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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
MOTOR-VEHICLE
BRANCH
FOR THE YEAR
1957
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1959  To His Honour Frank Mackenzie Ross, C.M.G., M.C., LL.D.,
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 1957.
R. W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
A ttorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., December, 1958.  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF
MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1957
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 1957.
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' Improvement Programme.
4. Encumbrance Registry Division.
5. School Buses.
6. Staff.
1. LICENCES
The growth in the number of motor-vehicles, so evident in recent years, steadily
continued in 1957. Total motor-vehicles licensed in 1957 amounted to 487,844, an increase of 37,351, or 8.3 per cent over the 1956 total of 450,493. The 1957 total is
comprised of 371,727 passenger-type vehicles, an increase of 8.8 per cent, and 116,117
commercial vehicles, an increase of 8.0 per cent.
Trailers licensed increased from 24,581 in 1956 to 29,663 in 1957, an increase of
20.6 per cent. Utility trailers, the type so prevalent on our highways these days, often
used in moving pleasure-boats, number 21,469, or 72 per cent of licensed trailers.
The table which follows is a comparison of licences and permits for motor-vehicles
and trailers issued for the licence-years 1950 to 1957, inclusive:— N 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., Issued during the
Licence-years 1950 to 1957, Inclusive
Licences Issued
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
Motor-vehicles—
Passenger   (new)_
Passenger   (renewal)	
Total   passenger-
Commercial    (new)	
Commercial   (renewal)
Total commercial	
Total motor-vehicles.
Non-resident touring motor-vehicle
permits _  	
Non-resident special motor-vehicle
permits  _ 	
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle   permits
Permits for temporary operation ,
Permits for temporary operation of
farm   tractors  _ 	
Motor-cycles—
New... _  .
Renewal	
Total motor-cycles __
Trailers  	
Motor-dealers—
Original  licences    	
Additional   plates..
Original motor-cycle dealer licences-
Additional motor-cycle dealer licences
Salesmen's licences  	
Transfers—
Passenger  	
Commercial-   	
Motor-cycle 	
Trailers  	
Total transfers.  	
Chauffeurs—
Original Class "A"  _.
Original Class "B"	
Original Class "C"  	
Search fees   	
S.R. filing fees   	
42,025
156,372
27,616
186,154
34,820
201,891
37,532
221,408
34,441
241,720
44,269
259,212
198,397  | 213,770 | 236,711   | 258,940
276,161  | 303,481
11,496 |
55,810 I
11,733 | 12,521
61,770 | 68,321
11,485
74,580
11,248
80,558
15,845
86,252
67,306 | 73,503
1,842 | 86,065
91,806 I 102,097
265,703 | 287,273 | 317,553 | 345,005
367,967 | 405,578
2,207
383
803
1,215
743
1,630
1,209
216
162
719
952
1,475
1,702
665
711
423
445
3,721
3,484
1,371
130
1,555
1,806
508
3,317
2,127
213
2,598
2,612
810 |
I
470 |
3,274 |
1,959
232
3,991
3,998
829
532
3,233
52,950
288,700
50,990
320,737
341,630
371,527
17,827
91,016
15,685
100,432
108,843 | 116,117
450,493
1,673
6,519
7,787
983
536
3,188
487,844
1,384
245
8,493
11,575
1,070
602
3,112
4,609
11,032
718
800
16
4
1,245
131,763
25,538
2,904
307
5,048
4,654
53,560
377,466
4,144
3,929
3,825
3,744 |  3,765 |  3,724 ]  3,714
11,707
13,543
713
688
876
859
13
9
5
5
1,091
914
136,258
171,618
28,378
31,756
2,862
2,912
474
358
682
889
10
8
903
18,205
687
873
10
9
875
173,954
33,626
2,630
286
172,256
37,540
2,847
466
20,855
24,581
691
722
883
995
10
12
5
7
843
947
191,642
210,463
41,718
44,928
2,846
2,904
505
672
160,512 1 167,972 ] 206,644 | 210,496
5,062
4,594
49,598
480,131
4,616
4,275
42,997
562,175
4,546
4,128
42,862
712,517
4,541
4,001
43,486
668,319
29,663
724
979
11
6
908
215,896
45,671
3,173
830
213,109 | 236,711 | 258,967 | 265,570
4,627
4,978
4,011
4,243
48,406
59,443
939,920
630,112
9,690
13,166
5,251
4,269
65,159
805,528
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CU report of the superintendent of motor-vehicles, 1957 n 9
Drivers' Licences
Drivers' licences issued in 1957 totalled 107,594, a decrease of 47 per cent from
205,199 licences issued in 1956. The decrease is entirely due to 1957 being an off-year
in British Columbia's programme of issuing five-year drivers' licences. The next peak
year will be 1960.
The issuance of original drivers' licences for adults increased from 36,850 in 1956
to 41,047 in 1957, or 11.4 per cent. The number of licensed drivers is difficult to determine with accuracy under our present system, but it is known that it closely approximated
600,000 at the end of the 1957 licence-year. Minors' drivers' licences increased from
14,197 to 15,180, or 7 per cent. Persons under 21 years of age who wish to drive are
issued a minors' drivers' licence and a requisition to the issuance of the licence is an
undertaking of responsibility by the parent or guardian.
Chauffeurs' Licences
The comparative statement of licences issued includes chauffeurs' licences. Total
issuance increased from 68,664 in 1956 to 74,679 in 1957, or 9 per cent. Most of the
increase was in the Class " C " category, required by drivers employed to operate vehicles
which carry goods. An increased issuance in this category of 34.5 per cent from 1955
to 1957 is attributed to better enforcement by police agencies of this requirement of the
" Motor-vehicle Act."
Distribution of Motor-vehicles
The table which follows shows the volume of passenger and commercial motor-
vehicle licences issued in the various centres of the Province. The table is read with the
adjustments which follow in order to learn the vehicle population in the major centres.
The necessity for this adjustment is due to the issuance of licences by mail in Victoria for
owners anywhere in the Province. N 10
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Distribution of Motor-vehicles
The following table shows a breakdown of motor-vehicle licence issuance by
centres:—
]
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Place
Total
Used
New
Renewals
Total
Used
New
Renewals
Total
141
446
4,148
4,735
23
271
1,818
2,112
6,847
273
583
5,162
6,018
30
103
1,148
1.281
7,299
Ashcroft  —
41
37
639
717
17
29
474
520
1,237
Atlin    .
8
1
26
35
10
4
44
58
93
36
53
605
694
14
48
642
704
1,398
Chilliwack  	
338
698
7,514
8,550
39
281
2,778
3,098
11,648
40
1
527
568
18
28
514
560
1,128
Cloverdale	
311
455
7,869
8,635
70
307
3,153
3,530
12,165
Courtenay.	
372
528
5,995
6,895
21
164
1,871
2,056
8,951
Cranbrook	
236
363
3,550
4,149
76
153
1,696
1,925
6,074
Creston	
106
109
1,226
1,441
40
94
1,051
1,185
2,626
Duncan	
197
312
5,213
5,722
25
137
1,823
1,985
7,707
Fernie 	
156
123
1,091
1,370
89
60
553
702
2,072
Fort St. John	
605
290
1,017
1,912
295
253
1,134
1,682
3,594
Ganges	
11
424
435
3
238
241
676
281
150
1,118
1,549
175
104
986
1,265
2,814
50
198
82
589
1,227
5,231
1,359
6,018
17
52
55
301
895
2,659
967
3,012
2,326
Kamloops 	
9,030
13
257
244
2
501
316
185
5,410
1,737
200
6,168
2,297
1
65
25
2
205
82
139
2,236
616
142
2,506
723
342
8,674
Kitimat. 	
3,020
Lillooet  	
49
18
666
733
12
8
375
395
1,128
31
58
11
234
561
2,477
603
2,769
8
9
20
100
390
1,031
418
1,140
1,021
Mission	
3,909
Nanaimo 	
189
658
7,855
8,702
24
218
2,457
2,699
11,401
Nelson 	
224
499
4,425
5,148
35
206
2,050
2,291
7,439
22
1,473
3
3,105
665
36,306
690
40,884
7
178
9
727
533
7,115
549
8,020
1 239
48,904
North Vancouver3	
406
844
9,980
11,230
21
108
2,400
2,529
13,759
57
269
57
623
1,397
5,091
1,511
5,983
17
86
59
277
803
1,922
879
2,285
2,390
8,268
Pouce Coupe	
1,022
577
2,797
4,396
649
495
2,356
3,500
7,896
51
184
2,508
4,615
2,743
5,502
5
43
778
826
3,569
Prince George... _
391
496
149
381
3,191
3.721
9.223
93
239
1,804
917
2 136
7
73
598
678
2,814
1,443
Princeton..	
14
26
957
7
17
462
486
Quesnel. 	
70
147
1,783
2,000
17
117
1,414
1,548
3.548
Revelstoke	
44
52
813
909
9
24
398
431
1,340
Rossland...  	
13
2
729
744
5
1
190
196
940
56
48
108
110
1,667
893
1,831
1,051
12
96
1,206
935
1,314
1,038
3,145
2,089
Smithers	
14
89
Terrace 	
39
138
980
1,157
11
96
696
803
1,960
Trail
130
2,934
4,558
69,022
5,168
84,923
29
118
1,112
15,391
1,259
6,427
Vancouver4	
12,967
186
2,822
18,399
103,322
Vancouver East4	
874
1,841
18,830
21,545
93
984
3,177
4,254
25,799
Vancouver-Point Grey4 ..  .
583
3,064
14,089
17,736
28
231
1,315
1,574
19,310
Vanderhoof	
31
45
544
620
19
73
667
759
1,379
191
1,482
472
3,390
5,293
58,082
5,956
62,954
47
107
265
2,306
3,051
16,543
3,363
18,956
9,319
Victoria6.  	
81,910
Williams Lake	
90
113
1,476
1,679
47
98
1,408
1,553
3,232
Totals	
14,848
36,142
320,737
371,727
2,940
12,745
100,432
116,117
487,844
1 Agency closed December 31st, 1957; now accounting through Nelson.
Adjustment of Motor-vehicle Population for Certain Areas Listed Above
2 New Westminster (includes issuance at Haney, and mail-order issuance to New Westminster from Victoria. :
Passenger, 42,162; commercial, 8,269.
3 North Vancouver (does not include 976 commercial plates that were issued for National Defence vehicles that
operate throughout the Province): Passenger, 11,230; commercial, 1,553.
4 Vancouver (includes issuance from three offices in Vancouver area but does not include issuance at North Vancouver;  includes mail-order issuance from Victoria to Vancouver area): Passenger, 139,273; commercial, 27,221.
5 Victoria (does not include mail-order issuance to other areas; in addition to these totals, 702 passenger plates
and 3,515 commercial plates were issued for Provincial Government vehicles and 651 commercial plates were issued for
National Defence vehicles which operate throughout the Province): Passenger, 40,456; commercial, 7,977. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1957
N  11
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 1957 increased by 7.3 per cent over similar issuance in
1956. 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.
1957 Mail-order Synopsis
Vancouver
Victoria
New
Westminster
Vancouver
Island and
Islands
Balance
of
Province
Out of
Province
Total
15,069
3,583
702
357
3,515
38
3
651
138
1,279
140
5
1
108
1,754
585
19
12
115
3,634
1,495
42
96
997
60
191
2
79
25,379
702
1,895
81
6
1,093
4,663
Provincial Government commercial plates	
3,515
1S7
118
651
"X" plates (sec. 7).  	
2,530
Totals 	
18,144
8,987
1,533
2,485
6,264
332
37,745
Revenue
Revenue collection in the 1957 licence-year (March 1st, 1957, to February 28th,
1958) for licences, permits, and other fees amounted to $13,170,361.16, an increase of
$621,347.29 or 4.7 per cent over the 1956 licence-year total.
Collections through motor licence offices of the Branch amounted to $9,052,980.13
or 68.7 per cent of total collections. The balance of $4,117,381.03 was collected through
the various Government Agencies.
Motor-vehicle Branch licence offices are listed with the revenue collection of each:—
Vancouver (Georgia Street) 	
Victoria	
New Westminster 	
Vancouver East	
Vancouver-Point Grey
North Vancouver	
Chilliwack 	
Cloverdale	
Kamloops  	
Abbotsford	
Trail	
Mission
$2,924,946.65
2,023,400.89
1,284,783.89
713,379.95
454,244.10
322,028.35
312,370.61
305,411.48
258,192.54
179,739.67
171,394.40
103,087.60 N 12 BRITISH COLUMBIA
2. ACCIDENTS AND CONVICTIONS
Motor-vehicle Accidents
The following table gives a summary of the accident frequency during the period
1951 to 1957:—
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
1951    	
287,273
317,553
345,005
367,967
405,578
450,493
487,844
20,381
21,189
22,096
22,425
22,030
24,905
25,976
68.10
66.70
63.05
61.05
55.10
55.34
53.24
208
209
208
211
225
316
252
7.2
6.5
5.9
5.7
5.6
7.0
5.1
283.79
304.32
322.59
325.67
392.79
437.05
482.76
10.41
1952  .
9.44
1953  	
1954.	
1955	
1956         	
8.49
7.38
7.51
9.03
1957	
6.70
The number of accidents increased in 1957 as compared with 1956. However, an
average decline is shown in traffic fatalities. The average property damage for the number of reported accidents amounted to $482.76. This shows an increase of 10 per cent
over the previous year.   The following tables summarize the changes in several aspects:—
Accidents—
1956  24,905
1957  25,976
Increase of 4.3 per cent.
Injuries—
1956
1957
Deaths—
1956
1957
Decrease of 1.8 per cent.
Decrease of 20.3 per cent.
9,700
9,522
316
252
Property damage—
1956	
1957	
Increase of 10.6 per cent.
$10,901,681.21
12,540,310.74
The following tables give the accident statistics for the various cities, municipalities,
villages, and districts for the years 1956 and 1957. There also follows a statistical summary of accidents for the Province for 1957.  N  14
CITIES
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in
Place of Occurrence
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
1956
1957
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1
2
3
1
2
1
3
1
2
2
2
4
44
7
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
~~39
2
8
Per Cent
-100.0
100.0
— 100.0
1
2
1
1
1
1
3
1
2
1
2
4
44
6
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
37
2
8
Per Cent
14
6
36
10
12
23
2
10
7
1
46
1
48
13
11
43
16
329
107
33
58
40
69
23
4
6
4
23
3,017
32
384
10
2
33
21
22
16
9
11
4
1
66
3
49
9
4
58
16
325
129
36
35
26
68
23
6
7
1
20
2,794
24
361
Per Cent
—28.57
— 100.0
100.0
-100.0
—66.66
—8.33
Courtenay „	
Cranbrook 	
Duncan —	
Enderby
110.00
83.33
—30.43
100.0
— 100.0
100.0
— 100.0
350.00
10.00
—42.86
Kamloops 	
Kaslo  —	
Kelowna  _	
Kimberley  	
— 100.0
—50.0
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
43.48
200.00
2.08
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
-30.77
—63.64
Nanaimo —	
Kelson    	
34.88
—66.7
100.0
—50.0
—50.0
— 100.0
-66.67
100.0
—50.0
— 1.20
38.76
9.09
Port Coquitlam  	
— 11.43
100.0
—50.0
— 100.0
—35.00
Prince George    	
Prince Rupert — .   	
Revelstoke    	
-1.45
50.00
	
16.66
—75.0'0
Trail
— 13.04
— 11.36
100.0
14.28
— 15.91
100.0
33.33
—21.26
Vernon 	
—25.00
—6.37
Totals -	
75
61
— 18.66
70 1       59
— 15.71
4,428
4,189
—5.40
DISTRICT MUNICIPALITIES
Burnaby —
Central Saanich
15
6
1
3
5
8
1
1
1
4
9
3
1
14
1
3
2
1
4
10
3
1
1
1
3
3
2
Per Cent
—6.7
100.0
—50.0
100.0
11
4
1
3
5
8
1
1
1
4
8
2
1
13
3
13
1
3
2
1
4
8
2
1
1
1
3
3
2
12
1
Per Cent
18.2
100.0
—25.0
100.0
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
567
16
139
96
66
36
1
20
114
109
77
30
2
88
31
35
151
145
20
85
17
578
3
123
Per Cent
33.3
31.1
29.7
Delta  .        	
4.8
63.6
— 100.0
—20.0
25.0
100.0
— 100.0
—20.0
—9.0
Langley     	
Maple Ridge.	
Matsqui    -
2.7
2.8
100.0
100.0
20.3
—6.25
100.0
44.3
10.7
— 100.0
Penticton...	
— 100.0
-100.0
—25.0
—62.5
—44.4
— 100.0
Richmond	
Saanich
—25.0
—66.7
—33.3
— 100.0
9.4
15.1
122.2
25.0
— 100.0
-7.7
—66.7
54.5
Surrey      ...
Tadanac	
17 |       14
:.            1
-17.6
11.1
200.0
—66.7
32.2
Totals
78
64
— 17.9
66
58
— 12.1
2,308
2,549
10.4 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1957
the Province for the Calendar Years 1956 and 1957
N 15
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1956
1957
or (-)
Decrease
1956 1
1957
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
12
9
—25.0
146
98
—32.8
83
54
—34.9
$33,904.77
$28,319.20
— 16.5
4
2
—50.0
27
16
—40.7
17
9
-47.1
7,585.70
3,604.93
—52.5
25
24
-4.0
181
162
— 10.5
99
88
— 11.1
32,554.68
31,507.44
—3.2
9
20
122.2
105
129
22.8
61
70
13.8
24,779.38
21,697.73
— 12.5
10
15
50.0
103
95
-7.8
58
53
—8.6
21,656.50
18,149.21
— 16.2
17
14
— 17.6
102
138
35.3
61
79
29.5
20,591.40
27,206.07
32.1
2
5
150.0
11
17
54.5
7
11
57.2
1,475.00
4,780.00
223.4
7
5
—28.6
38
30
-21.1
22
16
—27.3
10,847.25
5,452.50
—201.1
7
4
—42.9
29
32
10.3
19
18
—5.3
5,174.00
9,790.00
89.2
1
1
43
9
355
13
399
44.4
12.3
5
186
8
210
60.0
12.97
2,610.00
78,639.06
3,710.00
85,863.26
42.14
37
16.2
9.6
1
3
200.0
4
12
200.0
3
7
133.3
1,290.00
3,055.00
136.8
31
25
-19.4
159
164
3.1
92
89
—3.3
37,742.45
39,554.03
4.8
10
8
—20.0
83
48
—42.2
47
27
—42.6
14,892.50
10,033.20
—32.6
4
3
—25.0
33.3
31
29
—9.4
17
17
9,482.00
6,730.00
—29.02
33
44
359
383
6.7
194
207
6.7
83,376.55
87,216.65
4.5
13
13
224
98
1,652
76
1,716
—22.4
3.8
52
852
41
870
—21.2
2.1
22,447.57
370,128.59
17,287.50
425,739.55
—22.9
239
-6.3
15.03
79
91
15.2
539
681
26.3
291
357
22.7
112,485.33
150,877.69
34.1
23
28
21.7
283
353
24.7
150
184
22.7
68,978.55
85,468.99
19.3
31
26
-16.1
124
170
37.1
71
96
35.2
39,485.01
44,547.85
12.8
18
20
11.1
101
112
10.9
59
65
10.2
28,974.35
57,731.74
99.3
52
47
^•9.0
499
427
—14.4
267
235
— 12.0
91,040.57
90,072.79
— 1.1
19
21
10.5
213
227
6.6
121
126
4.1
41,208.95
45,382.67
10.1
4
5
25.0
47
64
24.7
27
34
25.9
8,825.00
12,096.03
37.1
5
5
1
52
44
35
24
-32.7
—45.4
28
24
22
13
—21.4
—45.8
8,830.30
10,356.84
8,772.53
4,517.14
—0.7
4
—75.0
—56.4
20
17
-15.0
174
179
2.9
102
93
-8.8
31,683.29
29,183.84
—7.9
2,200
2,161
—1.8
16,249
16,842
3.6
8,454
8,749
3.5
3,068,100.54
3,311,590.54
7.9
26
22
— 15.4
186
218
17.2
104
123
18.3
48,934.95
45,590.08
-6.8
298
263
-11.7
1,884
1,981
5.2
1,012
1,058
4.5..
331,953.26
381,125.77
14.8
3,241
3,169
—2.2
23,887
24,870
4.1
12,585
13,029
3.5
$4,670,034.34
$5,096,653.93
9.1
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
362
381
5.2
2,840
2,980
4.9
1,439
1,517
5.4
$630,408.61
$652,921.14
3.6
10
14
86
40.0
22.9
54
412
54
519
35
264
40
311
14.3
17.8
10,719.61
120,655.44
15,167.66
151,610.72
41.5
70
26.0
25.6
45
56
24.4
335
388
15.5
186
211
13.4
73,530.61
102,006.65
38.7
36
39
8.3
154
201
30.5
103
140
35.9
40,937.00
64,247.60
56.9
18
26
44.4
166
170
2.4
87
95
9.2
41,224.02
39,298.50
-4.7
1
1
13
3
57
6
65
100.0
14.0
2
45
4
47
100.0
4.42
182.00
27,816.10
2,446.00
23,767.24
92.6
11
18.2
— 14.6
66
74
12.1
371
384
3.5
211
218
3.3
98,230.49
102,936.39
4.8
67
76
13.4
365
432
18.4
219
250
14.2
112,962.76
120,710.47
6.9
36
43
19.2
254
287
12.9
147
166
12.9
71,647.54
94,024.72
31.2
19
14
—26.3
68
106
55.8
45
65
44.4
29,074.00
27,578.94
—5.1
2
— 100.0
7
2
— 71.3
4
2
—50.0
3,540.00
910.00
—74.3
40
61
52.5
341
404
18.5
184
220
19.6
68,044.62
127,676.77
87.6
22
26
18.2
123
158
28.5
73
92
26.02
29,884.47
31,784.63
6.4
2
-100.0
8
— 100.0
5
— 100.0
1,772.50
  __	
-100.0
40
27
—32.5
223
220
-1.3
129
124
-3.9
47,566.90
47,751.76
0.4
1
— 100.0
2
— 100.0
1
— 100.0
850.00
— 100.0
105
99
— 5.7
567
740
30.5
322
415
28.9
128,062.31
185,132.14
44.6
81
103
27.03
461
575
24.7
272
337
23.9
91,369.12
122,238.73
33.8
7
13
85.7
45
50
11.1
26
33
26.9
14,322.99
17,806.00
24.3
28
37
32.1
126
153
21.4
75
98
30.7
46,017.84
59,940.86
30.3
9
12
33.3
84
48
-42.9
52
37
-28.8
16,764.55
17,872.97
6.6
320
368
15.0
2,286
2,544
11.2
1,162
1,274
9.6
511,016.13
591,571.45
15.8
1
3
200.0
11
21
90.9
8
13
55.6
2,406.00
5,807.69
141.4
60
87
45.0
587
542
—7.7
309
293
—5.2
125,740.33
124,504.16
0.98
1,459
1,659
13.7
9,950
11,049
11.1
5,405
6,002
11.04
$2,344,745.94
$2,729,713.19
16.4 N  16
VILLAGE MUNICIPALITIES
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1956
1957
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1
1
1
1
1
Per Cent
100.0
1
1
1
1
1
Per Cent
100.0
11
3
3
1
14
1
4
18
3
1
15
1
4
12
1
1
1
14
5
1
1
5
4
6
16
5
1
4
6
4
1
4
9
2
1
10
1
1
10
16
8
2
1
1
3
3
4
3
5
1
13
1
6
2
7
7
2
5
1
3
4
8
4
1
Per Cent
18.2
Alert Bay     	
—33.3
—66.6
— 100.0
—28.6
—
100.0
	
— 100.0
100.0
	
150.0
11.1
Fort St. John. 	
166.6
	
10O.0
100.0
— 100.0
-100.0
—93.3
200.0
— 100.0
—75.0
	
300.0
Lytton.     — 	
—100.0
200.0
-
—64.3
	
	
100.0
160.0
	
	
500.0
—60.0
— 100.0
16.6
—56.3
—60.0
100.0
-100.0
-100.0
—25.0
	
—33.3
— 100.0
700.0
	
100.0
Totals..                  	
3
2
—33.3
3
2
—33.3
171
145
15.2 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1957
Province for the Calendar Years 1956 and 1957—Continued
N  17
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1956
1957
or (-)
Decrease
1956
1957
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
or (-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
9
3
6
2
—33.3
—33.3
32
$12,319.99
$12,037.46
—2.24
5
8
60.0
4
5
25.0
625.00
800.00
20.8
3
1
-66.6
14
7
—50.0
9
4
—55.6
4,155.00
945.00
—77.3
1
— 100.0
9
16
76.6
6
9
50.0
1,482.00
4,575.00
208.1
14
9
—35.7
97
91
—6.2
58
52
— 10.4
24,590.60
20,093.92
— 18.7
1
100.0
8
14
75.0
4
8
100.0
1,105.00
4,205.00
280.5
1
1
1
— 100.0
1
1
11
15
— 100.0
36.3
1
6
7
— 100.0
16.6
650.00
2,080.00
— 100.0
100.0
2,387.00
14.8
4
8
100.0
41
48
17.1
25
27
8.0
7,335.35
12,337.72
68.2
16
15
—6.25
166
211
27.1
90
109
21.13
31,502.35
38,607.09
22.5
2
7
233.3
25
94
276.0
14
51
264.3
3,939.00
22,005.50
458.6
1
2
100.0
2
9
350.0
2
6
200.0
400.00
1,900.00
375.0
1
100.0
9
3
—66.6
5
3
—40.0
950.00
1,050.00
10.5
4
1
-75.0
29
26
— 10.4
18
14
—22.3
9,481.10
6,273.00
—33.8
1
1
5
14
180.0
3
7
133.3
900.00
2,257.92
150.9
3
— 100.0
30
20
— 33.3
17
11
—35.3
7,423.91
4,444.00
—40.2
7
3
-57.2
25
33
32.0
18
20
11.1
7,347.20
9,021.42
22.8
1
3
200.0
11
12
9.0
6
8
33.3
2,430.00
3,209.45
32.1
1
— 100.0
5
4
—20.0
3
2
—33.3
1,800.00
285.00
—84.2
1
2
100.0
3
9
200.0
2
5
150.0
165.00
1,991.09
1,106.7
4
4
83
56
-100.0
—32.5
1
44
28
-100.0
—36.4
625.00
14,663.47
7,453.61
-100.0
9
-55.6
—49.1
1
100.0
9
9
4
5
25.0
2,060.50
768.20
62.7
3
10
233.3
36
61
69.4
20
33
65.0
7,637.11
20,067.00
162.8
1
1
19
8
-57.9
11
4
—63.7
4,181.67
1,434.00
—65.7
1
4
300.0
9
14
55.5
5
8
60.0
1,074.87
3,785.00
-64.8
4
1
—75.0
12
14
6.2
8
8
4,450.00
5,360.00
20.5
24
2
27
100.0
12.6
14
1
14
100.0
150.00
5,782.92
100.0
4
100.0
3,181.75
2
3
50.0
25
12
—52.0
14
8
—42.9
6,613.41
2,910.00
-56.0
10
7
—30.0
145
96
—33.8
75
50
-33.3
30,782.22
18,068.89
—41.4
2
1
—50.0
6
3
-50.0
4
2
—50.0
1,310.00
1,110.00
-15.3
4
100.0
6
13
116.6
5
9
80.0
2,365.00
3,620.00
53.1
1
2
15
19
— 100.0
26.6
1
8
9
— 100.0
12.5
235.00
1,518.58
— 10D.0
1
9,118.09
500.4
1
3
200.0
9
12
33.3
6
8
33.3
4,196.00
2,800.00
—33.3
3
2
42
45
-100.0
7.1
2
23
24
— 100.0
4.3
700.00
9,444.87
4
—25.0
7,538.08
—20.2
3
— 100.0
15
19
26.6
7
10
42.8
3,145.00
3,440.05
9.4
1
5
400.0
63
53
— 15.9
33
32
—3.1
13,891.06
12,609.45
—9.2
3
2
—33.3
46
54
17.4
23
28
21.7
11,630.00
10,945.08
-5.9
1
100.0
4
100.0
2
100.0
1,633.00
100.0
121
114
—5.8
1,130
1,216
7.6
632
663
4.9
$244,387.01
$267,018.94
9.2 N  18
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Detachment
1956
1957
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
2
1
2
4
1
5
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
2
5
3
1
3
7
4
1
5
2
1
2
6
1
1
4
1
3
1
2
3
1
4
1
3
1
1
1
4
1
«
1
2
Per Cent
100.0
2
1
2
3
1
5
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
2
1
3
1
3
5
4
1
3
2
1
1
5
1
1
4
1
3
1
1
3
1
4
1
3
1
1
1
4
1
5
1
1
Per Cent
100.0
53
3
17
39
7
11
20
10
18
35
32
9
23
1
58
88
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
25
52
5
2
25
48
8
7
31
11
2
26
34
17
13
27
4
31
86
82
54
9
35
67
71
20
13
28
10
20
2
57
10
15
10
18
47
5
23
97
30
37
64
8
76
19
15
1
36
24
24
6
22
22
29
8
9
99
18
29
14
3
18
Per Cent
— 1.9
Alert Bay 	
100.0
150.6
—33.3
47.1
—50.0
23.1
Aflin
Bella Coola.    	
	
14.3
—36.4
— 100.0
100.0
— 100.0
100.0
55.0
10.0
100.0
44.4
-100.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
—2.9
-46.9
44.4
— 100.0
loo.o
—40.0
100.0
100.0
—50.0
—44.4
100.0
— 100.0
17.4
300.0
Clinton	
100.0
—40.0
-46.5
—2.3
100.0
100.0
—50.0
—3.5
Cranbrook  	
—36.5
—30.8
Creston
— 36.4
—57.1
100.0
—42.2
18.3
11.1
225.0
—50.0
100.0
100.0
-100.0
100.0
— 100.0
—50.0
—42.8
Field	
100.0
	
— 13.0
66.7
-100.0
100.0
— 100.0
33.3
54.1
Fruitvale
—23.1
7.15
—9.1
28.6
33.3
34.3
—70.6
— 100.0
—25.0
—25.0
—66.7
— 100.0
—33.3
—25.0
—50.0
—50.0
— 100.0
50.0
-100.0
155.6
7.8
1 DO Mil* Hnnsp
11.1
5.7
— 16.9
Kaslo                  	
-100.0
50.0
-loo.o
—20.0
100.0
100.0
-100.0
—50.0
100.0
100.0
—20.0
100.0
60.0
16.9
Keremeos          	
Kimberley
— 16.6
—50.0
33.3
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
—50.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
— 18.2
— 11.1
-100.0
380.0
Lumby 	
37.5
—24.1
Masset
—100.0
81.25
—57.9
28.6
Nanaimo  . ,   —         ~   -
Natal...    	
50.0
20.0
33.8
12.5
—33.33
—66.7
—35.6
1,300.0
200.0
-100.0
— 100.0
—28.0 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1957
N 19
Province for the Calendar Years 1956 and 1957—Continued
In
ury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1956
1957
or (-)
Decrease
1956
1957
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
30
33
10.0
160
203
26.9
112
142
26.7
$70,479.65
$99,620.00
41.3
2
100.0
8
100.0
5
100.0
1,775.00
100.0
3
1
-66.6
24
14
—41.6
15
9
—40.0
6,145.00
2,500.00
-59.3
12
12
36
39
8.3
22
27
22.7
15,887.40
17,293.40
8.8
24
26
8.3
135
75
-44.4
99
59
-60.6
66,296.81
59,840.60
-9.7
6
4
5
27
2
18
—50.0
— 100.0
— 33.3
3
3
20
1
13
—66.6
— 100.0
—35.0
1,690.00
1,488.00
17,413.00
750.00
—55.6
-100.0
4
50.0
12,975.15
-25.5
6
6
21
48
165
56
129
16.7
—21.8
31
101
39
88
25.8
— 12.9
12,935.67
50,780.16
19,940.95
75,292.00
59.2
15
40.0
48.3
8
4
-50.0
46
63
36.9
31
43
38.7
17,452.50
26,808.09
53.6
1
16
100.0
77.7
2
100.0
1
100.0
1,900.00
100.0
9
99
102
3.0
67
72
7.5
46,289.43
37,559.15
— 18.8
22
24
9.1
120
145
20.8
85
95
11.8
53,009.00
59,845.92
12.9
12
13
8.3
100
85
-15.0
68
56
-17.6
36,466.14
26,772.79
—26.6
5
9
80.0
40
58
45.0
27
40
48.1
15,330.50
18,512.24
20.7
15
22
46.6
95
124
30.9
64
87
35.9
26,477.11
39,197.00
48.0
1
3
200.0
11
10
—9.1
6
8
33.3
5,975.00
4,925.00
— 17.6
35
21
—40.0
126
111
— 11.9
95
82
-13.7
89,461.82
54,106.91
—39.4
49
59
20.4
268
302
12.7
171
195
14.0
77,729.30
116,111.26
49.4
43
2
261
228
-100.0
-12.6
1
177
150
— 100.0
— 15.3
800.00
97,213.39
95,868.58
-100.0
49
— 12.2
-1.4
29
33
13.8
167
149
— 10.8
116
107
-7.8
71,204.34
92,414.33
29.8
10
6
—40.0
45
43
-4.4
32
26
— 18.7
13,890.00
17,691.64
27.4
35
21
—40.0
159
137
-13.8
121
101
— 16.5
57,699.74
64,300.24
11.5
38
13
246
4
248
—69.2
-0.8
7
164
2
171
—71.4
4.3
1,809.00
95,409.50
1,250.00
123,729.00
— 30.9
55
—30.9
29.7
36
35
—2.8
249
220
-11.6
153
140
—8.5
69,211.36
80,040.76
15.6
16
11
—31.2
60
42
—30.0
39
30
-23.1
13,675.65
13,975.87
2.2
4
9
125.0
45
42
—6.6
32
32
17,775.00
18,884.00
6.2
16
15
-6.2
81
67
-17.3
57
49
-14.03
33,453.50
18,482.71
—41.8
3
7
133.3
41
26
-36.6
26
20
—23.1
16,775.00
10,408.50
—37.9
16
15
-6.25
78
90
15.4
59
68
15.2
53,599.00
54,250.00
1.2
2
2
27
14
114
17
191
21.4
67.5
8
77
12
125
50.0
62.3
3,050.00
66,505.56
4,405.00
118,743.10
44.4
22
22.7
78.6
7
6
-14.3
52
42
— 19.2
32
27
— 15.6
16,978.50
15,543.71
-8.5
7
9
28.6
44
48
9.1
29
33
13.8
10,395.00
14,684.00
41.4
7
7
12
50
144
54
136
8.0
-30.6
38
92
44
93
15.8
1.1
16,576.00
38,146.50
17,531.00
49,257.87
5.8
11
9.1
29.2
20
22
10.0
89
117
31.5
64
78
21.9
50,422.74
50,320.30
—0.23
14
4
—64.3
61
45
—26.2
41
32
—22.0
18,556.00
18,569.50
0.07
5
11
120.0
46
61
32.6
33
44
36.7
17,733.00
21,728.96
230.6
50
49
—2.0
210
228
8.6
141
159
12.1
109,581.06
128,226.70
17.01
16
17
—6.25
192
158
— 17.7
134
110
— 17.9
80.946.95
75,043.89
—7.3
16
23
43.7
116
147
26.7
80
102
27.5
49,236.10
85,979.23
74.99
57
45
—21.1
311
251
— 1.9
205
183
— 10.7
104,668.83
115,760.88
10.6
1
6
500.0
33
36
9.1
21
23
9.5
11,536.07
14,563.00
26.2
37
45
21.6
207
219
5.8
133
150
12.8
69,029.97
74,767.29
8.3
13
13
79
74
—6.3
60
53
11.7
30,704.00
32,754.00
6.7
11
8
-27.3
72
47
—34.7
51
35
31.4
27,530.00
18,327.85
33.4
1
1
19
6
112
6
111
3
69
4
69
33.3
950.00
36,781.21
1,450.00
49,517.50
52.6
22
13.6
—0.8
34.1
15
11
—26.7
80
68
— 15.0
55
48
12.8
27,180.00
30,524.99
12.3
1
10
— 100.0
100.0
1
35
2
71
100.0
102.9
1
26
1
54
200.00
13,550.00
125.00
38,569.00
37.5
5
107.8
184.6
4
2
—50.0
31
15
51.6
21
10
—52.9
10,259.00
5,268.48
—48.6
11
14
27.3
65
52
-20.0
44
39
-11.4
34,451.21
31,864.50
7.5
11
11
36
58
61.1
23
39
69.6
20,126.03
21,336.00
6.0
2
— 100.0
6
10
66.7
5
6
20.0
565.45
2,275.00
302.3
9
20
122.2
69
69
42
55
31.0
39,225.96
42,112.00
7.4
10
4
—60.0
35
28
—20.0
26
21
-19.3
13,308.21
10,684.72
-19.7
7
7
90
85
-5.6
58
50
— 13.8
26,844.00
18,792.94
-30.0
37
48
29.7
195
244
25.1
129
145
13.2
96,694.54
95,746.74
-0.98
7
6
— 14.3
33
37
12.1
24
25
4.2
22,149.27
11,572.50
-47.8
23
18
-21.7
105
87
-17.1
77
64
— 16.9
47,582.50
44,373.25
-6.7
1
8
700.0
52
34
—34.6
35
23
—34.3
14,426.00
11,957.50
-17.1
1
1
7
5
—28.9
5
3
-40.0
1,755.00
705.00
—59.8
13
12
-7.7
61
62
1.6
47
42
-10.6
27,337.73
21,297.00
-22.1 N 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY— Continued
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Detachment
1956
1957
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Osoyoos.   	
1
2
4
6
14
7
5
1
2
2
3
5
4
1
1
1
1
2
5
1
2
1
8
10
1
..
1
1
2
1
2
2
1
2
4
1
Per Cent
— 100.0
—50.0
100.0
1
2
1
3
9
6
4
1
1
2
2
4
3
1
1
1
1
2
5
1
2
1
6
7
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
1
2
2
1
Per Cent
— 100.0
—50.0
100.0
25
23
34
6
32
41
144
3
74
46
63
4
9
10
40
4
30
25
12
19
51
14
11
8
4
1
22
42
5
23
20
23
45
1
73
27
4
20
17
35
4
17
69
112
77
28
53
1
6
23
3
19
6
13
21
18
24
24
5
14
11
7
35
40
4
15
18
26
51
47
35
7
Per Cent
—20.0
—26.1
2.9
—33.3
-100.0
83.3
—4.29
42.9
-100.0
— 100.0
100.0
—50.0
— 100.0
—66.7
—33.3
46.9
68.3
22.2
— 100.0
16.7
— 100.0
— 100.0
100.0
4.0
Qualicum   	
—39.1
— 15.9
75.0
100.0
155.6
—70.0
—50.0
100.0
—33.3
—50.0
100.0
52 5
50.0
Sechelt   	
—56.6
— 16.0
-80.6
50.0
26.4
—75.0
53.0
64.3
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
27.3
37.5
— 100.0
— 100.0
-100.0
75.0
100.0
Terrace   	
Trail     	
-100.0
59.1
4 8
—20.0
-100.0
— 100.0
-100.0
-100.0
—34.7
University 	
— 10.0
13.1
	
13 4
100.0
—20.0
100.0
—60.0
100.0
35 6
Kitimat—       ....
29.6
Wells    	
75 0
Totals	
160
125
21.9
133
105
—21.1
2,793
2,638
5 6 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1957
Province for the Calendar Years 1956 and 1957—Continued
N 21
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1956
1957
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
or(-)
Decrease
1956
1957
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
15
10
-33.3
47
43
—8.5
35
33
—5.7
$21,025.00
$23,022.45
9.5
10
10
27
59
84
59
115
36
59
41
83
13.9
40.7
21,207.26
28,081.76
24,115.77
41,890.56
13.7
16
68.75
27.0
49.2
2
2
11
16
87
15
90
—6.25
3.4
10
61
9
62
—10.0
1.6
4,738.00
37,878.10
7,735.00
39,287.25
63.3
16
—31.2
3.7
29
33
13.8
178
209
17.4
114
135
18.4
66,136.99
65,856.40
—0.4
73
66
-9.6
506
455
— 10.1
331
303
—8.5
207,530.12
237,144.28
0.14
3
— 100.0
13
1
— 1,200.0
8
1
—700.0
4,670.00
150.00
—96.7
35
44
25.7
217
239
10.1
155
181
16.8
89,923.64
135,316.61
50.5
28
17
—39.3
126
90
—28.6
101
67
—33.6
58,346.25
36,592.00
-37.2
40
29
—27.5
325
219
—32.6
209
150
—28.2
108,231.04
80,323.33
-25.7
4
1
-75.0
13
18
-38.4
8
12
50.0
2,670.50
3,447.60
29.1
4
100.0
4
12
200.0
3
10
23.0
805.00
6,690.00
731.0
7
10
42.9
83
87
4.8
59
65
10.1
31,989.80
46,924.99
46.6
4
3
—25.0
20
13
—35.0
13
9
—30.7
5,830.00
4,485.00
—23.0
18
16
-11.1
97
60
—38.1
70
44
—37.1
35,460.33
25,357.00
-28.4
4
3
—25.0
62
35
-43.5
38
24
— 36.8
16,089.95
12,683.40
—21.1
13
10
-23.1
88
71
— 19.3
66
51
—22.7
39,687.70
26,436.50
—33.3
17
13
—23.5
90
91
1.1
60
58
—3.3
44,480.84
34,100.50
-23.3
8
9
16.5
44
30
— 31.8
29
24
—7.2
13,135.50
22,605.00
72.0
14
13
-7.1
49
51
4.0
33
31
—6.0
18,260.90
17,301.57
—5.2
21
15
—28.9
105
119
33.3
73
77
5.4
39,460.78
38,962.29
-1.2
10
3
-70.0
37
17
-54.0
25
12
— 52.0
12,955.44
5,605.00
-56.7
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28
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19,258.00
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__ s REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1957
N 23
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1957—Continued
HOUR OF OCCURRENCE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
896
14
267
615
813
11
215
587
569
5
141
423
347
4
98
245
270
6
68
196
183
2
62
119
249
2
62
185
1,066
5
197
864
1,151
2
243
906
707
3
137
567
855
1
167
687
1,059
3
264
792
1,084
5
238
841
1,155
4
266
885
1,383
7
327
1,049
1,694
13
446
1,235
2,393
17
558
1,818
2,351
15
599
1,737
1,434
14
425
995
1,563
26
456
1,081
1,308
15
332
961
995
13
243
739
1,029
16
276
737
1,264
12
348
904
156
9
38
109
12 to
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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.-
5 to   6 p.m.-
6 to   7 p.m...
7 to   8 p.m.-
8 to   9 p.rn-
9 to 10 p.m...
10 to 11 p.m...
11 to 12 p.m...
Not stated	
Totals-
224
6,473        |
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..
3,793
3,124
3,143
3,095
3,101
4,527
5,184
7
27
23
29
29
26
34
55
1
1,076
761
770
690
760
1,049
1,365
2
2,690
2,340
2,344
2,376
2,315
3,444
3,764
4
25,974
224
6,473
19,277
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-
39,074
6,303
385
289
38
229
26
4
211
68
3
1
8,817
1,335
101
73
9
166
7
1
30,046
4,900
281
215
29
58
19
3
46,348
10,509
35,551
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-
79
5
1
3
1
1
24
3
90
28
54
2
1
2
1
1 N 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1957—Continued
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..
3. Rear-end collision	
4. Backed into other vehicle	
5. Side-swiped other vehicle going same direction..
6. Not stated	
8,840
4,411
6,622
358
1,344
4,399
30
68
10
4
112
1,895
1,346
1,335
19
145
1,733
Totals..
25,974
224
6,473
6,915
2,997
5,277
339
1,195
2,554
19,277
7.            DRIVERS INVOLVED, DESCRIPTION OF
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1.  MaT-
41,677
4,473
198
269
13
6
9,389
1,098
22
32,019
3,362
170
1    NTnt stat. rl
46,348
288
10,509
35 551
Age of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. 16 to 20 years       	
6,043
6,137
8,528
10,897
8,070
4,039
923
785
709
41
36
56
65
42
22
9
6
6
1,453
1,375
1,898
2,430
1,806
924
221
188
190
4,549
4 726
2. 21 to 24    „     	
3. 25 to 30    „       	
6,574
8,402
6,222
3,093
4. 31 to 40    „         .   ._  .
5. 41 to 50    „     - 	
6. 51 to 60    „      .
7. 61 to 64    „        	
693
8. 65 to 69    „	
591
513
Driving Experience
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
463
405
782
9,256
34,727
715
4
3
5
66
173
37
116
90
205
2,099
7,864
135
343
312
3. 6 to 1? months
572
7,091
26,690
6   Nnf st-fpd
543
Condition of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
43,588
408
80
203
787
208
1,074
237
1
2
2
15
25
6
9,839
137
30
47
230
45
181
33,512
270
48
154
542
138
7    Nnt Stat, ri
887
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
43,935
780
1,421
212
235
29
17
7
9,880
224
380
25
33,820
527
1,024
180 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1957
N 25
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1957—Continued
ACTION OF DRIVER CONTRIBUTING
TO ACCIDENT
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Property
Injury
Damage Only
29,617
163
6,764
22,690
1,733
44
500
1,189
1,265
2
244
1,019
1,602
6
358
1,238
1,297
1
261
1,035
482
15
99
368
383
3
54
326
573
4
157
412
276
1
60
215
239
16
70
153
3,431
19
1,090
2,322
214
18
196
306
2
39
265
121
21
100
39
1
7
31
238
7
26
205
23
1
3
19
145
23
122
2,092
254
1,838
4
2
2
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3
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  	
44,092
285
10,059 33,748
9.                                  TRAFFIC CONTROL
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
19,689
302
2,690
1,833
557
201
1
5
4
4,859
82
680
454
14,629
2. Police officer
219
2,005
4. Stop-signs               	
1,375
5. Warning-signs, slow-signs, etc  	
8
167
382
Totals
25,071
219        1        6.242
18,610
10.
PEDESTRIANS INVOLVED, ACTIONS OF
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Personal
Injury
13
86
7
193
17
170
8
196
1
76
6
92
19
84
6
61
26
3
14
1
12
1
6
2
11
14
5
64
3
79
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
Crossing at intersection—no signal-
In street—not at intersection	
Coming from behind parked or moving vehicle-
Crossing at intersection with signal-
Crossing street diagonally—not at intersection-
Walking on or along highway   	
Playing in street-
Crossing at intersection against signal-
Not on roadway-
Getting on or off another vehicle-
Riding or hitching on vehicle	
Working on car or roadway	
Crossing street diagonally	
In pedestrian crosswalk	
Standing on safety isle	
Not known	
Totals-
99
200
187
204
77
98
103
67
26
17
13
7
13
14
69
82
1,276
92
1,184
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	
753
1
23
127
61
311
1,276
1
14
16
~92~
700
1
22
113
53
295
1,184 N 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1957—Continued
11.
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-
5,015
2,930
l,276i
352
151 =
22
27=
74
75
92
5
3
3
9,773
252
4,941
2,855
1,184
347
148
19
27
9,521
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-
6,363
164
71
1,192
1,606
126
122
100
15
7
5
2
90
16
78
11
41
5
2
9,773
252
6,363
74
55
1,114
1,595
85
117
98
15
9,521
13.
LIGHT CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Daylight	
2. Darkness. 	
3. Artificial light—
-good..
4. Dusk or semi-darkness..
5. Artificial light—poor.	
6. Not stated	
Totals ..
15,215
7,682
1,305
1,266
336
170
81
114
12
9
6
2
3,621
2,060
325
310
111
46
25,974
224
6,473
11,513
5,508
968
947
219
122
19,277
14. PROPERTY DAMAGE.—Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, $12,054,310.74;   amount
for same period last year, $10,901,681.21.
15.
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 blow-out	
7. Head-lights out (both)	
8. Tail-light out or obscured	
9. Glaring head-lights..
10. Head-light out (onelight)..
11. Other defects 	
12. Not stated  	
Totals-
44,048
782
537
188
50
115
39
22
15
15
103
434
46,348
273
6
3
1
1
1
288
10,000
120
143
65
12
37
6
6
5
3
23
10,509
33,775
662
388
120
38
77
32
15
10
12
79
343
35,551
1 Two pedestrians killed and nine pedestrians injured in other than pedestrian accidents.
2 Two motor-cyclists killed and twenty-three motor-cyclists injured in other than motor-cycle accidents. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1957
N 27
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1957—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.
7. 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	
Totals..
31,575
5,590
2,832
1,845
484
613
446
47
226
925
61
235
249
1,220
214
34
16
4
5
2
1
3
1
1
2
7,572
1,228
557
384
51
121
38
7
54
209
10
47
69
162
23,789
4,328
2,259
1,457
428
490
407
40
169
715
50
186
180
1,053
46,348
288
10,509
35,551
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-
13,787
6,817
3,097
618
986
67
602
151
43
24
2
3
3,831
1,641
512
179
144
10
156
9,805
5,133
2,561
437
839
57
445
25,974
224
6,473
19,277
18.
ROAD CONDITION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Normal  	
2. Defect in roadway	
3. Obstruction in road	
4. Road under repair	
5. Obstruction not marked or lighted..
6. Other   _
7. Not stated  	
22,127
447
234
390
109
2,239
428
207
1
1
2
1
9
3
5,607
112
60
114
26
436
118
16,313
334
173
274
82
1,794
307
25,974
224
6,473
19,277
19.                                  TYPE OF ROAD
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
21,447
2,674
1,095
314
52
209
183
186
27
4
4
2
1
5,485
579
264
55
8
40
42
15,776
2. Gravel
2,068
827
4.  Earth
255
44
6. Other  _  . .  .
167
7. Not stated
140
Totals..	
25,974
224
6,473
19,277 N 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1957—Continued
20.                          WEATHER CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Clear    	
2. Rain    .      .   ~	
15,519
4,677
2,837
705
1,303
96
837
152
24
31
7
6
4
4,056
1,120
710
151
209
29
198
11,311
3,533
3. Cloudy.	
2,096
547
1,088
67
7. Not stated	
635
Totals....          ...          ..          	
25,974
224
6,473
19,277
Motor-vehicle and motor-cycle licences issued to December 31st, 1956..
Motor-vehicle and motor-cycle licences issued to December 31st, 1957-
Increase _   _. -	
  _.  448,376
 —   483,011
     34,635
(7.72%)
CONVICTIONS
The number of registered convictions increased by 25 per cent in 1957 over the
number for 1956. This increase is mainly attributable to the determination of the police
forces in the various parts of the Province to deal effectively with the violators of driving
laws.
Credit is possibly due to these enforcement bodies that the increase in accidents
does not equal the increase in the number of vehicles licensed in British Columbia and
that a substantial reduction was recorded in traffic deaths. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1957 N 29
Convictions under "Motor-vehicle Act" and Criminal Code of Canada, 1954—57
Offences
1955
1956
97
101
226
327
32
46
2,308
2,772
509
580
48
48
83
	
	
1957
Under Criminal Code of Canada—
Causing death by criminal negligence, sec. 192-
Causing bodily harm by criminal negligence, sec. 193	
Criminal negligence in operation of motor-vehicle, sec. 221 (1).
Failing to stop after accident, sec. 221 (2)_
Driving motor-vehicle while intoxicated, sec. 222	
Driving a motor-vehicle while ability impaired by alcohol or drugs, sec. 223-
Driving while driver's licence under suspension, sec. 225 (3)..
Unlawfully taking a motor-vehicle without consent of owner, sec. 281-
Driving to common danger, sec. 285 (6) 	
Personation at examination, sec. 347 _  	
225
43
2,276
420
90
429
Under " Motor-vehicle Act "—
Failing to obtain or display motor-vehicle licence or permit as required,
sees. 3-10, 59      	
Failing to notify re change of address, sees. 11, 20 (10)..
Failing to report change in motor-vehicle, sec. 12 	
Failing to transfer motor-vehicle, etc., sec. 14...
Failing to notify of removal or destruction of motor-vehicle, sec. 16 (1)..
Failing to register as a tourist, sec. 17-
Failure of out-of-Province vehicle to obtain permit to transport goods or
passengers, sees. 18, 19.
932
31
20
2
Driving motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence, sec.
20 (7).       	
Driving without obtaining driver's licence, sec. 20 (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)_
Driving while licence is under suspension, sec. 20 (8)..
Driving without having driver's licence in possession at time, sec. 21-
Driving while licence is under suspension, sec. 22-
Driving as a chauffeur without chauffeur's licence or permit, sees. 23-30	
Operating as dealer without licence, misuse of dealer's plates, etc., sees. 31-36
Operating with " D " plates without salesman's licence or permit, etc., sees.
37-40  	
Operating vehicle not properly equipped, sec. 41.... 	
Failing to obtain replacement of licence or chauffeur's badge if mutilated,
sees. 42, 43.
Liability of parent re minor, sec. 47	
Licence fees wrongly refunded, sec. 53 _
Failing to report accident, etc., sec. 55-
Making false statement, permitting another to use licence, etc., sec. 57-
Using licence belonging to another, refusing to show licence, etc., sec. 58—
Failing to stop on request of police or state proper name, sec. 60- 	
Altering number-plates and using fictitious plates, sec. 61_
Permitting person not properly licensed to drive motor-vehicle, etc., sees.
62-80— _. 	
Failing to surrender licence on suspension, sec. 100    	
Removing or releasing impounded vehicle without authority, sec. 101-
Producing invalid financial liability card, etc., sec. 103-
Failing to give proof of financial responsibility for certain ages, sec. 110-
Failing to obey emergency instructions of a peace officer, sees. 117, 119—
Failing to obey traffic-control signal legend, sees. 120, 121, 144...
913
1
I 2,270
f
J
183
19
10
136
27
42
14
5
116
2
10
2
Defacing traffic-control devices by advertising or removal, etc., sees. 123, 124-
Failing to obey special signal signs re highway construction, sees. 126-128,
130      	
Careless driving, sees. 131,132 	
Exceeding maximum speed-limit, sec. 134	
Exceeding speed-limit passing schools and playgrounds, sec. 134-
Infractions of " lane " driving, sees. 137-139-
2,900
10,377
2,820
Infractions of " passing," sees. 140-143, 145, 146.. ~   —
Infractions   of  turning,   starting,   and   directional  signals,   sees.   148-151,
153-155     	
Failure to yield right-of-way, sees. 156-160	
Not exercising due care re pedestrians, sees. 161-165-
Failure to obey rules by bicycle operators, sec. 166	
Failure to stop at railroad crossing, sees. 167-169	
Failure to stop at intersections, sec. 170  	
Illegal stopping or parking, sees. 171-174	
Leaving vehicle improperly parked, sec. 175	
Backing vehicle illegally, sec. 176..
32
Operating motor-cycle with more than one person, sec. 177-
Requirements of safe driving on highway, sees. 178, 179_.	
Fire vehicle safety, sees. 181, 182	
15
1
119
356
79
3,224
721
24
3,483    |    3,303    |    3,874    |    4,541
982
40
1
13
1,458
77
3
4
5
1,044
1,155
3,222
5,270
266
26
374
20
23
21
121
33
44
15
6
166
58
61
13
5
220
4
4
5
253
3
3
3
3,276
12,618
4,758
4,298
14,633
4,968
33
43
8
12
1
	
1,840
63
6
14
2
12
25
1,162
f3,131
373
325
45
459
51
29
3
3
1
2
145
67
74
21
21
250
15
1
3
1
4
2,051
3
113
4,663
15,066
2,586
1,415
681
897
604
352
5
508
2,315
519
131
51
4
17
5 N 30
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act" and Criminal Code of
Canada, 1954-57—Continued
Offences
1954
1955
1956
1957
Under " Motor-vehicle Act "—Continued
Driving on sidewalk, sec. 183	
Horse-racing on highway prohibited, sec. 185..
Opening door requirements, sec. 186 	
Transporting explosives, sees. 187-189 	
Illegal use or defacement of signs, sec. 192	
Regulations under " Motor-vehicle Act "—
Number-plates, Div. 3..
Driving without proper head-lamps, Divs. 4.01-4.06_
Driving without tail-lights, Divs. 4.07-4.10_
Driving without clearance-lights when required, Divs. 4.10-4.16-
Driving without adequate brakes, Divs. 5, 6	
Driving vehicle with defective horn, Div. 7.02  	
Driving vehicle without muffler, Div. 7.03	
Driving vehicle without proper signal lights, Divs. 4.20-4.22	
Driving vehicle with windshield obstructed, Div. 7.05 (a), (&)..
Driving vehicle without windshield-wiper, Div. 7.05 (c)	
Driving vehicle without safety glass, Div. 7.05 (d)..
Driving vehicle without rear-view mirror or unobstructed rear view, Div. 7.04.
Driving vehicle without flag or light at end of a load, Div. 4.13.
Operating vehicle with improperly mounted or unauthorized fog, spot, or
auxiliary lights, Divs. 4.17, 4.18.
Failing to have proper connection between motor-vehicle and trailer, Div.
7.07 («.),(_.).
Driving vehicle without mud-guards, Div. 7.06	
Operating defective vehicle after ordered off road, Div. 7.09-
Failing to sign driver's licence, Div. 15..
Failing to  obtain temporary permit for moving motor-vehicle or trailer
from place to place, Div. 14  	
Letting of vehicle without approved and properly adjusted governors, old
Reg. 20
Operating overweight and oversize vehicles without permit, Div. 19_
" Juvenile Delinquents Act "	
Total of all convictions	
1,986
20,874    I 26,766
32,903
129
130
225
308
315
276
48
29
87
127
13
24
246
207
885
1,179
6
11
3
5
1
4
4
14
33
4
2
2
4
97
462
615
447
59
157
45
675
1,313
32
18
3
11
73
2
264
1
32
2,437
4,215
I     —
6
1
12
39
1
40,193
186
674
686
34
127
36
834
860
60
15
1
22
86
1
6
179
32
2
301
4,142
1,774
26,343    | 32,506    | 40,992    | 50,650 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1957
N 31
3. DRIVING SAFETY
(a) Safety Responsibility
Motor-vehicle liability insurance companies licensed in British Columbia under the
"Insurance Act" forwarded for filing 14,066 British Columbia financial responsibility
insurance certificates in 1957, compared with 14,067 certificates in 1956. The number
of certificates that could not be accepted from the insurance companies due to error or
omission of vital information were 1,083, or 7.7 per cent of the total number received.
This is a marked improvement over 1956, when 9.3 per cent of the total were unacceptable. Certificates cancelled in 1957 at the request of insurance companies totalled
12,745, which represents an increase of 8.8 per cent over the 1956 total of 11,705.
A table giving full information in this regard is quoted hereunder.
Comparison of Financial Responsibility Certificates Received, Filed, and
Cancelled in 1956 and 1957
1956
1957
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
14,067
12,754
1,313
10,023
1,131
1,600
11,705
14,066
12,983
1,083
10,447
1,194
1,342
12,745
299
1
0.01
1.79
230
17.52
Owner's policy certificates and garage and sales-agency certifi-
424
63
1,040
4.23
5.57
258
—....
15.63
8.88
Fees collected under the " Motor-vehicle Act" for the filing of these certificates in
1957 amounted to $25,966, an increase of 1.8 per cent over the amount of $25,508
collected in 1956.
During 1957, 484 financial responsibility cards were issued for motor-vehicles, the
owners of which had given proof of their financial responsibility by establishing themselves with the Superintendent of Insurance as self-insurers, by a bond of a guarantee
or surety company, or by depositing an amount of money or security for money with the
Minister of Finance in a sum required under the "Motor-vehicle Act." This is an
increase of 63.5 per cent over 1956, when 296 financial responsibility cards were issued.
An increase of 41.2 per cent in the number of persons released from the obligation
of maintaining proof of financial responsibility was experienced in 1957 over the total
for 1956. Applications were received from 3,468 persons in 1957, as compared with
2,457 in 1956.
A total of 1,671 motor-vehicles were impounded under the safety responsibility
laws during 1957, as compared with 1,626 in 1956. This slight increase as compared
with the increase in the number of motor-vehicles licensed in this Province tends to
indicate that the percentage of owners covered by third-party liability insurance is
climbing steadily. Releases were ordered in 1,494 cases, leaving a balance of 1,007
motor-vehicles still impounded as at December 31st, 1957.
Suspensions of drivers' licences due to Court orders and recommendations of the
convicting Magistrates increased by 61.6 per cent in 1957 over 1956. The number
amounted to 2,809, whereas in 1956 the total was 1,738. The following table indicates
the periods of suspension ordered or recommended by Magistrates after convictions for
the various offences:— N 32 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Suspension of Drivers' Licences by Court Order and Recommendations, 1957
Months
Years
a
c
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_>
■a
V
O
Offence
M
u
XI
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
2
3
O
H
Driving without due care
63
1
12
1
72
6
2
268
3
4
259
9
2
126
53
26
85
7
3
115
6
39
18
11
119
8
8
338
15
5
49
47
1
13
8
25
2
1
1
2
1
4
3
6
152
9
1
65
19
17
230
13
6
25
31
1
12
1
7
2
2
18
1
1
....
24
13
15
145
13
5
8
23
2
10
4
3
11
2
4
6
2
1
9
2
5
3
2
4
2
....
1
2
4
5
10
1
6
M
659
69
Driving while intoxicated—
Driving  while  ability im-
60
1,321
Failing to remain at scene
73
Driving   while   under   su-
28
321
Adjudged   juvenile   delin-
200
10
-11!
68
Totals 	
157
750 |284
603
41
175
419 |    1  | .... | 32 | .... | ....
248
42
28
7
22
2,809
During 1957, suspensions of licences pending the filing of proof of financial responsibility for various reasons indicated on the table hereunder increased 18 per cent over that
of 1956. A total of 11,673 suspensions were made in 1957, as compared with 9,896 in
1956.
Proof of financial responsibility was given in 8,432 instances in 1957, as compared
with 8,162 in 1956. This shows an increase of 3.2 per cent in the number of licence reinstatements in 1957, and is also shown in detail in the following table: —
Drivers' Licences
Suspended Reinstated
-careless driving     3,052
Offence
Accident-
Accident—reckless driving  25
No accident—reckless driving  65
Accident—drunken driving  18
No accident—drunken driving  43
Accident—impaired driving  311
No accident—impaired driving  2,271
Accident—failing to remain at scene of accident
Accident—driving under suspension 	
No accident—driving under suspension	
Accident—suspension due to accident     1
Accident—speeding	
Accident—no driver's licence	
Accident—no chauffeur's licence	
Accident—no accident report	
Accident—unsatisfied judgment __
Conviction and judgment outside Province
Unsatisfactory driving record	
Suspension by Superintendent	
Death by criminal negligence	
Bodily harm by criminal negligence	
Accidents—manslaughter	
Juvenile delinquents
269
11
97
200
86
49
1
48
35
146
58
96
20
2
Further or additional financial responsibility
Miscellaneous 	
3,768
2
2,267
37
98
10
31
249
1,327
175
9
32
960
21
90
4
59
12
67
87
40
5
1
6
2,833
3
Totals
11,673
8,423 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1957
N 33
(b) Examination of Drivers
In 1957 a total of 103,264 persons were examined to determine their fitness to drive
a motor-vehicle, an increase of 20 per cent over the 1956 total of 86,346. The increase
is directly attributable to the increased use of the motor-vehicle in our way of life, and it
is also of interest to note the continued increase in the percentage of female applicants
for original drivers' licences. In 1957 that percentage was 32.7 per cent, compared with
25.3 per cent in 1956. A total of 141,056 examinations were conducted in 1957, which
is considerably more than the number of persons examined. This fact is due to the considerable number of persons who required more than one examination to qualify.
The following table is a summary of examinations for original licence applicants.
It shows a total of 52,396 applicants, as compared with 47,354 in 1956, an increase of
11 per cent.   Reasons for licence restriction and failures are shown. N 34
BRITISH COLUMBIA
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O REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1957
N 41
(c) Drivers' Improvement Programme
Since 1953 this Branch has continued to develop a programme to deal with the
problem of the driver who is able to qualify in the skill tests in the examination of drivers
but who displays a poor attitude or poor manners in the operation of a motor-vehicle.
The programme is basically one of:—
(1) The review of a driving record upon adding new records of conviction
or accidents:
(2) Adjudication of records to determine appropriate action;  and
(3) Steps to implement the action deemed necessary.   In step (3) the action
may be:—
(a) A warning letter to the driver, which discusses the record and
emphasizes the need for more prudent driving in the future to retain the
privilege of driving:
(b) An interview to discuss driving habits, including, when necessary, an actual driving test; and
(c) The suspension of driving privileges for a definite period of time.
Often, prior to the reinstatement of a licence, the licensee is interviewed
to review the problems which caused the Branch's action and to emphasize the need for care in the future.
Prior to the suspension of a driver's licence for an unsatisfactory driving record, the
licensee receives a " hearing " notice, which lists his driving record and advises him that
unless he can show cause before a given date why his licence should not be suspended,
his driving privilege will be suspended for the length of time indicated in the notice.
Suspension under this programme increased in 1957 to 3,735 from 2,009 in 1956,
or 81 per cent.
Warning letters amounted to 5,279 in 1957, as compared with 3,007 in 1956, an
increase of 75 per cent.
Driving records reviewed in the programme totalled 57,789 in 1957, compared
with 43,733 in 1956, an increase of 32 per cent.
Personal interviews amounted to 1,024 in 1957, an increase of 986 over the 1956
total of 138. In the future this method of approach will receive increasing attention.
It is felt to be a very valuable part of the programme. An " across the desk " talk with
a driver who encounters trouble in remaining within the law is an essential if there is
ever to be an understanding by them of what they must do to retain their driving
privileges.
A valuable part of the programme is in the public contacts made with safety-minded
community groups throughout the Province. The Motor-vehicle Branch played an active
part in the B.C. Safety Council, and worked with other traffic and safety councils. High
schools come in for a lot of attention in the programme through the visiting of schools to
explain to the students the problems of driver's licence control and the encouragement
of high-school driver-training programmes, thirty-eight of which were under way by the
end of 1957. N 42
BRITISH COLUMBIA
The following are statistics for the drivers' improvement programme of 1957:—
Warning Letters and Suspensions
Age-group
Warning Letters
Suspensions
Already
Male
Female
Total
Male
Female
Total
Warned
1,319
1,048
1,033
914
563
240
61
26
28
6
7
15
10
7
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1
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1,055
1,048
924
570
241
62
26
28
925
832
670
655
408
158
26
21
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3
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6
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928
837
676
667
412
159
26
21
9
199
21-24 years..	
214
25-30    „    	
164
31-40    „    	
97
41-50    „     	
59
51-60    „    	
23
61-64    „	
3
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Totals.. 	
Same period last year	
5,232
2,965
47
42
5,279
3,007
3,704
1,992
1        31
1        17
3,735
2,009
761
682
4. ENCUMBRANCE REGISTRY DIVISION
In British Columbia the location for filing of documents under the " Bills of Sale
Act," " Conditional Sales Act," " Mechanics' Lien Act," " Companies Act," and the
4i Co-operative Associations Act" which concern motor-vehicles is in the office of the
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles. The Encumbrance Registry Division is the part of the
Motor-vehicle Branch which maintains these records in a manner so as to be able to
advise the public of the state of legal title of a motor-vehicle.
It is significant of the economic trend of 1957 that less document filings were made
under the " Conditional Sales Act" and the " Bills of Sale Act" than in 1956. On the
other hand, searches of title increased, indicating more concern by vehicle-purchasers and
those loaning money with motor-vehicle security that they were in fact dealing with a good
title.
The following table indicates the volume of transactions handled by this Division: —
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," 1956 and 1957.
1956
1957
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
Increase
Per Cent
Decrease
Item
Registrations   under   " Conditional   Sales
Act " -
73,843
23,048
1,169
20
2
934
1,261
33,504
32,880
141
72,115
20,626
1,558
44
3
829
1,681
35,889
34,275
144
1,728
2,422
2.34
Registrations under " Bills of Sale Act "	
Registrations under " Mechanics' Lien Act "
Registrations under " Companies Act "	
Registrations under " Co-operative Associ-
10.51
389
24
1
33.28
120.00
50.00
33.31
7.12
4.24
2.13
Releases filed under  "Conditional Sales
A<-t "
105
11.24
420
2,385
1,395
3
166,802
167,164
362
0.22
Revenue
$96,610.50
99,951.00
16,596.00
20.00
2.00
141.00
$91,347.50
94,913.50
17,541.00
44.00
3.00
144.00
$5,263.00
5,037.50
5.45
Value of law stamps attached to documents
5.04
Value of conditional sales and bills of sale
$945.00
24.00
1.00
3.00
5.69
120.00
50.00
2.13
Miscellaneous copying and certification fees..
$213,320.50
$203,993.00
$9,327.50
4.37
	 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1957
5. SCHOOL BUSES
N 43
In 1957 school-bus permits were issued for 587 vehicles, which is a reduction
of 27 from the 1956 total of 614.
Accidents involving twenty-six school buses were recorded in 1957, compared with
twenty in 1956. None of the accidents were fatal, and personal injuries to seven pupils
were recorded.
6. STAFF
The 1957/58 Estimates provided for a permanent staff complement of 217, all of
which positions were used. An additional 56 temporary employees were on the staff at
December 31st, 1957, making a total of 273 employees, compared with 264 in 1956,
an increase of 3.4 per cent.
A new office was opened in Vancouver East in January, 1957, and further spread
the Branch services in the Greater Vancouver area. A permanent drivers' examination
unit was located at Pouce Coupe.
It is commendable that the staff, with so very few additions, was able to meet
a substantially increased work load.
CONCLUSION
The demands by the public for increased facilities and service from the Branch
continued in 1957. This is only logical and will continue in future years. The safety of
human life depends upon the manner of operation of the motor-vehicle on our highways.
This involves the adequacy of drivers to deal with the complexities of modern traffic, and
the adequacy of the vehicles they operate. Pressure continues on the Branch to deal
more critically with these factors. A drivers' examination programme of considerable
value now exists, and, within the limitations of staff, performs a very useful service.
Increasing attention is focused on the problem driver who has the unhappy faculty of
violating our driving laws to the menace of life and limb of other highway-users. The
programme of driver's licence control must be expended if we are to properly serve the
purpose.
It will be necessary within the next few years to develop some form of a programme
of motor-vehicle inspection. It is carried out very efficiently in the City of Vancouver
by a branch of that city's government. For lack of volume of vehicles concentrated in
a compact area, this type of programme is not practical for development in more than
one or two other communities. A motor-vehicle inspection programme to serve all
British Columbia properly, as undoubtedly it must in time, will require regulation and
supervision by this Branch.
Pedestrian fatalities are in very high proportion in British Columbia, possibly
because of the concentration of senior citizens in the milder climate of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. An information programme of pedestrian education is
a need, but this form of programme must have whole-hearted public support to succeed.
It must be accepted by pedestrians, and they must be made to realize its need to protect
their lives.
Again mention must be made of the inadequate accommodation of our head office
in Victoria. A desired high level of efficiency in certain parts of our work simply is not
possible under existing circumstances. As the work continues to grow, this situation
becomes more acute.
I am very grateful for the splendid co-operation this Branch enjoys with various
community groups and business organizations dedicated to the cause of safety. Without
their help, we could not succeed. N 44 BRITISH COLUMBIA
I am also grateful for the continued assistance of the members of your Department
and other Provincial Government departments. Splendid co-operation is enjoyed with
the Officer Commanding and other officers and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police, and the chief constables, officers, 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.
1959
410-1258-6976

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