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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
MOTOR-VEHICLE
BRANCH
FOR THE YEAR
1968
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1970
  To Colonel the Honourable John R. Nicholson, P.C., O.B.E., Q.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, 1968.
LESLIE RAYMOND PETERSON,
A ttorney-General.
Attorney-General's Department,
Victoria, British Columbia, December, 1969.
  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1968
The Honourable L. R. Peterson, Q.C., LL.D., Ed.D., F.R.S.A.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, British Columbia.
Sir,—It is my privilege to submit the Annual Report of the Motor-vehicle
Branch for 1968. The report deals with the activities of the Branch during the
1968 licence-year which ended on February 28, 1969.
The constant growth in the number of vehicle registrations and in licensed
drivers in British Columbia, which has been evident in reports of recent years,
continues to carry on during 1968. Our rate of growth continues to exceed the
National average and there is every expectation that this trend will carry on. The
National average for increased vehicle registrations is 4 per cent per year. The
increase in registrations in British Columbia in 1968 over vehicle registrations in
1967 was at the rate of 6.1 per cent.
The need to service the fast-growing smaller communities of the Province continues to be a problem of the Branch and in 1968 we were able to supply driver-
licensing and vehicle-licensing service in communities that had not been covered in
previous years. Drivers' examination service is available in all areas of the Province
and this has made it possible for citizens to obtain original driver's licences without
long delays or without the necessity of having to travel many miles to get that
public service.
The number of motor-vehicle accidents continues to rise and there are tables
of statistics contained in this Report which set out some of the facts about this very
serious problem. Traffic fatalities in 1968 reached an all-time high of 574, which
is an increase of 15 over the 1967 total, the increase being 2.7 per cent. Programmes to deal with this serious social problem occupy a very considerable
amount of the staff time of the Motor-vehicle Branch. Our Driver Improvement
Programme continues to deal with ever-increasing numbers of drivers whose records
show accident trends and also with records which show an accumulation of conviction reports or notices of traffic violations.
In 1968 a new programme was introduced which deals with persons who have
violated traffic rules of the Motor-vehicle Act in what is known as a " no-fine "
method. This programme was commenced on October 1, 1968, in the County of
Victoria on a trial basis and it was on the successful results that were indicated
during the trial period that the programme will be expanded in the future. The
basis of the " no-fine " method is that, instead of the violating driver being required
to appear in Court and if found guilty pay a fine assessed by the Judge, now under
the new programme the driver is given a notice of the violation by the police officer
who alleges that a violation took place. The driver then has a period of seven
days in which he may dispute this violation if he feels the police officer was not
correct. The dispute is heard by a Judge and if the Judge finds the driver was right
in his dispute then the violation is not reported to the Motor-vehicle Branch. If the
violation is not disputed, all the violation reports are received by the Branch and
form part of the driving record of the person involved. A fundamental part of
the " no-fine " method is the assignment of point values for various traffic offences,
and when the point values reach certain totals the Motor-vehicle Branch takes action
against the driver commensurate with the point total in the record. The action may
 N 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA
be to require the driver to take a defensive driving course or to show cause why a
licence should not be suspended. The philosophy behind the programme is to
place a much-greater degree of emphasis than heretofore on the value of driving
within the confines of the law if a driver is going to maintain his driver's licence
and his privilege of driving upon our highways.
The roadside suspension law which was first introduced in British Columbia
in 1967 was expanded during 1968 to cover the entire Province. This legislation
concerns the problem of alcohol and driving and was designed to keep those drivers
who would appear to be a hazard to other drivers at a particular time off the road.
When the police officer suspects that a driver has been drinking and he feels that
the consumption of alcohol is so that it has affected his ability to drive, the policeman
may require the driver to surrender his driver's licence for a period of 24 hours.
The driver may request the police officer to provide him with a device with which
he can take a test to prove to the policeman that he was not in fact impaired to
the level thought to be the case by the policeman. Experience has shown that very
few drivers who are dealt with under the roadside suspension law desire to take
this test, presumably on the ground that they know very well in their own mind
that they have been consuming alcohol and that there is nothing to gain by carrying
out a test. During 1968 the licences of 7,916 drivers were suspended for a period
of 24 hours each under this Provincial statute.
On July 4, 1968, the Motor-vehicle Inspection Station in the Greater Victoria
area was opened to business. This station is the first of a number of similar stations
to be developed in the Provincial Government's programme of compulsory motor-
vehicle inspection. The station is a four-laned unit and has been designed with
adequate capacity to serve the County of Victoria, and the requirement now exists
that all motor-vehicles that are regularly operated within the County must bear a
certificate of approval showing compliance with the vehicle inspection regulation.
Activities of the Branch are dealt with under the following headings:—
1. Licences.
2. Accidents and Convictions.
3. Driving Safety.
(a) Safety Responsibility.
(b) Examination of Drivers.
(c) Driver Improvement Programme.
(d) Mo tor-vehicle Inspection.
4. Central Registry.
5. School Buses.
6. Permits for Flashing Red and Amber Lights, Sirens, and Theft Alarms.
7. Staff.
1. LICENCES
Motor-vehicles licensed in British Columbia in 1968 reach the total of
918,612, as compared to 865,217 in 1967, an increase of 53,395 or 9.4 per cent.
Passenger-type motor-vehicles licensed in 1968 numbered 740,979, an increase
of 38,976 over the 1967 total of 702,003. Commercial-vehicle registrations increased by 14,419. For 1968 the total of commercial vehicles licensed was 177,633.
In comparison, the 1967 total for commercial vehicles was 163,214.
The increase in motor-cycle registrations of 1,235 from the 1967 total of
17,229 to the 1968 total of 18,464 (9.33 per cent) indicates the general motoring
public are still continuing to be interested in using the motor-cycle as a means of
transportation.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1968        N 7
Trailer registrations are still continuing to increase.   The  1968  total of
102,068 is an increase of 10,441 over the 91,627 registration total of 1967.  The
camping and boat-type trailers account for the majority of this increase and would
indicate that the residents of British Columbia are continuing to enjoy and spend
more of their leisure hours out-of-doors.
Trailer records will be converted to computer methods during 1969 so that
owners will receive application forms for their 1970 renewal licences.
The comparative statement of licences, permits, etc., for motor-cycles, trailers,
and chauffeurs covers the volumes in these categories during the licence-years
1961 to 1968.
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, Etc., Issued during
the Licence-years 1961 to 1968, Inclusive
Licences Issued
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
Motor-vehicles—
Passenger (new)	
48,348
419,022
56,822
438,486
67,659      76,388
463,457]   495,419
94,190
529,552
89,427
575,364
89,817
612,186
94,333
646,646
Total passenger	
467,370
495,308|531,116|   571,807
623,742]   664,791
702,003]   740,979
Commercial (new)	
Commercial (renewal)	
Total commercial.- 	
10,576|  11,886
106,095| 108,843
13,830
112,228
16,604
116,969
20,3671     20,009
123,560]   133,311
20,329
142,885
25,171
152,462
116,671|120,729|126,058|   133,573
584,041[616,037|657,174    705,380
143,927|   153,320
163,214
177,633
918.612
767,669|   818,111
865.217
Non-resident   touring   motor-vehicle
1,343
187
15.831
1,551
157
12.069
1,613
110
12,478
2,241
1,446
111
13,221
2,746
1,212
1,222
1,067
34
13,209
1,912
929
32
15,690
2,408
Non-resident   special   motor-vehicle
permits.	
Non-resident   commercial   motor-vehicle permits—
86
14.250
45
15.260
Quarterly permits — _	
Totals  	
2,4711    1,772
2,2281       1,968
18,302   13,841
14,719|     15,967
16,478|     17,228
15,121|     18,098
2,048
8,732
20,490
1,822
10,076
25,429
2,203
11,237
30,368
2,0721       2,693
1
12,9611     14,076
36.360J     35,995
2,775
15,717
37,057
2,713
17,599
42,128
Temporary operation permits—
Passenger. 	
7,719
19,988
Totals _	
Transporter—
27,707| 29,222| 35,505j     41,605
49,321|     50,071
52,774|     59,727
5
63
1,342
3,937
9
67
4,209
4,803
17
82
5,630
8,016
20
88
4,263
11,124
26
81
4,063
27
68
3,780
Motor-cycles—
652
3,587
706
3,683
13 166
1__S.
Totals -	
4,239]    4,389[    5,279]       9,012
13,376]     15,387
17,229]     18,464
Trailers - - -
Extra-Provincial prorated trailers	
Motor-dealers—
53,109
782
817
28
10
954
56,434
3,391
885
866
44
13
1,044
62,116
3,647
968
884
51
16
1,182
66,725
4,042
1,057
966
91
24
1,296
73,152
4,275
1,105
1,097
124
31
1.404
81,703
5,246
1,097
1,238
124
84
1.347
91,627
6,743
1,086
1,306
118
92
1,196
102,068
7,859
1,140
1,332
120
85
1,191
Original motor-cycle dealer licences.
Additional   motor-cycle   dealer   licences .  -	
Transfers—■
228,311
41,800
2,726
1,510
256,580
43,610
2,976
2,818
284,641
44,899
3,349
4,069
304,487
47,618
5,312
4,489
337,369
52,423
8,171
5,810
337,860
54,598
9,614
7,225
341,859
57,193
10,872
8,654
351,092
62,370
11,391
9,637
Commercial _, 	
Motor-cycle	
Trailers.	
Total transfers	
Chauffeurs—
274,347(305,984
336,958|   361,906
403,7731   409,297
418,578|   434,490
5,518
4,925
64,446
1,493,937
12,523
5,672
5,010
63,677
796,687
13.741
1
5,891        5,910
5,3201       5,432
67,781|     72,484
641,992 1,619,395
14.281       15.563
I
6,310]       7,059
5,785         6,435
80,977      83,853
1,145,25111,659,586
17,707      13,080
7,605
6,876
83,091
1,692,128
13,459
7,972
7,078
83,323
1,701,655
15,884
Original Class C _ ..".-.,
Safety responsibility insurance certifi-
1
 N 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA
DRIVERS' LICENCES
Original drivers' licences issued during the 1968 licence-year totalled 69,895,
a slight decrease from the 1967 total of 73,010. Original licences issued to adult
applicants amounted to 40,677, and those issued to applicants under 21 years of
age amounted to 29,218.
Licensed drivers in British Columbia at the end of 1968 totalled 1,075,418,
an increase of 73,844 or 13.5 per cent over the 1967 total of 1,001,574. Male
drivers comprised 63.4 per cent of the total in the amount of 681,561, leaving the
remaining 393,857 to be the number of licensed female drivers.
The following table sets out statistical information on the number of drivers
in the various age-groups and provides for the number of male and female drivers
in each age-group.
Drivers' Licences—Statistical Information by Age-groups
Age
Year of Birth
Male
Female
Total
Per Cent
of Total
1949-1953
1945-1948
1939-1944
1934-1938
1929-1933
1924-1928
1919-1923
1914-1918
1909-1913
1904-1908
1900-1903
1894-1899
1889-1893
1884-1888
1879-1883
1878 and prior
59,072
69,384
100,243
72,593
71,951
66,686
60,843
51,715
45,015
34,446
19,802
17,148
8,185
3,584
790
104
34,335
44,576
65,801
45,562
43,335
41,499
38,810
30,960
22,353
13,445
6,283
4,931
1,483
414
57
13
93,407
113,960
166,044
118,155
115,286
108,185
99,653
82,675
67,368
47,891
26,085
22,079
9,668
3,998
847
117
8.686
21 24    „                	
10.597
25 30    „       	
15.440
31-35    „	
10.987
36-40   „    — —
10.720
41-45    „          	
10.060
46-50   „	
9.266
51-55    „
7.688
56-60    „	
6.264
61-65    „	
66-69    „	
4.453
2.425
70-75    „    	
2.053
76-80   „    	
0.899
81-85    „     - —	
0.372
86-90    „      	
0.079
Over 90 years    ...
0.011
Totals  	
681,561
393,857
1,075,418
100.000
Male 	
681,561
	
63.376
393,857
36.624
Chauffeurs' Licences
The comparative statement of licences and permits on the previous page
shows the number of licensed chauffeurs in 1968 to be 98,373, an increase of 801
over the 1967 total of 97,572. The number of Class A category chauffeurs licensed
to drive buses increased to 7,972 from 7,605 in 1967. The Class B category chauffeurs licensed to drive taxis increased to 7,078 from 6,876 in 1967. The Class C
category chauffeurs licensed to drive trucks showed an increase in 1968 to 83,323
from the total of 83,091 in 1967.
Motor-dealers' Licences
Motor-dealers' licences issued by the Branch are required by individuals or
firms whose business involves the buying and selling of motor-vehicles, motorcycles, or trailers. During the 1968 licence-year, 1,132 motor-dealers' licences
permitting the sale of motor-vehicles and trailers and 120 motor-cycle dealers'
licences permitting the sale of motor-cycles and trailers were issued.
A prerequisite for the issuance of a motor-dealer's licence or the retention of
such a licence is that an insurance bond be supplied to the Superintendent of Insurance in the amount of $5,000 or security be filed with the Minister of Finance in
a similar amount. The insurance bonds are filed with the Branch on behalf of the
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1968
N 9
Superintendent of Insurance and in 1968, 308 dealers' bonds were filed, of which
211 were original bonds for new motor-dealers and 97 were replacement bonds.
There were 233 bonds cancelled during 1968. Security was filed with the Minister
of Finance by three motor-dealers.
A process of investigation is carried out for each new motor-dealer. Information in connection with the proposed operation, previous businesses, corporate
formation, business intentions, premises, and compliance with municipal zoning
regulations are considered before a licence is authorized.
Distribution of Motor-vehicles
The distribution of motor-vehicles in the various centres of the Province is
always of interest. The following table gives information concerning the numbers
of licences issued through the principal licence offices. Since vehicle-owners move
frequently from one area to another, and vehicles are often sold to new owners
residing in different locations from the previous owners, the table cannot be regarded as an accurate population count of vehicles in the various parts of the
Province. However, the table does provide a guide as to the distribution of vehicles throughout the Province, and it is of use to groups concerned with community planning projects and development.
Summary of Passenger Motor-vehicle Licences Issued under Motor-vehicle Act and
Commercial Motor-vehicle Licences Issued under Department of Commercial
Transport Act, by Issuing Office, during 1968 Licence-year.
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Grand
Total
Issuing Office
Used
Registrations
New
Registrations
Renewals
Total
Used
Registrations
New
Registrations
Renewals
Total
Abbotsford _
Alberni 	
323
170
50
12
46
431
9
941
603
502
143
324
229
249
120
430
21
223
36
225
136
704
22
1,001
101
22
67
59
419
286
1,972
1,027
783
11
11
130
1,211
17
1,476
1,030
707
253
695
668
151
57
543
4
229
128
980
77
1,420
10
1,261
286
24
128
210
1,438
689
6,338
9,108
8,380
1,155
23
1,081
12,891
429
26,393
12,515
6,352
2,362
4,936
9,632
1,472
539
4,594
940
1,617
2,071
8,631
1,068
13,316
338
13,177
3,040
686
1,847
3,608
15,951
9,942
78,676
10,458
9,333
1,216
46
1,257
14,533
455
28,810
14,148
7,561
2,758
5,955
10,529
1,872
716
5,567
965
2,069
2,235
9,836
1,281
15,440
370
15,439
3,427
732
2,042
3,877
17,808
10,917
86,986
68
22
13
10
42
64
7
148
52
158
52
222
59
138
83
188
3
96
8
29
54
179
8
220
7
7
7
17
77
64
251
331
316
13
10
97
411
21
697
512
318
152
408
244
135
53
552
3
97
63
290
51
757
1
397
107
6
85
71
456
282
1,369
2,747
1,958
579
70
815
3,674
302
6,525
3,474
2,506
1,358
2,896
2,788
853
471
3,278
348
803
1,081
1,939
693
5,187
196
3,904
531
395
846
1,120
3,792
3,641
10,417
3,146
2,296
605
90
954
4,149
330
7,370
4,038
2,982
1,562
3,526
3,091
1,126
607
4,018
354
996
1,152
2,258
798
6,123
205
4,521
645
408
938
1,208
4,325
3,987
12,037
13,604
11,629
1,821
Atlin	
136
2,211
18,682
785
26,180
18,186
Cranbrook	
Creston 	
10,543
4,320
9,481
13,620
Fernie 	
2,998
1,323
Fort St. John	
Ganges	
Golden '
9,585
1,319
3,065
3,387
Haney 	
12,094
2,079
21,563
Kaslo. 	
Kelowna _-	
Kitimat	
Lillooet 	
Merritt 	
Mission	
575
19,960
4,072
1,140
2,980
5,085
22,133
Nelson	
New Westminster 1
14,904
99,023
1 New Westminster (includes temporary office at Burnaby during rush period and mail-order issuance to
New Westminster area from Victoria. Issuance at Port Coquitlam, which accounts through New Westminster,
has been deducted) :   Passenger, 81,287;   commercial, 11,010.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
Summary of Passenger Motor-vehicle Licences Issued under Motor-vehicle Act and
Commercial Motor-vehicle Licences Issued under Department of Commercial
Transport Act, by Issuing Office, during 1968 Licence-year—Continued.
Issuing Office
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Used
Registrations
New
Registrations
Renewals
Total
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Used
Registrations
New
Registrations
Renewals
Total
Grand
Total
North Vancouver..	
Oliver	
Penticton —
Pouce Coupe	
Powell River 	
Prince George	
Prince Rupert. —
Princeton- 	
Quesnel 	
Revelstoke	
Rossland	
Salmon Arm 	
Smithers	
Terrace —
Trail  _
Vancouver2 	
Vancouver East2	
Vancouver-Pt. Grey2
Vanderhoof —
Vernon  „.
Victoria3	
Williams Lake _
Totals _.
1,069
86
589
46
104
696
178
18
120
185
15
320
95
97
162
4,273
2,001
1,451
108
458
2,657
187
24,791
5,026
85
1,207
17
270
1,844
454
37
350
118
24
349
260
354
756
13,297
9,842
5,232
99
1,157
6,231
541
29,704
2,773
9,742
392
5,567
15,258
4,629
867
3,586
2,199
1,100
3,635
2,529
3,285
6,880
97,501
54,274
38,382
1,743
9,701
91,724
4,405
35,799
2,944
11,538
455
5,941
17,798
5,261
922
4,056
2,502
1,139
4,304
2,884
3,736
7,798
115,071
66,117
45,065
1,950
11,316
100,612
5,133
69,542
646,646
740,979
39
17
124
226
12
213
43
4
46
43
2
129
34
25
24
178
253
61
72
141
249
82
4,370
711
56
354
41
90
987
156
21
250
79
17
161
194
240
154
2,158
3,210
441
56
520
2,131
469
20,801
3,086
1,172
2,795
341
1,257
6,358
1,365
452
2,033
907
298
1,667
1,466
1,666
1,463
18,252
8,398
2,591
1,309
4,189
19,092
3,118
152,462
3,836
1,245
3,273
608
1,359
7,558
1,564
477
2,329
1,029
317
1,957
1,694
1,931
1,641
20,588
11,853
3,093
1,437
4,850
21,480
3,669
177,633
39,635
4,189
14,811
1,063
7,300
25,356
6,825
1.399
6,385
3,531
1,456
6,261
4,578
5,667
9,439
135,659
77,970
48,158
3,387
16,166
122,092
8,802
918,612
2 Vancouver (includes issuance from Motor Licence offices at 1730 West Georgia Street, 2410 Nanaimo
Street, and 6237 West Boulevard and mail-order issuance to Vancouver area from Victoria and includes temporary office at Richmond during rush period; does not include issuance at North Vancouver and does not
include 735 commercial plates issued for National Defence vehicles that operate throughout British Columbia;
issuance at Sechelt, Squamish, and Pemberton which account through Vancouver has been deducted): Passenger, 234,608;   commercial, 34,311.
3 Victoria (does not include mail-order issuance to other areas; does not include 1,445 passenger and 5,678
commercial plates for Provincial Government vehicles that operate throughout British Columbia and does not
include 591 National Defence vehicles that operate throughout British Columbia; issuance of 253 commercial
plates to prorated vehicles has been deducted; issuance at Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Alert Bay, and Bella
Coola, which account through Victoria has been deducted):   Passenger, 78,577;   commercial, 11,215.
Revenue
Revenue collected by the Motor-vehicle Branch from licences, permits, Motor-
vehicle Inspection, and other services, and in the payment of social services tax,
increased by 9.4 per cent to $32,820,206.73 in the 1968 licence-year. The increase was $1,727,644.97 over the 1967 total of $31,092,561.10. Social services
tax collections amounted to $3,066,096.00, as compared to $2,929,854.27 in 1967.
These collections cover motor-vehicle and trailer taxes on transactions which do
not involve licensed motor-dealers. The motor-dealers make their payment of tax
collections directly to the Consumer Taxation Branch of the Department of Finance.
Offices of this Branch and Motor-vehicle Inspection (Victoria) collected 66.58
per cent of the total collections, in the amount of $21,854,903.28. Offices of the
Department of Finance, which carry our licence-issuing service in areas not served
by the Motor-vehicle Branch, collected the balance of 33.42 per cent. These percentages show no appreciable change on the 1967 licence-year figures.
The location of Motor-vehicle Branch offices are listed on the following page,
and the 1968 revenue collection at each office is shown:—
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1968      N  11
Vancouver      $5,251,506.82
Victoria 	
New Westminster	
Vancouver East	
Vancouver-Point Grey
Cloverdale 	
North Vancouver
Kamloops	
Chilliwack 	
Dawson Creek	
Abbotsford	
Haney	
Trail 	
Mission	
Total
_      3,778,872.49
„      3,024,758.30
__      2,747,696.49
_      1,320,582.68
_      1,198,135.43
-      1,069,599.89
859,892.58
704,474.16
584,284.99
468,458.28
368,673.17
297,896.62
180,071.38
... $21,854,903.28
Refunds
Legislation provides for refunding of licence fees in several instances where
licences are surrendered to this Branch.
Refunds are made where a vehicle is removed from the Province, and where
a vehicle has been burned, junked, or damaged beyond repair.
Refunds are obtainable by the seller on commercial-vehicle licences when
vehicles are transferred. In these instances the new owner is required to relicense
the vehicle, based on the gross vehicle weight at which he intends to operate the
vehicle.
Refunds may be obtained for vehicles located east of the Cascade Mountains
which are not operated in winter months (November, December, January). Due
to the ability to operate vehicles on an all-year basis in practically all areas of the
Province now, the applications for these seasonal refunds are declining each year.
The fee for the unexpired full years of the five-year drivers' licences are refundable under the following circumstances upon surrender of the licence to this
Branch:—
(a) The licence has been suspended due to the failure of the licensee to
qualify in a driver's examination.
(b) The licensee has taken up residence outside the Province.
(c) The licensee has died.
(d) The licensee has voluntarily surrendered his driver's licence.
The following table sets out the number of refunds and amount of money
refunded for the 1968 licence-year:—
Type of Refund Number Amount
Drivers' licences   1,592 $3,998.00
Motor-vehicle licences, general refunds—
Motor-vehicle Act—passenger      725 $7,778.63
Dealers         29 216.45
Drivers'general      215 1,037.00
Chauffeurs         14 22.00
Department of Commercial Transport Act—Commercial      350 24,365.83
  2,925             37,417.91
 N  12
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Type of Refund
Relinquishment refunds—
Motor-vehicle Act—passenger   6,599
Department of Commercial Transport Act—
Regular commercial      907
Farm commercial        62
Number
Amount
$41,451.26
32,828.62
775.82
Seasonal refunds—
Motor-vehicle Act—passenger       253
Department of Commercial Transport Act—
Regular commercial      273
Farm commercial         65
7,568
$75,055.70
$1,524.81
15,953.40
1,275.38
591
Refunds on transfers—
Department of Commercial Transport Act—
Regular commercial      318
Farm commercial         14
18,753.59
$69,477.55
508.75
Totals
332
13,008
69,986.30
$205,211.50
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1968      N 13
2.    ACCIDENTS AND CONVICTIONS
Motor-vehicle Accidents
The following table gives a summary of the accident frequency during the
period 1959 to 1968:—
Year
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
1959	
1960	
1961	
1962	
1963	
1964	
1969	
1966	
1967	
1968	
536,120
566,144
589,917
609,215
64'8,303'
700,048
764,353
817,348
864,3*8
917,872
25,536
26,091
27,203
29,077
30,924
38,368
40,262
44,177
49,750
58,300
47.63
46.08
46.11
44.65
47.82
54.81
52.68
54.05
57.56
63.51
10,541
11,311
12,101
13,382
14,585
16,911
17,574
19,449
19,500
20,945
309
294
320
385
360
393
500
520
559
574
1    5-7
$478.79
7.55
5.2
474.78
6.73
5.4
475.08
7.07'
6.3>
489.05
7.96
5.6
503.65
7.00
5.6
523.39
6.90
6.5
561.96
8.00
6.4
592.91
7.60
6.5
565.58
7.67
6.2
570.87
7.36
268
253
272
322
309
345
421
445
461
460
6.55
5.79
6.01
6.66
6.01
6.06
6.73
6.51
6.33
5.90
The toll of motor-vehicle accidents continues to grow. During 1968 the number
of persons killed increased from 559 in 1967 to a new high of 574, an increase of
2.6 per cent.
During 1968, reportable accidents totalled 58,300, an increase of 8,550 or
5.8 per cent over the 1967 total of 49,750. The number of fatal accidents decreased
by one from 461 to 460. The number of persons injured during 1968 was 20,945,
an increase of 1,445 over the 1967 total of 19,500 or 13.4 per cent.
The property damage as a result of these accidents amounted to $33,281,768.84,
an increase of $5,144,111.53 or 18 per cent over the 1967 total of $28,137,657.31.
The preceding table again shows an increase in the accidents per 1,000 vehicles
registered, but a slight decrease is shown in the deaths per 10,000 vehicles registered.
The average property damage increased slightly from last year.
The following tables set out accident statistics of the various cities, municipalities, villages, and districts in British Columbia for 1967 and 1968.
 N  14
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
1967
1968
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1967
1968
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1967
1968
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Abbotsford-Sumas 	
5
3
2
8
Per Cent
—60.0
166.0
—33.0
33.0
100.0
200.0
—38.0
—41.0
—60.0
—42.0
—66.0
100.0
700.0
—50.0
100.0
-93.0
500.0
100.0
77.0
— 55.0
— 100.0
—50.0
— 100.0
—77.0
100.0
—33.0
—800.0
— 100.0
200.0
—50.0
-100.0
100.0
4
2
2
6
Per Cent
—50.0
200.0
120
58
71
76
Per Cent
—40.0
31.0
Alert Bay Det 	
11
8
4
31
83
12
12
9
27
54
5
13
58
69
1,193
46
106
98
7
83
29
64
30
60
90
213
53
181
137
45
68
42
89
42
63
92
106
92
74
40
66
40
10
37
31
114
9
133
3
262
169
109
22
32
43
18
80
85
238
34
234
161
34
34
39
212
206
9.0
1
1
1
3
2
1
2
3
— 33.0
50.0
50.0
125.0
3
3
2
4
— 12.0
—34.0
Atlin Det	
100.0
Bella Coola Det	
2
3
8
10
2
4
1
2
2
6
7
2
4
1
100.0
100.0
— 14.0
-53.0
—50.0
33.0
11
38
53
1,204
68
116
50
18.0
1
13
17
5
7
1
1
7
15
4
3
1
52.0
30.0
-0.9
—24.0
—8.0
96.0
100.0
6
2
1
8
1
3
1
6
2
16
4
2
5
2
1
5
1
3
1
6
2
10
4
1
—60.0
100.0
400.0
—50.0
100.0
—88.0
500.0
100.0
66.0
—33.0
— 100.0
—66.0
— 100.0
—75.0
100.0
—33.0
— 85.0
— 100.0
200.0
—33.0
— 100.0
79
41
39
56
5.0
—29.0
1
2
1
2
9
1
64.0
—46.0
100.0
15
1
260
43
43
179
138
23
80
50
65
38
40
99
220
96
70
26
65
13
8
22
21
84
7
94
2
—65.0
395.0
23.0
9
9
1
4
3
9
6
6
1
3
3
8
1.0
—0.7
95.0
— 15.0
— 16.0
2
2
2
1
2
2
2
1
3
2
36.0
10.0
3
9
10
1
4
1
2
3
7
7
1
3
1
57.0
—7.0
51.0
Duncan City 	
3
2
4
—4.0
5 0
Enderby Det _
53.0
Esquimau Mun ...
1.0
2
4
100.0
207 0
25.0
7
1
6
1
6
2
—71.0
—100.0
1
1
6
1
5
2
100.0
— 100.0
—33.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
68.0
Field	
47 0
6
1
6
2
7
8
8
4
1
5
2
7
7
6
35.0
	
28 0
Fort St. John Det	
41.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
50 0
100.0
100.0
24
24
43
100.0
2
2
8 0
33.0
1
1
—
1
1
—
Gold River  -	
100.0
Golden	
Grand Forks Det	
7
3
10
2
9
8
6
7
15
5
6
14
-14.0
133.0
50.0
150.0
—33.0
87.0
5
3
8
2
8
8
6
1
8
5
4
9
20.0
—66.0
150.0
—50.0
12.0
68
45
266
49
178
124
17.0
10 0
Hazelton Det	
— 30.0
31 0
100 Mile House                  	
100 0
4
2
1
5
100 0
4
3
1
7
-25.0
100.0
16.0
—50.0
100.00
25.0
55
153
155
29 0
Kamloops City	
38.0
6
4
32 0
Det.=Detachment.   Mun.--Municipality.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1968      N 15
the Province for the Calendar Years 1967 and 1968
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1967
1968
or(-)
Decrease
1967
1968
or(-)
Decrease
1967
1968
or (-)
Decrease
1967
1968
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
63
47
—25.0
374
358
—4.0
231
214
—7.0
$155,378.99
$118,545.40
—23.0
33
38
15.0
165
197
19.0
112
141
25.0
117,093.47
105,996.23
-9.0
28.0
34
9
49
100.0
44.0
5
31
100.0
19.0
1,525.00
1.3,168.41
100.0
7
9
26
8,625.00
52.0
6
6
4
41
22
49
25
19.0
13.0
33
15
35
15
6.0
19,080.00
5,230.00
16,308.76
6,584.81
—9.0
4
25.0
15
18
20.0
82
75
—8.0
58
51
—12.0
56,085.05
46,725.12
— 16.0
45
27
—40.0
229
204
— 10.0
168
146
— 13.0
143,543.82
107,504.38
—25.0
	
3
100.0
5
13
160.0
4
9
125.0
1,590.00
5,250.00
230.0
8
9
12.0
41
49
19.0
29
35
20.0
17,185.00
34,648.46
101.0
26
32
23.0
149
164
10.0
115
127
10.0
72,545.12
83,100.94
14.0
26
29
11.0
187
164
— 12.0
126
110
— 12.0
142,487.12
120,942.48
— 15.0
796
842
5.0
6,153
7,091
15.0
3,254
3,761
15.0
1,707,779.34
1,949,981.70
14.0
44
25
—43.0
225
175
—22.0
148
119
— 19.0
110,938.97
85,584.93
—22.0
71
66
—7.0
380
309
— 18.0
264
221
— 16.0
179,602.64
152,812.73
— 14.0
40
65
62.0
380
425
11.0
212
246
16.0
133,878.03
126,357.53
—5.0
4
100.0
31
100.0
21
100.0
41,938.65
100.0
55
57
3.0
343
363
5.0
222
226
1.0
137,190.29
136,104.91
-0.7
16
19
18.0
86
109
26.0
51
71
39.0
35,470.94
41,675.47
17.0
17
33
94.0
106
165
55.0
75
119
58.0
61,095.36
163,851.98
168.0
32
22
—31.0
184
182
— 1.0
121
118
—2.0
76,560.26
56,757.74
—25.0
32
100.0
154
100.0
115
100.0
144,964.20
111,628.59
100.0
155
51
—67.0
795
281
—64.0
484
171
—64.0
242,907.64
—54.0
26
124
376.0
115
779
577.0
81
467
476.0
44,835.14
242,414.99
440.0
23
31
34.0
131
172
31.0
100
125
25.0
70,471.92
151,948.12
115.0
115
119
3.0
580
744
28.0
352
456
29.0
238,123.07
284,442.71
19.0
87
98
12.0
588
625
6.0
374
379
1.0
229,740.63
230,567.41
0.3
20
29
45.0
196
259
32.0
109
142
30.0
48,636.68
59,540.21
22.0
43
47
9.0
174
226
29.0
141
170
20.0
104,687.37
105,851.74
1.0
30
24
—20.0
116
113
—2.0
87
85
—2.0
59,310.52
54,882.44
—7.0
40
58
45.0
236
319
35.0
173
225
47.0
102,099.34
161,137.00
57.0
28
27
-3.0
163
149
—8.0
115
106
—7.0
69,348.76
73,683.52
6.0
33
45
36.0
394
458
16.0
211
246
16.0
150,883.12
123,100.22
— 18.0
48
43
— 10.0
235
219
—6.0
147
153
4.0
133,751.33
166,796.44
24.0
124
79
— 36.0
595
510
—14.0
366
312
— 14.0
255,136.03
226,063.17
— 11.0
55
58
5.0
315
453
43.0
188
285
51.0
105,658.55
203,619.07
92.0
40
39
—2.0
243
201
— 17.0
161
128
—20.0
110,990.97
87,937.95
—20.0
18
25
38.0
111
130
17.0
77
88
14.0
47,760.84
67,786.78
41.0
51
47
-7.0
318
420
32.0
176
232
31.0
84,605.26
110,948.86
31.0
9
20
122.0
65
74
13.0
48
59
22.0
26,758.08
48,058.72
79.0
6
6
	
32
81
153.0
21
47
25.0
7,160.85
19,627.69
174.0
16
21
31.0
71
102
43.0
53
76
43.0
29,984.00
67,812.09
126.0
11
17
54.0
64
67
4.0
51
53
3.0
32,495.17
56,115.00
72.0
48
73
52.0
328
325
—0.9
232
242
4.0
316,564.30
516,265.06
63.0
4
6
50.0
40
62
55.0
27
40
48.0
12,220.00
38,590.72
215.0
62
93
50.0
572
692
20.0
340
427
25.0
271,438.27
373,846.67
37.0
2
3
50.0
17
16
—5.0
8
10
25.0
8,153.00
5,750.82
—29.0
132
100.0
649
100.0
354
100.0
292,709.60
264,610.75
149,532.72
27,568.65
100.0
100.0
100.0
93
100.0
442
100.0
303
100.0
62
100.0
257
100.0
170
100.0
16
13
—18.0
78
72
—7.0
52
46
-11.0
32,675.29
— 15.0
15
17
13.0
56
83
48.0
43
61
41.0
19,754.71
43,323.59
119.0
26
28
7.0
172
152
— 11.0
108
101
—6.0
76,813.82
52,506.64
—31.0
12
100.0
79|    100.0
"*
58
100.0
48,618.17
100.0
43
49
13.0
....   ....
288
338|      17.0
205
236
15.0
227,267.25
216,151.92
—31.0
30
43
43.0
161
237|      47.0
121
168
38.0
91,009.35
123,453.87
35.0
171
153
— 10.0
826
836|        1.0
494
503
1.0
263,348.10
303,895.04
15.0
30
21
—30.0
144
127]  —11.0
102
91
-10.0
85,218.82
65,836.47
—22.0
88
113
28.0
511
655 [      28.0
329
421
27.0
255,238.97
377,334.32
47.0
70
68
-2.0
369
302
— 18.0
263
218
— 17.0
218,409.00
256,426.32
17.0
27
100.0
124
100.0
93
100.0
76,299.28
50,665.76
59,340.70
100.0
22
100.0
81
100.0
56
100.0
100.0
29
22
—24.0
165
126
—23.0
131
90
—31.0
197,460.65
—69.0
109
140
28.0
937
1,242
32.0
496
672
35.0
247,419.92
347.242.45
40.0
99
133
34.0
563
674
19.0
379
460
21.0
286,997.88
450,646.60
57.0
 N  16
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
1967
1968
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1967
1968
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1967
1968
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
Kaslo Det.	
3
5
11
1
1
1
1
Per Cent
100.0
25.0
175.0
—85.0
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
2
5
10
1
1
1
Per Cent
100.0
25.0
233.0
— 83.0
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
200.0
14
111
140
56
11
44
37
55
62
62
49
148
41
59
15
67
4
13
144
162
37
14
64
16
73
8
50
43
91
124
40
45
24
45
15
45
283
8
96
74
9
30
62
43
42
94
164
23
59
13
391
262
231
55
6
58
68
66
46
27
Per Cent
—7.0
4
4
7
4
3
6
1
1
1
3
29.0
15.0
—33.0
27.0
45.0
Kitimat Det 	
1
1
—56.0
1
3
2
5
5
32.0
100.0
1
4
300.0
100.0
50.0
100.0
100.0
25.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
—33.0
— 19.0
— 30.0
4
4
6
6
100.0
66.0
100.0
85.0
— 16.0
Lillooet Det	
—2.0
—23.0
1
4
2
5
1
1
2
1
2
1
1
1
2
4
1
1
2
1
2
1
100.0
300.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
60.0
Lytton Det	
—32.0
McBride Det	
275.0
100.0
4
6
131
54
6,975.0
1
3
1
1
2
1
33.0
—26.0
Merritt Det	
37.0
100.0
3
2
2
1
2
7
4
4
7
1
1
8
33.0
100.0
250.0
3
1
2
1
2
6
2
3
5
1
1
8
—33.0
200.0
150.0
—50.0
33.0
39
30
40
35
115
147
17
64
12
491
275
288
57
5
26
43
21
46
2
90
70
124
77
17
427
55
49
52
65
69
225
412
74
13
102
70
158
16
—23.0
106.0
Mission Mun	
7.0
20.0
— 50.0
14.0
— 18.0
11.0
35.0
4
2
7
2
5
1
—75.0
— 100.0
—71.0
100.0
—20.0
4
1
7
2
5
1
—75.0
— 100.0
—71.0
50.0
—20.0
—7.0
8.0
2
4
4
2
3
4
—20.0
—4.0
— 19.0
—3.0
Ocean Falls Det	
400.0
— 100.0
50.0
— 100.0
20.0
1
1
2
5
1
1
2
4
300.0
— 100.0
123.0
58.0
3
2
214.0
1.250.0
4
2
2
3
3
10
5
1
1
2
3
3
4
2
2
3
3
10
3
1
1
-100.0
50.0
— 33.0
— 100.0
—80.0
—66.0
200.0
-100.0
100.0
—56.0
100.0
40.0
—33.0
150.0
—100.0
100.0
126|        40.0
2
3
2
2
1
3
62|    —11.0
Pnrt Alhrrni City
50.0
1201       —3.0
Port Alberni Det.  _ 	
87
9
140
22
55
50
32
62
284
252
76
5
138
49
186
7
19
16
127
12.0
Port Alice Det.
— 100.0
—60.0
200.0
— 100.0
—47 0
4
5
3
—67.0
Port Edward Det	
—60.0
Port Hardy Det. 	
12.0
Port Moody City— 	
—3.0
—50.0
1
2
30
1
4
14
1
1
7
4
9
~ 1
1
2
25
1
4
11
1
1
7
2
5
— 10.0
100.0
— 53.0
100.0
16.0
33.0
350.0
— 100.0
100.0
-3T6
26.0
Prince George Det _	
-38.0
2.0
1
6
3
2
2
1
5
3
2
2
—61.0
35.0
—30.0
17.0
—56.0
1
100.0
15
129
6.0
19
13
12
7
—41.0
— 1.0
Det.=Detachment.   Mun.=Municipality.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1968      N 17
Province for the Calendar Years 1967 and 1698—Continued
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1967
1968
or (-)
Decrease
1967
1968
or (-)
Decrease
1967
1968
or (-)
Decrease
1967
1968
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
10
10
	
43
45
4.0
31
34
9.0
20,000.00
22,603.00
13.0
73
99
35.0
752
806
7.0
400
438
9.0
182,363.84
246,828.26
35.0
91
93
2.0
435
580
33.0
272
361
32.0
150,421.16
255,182.55
69.0
32
21
—34.0
134
128
—4.0
101
98
—2.0
75,018.82
58,154.36
—22.0
9
13
44.0
97
149
53.0
55
84
52.0
24,100.32
36,188.67
50.0
22
36
63.0
126
194
53.0
96
145
51.0
58,187.60
127,555.83
119.0
18
13
—27.0
93
83
— 1.0
64
58
—9.0
52,344.55
37,439.98
—28.0
37
44
18.0
311
358
15.0
170
200
17.0
88,038.59
131,678.88
49.0
8
32
100.0
— 17.0
48
196
100.0
—4.0
33
125
100.0
—0.7
12,807.65
74,981.38
100.0
39
205
126
81,294.08
—4.0
38
25
—33.0
135
136
0.7
97
96
-1.0
73,972.64
69,360.18
—6.0
33
52
57.0
146
346
136.0
99
198
100.0
70,105.45
110,632.55
57.0
96
72
—25.0
520
433
— 16.0
325
275
— 15.0
195,326.40
178,538.47
—8.0
23
20
—13.0
84
112
33.0
60
82
36.0
42,380.00
47,346.00
11.0
41
32
—21.0
257
209
—18.0
111
95
—14.0
66,996.95
67,943.94
1.0
8
11
37.0
84
84
	
59
61
3.0
39,472.00
41,965.48
6.0
37
28
—24.0
140
124
-11.0
103
96
-6.0
123,121.52
146,412.00
18.0
4
8
100.0
35
51
45.0
25
42
68.0
16,040.00
21,791.92
35.0
23
191
100.0
4,675.0
143
1,321
100.0
7,670.0
108
740
100.0
7,300.0
97,539.95
349,592.56
100.0
4
17
10
6,894.81
4,970.0
3
6
100.0
21
23
9.0
17
19
11.0
8,463.82
10,802.00
27.0
78
70
— 10.0
488
437
-10.0
284
270
—4.0
159,905.57
131,365.52
—17.0
34
43
26.0
235
228
—2.0
169
164
-2.0
111,723.84
115,997.93
3.0
7
23
100.0
64.0
49
126
100.0
40.0
74
39
98
100.0
32.0
23,481.46
100,233.77
100.0
14
90
48,959.89
104.0
22
36
63.0
111
179
61.0
75
116
54.0
51,192.75
64,685.35
26.0
29
23
—20.0
164
122
—25.0
106
83
—21.0
46,248.94
45,061.59
—2.0
22
21
—4.0
130
134
3.0
95
96
1.0
61,691.61
54,184.86
— 12.0
76
72
-5.0
738
784
6.0
392
422
7.0
181,843.88
176,506.90
—2.0
76
102
34.0
355
660
85.0
218
397
82.0
159,555.14
250,912.88
57.0
11
17
54.0
135
198
46.0
75
109
45.0
49,076.38
57,457.90
17.0
35
37
5.0
168
174
3.0
122
127
4.0
97,699.28
97,230.19
—0.4
6
9
50.0
24
50
108.0
20
39
95.0
15,667.10
22,407.51
43.0
342
281
—17.0
2,919
3,228
10.0
1,495
1,670
11.0
757,845.19
781,948.50
3.0
185
198
7.0
1,456
1,889
29.0
756
999
32.0
401,885.65
495,235.59
23.0
207
161
—22.0
1,483
1,521
2.0
795
841
5.0
383,594.38
415,903.72
8.0
42
44
4.0
295
341
15.0
165
190
15.0
75,430.68
81,055.77
7.0
4
7
75.0
13
15
15.0
9
12
33.0
4,255.00
5,110.00
20.0
19
31
63.0
155
163
5.0
102
111
8.0
52,647.56
74,588.20
41.0
26
16
35
35
34.0
125
157
25.0
86
113
31.0
83,052.97
35,569.97
71,901.88
90,543.51
 13#0
118.0
73
165
126.0
49
110
124.0
154.0
24
28
16.0
221
235
6.0
104
109
4.0
48,248.39
66,145.15
37.0
2
16
700.0
18
66
266.0
14
52
271.0
7,134.00
28,774.00
303.0
69
89
28.0
519
610
17.0
289
333
15.0
162,461.92
190,897.11
17.0
35
31
—11.0
137
151
10.0
91
103
13.0
65,201.39
77,282.29
18.0
86
73
— 15.0
777
770
—0.9
422
423
0.2
214,251.65
242,816.65
13.0
44
54
22.0
236
302
27.0
168
215
27.0
121,992.65
148,572.32
21.0
12
5
—58.0
66
41
—37.0
50
27
—46.0
32,874.00
14,278.54
—56.0
272
90
—66.0
1,709
601
—64.0
941
337
—64.0
492,199.78
159,481.46
—67.0
21
10
—52.0
125
116
-7.0
82
86
4.0
72,550.00
67,353.00
—7.0
27
26
—3.0
150
154
2.0
102
114
11.0
81,722.51
96,348.84
17.0
37
36
—2.0
229
329
43.0
123
186
51.0
64,474.75
87,838.33
36.0
40
23
—42.0
162
128
—20.0
118
98
—16.0
71,934.03
51,811.62
—28.0
55
52
—5.0
459
353
—23.0
262
209
—20.0
132,026.10
101,199.76
—23.0
155
173
11.0
1,645
1,658
0.7
874
873
—0.1
437,881.99
579,446.50
32.0
239
153
—35.0
1,367
840
—38.0
927
570
—38.0
791,892.41
424,527.55
—46.0
61
60
—1.0
631
681
7.0
343
370
7.0
180,396.18
207,566.32
15.0
6
—100.0
53
15
-71.0
34
8
—76.0
23,405.50
4,330.00
—81.0
54
86
59.0
295
395
33.0
220
290
31.0
223,427.81
219,606.06
-1.0
44
29
—34.0
238
166
—30.0
167
112
—32.0
103,173.78
104,435.89
0.1
89
108
21.0
588
651
10.0
372
412
10.0
256,782.09
376,966.32
46.0
9
6
—33.0
41
44
7.0
29
32
10.0
25,250.00
20,090.00
-20.0
14
100.0
93
100.0
70
100.0
51,741.00
100.0
14
11
—21.0
184
163
-11.0
102
95
-6.0
36,347.02
46,886.63
28.0
60
41
-31.0
330
263
—20.0
239
190
—20.0
407,445.98
234,274.12
—42.0
 N  18
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
1967
1968
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1967
1968
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1967
1968
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
10
1
5
5
1
1
8
1
5
1
7
Per Cent
—20.0
— 80.0
600.0
— 100.0
100.0
— 85.0
9
1
5
5
1
1
8
1
5
1
3
2
2
1
Per Cent
—11.0
490
9
343
32
39
49
48
38
52
47
91
52
8
26
122
7
55
916
10
13
1
66
52
8
35
38
21
52
16
5,007
95
79
91
746
6
300
30
138
452
7
445
30
39
33
39
57
59
45
84
57
29
56
100
6
100
1,046
6
2
67
39
15
36
12
17
51
18
4,784
79
86
103
719
1
305
41
116
Per Cent
—7.0
—22.0
—80.0
200.0
— 100.0
100.0
29.0
Salmo Det  	
—6.0
—32.0
Sechelt Det.
2
3
1
— 18.0
3
7
2
4
50.0
—75.0
13.0
—4.0
4
4
4
3
2
8
1
5
23
2
100.0
100.0
—66.0
33.0
100.0
400.0
-11.0
100.0
3
4
2
2
1
6
1
3
22
1
33.0
100.0
100.0
— 80.0
50.0
100.0
200.0
10.0
100.0
—7.0
9.0
262.0
6
6
5
4
115.0
— 18.0
— 14.0
1
26
1
20
81.0
14.0
—40.0
Tahsis
— 100.0
200.0
100.0
100.0
3
8
2
166.0
100.0
2
6
2
1.0
—25.0
87.0
Trail City
2
100.0
— 100.0
-50.0
—100.0
— 14.0
16.0
2
1
1
100.0
— 100.0
2.0
Trail Det	
3
2
1
1
57
6
1
7
6
3
1
1
1
53
6
1
6
6
—68.0
Ucluelet 	
1
1
49
7
1
9
4
-19.0
— 1.0
— 100.0
— 16.0
—33.0
—33.0
12 0
44
4
1
6
4
—4.0
Vanderhoof Det	
— 16.0
8.0
28.0
— 33.0
13.0
—3.0
Wells Det                       	
— 83.0
2
9
1
8
350.0
100.0
300.0
2
9
1
8
350.0
100.0
300.0
1.0
White Rock City
36.0
2
2
— 15.0
Tnfals
559
573
2.0
461
4591       —0.4
19,500
20,372
4.0
Det.=Detachment.    Mun.=Municipality.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1968      N 19
Province for the Calendar Years 1967 and 1698—Continued
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1967
1968
or (-)
Decrease
1967
1968
or(-)
Decrease
1967
1968
or(-)
Decrease
1967
1968
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
334
294
—11.0
2,121
2,091
— 1.0
1,168
1,151
— 1.0
568,783.07
561,868.37
—1.0
6
3
—50.0
99
81
— 18.0
62
50
— 19.0
23,184.86
21,016.05
—9.0
224
298
33.0
1,450
1,929
33.0
803
1,097
36.0
392,835.48
584,991.29
48.0
20
19
— 5.0
93
89
—4.0
69
66
—4.0
38,086.79
140,811.38
269.0
22
19
—13.0
146
167
14.0
83
101
21.0
41,519.90
102,341.37
146.0
25
19
—24.0
134
181
35.0
91
113
24.0
56,789.28
85,982.00
51.0
36
25
—30.0
172
147
—14.0
123
110
— 10.0
77,871.40
53,888.42
—30.0
23
35
52.0
128
174
46.0
96
121
26.0
63,869.88
84,622.71
32.0
24
27
12.0
95
108
13.0
59
73
23.0
60,376.98
84,465.18
38.0
29
30
3.0
139
213
53.0
83
136
63.0
60,797.18
63,954.87
5.0
51
47
—7.0
322
302
-6.0
212
200
—5.0
136,750.26
170,573.97
24.0
28
33
17.0
133
133
.
94
103
9.0
59,008.34
76,976.35
30.0
6
18
200.0
39
86
120.0
29
59
103.0
8,723.85
35,692.75
309.0
14
24
71.0
63
82
30.0
46
60
30.0
86,054.75
54,926.26
—36.0
68
59
—13.0
447
433
—3.0
315
294
-6.0
184,234.87
199,089.42
8.0
3
2
— 33.0
13
22
69.0
10
16
60.0
10,350.00
12,338.35
19.0
36
58
61.0
189
245
29.0
131
162
23.0
87,010.57
111,144.87
27.0
547
660
20.0
2,970
3,804
28.0
1,689
2,176
28.0
1,044,623.20
1,212,865.56
16.0
8
5
—37.0
35
42
20.0
211       25
19.0
12,044.52
12,146.89
0.8
12
	
— 100.0
72
7
—90.0
47          4
—91.0
37,887.62
2,875.00
—92.0
1
2
100.0
2
9
350.0
21         7!    250.0
700.00
6,350.00
807.0
44
43
—2.0
228
293
28.0
162      192
18.0
147,123.79
166,175.14
12.0
28
30
7.0
281
345
22.0
151|     192
27.0
75,881.34
122,430.86
61.0
5
6
20.0
28
26
—7.0
23
19
— 17.0
15,202.82
15,419.00
1.0
24
29
20.0
260
318
22.0
144
166
15.0
64,268.64
78,286.85
21.0
21
10
—52.0
118
105
— 11.0
79
68
— 13.0
51,919.09
36,190.19
—30.0
9
9
55
51
—7.0
42
35   —16.0
41,463.40
96,579.08
37,136.20
99,766.94
— 10.0
40
35
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376
412
9.0
211
233       10.0
3.0
6
13
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34
61
79.0
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50     108.0
21,258.71
33,247.00
56.0
3,589
3,431
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26,877
30,758
12.0
14,440
17,269       19.0
6,436,001.58
7,397,533.96
14.0
49
43
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254
259
1.0
162
181       11.0
169,329.97
152,963.44
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59
59
	
551
550
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294
299
1.0
131,998.64
138,110.69
4.0
47
54
14.0
247
358
44.0
167
243
45.0
122,509.36
175,599.87
43.0
523
538
2.0
3,582
4,094
14.0
1,876
2,163
15.0
800,658.57
961,634.28
20.0
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41
30
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26
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26,323.22
10,685.00
—59.0
188
205
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1,468
2,040
38.0
793
1,084
36.0
415,874.46
564,743.67
35.0
24
26
8.0
258
259
0.3
133
146
9.0
61,581.15
64,980.08
5.0
75
70
—6.0
447
528
18.0
300
349
16.0
216,024.43
289,207.84
33.0
12,694
13,300
4.0
86,889
100,159
15.0
49,750
58,300
17.0
28,137,657.31
33,281,768.84
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Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1968—Continued
HOUR OF OCCURRENCE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
12 to
lto
2 to
3 to
4 to
5 to
6 to
7 to
8 to
9 to
10 to
11 to
12 to
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2 to
3 to
4 to
5 to
6 to
7 to
8 to
9 to
10 to
11 to
1 a.m..
2 a.m.-
3 a.m.-
4 a.m.-
5 a.m...
6 a.m.-
7 a.m..
8 a.m...
9 a.m...
10 a.m...
11 a.m...
12 m._
1 p.m...
2 p.m...
3 p.m.-
4 p.m..
5 p.m...
6 p.m....
7 p.m.-
8 p.m...
9 p.m.-
10 p.m._
11 p.m	
12 p.m	
Totals-
2,417
1,698
1,080
663
459
342
572
2,077
2,408
1,822
2,082
2,310
2,795
2,948
3,504
4,344
5,430
4,669
3,016
3,324
2,815
2,694
2,518
2,313
36
28
16
11
10
7
8
9
10
10
8
11
6
22
17
25
21
26
35
39
25
31
27
22
576
391
287
165
97
84
135
413
517
360
412
456
639
641
761
1,025
1,209
1,073
801
855
708
578
583
533
1,805
1,279
777
487
352
251
429
1,655
1,881
1,452
1,662
1,843
2,150
2,285
2,726
3,294
4,200
3,570
2,180
2,430
2,082
2,085
1,908
1,758
58,300
460
13,299
44,541
DAY OF OCCURRENCE
Number of Accidents
Total
Personal
Property
Injury
Damage Only
77
1,911
5,393
45
1,579
5,672
46
1,695
6,030
44
1,570
5,303
48
1,654
5,758
79
2,271
8,075
121
2,617
8,308
2
2
1. Sunday	
2. Monday	
3. Tuesday	
4. Wednesday-
5. Thursday.	
6. Friday .
7. Saturday	
8. Not stated..
Totals..
7,381
7,296
7,771
6,917
7,460
10,425
11,046
4
58,300
460
13,299
44,541
TYPE OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Number of Vehicles Involved
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Private passenger-
2. Truck 	
3. Bus	
4. Taxi	
5. " Drive Yourself'
6. Motor-cycle	
7. School bus	
8. Ambulance.	
9. Not stated—	
Totals	
89,294
9,096
417
355
36
878
24
19
40
546
100
3
1
1
19
1
19,675
2,025
118
76
5
644
8
9
11
69,073
6,971
296
278
30
215
15
10
29
100,159
671
22,571 76,917
5.                    RAILROAD CROSSINGS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
47
10
3
3
36
2
1
15
1
2
9
30
9
3. Guarded crossing—man on duty	
3
1
7. Not stated              -     -                     _ -
26
99
3
27
69
 N 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1968—Continued
6.                  MANNER OF COLLISION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
24,286
7,516
14,497
3,158
3,415
5,428
157
179
14
1
7
102
5,405
2,212
3,560
106
260
1,756
18,724
2. Head-on collision or head-on side-swipe	
5,125
10,923
3,051
5. Side-swiped other vehicle going same direction   	
6. Not stated     .
3,148
3,570
Totals	
58,300
460
13,299
44,541
7.   DRIVERS INVOLVED, DESCRIPTION OF
Number of Drivers
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Male
2. Female	
3. Not stated   	
74,101
16,457
9,601
568
82
21
17,780
4,207
584
55,753
12,168
8,996
Totals
100,159
671
22,571
76,917
Age of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. 16 to 20 years	
2. 21 to 24 years	
3. 25 to 30 years	
4. 31 to 40 years	
5. 41 to 50 years	
6. 51 to 60 years	
7. 61 to 64 years	
8. 65 to 69 years	
9. 70 years and over..
16,372
12,930
13,537
16,060
14,510
10,071
2,902
1,459
2,265
138
104
86
105
101
64
14
18
19
4,205
3,251
3,269
3,887
3,374
2,336
682
340
434
12,029
9,575
10,182
12,068
11,035
7,671
2,206
1,101
1,812
Driving Experience
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
Less than 3 months.-
3 to 6 months 	
6 to 12 months	
1 to 4 years..
1.
2.
3.
4.
5. 5 years and over„
6. Not stated-
2,170
1,102
1,781
18,891
66,597
9,618
24
8
7
151
462
19
570
314
440
4,787
15,868
592
1,576
780
1,334
13,953
50,267
9,007
Condition of Driver
Total
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Normal	
2. Extreme fatigue	
3. Physical defect	
4. Confused by traffic-
5. Ability impaired	
6. Not known	
7. Not stated	
88,641
433
110
190
1,576
1,519
7,690
563
10
9
3
67
4
15
21,293
160
34
50
443
55
536
66,785
263
67
137
1,066
1,460
7,139
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
84,686
1,839
3,970
9,664
575
24
53
19
20,409
539
1,023
600
63,702
1,276
2,894
9,045
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1968      N 23
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1968—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...	
41,034
6,411
11,475
7,239
7,097
2,804
369
1,528
265
1,211
9,052
948
740
58
118
2,345
32
220
7,141
12
9
276
85
36
73
6
1
43
117
1
9,683
1,663
2,574
2,000
1,800
600
73
430
51
331
2,526
83
30
13
22
144
10
27
502
3
1
31,075
4,663
8,865
5,231
5,297
2,131
296
1,092
213
837
6,409
864
710
42
96
2,195
21
193
6,624
9
100,108
22,566 76,871
9.                         TRAFFIC CONTROL
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
42,703
153
7,684
5,787
1,973
384
14
26
36
9,405
44
1,950
1,321
579
32,914
109
5,720
4. Stop signs	
5. Warning signs, slow signs, etc.-	
4,440
1,358
Totals 	
58,300
460
13,299
44,541
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.
Not known   	
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 intersection diagonally—
In pedestrian crosswalk  —
Standing on safety-isle	
Totals  __
328
1S2
201
224
96
115
106
67
46
26
9
11
3
11
77
3
17
11
23
9
1
11
16
1
3
1
311
171
178
215
95
104
90
66
46
23
8
11
3
9
74
3
1,505
98
1,407
Condition of Pedestrian
Number of Pedestrians
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Apparently normal..
2. Extreme fatigue	
81
3. Had physical defect..
4. Confused by traffic—
5. Ability impaired	
6. Not known	
7. Not stated  _
Totals.
2
1
4
2
8
~9iT
1,046
11
18
37
21
274
1,407
 N 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1968—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.. 	
Totals-   	
9,726
8,604
1,505
373
590
21
126
20,945
206
240
98
11
13
9,520
8,364
1,407
362
577
21
120
574
20,371
12.
NATURE OF INJURIES
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Slight shock and shake-up-
2. Fractured skull	
3. Fractured spine	
4. Other fractures	
5. Other injuries (sprains, dislocations, etc.)..
6. Internal injuries	
7. Concussion of brain  	
8. Severe general shock with bruises and cuts.-
9. Cuts by glass (only)	
10. Drowned	
11. Burned 	
12. Asphyxiated 	
Totals 	
7,447
250
159
1,767
7,146
446
560
3,077
51
25
10
7
139
56
27
125
191
2
1
25
1
7
7,447
111
103
1,740
7,021
255
558
3,076
51
20,945
574
20,371
13.
LIGHT CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Daylight  	
2. Darkness 	
3. Artificial light—good.—
4. Dusk or semi-darkness..
5. Artificial light—poor.—
6. Not stated	
34,453
15,403
3,941
3,350
1,076
77
183
215
24
27
11
7,707
3,600
912
806
258
16
26,563
11,588
3,005
2,517
807
61
Totals..
58,300
13,299
44,541
14. PROPERTY DAMAGE.—Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, $33,281,768.84;
amount for same period last year, $28,137,657.31.
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 _
95,682
1,401
1,046
338
232
572
131
69
19
57
590
22
100,159
641
9
2
3
4
671
21,491
282
278
107
41
156
34
13
6
14
143
6
22,571
73,550
1,119
759
229
188
412
97
53
13
43
438
16
76,917
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1968      N 25
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1968—Continued
16.
DIRECTION OF TRAVEL
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Going straight  — _	
2. Turning left	
3. Turning rigfrt  	
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    	
50,574
10,743
5,184
7,357
2,878
5,354
1,190
142
483
5,729
314
1,127
1,650
7,434
489
52
21
11
3
39
3
2
10
2
5
11
8
15
100,159
671
12,878
2,347
860
2,021
141
1,207
78
34
130
1,650
59
241
416
509
37,207
8,344
4,303
5,325
2,734
4,108
1,109
106
343
4,077
250
875
1,226
6,910
22,571
76,917
17.
ROAD SURFACE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Dry surface...
2. Wet surface..
3. Icy surface	
4. Loose sand or gravel..
5. Snowy surface  	
6. Muddy surface	
Totals	
30,975
18,699
4,883
1,238
2,324
181
263
149
33
5
10
7,375
4,358
871
278
382
35
23,337
14,192
3,979
955
1,932
146
58,300
460
13,299
44,541
18.                         ROAD CONDITION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
56,575
381
305
386
163
487
3
440
11
1
6
1
1
12,915
97
59
89
25
114
43,220
273
245
4. Road under repair	
291
137
6. Other	
372
7. Not stated
3
Totals..                                    ...
58,300
460
13,299        1      44,541
1
19.                             TYPE OF ROAD
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
53,967
3,057
650
437
35
153
1
428
24
1
3
4
12,455
598
144
62
3
37
41,084
2. Gravel              	
2,435
505
4. Earth 	
5. Brick or cobble	
6. Other	
7. Not stated. -	
372
32
112
1
Totals   	
58,300
460
13,299
44,541
 N 26 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1968—Continued
20.                   WEATHER CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Clear	
31,688
14,309
8,102
866
3,197
133
5
257
98
83
9
13
7,266
3,350
1,905
221
519
38
24,165
2. Rain 	
10,861
3. Cloudy - _	
6,114
636
5. Snow 	
2,665
95
7. Not stated	
5
Totals	
58,300
460
13,299
44,541
During the year, 134 motor-cyclists were injured and two killed in other than
a motor-cycle accident. One bicyclist was injured and two killed in other than
a bicycle accident. Thirty-four persons other than pedestrians were injured and
one person other than a pedestrian killed in pedestrian accidents. One person killed
in May (heart-attack victim, not motor-vehicle accident fatality).
Motor-vehicle and motor-cycle licences issued for the year 1968.-917,872
Motor-vehicle and motor-cycle licences issued for the year 1967___864,348
Convictions
The driving records of the Motor-vehicle Branch include an individual record
on computer tape of every driver licensed to operate a motor-vehicle in the Province.
Access to these records is available by means of the driver's licence number or by
means of the name of the driver. The record on computer tape includes all pertinent information regarding the issuance of a driver's licence and any further action
which is relevant to a driving history. Forming an important part of this driving
record is the record of convictions for driving infractions under the Criminal Code
of Canada, the Motor-vehicle Act, and the Motor-vehicle Act Regulations. In our
efforts to reduce the accident picture on the highways of this Province, we operate
a Driver Improvement Programme based on the information in these driving records.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the high
degree of co-operation by the Courts in the providing of conviction reports and
related information necessary to deal with the driving records of persons subsequent
to Court action.
The following table summarizes the conviction reports under various Statutes
dealing with highway traffic from 1965 to 1968, inclusive. The convictions for the
offence of speeding continue to increase, representing a thorough programme of
traffic surveillance by the enforcement agencies throughout the Province.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1968      N 27
Convictions under Motor-vehicle Act and Criminal Code of Canada, 1965-1968
Offences
1965
1966
1967
1968
Under Criminal Code of Canada—
Causing death by criminal negligence, sec. 192-
Criminal negligence in operation of motor-vehicle, sec. 221 (1)..
Failing to stop after accident, sec. 221 (2)   	
Dangerous driving, sec. 221 (4)„
Driving motor-vehicle while intoxicated, sec. 222-
Driving motor-vehicle while ability impaired by alcohol or drugs, sec.
223	
Driving motor-vehicle while driver's licence under suspension, sec. 225
(3)
Unlawfully taking a motor-vehicle without consent of owner, sec. 281..
Under Motor-vehicle Act—
Failing to obtain or display motor-vehicle licence or permit as required,
sees. 3-10, 57  	
Failing to notify re change of address, sees. 11, 18 (11)  _.
Failing to report change in motor-vehicle, sec. 12    	
Failing to transfer motor-vehicle, etc., sec. 14.  —
Failing to register as a tourist, sec. 17	
Driving without obtaining driver's licence, sec. 18 (1), (2)_ 	
Driving motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence,
sec. 18 (6), (7), (8)	
Driving without having driver's licence in possession at time, sec. 19	
Driving while right to obtain licence is under suspension, sec. 20	
Driving as a chauffeur without chauffeur's licence or permit, sees. 21-
23,25-28	
Operating as dealer without licence, misuse of dealer's plates, etc., sees.
29, 33,34.	
Operating with " D " plates without salesman's licence or permit, sees.
36-39	
Operating vehicle not properly equipped, sec. 40 (refer sec. 205)	
Improper disposition of licence-plate, dismantled vehicle, sec. 45 	
Failing to report accident, etc., sec. 54  _
Making false statement, permitting another to use licence, etc., sec. 55	
Using licence belonging to another, refusing to show licence, etc., sec. 56
Failing to stop on request of police or state proper name, sec. 58 	
Altering number-plates and using fictitious plates, sec. 59.— 	
Responsibility of owner when not driver, sec. 67  	
Permitting person not properly licensed to drive motor-vehicle, etc., sec.
69  	
Failing to surrender licence on suspension, sec. 99 	
Producing invalid financial liability card, etc., sec. 102	
Improper operation of emergency vehicle, sec. 123  	
Failing to obey emergency instructions of a peace officer, sec. 124	
Failing to obey traffic-control signal legend, sees. 127, 128, 152 	
Defacing traffic-control devices by advertising  or removal,  etc.,  sees.
129, 131, 136  —
Failing to obey special signal signs re highway construction, sees. 134,
135, 137	
Careless driving, sees. 138, 139	
Exceeding maximum speed limit, sec. 140  	
Exceeding speed limit passing schools and playgrounds, sec. 141 	
Exceeding speed limit overtaking stopped school bus, sec. 142	
Failure to drive on the right, sec. 143 	
Infractions of " lane " driving, sees. 144-146  — _ 	
Leaving highway other than at intersections, sec. 147	
Infractions of "passing," sees. 148-151, 153, 154	
Infractions of turning, starting, and directional signals, sees. 155-159,
160-162  	
Failure to yield right of way, sees. 163-167  	
Not exercising due care re pedestrians, sees. 168-172  	
Failure to stop at railroad crossing, sees. 174-176  	
Failure to stop at intersections, sec. 177— — 	
Illegal stopping or parking, sees. 178-181— 	
Leaving vehicle improperly parked, sec. 182 	
Illegal parking on private property, sec. 183   ._
Backing vehicle illegally, sec. 184    _
Operating motor-cycle with more than one person, sec. 185	
Requirements of safe driving on highway, sees. 186, 187	
Fire-vehicle safety, sees. 189, 190    _ 	
Driving on sidewalk, sec. 191  - 	
Opening-door requirements, sec. 194   	
12
33
876
450
131
4,635
918
6
7,061
2,962
78
4
124
24
4,439
4,914
1,142
175
463
48
50
342
443
93
256
63
10
393
14
19,973
15
137
5,536
44,678
2,549
106
458
2,754
7
2,472
4,386
3,448
2,526
141
7,301
2,264
1,144
4
889
126
54
30
76
34
3
27
1,011
479
178
5,119
999
2
50
1,009
543
161
5,230
1,193
3
12
49
1,038
599
156
5,919
1,570
7,818 |    8,195 |    9,343
2,805
2,485
101
134
2
1
165
143
34
31
4,666
4,526
6,688
5,654
1,033
1,061
244
256
361
334
31
32
34
24
300
	
551
552
79
79
252
341
68
65
18
17
	
5
338
322
	
10
9
6
21
28
16,705
16,625
9
12
96
119
6,344
6,293
53,568
70,450
3,043
4,542
111
183
408
458
4,447
5,327
7
3
3,188
2,929
3,934
3,168
3,952
4,103
887
1,787
289
215
6,605
6,979
2,016
2,411
1,422
1,128
3
1
935
1,016
316
78
69
54
50
37
87
65
52
1
2,120
240
1
171
55
3,791
3,876
1,095
208
364
35
29
6
426
90
266
54
24
14
278
5
4
20
19,288
12
102
5,353
81,150
3,772
170
535
4,359
3
3,328
3,736
3,733
1,670
233
7,643
2,944
1,178
13
1,047
28
53
29
83
33
 N 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Convictions under Motor-vehicle Act and Criminal Code of Canada, 1965-1968—
Continued
Offences
1965
1966
1967
1968
Under Motor-vehicle Act—Continued
Illegal depositing of articles on highway, sec. 195-
Transporting explosives, sec. 196..
Failing to carry adequate safety equipment, sees. 197, 198 -
Illegal use or defacement of signs, sec. 201	
Motor-vehicle not properly equipped, sec. 205-
221
260
2
Motor-vehicle not equipped with safety belts, sec. 206..
Riding motor-cycle without safety helmet, sec. 207 __
Miscellaneous	
262
2
241
5
211
7
251
225
7
248
6
901
6
417
251
10
246
1,071
2
537
13
117,643 1127,322 1145,899
155,797
Under Motor-vehicle Act Regulations—
Operating defective vehicle after ordered off road, sees. 2.02, 7.09-
Number plates, sees. 3.01-3.03.
Driving without proper head-lamps, sees. 4.01-4.06	
Driving without tail-lamps, reflectors, other required lamps, sees. 4.07-
4.10        	
Driving without clearance-lamps, lamps on projections, etc., sees. 4.11-
4.13	
Driving without proper parking-lamps, spot-lamps, turn-signal devices,
etc., sees. 4.14-4.22	
Driving without adequate brakes, sees. 5.01-5.09, 6.01-6.14	
Driving vehicle with defective horn or miscellaneous equipment, sees.
7.01, 7.02   	
Causing loud or unnecessary noise, sec. 7A.01..
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 without mudguards, etc., sec. 7.06	
Failing to have proper connection between motor-vehicle and trailer,
sec. 7.07	
Failing to obtain temporary permit for moving motor-vehicle or trailer
from place to place, sec. 14
Failing to sign driver's licence, sec. 15.01       	
Parking prohibited at yellow curb, sec. 18.01	
Oversize loads, sees. 19.01, 19.02 (19.03 repealed)	
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 permits, sec. 19.07-
Miscellaneous infractions	
Summary—
Criminal Code of Canada.
Motor-vehicle Act	
Motor-vehicle Act Regulations _
Vancouver City by-laws	
Traffic Violation Reports	
Juvenile Delinquents Act	
Notices of juvenile offence	
Total of all infractions in British Columbia _
Infractions from out of Province	
Grand totals	
20
321
367
1,518
1,345
1,127
1,069
151
145
48
42
1,266
1,358
193
187
3,128
3,379
177
275
543
484
205
119
295
308
13
9
3
68
97
779
577
202
371
481
413
66
78
296
291
15
13
25
383
1,214
1,189
142
35
1,098
192
3,485
198
347
85
211
7
9
36
315
513
127
43
96
48
498
1,227
983
141
38
1,116
291
1,374
2,531
348
368
129
240
3
5
143
297
781
109
70
73
106
10,908 |  10,934 |    9,750 |  10,919
7,061
117,643
10,908
1,609
3,543
140,764
3,284
7,818
127,322
10,934
1,709
3,812
151,595
3,454
144,048 [155,049
8,195
145,899
9,750
2,469
3,831
9,343
155,797
10,919
806
2,420
10,123
170,144   189,408
4,672      6,495
174,816 1195,903
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1968      N 29
Traffic Violation Reports, 1968
Under Motor-vehicle Act—
Driving motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence,
sec. 18 (6), (7), (8) 	
Failing to obey emergency instructions of a peace officer, sec. 124	
Failing to obey traffic-control signal legend, sees. 127, 128, 152	
Careless driving, sees. 138, 139	
Exceeding maximum speed limit, sec. 140	
Exceeding speed limit passing schools and playgrounds, sec. 141	
Exceeding speed limit overtaking stopped school bus, sec. 142	
Failure to drive on the right, sec. 143	
Infractions of " lane " driving, sees. 144-146	
Leaving highway other than at intersections, sec. 147	
Infractions of "passing," sees. 148-151, 153, 154	
Infractions of turning, starting, and directional signals, sees. 155-159,
160-162 	
Failure to yield right of way, sees. 163-167	
Not exercising due care re pedestrians, sees. 168-172	
Failure to stop at intersections, sec. 177	
Leaving vehicle improperly parked, sec. 182	
Backing vehicle illegally, sec. 184	
Requirements of safe driving on highway, sees. 186, 187
Fire-vehicle safety, sees. 189, 190	
Opening door requirements, sec. 194	
Under Motor-vehicle Act Regulations—
Driving without proper head-lamps, sees. 4.01-4.06	
Driving without tail-lamps, reflectors, other required lamps,  sees.
4.07-4.10 	
Driving vehicle with defective horn or miscellaneous equipment, sees.
7.01,7.02	
Causing loud or unnecessary noise, sec. 7A.01 	
Driving vehicle without muffler, sec. 7.03
Driving vehicle without rear-view mirror or unobstructed rear view,
sec. 7.04	
Inadequate windshield-wiper, etc..
Miscellaneous infractions	
sec. 7.05
Notice of Juvenile Offence, 1968
Under Motor-vehicle Act—
Driving without obtaining driver's licence, sec. 18 (1), (2) 	
Driving motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence,
sec. 18 (6), (7), (8) 	
Failing to obey traffic-control signal legend, sees. 127, 128, 152	
Failing to obey special signal signs re highway construction, sees. 134,
135,137	
Careless driving, sees. 138, 139	
2
5
568
295
864
15
3
6
101
1
83
90
128
19
111
7
37
2
1
3
2,341
12
9
23
16
4
4
2
Exceeding maximum speed limit, sec. 140
79
933
1,373
307
9
812
3,002
 N 30
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Notice of Juvenile Offences, 1968—Continued
Under Motor-vehicle Act—Continued
Exceeding speed limit passing schools and playgrounds, sec. 141
Exceeding speed limit overtaking stopped school bus, sec. 142	
Failure to drive on the right, sec. 143	
Infractions of "lane" driving, sees. 144—146 	
Infractions of "passing," sees. 148-151, 153, 154	
Infractions of turning, starting, and directional signals, sees. 155-159,
160-162 	
Failure to yield right of way, sees. 163-167	
Not exercising due care re pedestrians, sees. 168-172	
Failure to stop at railroad crossing, sees. 174-176	
Failure to stop at intersections, sec. 177	
Backing vehicle illegally, sec. 184	
Miscellaneous 	
Driver Licence Suspension under Roadside Suspension Law
(Driving After Consuming Alcohol), 1968
166
6
46
153
220
97
246
51
10
403
53
2,236
10,123
Suspensions,
Section 203
Requested
Mobat
Test
Positive
Reading
Charged
Driving
under
Suspension
Delta	
Esquimalt-
Matsqui—
Nelson-
New Westminster-
Oak Bay-
Port Moody	
R.C.M.P. Detachments.
Tadanac	
Vancouver	
Victoria 	
West Vancouver-
Total	
192
50
47
23
294
42
82
7,001
3
3,451
338
132
11,655
14
1
2
4
7
211
73
7
4
14
1
4
7
206
73
7
4
321
11
1
1
5
1
1
145
77
5
3
250
3. DRIVING SAFETY
(a) Safety Responsibility
Present legislation requires proof of financial responsibility to be submitted by
owners and drivers of motor-vehicles if, as a result of the operation of a motor-
vehicle, a judgment is rendered and remains unsatisfied, upon conviction for an
infraction of the Criminal Code of Canada, or because of an unsatisfactory driving
record.
In all cases where proof of financial responsibility was required to be submitted by private individuals, a certificate of a duly authorized automobile insurance
company was obtained. As a result, the Safety Responsibility Division received
16,770 certificates from the insurance companies. Of this total, 16,135 certificates
were accepted as proof of the policyholder's financial responsibility. Due to the
fact that the insurance industry ceased to operate the British Columbia Assigned
Risk Plan, only 10 interim certificates were received. A table with full information concerning the filing and cancellation of certificates is shown on the following
page:—
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1968      N 31
Comparison of Financial Responsibility Certificates Received,
Filed, and Cancelled in 1967 and 1968
1967
1968
Increase
Decrease
Per Cent
13,166
12,764
402
10,677
1,088
999
13,763
$25,528
16,770
16,135
635
13,684
1,273
1,178
15,357
$32,270
3,604
3,371
233
3,007
185
179
1,594
$6,742
27.3
26.4
57.9
28.1
17.0
17.9
11.5
26.4
An alternative method of submitting proof of financial responsibility, by way
of a bond of a guarantee or surety company, by a deposit of security with the Minister of Finance, or by satisfying the Superintendent of Insurance that they could
be classified as self-insurers, was taken advantage of by some of the larger corporations in this Province. Upon receipt of appropriate certificates and bonds, 149
financial responsibility cards were issued by this Division.
During 1968, 3,871 owners involved in accidents were unable to prove that
the operation of their motor-vehicle was insured or were in a position to respond
in damages. As a result, the uninsured drivers or owners had their licences placed
under suspension until they submitted proof of satisfaction of claims or deposited
security sufficient, in the opinion of the Superintendent, to satisfy any judgment
that could be made as a result of the accident. This is a decrease of 4.1 per cent
from 1967 when 4,037 owners were affected.
A total of 4,714 licences were reinstated upon compliance with the requirements as shown below:—
Revocation of Suspension
Judgment in favour of the uninsured motorist
Proof of satisfaction of claims	
Valid policy	
Owner, driver only	
Stolen   -     -     ._..
Legally parked
Damage under $250	
Expiration of one year from date of accident	
Security deposited with the Minister of Finance	
Settlement agreement with Traffic Victims Indemnity Fund
Total
1
2,273
241
109
6
23
14
1,727
266
54
4,714
Suspensions made as a result of unsatisfied judgments arising from motor-
vehicle accidents rose to 713 in 1968, compared to 396 in 1967, an increase of
44.4 per cent. Of this total, 337 settlement agreements were concluded between
the uninsured motorist and the Traffic Victims Indemnity Fund.
 N 32 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Suspension of Drivers' Licences by Court Orders and Recommendations, 1968
Months
Years
Other
Total
Under
1
1
2
3
4
5
6
9
1
2
Death by criminal negligence—Ac-
1
4
1
2
10
43
1
8
1
39
54
4
43
19
3
9
2
48
147
3
13
9
203
130
5
39
37
4
17
4
49
173
9
2
90
47
14
20
61
13
50
8
125
520
4
25
16
137
52
26
28
19
3
12
3
65
222
2
1
15
5
8
2
2
2
8
3
8
1
1
2
113
26
50
6
20
177
525
7
47
27
82
15
58
14
1
8
3
1
1
24
41
2
6
2
4
8
1
2
2
48
13
37
9
18
78
263
4
29
9
20
12
32
11
1
5
1
24
17
15
3
9
21
88
1
9
3
3
1
30
2
5
7
6
27
16
17
3
5
25
100
3
8
2
13
6
8
1
7
Injury by criminal negligence—Ac-
1
Criminal negligence—
16
No accident 	
Failing to remain at scene of accident—Accident	
Dangerous driving—
11
360
96
214
Driving while intoxicated—
Accident 	
22
70
Driving while ability impaired—
Accident 	
624
2,130
25
Driving while under suspension—
156
Conviction and judgment outside the
Province  	
Driving without due care and atten-
72
609
Exceeding speed limit—Accident	
Notices of juvenile offence	
322
201
161
Totals	
211
630
466
1,065
357
24
1,170
101
588
233
252
5,097
Suspension by Superintendent under Financial Responsibility Requirements
Offence
Dangerous driving-
Accident 	
No accident _.
Criminal negligence—
Accident 	
No accident	
Drunken driving—
Accident 	
No accident	
Impaired driving—
Accident 	
No accident	
Failing to remain at scene of accident
Driving under suspension—
Accident 	
No accident	
Suspension due to accident	
Unsatisfied judgment—Accident	
Conviction and judgment outside Province
Unsatisfactory driving record	
Suspension by Superintendent	
Death by criminal negligence	
Suspended
Reinstated
63
13
186
308
8
4
20
18
1
102
72
587
24
2,704
3,338
591
622
23
1
297
259
3,384
3,957
548
203
220
264
31
77
553
445
13
5
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1968      N 33
Suspension by Superintendent under Financial Responsibility Requirements—
Continued
Suspended
Offence
Bodily harm by criminal negligence	
Further or additional proof of financial responsibility    5,041
Notices of juvenile offence        134
Reinstated
Totals
14,507
4,325
13,934
Release due to strike-off, 9,104.
Release due to section 92, Motor-vehicle Act, 5,032.
(b) Examination of Drivers
A total of 126,973 persons was examined by our Drivers' Examination Division
during 1968, compared with the 1967 total of 114,624. Original licence examinations amounted to 92,291, compared with 85,844 in 1967.
The Branch is conducting examinations in the major centres of the Province
on a daily basis, and smaller communities are being serviced by travelling units,
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examinations. We are servicing more small centres every year as the population
expands in the smaller communities throughout the Province.
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our Driver Improvement Programme.
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In 1968, a total of 92,291 applicants were examined for an original British
Columbia driver's licence. The results of the examinations showed 42,212 or 83
per cent of male applicants passed, while 8,658 or 17 per cent failed. Female
applicants had 9,189 or 22 per cent failures and 32,232 or 78 per cent passed.
Of the successful male applicants 30,507 or 72 per cent were given unrestricted
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A certificate of competency for physical condition was issued to 609 male examinees, 75 of them being in the 70-year-or-over group. Certificate of competency
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Failure in one or more of the examinations caused this Department to suspend
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In the road-test portion of the examination, 15,388 male examinees and 15,267
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6,605 male and 5,469 female examinees had between 80 per cent and 84 per cent,
4,701 male and 3,519 female examinees had 85 per cent to 89 per cent, and 2,913
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Chauffeurs' Examinations
In 1968 this Department conducted 1,699 Class A chauffeur examinations.
Of these, 1,411 or 83 per cent were satisfactory, while 288 or 17 per cent resulted
in failure in one or more portions of the examination.
There were 3,149 Class B examinations conducted, of which 2,135 or 68 per
cent were satisfactory and 1,014 or 32 per cent resulted in failure.
There were 59 Class A and 155 Class B chauffeurs refused issuance for one
or more reasons.
In 1968 a certification programme was instituted and resulted in 359 Class A
chauffeur certifications.
CLASS A CHAUFFEURS CLASS B CHAUFFEURS
Passed (83.0 per cent)   1,411 Passed (68.0 per cent)    2,135
Failed (17.0 per cent)          288 Failed (32.0 per cent)     1,014
Certification   359 Failed—
Failed— Hearing         10
Hearing         6 Vision        75
Vision .—   _    27 Colourblind   -     10
Colourblind _      10 Road test  _   533
Road test —    148 Physical condition       23
Physical condition  _    20 Written     _   316
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Total _ _  1,699
(c) Driver Improvement Programme
The Driver Improvement Programme, which began in 1953, is a flexible programme and is designed primarily to improve the driving habits of those persons
who come to the attention of the Branch as a result of their unsatisfactory driving
record. Copies of driving records produced from data stored in our computer system are scanned continuously, and action is taken commensurate with the record.
Warning letters are being addressed directly from the information compiled within
the Data Processing Centre, and 19,124 were mailed from this Branch in 1968.
Driver's examiners stationed in various centres of the Province are trained to conduct
driver-improvement interviews, and, therefore, we are able to interview drivers in
the areas in which they reside.
In keeping with the primary concern of the Driver Improvement Programme
to reduce motor-vehicle accidents, continued expansion of the Division's activities
during 1968 included increased involvement in promoting defensive driving courses.
Several staff members have been trained as instructors and have conducted classes
for Motor-vehicle Branch staff and other departments. One staff member has also
been on loan to the British Columbia Traffic and Safety Council for the purpose
of extending their programme in regards to Defensive Driving Courses. Letters
recommending the course are being forwarded to persons in most areas of the
Province whose driving records indicate further instruction in safe-driving practices
is essential.
The Juvenile Offence Programme which came into being late in 1967 is continuing to prove successful. Upon receipt of a notice of juvenile offence issued by a
peace officer, a letter is forwarded to the parents or guardian of the juvenile concerned, pointing out the offence and recommending participation by the juvenile in
high-school driver training or defensive driving. This programme endeavours to
place the responsibility for a juvenile's actions on a highway in the hands of the
parents or guardian, and an enthusiastic response from the parents in this regard
is being experienced. Statistics for the year 1968 regarding this programme are
quoted on following page:—
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Notices of Juvenile Offence (N.O.J.O. Programme), 1968
Total number of offences committed to date (includes Court
actions)   10,282
Total number of notices of juvenile offence (N.O.J.O.)  10,123
Total number of advisory letters forwarded to parents  5,905
Notices of intent to suspend  919
Notices to attend for interview  479
Suspensions under N.O.J.O. (sec. 86)   567
Suspensions by Juvenile Courts   201
Appeals (resolved and placed on probation)   255
A continued accelerated programme of public contact through schools and
various organizations is being conducted by the Driver Improvement Programme
staff, who are also assisted in the outside areas of the Province by members of the
Driver Examination Division staff.
Searches of driving records and the preparation of abstracts of driving records
under section 116 (b) of the Motor-vehicle Act have greatly increased within the
past years, which indicates that many firms employing personnel responsible for
the operation of motor-vehicles are now becoming more interested in the driving
record of their staff. This increase also reflects the attitude of the insurance industry,
which requires knowledge of the updated driving record before issuing motor-vehicle
liability insurance policies to an ever-increasing number of applicants.
Statistics of driving-record searches for the past three years are as follows:—
1966    - 79,738 1967______ 101,410 1968_  123,132
The 1968 statistics of the Driver Improvement Programme are as follows:—■
Warning Letters, Etc., 1968
Warning letters
19,124
Notices of intent to suspend  14,353
Interviews and hearings   5,481
Results of notices to suspend, interviews, and submissions—
Licences suspended  7,916
Licences placed on probation  5,405
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3,277
2,263
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2,150
1,386
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1,275
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(d) Motor-vehicle Inspection
In July, 1968, a Motor-vehicle Inspection Station was opened in Victoria to
carry out the compulsory inspection of motor-vehicles, motor-cycles, and trailers
in the Victoria area.
The Victoria Inspection Station was constructed with four lanes for the inspection of vehicles. Three lanes have been equipped with inspection equipment and
placed in use, with the fourth lane to be equipped when the vehicle population of
Victoria increases to require additional facilities. The station is manned by 19
Motor-vehicle Inspectors and three clerks.
Notices requiring the owner of a motor-vehicle to present his vehicle for
inspection were mailed to 61,987 owners during the period from July 1, 1968, to
February 28, 1969, although vehicles presented voluntarily were accepted for inspection. A fee of $1.50 was charged for an original inspection and 50 cents for
reinspection.   Small trailers were inspected without charge.
The following is a summary of vehicle inspection:—
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 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1968      N 47
During the inspection of motor-vehicles it was found that 32,667 did not meet
the standards of inspection and were rejected. The total number of defects found
were 57,703 or 1.78 for each rejected vehicle. The following are the causes for
rejection:—
Causes of Rejection
Code
Age 1
Age 2
Age 3
Age 4
Total
56
82
792
171
494
380
183
126
155
11
14
36
7,773
73
3
57
325
472
337
11
840
751
66
128
24
3
159
191
21
167
32
111
1,218
466
987
854
118
278
538
57
148
72
8,303
74
1
3
55
454
1,926
899
41
1,367
1,170
330
207
14
6
547
406
41
179
20
123
818
550
816
793
107
155
604
76
282
71
4,621
49
4
39
445
1,587
916
27
1,285
911
271
730
11
5
514
455
43
201
8
52
249
113
359
248
70
69
262
40
148
52
1,511
37
1
1
25
146
643
331
12
480
442
90
410
5
2
222
207
25
111
116
368
3,077
1,300
5. Stop-lamps _ —
6. Turn-signals	
7. Reflectors	
8. Horn                      ..               	
2,656
2,275
478
628
9. Windshield-wipers	
10. Left window-raiser	
1,559
184
592
231
13. Headlamps	
22,208
233
5
8
176
1,370
4,628
2,483
91
20. Tires, wheels _	
__-. Exhaust, muffler    -	
3,972
3,274
757
1,475
54
16
24. Pedal reserve _	
26. Air or vacuum	
27. Tell-tale	
28. Parking brake _	
1,442
1,259
29. Visibility and mirror      _ .
31. Miscellaneous	
Vehicle Age Code:  Age 1, 1952 and prior;  Age 2, 1953 to 1957; Age 3, 1958 to 1963;  Age 4, 1964 and after.
The programme of inspection through the use of a mobile inspection unit was
continued during 1968. This marks the fourth full year of operation of this programme which started in 1964.
The mobile inspection unit consists of a panel truck and trailer which is outfitted with equipment to check front-end assemblies, wheel alignment, and brake
and headlamp adjustments. In addition, checks are made by the inspection unit
staff of other vehicle lamps, mufflers, and exhaust systems, the condition of window
glass, windshield-wipers, tires, and other items that poor condition could prove
dangerous.
The mobile unit visited 27 communities in the Province during 1968. A total
of 14,458 vehicles was inspected. Of that number, 60 per cent were rejected on the
first inspection. The following table shows the number of rejected vehicles on which
defects were corrected and subsequently passed on reinspection. In addition, it was
reported that many had their vehicle defects corrected after the inspection unit had
left the community.
Causes of rejection at 27 different locations throughout the Province are one
or more of the following:—
 N 48
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Model Year
Age 1
Age 2
Age 3
Age 4
3,637
1
9,647
1,034
4,405
2,613
5,212
71.8
54.0
1,461
3,321
1,406
3,239
27
43
5,178
12,967
48
198
46
92
481
986
85
102
286
210
174
213
17
10
55
78
64
43
14
5
21
11
8
10
1,773
3,634
7
9
2
7
20
236
429
637
482
180
291
6
7
420
679
169
217
249
152
66
114
2
2
209
191
168
281
7
4
8
7
Total
Presented for inspection-
Passed on inspection—	
Rejected on inspection	
Percentage rejected-
Presented for reinspection..
Passed on reinspection	
Rejected on reinspection..
Total inspected and reinspected.
Causes of Rejection
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
26.
27.
28.
29.
30.
31.
Motor-vehicle licence..
Number-plates 	
Plate-lamp	
Tail-lamps	
Stop-lamps _ —
Turn-signals 	
Reflectors  	
Horn 	
Windshield-wipers....
Left window-raiser..
Doors, body, hood-
Bumper, mudflaps—
Headlamps .
Identification lamps..
Spot-lamps 	
Fog-lamps  _
Auxiliary lamps	
Wheel alignment—	
Steering mechanism-
Tires, wheels 	
Fuel system..
Exhaust, muffler	
Service brakes.	
Pedal reserve.	
Brake connections-
Air or vacuum	
Tell-tale	
Parking brake	
Visibility and mirror-
Driver seat-belts	
Miscellaneous	
201
67
134
66.6
97
298
3
2
15
3
20
16
1
4
4
3
5
2
73
2
15
45
11
29
22
10
9
18
11
1
2
973
368
732
75.2
383
368
5
1,356
25
21
139
28
59
89
6
22
34
7
25
19
449
1
106
206
100
1
194
73
120
46
91
68
10
6
14,458
5,874
8,691
60.1
5,260
5,101
87
19,799
274
161
1,621
218
575
492
34
159
145
29
62
39
5,929
16
2
30
786
1,370
582
14
1,322
481
531
235
4
509
528
22
23
Vehicle Age Code:   Age 1, 1952 and prior;  Age 2, 1953 to 1957;  Age 3, 1958 to 1963; Age 4, 1964 and after.
Reinspection in conjunction with the mobile inspection unit in most cases is
the production of work orders from local garages that the deficiencies have been
rectified.   There are 27 different locations throughout the Province.
The mobile vehicle inspection programme is operated on a voluntary basis.
Its success depends on community support and sponsorship, so that the maximum
number of interested motorists may be encouraged to subject their vehicles to the
critical inspection routine. We enjoyed enthusiastic community support during
1968, with the result that it was often not possible to inspect all the vehicles which
were brought to the testing-locations.
Prior to the visit of the inspection unit to a community, groups of citizens who
are interested in traffic safety are approached to sponsor the visit. Sponsorship
involves the development of a publicity campaign, usually as public service announcements in the local newspaper and by radio and television stations, arranging
for a suitable testing-site, and recruiting and organizing voluntary help to assist the
two qualified mechanics who are assigned to the programme by the Branch. We
have also been assisted by the municipal governments of the communities to a
great extent.
The aims of the programme are (a) the examination of vehicles, and (_>) the
development of public interest in the need to maintain vehicles in a safe mechanical
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1968      N 49
condition. The percentage of vehicles rejected is still high, particularly when it is
considered that these vehicles were voluntarily submitted. The percentage would
be much higher if it were possible to examine the many vehicles in doubtful mechanical condition on the highways whose owners have no intention of submitting them
to a voluntary inspection.
Public interest in the programme is still high. We are usually requested to
provide the inspection service more frequently. The need for additional facilities,
equipment, and personnel to bring the programme to a stage where it can offer
routine inspection to a larger percentage of motorists is evident.
4. CENTRAL REGISTRY
Documents encumbering motor-vehicles have been centralized since 1932 in
the Province of British Columbia at the offices of the Encumbrance Registry, Motor-
vehicle Branch, Victoria. The year 1961 saw a further centralization of liens when
documents which had been recorded in the County Court Registries were now
handled by a central body known as Central Registry. These documents could
encumber all other chattels an individual may wish to provide as security.
Today's trend in purchasing through time payments and relaxation in controlled
financing has steadily increased document registrations, and in turn, of course,
searching for liens encumbering chattels has also increased. Consequently, documents accepted under the Bills of Sale Act and the Conditional Sales Act, which
form the bulk of the documents filed, are now microfilmed and subsequent reference
is made to the film. Microfilm equipment is used extensively, thus improving the
service and efficiency of the staff of the Central Registry.
The year 1968 produced increases exceeding previous years. The total number
of documents accepted increased 8.3 per cent over the year 1967, while the total
revenue credited to the Central Registry increased 8.1 per cent. A statistical comparison with the year 1967 follows for a detailed view of this increase.
Statistical Comparisons with Year Ended December 31, 1968,
to Year 1967
January 1 to December 31,1967
Documents filed under Conditional Sales Act  69,975
Documents filed under Bills of Sale Act  119,208
Documents filed under Mechanics' Lien Act  15,462
Documents filed under Assignment of Book Accounts Act  366
Documents filed under Companies Act  160
Documents discharged under Conditional Sales Act  1,352
Documents discharged under Bills of Sale Act  2,153
Documents discharged under Mechanics' Lien Act  923
Documents discharged under Assignment of Book Accounts Act 30
Documents discharged under Companies Act  59
Total documents accepted
209,688
Total fees for documents accepted
Total fees for searches	
Total fees for certifications and photographic copies_
Total revenue	
$594,773.00
120,778.00
1,885.50
$717,436.50
 N 50 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Comparisons with Year Ended December 31, 1968,
to Year 1967—Continued
January 1 to December 31,1968
Documents filed under Conditional Sales Act  73,043
Documents filed under Bills of Sale Act  131,527
Documents filed under Mechanics' Lien Act  17,769
Documents filed under Assignment of Book Accounts Act  391
Documents filed under Companies Act  185
Documents discharged under Conditional Sales Act  1,423
Documents discharged under Bills of Sale Act  1,668
Documents discharged under Mechanics' Lien Act  1,013
Documents discharged under Assignment of Book Accounts Act 22
Documents discharged under Companies Act  63
Total documents accepted  227,104
Total fees for documents accepted  $642,054.00
Total fees for searches     131,446.05
Total fees for photographic copies          2,085.25
Total revenue  $775,585.30
5. SCHOOL BUSES
Control over the use and operation of school buses engaged in the transportation of students to and from the public schools in the Province is the responsibility
of the Superintendent of Motor-vehicles. The control extends to the setting of
minimum standards for the construction and maintenance of school buses and
provides for periodic inspection of school buses. This inspection is carried out on
behalf of the Superintendent by mechanical inspectors of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police and by the Motor Carrier Branch of the Public Utilities Commission. It is also necessary that evidence of satisfactory insurance coverage, in accordance with the carrying capacity of each school bus, be supplied to the Superintendent.
In 1968 the number of permits issued for vehicles to be used as school buses
was 885 renewal permits and 121 permits for new vehicles, for a total of 1,006, as
compared to the 1967 figure of 1,032. Of these permits issued, 31 were cancelled
as the result of the lapse of insurance coverage or of poor mechanical condition.
In 1968 school buses were involved in 38 accidents, of which 21 resulted in property
damage only. Twenty-one students and seven persons other than students were
injured in twelve injury accidents. There were no fatal accidents involving school
buses in the year 1968.
6. PERMITS FOR FLASHING RED AND AMBER LIGHTS,
SIRENS, AND THEFT ALARMS
The Superintendent may, under the provisions of the Motor-vehicle Act Regulations, issue permits to allow a vehicle to be equipped with a flashing red or amber
light. The regulations specify that certain emergency vehicles and tow-cars may be
equipped without obtaining a permit. The permits are required for vehicles such as
pilot cars escorting oversize vehicles or public utility vehicles which must stop on
a highway to repair power or telephone lines. In each case the permit is issued
where a hazard exists and only with the approval of the local enforcement agency.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1968      N 51
In 1968, 161 permits for flashing amber lamps and 8 permits for flashing red
lamps were issued. In addition, 19 permits were issued to allow the installation of
sirens on vehicles. These vehicles were usually ambulances or the personal vehicle
of the chief of a volunteer fire department in a small community.
No permits were issued for the installation of theft alarms in vehicles.
7. STAFF
The staff of the Motor-vehicle Branch was increased to an over-all of 380
positions from 349 during the same period in 1967. The greater part of this increase
can be contributed to the new programme of motor-vehicle inspection being extended
throughout the Province. The permanent staff totalled 302, with two requisitions
outstanding at the Civil Service Commission and the balance of 78 being temporary
employees.
During the 1968 licence-renewal period our staff was again fortunate in receiving very capable assistance from the staff of the Liquor Control Board in many
areas of the Province. Our sincere appreciation is extended to the Chairman of the
Liquor Control Board and his staff which assisted our offices and also those left
short-handed in their own stores to maintain good service. With this experienced
aid we were able to keep our temporary employees to a minimum during the
" rush " period.
Our own Motor-vehicle Branch staff have been under constant pressure due
to the ever-increasing work volumes. Improved systems and more modern processing have enabled an efficient staff to stay abreast the normal increases and those
brought about by new programmes. Sincere thanks are extended to this staff
throughout the Province for without their continued loyalty and dedication to duty
this Branch would be unable to cope with expanding duties and programmes assigned.
CONCLUSION
This Report has dealt with the continuing growth of the activities of the Motor-
vehicle Branch. As stated in the outset the rate of growth of vehicle registrations in
British Columbia is considerably in excess of the National average and there is no
doubt that this rate of growth will continue to show the same trend in the years
ahead. As vehicle registrations and the number of licensed drivers grow, so do the
requirements to provide additional services and to meet the new problems which
continue to arise as a result of highway traffic accidents. The years ahead will undoubtedly see an expansion of the " no-fine " method dealing with traffic offenders
and in the compulsory motor-vehicle inspection programme. A continuing aim of
the Branch will be to search for new methods to deal with problem drivers, those
drivers who are at the heart of our highway accident programme. There is no doubt
about it that in the future the trend will be toward greater emphasis on the need for
driver training. Any thought of driver training should not be limited to training
which would be given prior to licensing but to the continuing need to update driving
habits. One of the better tools now available for this practice is the defensive driving
course which is being offered in quite a number of school districts in the Province.
There is every reason to believe that there will be a considerable expansion of this
activity in the year ahead and the Branch expects to be in a position of referring
increasing numbers of drivers to take a defensive driving course. The course is a
good one, and offers a reasonable prospect for a higher level of highway safety.
The Branch has been very fortunate in receiving the assistance of many persons
and organizations in the carrying-out of its efforts during the past year. The members of your Department have always been so willing to provide us with assistance
 N 52
BRITISH COLUMBIA
and advice and I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my appreciation.
Our liaison with the Courts and the enforcement agencies throughout the Province
continues to be maintained at a very high level and these connections are of extremely great value to us in meeting our obligations.
Respectfully submitted,
RAYMOND A. HADFIELD,
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles.
,
Printed by A. Sutton, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1970
530-1269-427

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