0
—2.6
Maple Ridge _     -    — 	
+ 14.3
— 100.0
+3.8
+36.2
+45.5
—50.0
—50.0
—50.0
—3.2
rial? Bay
+27.3
	
	
—7.4
Richmond. .      — —
+33.3
+ 125.0
+50.0
+33.3
+ 100.0
+9.5
+22.3
+51.1
+266.7
+ 14.3
+ 183.3
+ 160.0
—66.7
—7.0
53
78
+47.2
45
66
+46.7
2,069
2,335
+ 12.9 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1956
the Province for the Calendar Years 1955 and 1956
O 17
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
( + )
( + )
( + )
( + )
1955
1956
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1955
1956
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1955
1956
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1955
1956
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
7
12
+71.4
86
146
+69.8
46
83
+ 80.4
$21,674.86
$33,904.77
+56.9
3
4
+33.3
16
27
+68.9
11
17
+54.5
3,282.00
7,585.70
+ 131.1
21
25
+ 19.05
145
181
+24.8
79
99
+25.3
23,731.03
32,554.68
+37.2
9
9
80
105
+31.25
47
61
+29.8
+11.5
18,066.53
24,779.38
+37.2
8
10
+25.0
94
103
+9.6
52
58
13,991.44
21,656.50
+54.8
1
	
— 100.0
6
13
+ 116.7
4
7
+75.0
1,758.00
1,809.00
+2.9
6
17
+ 183.3
65
102
+56.9
41
61
+48.8
19,329.82
20,591.40
+6.5
2
2
7
11
30
11
7
15
7
22
1,952.00
3,785.00
1,475.00
10,847.25
-24.4
2
+250.0
38
+26.7
+46.7
+ 186.6
1
7
+600.0
11
29
+ 163.6
7
19
+ 171.3
2,950.00
5,174.00
+75.4
1
1
 ._
3
9
+200.0
2
5
+ 150.0
175.00
2,610.00
+ 1,391.4
28
37
+32.1
274
355
+29.6
141
186
+31.9
48,962.21
78,639.06
+ 60.6
1
7
4
42 99
4
3
25 0
1,705.00
1,290.00
—24.3
28
31
+ 10.7
207
159
—23.1
108
92
-14.8
34,136.54
37,742.45
+ 10.6
10
10
58
83
+43.1
—14.3
33
47
+42.4
-10.5
11,584.52
14,892.50
+28.6
5
3
-40.0
35
30
19
17
6,508.68
7,423.91
+ 14.1
2
4
+ 100.0
17
31
+82.4
11
17
+54.5
1,840.00
9,482.00
+415.3
32
33
+3.1
284
359
+26.4
158
194
+22.8
50,688.38
83,376.55
+64.5
3
13
+333.3
50
98
+96.0
28
52
+85.7
11,040.00
22,447.57
+ 103.3
186
239
+28.5
1,679
1,652
-1.6
839
852
+ 1.5
337,656.03
370,128.59
+9.6
72
79
+9.7
520
539
+3.7
282
291
+3.2
95,171.86
112,485.33
+ 18.2
22
23
+4.5
190
283
+48.9
107
150
+40.2
35,223.12
68,978.55
+95.8
15
31
+ 106.7
118
124
+5.08
70
71
+ 1.4
30,087.54
39,485.01
+31.2
16
18
+ 12.5
79
101
+27.8
49
59
+20.4
19,072.65
28,974.35
+51.9
41
52
+26.8
487
499
+2.5
259
267
+3.1
88,892.35
91.040.57
T2.4
27
19
—29.6
205
213
+3.9
120
121
+0.8
29,106.00
41,208.95
+41.5
6
4
—33.3
44
47
+6.8
24
27
+ 12.5
6,995.00
8,825.00
+26.2
3
5
+66.7
42
52
+2.4
23
28
+21.7
5,547.43
8,830.30
+59.2
3
4
+ 33.3
39
44
+ 12.8
22
24
—9.1
6,600.45
10,356.84
+56.9
27
20
—25.9
191
174
-8.9
108
102
—5.6
25,208.57
31,683.29
+25.8
1,969
2.200
+ 11.7
14,807
16,249
+9.7
7,712
8,454
+9.6
2,543,195.30
3,068,100.54
+20.6
24
26
+ 8.3
173
186
+7.5
97
104
+7.2
29,674.69
48,934.95
+ 64.9
279
298
+6.8
1,762
1,884
+6.9
952
1,012
+6.2
293,873.20
331,953.26
+ 12.9
2,859
3,244
+ 13.5
21,815
23,930
+9.7
11,477
12,609
+9.9
$3,823,465.20
$4,679,267.25
+22.4
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
330
362
+9.6
2,216
2,840
+28.2
1,145
1,439
+25.7
$464,547.34
$630,408.61
+35.7
9
10
+ 11.1
37
54
+45.9
27
35
+29.6
9,680.69
10,719.61
+ 10.7
57
70
+22.8
369
412
+ 11.7
228
264
+ 15.4
106,217.80
120,655.44
+ 13.6
48
45
-6.3
234
335
+43.2
139
186
+33.8
55,725.20
73,530.61
+31.95
30
36
+20.0
138
154
+ 11.6
103
103
	
40,613.40
40,937.00
+0.8
19
18
-5.3
149
166
+ 11.4
81
87
+7.4
26,492.80
41,224.02
+55.6
1
1
4
3
—25.0
2
2
1,032.00
182.00
— 82.4
14
11
—21.4
48
57
+ 18.8
40
45
+ 12.5
14,447.75
27,816.10
+92.5
71
66
—7.04
330
371
+12.4
196
211
+7.7
76,695.03
98,230.49
+28.1
58
67
+ 15.5
392
365
-6.9
227
219
—3.5
104,433.91
112,962.76
+8.2
29
36
+24.1
221
254
+ 14.9
126
147
+ 16.7
57,931.03
71,647.54
+23.7
15
19
+26.7
73
68
—6.8
46
45
—2.2
19,976.50
29,074.00
+45.5
2
2
22
7
—68.2
15
4
—73.3
4,568.50
3,540.00
—22.5
43
40
—6.98
358
341
-4.7
193
184
—4.7
65,917.22
68,044.62
+3.2
21
22
2
+4.8
108
123
8
+ 13.9
65
73
5
+ 12.3
20,890.04
29,884.47
1,772.50
+43.1
41
40
-2.4
219
223
+ 1.8
125
129
+3.2
42,839.85
47,566.90
+ 11.03
1
1
2
+ 100.0
+20.1
1
1
500.00
850.00
+7.0
+ 16.5
73
105
+43.8
472
567
269
322
+ 19.7
109,904.14
128,062.31
61
81
+32.8
414
461
+ 11.4
248
272
+9.6
94,528.16
91,369.12
—3.3
7
9
45
+400.0
+0.8
6
26
+333.3
-6.25
1,560.00
14,322.99
+818.1
-14.99
24
28
+ 16.7
125
126
80
75
54,136.62
46,017.84
3
9
+200.0
25
84
+236.0
15
52
+246.7
4,441.75
16,764.55
+279.9
272
320
+ 17.6
1,940
2,286
+ 17.8
1,006
1,162
+ 15.5
407,760.93
511,016.13
+25.3
3
1
—66.7
12
11
-8.3
7
8
+ 14.3
2,400.00
2,406.00
+0.25
75
60
—20.0
535
587
+9.7
293
309
+5.5
112,171.84
125,740.33
+ 12.1
19
175
	
92
	
47,576.40
1,299
1,478
+ 13.8
8,451
10,125
+ 19.8
4,683
5,497
+ 17.4
$1,899,412.50
$2,392,322.34
+25.95 O 18
VILLAGE MUNICIPALITIES
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1955
1956
( + )
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1955
1956
(+)
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1955
1956
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Abbotsford  	
1
1
1
1
~ 1
1
1
Per Cent
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Per Cent
7
1
6
2
7
1
4
2
1
4
2
10
1
2
13
1
1
1
1
1
4
~7
3
4
3
13
4
11
3
3
1
14
1
4
18
3
1
15
1
12
1
1
1
14
5
1
1
5
4
6
16
5
1
4
6
4
1
4
Per Cent
+57.1
+200.0
Alfvrt Ray
Burns Lake  _	
—100.0
-100.0
+ 133.3
— 100.0
	
	
— 100.0
+ 300.0
	
+350.0
+50.0
Fort St. John                  	
	
—100.0
Hope
— 100.0
-100.0
— 100.0
+650.0
+20.0
— 100.0
—50.0
	
+7.7
	
	
+400.0
	
+400.0
— 100.0
Pouce Coupe...   _   ._	
+ 128.6
— 100.0
— 100.0
—33.3
+50.0
+33.3
—92.3
	
	
Totals      —   .
4
3
-25.0
4
3
-25.0
106
167
+57.5
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY
4
1
2
1
5
1
4
3
2
4
2
1
2
4
1
5
Per Cent
-100.0
-100.0
2
1
1
1
4
1
4
2
1
4
2
1
2
3
1
5
Per Cent
-100.0
-100.0
28
7
1
9
25
1
4
3
3
31
5
19
48
8
14
31
8
37
89
53
3
17
39
7
11
20
10
18
35
32
9
23
1
58
88
Per Cent
+89.3
— 100.0
+200.0
+88.9
+56.0
-100.0
+100.0
— 100.0
+ 100.0
— 100.0
	
— 100.0
Bella Coola District      	
+ 133.3
+233.3
—80.0
-75.0
—35.5
+100.0
—5.3
+ 100.0
+ 100.0
—25.0
-100.0
— 100.0
+25.0
—27.1
+300.0
—35.7
—25.8
-100.0
— 100.0
+25.0
—87-5
+56.8
— 1.1 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1956
Province for the Calendar Years 1955 and 1956—Continued
O 19
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
1955
1956
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
6
1
9
3
3
1
14
1
4
16
2
1
4
1
7
1
1
1
9
3
1
1
4
4
2
10
2
1
1
4
3
1
3
Per Cent
+50.0
+200.0
58
4
8
16
45
12
3
21
23
103
19
12
9
8
2
16
21
6
85
15
9
5
9
4
16
5
73
7
"20
14
39
10
56
41
61
5
14
9
97
8
1
1
11
41
166
25
2
9
29
5
25
11
5
3
4
83
9
36
19
9
12
24
25
145
6
6
2
15
9
2
42
15
63
46
Per Cent
+5.2
+25.0
+75.0
—43.75
+ 115.6
—33.3
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
32
4
9
6
58
4
1
1
6
25
90
14
2
5
18
3
18
6
3
2
1
44
4
20
11
5
8
14
14
75
4
5
1
8
6
2
23
7
33
23
Per Cent
+3.2
+33.3
+50.0
—33.3
+ 123.1
-33.3
-50.0
—53.8
+ 108.3
+69.8
+27.3
—66.7
$7,736.34
450.00
1,525.00
2,581.05
9,997.75
1,089.50
$12,319.99
625.00
4,155.00
1,482.00
24,590.60
1,105.00
Per Cent
+59.2
+38.9
+ 172.5
—42.2
6
2
+ 133.3
— 100.0
+ 145.96
+ 1.4
—66.7
-47.6
+64.3
+61.2
+31.6
—83.3
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
650.00
2,080.00
7,335.35
31,502.35
3,939.00
400.00
950.00
9,481.10
900.00
7,347.20
2,430.00
1,800.00
165.00
625.00
14,663.47
2,060.50
7,637.11
4,181.67
1,074.87
4,450.00
+ 149.95
—70.1
+ 187.3
+99.4
+29.6
72 8
4
1
4
2
-100.0
+300.0
+300.0
1
2
— 100.0
+ 100.0
+52.5
+ 399.3
+ 1.185.7
+ 118.6
—62.6
2
+262.5
+ 150.0
+56.25
—47.6
+260.0
+50.0
+63.6
-50.0
5
1
+40.0
—50.0
2
-50.0
-50.0
-6.4
1,300.00
—87.3
10
-10.0
—2.4
12,940.61
+ 13.3
1
1
+200.0
+ 140.0
+ 111.1
+80.0
+33.3
— 100.0
+50.0
+400.0
+98.6
-14.3
+ 122.2
+ 120.0
+66.7
+33.3
-100.0
+27.3
+366.7
+97.4
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
+ 171.1
+271.7
+6.4
+30.8
100.0
1
1
1
+300.0
— 100.0
+33.3
3
3,181.75
6,613.41
30,782.22
1,310.00
2,365.00
235.00
1,518.58
4,196.00
700.00
9,444.87
3,145.00
13,891.06
11,630.00
+26.3
+362.4
+ 104.5
21.3
6
+66.7
	
-27.3
—40.0
-25.0
—35.7
3,428.00
5,075.00
+55.7
— 17.7
3
—66.7
3
1
12
3
+33.3
+200.0
—83.3
—7.7
+50.0
+ 12.5
+ 12.1
+ 15.0
+ 16.7
+3.1
+4.5
6,780.85
2,010.00
11,919.80
7,396.36
+39.2
+ 56.5
+ 16.5
+57.2
85
118
+38.8
794
1,100
+38.5
447
615
+ 37.1
$144,207.65
$236,963.10
+64.3
19
30
2
1
3
4
12
15
24
1
3
3
4
2
6
19
15
4
8
10
9
24
22
7
12
8
5
19
15
3
1
17
35
58
49
Per Cent
+57.8
— 100.0
+200.0
+200.0
+60.0
-100.0
— 100.0
+33.3
+200.0
-21.1
+ 100.0
—10.0
—8.3
+71.4
—37.5
—21.1
—66.7
+ 105.9
-15.5
111
160
7
25
24
35
36
95
135
5
4
18
5
16
27
42
48
169
165
57
46
1
81
99
189
120
63
100
39
40
71
95
27
11
92
126
320
268
Per Cent
+44.1
-100.0
—4.0
+2.9
+42.1
-20.0
-72.2
+68.7
+ 16.2
—2.4
-19.3
— 100.0
+22.2
—36.5
+58.7
+2.6
+33.8
-59.3
+ 36.96
— 16.25
81
112
4
	
14
15
22
22
66
99
4
3
10
3
10
20
26
31
106
101
35
31
1
	
53
67
123
85
41
68
30
27
50
64
16
6
64
95
198
171
Per Cent
+38.3
— 100.0
T7.1
+50.0
-25.0
-70.0
+ 100.0
+ 19.2
-4.8
-11.4
— 100.0
+26.8
—30.9
+65.9
-10.0
+28.0
-62.1
+48.4
-13.6
$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
$70,479.65
6,145.00
15,887.40
66,296.81
1,690.00
1,488.00
17,413.00
12,935.67
50,780.16
17,452.50
46,289.43
53,009.00
36,466.14
15,330.50
26,477.11
5,975.00
89,461.82
77,729.30
Per Cent
+68.8
-100.0
— 19.2
+32.01
+ 109.9
+40.8
-69.4
+328.7
+9.9
— 18.02
+37.7
-100.0
+61.7
-8.4
+85.7
+26.9
+ 17.4
-35.7
+ 165.9
-3.7 O 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY—Continued
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1955
1
1   1956
1
(T)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
(+)
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
2
2
1
3
1
1
1
2
1
1
5
1
8
4
6
5
1
1
4
1
1
1
3
5
2
2
1
1
1
3
2
3
4
2
2
2
9
1
2
1
3
2
2
1
3
2
4
4
3
2
1
2
1
6
5
1
2
5
4
1
3
4
1
2
4
6
14
7
5
1
2
2
1
Per Cent
— 100.0
2
2
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
1
6
3
4
5
1
1
3
1
1
1
2
~4
—
2
.....
2
1
1
1
1
2
2
4
2
2
2
7
1
2
1
3
2
1
1
3
2
3
4
2
2
1
2
1
6
3
1
2
4
4
1
3
3
1
2
1
3
9
6
4
1
1
2
1
Per Cent
—100.0
3
52
37
4
44
47
41
10
32
26
8
35
7
17
7
12
12
25
25
7
5
61
25
15
80
1
60
15
30
14
23
40
1
18
9
24
9
1
12
20
7
49
5
33
11
1
19
19
13
43
2
18
20
118
2
80
26
44
2
1
23
15
38
8
22
20
11
85
85
13
55
116
60
18
4
36
5
23
2
37
13
14
11
14
35
17
9
90
27
35
89
5
65
22
30
1
44
27
2
5
6
16
29
2
16
19
7
74
16
45
1
1
Per Cent
— 100.0
+63.5
+ 129.7
+225.0
+25.0
+ 146.7
+46.3
+80.0
-87.5
+38.5
-37.5
-34.3
—71.4
+ 117.6
+ 85.7
+ 16.7
—8.3
+44.0
+40.0
+ 142.9
+80.0
+47.5
+8.0
+ 133.3
+ 11.25
+400.0
+8.3
+46.7
Crescent Valley District      „           	
+ 100.0
+200.0
+ 100.0
+ 133.3
Falkland District    _
— 100.0
+ 100.0
— 100.0
-100.0
+ 100.0
— 100.0
Field District                	
Fort St. John District	
+200.0
+200.0
Fruitvale District       	
+ 100.0
—80.0
— 100.0
—66.7
— 100.0
—50.0
-66/7
—50.0
+33.3
IfltiMilf* Hnnsp District
—50.0
—60.0
-60.0
— 100.0
+25.0
— 100.0
-100.0
-100.0
-92.9
+91.3
-32.5
+ 100.0
-72.2
—33.3
-33.3
+222.2
+ 100.0
+33.3
-5.0
— 100.0
-100.0
Lytton District	
-33.3
— 100.0
+ 100.0
+50.6
— 100.0
+ 100.0
+51.02
+220.0
+36.4
—90.9
+50.0
+200.0
+ 100.0
+300.0
+ 100.0
25
25
23
34
6
32
41
144
3
74
46
63
4
9
10
40
4
30
25
12
+31.6
+31.6
+76.9
—20.9
-100.0
+77.8
+ 105.0
+22.03
+50.0
—7.5
+76.9
+43.2
+ 100.0
100 0
+33.3
+ 600.0
+350.0
+ 133.3
+25.0
+200.0
Quesnel District -           	
-50.0
-60.9
—33.3
T5.3
-50.0
+36.4
+25.0
T9.1
	
	
Sicamous District	
	 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1956
Province for the Calendar Years 1955 and 1956—Continued
O 21
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
(T)
( + )
( + )
( + )
1955
1956
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
2
— 100.0
9
2
-77.7
5
1
—80.0
$1,620.75
$800.00
—50.6
38
49
+28.9
206
261
+26.7
147
177
+20.4
74,958.76
97,213.39
+29.7
18
29
+61.1
123
167
+35.8
91
116
+27.5
58,266.46
71,204.34
+22.2
4
10
+ 150.0
37
45
+21.6
25
32
+28.0
9,551.48
13,890.00
+45.4
29
35
+20.7
124
159
+28.2
89
121
+ 35.96
42,659.04
57,699.74
+35.3
21
55
+ 161.9
127
246
+93.7
85
164
+92.9
53,382.41
95,409.50
+78.7
21
36
+71.4
134
249
+85.8
89
153
+71.9
35,722.86
69,211.36
+93.9
8
16
+ 100.0
38
60
+57.9
27
39
+44.4
9,510.00
13,675.65
+43.8
12
4
—66.7
55
45
—18.2
40
32
—20.0
22,500.00
17,775.00
—21.0
13
16
+23.1
69
81
+ 17.4
52
57
+9.6
33,445.00
33,453.50
+0.03
6
3
—50.0
27
41
+51.9
21
26
+23.8
10,890.00
16,775.00
+54.04
21
16
— 19.1
90
78
— 13.3
69
59
—14.5
58,871.99
53,599.00
—8.96
5
2
—60.0
20
14
—30.0
13
8
—38.5
4,840.00
3,050.00
—36.98
8
22
+ 175.0
76
114
+50.0
50
77
+54.0
57,362.03
66,505.56
+ 15.9
7
7
	
32
52
+62.5
26
32
+23.1
9,524.00
16,978.50
+78.3
10
7
—30.0
53
44
— 16.98
35
29
-17.1
10,924.00
10,395.00
-4.8
9
7
—22.2
49
50
+2.04
34
38
+ 11.8
14,352.79
16,576.00
+ 15.5
13
11
— 15.4
105
144
+37.1
69
92
+33.3
29,195.15
38,146.50
+30.7
19
20
+5.3
99
89
— 1.01
68
64
—5.9
36,085.00
50,422.74
+39.7
3
14
+366.7
56
61
+ 8.9
34
41
+20.6
11,975.00
18,556.00
+54.96
3
5
+66.7
45
46
+2.2
28
33
+ 17.9
12,668.85
17,733.00
+39.97
33
50
+51.5
178
210
+ 17.98
122
141
+ 15.6
88,976.84
109,581.06
+23.3
15
16
16
+6.7
+45.5
126
118
192
116
+52.4
81
134
+65.4
33,821.60
80,946.95
+ 139.3
11
— 1.7
81
80
— 1.2
43,379.49
49,236.10
— 13.5
49
57
+ 16.3
325
311
—4.3
225
205
-8.9
118,111.92
104,668.83
-11.4
1
1
	
37
33
-10.8
23
21
-8.7
8,979.00
11,536.07
+28.5
34
37
13
+8.8
+85.7
200
48
207
79
+3.5
+64.6
133
34
133
60
60,902.79
22,442.50
69,029.97
30,704.00
+ 13.3
7
+76.5
+36.8
15
11
—26.7
94
72
—23.4
63
51
—19.05
28,822.10
27,530.00
—4.5
6
1
—83.3
50
6
—88.0
27
3
—88.9
17,246.75
950.00
—94.5
11
22
+ 100.0
71
112
+57.7
49
69
+40.8
29,202.56
36,781.21
+25.95
23
15
—34.8
116
80
—31.03
73
55
—24.7
37,949.85
27,180.00
—28.4
1
1
6
1
—83.3
3
1
 66,7
1,225.00
200.00
—83.7
10
5
—50.0
54
35
—35.2
36
26
—27.8
17,104.48
13,550.00
—20.8
5
4
—20.0
43
31
—27.9
28
21
—25.0
15,589.00
10,259.00
—34.2
10
11
+ 10.0
36
65
+ 80.6
27
44
+62.96
25,034.00
34,451.21
+37.6
3
11
+266.7
37
36
—2.7
24
23
—4.2
8,524.94
20,126.03
+ 136.1
1
2
9
+ 100.0
+50.0
8
48
6
69
—25.0
+43.75
5
31
5
42
999.38
12,200.37
565.45
39,225.96
—43.4
6
+35.5
+221.5
13
10
—23.1
65
35
—46.2
48
26
—41.7
22,267.58
13,308.21
—40.2
5
7
+40.0
54
90
+66.7
35
58
+65.4
14,085.83
26,844.00
+90.6
31
37
+ 19.4
193
195
+ 1.03
127
129
+ 1.6
72,584.79
96,694.54
+33.2
4
7
+75.0
31
33
+6.5
21
24
+ 14.3
11,907.77
22,149.27
+ 86.01
18
23
+27.8
114
105
—7.9
83
77
—7.2
44,940.16
47,582.50
+5.9
9
1
—88.9
55
52
—5.5
38
35
—8.6
14,083.50
14,426.00
+2.4
1
1
1
7
+600.0
1
5
+400.0
—11.3
1,755.00
12
13
+8.3
74
61
— 17.6
53
47
23,346.17
27,337.73
+ 17.1
10
15
+50.0
65
47
—27.7
47
35
—25.5
26,135.40
21,025.00
— 19.6
9
10
+ 11.1
33
59
+78.8
24
36
+50.0
16,520.00
21,207.26
+28.4
24
16
—33.3
78
84
+7.7
54
59
+9.3
28,064.31
28,081.76
+0.06
2
11
16
+45.5
— 100.0
6
10
+66.7
— 100.0
1,985.00
1,020.00
4,738.00
+ 138.7
— 100.0
2
-100.0
7
4
12
16
+33.3
50
87
+74.0
35
61
+74.3
23,098.77
37,878.10
+63.98
13
29
+ 123.1
112
178
+58.9
68
114
+67.6
22,749.77
66,136.99
+ 190.7
61
73
+ 19.7
387
506
+30.7
229
331
+44.5
125,533.45
207,530.12
+65.3
1
3
+200.0
12
13
+8.3
9
8
—11.1
14,462.40
4,670.00
-68.4
42
35
— 16.7
211
217
+2.8
146
155
+6.2
91,760.54
89,923.64
—2.0
19
28
+47.4
115
126
+9.6
86
101
+ 17.4
48,547.52
58,346.25
+20.2
29
40
+37.9
251
325
+29.5
154
209
+35.7
74,498.76
108,231.04
+45.3
1
4
+300.0
11
13
+ 18.2
8
8
1,755.00
2,670.50
+52.2
1
	
— 100.0
5
4
—20.0
4
3
-25.0
1,650.00
805.00
-51.2
11
7
—36.4
76
83
+9.2
49
59
+20.4
19,670.00
31,989.80
+62.6
7
4
—42.9
31
20
-35.5
20
13
—35.0
8,838.00
5,830.00
—34.03
21
18
— 14.3
83
97
+ 16.9
55
70
+27.3
27,783.26
35,460.33
+26.7
8
4
—50.0
51
62
+21.6
34
38
+ 11.8
11,626.45
16,089.95
+38.4
9
13
+44.4
100
87
— 13.0
72
65
+9.7
30,958.95
36,687.70
+ 18.5
12
17
+41.7
108
90
—16.7
68
60
—11.8
26,642.85
44,480.84
+66.95
6
8
+33.3
23
44
+91.3
16
29
+81.25
6,803.19
13,135.50
+93.1 O 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY—Continued
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1955
1956
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
(T)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
(+)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1
2
4
2
1
1
1
1
4
5
4
1
1
1
1
2
5
Per Cent
— 100.0
+ 150.0
1
2
3
2
1
1
1
~1
4
4
3
1
1
1
1
2
5
Per Cent
— 100.0
+ 100.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
16
26
7
9
11
13
26
33
7
12
14
9
38
20
60
2
19
51
14
11
8
4
1
22
42
5
23
20
23
45
1
73
4
Per Cent
+ 18.75
+96.2
+ 100.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
+22.2
—27.3
—69.2
Telegraph Creek District	
— 15.4
Trail District. _  	
	
+27.3
—28.6
Union Bay District	
+91.7
+42.9
	
+155.6
+ 18.4
— 100.0
+25.0
—100.0
+25.0
—95.0
+21.7
— 100.0
Port Hardy District  —	
	
Totals                 	
126
158
+25.4
105
132
+25.7
2,238
2,766
+23.6 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1956
Province for the Calendar Years 1955 and 1956—Continued
O 23
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
1955
1956
Inc+eL
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
(T)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
(T)
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1955
1956
( + )
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
10
11
6
7
6
14
21
10
6
6
3
1
12
23
3
14
13
13
27
1
40
2
Per Cent
+40.0
+90.9
+66.7
—14.3
42
95
25
37
30
2
73
60
102
7
66
101
56
122
49
233
2
49
105
37
54
34
4
40
1
115
112
23
50
83
79
121
13
242
~~T
12
1
Per Cent
+ 16.7
+ 10.5
+48.0
+45.95
+ 13.3
+ 100.0
-45.2
26
63
19
25
21
1
44
44
66
7
46
52
37
78
35
148
1
33
73
25
39
23
3
24
1
79
72
16
37
50
50
86
8
164
1
8
1
Per Cent
+26.9
+ 15.9
+31.6
+56.0
+9.5
+200.0
—45.4
$7,439.22
23,022.00
7,974.00
11,499.00
6,542.50
90.00
15,938.48
$18,260.90
39,460.78
12,955.44
22,945.05
13,628.00
1,025.00
7,238.16
400.00
49,309.58
38,548.06
7,900.00
25,875.57
19,477.77
28,698.89
48,088.87
3,275.00
104,978.31
Per Cent
+ 145.5
+71.4
+62.5
+99.5
+ 108.3
+ 1,038.9
9
—66.7
—54.6
10
18
3
+20.0
+27.8
+91.7
+9.8
+228.6
—24.2
—24.8
+41.1
—0.8
-73.5
+3.7
-100.0
+79.5
+9.1
+ 128.6
-19.6
—3.8
+35.1
+ 10.3
-77.1
+ 10.8
— 100.0
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
+93.4
+43.1
+ 116.4
8
11
7
23
11
27
1
+75.0
+ 18.2
+85.7
+ 17.4
—90.9
+48.1
— 100.0
+ 18.7
-4.03
+62.6
+20.3
—82.1
+ 10.1
— 100.0
450.00
5,100.00
600.00
	
1,289
1,546
+ 19.9
8,141
9,130
+ 12.1
5,423
6,183
+ 14.01
$2,786,091.05
$3,590,128.52
+28.9 O 24
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O 25
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1956—Continued
HOUR OF OCCURRENCE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
12 to
lto
2 to
3 to
4 to
5 to
6 to
7 to
8 to
1 a.m...
2 a.m.-
3 a.m.-
4 a.m.-
5 a.m...
6 a.m.-
7 a.m.-
8 a.m.-
9 a.m.-
9 to 10 a.m.-
10 to 11 a.m...
11 to 12    m...
12 to   1 p.m...
1 to   2 p.m.-
2 to   3 p.m.-
3 to   4 p.m...
4 to  5 p.m.-
6 p.m.-
7 p.m...
8 p.m.-
9 p.m.-
5 to
6 to
7 to
8 to
9 to 10 p.m-
10 to 11 p.m.._
11 to 12 p.m...
Not stated	
Totals .
812
779
576
360
211
198
272
1,001
1,147
692
865
985
927
1,079
1,285
1,533
2,127
2,345
1,358
1,437
1,238
1,054
1,032
1,308
284
13
11
11
7
4
5
2
5
7
3
10
12
18
15
18
27
20
19
15
16
15
237
231
164
104
50
72
68
181
238
154
159
207
220
240
324
389
543
592
394
442
361
294
270
386
66
562
537
401
248
158
126
197
816
904
536
701
771
704
829
949
1,126
1,569
1,735
937
975
858
745
746
907
210
24,905
272
6,386 18,247
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-
3,833
3,283
2,871
2,924
2,863
3,914
5,216
1
52
32
21
27
31
41
68
1,092
799
694
736
686
992
1,387
2,689
2,452
2,156
2,161
2,146
2,881
3,761
1
24,905
272
6,386
18,247
4.                    TYPE OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Number of Vehicles Involved
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
36,920
257
77
4
1
2
7
8,634
28,029
7    TniH.
6,316
418
305
65
236
20
6
1,321
144
75
21
196
2
4
4,918
3.   Rn*
270
4,   Tflvi
229
42
33
18
8.  Not stated
2
Tnfnls
44,286
348
10.397        I      33.541
5.                            RAILROAD CROSSINGS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
116
8
2
6
3
7
34
4
75
4
3. Guarded crossing—man on duty
2
	
■	
6
3
7   N"f staff.
Totals
135
7
38
90 0 26
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Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1956—Continued
6.                             MANNER OF COLLISION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
8,058
4,327
5,909
322
1,310
4,979
48
72
7
2
3
140
1,925
1,256
1,184
18
144
1,859
6,085
2,999
4,718
302
1,163
2,980
6,   Nnf staffl
Totals
24,905
272
6,386
18,247
7.            DRIVERS INVOLVED, DESCRIPTION OF
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1    Malp
40,207
3,869
210
321
22
5
9,351
1,023
23
30,535
2,824
?..  Femalff
3. Not stated
182
Totals
44,286
348
10,397
33,541
Age of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. 16 to 20 years                 .
5,718
5,825
8,177
10,779
7,406
3,820
875
796
663
48
61
56
83
45
22
7
12
10
1,431
1,292
1,969
2,504
1,683
899
202
210
181
4,239
2. 21 to 24    „   _   _ _ _.
4,472
6,152
8,192
3. 25 tn 30     „
4. 31 to 40    „      _ _	
5. 41 to 50    „       _	
5,678
6. 51 to 60    „      	
2,899
7. 61 to 64    „       	
666
8. 65 to 69     „
574
472
Driving Experience
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
413"
445
705
8,500
33,268
955
4
5
57
198
84
113
118
160
2,020
7,800
186
296
327
540
6,423
25,270
6.   Not statRd
685
Condition of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
8,614
151
25
51
107
91
1,358
36,540
443
63
189
428
384
6,239
248
3
1
14
25
57
27,678
289
38
137
307
268
7. Not statpri
4,824
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
41,814
876
1,386
210
298
25
20
5
9,709
278
386
24
31,807
573
980
4. Not statprt
181 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1956
O 27
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1956—Continued
ACTION OF DRIVER CONTRIBUTING
TO ACCIDENT
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
No improper driving.
Driving off roadway ~
1
2.
3. Did not have right of way
4.
5
6.
7
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	
23,695
1,827
910
1,239
981
438
216
521
286
114
379
124
333
151
34
87
26
127
1,935
4
13
177
49
5
2
10
5,764
569
209
266
213
112
29
156
63
40
87
11
68
17
5
14
6
25
269
1
17,754
1,209
696
971
768
316
187
365
223
60
284
113
261
133
28
72
16
101
1,660
3
9
33,440
283
7,928
25,229
TRAFFIC CONTROL
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. No control present-
2. Police officer	
3. Automatic traffic signal	
4. Stop signs	
5. Warning signs, slow signs, etc.
Totals	
14,754
356
2,487
1,588
538
183
3
8
9
12
3,744
87
732
411
167
10,827
266
1,747
1,168
359
19,723
215
5,141
14,367
10.
PEDESTRIANS INVOLVED, ACTIONS OF
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
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	
142
199
161
169
86
71
78
40
44
10
4
2
5
15
61
147
23
4
17
7
2
8
11
1
1
1
2
4
13
119
195
144
162
84
63
67
39
43
9
4
2
5
13
57
134
Totals-
1,234
94
1,140
Condition of Pedestrian
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Normal..
2. Physical defect	
3. Confused by traffic-
4. Impaired	
5. Not known	
6. Not stated	
Totals	
311
15
35
58
815
1,234
14
i
6
73
94
297
~M
35
52
742
1,140 O 28
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Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1956—Continued
11.
CLASSIFICATION OF VICTIMS
Number of Victims
Total
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-
5,117
3,071
1.2341
3332
1833
19
593
10,016
Fatal
Personal
Injury
104
105
94
6
6
1
316
5,013
2,966
1,140
327
177
18
59
9,700
12.
NATURE OF INJURIES
Number of Victims
Total
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-
5,855
184
46
1,278
2,301
134
134
36
19
20
9
10,016
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1
102
13
87
15
65
3
9
20
1
316
5,854
82
33
1,191
2,286
69
131
27
19
i
9,700
13.
LIGHT CONDITIONS
1. Daylight	
2. Darkness	
3. Artificial light—good—
4. Dusk or semi-darkness..
5. Artificial light—poor.—
6. Not stated	
Totals-
Number of Accidents
Total
13,705
7,384
1,265
1,403
348
800
24,905
Fatal
107
127
7
11
13
7
Personal
Injury
3,308
2,071
338
344
128
197
272
6,386
Property
Damage Only
10,290
5,186
920
1,048
207
596
18,247
14. PROPERTY DAMAGE.-
year, $8,653,176.40.
-Amount for period covered by this report, $10,901,681.21;  amount for same period last
15. CONDITION OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Number of Vehicles
Total
-1-. Apparently good	
2. No chains (slippery road)_
3. Brakes defective 	
4. Steering mechanism defective..
5. Head-lights dim.
6. Puncture or blow-out	
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-
40,712
773
467
176
64
117
31
30
22
26
132
1,736
44,286
Fatal
312
2
5
3
1
2
1
2
3
17
348
Personal
Injury
9,613
124
126
55
16
32
8
6
4
7
33
373
10,397
Property
Damage Only
30,787
647
336
118
47
83
23
24
17
17
96
1,346
33,541
1 Five pedestrians killed and twenty-two pedestrians injured in other than pedestrian accidents.
2 One bicyclist injured in other than a bicycle accident.
8 Two motor-cyclists killed and thirty-eight motor-cyclists injured in other than motor-cycle accidents. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1956
O 29
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1956—Continued
16.
DIRECTION OF TRAVEL
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Going straight	
2. Turning left	
3. Turning right	
4. Slowing down or stopping	
5. Backing (not to or from curb)~
6. Skidding	
Leaving curb (including backing)	
8. Making U-turn	
9. Overtaking	
10. Stopping (not at curb or off paved strip)-
11. Overtaking on right side	
12. Overtaking on left side.-
13. Avoiding object or pedestrian-
14. Not stated	
27,766
5,290
2,762
1,700
427
627
380
37
223
928
44
215
293
3,594
230
42
32
1
5
4
1
5
1
3
3
21
7,043
1,207
524
387
46
135
44
6
43
208
9
47
74
624
20,493
4,041
2,206
1,312
376
488
335
31
175
719
35
165
216
2,949
Totals..
44,286
348
10,397
33,541
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	
11,653
6,740
2,945
631
997
85
1,854
158
64
20
3
3
1
23
3,345
1,739
496
166
146
15
479
8,150
4,937
2,429
462
848
69
1,352
Totals..
24,905
272
6,386
18,247
18.                               ROAD CONDITION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
19,554
452
235
304
104
2,412
1,844
233
1
1
6
5,230
121
61
74
35
438
427
14,091
330
173
224
69
fi   Other
24
7
1,950
7. Not stated
1,410
Totals
24,905
272
6,386
18,247
19.                                  TYPE OF ROAD
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
19,639
2,628
1,088
339
64
225
922
218
34
8
4
2
6
5,253
553
274
61
12
41
192
14,168
7.  Gravel
2,041
806
4. Earth
274
52
6. Other
182
7    Not stated
724
Totals     _	
24,905
272
6,386
18,247 O 30
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1956—Continued
20.                          WEATHER CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1.   near
13,460
4,429
2,769
992
1,172
126
1,957
165
45
29
4
6
4
19
3,585
1,122
720
239
182
39
499
9,710
7.  Rain
3,262
3,   riondy
2,020
749
984
83
7. Not stated
1,439
Totals
24,905
272
6,386
18,247
Convictions
A stepped-up enforcement programme was carried on by police forces in all sections of the Province during 1956. The increased number of accidents and subsequent
injuries and fatalities certainly indicated that a lack of care seemed to be evident by
many drivers on our highways, and the following summary will show that the efforts of
the police department to curtail the activities of the irresponsible driver resulted in an
increase in convictions reported under the Criminal Code of Canada and " Motor-vehicle
Act " of 26.1 per cent.
Every conviction recorded in this manner ends up in the personal licence file of the
driver concerned, and it is the accumulation of this material which forms the basis of
our existing drivers' education programme, which will be dealt with in a later section of
this Report. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1956 O 31
Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act " and Criminal Code of Canada, 1953—56
Offences
1953
1954
1955
1956
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  	
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.,
38,39,40,41 	
Operating as dealer without licence, sec. 32-
Permitting person not properly licensed to drive motor-vehicle, etc.,
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-lamps or improper head-lamps, Reg. 3 (_>), 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 (A)	
Driving motor-vehicle without muffler, Reg. 3 (i)„
Failing to give required signals on turning or stopping, Reg. 3 (/)-
Driving with windshield obstructed, Reg. 3 (/), 3 (fc)..
Driving motor-vehicle without windshield-wiper, Reg. 3 (m)..
Driving motor-vehicle without rear-view mirror, Reg. 3 (p)_
Driving motor-vehicle without flag or light at end of a load, Reg. 3 (g)	
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 (0—
Replacing glass other than with safety glass, Reg. 3 (n)_
Totals	
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
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
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
2
4
1
1
97
2,772
580
327
48
46
"lOl
4,298
13,036
1,597
1,458
4,968
5,269
1
61
58
1,155
265
18
21
2
253
109
3
77
5
166
5
12
43
13
3
3
3
462
615
447
59
157
45
675
1,313
32
18
10
73
2
1
32
1
264
3
26,909
26,343
32,506
40,992 O 32
BRITISH COLUMBIA
3. DRIVING SAFETY
(a) Safety Responsibility
During 1956 the Safety Responsibility Division received 14,067 British Columbia
financial responsibility insurance certificates, a slight increase of 0.01 per cent over 1955,
when 14,065 certificates were received. Of this total, 12,754 certificates were accepted
for filing, compared with 13,067 in 1955, representing a decrease in the actual filing of
certificates of 2.4 per cent. It is well to note 1,313 certificates could not be accepted
due to errors or omissions made by insurance companies in the preparation of these
certificates, representing 9.33 per cent of the total number of certificates received. In
1955, 7.1 per cent of the certificates could not be accepted. Insurance companies were
unable to explain the increase in the number of certificates prepared in error. However,
we acknowledge their full co-operation in an endeavour to eliminate this wasted effort.
Many certificates are now being filed as a result of fleet policies, and this accounts to a
great extent for the decrease in the number of individual certificates filed. A table giving
full information in this regard is quoted hereunder.
A total of $25,508 was collected under the provisions of the " Motor-vehicle Act"
in filing fees in connection with the acceptance of these certificates.
Some individuals and corporations avail themselves of the opportunity of giving
proof of financial responsibility for the purpose of satisfying third-party liability claims
by the posting of a bond in an amount suitable to the Superintendent of Insurance or by
depositing an amount with the Minister of Finance in a sum set out under the " Motor-
vehicle Act." In these cases, 296 financial responsibility cards were issued by the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles and forwarded to the individuals or corporations concerned.
Comparison of Financial Responsibility Certificates Received, Filed, and
Cancelled in 1955 and 1956
1955
1956
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
Total number of certificates received 	
14,065
13,067
998
10,166
1,132
1,769
12,907
14,067
12,754
1,313
10,023
1,131
1,600
11,705
2
313
143
1
169
1,202
0.01
2.39
315
31.56
Owner's policy certificates and garage and sales-agency certificates
filed   	
1.41
0.09
9.55
9.31
During 1956, 2,457 persons availed themselves of the opportunity provided under
the " Motor-vehicle Act" to be released from the obligation of maintaining proof of
financial responsibility. These persons were able to prove that for a period of at least
three years they had conscientiously obeyed the provisions of the Act relating to safe
driving and that no judgments resulting from the operation of a motor-vehicle were outstanding against them. The number is less than in 1955, when 3,010 persons were
released, which would indicate this class of driver tends to become a driving-infraction
repeater and is committing further offences which nullify their privilege of applying for
release.
As a result of being involved in accidents, 1,626 motor-vehicles were impounded
in 1956, as compared with 1,646 in 1955. There were 1,469 motor-vehicles released in
the same period as a result of the owner being able to comply with the provisions of the
" Motor-vehicle Act " setting out the requirements for release. There were 830 motor-
vehicles still held under impoundment at the end of 1956, as compared with 673 at the
end of 1955. This increase is possibly the reflection of the trend toward Civil Court
action to settle claims for property damage and personal injury. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1956
O 33
During 1956, 1,752 drivers' licences were suspended by Court orders and recommendations to the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles by Magistrates before whom persons
who were charged with driving infractions appeared and were convicted. This is an
increase of 24.5 per cent over the number in 1955, when 1,407 suspensions were effected.
The following table indicates the type of infraction and the length of time for which the
suspension was ordered or recommended:—
Suspension of Drivers' Licences by Court Order and Recommendations,
1956
Months
Years
1
Offence
-
u
1
?
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
?,
3
Gj
c
D
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O
o
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Driving without due care and
attention.     	
9
178
60
83
1
1
56
1
19
1
1
5
415
Criminal negligence 	
2
1
15
1
2
7
1
12
3
2
3
49
Driving while intoxicated	
3
6
7
2
1
1
	
3
1
1
25
Driving while ability impaired
18
107
68
205
9
234
109
2
11
105
7
5
6
886
Failing to remain at scene of
accident  	
4
4
11
1
3
8
8
3
42
Driving while under suspension
1
3
5
	
1
1
3
2
16
Exceeding speed-limit	
18
37
23
31
1
8
2
	
1
121
Not in possession of driver's
2
1
1
1
—
1
—
—
2
1
—
-
6
3
Adjudged juvenile delinquent
5
49
22
29
4
1
27
2
1
10
1
2
4
157
Driving contrary to restrictions
1
6
4
6
	
,	
—
1
18
Permitting minor to operate
without a licence	
	
2
	
	
2
1
?,
4
7
Offence against regulations	
2
2
1
....
-
5
Totals         -   	
51
388
184
387
17
250
229
3
3
16
1
164 1 22
11
26
1,752
Cardex wheel files are used to make more than 1,000,000 checks of all applications
for registration of a motor-vehicle and notices of transfer to determine if the person
whose name appears is required to give or maintain proof of financial responsibility.
Also checked are the applications of all persons applying for original drivers' licences.
A separate card is on file with full information regarding the status of each person in this
Province who is required to give or maintain proof of financial responsibility or who must
comply with the driver's examination requirements. This file continues to expand, and
approximately 70,000 names are now listed.
During 1956, 9,896 suspensions were made pending filing of proof of financial
responsibility as a result of convictions and accidents. This total is a 23.4-per-cent
increase over 1955, when 8,019 suspensions were effected for these causes.
Owners who were not the drivers at the time of accident merited 242 suspensions in
1956, as compared with 379 in 1955.
Reinstatement of licences was made in 8,162 cases in 1956, as compared with 7,400
in 1955, an increase of 10.3 per cent in the number of persons who complied with the
financial responsibility requirements and filed proof.
The folowing table gives full information regarding suspensions and reinstatements
for 1956:— O 34 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Drivers' Licences
Offence Suspended Reinstated
Accident—careless driving	
Accident—reckless driving	
No accident—reckless driving...
Accident—drunken driving	
No accident—drunken driving
Accident—impaired driving
No accident—impaired driving	
Accident—failing to remain at scene of accident
Accident—driving under suspension	
No accident—driving under suspension	
Accident—suspension due to accident	
Accident—speeding  1	
Accident—no driver's licence	
Accident—no chauffeur's licence	
Accident—no accident report	
Accident—unsatisfied judgment
Conviction and judgment outside Province      100
Unsatisfactory driving record-
Suspension by Superintendent ..
Death by criminal negligence.
Bodily harm by criminal negligence-
Accidents—manslaughter
2,572
1,816
20
27
64
218
7
6
25
53
419
266
1,731
1,197
232
170
8
1
52
25
982
1,089
19
16
202
142
14
10
99
76
32
14
100
57
106
56
50
6
5
2
Juvenile delinquents  18
Further or additional financial responsibility  3,155 2,899
Totals  9,896 8,162
(b) Examination of Drivers
Increasing pressure was evident throughout 1956 in the examination of drivers, and
this is entirely attributable to the increase in population of our Province and the rapidly
expanding use of motor-vehicles in our economy. It has become obvious that additional
areas will have to be served by permanent examination units. The policy of serving many
communities by means of travelling examination units with perhaps an annual or semiannual visit is becoming increasingly impractical, both from the ability of this Branch to
meet the requirements with the staff available and the vast amount of travelling required,
and for the motoring public, who are obliged in many instances to wait months before
being properly examined as to their fitness and ability to drive a motor-vehicle.
During 1956 a total of 86,346 were examined, and it is interesting to note that in
this process 120,081 individual examinations were given. The point here is to note that
a considerable number of persons required more than one examination before qualifying
to obtain or retain a driver's licence. The number of drivers examined in 1955 was
75,132.
A total of 47,354 persons completed the examinations for original drivers' licences,
as compared with 40,775 in 1955. Resulting from these examinations was the restricting
of licences issued to 7,019 or 22 per cent of male applicants and 3,889 or 25.3 per cent
of female applicants. The following table is a summary of the examinations conducted in
connection with original driver applications and the restrictions resulting therefrom:— REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1956
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Re-examination of Motor-vehicle Drivers
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The re-examination programme continued in 1956 with the reviewing of 38,992
drivers, as compared with the 1955 total of 34,357.
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(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 to expand in this, its third, year of operation.
Comparative figures show that 2,009 suspensions have been made due to unsatisfactory driving records, an increase of 1,103 or 121.7 per cent over 1955. Of this total,
682 or 34 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 was necessary. Again this year the
number of female drivers suspended is far below the total number of male drivers against
whom action has been taken. The total number of holders of chauffeurs' licences
suspended was 171 or 6 per cent.
Suspensions are made by panel of at least three senior staff members, always including either the Superintendent or the Deputy Superintendent.
Warning letters have again shown a decided increase over the previous year, with
a total of 3,007 drivers warned, representing an increase of 805 or 26.5 per cent over
1955.    Personal contact by way of interview or conferences was held with 144 drivers.
In determining those drivers against whom action was to be taken, it was necessary
to screen the files of 43,733 drivers, which is an increase of 10,286 or 31 per cent over
the number screened in 1954.
The Branch also assists in atempting to make the public realize their individual
responsibilities in the highway safety programme by having members of the staff visit
various service clubs and other interested community groups to explain our drivers'
education programme and what they can do to help make the highways a safer place
on which to drive. It is also felt that there is a definite need of contacting the youth of
our Province, and visits have been made to a number of high schools throughout the
Province in an effort to inform the students in the necessity of good driving habits on
our highways prior to them encountering driving difficulties. It is of interest to note the
Department of Education has placed in the senior high-school curriculum the requirement to give some definite classroom teaching in driver education, to create an awareness
in the students of the responsibilities and hazards which arise through the use of the
motor-vehicle. The teaching is designed to form the basis for on-the-road driver-training
organized as a community enterprise, as is being done in several centres of the Province.
As stated in previous Reports, this programme does not intend in any way to supersede the authority of the Magistrates, but rather, with the complete record of the driver
at our disposal, to supplement his decision.
The following are statistics for the drivers' education programme for the year
1956:—
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4. ENCUMBRANCE REGISTRY DIVISION
British Columbia has maintained since 1932 in the office of the Superintendent of
Motor-vehicles a registry for the filing of documents under the " Bills of Sale Act,"
" Conditional Sales Act," " Mechanics' Lien Act," " Companies Act," and " Co-operative
Associations Act." It is the function of the Encumbrance Registry Division to deal with
documents submitted and to make searches of records for the advice of the public as
required.
The following statement tells of the volume of work handled by the Division in 1956,
and compares it with 1955, and it will be noted the use of the filing and searching facilities shows an increase of 30.7 per cent. Method refinements have made it possible to
accomplish the task with only a small staff increase and yet maintain the standard of
service.
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," 1955 and 1956.
1955
1956
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
Increase
Per Cent
Decrease
Item
Registrations   under    " Conditional   Sales
Act " _
58,114
20,381
1,108
16
4
886
1,167
23,072
22,804
99
73,843
23,048
1,169
20
.   2
934
1,261
33,504
32,880
141
15,729
2,667
61
4
48
94
10,432
10,076
42
2
27.1
13.1
5.5
25.0
5.4
8.1
45.2
44.2
42.4
Registrations under " Bills of Sale Act "	
Registrations under " Mechanics' Lien Act".
Registrations under " Companies Act "	
50.0
Releases   fifed   under   " Conditional   Sales
Act" 	
Releases filed under " Bills of Sale Act "
Searches under " Conditional Sales Act "
	
Documents copied, certified, etc	
	
127,651
166,802
39,151
	
30.7
Revenue
$91,739.00
67,858.00
11,469.00
16.00
4.00
99.00
$96,610.50
99,951.00
16,596.00
20.00
2.00
141.00
$4,871.50
32,093.00
5,127.00
4.00
	
5.3
47.3
44.7
25.0
42.4
Value of law stamps attached to documents
when received	
Value of conditional sales and bills of sale
	
$2.00
50.0
Miscellaneous copying and certification fees..
42.00
Total revenue	
$171,185.00 | $213,320.50
1
$42,135.50
	
24.6
	
5. SCHOOL BUSES
The " Motor-vehicle Act" makes provision for the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles
to set up standards of construction for school buses and to set forth procedures for the
periodic inspection of vehicles used by school boards for the transportation of pupils to
and from schools operated under the " Public Schools Act." The regulating of the use
of these vehicles is controlled by the issuance of school-bus permits.
Prior to the issuance of a school-bus permit, or the renewing of a school-bus permit,
the vehicle is inspected by a mechanical inspector of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
or of the Motor Carrier Branch of the Public Utilities Commission. The procedure
allows for the elimination of faulty vehicles and makes it essential that operators only
use equipment meeting the minimum standards of construction. An essential requirement
before the issuance of a school-bus permit is that the Superintendent have evidence of
adequate insurance coverage for the vehicle. O 46 BRITISH COLUMBIA
In 1956 school-bus permits were issued for 614 vehicles, which is a reduction of
fifty from the 1955 total of 664.
Accidents involving twenty school buses were recorded in 1956, compared to
twenty-one in 1955. None of the accidents were fatal, and personal injuries to two pupils
were recorded.
6. STAFF
In accordance with the 1956 Estimates, the permanent staff complement was increased from 212 to 217. In addition, as at December 31st, 1956, forty-seven temporary
employees were on the staff. The growing nature of our work has made it impossible to
provide the service demanded by the public without retaining these temporary employees.
The staff total in 1956 was 264, compared to 242 in 1955.
During 1956 the issuance of licences in North Vancouver was taken over by this
Branch from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a new office in Vancouver-Point
Grey was opened. Staff facilities were heavily taxed in a number of centres, particularly
in Greater Vancouver in drivers' examinations, and supplementing by temporary staff was
necessary to prevent a complete breakdown in service.
May I take this opportunity to commend the staff in their use of initiative in coping
with the expanding work problem. Short cuts in work procedure have been developed,
and other method revisions are under study.
CONCLUSION
There is no doubt the increase in the work requirements of the Branch indicated in
this Report will continue. More issuing facilities will be required, and drivers' examiners
will need to be appointed to a number of areas now receiving only periodic service. We
have no option but to expand our facilities if the degree of control in both vehicle registration and driver's licence issuance is to be maintained.
The problem of accommodation in our head office in Victoria grows more acute each
year. The space available is so disjointed it does not permit adequate file organization or
the planning of efficient work flow. It is to be hoped the problem will be solved soon by
the providing of new space. There is no doubt greater work efficiency will accrue.
I wish to mention at this time the fine co-operation this Branch enjoys with the
various community organizations with which we so frequently come in contact. Their
interests and efforts on behalf of traffic safety and other factors dealing with the use of
motor-vehicles are essential if we are to accomplish our purpose.
I also wish to express my appreciation for the assistance so willingly given by the
members of your Department, and those of other departments of the Provincial Government. Mention is likewise made of the co-operation we enjoy with the Officer Commanding and other officers and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and
the chief constables and members of the various municipal police departments.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
GEORGE LINDSAY,
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles.
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1957
410-1157-9987  

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