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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
MOTOR-VEHICLE
BRANCH
FOR THE YEAR
1958
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 1958.
R. W. BONNER,
A ttorney-General.
Attorney-General's Department,
Victoria, B.C., December, 1959.  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF
MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1958
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 1958.
The increasing work volumes which face this Branch in its day-to-day activities are
indicated in this Report. Comparisons are given which show, in some instances, volume
trends covering a span of several years. These trends indicate the position the motor-
vehicle has in our economy and in our way of life. The responsibilities of this Branch
in providing service to meet the demands of the motoring public grow in direct relation
to the increased volume of motor-vehicles which use our highways.
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) Driver's Improvement Programme.
4. Encumbrance Registry Division.
5. School Buses.
6. Staff.
1. LICENCES
The growth in the number of motor-vehicles which has been evident in recent years
continued in 1958. The total number of motor-vehicles licensed in 1958 was 511,203,
an increase of 23,359 or 4.8 per cent over the 1957 total of 487,844. Passenger-vehicles
licensed in 1958 totalled 371,727, an increase of 5.8 per cent of the 1957 total, and the
commercial-vehicle licences totalled 117,866, an increase of 1.5 per cent over 1957.
A large increase was again recorded in the number of trailers licensed. The 1958
total was 34,928, an increase of 17.8 per cent over the 1957 total of 29,663. It is
interesting to note that the number of utility trailers licensed totalled 26,171, for an
increase of 21.9 per cent over the number licensed in this category in 1957. The utility-
trailer licence category includes boat trailers, small camp trailers, and other trailers used
for pleasure purposes, so often seen on our highways.
The table which follows is a comparison of licences and permits for motor-vehicles
and trailers issued for the licence-years 1951 to 1958, inclusive:— H 6
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, etc., Issued during the
Licence-years 1951 to 1958, Inclusive
Licences Issued
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
Motor-vehicles—
27,616
186,154
34,820
201,891
37,532
221,408
34,441
241,720
44,269
259,212
52,950
288,700
50,990
320,737
43,576
349,761
213,770
236,711
258,940
276,161
303,481
341,630
371.527
393,337
11,733
61,770
12,521
68,321
11,485
74,580
11,248
80,558
15,845
86,252
17,827
91,016
15,685
100,432
11,676
106,190
73,503
80,842
86,065
91,806
102,097
108,843
116,117
117,866
Total motor-vehicles.	
287,273
317,553
345,005
367,967
405,578
450,493
487,844
511,203
Non-resident   touring   motor-vehicle
1,630
216
719
1,475
665
423
3,721
1,209
162
952
1,702
711
445
3,484
1,371
130
1,555
1,806
790
508
3,317
2,127
213
2,598
2,612
810
470
3,274
1,959
232
3,991
3,998
829
532
3,233
1,673
219
6,519
7,787
983
536
3,188
1,384
245
8,493
11,575
1,070
602
3,112
1,100
Non-resident   special   motor-vehicle
149
Non-resident     commercial     motor-
10 056
Permits for temporary operation	
Permits for temporary operation of
13,333
1,100
Motor-cycles—
577
3,464
4,144
3,929
3,825
3,744
3,765
3,724
3,714
4,041
11,707
713
876
13
5
1,091
13,543
688
859
9
5
914
15,417
682
889
10
8
903
18,205
687
873
10
9
875
20,855
691
883
10
5
843
24,581
722
995
12
7
947
29,663
724
979
11
6
908
34,928
Motor-dealers—
730
925
Original motor-cycle dealer licences.—
Additional motor-cycle dealer licences
Salesmen's licences —
15
7
919
Transfers—
136,258
28,378
2,862
474
171,618
31,756
2,912
358
173,954
33,626
2,630
286
172,256
37,540
2,847
466
191,642
41,718
2,846
505
210,463
44,928
2,904
672
215,896
45,671
3,173
830
218,513
46,536
3,190
1,046
167,972
206,644
210,496
213,109
236,711
258,967
265,570
269,285
Chauffeurs—
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
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
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H 9
Drivers' Licences
The number of drivers' licences issued in 1958 totalled 90,908, which is a decrease
of 15.5 per cent from the 1957 total of 107,594. The decrease is partially due to 1958
being an off-year in British Columbia's programme of issuing five-year drivers' licences.
The pattern is that a very heavy volume of licences is issued in a peak year. The last
peak year was 1955, and the next peak year will be 1960. The trend has been that the
number issued has slightly decreased in each successive year of the cycle.
The issuance of original drivers' licences for adult applicants decreased in 1958 from
the 1957 total of 41,047 to 30,759, which is 25.1 per cent. Drivers' licences issued to
minor applicants—that is, those who are under the age of 21 years—decreased from
15,180 to 14,454 or 4.8 per cent.
The number of licensed drivers is difficult to determine with accuracy under our
present system, but it is known that it approximated 625,000 at the end of the 1958
licence-year. It is interesting to mention that the mechanization of the method of keeping drivers' licence records will enable an accurate assessment of the number of licensed
drivers in 1960. It will also be possible then to indicate the number of drivers' licence
holders in the various age-groups.
Chauffeurs' Licences
The comparative statement of licences includes the number of chauffeurs' licences
issued. The 1957 total was 74,679, and the 1958 total was 70,875, showing a decrease
of 5.1 per cent. Most of the decrease was in the Class C category of licence, required by
drivers employed to operate vehicles which carry goods. It is a known fact that there are
more commercial vehicles on the road, which would lead to the question of why the
number of chauffeurs' licences in this category should show a decrease. The only answer
is that there has not been adequate highway checking by the enforcement bodies to
determine if the vehicle-drivers were, in fact, licensed under the requirements of the law.
Distribution of Motor-vehicles
The following table shows the volume of passenger and commercial motor-vehicle
licences issued in the various centres of the Province. The table requires to be read with
the adjustments which follow the table in order to learn the vehicle population in the
centres. This adjustment is necessary due to the mail-order licence in Victoria of
applications received by mail from the many centres of the Province. H  10
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Distribution of Motor-vehicles
The following table shows  a breakdown of motor-vehicle licence issuance by
centres:—
Place
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Grand
Used
New
Renewals
Total
Used
New
Renewals
Total
Total
93
61
26
7
18
260
20
256
229
239
93
49
87
390
5
239
25
132
3
160
63
23
16
36
86
162
896
273
49
203
684
9
277
63
13
47
62
11
49
33
25
81
1,766
655
492
41
107
1,180
64
443
443
19
5
53
630
4
435
432
411
111
223
104
222
1
145
52
589
1
446
253
11
11
248
609
442
2,941
885
61
597
437
157
525
248
19
98
44
3
112
92
115
460
11,508
1,751
3,368
45
508
3,250
151
4,336
5,494
750
25
585
8,252
556
9,736
6,227
3,752
1,308
5,480
1,116
1,613
447
1,144
1,305
5,594
211
5,905
2,110
797
604
2,579
8,363
5,460
39,366
11,359
1,545
5,584
3,245
2,580
4,971
2,121
675
1,745
904
747
1,834
1,005
1,075
4,680
63,195
30,665
19,317
560
5,532
61,701
1,606
4,872
5,998
795
37
656
9,142
580
10,427
6,888
4,402
1,512
5,752
1,307
2,225
453
1,528
1,382
6,315
215
6,511
2,426
831
631
2,863
9,058
6,064
43,203
12,517
1,655
6,384
4,366
2,746
5,773
2,432
707
1,890
1,010
761
1,995
1,130
1,215
5,221
76,469
33,071
23,177
646
6,147
66,131
1,821
21
7
12
8
15
33
12
40
14
104
43
13
46
219
131
18
19
2
45
10
4
11
9
10
40
112
14
8
44
363
3
99
25
6
16
12
4
12
11
6
12
107
70
22
27
34
85
28
213
70
10
4
41
256
51
301
110
150
83
98
47
200
5
61
51
273
3
161
61
12
17
99
181
125
538
119
53
184
337
32
285
60
13
113
38
2
80
46
58
82
1,885
840
251
53
211
1,565
142
1,919
1,207
470
43
644
3,035
514
3,820
1,894
1,645
1,097
1,841
581
1,504
256
1,056
938
2,834
146
2,340
623
414
420
1,105
2,507
2,677
7,628
2,576
842
2,012
2,892
818
3,176
732
415
1,403
445
196
1,253
977
730
1,148
13,172
5,926
1,894
703
3,156
17,033
1,533
2,153
1,284
492
55
700
3,324
577
4,161
2,018
1,899
1,223
1,952
674
1,923
261
1,248
1,007
3,126
151
2,546
694
430
448
1,213
2,698
2,842
8,278
2,709
903
2,240
3,592
853
3,560
817
434
1,532
495
202
1,345
1,034
794
1,242
15,164
6,836
2,167
783
3,401
18,683
1,703
7,025
7,282
Ashcroft	
Atlin       	
Burns Lake  _
1,287
92
1,355
12,466
1,157
Cloverdale	
14,588
8,906
Cranbrook   -
Creston  	
6,301
2,735
7,704
1,981
Fort St. John .;.
4,148
714
Golden     	
2,776
2,389
Kamloops  	
9,441
366
Kelowna 	
Kitimat  	
Lillooet __.-.	
9,057
3,120
1,261
1,079
Mission  	
4,076
11,756
8,906
51,481
15,226
2,558
Penticton   	
Pouce Coupe3  	
8,624
7,958
3,599
Prince George 	
Prince Rupert   -
Princeton  	
Quesnel 	
9,333
3,249
1,141
3,422
1,505
963
3,340
2,164
Terrace 	
Trail  	
2,009
6,463
91,633
39,907
Vancouver-Point Grey
25,344
1,429
Vernon _ 	
Victoria5  	
9,548
84,814
3,524
Totals             	
9,858
33,718
349,761
393,337
2,006
9,670
106,190
117,866
511,203
1 New Westminster (includes issuance at Haney and mail-order issuance to New Westminster area from Victoria
M.L.O.):   Passenger, 44,604;   commercial, 8,551.
2 North Vancouver (does not include 1,015 commercial plates issued for National Defence vehicles that operate
throughout the Province):   Passenger, 12,517;   commercial, 1,694.
3 Pouce Coupe (does not include 231 commercial plates issued for National Defence vehicles that operate throughout the Province):   Passenger, 4,366;   commercial, 3,361.
4 Vancouver (includes issuance from M.L.O. at 1730 West Georgia Street, 2410 Nanaimo Street, and 5986 East
Boulevard; also includes mail-order issuance to Vancouver area from Victoria M.L.O.; does not include issuance at
North Vancouver; this year issuance at Sechelt and Squamish, which account through Vancouver, has been deducted;
these offices issued 1,465 passenger and 793 commercial plates):   Passenger, 147,133;   commercial, 26,242.
5 Victoria (does not include mail-order issuance to other areas; in addition to these totals, 638 passenger and 3,566
commercial plates were issued for Provincial Government vehicles and 411 commercial plates were issued for National
Defence vehicles which operate throughout the Province):   Passenger, 42,014;   commercial, 8,069. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1958
H 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 1958 increased by 6.5 per cent over similar issuance in
1957. 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.
7955 Mail-order Synopsis
Victoria
Vancouver
New
Westminster
Vancouver
Island and
Islands
Balance of
Province
Out of
Province
Totals
4,000
638
1,140
3,566
32
4
411
26
107
15,881
1,401
1,927
4,201
1,337
44
82
611
275
69
275
27,479
Provincial  Government  passenger
638
1,838
161
659
5,410
Provincial Government commercial
3,566
64
3
4
1
26
11
2
172
101
411
Section 7a (" XH " plates)	
Section 7b (" X " plates) 	
618
409
44
67
56
77
105
8
1,460
943
9,924
18,813
1,678
2,756
6,550
459
40,180
Revenue
The Motor-vehicle Branch revenue, through the issuance of licences, permits, and
other related services in the 1958 licence-year (March 1st, 1958, to February 28th,
1959), amounted to $13,659,857.44, as compared to the 1957 licence-year total of
$13,170,361.16. The increase of $489,496.28 amounted to 3.7 per cent over the 1957
total. The offices of this Branch collected 69.4 per cent of the total revenue by a collection which amounted to $9,478,389.53, and the balance of $4,181,467.91 or 30.6 per
cent was collected through various Government Agencies of the Department of Finance.
Motor-vehicle Branch offices are listed with the revenue collection of each:—
Vancouver (Georgia Street).
Victoria 	
New Westminster	
Vancouver East	
Vancouver-Point Grey
Cloverdale 	
North Vancouver	
Chilliwack	
Kamloops	
Abbotsford	
Trail	
Mission 	
$2,552,569.25
2,077,365.85
1,359,308.68
1,113,770.84
596,967.03
366,667.70
353,556.92
335,643.98
261,869.77
185,194.25
169,358.41
106,116.85
Total
$9,478,389.53 H 12 BRITISH COLUMBIA
2. ACCIDENTS AND CONVICTIONS
Motor-vehicle Accidents
The following table gives a summary of the accident frequency during the period
1952 to 1958:—
Accidents
per 1,000
Vehicles
Registered
Deaths
Fatal
Motor-
Number
per 1,000
Average
Deaths per
Fatal
Accidents
Year
vehicles
of Acci
Injuries
Deaths
Vehicles
Property
100,000,000
Acci
per
Registered
dents
Regis
Damage
Miles
dents
100,000.000
tered
Miles
1952 .....
317,553
21,189
66.70
7,197
209
6.5
304.32
9.44
177
7.99
1953	
345,005
22,096
63.05
7,737
208
5.9
322.59
8.49
183
7.47
1954.....
367,967
22,425
61.05
7,582
211
5.7
325.67
7.38
181
6.33
1955   ...
405,578
22,030
55.10
8,263
225
5.6
392.79
7.51
194
6.47
1956.....
450.493
24,905
55.34
9,700
316
7.0
437.05
9.03
272
7.77
1957     ..
487,844
25,976
53.24
9,521
252
5.1
482.76
6.70
224
5.96
1958
506,398
24,583
48.54
9,814
282
5.5
480.72
7.01
246
6.12
The total number of accidents decreased in 1958 as compared with 1957. It will
be noted the decrease in accidents is in reverse to the trends in traffic deaths. The average
property damage for the number of accidents reported amounted to $480.72, a slight
decrease from the 1957 figure of $482.76. The following table summarizes the change
in several aspects:—
Accidents—
1957   25,976
1958   24,583
Decrease of 5.4 per cent.
Injuries—
1957   9,522
1958   9,814
Increase of 3.1 per cent.
Deaths—
1957   252
1958   282
Increase of 11.9 per cent.
Property damage—
1957   $12,054,310.74
1958      11,918,047.48
Decrease of 1.1 per cent.
The following tables give the accident statistics for the various cities, municipalities,
villages, and districts for the years 1957 and 1958. There also follows a statistical summary of motor-vehicle accidents for the Province for 1958:—  H  14
CITIES
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1957
1958
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
I
2
1
39
8
1
1
2
3
4
3
1
2
1
1
1
36
1
7
Per Cent
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
1
37
2
8
......
1
1
2
2
4
3
1
2
1
1
1
32
1
7
Per Cent
10
2
33
21
22
16
16
9
11
4
1
66
3
49
9
4
58
16
325
129
35
36
35
26
68
23
6
7
1
20
2,794
24
361
23
3
33
19
17
21
12
1
12
6
1
39
29
4
7
66
7
359
155
47
34
61
33
47
33
7
5
7
27
3,284
37
403
Percent
130.0
50.0
—100.0
—100.0
—9.5
—22.7
— 100.0
100.0
— 100.0
—100.0
100.0
—100.0
31.3
—25.0
—88.9
9.1
50.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
—100.0
—100.0
100.0
300.0
—100.0
100.0
—100.0
100.0
—40.9
—100.0
100.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
100.0
300.0
— 100.0
100.0
— 100.0
100.0
—40.8
—55.6
75.0
13.8
—56.3
10.5
20.2
Penticton       —  	
34.3
—5.6
74.3
26.9
—30.9
100.0
100.0
—7.7
—50.0
— 12.5
...
100.0
43.5
16.7
100.0
—28.6
600.0
Trail ■    	
35.0
Vancouver  -  	
13.5
—50.0
—12.5
17.5
54.2
11.6
Totals                 	
62
64
3.2
60
59
—1.7
4,240
4,839
14.1
DISTRICT MUNICIPALITIES
14
1
3
2
1
4
10
3
1
1
1
3
3
	
2
--14
1
1
.........
4
1
7
1
8
1
6
4
3
2
5
2
7
15
1
Per Cent
—71.4
133.3
—50.0
700.0
13
1
3
2
1
4
8
2
1
1
1
3
3
2
12
1
1
4
1
7
1
	
1
6
2
2
2
4
2
6
11
1
........
Per Cent
—69.2
567
16
139
96
66
36
1
20
114
109
77
30
2
88
31
151
145
20
85
17
578
3
123
35
557
18
97
87
59
32
2
1
19
111
143
67
21
4
110
38
2
175
134
31
39
14
544
7
105
17
5
Per Cent
—1.8
12.5
133.3
—50.0
400.0
—30.2
—9.3
Delta	
—10.6
—11.1
100.0
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
—40.0
33.3
— 100.0
200.0
100.0
100.0
—100.0
—25.0
—5.0
—2.6
31.2
12.9
Mission.. -
—100.0
100.0
100.0
—30.0
100.0
25 0
Oak Bay                              —	
22.6
100.0
66.7
— 33.3
33.3
—33.3
15.9
7 6
55 0
Sumas   — -
250.0
7.1
200.0
—54.1
—17 6
—8.3
5 9
133 3
14 6
Kitimat  —   —
— 100.0
—100.0
—51.4
100 0
Totals                  	
65
67
3.1
59
55
—6.8
2,549
2,439
31 9 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1958
the Province for the Calendar Years 1957 and 1958
H 15
Injury Accidents
Vehicles In
volved
Ace
dents Reported
Property Damage
1
1
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1957   1
1
1958
or (-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or (-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or (-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
9
15
66.7
98
112
14.3
54
67
24.1
$28,319.20
$34,163.33
20.6
2
1
—50.0
16
13
—18.7
9
8
—11.1
3,604.93
2,188.00
—39.3
24
23
—4.2
162
157
—3.1
88
82
—6.8
31,507.44
39,020.69
23.8
20
13
—35.0
129
119
—7.7
70
65
—7.1
21,697.73
29,982.42
38.2
15
14
—6.7
95
105
10.5
53
56
5.7
18,149.21
22,263.05
22.7
15
16
6.7
211
173
—18.0
109
93
—14.7
38,607.09
32,761.77
— 15.1
14
10
—28.6
138
88
—36.2
79
53
—32.9
27,206.07
17,756.50
—34.7
5
1
—80.0
17
6
—64.7
11
4
—63.6
4,780.00
1,400.00
—70.7
5
10
100.0
30
31
3.3
16
18
12.5
5,452.50
6,567.00
20.4
4
3
—25.0
32
27
—15.6
18
14
—22.2
9,790.00
4,186.00
-57.2
1
1
13
9
—30.7
8
5
—37.5
3,710.00
1,223.00
— 67.0
43
29
—32.6
399
329
—17.5
210
183
—12.8
85,863.26
82,032.91
-4.5
3
—100.0
12
5
—58.3
7
3
—57.1
3,055.00
570.00
—81.3
25
20
—20.0
164
183
11.6
89
100
12.4
39,554.03
42,535.77
7.5
8
4
—50.0
48
36
—25.0
27
21
—22.2
10,033.20
7,273.50
—27.5
3
4
33.3
29
29
17
17
6,730.00
7,914.00
17.6
44
44
383
376
—1.8
207
201
—2.9
87,216.65
17,287.50
82,465.35
14,492.45
—5.4
13
7
—46.2
76
71
—6.6
41
39
—4.9
— 16.1
224
243
8.5
1,716
1,919
11.8
870
961
10.5
425,739.55
462,688.28
8.7
91
103
13.2
681
641
—5.9
357
331
—7.3
150,877.69
148,641.94
— 1.5
27
28
3.7
220
219
—0.4
124
125
0.8
47,751.76
47,130.29
-1.3
28
28
353
260
—26.3
184
135
—26.6
85,468.99
44,547.85
61,764.16
57,975.58
—27.7
26
35
34.6
170
195
14.7
96
112
16.7
30.1
20
19
—5.0
112
111
—0.9
65
61
—6.2
57,731.74
28,942.04
—49.8
47
34
—27.6
427
385
—9.8
235
205
—12.8
90,072.79
83,099.85
—7.7
21
28
« 33.3
227
211
—7.0
126
125
—0.8
45,382.67
47,176.57
3.9
5
6
20.0
64
75
17.2
34
41
20.6
12,096.03
18,020.93
48.9
5
3
—40.0
35
51
45.7
22
27
22.7
8,772.53
11,770.44
34.2
1
5
400.0
24
37
54.2
13
23
76.9
4,517.14
8,823.26
95.3
17
22
29.4
179
149
—16.7
93
82
—11.8
29,183.84
26,572.35
— 8.9
2,161
2,412
11.6
16,842
16,788
—0.3
8,749
8,693
—0.6
3,311,590.54
3,399,957.21
2.0
22
25
13.6
218
181
—16.9
123
102
—17.1
45,590.08
41.651.69
— 8.6
263
309
17.5
1,981
2,128
7.4
1,058
1,123
6.1
381,125.77
411,185.21
7.9
3,211
3,515
9.5
25,301
25,219
—0.3
13,262
13,175
—0.7
$5,183,012.78
$5,284,195.54
0.1
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
381
361
—5.2
2,980
2,770
—7.04
1,517
1,438
— 5.2
$652,921.14
$692,286.91
10.6
14
14
54
56
3,7
40
40
15,167.66
14,443.53
124,344.36
—4.8
86
56
—34.9
519
362
—30.2
311
230
—26.04
151,610.72
— 17.9
56
58
6.4
388
386
—0.5
211
217
2.8
102,006.65
97,654.41
—4.2
39
39
201
205
1.9
140
141
0.7
64,247.60
69,811.87
8.6
26
21
—19.2
170
173
1.8
95
96
1.1
39,298.50
38,961.51
—0.9
1
2
100.0
6
10
66.7
4
5
25.0
2,446.00
1.681.86
— 31.2
1
100.0
3
100.0
2
100.0
2,000.00
100.0
13
9
—30.7
65
47
—27.7
47
31
—34.0
23,767.24
21,175.00
— 10.9
74
64
—13.5
384
412
7.3
218
236
8.3
102,936.39
116,295.87
12.9
76
87
14.5
432
491
13.6
250
266
6.4
120,710.47
159,459.56
32.1
43
41
—4.7
287
239
—16.7
166
142
—14.5
94,024.72
71,520.87
—23.9
14
14
106
69
—34.9
65
48
—26.1
27,578.94
21,780.77
—21.02
1
100.0
2
4
100.0
2
3
50.0
910.00
6,115.00
571.97
61
79
29.5
404
499
23.5
220
276
25.4
127,676.77
104,367.43
— 18.3
26
27
3.8
158
145
—8.2
92
86
—6.5
31,784.63
40,690.97
28.02
1
|        100.0
4
100.0
3
100.0
2,150.00
100.0
99
110
11.1
740
669
—9.6
415
376
—9.4
185,132.14
157,054.33
— 15.2
103
100
—2.9
575
571
—.7
337
335
-0.6
122,238.73
127,539.21
4.3
13
16
23.07
50
58
16.0
33
37
12.1
17,806.00
19,278.17
8.3
37
16
—56.8
153
101
—33.9
98
62
—36.7
59.940.86
44,965.25
— 33.3
12
9
—25.0
48
45
—6.3
37
31
—16.2
17,872.97
12,302.00
-31.2
368
337
—8.4
2,544
2,404
—5.5
1,274
1,204
—5.5
591,571.45
613,713.86
0.3
3
2
—33.3
21
13
—38.1
13
8
—38.5
5,807.69
4,872.00
— 16.1
87
78
—10.3
542
559
3.1
293
295
0.7
124,504.16
131,826.64
5.9
27
14
—48.1
305
179
—41.3
159
99
—37.7
78,377.07
42,842.39
—45.3
4
100.0
22
100.0
13
100.0
6,535.00
100.0
1.659
1,561
—5.9
11,134
10,496
—5.7
6,037
5,720
—5.3
$2,760,338.50
$2,745,668.77
—0.05 H  16
VILLAGE MUNICIPALITIES
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1957
1958
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1957
1958
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1         !
| PerCent
1                     —100.0
1
1
| PerCent
        —100.0
9
2
1
10
1
1
10
8
2
1
1
3
3
4
3
5
1
13
1
6
2
7
7
2
5
1
3
4
........
8
4
1
13
2
9
3
5
3
9
1
1
9
Per Cent
44.4
1
1
1
1
5
1
1
	
—100.0
—10.0
200.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
—100.0
—
—50.0
100.0
100.0
1
1
1
	
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
12.5
—50.0
100.0
800.0
4 |          33.3
3  1        100.0
100.0
2  1         100.0
8
9
7
11
7
8
5
1
4
2
5
4
1
1
19
1
11
6
1
1
166.6
1
1
125.0
—
100.0
—100.0
	
120.0
—100.0
—46.1
700.0
—16.7
100.0
100.0
—50.0
100.0
Qualicum 	
—71.4
—28.6
—
—100.0
■•      1   -	
 - 1	
----- 1   -	
.  |         1
  1    -
—20.0
—
Squamish —
—66.7
375.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
37.5
50.0
—100.0
100.0
100.0
Warfield	
-  |   -—
Totals.. _   	
1  1        11  ]     1,000.0
1
1   |          8
700.0
129
179  |          38.6
1
J REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1958
Province for the Calendar Years 1957 and 1958—Continued
H 17
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1957
1958
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or (-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
6
11
83.3
61
72
18.03
32
40
25.0
$12,037.46
$12,636.12
4.9
2
2
8
7
4
7
—50.0
5
4
3
4
—40.0
800.00
945.00
250.00
1,200.00
—68.7
1
—100.0
226.9
16
15
—6.3
9
8
—11.1
4,575.00
3,955.00
— 13.6
9
8
—11.1
91
62
—31.7
52
36
—30.8
20,093.92
15,072.75
—24.9
1
2
100.0
14
15
7.1
8
8
4,205.00
3,695.00
— 12.1
4
100.0
16
100.0
12
100.0
7,260.00
100.0
1
—100.0
15
—100.0
7
—100.0
2,387.00
— 100.0
5
100.0
3
100.0
1,120.00
100.0
8
3
—166.7
48
22
—54.2
27
12
—55.6
12,337.72
3,523.13
—71.4
3
100.0
4
19
375.0
2
13
550.0
1,250.00
4,194.70
235.6
7
7
94
81
—13.8
51
43
—15.7
22,005.50
14,213,36
— 35.4
2
1
—50.0
9
10
11.1
6
6
1,900.00
1,348.14
—29.04
1
1
3
10
233.3
3
7
133.3
1,050.00
2,190.07
108.6
1
5
400.0
26
27
3.8
14
18
28.6
6,273.00
10,157.50
61.9
I
1
14
10
—28.6
7
6
—14.3
2,257.92
2,605.00
15.4
3
100.0
20
24
20.0
11
14
27.3
4,444.00
4,302.00
—3.2
3
5
66.7
33
20
—39.4
20
14
—30.0
9,021.42
19,048.92
111.2
3
5
66.7
12
24
100.0
8
14
75.0
3.209.45
4,482.00
39.7
3
100.0
4
6
50.0
2
3
50.0
285.00
3,170.00
1,012.3
2
—100.0
9
8
—11.1
5
4
—20.0
1.991.09
1,602.50
— 19.5
4
8
100.0
56
68
21.4
28
36
28.6
7.453.61
11,311.62
51.8
1
—100.0
9
5
—44.4
5
3
—40.0
768.20
1,250.00
62.7
10
5
—50.0
61
57
—6.6
33
32
—3.03
20,067.00
12,620.16
— 37.1
1
7
600.0
8
14
75.0
4
9
125.0
1,434.00
3,756.93
— 161.9
4
4
14
9
—35.7
8
8
3,785.00
3,660.00
—3.3
1
1
14
9
—35.7
8
5
—37.5
5,360.00
1,943.50
-63.7
2
5
150.0
1
2
100.0
150.00
1,050.00
600.0
4
100.0
27
19
—29.6
14
12
—14.3
5,782.92
3,967.50
— 31.4
3
2
—33.3
12
19
58.3
8
12
50.0
2,910.00
2,565.00
-11.9
7
4
—42.9
96
58
—39.6
50
33
—34.0
18,068.89
16,961.43
—6.1
1
—100.0
3
16
433.3
2
8
300.0
1,110.00
3,664.00
230.1
4
3
—25.0
13
14
7.7
9
7
—22.2
3,620.00
3,890.37
7.5
1
1
19
26
36.8
9
15
66.7
9,118.09
3,611.99
—60.4
3
1
—66.7
12
15
25.0
8
9
12.5
2,800.00
2,672.00
—4.6
3
12
300.0
45
67
48.9
24
41
70.8
7,538.08
14,303.95
89.7
1
100.0
19
10
—47.4
10
6
—40.0
3,440.05
1,470.00
—57.3
5
8
60.0
53
67
26.4
32
36
12.5
12,609.45
17,381.51
37.8
2
3
50.0
54
27
—50.0
28
14
—50.0
10,945.08
5,203.80
—52.5
1
1
1
—100.0
100.0
100.0
4
1
4
—100.0
100.0
100.0
2
1
3
—100.0
100.0
100.0
1,633.00
— 100.0
3,900.00
100.0
........
3
100.0
2
100.0
890.00
100 0
99
130
31.31
1,009
970
—3.9
556
562
1.1
$229,661.85
$232,099.95
1.1 H  18
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Detachment
1957
1958
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1957
1958
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
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
6
1
2
	
........
1
—-
2
	
3
---
1
2
1
	
1
2
2
2
1
6
4
1
1
3
......
5
1
1
8
3
6
4
4
1
3
1
3
3
1
2
1
3
1
2
3
Per Cent
—50.0
100.0
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
1
1
3
1
2
1
1
2
2
2
1
5
4
1
1
3
3
4
1
1
7
2
6
........
3
2
	
1
3
1
2
3
1
1
1
........
3
1
2
.....
1
	
Per Cent
—50.0
	
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
20
50
1
9
14
44
2
10
19
16
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
24
10
9
17
3
28
8
8
68
7
32
6
3
19
17
Per Cent
3.8
Alert Bay
80 0
100.0
350.0
—44.0
—40.0
200.0
—8.3
100.0
100.0
—75.0
42.9
100.0
—66.7
100.0
—66.7
—38.7
45.5
—100.0
777.
7.7
35.3
Castlegar—  	
100.0
100.0
17.6
15.4
—18.5
50.0
Clinton 	
100.0
—33.3
—71.4
—75.0
500.0
—20.0
—50.0
100.0
200.0
100.0
54.8
—33.3
—60.0
—75.0
—3.5
Cou rtenay  	
Cranbrook. _  	
—53.7
—5.6
33.3
400.0
33.3
—50.0
100.0
200.0
—17.1
—2.9
—30.9
—20.0
23.1
—14.3
Field             	
20.0
100.0
—16.7
200.0
100.0
450.0
—20.0
—26.3
—20.0
—100.0
100.0
—100.0
—100.0
100.0
—33.3
10.0
50.0
—100.0
—42.6
100.0
Hazelton   —
600.0
—33.3
—100.0
500.0
—78.3
700.0
—10O.O
200.0
33.3
300.0
100.0
—25.0
13.3
—7S.4
35.9
Kaslo  -	
175.0
100.0
100.0
—25.0
—14.5
Keremeos  	
Kimberley - 	
26.3
—33.3
2.500.0
Ladysmith  —  	
—30.6
—29.2
—33.3
200.0
200.0
66.7
—59.1
McBride  —-   -  -—
—22.7
—100.0
—50.0
—100.0
—75.0
^10.0
100.0
—3.4
—50.0
—11.1
Nanaimo   	
—31.3
—61.1
100.0
10.3
New Denver... __  	
	
—57.1
100.0
100.0
5.6
—15.0 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1958
Province for the Calendar Years 1957 and 1958—Continued
H 19
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Ir
volved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1957
1958
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or (-)
Decrease
Per Cent
PerCent
Per Cent
Per Cent
33
24
—27.3
203
117
—42.4
142
85
— 40.1
$99,620.00
$63,882.43
— 35.9
2
1
—50.0
8
4
—50.0
5
3
—40.0
1,775.00
1,225.00
—30.9
1
3
200.0
14
26
85.7
9
16
77.8
2,500.00
11,425.00
357.0
12
9
—25.0
39
36
—7.7
27
22
—18.5
17,293.40
11,954.31
— 30.9
26
23
—11.5
75
92
22.7
59
61
3.4
59,840.60
52,343.00
— 12.5
2
2
18
2
25
38.9
1
13
1
17
750.00
12,975.15
900.00
11,017.00
20.0
6
—66.7
30.8
-15.1
6
6
56
38
—32.1
39
29
—25.6
19.940.95
17,443.00
— 12.5
21
14
—33.3
129
86
—33.3
88
62
—29.5
75,292.00
38,019.58
—49.5
4
11
175.0
63
55
—12.7
43
39
—9.3
26,808.09
25,145.65
-6.2
1
—100.0
2
2
1
1
1,900.00
395.00
—79.2
16
	
16
102
82
—19.6
72
55
	
—23.6
37,559.15
29,336.05
—21.9
24
24
145
92
—36.6
95
63
—33.7
59,845.92
43,378.14
—27.5
13
8
—38.5
85
45
—47.1
56
33
—41.1
26,772.79
25,361.81
-5.3
9
8
—11.1
58
52
—10.3
40
35
—12.5
18.512.24
22,005.00
1S.9
22
16
—27.3
124
73
—41.1
87
54
—37.9
39,197.00
24,106.56
—38.5
3
4
33.3
10
13
30.0
8
9
12.5
4,925.00
6,112.00
24.1
21
23
9.5
111
106
—4.5
82
77
—6.1
54,106.91
48,180.72
— 10.9
58
302
2
293
100.0
—2.9
195
1
187
100.0
—4.1
116,111.26
800.00
98,038.28
100.0
59
—1.7
-15.6
43
28
—34.9
228
144
—36.8
150
96
—36.0
95.868.58
53,961.63
-43.7
33
35
6.1
149
137
—8.1
107
100
—6.5
92,414.33
82,025.00
— 11.2
6
11
83.3
43
37
—13.9
26
27
3.8
17,691.64
13,154.91
—25.6
21
19
—9.5
137
138
0.7
101
105
3.9
64,300.24
54,803.13
— 14.8
38
36
—5.3
248
178
—28.2
171
125
—26.9
123,729.00
99,862.73
— 19.3
35
26
—25.7
220
147
—33.2
140
94
—32.9
80,040.76
51,308.28
— 35.9
11
7
—56.3
42
26
—38.1
30
20
—33.3
13,975.87
10,763.00
—22.9
9
9
42
47
11.9
32
35
9.4
18,884.00
21,761.56
15.2
15
14
—6.7
67
77
14.9
49
58
18.4
18,482.71
34,891.30
88.8
7
6
—14.3
26
15
—42.3
20
10
—50.0
10,408.50
10,606.00
1.9
15
20
33.3
90
103
14.4
68
76
11.8
54,250.00
103,594.32
90.9
2
3
50.0
17
15
—11.8
12
10
—16.7
4,405.00
5,225.00
18.6
27
23
—14.8
191
166
—13.1
125
111
—11.2
118.743.10
120,091.34
1.1
6
5
—16.7
42
38
—9.5
27
24
-11.1
15,543.71
7,465.00
—51.9
9
7
—22.2
48
35
—27.1
33
24
—27.3
14,684.00
9,246.00
—37.04
7
6
—14.3
54
36
—33.3
44
29
—34.1
17,531.00
9,389.55
—46.4
12
15
25.0
136
84
—38.2
93
58
—37.6
49,257.87
44,127.00
— 10.4
22
15
—31.8
117
74
—36.8
78
56
—28.2
50,320.30
82,356.00
63.7
4
6
50.0
45
54
20.0
32
39
21.9
18,569.50
31,786.00
71.2
it
5
—54.5
61
45
—26.2
44
35
—20.6
21,728.96
20,002.45
— 7.9
49
47
—4.1
228
198
—13.2
159
141
—11.3
128,226.70
158,080.23
23.3
17
19
13.3
158
146
—7.6
110
107
—2.7
75,043.89
66,753.50
— 11.04
23
6
—73.9
147
92
—37.4
102
63
—38.2
85,979.23
28,244.88
— 67.1
45
50
11.1
251
273
8.8
183
196
7.1
115,760.88
193,046.31
66.8
6
12
100.0
36
33
—8.3
23
24
4.3
14,563.00
15.525.00
6.6
45
34
—24.4
219
225
2.7
150
142
—5.3
74,767.29
64,858.80
— 13.3
13
15
15.4
74
55
—25.7
53
37
—30.2
32,754.00
38,357.00
17.1
8
9
12.5
47
47
35
39
11.4
18,327.85
17,360.70
— 5.3
1
13
1,200.0
6
60
900.0
4
39
875.0
1,450.00
26,145.00
1,703.1
19
11
—42.1
111
80
—27.9
69
48
—30.4
49,517.50
27,287.14
—44.9
11
12
9.1
68
42
—38.2
48
35
—27.1
30,524.99
30,082.00
— 1.5
10
5
2
71
15
9
68
34
350.0
—4.2
126.7
1
54
10
5
52
21
400.0
—3.7
110.0
125.00
38,569.00
5,268.48
1,014.65
29.711.55
12.590.97
711.7
10
—22.9
2
150.0
138.9
14
6
—57.1
52
58
11.5
39
44
12.8
31,864.50
60,124.51
88.7
11
7
—36.4
58
30
—48.3
39
19
—51.3
21,336.00
13,941.90
— 34.7
2
100.0
10
5
—50.0
6
4
—33.3
2,275.00
1,280.00
-43.7
20
24
20.0
69
62
—10.1
55
50
—9.1
42,112.00
41,092.00
—2.4
4
8
100.0
28
37
32.1
21
26
23.8
10,684.72
15,951.80
49.3
7
6
—14.3
85
56
—34.1
50
34
—32.0
18,792.94
12,687.51
—32.5
48
36
—25.0
244
186
—23.8
145
114
—21.4
95,746.74
72,657.24
-24.1
6
6
37
26
—29.7
25
19
—24.0
11,572.50
16,760.32
44.8
18
19
5.6
87
88
1,1
64
60
—6.3
44,373.25
37,185.98
-16.2
8
5
—37.5
34
20
—412
23
16
—30.4
11,957.50
7,815.00
-34.6
1
1
13
5
62
2
56
—60.0
—9.7
3
42
1
44
—66.7
4.8
705.00
21,297.00
500.00
26,458.05
—29.1
12
8.3
24.2
10
1
13
30.0
43
54
25.6
33
42
27.3
23,022.45
53.706.32
133.3 H 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
UNORGANIZED TERRITORY—Continued
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Detachment
1957
1958
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1
2
1
8
10
1
1
1
1
2
........
i
2
2
	
	
........
1
2
4
........
1
1
2
10
5
2
4
........
2
1
........
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
5
4
1
Per Cent
—100.0
—50.0
100.0
100.0
—100.0
25.0
1
2
1
6
7
1
1
1
1
2
1
2
2
........
1
2
2
	
1
1
1
9
5
2
4
2
	
1
2
1
1
1
-----
1
1
1
5
4
1
........
Per Cent
—100.0
—50.0
100.0
100.0
—100.0
50.0
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
7
20
1
30
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
4
17
8
Per Cent
100 0
42 8
Port Alberni 	
—75.0
76 5
94 2
11 6
100 0
—50.0
100.0
—28.6
100.0
—28.3
—100.0
300.0
100.0
—100.0
—100.0
100.0
—100.0
—83.3
300.0
95.7
166.7
100.0
—100.0
—100.0
100.0
68 4
Salmon Arm.. 	
Sechelt 	
16.7
38.1
■   44.4
Si dney...'  	
100.0
100.0
—16.7
—50.0
40.0
—100.0
—100.0
—50.0
14 3
45 5
100 0
100.0
100.0
100.0
42.9
100 0
Terrace  	
Trail       ~
100.0
5.7
—67.5
loo.b
86 7
100.0
5 6
—61.5
150.0
150.0
100.0
—3.9
—12.8
	
Wells  _	
	
—42.9
100.0
100.0
100.0
Lions Gate Bridge. _	
100.0
Totals	
124
140
12.9
104
124
19.2
2,603
2,357
—9.5 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1958
Province for the Calendar Years 1957 and 1958—Continued
H 21
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1957
1958
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or (-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or(-)
Decrease
1957
1958
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
10
—100.0
59
1
—98.3
41
1
—97.7
24,115.77
200.00
-99.2
27
13
—51.9
115
76
—33.9
83
51
—38.6
41,890.56
27,753.05
-33.7
2
1
—50.0
15
2
—86.7
9
2
—77.8
7,735.00
1,600.00
—79.3
11
16
45.5
90
72
—20.0
62
56
—9.7
39,287.25
38,515.00
— 1.9
33
4
—87.9
209
54
—74.2
135
36
—73.3
65,856.40
17,661.50
—73.2
66
49
—25.8
455
348
—23.5
303
231
—23.7
237,144.28
158,134.95
— 33.3
3
100.0
1
11
1,000.0
1
9
800.0
150.00
4,830.00
3,120.0
44
37
—15.9
239
153
—35.9
181
118
—34.8
135,316.61
115,945.00
— 14.3
17
25
47.1
90
128
42.2
67
98
46.3
36,592.00
60,971.86
66.6
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219
171
—21.9
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120
—20.0
80,323.33
77,920.63
—2.99
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18
12
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3,447.60
5,055.00
46.6
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—83.3
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6,690.00
1,200.00
—82.1
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107
22.9
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13.8
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47,781.86
1.8
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4,485.00
4,570.00
1.9
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36
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25,357.00
30,994.87
22.2
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6,871.46
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12,678.75
—52.04
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32,585.50
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6,989.34
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17,855.82
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60.6
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11,580.88
—39.9
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15,180.00
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31,316.88
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20,405.05
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15,830.81
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91,701.64
85,632.82
163,375.39
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H 23
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1958—Continued
2.                           HOUR    OF OCCURRENCE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
876
733
522
340
262
178
234
810
1,003
658
843
1,039
961
1,101
1,302
1,612
2,271
2,430
1,410
1,663
1,252
921
975
1,127
60
11
11
11
7
1
235
210
148
104
75
51
630
512
363
229
186
127
5                         64
165
1
3
5
3
6
7
3
6
11
17
23
30
26
6
14
17
21
1
163
222
143
200
236
230
266
331
461
638
669
368
527
374
248
257
332
28
646
778
510
640
797
724
1 to   2 p.m  _  	
832
965
1,140
1,616
1,738
1,012
1,110
872
659
701
774
31
Totals  	
24.583
246
6,580
17,757
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..
3,364
3,064
2,964
3,282
3.066
3,980
4,863
39
30
26
38
24
38
51
1,037
805
720
832
800
1,013
1,373
2,288
2,229
2,218
2,412
2,242
2,929
3,439
24,583
246
6,580
17,757
4.                     TYPE OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Number of Vehicles Involved
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
36.910
6,224
343
241
21
249
24
28
239
9,082
27,589
2. Truck                     	
55
4
2
4
1,413
118
66
2
189
10
7
4,756
3. Bus      	
221
173
19
56
14
21
Totals  	
44,040
304
10,887
32,849
5.                            RAILROAD CROSSINGS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
64
7
3
1
4
21
3
1
1
39
4
3. Guarded crossing—man on duty   	
2
6. Signal not given   _  	
7. Not stated....             	
	
Totals     	
75
4
26
45 H 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1958—Continued
6.
MANNER OF COLLISION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1
9,096
3,969
6,251
309
1,114
3,844
64
63
8
1
2
108
2,175
1.258
1,369
15
122
1,641
6,857
?
2,648
3
4,874
4
293
5
990
6.
Not stated ~  	
2,095
Totals     —                     	
24,583
246
6,580
17,757
DRIVERS INVOLVED, DESCRIPTION OF
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Male	
2. Female	
3. Not stated—
Totals.
39,177
4,695
168
44,040
279
20
5
9,542
1,328
17
29,356
3,347
146
304
10,887
32,849
Age of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. 16 to 20 years _.
2. 21 to 24    „    	
3. 25 to 30    „    	
4. 31 to 40   „   	
5. 41 to 50   „    	
6. 51 to 60    „    	
7. 61 to 64    „    	
8. 65 to 69    „    	
9. 70 years and over~
5,341
5,396
7,997
10,595
7,858
4,181
877
830
782
31
51
55
69
42
32
2
7
10
1,381
1,328
1,956
2,624
1,886
1,039
244
217
196
3,929
4,017
5,986
7,902
5,930
3,110
631
606
576
Driving Experience
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
Less than 3 months..
3 to 6 months....	
6 to 12 months	
1 to 4 years—	
5 years and over	
Not stated 	
480
405
707
8,701
33,253
494
2
58
203
33
119
106
187
2,221
8,163
91
355
297
518
6,422
24,887
370
Condition of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
41,569
336
128
348
1,099
223
337
245
3
3
1
22
26
4
10,191
123
38
70
303
78
84
31,133
210
87
277
774
119
7. Not stated	
249
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
42,315
466
967
292
260
19
16
9
10,428
143
261
55
31,627
304
690
228
J REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1958
H 25
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1958—Continued
ACTION OF DRIVER CONTRIBUTING
TO ACCIDENT
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
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  -	
24,997
1,468
2,341
1,339
1,739
795
731
698
277
500
5,352
225
326
94
55
363
24
243
2,063
22
14
164
51
6
2
1
13
20
30
3
1
1
6
1
6,500
408
492
352
322
182
120
185
68
130
1,522
21
50
15
4
44
10
48
290
9
18,333
1,009
1,843
985
1,416
600
611
510
209
350
3,800
201
275
78
51
313
13
195
1,772
13
6
43,666
303
10,780
|      32,583
TRAFFIC CONTROL
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. No control present..
2.
3.
4.
5.
Police officer-
Automatic traffic signal-
Stop-signs-
Warning-signs, slow-signs, etc	
Totals - -	
18,363
294
2,906
1,986
509
213
3
11
9
24.058
244
4,839
84
827
517
154
13,311
207
2,071
1,458
346
6,421 |      17,393
10.
PEDESTRIANS INVOLVED, ACTIONS OF
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Crossing at intersection—no signal  	
2. In street—not at intersection  	
3. Coming from behind parked or moving vehicle..
4. Crossing at intersection with signal 	
5. Crossing street diagonally—not at intersection...
6. Walking on or along highway.-  	
7. Playing in street-
Crossing at intersection against signal..
9. Not on roadway   	
10. Getting on or off another vehicle	
11. Riding or hitching on vehicle 	
12. Working on car or roadway 	
13. Crossing street diagonally.-—	
14. In pedestrian crosswalk  	
15. Standing on safety isle   	
16. Not known _ 	
Totals - — -	
220
195
219
89
71
83
76
38
12
1
6
7
12
53
79
1.249
7
9
17
9
3
5
20
6
1
81
211
178
210
86
66
63
70
37
12
1
6
7
9
52
77
1,166
Condition of Pedestrian
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
777
5
14
83
53
317
47
3
10
9
14
730
5
11
73
44
6. Not stated. _ 	
303
Totals   —	
1.249
83
1,166 H 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1958—Continued
11.
CLASSIFICATION OF VICTIMS
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6. Others (persons in horse-drawn vehicles, etc.)..
7. Motor-cycle passengers..
8. Not stated 	
Passengers.-
Drivers...	
Pedestrians-
Bicyclists..
Motor-cycle drivers.
Totals-
5,061
97
4,964
3,217
94
3,123
1,249
83
1,166
356
6
350
139
2
137
17
17
57
57
	
10,096
9,814
12.                                           NATURE OF INJURIES
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
6,087
173
54
1,126
2,317
157
121
23
21
13
1
3
97
18
56
8
75
9
3
13
3
6,087
76
36
1,070
5. Other injuries (sprains, dislocations, etc.)- -	
2,309
82
112
20
21
1
10,096
282
9,814
LIGHT CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
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
14,294
7,141
1.381
1,287
379
101
93
128
10
8
6
1
3,723
1,979
385
346
125
22
10.478
5,034
986
933
248
78
24,583
6,580
17,757
14.
PROPERTY DAMAGE.—Amount of property damage for period covered by this report,
for same period last year, $12,054,310.74.
511,918,047.48;   amount
CONDITION OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Propertv
Damage Only
1. Apparently good   	
42.265
504
514
152
51
138
67
81
29
18
80
141
286
2
4
3
1
1
1
2
4
10,438
100
140
43
12
37
15
23
9
5
23
42
31,541
402
370
4. Steering mechanism defective   	
106
38
101
52
57
19
10. Head-light out (one light)            	
13
11   Other defects   ...                    	
55
95
Totals                                                       -   	
44.040
3C4
10,887
32,849 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1958
H 27
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1958—Continued
16.                           DIRECTION OF TRAVEL
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
30,657
5,404
2,633
1,819
419
569
402
65
245
893
73
234
247
380
222
40
24
3
4
4
3
2
2
7,957
1,277
586
403
45
114
37
8
45
213
13
58
65
66
22,478
2. Turning left  -	
4,087
2,023
1,413
370
4. Slowing down or stopping—    	
451
365
8. Making U-turn-      	
57
197
678
60
176
180
14. Not stated-   -	
314
Totals- - — -   	
44,040
304
10,887
32,849
17.                                 ROAD SURFACE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
13,338
8,115
1,662
523
530
68
347
150
73
10
4
9
3,832
2,078
317
138
99
17
99
9,356
5,964
1,135
381
422
51
7. Not stated              ..         -   -           	
248
Totals —   - -
24,583
246
6,580
17,757
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   	
Totals..
21,760
383
227
249
113
1,648
203
231
3
2
2
1
7
5,902
106
51
61
33
368
59
15,627
274
174
186
79
1,273
144
24,583
6,580
17,757
Number of Accidents
Total
c+.,i               Personal
tatal                 Injury
Property
Damage Only
20,761
2,238
946
289
48
1S6
115
202
37
4
2
1
5,692
491
259
64
9
35
14,867
2. Gravel    	
1,710
683
4. Earth  .. 	
223
39
6. Other                                                —             	
150
7. Not stated                   .      .   —                - - -	
         |             30
85
Totals                  -	
24,583
246        1        6.580
17,757 H 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1958—Continued
20.                         WEATHER CONDITIONS
Number o
c Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Clear 	
14.586
5,735
2,844
572
593
101
152
158
36
36
7
6
1
2
4,048
1,469
743
163
105
18
34
10,380
4,230
3. Cloudy..	
2,065
402
482
6. Smoke or dust. —  	
7. Not stated	
82
116
24,583
246
6,580
17,757
Motor-vehicle and motor-cycle licences issued to December 31st, 1957   483,011
Motor-vehicle and motor-cycle licences issued to December 31st, 1958.— -  506,398
Increase      _ —     —    23,387
(4.8%)
CONVICTIONS
The following table summarizes convictions recorded by the Motor-vehicle Branch of
prosecutions laid by the various police departments of offences involving motor-vehicles
under the Criminal Code of Canada, the " Motor-vehicle Act," and the regulations pursuant to the " Motor-vehicle Act." Convictions in 1958 reached a total of 68,075 under
the three segregations as compared to 50,650 in 1957, an increase of 17,425 or 35
per cent.
It will be noted that the increase was particularly heavy for infractions under the
" Motor-vehicle Act." This is generally explained by the fact that Part III of the
" Motor-vehicle Act " (Traffic Regulations) sets up traffic-control requirements formerly
taken care of under the regulations pursuant to the " Highway Act" in the unorganized
areas of the Province and under municipal by-laws in the various municipalities. The
result of Part III of the " Motor-vehicle Act " has been to provide uniform traffic regulations throughout the Province, which uniformity has been of great assistance to the
motorist in that he has ceased to be confronted by a multitude of local traffic laws. REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1958 H 29
Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act " and Criminal Code of Canada, 1955-58
1955 1956 1957 1958
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    	
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..
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    .  -_  ---   	
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  -	
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   —
Infractions  of   turning,   starting,   and   directional  signals,   sees.   147-151,
153-155    .....      .      -
Failure to yield right-of-way, sees. 156-160    	
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  	
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 — 	
97
226
32
2,308
509
48
83
101
327
46
2,772
580
48
15
1
119
356
79
3,224
721
24
3,303
3,874
4,541
982
40
1
13    |
1,044
3,222
266
26
23
121
33
44
15
6
220
4
4
5
3,276
12.618
4,758
Horse-racing on highway prohibited, sec. 185-	
1,179
33
1,458
77
1,155
5,270
374
20
166
58
61
13
5
253
3
3
3
4,298
14,633
4,968
1,313
43
12
1,840
63
6
14
2
12
25
1,162
'3,131
698
45
459
51
29
3
3
1
2
145
67
74
21
21
250
15
1
3
1
4
2,051
113
4,663
15,066
2,586
1,415
681
1,557
604
352
5
508
2,315
519
131
51
4
17
5
6
1
7
1
98
404
117
3,622
816
26
5,091
1,433
167
2
17
2,008
3,952
1,613
71
487
43
29
157
81
118
30
9
292
2
1
4
 8
9,392
144
4,675
16,415
3,408
10
67
3,186
748
1,737
1,168
272
12
222
5,021
1.325
293
204
7
10
23
11 H 30
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Convictions under " Motor-vehicle Act" and Criminal Code
of Canada, 1955-58—Continued
Offences
1955
1956
Under " Motor-vehicle Act "—Continued
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  	
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     	
12
|       39
s
1
27,945    | 34,216
2,437    I    4,215
4,142
" Juvenile Delinquents Act "	
Total of all convictions..
1,774
22
1
153
3
58,921
2,396
1,396
32,506    | 40,992    ] 50,650    | 68,075 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1958
H 31
3. DRIVING SAFETY
(a) Safety Responsibility
During 1958, motor-vehicle liability insurance companies licensed in the Province
of British Columbia under the "Insurance Act" forwarded 14,168 British Columbia
financial responsibility certificates for filing as required under the " Motor-vehicle Act."
This figure represents an increase of 0.73 per cent over the number of certificates received
in 1957, when the companies forwarded 14,066. A total of 13,209 of the certificates
submitted were accepted for filing as proof of financial responsibility. This is an increase
of 1.74 per cent over 1957. There were 959 certificates unacceptable due to omissions
or errors, which represents a decrease of 11.54 per cent in the number of unacceptable
certificates in 1957. This decrease in unacceptable certificates, with the increase in the
number of certificates issued by insurance companies, indicates that more care is being
taken by the insurance companies in obtaining information from the general public.
In 1958, 14,999 notices of cancellation of certificates were received from insurance companies, to the effect that the certificates previously forwarded as proof of financial responsibility were no longer to remain in effect. In 1957, 12,745 notices of cancellation were
received, and therefore our activities in this connection increased 17.69 per cent in 1958.
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 1957 and 1958
1957
1958
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
14,066
12,983
1,083
10,447
1,194
1,342
12,745
14,168
13,209
959
10.551
1,247
1.411
14,999
102
226
104
53
69
2,254
124
0.73
1.74
11.54
Owner's policy certificates and garage and sales-agency certifi-
1.00
4.44
5.14
17.69
Fees collected under the " Motor-vehicle Act " for the filing of financial responsibility insurance certificates in 1958 was $26,418, as compared with $25,966 in 1957.
The number of financial responsibility cards issued by the Superintendent of Motor-
vehicles increased by 32.85 per cent in 1958 over 1957. These cards were issued for
motor-vehicles whose owners had given proof of their financial responsibility by way of
a bond of a guarantee or surety company or by a deposit of security with the Minister
of Finance. In some cases the owners were able to establish themselves as self-insurers
and satisfied the Superintendent of Insurance in that regard. There were 643 cards
issued in 1958, as compared with 484 in 1957.
Persons who are required to submit proof of their financial responsibility to the
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles due to an unsatisfied judgment or a conviction may
apply after three years to be released from this obligation providing they have a clear
driving record for such period. During 1958, persons who availed themselves of this
opportunity, and were released, numbered 4,377. In 1957, persons who were released
numbered 3,468, and the increase in 1958 amounted to 26.21 per cent. In 1958, motor-
vehicles impounded under the financial responsibility laws numbered 1,892, which is
an increase of 13.22 per cent over 1957, when a total of 1,671 motor-vehicles were
impounded. A total of 1,724 motor-vehicles were still impounded as at December 31st,
1957. H 32
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Court orders and recommendations by Judges or Magistrates, as a result of convictions for driving offences, resulted in the suspension of 3,136 drivers' licences for a definite
period. This is an increase of 11.64 per cent over 1957, when suspensions amounted
to 2,809. The following table indicates the periods of suspension ordered or recommended by the Judges or Magistrates:—
Suspension of Drivers' Licences by Court Order and Recommendations, 1958
Offence
10
Years
Driving without due care
and attention	
Criminal negligence	
Driving while intoxicated—
Driving while ability impaired  — -
Failing to remain at scene
of accident  	
Driving while under suspension   	
Exceeding speed-limit	
Adjudged   juvenile   delinquent 	
Manslaughter — —
Bodily harm by criminal
negligence  -	
Miscellaneous	
Totals - 	
291
4
312
20
3
141
166
12
13
120
6
10
364
25
157 1819 |333
664
151
58
16
30
406
17  I
17
30
11  I
53 1167
593
44
22
8
10
129
14
5
5
20
3
220
30
644
52
80
1,673
115
39
298
143
10
1
 81
3,136
An increase of 10.57 per cent in the number of persons whose licences were suspended pending the filing of proof of financial responsibility was recorded in 1958 over
that of 1957. There were 12,907 suspensions effected in 1958, as compared with 11,673
in 1957, and the suspensions were for the various reasons indicated in the table hereunder.
Proof of financial responsibility was given by 8,195 persons under suspension in
1958, compared with 8,423 in 1957, causing the reinstatement of that number of drivers'
licences.   The following table indicates the reasons for the various suspension actions: —
Offence
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—no driver's licence	
Accident—no chauffeur's licence	
Accident—no accident report	
Accident—unsatisfied judgment
Drivers'
Suspended
Licences
Reinstated
3,087
2,064
39
35
42
30
34
9
126
30
822
707
2,437
1,010
347
174
14
22
96
14
1,294
689
84
12
Conviction and judgment outside Province
47
23
13
45 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1958 H 33
Drivers' Licences
Offence Suspended Reinstated ii
Unsatisfactory driving record  31 39
Suspension by Superintendent  86 41
Death by criminal negligence  34 11
Bodily harm by criminal negligence  2               	
Accidents—manslaughter       	
Juvenile delinquents      	
Further or additional financial responsibility 4,262 3,230
Miscellaneous      20
Totals  12,907 8,195
The Safety Responsibility Division maintains a comprehensive list of drivers who
are required to maintain proof of financial responsibility, and a card index wheel system
is used for ready reference of these data. The operation of these card index wheels
becomes a control point, and in all instances of new registrations of motor-vehicles, transfers of motor-vehicle licences, and original drivers' licence applications, the names of the
applicants are checked against names appearing on the wheels. It is a matter of interest
to state that to retain the necessary control and to make the safety responsibility requirements effective, some 350,000 name-checks were made on the wheel system in 1958.
(b) Examination of Drivers
A total of 101,227 persons were examined in 1958 to determine their fitness to
drive a motor-vehicle. This compares with the 1957 total of 103,264. Examiners of
drivers of this Branch gave 146,458 individual examinations. It will be noted the
number of examinations exceeds the number of persons examined by slightly more than
45,000, indicating that a fairly large percentage of drivers require more than one examination in order to qualify.
The following table is a summary of examinations given to original drivers' licence
applicants, totalling 32,148. Many of these applicants were issued licences on a
restricted basis due to various physical deficiencies, and the reasons for the restrictions
are shown in the table.    Similar reasons for failures are likewise shown. H 34
BRITISH COLUMBIA
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1< REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1958 H 41
(c) Drivers' Improvement Programme
In 1953 there was instigated a programme known as a " drivers' improvement programme." developed for the purpose of dealing with the problem of the driver who was
able to qualify for 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 follows these steps:—
(1) A review of the driving record of each driver upon adding new records
of convictions or accidents into the licence file of the driver:
(2) The adjudication of records to determine appropriate action;  and
(3) Steps to implement the action deemed advisable.   In step (3) the action
may be:—
(a) The sending of a warning letter to the driver which discusses
with him his driving record and emphasizes the need for more prudent
driving in the future if he is to retain his driving privilege:
(b) A personal interview to discuss his driving habits, including,
where 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 driver's 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.
During 1958 the Branch increased its activity under the drivers' improvement programme. It continued the policy of sending to a driver a " hearing " notice in order to
give him an opportunity to show cause why his driver's licence should not be suspended
for the period indicated in the " hearing " notice.
Some statistics indicating the work volume are as follows: Suspensions under this
programme increased from 3,735 in 1957 to 4,036 in 1958; warning letters increased
from 5,279 in 1957 to 8,621 in 1958; driving records reviewed increased from 51,467
to 60,211 in 1958.
It is interesting to note here that there is a great deal of interest by the various police
departments, insurance companies, employers of commercial-vehicle drivers, and others
to determine the driving records of various licence-holders. In the case of police departments the need is in the processing of driving convictions, the insurance companies are
interested to learn the past driving records of applicants who apply to them for insurance,
and employers are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that a person with a poor
driving record is not likely to be the most suitable person to be operating as a commercial-
vehicle driver. These various organizations made record searches in 1958 totalling
15,764, an increase of 47 per cent from the total of similar searches in 1957. Information provided in this manner is a useful public service. In any event, it is a service which
the Branch is increasingly called upon to render and shows the awareness in certain quarters for the need of a driver to do all he can to maintain a good driving record.
A valuable part of the programme is the public contacts made by members of this
Branch with safety-minded communities of this Province. The Motor-vehicle Branch
played an active part in the British Columbia Safety Council, and other traffic and safety
councils. II 42
BRITISH COLUMBIA
The following are statistics for the drivers' improvement programme of 1958:-
Wanting Lettets and Suspensions
Warning Letters
Suspensions
Already
Age-group
Male
Female
Total
Male
Female
Total
Warned
Under 21 years	
21-24 years	
25-30   „	
31-40    „      	
1,588
1,533
1,732
1,649
1,101
561
124
75
60
25
25
29
54
39
20
2
2
2
1,613
1,558
1,761
1,703
1,140
581
126
77
62
1,091
874
804
690
344
126
20
15
9
5
7
14
21
12
3
1
....
1,096
881
818
711
356
129
20
16
9
370
350
310
218
41-50    „    	
104
51-60    „
32
61-64    „    	
10
65-69    „    .
7
70 years and over 	
2
Totals	
Same period last year	
8,423
5,232
198
47
8,621
5,879
3,973
3,704
63
31
4,036
3,735
1,403
761
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
" 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 1958 that less document filings were made
under the " Conditional Sales Act " and the " Bills of Sale Act " than in 1957. 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 value 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," 1957 and 1958.
1957
1958
Item
Registrations   under   " Conditional   Sales
Act"  	
Registrations under '
Registrations under '
Registrations under '
Registrations under
ations Act "	
Releases under " Conditional Sales Act
Releases riled under " Bills of Sale Act '
Searches under " Conditional Sales Act
Searches under " Bills of Sale Act "	
Documents copied, certified etc —
Total number of items	
' Bills of Sale Act "	
' Mechanics' Lien Act "
' Companies Act "	
" Co-operative Associ-
Revenue
Value of law stamps sold...	
Value of law stamps attached to documents
when received. - 	
Value of conditional sales and bills of sale
search fees  	
Fees under " Companies Act "   —
Fees under "Co-operative Associations Act"
Miscellaneous copying and certification fees..
Total revenue  	
72,115
20,626
1,558
44
3
829
1,681
35,889
34,275
144      |
64,512
25,678
2,418
114
5
891
2,143
40,987
39,963
198
I
5,052
860
70
2
62
462
5,098
5,688
54
167,164
176,909 9,745
$91,347.50 j $107,442.00
94,913.50 |      77,181.00
17,541.00
44.00
3.00
144.00
I
20,237.50
209.00!J
9.001!
198.00 j
$16,094.50
2,696.50
165.00
6.00
54.00
$203,993.00 | $205,276.50 |    $1,283.50
Decrease
Per Cent
Increase
Per Cent
Decrease
24.49
55.20
159.09
66.67
7.48
27.48
14.20
14.23
37.50
5.83
$17,732.50
I
17.62
15.37
375.00
200.00
37.50
10.54
18.68
I
0.63
1 Effective July 1st, 1958, fees for filing raised from $1 to $2 for
Act" registrations.
'Companies Act" and "Co-operative Associations REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1958 H 43
5. SCHOOL BUSES
A total of 632 vehicles were covered by permits in 1958 to allow for their use as
school buses, for the transporting of pupils to and from the public schools of the Province. This is an increase of forty-five over the number of vehicles permitted for that
purpose in 1957.
Vehicles in this category are subjected to periodic inspection by mechanical supervisors of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or by the Mechanical Inspector of the
Motor Carrier Branch of the Public Utilities Commission to determine if equipment standards are maintained. Prior to the issuance of a school-bus permit, evidence of adequate
insurance coverage is necessary, and permits are subject to immediate cancellation if the
insurance coverage is cancelled.
It is significant to note that there were only twenty-four accidents involving school
buses in 1957. Ten of these accidents involved personal injuries, mostly of a minor
nature, and fourteen were solely property-damage accidents. There were no fatalities
involving school buses in 1958. British Columbia's experience in school-bus transportation has been outstanding from the safety factor, reflecting credit on those who drive,
maintain, and inspect this vital equipment.
6. STAFF
The permanent staff of the Branch totalled 253 at December 31st, 1958. An additional 32 persons were employed on a temporary basis, making a total of 285 employees,
compared to 273 in 1957.
It is a reflection on the staff of the Branch that it was able to cope with the work
requirements of the Branch with so few additions. Six of the new employees were assigned to field offices as drivers' examiners, to provide more adequate service in that area
of operation. An examiner of drivers was transferred to Prince Rupert in September,
1958, to provide service on a full-time basis for Prince Rupert, Terrace, and Kitimat,
centres previously serviced infrequently by travelling examination units. Additional
examiners were assigned to examination units in Prince George, Kamloops, Trail, and
Vancouver.
CONCLUSION
This Report tells of increased demands placed on the Branch in all phases of its
activity in 1958. Similar increases in work demands will inevitably be encountered in
the ensuing years as long as the volume oi vehicles on the highways of the Province continues to increase.
Increased vehicle population naturally reflects in greater numbers of licensed
drivers. An important work factor is the control of the licensed drivers—perhaps more
particularly the control of the licensed drivers with poor driving records. To this end,
the Branch must look forward to increasing demands on its time in its drivers' improvement programme. Unless this is vigorously pursued, we must be prepared to encounter
ever larger highway accident losses, with all the grief, suffering, and financial burden.
The modern motor-vehicle and faster highway speeds make it essential that drivers
be mentally and physically equipped to cope with the demands on their ability to react
in a time of emergency in a manner to protect themselves and other highway-users. This
requires continual emphasis on drivers' examinations. A great deal of consideration has
been given to the medical aspects of motor-vehicle operation, and we are fortunate indeed
with the co-operation received from the British Columbia Division of the Canadian Medical Association and the Provincial Department of Health and Welfare for their continuing study of this problem. Out of the study will come standards to guide not only
this Branch, but the physicians of the Province in their day-to-day handling of their
patients who operate motor-vehicles. H 44 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Mention must be again drawn to the problems which continued to arise as a result
of inadequate office accommodation in Victoria. The continued growth in the Branch's
activity results in greater volumes of records and increased reference to those records.
This process is handicapped by crowded conditions and the unfortunate need to keep
in several locations records which should of necessity be kept together. Much clerical
time is thus lost.
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. Their
help is essential to our work.
I am also grateful to 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 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 Majesly
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1960
410 1159-840    

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