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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
MOTOR-VEHICLE
BRANCH
FOR THE YEAR
1959
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1961  To Major-General the Honourable George Randolph Pearkes,
V.C., P.C., C.B., D.S.O., 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 1959.
R. W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
Attorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., December, 1960.  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF
MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1959
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 1959.
This Report contains statistics of licences issued by the Branch in accordance
with the Motor-vehicle Act. It deals with the various aspects of the work required
to be carried on in accordance with the Motor-vehicle Act. It does, in short, tell
the story of the trend of the motor-vehicle and its use in our society. It indicates
some of the problems of the Motor-vehicle Branch in meeting the needs of the public
and what has been done during 1959 to meet those requirements.
The Provincial Legislature enacted in 1959 the Department of Commercial
Transport Act, and that Act made the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles the licensing
authority for commercial vehicles with responsibility to the Minister of Commercial
Transport.
The Department of Commercial Transport Act provided for a new basis for the
licensing of commercial vehicles. Prior to its enactment, all commercial vehicles
were required to license in accordance with the unladen weight of the vehicle. The
Department of Commercial Transport Act provides that the basis for licensing be
the gross vehicle weight, meaning the maximum weight of vehicle and load which
would be carried during a licence-year.
The year 1959 saw the commencement of a conversion programme of record-
handling by the Branch to provide for increased mechanical processing by the use
of various types of business machines. The conversion involves the driver's licence
and motor-vehicle licence aspects of the work, and was the result of a great deal of
planning over a period of several years before a decision was made to undertake
the change. The end of 1959 saw the Branch in a position to prepare 1960 motor-
vehicle licence applications under the new programme. During the year it was also
possible to measure work requirements for drivers' examinations by a mechanical
process and to select applicants for re-examinations by the same means. It thus
became possible to determine the names of persons who had not been examined for
many years, in a manner which was not possible under the former method of selection on a manual basis.
Further reference will be made to the mechanical conversion as it arises during
the discussions of various aspects of the Branch's work in this Report. This Report
deals with the operation of the Branch under the following headings:—
1. Licences.
2. Accidents and Convictions.
3. Driving Safety.
(a) Safety Responsibility.
(. ) Examination of Drivers.
(c) Drivers' Improvement Programme.
4. Encumbrance Registry Division.
5. School Buses.
6. Staff. H 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA
1. LICENCES
The total number of motor-vehicles licensed in the Province in 1959 was
541,363. This represents an increase of 30,160 over the 1958 total of 511,203, or
5.89 per cent. Passenger motor-vehicles in 1959 accounted for 419,422 licences
and an increase of 26,085 over the 1958 total of 393,337, or 6.63 per cent. Commercial vehicles amounted to 121,941, compared to 117,866 in 1958, or an increase
of 3.45 per cent.
The last few years have shown great increases in the number of licensed
trailers, and 1959 was no exception. Trailer licenses issued amounted to 43,682,
compared to the 1958 total of 34,928, or an increase of 2.5 per cent. It is interesting to note that the 1952 total of licences issued in this category was 13,543,
approximately 30 per cent of the 1959 total, and, further, that the issuance of
trailer licences has more than doubled since the 1955 total of 20,855.
An indication of the sudden growth in the volume of work required to be
performed by the Branch is noted in the considerable increase in the filing of notices
of transfer of motor-vehicles. During 1959, 282,309 transfers were filed, which
averages slightly more than 23,500 per month. In 1952 the work requirement in
this category amounted to an average of 17,000 transfers per month.
The table which follows is a comparison of licences and permits for motor-
vehicles and trailers issued for the licence-years 1952 to 1959, inclusive:— REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1959
H 7
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., Issued during the
Licence-years 1952 to 1959, Inclusive
Licences Issued
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
Motor-vehicles—
Passenger (new).
Passenger (renewal)	
Total passenger-
Commercial (new)	
Commercial (renewal)-
34,820
201,891
37,532
221,408
34,441     44,269
241,720   259,212
52,950     50,990
288,700   320,737
43,576
349,761
49,268
370,154
236,711  1258,940
276,161  |303,481
341,650 |371,727
393,337
419,422
12,521
68,321
11,485
74,580
11,248
80,558
15,845
86,252
17,827
91,016
Total commercial -
80,842 | 86,065
91,806 |102,097
108,843
special    motor-vehicle
Total motor-vehicles 	
Non-resident   touring   motor-vehicle
permits	
Non-resident
permits	
Non-resident commercial motor-vehicle
permits   —
Permits for temporary operation	
Permits   for  temporary   operation
farm tractors  —
317,553 |345,005 |367,967   405,578
1,209
162
952
1,702
Motor-cycles-
New	
Renewal	
445
3,484
1,371
130
1,555
1,806
508
3,317
2,127
213
2,598
2,612
470
3,274
450,493
487,844 |511,203  |541,363
1,959
232
3,991
3,998
829
1,673
219
6,519
7,787
983
532
3,233
536
3,188
Total motor-cycleS-
3,929 |    3,825  |    3,744 |    3,765
3,724
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	
13,543
15,417
18,205
688
682
687
859
889
873
9
10
10
5
8
9
914
903
875
171,618
173,954
172,256
31,756
33,626
37,540
2,912
2,630
2,847
358
286
466
20,855
691
883
10
5
843
722
995
12
7
947
191,642
41,718
2,846
505
210,463
44,928
2,904
672
15,685
100,432
11,676     12,985
106,190   108,956
116,117  1117,866  1121,941
1,384
245
8,493
11,575
1,070
602
3,112
1,100
149
10,056
13,333
1,100
577
3,464
965
109
13,197
18,100
1,220
678
3,450
3,714 I    4,041 I    4,128
29,663     34,928     43,682
724
979
11
6
908
215,896
45,671
3,173
830
730
925
15
7
919
218,513
46,536
3,190
1,046
755
970
31
19
1,024
229,655
48,061
3,080
1,513
Total transfers-
Chauffeurs—
Original Class A	
Original Class B	
Original Class C	
Search fees 	
S.R. filing fees	
206,644 |210,496  |213,109 [236,711
258,967  1265,570 1269,285  1282,309
4,616
4,275
42,997
562,175
4,546
4,128
42,862
712,517
4,541
4,001
43,486
668,319
4,627
4,011
48,406
939,920
9,690
4,978
4,243
59,443
630,112
13,166
5,251
4,269
65,159
805,528
13,123
5,207
4,112
61,556
639,269
12,785
5,295
4,485
64,359
328,115
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Commercial motor-vehicles	
Drivers' Licences
The Branch issued drivers' licences to 90,947 applicants during 1959.   This
figure is very near the 1958 total of 90,908.   Of this total, 45,814 were issued to
original applicants.    Persons under 21 years of age were applicants in 16,198
original licences as compared to 14,548 in 1958, and original adult applicants
accounted for 29,616 as compared to 30,759 in 1958.
The number of licensed drivers was determined to be 648,605 at the end of
the 1959 licence-year.    It was possible to obtain statistical information by the
various age-groups of the licensed drivers to show the numbers in the various H 10 BRITISH COLUMBIA
groups and the percentage in each group of total licences issued.    The statistical
analysis of drivers' licences follows:—
Drivers' Licences—Statistical Information by Age-groups
Percentage
Age Number of Total
16-20 years   44,710 6.89
21-25     „       70,017 10.81
26-30     „     	
31-35     „     	
36-40     „       85,322 13.15
41-45     „       70,024 10.80
46-50     „       64,525 9.94
51-55     „       47,229 7.28
56-60     „       33,271 5.13
61-65     „       22,075 3.40
66-70     „       16,661 2.57
71-75     „       11,645 1.79
76-80     „       5,520 0.85
81-85     „       1,405 0.23
Over 85 years  187 0.03
.,119 13.58
87,895 13.55
Totals   648,605 100.00
Further statistical information shows that 70.85 per cent of licensed drivers
were male and 29.15 per cent female.
Chauffers' Licences
The comparative statement that appeared on a previous page showed the
numbers of chauffeurs' licences issued during the period 1952 to 1959 by the three
classes of licence. Class A chauffeur's licence is required by a driver of a passenger-
carrying vehicle with a capacity in excess of nine passengers other than the driver.
A Class B chauffeur's licence is required by the driver of a passenger-carrying
vehicle which has a capacity not in execss of nine passengers inclusive of the driver.
A Class C chauffeur's licence is the requirement of a driver of a commercial vehicle
used for the transportation of personal property when the driver is carrying out that
operation for compensation.
The total number of chauffeurs' licences issued in 1959 was 74,139, an increase
of 4.60 per cent over the 1958 total of 70,875. The 1959 issuance total alters a
trend in evidence in 1958 which showed that there were less licences issued than in
the preceding licence-year. There seems to be no reason to account for this other
than by saying that there developed a lapse in the actions of enforcement bodies in
failing to check motorists for their compliance with the chauffeur's licence provisions
of the Motor-vehicle Act.
Distribution of Motor-vehicles
Always of interest is the distribution of licensed motor-vehicles in the various
communities in the Province, and an appropriate table to indicate the distribution
in 1959 follows. It is pointed out these figures show the volumes of licences issued
at the various centres. This, of course, does not necessarily mean that every vehicle
licensed at a specific centre is operated in that area. However, it is fair to say that
it does provide good indication of the distribution of motor-vehicles throughout
British Columbia. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1959
Distribution of Motor-vehicles
H 11
The following table shows a breakdown of motor-vehicle licence issuance by
centres:—
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Used
New
Renewals
Total
Used
New
Renewals
Total
Total
Abbotsford	
Alberni	
119
71
17
10
41
260
19
296
219
249
110
65
109
408
9
257
26
186
8
187
39
24
22
57
124
184
843
297
47
154
639
25
335
60
10
61
43
10
45
36
26
79
2,121
722
589
44
135
1,089
95
490
452
27
3
86
725
10
553
530
542
174
400
89
266
2
176
58
782
1
478
202
15
23
320
749
437
3,964
1,151
55
706
607
139
740
276
25
163
44
2
117
133
108
509
10,617
3,355
3,947
68
675
3,450
206
4,722
5,572
678
21
597
8,503
577
10,779
6,419
4,060
1,421
5,638
1,080
1,733
466
1,302
1,380
5,945
212
6,167
1,867
845
714
2,628
8,544
5,552
45,448
12,388
1,629
5,895
3,425
2,655
5,451
2,318
697
1,921
1,066
767
1,907
1,084
1,141
4,850
63,590
32,283
21,104
657
5,919
64,736
1,801
5,331
6,095
722
34
724
9,488
606
11,628
7,168
4,851
1,705
6,103
1,278
2,407
477
1,735
1,464
6,913
221
6,832
2,108
884
759
3,005
9,417
6,173
50,255
13,836
1,731
6,755
4,671
2,819
6,526
2,654
732
2,145
1,153
779
2,069
1,253
1,275
5,438
76,328
36.360
25,640
769
6,729
69,275
2,102
63
11
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10
17
43
11
97
10
171
61
8
229
249
161
18
49
4
23
1
5
5
15
13
39
123
8
33
34
708
2
105
11
17
12
13
18
5
8
12
112
147
18
16
37
73
33
239
70
22
4
60
240
61
308
94
187
93
121
51
218
6
98
44
294
5
153
30
6
39
84
181
179
540
104
55
193
495
32
369
68
12
126
31
2
76
83
93
93
1,509
1,151
287
80
271
1,380
175
2,048
1,197
451
47
625
3,155
580
4,079
1,911
1,806
1,133
1,923
584
1,597
290
1,055
975
2,892
152
2,421
475
445
473
1,091
2,550
2,647
8,342
2,570
861
2,019
2,898
820
3,270
791
406
1,467
508
197
1,307
973
764
1,185
12,807
6,259
2,064
793
3,252
17,152
1,649
2,350
1,278
478
61
702
3,438
652
4,484
2,015
2,164
1,287
2,052
864
2,074
296
1,314
1,037
3,235
161
2,597
506
456
■ 517
1,190
2,744
2,865
8,905
2,682
949
2,246
4,101
852
3,744
870
418
1,610
551
212
1,401
1,061
865
1,290
14,428
7,557
2,369
889
3,560
18,605
1,857
7,681
7,373
1,200
Atlin .       	
95
1,426
Chilliwack	
Clinton  	
Cloverdale	
Courtenay	
Cranbrook 	
Creston         	
12,926
1,258
16,112
9,183
7,015
2,992
8,155
2,142
Fort St. John
4,481
Ganges     —
Golden _
773
3,049
2,501
10,148
382
Kelowna	
Kitimat 	
9,429
2,614
1,340
1,276
4,195
12,161
Nelson -	
New Westminster1	
North Vancouver2.
Oliver 	
Penticton - -
Pouce Coupe3
9,038
59,260
16,518
2,680
9,001
8,772
3,673
10,270
3,524
1,150
3,755
Revelstoke	
Rossland	
Salmon Arm	
Smithers  	
Terrace	
Trail 	
1,704
991
3,470
2,314
2,140
6,728
90,756
43,917
Vancouver-Point Grey
Vanderhoof- -	
28,009
1,658
10,289
Victoria5 	
87,880
3,959
Totals —
10,621
38,647
370,154
419,422
2,863
10,122
108,956
121,941
541,363
1 New Westminster (includes issuance at Haney, a temporary office at Burnaby during rush period, and
mail-order issuance to New Westminster area from Victoria):   Passenger, 51,895;   commercial, 9,229.
2 North Vancouver (does not include 943 commercial plates issued for National Defence vehicles that operate throughout British Columbia):   Passenger, 13,836;   commercial, 1,739.
3 Pouce Coupe (does not include 256 commercial plates issued for National Defence vehicles that operate
throughout British Columbia):   Passenger, 4,671;   commercial, 3,845.
4 Vancouver (includes issuance from Motor Licence Office at 1730 West Georgia Street, 2410 Nanaimo
Street, and 5986 East Boulevard; also includes mail-order issuance to Vancouver area from Victoria; does not
include issuance at North Vancouver; issuance at Sechelt and Squamish, which account through Vancouver, has
been deducted):   Passenger, 152,828;   commercial, 26,218.
5 Victoria (does not include mail-order issuance to other areas; in addition to these totals, 619 passenger and
3,694 commercial plates were issued for Provincial Government vehicles and 402 commercial plates were issued
for National Defence vehicles which operate throughout British Columbia): Passenger, 45,018; commercial,
8,533. H 12
BRITISH COLOMBIA
Mail-order Issuance
The experience of the Branch has shown that there is a fairly constant requirement to provide licence-issuance service by mail. The 1959 total of licences issued
in this manner was 40,137, fairly close to the 1958 total of 40,180. It is observed
that there has not been the increase in licence issuance by this means as there has
been in across-the-counter sales at the various Licence Issuing Offices. This fact
certainly does not discourage the Branch in that it is a strong feeling faster service
can be rendered to the public in the person-to-person issuing-office contact, and
that the issuing-office contact is more economical from the point of cost of Government administration. A synopsis of the 1959 mail-order issuance follows and shows
the types of licences issued in this manner and some indication of the place of
residence of the applicant.
1959 Mail-order Synopsis
Victoria
Vancouver
New
Westminster
Vancouver
Island and
Islands
Balance of
Province
Out of
Province
Totals
Passenger plates 	
Provincial Government passenger plates 	
Commercial plates _ 	
Provincial   Government
commercial plates 	
Motor-cycle plates	
Farm tractor plates	
National Defence plates	
Section 7 (a) (" XH " plates)
Section 7 lb) ("X" plates)-
Totals  —
4,648
619
819
3,694
29
1
402
23
148
16,051
1,622
52
11
643
415
10,383
18,794
1,640
147
86
89
1,975
470
20
61
70
1,970
2,604
3,889
1,252
62
69
593
263
83
121
6,128
49
5
258
28,286
619
4,431
3,694
169
91
402
1,455
990
40,137
Revenue
Revenue collected by the Motor-vehicle Branch, by the issuance of licences,
permits, and other related services, in the 1959 licence-year (March 1st, 1959, to
February 29th, 1960) totalled $14,659,511.77, as compared to 1958 licence-year
revenue collection of $13,659,857.44. The increase of $999,654.33 amounted to
7.3 per cent over the 1958 total. Motor-vehicle Branch offices collected 69.1 per
cent of the 1959 total in the amount of $10,128,758.66. The balance of $4,530,-
753.11 or 30.9 per cent was collected through the various Government Agencies of
the Department of Finance which carry out licence-issuance service in the areas of
the Province not served directly by the Motor-vehicle Branch.
The following are the locations of Motor-vehicle Branch offices with the 1959
revenue collection for each office noted:—
Vancouver (Georgia Street)
Victoria 	
New Westminster	
Vancouver East	
Vancouver-Point Grey	
Cloverdale 	
North Vancouver
Chilliwack 	
Kamloops	
Abbotsford	
$2,570,616.22
2,171,084.34
1,532,004.41
1,241,772.54
669,042.63
425,426.01
383,455.65
356,872.69
283,696.26
207,639.60 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1959       H 13
Trail	
Mission
Total
$177,165.91
109,982.40
$10,128,758.66
2. ACCIDENTS AND CONVICTIONS
Motor-vehicle Accidents
The following table gives a summary of the accident frequency during the
period 1952 to 1959:—
Motor-
vehicles
Registered
Number
of
Accidents
Accidents
per 1,000
Vehicles
Registered
Injuries
Deaths
Deaths
per
10,000
Vehicles
Registered
Average
Property
Damage
Deaths
per 100
Million
Miles
Fatal
Accidents
Fatal
Accidents
per 100
Million
Miles
1952 	
317,553
345,005
367,967
405,578
450,493
487,844
506,398
536,120
21,189
22,096
22,425
22,030
24,905
25,976
24,583
25,536
66.70
63.05
61.05
55.10
55.34
53.24
48.54
47.63
7,197
7,737
7,582
8,263
9,700
9,521
9,814
10,541
209
208
211
225
316
252
282
309
6.5
5.9
5.7
5.6
7.0
5.1
5.5
5.7
$304.32
322.59
325.67
392.79
437.05
482.76
480.72
478.79
9.44
8.49
7.38
7.51
9.03
6.70
7.01
7.55
177
183
181
194
272
224
246
268
7.99
1953   .
7.47
19S4
6.33
1955    . . .
1956	
1957
1958	
1959	
6.47
7.77
5.96
6.12
6.55
The total number of accidents increased in 1959 from the 1958 total but remained below the 1957 accident total. Whilst the increase in total accidents was
3.9 per cent, it is noted injuries increased by 7.3 per cent, and deaths, as a result
of motor-vehicle accidents, increased by a startling 9.5 per cent.
Accidents—
1958   24,583
1959   25,536
Injuries—
1958
1959
Deaths—
1958
1959
Increase of 3.8 per cent.
Increase of 7.4 per cent.
9,814
10,541
282
309
Property damage—
1958 	
Increase of 9.5 per cent.
$11,918,047.48
1959      12,226,545.90
Increase of 2.3 per cent.
Tables follow which set out accident statistics for the various cities, municipalities, villages, and districts of British Columbia for 1958 and 1959. H 14
CITIES
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
23
3
33
19
17
21
12
1
12
6
1
39
21
6
45
26
13
25
18
2
2
4
Per Cent
—8.7
	
2
1
100.0
100.0
100.0
2
1
100.0
100.0
36.4
36.8
—23.5
1
	
	
19.0
— 100.0
-100.0
100X1
50.0
1
-
2
100.0
1
1
2
100.0
— 83.3
1
2
~~2
—33.3
— 100.0
	
55
1
36
19
49
18
305
41.0
100.0
Kelowna	
2
-iooTo
100.0
—33.3
29
4
66
7
359
155
47
34
61
33
47
33
7
5
7
27
3,284
37
403
24.1
375.0
3
4
— 100.0
—25.7
157.0
4
1
2
~100.0
-33.3
4
4
1
2
2
— 15.0
120!    —22.6
3
3
2
44
47
37
37
61
30
10
12
14
32
3,433
35
358
19
—06.3
38.2
1
2
1
1
2
100.0
— 100.0
-100.0
100.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
—39.3
12.1
1
29.7
1
-9.0
lbo.o
-100.0
100.0
-100.0
42.8
1
1
140.0
1
100.0
Trail                                   	
30
1
5
1
18.5
36
1
7
30
1
5
1
-16.7
32
1
7
-6.25
43.2
—5.4
—28.5
100.0
—28.5
100.0
— 11.1
White Rock	
100.0
Totals. 	
64
55
— 14.0
59
55
—67.0
4,832
4,934
21.0
DISTRICT MUNICIPALITIES
4
1
7
1
8
11
2
7
2
2
Per Cent
175.0
100.0
4
1
7
1
5
11
2
5
2
2
Per Cent
175.0
100.0
—28.5
100.0
—60.0
557
18
97
87
59
32
2
1
19
111
143
67
21
4
110
38
2
586
24
102
91
115
46
1
Per Cent
52 0
33.3
51.0
100.0
-75.0
45.0
Delta             	
94.9
43.7
— 100.0
1
6
2
2
2
4
2
6
2
3
6
2
1
— 100.0
1
2
3
7
2
1
100.0
100.0
16.6
—50.0
100.0
-100.0
-100.0
100.0
100.0
33
131
135
59
27
73.6
18.0
6
4
—55.0
— 11.9
100.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
28.5
3
2
— 100.0
North Vancouver  	
4
4
1
5
105
44
1
1
214
160
15
75
21
541
142
21
27
—45.0
15.7
5
4
1
6
15
1
— 100.0
100.0
5
2
ioo.o
100.0
-14.2
175
134
31
39
14
544
7
105
17
5
22.2
100.0
100.0
-16.6
19.4
—51.6
7
92.3
50.0
15
11
15
36.3
—5.0
— 100.0
1
1
1
35.2
	
23.5
Powell River — —	
440.0
Totals	
67
71
59.0
55
66
20.0
2,439
2,717
11.3 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1959       H 15
the Province for the Calendar Years 1958 and 1959
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1958
1959
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
15
14
-6.6
112
89
-20.5
67
52
—22.3
$34,163.33
$25,809.11
—24.4
1
6
500.0
13
18
38.4
8
12
50.0
2,188.00
4,860.50
122.0
23
34
47.8
157
238
51.5
82
128
56.0
39,020.69
53,591.75
37.3
13
19
46.1
119
102
— 14.2
65
62
—46.0
29,982.42
31,009.97
34.0
14
10
—28.5
105
102
—28.0
56
54
—35.0
22,263.05
21,106.29
—51.0
16
17
6.2
173
147
— 15.0
93
80
— 13.9
32,761.77
29,269.55
— 10.6
10
15
50.0
88
88
53
50
—56.0
17,756.50
18,326.50
32.0
1
2
100.0
6
5
— 16.6
4
4
1,400.00
24,237.00
173.0
10
2
— 80.0
31
21
—32.2
18
12
—33.3
6,567.00
2,945.30
—55.1
3
3
27
24
11 1
14
14
4,186.00
5,868.34
40.1
1
-100.0
37.9
9
329
5
336
—44.4
21.0
5
183
2
184
—60.0
5.0
1,223.00
82,032.91
700.00
89,421.96
—42.7
29
40
90.0
1
23
100.0
15.0
5
183
5
198
3
100
3
108
8.0
570.00
42,535.77
908.00
43,179.35
59.2
20
81.0
15.0
4
15
275.0
36
70
94.4
21
41
95.2
7,273.50
13,753.46
89.0
44
31
—29.5
376
290
—22.8
201
161
— 19.9
82,465.35
68,422.76
— 17.0
7
16
128.0
71
99
39.4
39
53
35.8
14,492.45
24,506.00
69.1
243
229
—5.7
1,919
1,820
-51.0
961
935
—27.0
462,688.28
394,396.55
-14.7
103
92
— 10.6
641
648
— 10.0
331
338
21.0
148,641.94
136,075.45
— 84.0
28
32
14.2
219
182
— 16.8
125
111
— 11.2
47,130.29
35,263.80
—25.1
28
35
25.0
260
286
10.0
135
152
12.5
61,764.16
66,026.70
69.0
35
25
—28.5
195
184
—56.0
112
96
— 14.2
57,975.58
43,442.73
—25.0
19
27
42.1
111
107
—36.0
61
60
— 16.0
28,942.04
29,481.36
18.0
34
43
26.4
385
474
23.1
205
252
22.9
83,099.85
99,809.50
20.1
28
29
3.5
211
246
16.5
125
141
12.8
47,176.57
48,315.08
24.0
6
7
16.6
75
88
17.3
41
48
17.0
18,020.93
19,404.82
76.0
3
7
133.0
51
58
13.7
27
35
29.6
11,770.44
10,803.69
— 82.0
5
9
80.0
37
40
81.0
23
25
86.0
8,823.26
9,228.25
45.0
22
25
13.6
149
164
10.0
82
92
12.1
26,572.35
28,465.18
71.0
2,412
2,539
5.2
16,788
16,711
—4.0
8,693
8,579
— 13.0
3,399,957.21
3,429,063.11
8.0
25
25
181
214
18.2
102
114
11.7
41,651.69
41,631.05
—4.0
309
284
—8.0
2,128
1,959
—79.0
1,123
1,032
— 81.0
411,185.21
351,036.49
— 14.6
13
100.0
72
100.0
41
100.0
15,640.54
100.0
3,511
3,669
45.0
25,190
25,090
— 3.0
13,158
13,071
—6.0
$5,276,281.54
$5,216,000.14
— 11.0
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
361
385
66.0
2,770
2,755
-42.0
1,438
1,423
-3.0
$692,286.91
$666,382.53
—37.0
14
13
—71.0
56
52
—71.0
40
33
-17.5
14,443.53
13,439.69
—69.0
56
69
23.2
362
343
—52.0
230
211
— 82.0
124,344.36
116,081.41
—66.0
58
67
15.5
386
403
44.0
217
222
23.0
97,654.41
100,017.37
24.0
39
65
66.6
205
293
42.9
141
189
34.0
69,811.87
116,284.12
66.5
21
33
57.1
173
192
10.9
96
111
15.6
38,961.51
48,228.46
23.7
2
1
-100.0
10
2
-80.0
5
1
—80.0
1,681.86
555.00
—66.9
1
— 10O.O
3
— 100.0
2
— 100.0
2,000.00
100.0
9
20
122.0
47
77
63.8
31
54
74.1
21,175.00
39,505.45
86.5
64
69
78.0
412
437
60.0
236
243
29.0
116,295.87
123,610.71
62.0
87
78
— 10.3
491
486
— 10.0
266
279
48.0
159,459.56
151,805.23
—47.0
41
36
— 12.1
239
264
10.4
142
155
91.0
71,520.87
72,395.88
12.0
14
18
28.5
69
101
46.3
48
64
33.3
21,780.77
30,834.10
41.5
1
— 100.0
4
1
—75.0
3
1
—66.6
6,115.00
104,367.43
165 00
97 3
79
85
75.0
499
549
10.0
276
301
90.0
119,062.05
14.0
27
38
40.7
145
161
11.0
86
93
81.0
40,690.97
36,891.26
-93.0
1
1
4
1
—75.0
3
1
—66.6
2,150.00
150.00
—93.0
1
100.0
3
100.0
2
100.0
529.00
100 0
110
154
40.0
669
884
32.1
376
470
25.0
157,054.33
273,474.97
74.1
100
104
40.0
571
625
94.0
335
352
50.0
127,539.21
146,145.35
14.5
16
9
—43.7
58
56
—34.0
37
39
54.0
19,278.17
20,287.29
52.0
16
31
93.7
101
169
67.3
62
95
53.2
44,965.25
76,668.98
70.5
9
15
66.6
46
81
76.0
31
50
61.2
12,302.00
25,231.14
105.0
337
366
86.0
2,404
2,311
—38.0
1,204
1,186
— 14.0
613,713.86
595,764.31
—29.0
2
-100.0
13
7
—46.1
8
6
—25.0
4,872.00
1,560.00
—67.9
78
97
24.3
559
704
25.9
295
364
23.3
131,826.64
168,665.56
27.9
14
10
-28.5
179
112
—37.4
99
59
—40.4
42,842.39
27,256.18
— 36.3
4
23
475.0
22
93
322.0
13
64
392.0
6,535.00
21,438.00
228.0
1,561
1,788
14.5
10,496
11,162
63.0
5,720
6,068
60.0
$2,745,668.77
$2,992,429.03
89.0 H 16
VILLAGES
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
13
2
17
4
Per Cent
30.7
Alprf Ray
100.0
	
	
6
25
3
1
100.0
9
3
5
5
3
9
1
1
9
4
3
8
9
7
7
11
7
8
5
1
4
2
5
4
1
1
19
1
11
6
177.0
1
	
-100.0
1
-100.0
—80.0
8
14
7
60.0
366.0
Fort St. Jnhm
1
1
	
-100.0
-100.0
1
1
—100.0
-100.0
—22.2
	
— 100.0
7
600.0
1
	
-100.0
1
	
-100.0
— 100.0
14
4
1
4
7
8
7
3
3
1
2
7
9
1
4
— 100.0
2
100.0
-100.0
2
100.0
— 100.0
366.0
5
2
— 100.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
100.0
	
1
100.0
1
100.0
—42.8
—36.3
1
1
100.0
100.0
1
1
100.0
100.0
14.2
— 12.5
—40.0
1
	
— 100.0
1
— 100.0
100.0
200.0
100.0
1
100.0
1
—50.0
250.0
80.0
100.0
	
 .
3
3
7
5
200.0
	
200.0
—63.1
400.0
1
-100.0
1
	
— 100.0
— 100.0
2
-66.6
1
1
—100.0
— 100.0
Warfield
	
	
	
3
2
100.0
Golden          .  ...
100.0
Tr-s^s
11
6
—45.4
8
6
—25.0
186
192
32.0 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1959       H 17
Province for the Calendar Years 1958 and 1959—Continued
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1958
1959
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
11
2
12
4
Per Cent
90.0
100.0
72
4
7
15
62
15
16
5
22
19
81
10
10
27
10
24
20
24
6
8
29
68
5
57
14
9
9
5
19
19
58
16
14
26
15
67
10
67
27
96
9
3
30
106
48
9
Per Cent
33.3
125.0
-57.1
100.0
70.9
220.0
-43.7
-100.0
84.2
-18.5
—40.0
—20.0
-25.9
—20.0
40
3
4
8
36
8
12
3
12
13
43
6
7
18
6
14
14
14
3
4
17
36
3
32
9
8
5
2
12
12
33
8
7
15
9
41
6
36
51
7
2
15
57
24
6
12
27
36
3
7
11
4
13
11
5
2
3
29
28
2
21
11
14
5
1
11
12
51
3
13
20
7
26
8
Per Cent
27.5
133.0
-50.0
87.5
58.3
200.0
—50.0
-100.0
$12,636.12
250.00
1,200.00
3,955.00
15,072.75
3,695.00
7,260.00
1,120.00
3,523.13
4,194.70
14,213.36
1,348.14
2,190.07
10,157.50
2,605.00
4,302.00
19,048.92
4,482.00
3,170.00
1,602.50
7,914.00
11,311.62
1,250.00
12,620.16
3,756.93
3,660.00
1,943.50
1,050.00
3,967.50
2,565.00
16,961.43
3,664.00
3,890.37
$19,405.34
795.00
699.00
8,263.10
34,919.25
10,737.53
2,033.10
Per Cent
53.5
218.0
—41.7
8
2
4
2
18
3
1
100.0
125.0
50.0
-75.0
108.0
131.0
190.0
—71.9
— 100.0
3
3
9
6
22
35
66
6
8
20
8
24
16
10
4
5
49
50
3
39
16
27
7
1
19
17
94
5
22
1
36
11
46
14
52
2
4,217.05
11,580.00
13,749.35
1,235.00
1,933.36
3,145.00
640.00
5,073.00
4,494.27
1,295.00
750.00
347.60
10,857.00
12,198.61
415.00
7,645.00
6,212.00
5,370.00
1,221.68
19.6
3
7
1
200.0
-14.2
— 100.0
300.0
-100.0
— 100.0
33.3
—40.0
-100.0
— 100.0
100.0
107.0
— 16.2
-50.0
176.0
—32.0
—83.0
1
4
—11.7
5
-38.8
—33.3
—71.0
—21.4
—64.2
—33.3
-25.0
70.5
—22.2
—33.3
—34.3
22.2
75.0
—sub
—83.0
—69.0
1
3
4
3
—75.4
17.9
5
5
—20.0
—58.3
—33.3
—37.5
68.9
—26.4
—40.0
—31.5
14.2
200.0
—22.2
— 80.0
-76.4
—71.1
3
—76.3
1
4
7
6
4
3
3
1
2
4
5
1
4
78.3
4
37.1
8
— 12.5
78.0
—66.8
5
7
4
1
20.0
—42.8
—25.0
200.0
100.0
—50.0
100.0
25.0
100.0
33.3
-39.4
65.3
46.7
—37.1
— 100.0
4
3,896.50
9,955.00
20,392.76
1,050.00
7,280.00
1,200.00
6,442.34
2,360.00
12,530.35
3,355.00
— 17.0
2
— 10.5
62.0
—68.7
57.1
100.0
38.4
—26.6
—31.3
40.0
— 100.0
92.5
100.0
-100.0
50.0
100.0
288.0
4
3
54.5
—62.5
85.7
20.2
—71.3
87.1
100.0
1
1
12
1
8
3
3
5
4
200.0
200.0
—58.3
300.0
-100.0
—33.3
33.3
—22.2
—36.5
33.3
-100.0
114.0
100.0
— 100.0
33.3
100.0
3,611.99
2,672.00
14,303.95
1,470.00
17,381.51
5,203.80
78.3
— 11.6
— 12.3
128.0
100.0
3
2
14
__
3
30
1
4
5
2
4
13.934.04
130.00
167.0
100 0
1
-100.0
— 100.0
1
4
3
1
6
10
3
6
3,900.00
700.00
3,464.00
600.00
1,200.00
82.0
100 0
2
2
100.0
100.0
2
890.00
93 2
	
100.0
100.0
100.0
134
135
7.0
999
1,061
62.0
579
604
43.0
$240,013.95
$257,721.23
73.0
[
■   " H  18
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Detachment
1958
Increase
1959     or (—)
Decrease
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1
Per Cent
— 100.0
1
Per Cent
— 100.0
50
1
9
14
44
2
10
19
16
25
3
5
14
22
6
15
30
24
Per Cent
—50.0
200.0
2
1
1
1
4
1
— 100.0
100.0
-100.0
1
1
1
—44.4
100.0
—100.0
3
1
3
—50.0
Atlin.                 	
_plln Cnnla
— 100.0
100.0
100.0
1
— 100.0
100.0
100.0
200.0
1
4
1
50.0
2
1
2
1
57.8
50.0
1
100.0
	
1
100.0
28
46
20
15
22
6
48
83
38
51
12
29
65
49
16
16
24
12
40
11
42
8
10
11
27
27
10
5
97
34
8
87
22
65
24
10
26
25
17
~2A
10
9
17
3
28
8
8
68
7
32
6
3
19
29
47
38
24
14
4
30
122
67
62
10
41
51
73
21
20
28
5
34
7
33
18
7
21
27
36
8
11
97
41
31
91
1
58
8
46
15
23
17
27
15
19
4
5
25
20
19
65
15
46
4
23
35.0
21.0
1
1
1
1
1
1
4
90.0
100.0
200.0
100.0
60 0
2
—36.3
100.0
33.3
2
6
37.5
2
2
1
6
2
7
200.0
2
2
1
6
2
4
200.0
46.9
76.3
600.0
—66_
—50.0
— 100.0
100.0
—66.6
100.0
300.0
21.5
— 16.6
6
4
1
1
2
2
5
4
1
1
2
2
-60.0
—50.0
— 100.0
100.0
-66.6
100.0
41.3
—21.5
48.9
1
1
1
7
4
4
1
1
1
1
3
3
31.2
Falkland
25.0
3
3
16.6
Field	
—58.3
4
3
— 15.0
—20!5
100.0
—25.0
100.0
—36.3
Fort St. John             -                   - -
5
4
3
1
—21.4
125.0
—30.0
1
1
— 100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
—66.6
100.0
1
1
— 100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
90.9
2
2
2
8
1
1
6
7
1
2
2
2
33.3
—20.0
120.0
8
3
7
2
7
1
1
6
4
1
—50.0
100.0
100 Mile House      - - .
20.5
287.0
Kamloops 	
6
6
3
2
45.0
—95.4
4
4
75.0
—75.0
33.3
-50.0
— 10.7
—66.6
360.0
1
3
1
2
100.0
-100.0
200.0
1
3
1
2
1
100.0
—100.0
—42.3
— 80.0
3
3
3
1
2
-33.3
— 100.0
— 100.0
100.0
— 100.0
-100.0
100.0
33.3
— 100.0
— 50.0
2
3
1
2
12.5
50.0
—100.0
— 100.0
100.0
-100.0
— 100.0
100.0
111.0
McBride               ..           	
1
1
3
—76.4
1
66.6
2
1
1
1
— 10.7
2
4
150.0
137.0
3
1
2
3
1
2
—44.0
Natal                                    	
— 100.0
—50.0
114.0
1
1
43.7
—33.3
1
1
100.0
—66.6
1
1
100.0
— 100.0
Oliver  	
3
1
21.0 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1959
H 19
Province for the Calendar Years 1958 and 1959—Continued
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1958
1959
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
24
18
—25.0
117
126
76.0
85
86
11.0
$63,882.43
$50,670.43
—20.6
1
3
200.0
4
11
175.0
3
8
166.0
1,225.00
3,095.40
152.0
3
4
33.3
26
32
23.0
16
22
37.5
11,425.00
11,949.35
45.0
9
9
36
32
-11.1
22
25
13.6
11,954.31
15,087.00
26.2
23
14
—39.1
92
89
—32.0
61
60
— 16.0
52,343.00
37,088.00
—29.1
""2
~5
2
25
22
-100.0
— 12.0
1
17
— 100.0
58.0
900.00
— 100.0
150.0
18
11,017.00
10,200.15
—74.0
6
10
66.6
38
84
121.0
29
57
96.5
17,443.00
30,587.21
75.3
14
14
86
94
93.0
62
64
32.0
38,019.58
51,554.81
35.6
11
12
90.0
55
63
14.5
39
42
76.0
25,145.65
21,290.00
-15.3
	
3
81
100.0
-100.0
— 12.0
1
55
2
100.0
— 100.0
14.5
1,700.00
44,166.24
100.0
16
16
2
82
395.00
29,336.05
— 100.0
63
50.5
24
28
16.6
92
148
60.8
63
94
49.2
43,378.14
62,009.00
42.9
8
21
162.0
45
84
86.6
33
59
78.7
25,361.81
45,180.45
78.1
8
16
100.0
52
49
—57.0
35
41
17.1
22,005.00
28,623.91
30.0
16
11
—31.2
73
65
— 10.9
54
48
— 11.1
24,106.56
20,820.00
— 13.6
4
3
—25.0
13
19
46.1
9
13
44.4
6,112.00
6,224.00
18.0
23
16
—30.4
106
105
—9.0
77
79
25.0
48,180.72
48,473.00
6.0
65
2
293
365
— 100.0
24.5
1
187
231
— 100.0
23.5
800.00
— 100.0
58
12.0
98,038.28
113,986.29
16.2
28
36
28.5
144
153
62.0
96
107
11.4
53,961.63
57,216.10
60.0
35
26
-25.7
137
164
19.7
100
120
20.0
82,025.00
67,560.33
-17.6
11
8
—27.2
37
28
—24.3
27
21
—22.2
13,154.91
8,503.00
—35.3
19
25
31.5
138
114
— 17.3
105
84
—20.0
54,803.13
43,717.94
—20.2
36
37
27.0
178
178
125
125
99,862.73
88,608.10
— 11.2
26
41
57.6
147
191
29.9
94
128
36.1
51,308.28
68,418.93
33.3
7
12
71.4
26
50
92.3
20
37
85.0
10,763.00
18,796.80
74.6
9
14
55.5
47
52
10.6
35
38
85.0
21,761.56
40,606.00
86.5
14
19
35.7
77
77
58
59
17.0
34,891.30
42,379.00
21.4
6
2
—66.6
15
21
40.0
10
16
60.0
10,606.00
40,113.00
278.0
20
22
10.0
103
91
-11.6
76
71
—65.0
103,594.32
81,610.68
—21.2
3
4
33.3
15
12
—20.0
10
9
— 10.0
5,225.00
4,400.00
— 15.7
23
23
166
156
—60.0
111
108
—27.0
120,091.34
74,211.10
— 38.2
5
9
80.0
38
42
10.5
24
28
16.6
7,465.00
13,027.00
74.5
7
7
35
38
85.0
24
24
9,246.00
7,422.05
17,795.94
— 19.7
6
8
33.3
36
46
27.7
29
34
17.2
9,389.55
89.5
15
15
84
119
41.6
58
81
39.6
44,127.00
75,946.23
54,907.20
72.1
15
19
26.6
74
87
17.5
56
65
16.0
82,356.00
—33.3
6
5
-16.6
54
46
— 14.8
39
33
— 15.3
31,786.00
14,394.95
—54.7
5
9
80.0
45
54
20.0
35
38
85.0
20,002.45
17,790.80
— 11.0
47
50
63.0
198
238
20.2
141
154
92.0
158,080.23
146,076.91
—75.0
19
19
	
146
110
—24.6
107
81
—24.2
66,753.50
56,832.22
— 14.8
6
23
283.0
92
151
64.1
63
106
68.2
28,244.88
59,244.54
109.0
50
56
12.0
273
297
87.0
196
217
10.7
193,046.31
144,777.87
—25.0
12
1
-91.6
33
20
—39.3
24
13
—45.8
15,525.00
6,036.78
—61.1
34
39
14.7
225
177
-21.3
142
124
-12.6
64,858.80
79,583.64
22.7
15
7
—53.3
55
50
—90.0
37
38
27.0
38,357.00
18,490.65
—51.7
9
21
133.0
47
74
57.4
39
48
23.0
17,360.70
29,812.50
71.7
13
8
— 38.4
60
26
—56.6
39
19
—51.2
26,145.00
13,465.00
—48.4
11
17
54.5
80
84
50.0
48
56
16.6
27,287.14
40,898.02
49.8
12
14
16.6
42
60
42.8
35
46
31.4
30,082.00
24,737.55
— 17.7
9
2
—77.7
5
1
—80.0
1,014.65
300.00
—70.4
10
15
5O0
68
81
19.1
52
56
76.0
29,711.55
56,390.00
89.7
5
7
40.0
34
78
129.0
21
48
128.0
12,590.97
26,296.03
108.0
6
12
100.0
58
42
—27.5
44
33
—25.0
60,124.51
18,759.00
—68.7
_
3
-57.1
30
22
-26.6
19
17
-10.5
13,941.90
6,328.87
-54.6
2
5
12
140.0
4
11
175.0
1,280.00
5,270.00
311.0
24
16
—33.3
62
67
80.0
50
48
—40.0
41,092.00
41,981.26
21.0
8
12
50.0
37
51
37.8
26
32
23.0
15,951.80
13,273.13
-16.7
6
8
33.3
56
69
23.2
34
45
32.3
12,687.51
24,685.14
94.5
36
37
27.0
186
194
43.0
114
128
12.2
72,657.24
77,023.65
60.0
6
8
33.3
26
30
15.3
19
23
21.0
16,760.32
21,270.00
26.9
19
21
10.5
88
93
56.0
60
69
15.0
37,185.98
53,677.50
44.3
5
3
—40.0
20
19
— 50.0
16
15
—62.0
7,815.00
7,150.00
—85.0
1
— 100.0
2
3
50.0
1
2
100.0
500.00
1,150.00
130.0
13
16
23.0
56
56
44
39
-11.3
26,458.05
23,334.32
— 11.8
1 H 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY—Continued
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Detachment
1958
1959
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
17
28
Per Cent
64.7
5
1
1
400.0
-100.0
1
1
3
200.0
— 100.0
20
1
46
1
1
25
7
130.0
1
2
100.0
2
2
-100.0
100.0
— 100.0
100.0
30
4
— 16.6
75.0
Wells
—33.3
4
99
5
79
36
38
3
1
45
8
32
7
13
29
10
20
12
7
16
16
1
10
1
37
13
4
2
19
10
49
41
17
8
19
88
2
66
41
68
8
3
36
1
15
14
6
17
3
21
26
7
5
32
3
375.0
10
9
9
1
5
— 10.0
9
5
2
6
— 11.1
—60.0
5
2
80.0
-50.0
100.0
6
1
3
20.0
—50.0
100.0
— 16.4
13.8
78.9
166.0
~6
25.0
200.0
4
50.0
4
2
1
5
2
1
1
1
1
—20.0
—87.5
2
2
1
1
2
2
100.0
100.0
—53.1
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
-100.0
100.0
100.0
—50.0
100.0
—53.8
1
—41.3
100.0
— 100.0
100.0
100.0
-70.0
2
1
2
1
50.0
2
1
2
1
116.0
—68.7
2
1
1
1
100.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
1
-100.0
1
1
—70.0
-100.0
1
8
4
1
700.0
100.0
100.0
-Too.o
200.0
—20.0
25.0
5
3
1
400.0
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
200.0
—20.0
25.0
47
43
3
27.0
Trail
230.0
	
-25.0
— 100.0
1
1
1
5
4
~~3
4
5
19
30
50
64
1
5
4
3
4
5
200.0
20.0
56.0
	
— 100.0
— 100.0
1
1
19
1
86
11.7
—87.5
1
100.0
1
100.0
100.0
140
177
26.4
124
141
13.7
2,357
2,698
14.4 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1959       H 21
Province for the Calendar Years 1958 and 1959—Continued
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1958
1959
or (-)
Decrease
1958
1959
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
or(-)
Decrease
1958
1959
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
13
13
54
1
76
68
2
103
25.9
100.0
35.5
42
1
51
51
1
66
21.4
29.4
$53,706.32
200.00
27,753.05
$31,339.00
130.00
61,660.06
—41.6
-T6
— 35.0
13
24
122.0
1
1
2
13
550.0
2
9
350.0
1,600.00
3,235.00
102.0
1
100.0
4
100.0
2
100.0
1,220.00
35,632.02
100.0
16
13
—18.7
72
79
97.0
56
60
71.0
38,515.00
—74.0
4
5
25.0
54
20
—62.9
36
15
—58.3
17,661.50
12,635.00
—28.4
3
100.0
2
100.0
380.00
100.0
3
7
133.0
36
36
23
21
—86.0
11,477.00
15,616.00
36.0
49
46
-61.0
348
364
45.0
231
230
—4.0
158,134.95
139,576.73
— 11.7
3
1
-66.6
11
8
—27.2
9
5
—44.4
4,830.00
2,875.00
—40.4
37
34
—81.0
153
180
17.6
118
136
15.2
115,945.00
97,772.52
-15.6
25
25
128
122
—46.0
98
86
— 12.2
60,971.86
77,920.63
52,745.00
102,766.65
— 13.4
25
43
72.0
171
202
18.1
120
145
20.8
31.8
2
4
100.0
12
22
83.3
9
15
66.6
5,055.00
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Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1959—Continued
2.                    HOUR OF OCCURRENCE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
834
765
476
327
242
186
222
918
1,199
737
915
1,072
1,026
1,118
1,443
1,768
2,275
2,438
1,496
1,676
1,277
1,013
926
1,149
38
12
9
10
9
5
4
2
1
8
6
11
8
9
12
10
17
18
16
12
23
15
11
20
20
252
228
138
93
66
59
73
208
316
164
220
283
261
251
402
505
661
681
460
540
389
282
281
318
12
570
528
328
3 to   4 a.m. „.   	
225
171
123
147
709
875
9 to 10 a.m _ _
567
684
11 to 12    m   — -
781
756
1 to   2 p.m     	
2 to   3 p.m - _  	
3 to   4 p.m  	
4 to   5 p.m     	
855
1,031
1,246
1,596
1,741
1,024
1,113
6 to   7 p.m _ _  	
8 to   9 p.m  	
873
720
10 to 11 p.m  _ 	
625
811
Not stated-— - -
26
25,536
268        1        7.143
18,125
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
3,495
3,073
3,017
3,126
3,525
4,312
4,987
1
39
30
30
32
35
37
65
25,536
268
1,106
783
822
821
989
1,203
1,419
2,350
2,260
2,165
2,273
2,501
3,072
3,503
1
7,143
18,125
Number of Vehicles Involved
TYPE OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Private passenger-
2. Truck 	
3. Bus	
Taxi 	
" Drive Yourself   _
Motor-cycle	
School bus 	
Not stated	
Totals -
39,126
240
10,108
28,778
5,842
92
1,354
4,396
333
3
108
222
206
1
49
156
27
17
10
211
4
169
38
16
1
2
13
6
1
5
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341 ;       11,808
33,618
5.                     RAILROAD CROSSINGS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
80
6
1
5
30
2
1
45
4
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5. Driver disregarded signal  -	
	
7. Not stated	
Totals _	
87
5
33
49 H 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1959—Continued
6.                    MANNER OF COLLISION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
9,191
4,045
6,409
367
1,198
4,326
61
72
8
127
2,238
1,383
1,512
22
135
1,853
6,892
2,590
4,889
345
2. Head-on collision or head-on side-swipe .  	
1,063
2,346
6. Not stated _  _
Totals - _
25,536
268
7,143
18,125
7.     DRIVERS INVOLVED, DESCRIPTION OF
Number
_f Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Male    	
40,120
5,452
195
312
26
3
10,161
1,627
20
29,647
2. Female    — 	
3. Not stated    ' 	
3,799
172
Totals      —    	
45,767
341
11,808
33,618
Age of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
5,511
5,361
8,156
11,060
8,281
4,510
873
883
913
219
53
33
59
84
48
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11
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1,384
2,091
2,825
2,100
1,151
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240
233
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3,944
6,006
8,151
6,133     "
3,329
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3. 25 to 30    „ - 	
4. 31 to 40    „                              .._
5. 41 to 50    „     ' 	
6: 51 to 60    „
7. 61 to 64    „      	
8. 65 to 69    „                          _	
631
669
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193
Driving Experince
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
690
328
636
8,546
35,068
499
2
4
2
68
232
33
211
93
183
2,292
8,948
81
477
231
451
6,186
25,888
385
Condition of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
43,568
329
96
321
1,014
142
297
270
7
6
1
30
25
2
11,182
128
33
70
291
29
75
32,116
194
57
250
693
88
220
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
44,065
493
944
265
1. Licensed in British Columbia       	
293
16
25
7
11,308
172
278
50
32,464
305
641
208 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1959       H 25
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1959—Continued
ACTION OF DRIVER CONTRIBUTING
TO ACCIDENT
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
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 l 	
25,724
1,503
2,906
1,243
1,944
924
771
785
299
529
5,030
368
315
105
90
435
37
279
2,125
25
10
158
33
17
4
2
59
40
1
3
1
7,012
450
630
350
423
241
135
193
55
142
1,518
32
49
11
8
65
15
65
305
12
6
18,554
1,020
2,268
889
1,521
666
636
588
242
328
3,472
335
263
93
82
365
21
214
1,817
13
4
45,447
339
33,391
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	
18,934
273
3,104
2,159
548
233
6
9
15
5,229
78
918
558
192
13,472
195
2,180
1,592
341
25,018
263
6,975
17,780
10.
PEDESTRIANS INVOLVED, ACTIONS OF
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
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.
61
202
207
231
92
118
102
74
43
15
10
6
6
14
78
114
4
6
12
7
4
10
17
6
1
1
57
196
195
224
88
108
85
68
42
14
10
6
6
13
72
105
1,373
1,289
Number of Pedestrians
Condition of Pedestrian
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Normal „.
2. Physical defect	
3". Confused by traffic-
4. Impaired  	
5. Not known	
6. Not stated	
Totals	
9
34
78
-   6T-
301
1,373
55
1
4
6
5
13
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829
8
30
72
62
288
1,289 H 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1959—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 _
5,276
3,640
1,373
365
146
11
39
92
118
84
7
4
2
2
5,184
3,522
1,289
358
142
9
37
10,850
309
10,541
12.
NATURE OF INJURIES
Number of Victims
Total
Personal
Injury
7,243
111
67
26
39
56
1,190
6
1,688
73
139
2
148
1
11
15
23
7
1
4
	
Slight shock and shake-up-
Fractured skull— 	
Fractured spine... 	
Other fractures 	
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8. Severe general shock with bruises and cuts-
9. Cuts by glass (only)	
10. Drowned   	
11. Burned	
12. Asphyxiated	
13. Not stated   	
Other injuries (sprains, dislocations, etc.)..
Internal injuries   —
Concussion of brain  _	
Totals..
7,243
178
65
1,246
1,694
212
150
12
15
23
10,850
309
10,541
13.                       LIGHT CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
15,324
7,330
1,197
1,263
340
82
130
121
4
5
8
4,142
2,173
339
338
130
21
11,053
5,035
854
4. Dusk or semi-darkness     	
920
202
6. Not stated                   _ 	
61
25,536
268
7,143
18,125
14. PROPERTY DAMAGE.—Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, $12,226,545.90;
amount for same period last year, $11,918,047.48.
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 (one light)..
11. Other defects 	
12. Not stated	
Totals..
43,937
470
571
157
33
155
79
97
35
39
98
96
45,767
321
1
1
1
2
2
341
11,355
81
148
49
14
43
26
25
9
5
25
28
11,808
32,261
389
415
105
19
110
53
71
25
33
71
66
33,618 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1959       H 27
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1959—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 	
31,950
5,648
2,844
1,668
475
747
449
72
301
793
76
230
245
269
45,767
241
41
29
5
6
3
8,640
1,371
598
425
54
177
44
11
70
220
11
47
84
56
23,069
4,236
2,217
1,238
415
567
405
61
226
571
65
178
159
211
11,1
33,618
17.
ROAD SURFACE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
Dry surface..
Wet surface-
Icy surface -
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7. Not stated-
Loose sand or gravel-
Snowy surface	
Muddy surface	
Totals _
13,245
8,437
2,213
605
702
90
244
178
67
13
4
2
25,536
268
4,044
2,311
401
169
123
9
86
9,024
6,058
1,799
432
577
81
154
7,143
18,125
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 Iighted-
6. Other     _..
7. Not stated _ 	
Totals .
22,706
397
226
239
111
1,703
154
257
2
25,536
6,464
99
63
69
36
364
48
15,985
296
163
169
75
1,332
105
7,143
18,125
19.                             TYPE OF ROAD
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
21,685
2,307
930
315
38
180
81
225
33
1
4
5
6,217
530
267
64
8
39
18
15,243
2. Gravel   _ _ -
1,744
662
4. Earth _ - 	
247
30
6. Other       _     - 	
7. Not stated	
136
63
Totals   —     .
25,536
268
7,143
18,125 H 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1959—Continued
20.                   WEATHER CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Clear        _	
2. Rain                                                           	
14,593
6,065
2,934
551
872
74
447
182
32
40
4
3
1
6
4,218
1,633
854
166
141
22
109
10,193
4,400
3. Cloudy	
2,040
381
728
51
7. Not stated                              	
332
Totals                                           -   -	
25,536
268
7,143
18,125
Convictions
The Motor-vehicle Act contains the requirement for the reporting to the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles by the Courts of convictions entered against motor-
vehicle drivers and owners for infractions of certain sections of the Criminal Code
of Canada, the Motor-vehicle Act, and the regulations pursuant to the Motor-vehicle
Act. During 1959 the Superintendent received 87,099 convictions, an increase of
19,024 or 27.9 per cent over the 1958 total of 68,075. It should be noted the
number of convictions recorded more than doubles the 1956 total of 40,992, but it
is necessary to point out the 1959 amendments to the Motor-vehicle Act included
in the Act many provisions concerning traffic regulations formerly contained in the
Highway Act Regulations.
The 1959 conviction total gives evidence of an increased enforcement programme by the various agencies throughout the Province. It is apparent that this
increased level of traffic enforcement must continue and be further strengthened if
we are to achieve an objective of a high level of traffic safety. The presence of
traffic officers on the highway has a tremendous psychological effect on motorists
who observe them. The knowledge that there is a determined intention to require
motorists to operate vehicles within the limits of the law must be clearly recognized
by all drivers.   The traffic officer plays a major part in imparting that knowledge.
The table which follows summarizes conviction reports received by the Motor-
vehicle Branch from 1956 to 1959. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1959       H 29
Convictions under Motor-vehicle Act and Criminal Code of Canada, 1956-59
Offences
1956 1957
1958
1959
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  	
101
327
46
2.772
580
48
Driving to common danger, sec. 285 (6)..
Personation at examination, sec. 347	
3,874
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, sec. 11, 20 (10)..
Failing to report change in motor-vehicle, sec. 12	
Failing to transfer motor-vehicle, etc., sec. 14-
1,458
77
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- 	
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 without having driver's licence in possession at time, sec. 21
Driving while right to obtain 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-   	
J-5,270
j
374
20
21
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	
Carrying too many passengers on motor-cycle, sec. 44  	
Improper disposition of licence-plate, dismantled vehicle, sec. 46	
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	
166
61
13
5
253
3
3
3
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	
Defacing traffic control devices by advertising or removal, etc., sees.
122-124, 129.      —
Failing to obey special signal signs re highway construction, sees.
126-128, 130— -    - —    	
Careless driving, sees. 131, 132, 152  	
Exceeding maximum speed-limit, sec. 133	
Exceeding speed-limit passing schools and playgrounds, sec. 134-
Exceeding speed-limit overtaking stopped school bus, sec. 135—
Failure to drive on the right, sec. 136	
Infractions of " lane " driving, sees. 137-139 	
Infractions of " passing," sees. 140-143, 145, 146	
4,298
14,633
4,968
15
1
119
356
79
3,224
721
24
2
7
1
98
404
117
3,622
816
26
4,541
5,091
1,840
63
6
14
2
12
25
1,162
'3,131
698
45
459
51
29
3
3
1
2
145
74
21
21
250
15
1
3
4
2,051
113
4,663
15,066
2,586
1,415
681
1,433
167
2
17
2
5
2,008
3,952
1,613
71
487
43
29
3
1
157
81
118
30
9
292
2
1
4
9,392
144
4,675
16,415
3,408
10
67
3,186
748
8
99
424
98
3,059
792
16
4,496
1,554
245
3
19
5
5
2,380
2,959
1,570
40
457
14
25
145
80
180
41
2
296
4
8
11
17,214
61
3,839
22,349
3,867
8
134
2,288
1,289 H 30
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Convictions under Motor-vehicle Act and Criminal Code
of Canada, 1956-59—Continued
Offences
1956
1957
1958
1959
Under Motor-vehicle Act—Continued
Infractions of turning, starting, and directional signals, sees.  147-
151, 153-155.
Failure to yield right-of-way, sees. 156-160...
1,313
43
Not exercising due care re pedestrians, sees. 161-165-
Failure by bicycle operators to obey rules, 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-
12
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  	
Driving on sidewalk, sec. 183 .
Horse-racing on highway prohibited, sec. 185-
Opening door requirements, sec. 186— 	
Transporting explosives, sec. 187-
Failing to carry adequate safety equipment, sees. 188, 189—
Illegal use or defacement of signs, sec. 192 — —
Regulations under Motor-vehicle Act—
Operating defective vehicle after ordered off road, sees. 2.02, 7.09-
Number-plates, sec. 3-
Driving without proper head-lamps, sees. 4.01-4.06 .	
Driving without tail-lights, reflectors,  other required lamps,  sees.
4.07-4.10  	
Driving without clearance-lights, lamps on  projections, etc., sees.
4.11-4.13  	
Driving without adequate brakes, sees. 5, 6    	
Driving vehicle with defective horn or miscellaneous equipment,
sees. 7.01, 7.02- _ 	
Driving vehicle without muffler, sec. 7.03	
Driving vehicle without rear-view mirror or unobstructed rear view,
sec. 7.04      	
Inadequate windshield-wiper, etc., sec. 7.05-
Driving vehicle without mud-guards, sec. 7.06  	
Failing to have proper connection between motor-vehicle and trailer,
sec. 7.07  	
Sale of unapproved equipment, sec. 8	
Failing to obtain temporary permit for moving motor-vehicle  or
trailer from place to place, sec. 14   	
Failing to sign driver's licence, sec. 15  	
Oversize loads, sees. 19.01, 19.02.
1
462
615
447
59
157
45
675
11
53
264
32
Inadequate  tires,  insecure  loads,   excessive   speed   with  unloaded
trailer, sec. 19.04—     	
Excessive weight, sec. 19.05  	
Failure to report for weight inspection, sec. 19.06  _
Failure to obtain overweight or oversize permit, sec. 19.07..
Miscellaneous infractions	
4,215
1,557
604
352
5
508
2,315
519
131
51
4
17
5
6
1
12
39
1
1,737
1,168
272
12
222
5,021
1,325
293
204
7
10
23
11
22
1
153
3
186
674
686
34
127
36
834
22
76
179
2
32
301
3
77
339
222
53
96
40
1,033
14
35
60
16
2
1
3
'    184
195
234
6
14
39
4,142
2,396
Juvenile Delinquents Act-
Total of all convictions-
40,992
50,650    | 68,075
I
2,304
1,382
1,074
2
210
6,149
803
473
321
1
20
21
16
29
1
138
34,216    ! 41,750    I 58,921    I 75,599
4
260
1,775
709
134
285
76
1,097
25
114
204
52
1
249
73
230
14
19
68
5,389
|    1,774    ]    1,396    1    1,615
87,099 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1959       H 31
3. DRIVING SAFETY
(a) Safety Responsibility
The Safety Responsibility Division received from motor-vehicle liability companies 14,738 British Columbia financial responsibility insurance certificates during
1959, compared with 14,168 during the same period in 1958, an increase of 3.91
per cent. These certificates were submitted for filing under Part II of the Motor-
vehicle Act as proof of financial responsibility on behalf of persons who, by their
actions on the highways, were compelled to furnish such proof. Of this number,
13,115 certificates were accepted for filing, which represents a decrease of 0.71
per cent as compared with the figures for 1958, when 13,209 were accepted. This
indicates that insurance company personnel were unable to obtain correct information from applicants for insurance in their preparation of 1,623 certificates during
1959, compared with 959 during 1958. During 1959 a total of 13,655 cancellations of certificates were received and processed, as compared with 14,999 in 1958.
This decrease of 9.8 per cent would indicate a more stable insurance market with
less material changes in the policies held by persons affected by the financial responsibility requirements of the Motor-vehicle Act. A table giving full information
with regard to the filing and cancellation of British Columbia financial responsibility insurance certificates follows:—
Comparison of Financial Responsibility Certificates Received, Filed,
and Cancelled in 1958 and 1959
1958
1959
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
14,168
13,209
959
10,551
1,247
1,411
14,999
14,738
13,115
1,623
10,736
1,303
1,076
13,655
570
664
185
56
94
335
1,344
3.87
.71
69.45
Owner's policy certificates and garage and sales-agency certifi-
1.75
4.48
23.75
9.80
Court orders and recommendations by Judges or Magistrates, as a result of
convictions for driving offences, resulted in the suspension of 2,553 drivers' licences
for definite periods of time. The following table indicates the periods of suspension ordered or recommended by the Judges or Magistrates:— H 32
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Drivers involved in certain forms of convictions are required to file proof of
financial responsibility in order to maintain their driving privileges. During 1959,
11,618 drivers were suspended until such time as this form of proof was filed with
the Superintendent. Proof of financial responsibility was given by 7,816, which
enabled the reinstatement of their driving licences. The following table indicates
various causes for this type of suspending and reinstatement action:—
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	
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 _
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2,386
1,727
38
36
41
39
27
16
71
25
673
776
2,002
844
343
140
16
16
88
27
1,427
794
85
29
43
7
164
38
88
39
50
44
19
3
1
3
Further or additional financial responsibility     4,057
Miscellaneous     	
Totals
11,618
3,213
7,816
(b) Examination of Drivers
A total of 103,466 persons were examined as to fitness to drive a motor-
vehicle in 1959, compared to the 1958 total of 101,227. Examiners of drivers
conducted 133,548 individual examinations, which shows that, in 32,321 examinations, failures were recorded in one or more of the several factors given close
attention in this process.
Prior to the issuance of original drivers' licences in British Columbia, applicants are required to qualify in appropriate examinations. The extension of examination service on a regular schedule to continually more communities of the Province has made it steadily possible to give complete examinations to greater percentages of these applicants, and to reduce the number of licences endorsed with
area restrictions of operation. Whilst the widespread area of the Province makes
complete coverage by regular drivers' examination service very difficult, it is the
objective of the Motor-vehicle Branch to extend existing coverage as suitable staff
is made available and within the bounds of an efficient use of funds made available
for the examination service.
The following table is a summary of examinations given to original drivers'
licence applicants, totalling 45,446. The table shows the number of applicants
who failed to qualify (2 per cent of those examined) and the number of successful
applicants whose licences were restricted for one or more of various reasons (26.37
per cent of those examined). H 34
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(c) Drivers' Improvement Programme
The Branch continued to administer the Drivers' Improvement Programme as
an instrument in dealing with problem drivers. Basically, the programme follows
three steps:—
(1) A continuing review of the driving record of each driver, which is carried
out upon the addition of new records of convictions or accidents into
the licence file of the driver:
(2) Adjudication of records to determine appropriate action;  and
(3) Steps to implement the action deemed advisable.   Action may be:—
(a) Sending the driver a warning letter which discusses his driving
record. The driver is advised of the need for more prudent driving, and
emphasizes that a continuance of the " poor driving " trend can lead
toward suspension of his driver's licence.
(b) To require the driver to report for a personal interview to
discuss his driving record. The Branch has personnel in twenty-three
centres capable of conducting these interviews. Interviews are reported
and form the basis of further action in the case.
(c) Suspension of driving privileges. In many instances, before
licence reinstatement is made, the driver is required to report for an
interview so as to clearly indicate to the driver what he may do to prevent
a recurrence of the unfortunate suspension action.
A fundamental policy in this programme is that a driver is notified in writing
of any intention to suspend a licence, and he is given the opportunity to show cause
why his licence should not be suspended. Suspensions are not made until the period
set out for such a hearing has expired. As would be expected, many avail themselves of the opportunity to " show cause," and the result is that a good number of
intended suspensions are reduced. Others are eliminated by placing the driver on
probation in the hope he will take appropriate corrective driving action to reduce
the possibility of a recurrence of the poor driving trend.
Statistics follow to indicate volume of cases handled in this programme. It
is of interest to note that 76,131 driving records were reviewed in this programme
in 1959.   Reviews in 1958 totalled 60,211 records. H 42
BRITISH COLUMBIA
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4. ENCUMBRANCE REGISTRY DIVISION
The Superintendent of Motor-vehicles is the registrar under the Bills of Sale
Act, Conditional Sales Act, Mechanics' Lien Act, Companies Act, and the Co-operative Associations Act in the matter of registration of documents created under those
Acts which concern motor-vehicles. The Encumbrance Registry Division maintains
necessary records to meet the purpose and to be able to advise the public of the
state of legal titles of motor-vehicles.
The following table indicates the transactions handled by this Division. It is
pointed out a filing fee increase from $2 to $3 under several of the Acts became
effective in 1959, reflecting in increased revenues. The table indicates an over-all
volume increase of 19.3 per cent.
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, 1958 and 1959.
1958
1959
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
Increase
Per Cent
Decrease
Item
Registrations under Conditional Sales
64,512
25,678
2,418
114
5
891
2,143
40,987
39,963
198
67,342
37,341
3,337
226
3
732
1,692
50,926
49,206
333
2,830
11,663
919
112
2
159
451
4.38
45.42
38.00
98.00
Registrations under Bills of Sale Act
Registrations  under  Mechanics'  Lien
Act       	
Registrations under Co-operative Asso-
40.00
Releases filed under Conditional Sales
Act            - _ 	
17.84
21.04
Searches under Conditional Sales Act-
9,939
9,243
135
24.24
23.12
68.18
Searches under Bills of Sale Act.. 	
Documents copied, certified, etc	
Total number of items	
176,909
211,138
34,229
     [      19.34
	
Revenue
$107,442.00
77,181.00
20,237.50
209.00
9.00
198.00
$195,525.00
104,515.50
39,141.50
127.00
453.00
$88,083.00
27,334.50
18,904.00
81.98
35.41
93.41
Value of law stamps attached to docu-
	
Value of conditional sales and bills of
Fees under Companies Act	
$82.00
9.00
	
39.23
Fees under Co-operative Associations
Act.   	
100 00
Miscellaneous copying and certification
255.00
128.78
$205,276.50
$339,762.00
$134,485.50
65.51
5. SCHOOL BUSES
Policy in British Columbia is that all vehicles used in arrangements with
School Boards for the transportation of students to and from the public schools of
the Province must be certified by the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles as to the
suitability for the purpose. The Superintendent sets standards for construction and
maintenance and arranges for the periodic inspection of school buses by mechanical
inspectors of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Motor Carrier Branch of
the Public Utilities Commission. The Superintendent requires evidence of satisfactory insurance coverage in accordance with the carrying capacity of each school
bus.
In 1959, 610 vehicles were covered by permits for this type of use. The 1958
total was 632. H 44 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sixteen school buses were involved in traffic accidents in 1959. Two of these
accidents involved personal injuries. One accident unfortunately involved the loss
of the life of a child (a deaf-mute) who had disembarked from a school bus and was
in the act of crossing to the other side of the highway. The child walked in front of
an on-coming tractor-trailer unit which, although proceeding within the speed-limit
of 10 miles per hour, failed to stop in time due to an icy road surface. Notwithstanding these incidents, it is proper to mention here of British Columbia's record
of safe school-bus transportation and to give credit for this condition to those who
drive, maintain, and inspect the equipment.
6. STAFF
The total of permanent staff positions assigned to the Motor-vehicle Branch at
December 31st, 1959, was 253, all of which were filled. Temporary employees
numbering thirty-eight were on the staff at that date, making a total staff of 291.
The Branch is continually faced with an expanding work load, and it is a great
credit to the staff that they are able to cope with the problem without noticeable
staff increases. The initiative displayed in continually improving methods is ever
present. The year-end saw the completion of certain phases of method conversion.
Other programmes will likewise be mechanized as equipment and facilities become
available. Conversion times are always difficult, and its success depends on the
work effort the staff is willing to give to achieve the objective. The Motor-vehicle
Branch is fortunate in the concerted effort, under many difficulties, which has been
given by its staff.
CONCLUSION
The motor-vehicle in our society is very much a part of our way of life. We
depend on it to an ever-increasing degree. Its function ranges from the vital one of
the supply-line to many of our communities and a necessary item in the earning of a
livelihood for so many of our citizens to the ever-desirable use of a vehicle in the
search of pleasure and recreation. The use of the motor-vehicle will continue to
increase in its ratio of vehicles to population. Greater percentages of our population
will drive.
The gradual change will create greater work loads for the Motor-vehicle Branch
in its duty to service the public. Progress is reported in converting to work methods
which, it is hoped, will simplify processes and enable the Branch to meet the needs
of the years ahead. It is inevitable that additional accommodation will soon be
required, not only at the headquarters office in Victoria, but in some communities
of the Province where the Branch is presently unable to provide suitable service.
Increases-in traffic with its ever-present accident problem will continue to
receive the earnest attention of the Branch. Firm measures of driver-licence control
will be maintained. The Branch will seek to maintain and strengthen the high
degree of co-operation it enjoys with the enforcement bodies, the automotive and
insurance industries, and the many groups dedicated to traffic safety. There is a
great deal to be done, but to succeed it must be done in concert with all other efforts
toward the objective of making the highways safer life-ways in our Province.
My gratitude is expressed to all who have assisted this Branch in its many
efforts. The assistance of the members of your Department has always been
readily given to us, and for that I am grateful. Our work continually involves the
need for co-operation from other departments of Government, and I am pleased to
report to you that we are very fortunate in the degree of liaison which we enjoy. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1959       H 45
Special mention is made of the splendid co-operation enjoyed with the Officer
Commanding and the other officers and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police, and the chiefs, 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.
1961
410-1160-8166   

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