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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
MOTOR-VEHICLE
BRANCH
FOR THE YEAR
1970
Printed by K. M. MacDonald, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1972
 1
 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 1970.
LESLIE RAYMOND PETERSON,
A ttorney-General.
Attorney-General's Department,
Victoria, British Columbia, November 1971.
  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1970
The Honourable L. R. Peterson, Q.C., LL.D., Ed.D., F.R.S.A.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, British Columbia.
Sir: I have the honour to submit the Annual Report of the Motor-vehicle
Branch for 1970. The Report deals with the activities in which the Branch was
involved during 1970 and provides an accounting for the various aspects of licence
issuance for the 1970 licence-year which ended on February 28, 1971.
Increases in a number of vehicle registrations were evident in 1970. Motor-
vehicle registrations, which include motor-cycles, reached a total of 1,041,585, an
increase of 3.2 per cent over the previous licence-year. Trailer registrations of all
types reached a total of 129,864, which is an increase of 13.5 per cent over the
1969 registrations. The number of licensed drivers increased to 1,233,949, up
6.8 per cent over the 1969 total.
This Report includes a section dealing with motor-vehicle accidents and sets
up a number of tables in statistical form dealing with the information gathered from
accident reports. A total of 559 traffic fatalities was recorded in 1970, which is a
3.1 per cent increase from the 1969 total of 542. Deaths per 100 million miles
travelled on British Columbia highways amounted to 6.70 in 1970, compared to
6.39 in 1969. The number of accidents reported during 1970 was 60,778, a considerable decrease from the total of 70,624 reported in 1969, due in part to the
change in the property-damage accident-reporting level on July 1, 1970, from the
previous minimum of $100 to $200, and adopted by all Canadian provinces in 1970.
Included also are tables of offences against the Criminal Code of Canada and
the Motor-vehicle Act dealing with the operation of motor-vehicles, plus information as to the activities of the Driver Improvement Programme of the Branch,
designed to deal with persons who have committed offences against the various
traffic laws. The Drivers Examination Division conducted a total of 147,585
examinations during 1970, compared with the 1969 total of 136,116.
During 1970, the scope of the Motor-vehicle Inspection Programme of the
Provincial Government was expanded to include the Vancouver Motor-vehicle Inspection Station, previously operated by the City of Vancouver. This station is
added to the ones in operation in Victoria and in Richmond. This also made
possible the expansion of the area of examining vehicles in Vancouver to include
the North Shore municipalities and the University Endowment Lands. A station
is under construction in Burnaby and, when brought into operation late in 1971,
will provide testing facilities to serve the eastern part of the Greater Vancouver
region.
A summary is included of the activities of the Central Registry, responsible for
the filing of bills of sales, conditional sales, and other documents involving motor-
vehicles or other personal chattels. It is interesting to note that while documents
filed under the Conditional Sales Act decreased in 1969, apparently related to the
decrease in new cars sold during that year, the total number of documents filed by
the Registry showed a considerable increase over those filed in 1969. The volume
of searches made also increased in 1970.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
The various activities of the Branch are dealt with under the following headings:
1. Licences.
2. Accidents and Convictions.
3. Driving.
(a) Safety Responsibility.
{b) Examination of Drivers.
(c) Driver Improvement Programme.
(d) Motor-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 1970 reached the total of
1,019,085, as compared to 988,248 in 1969, an increase of 30,837 (3.12 per cent).
Motor-vehicles and motor-cycles licensed in British Columbia in 1970 reached
the total of 1,041,585, as compared to 1,009,153 in 1969, an increase of 32,432
(3.21 per cent).
Passenger-type motor-vehicles licensed in 1970 numbered 811,590, an increase
of 21,097 over the 1969 total of 790,493. Commercial-vehicle registrations increased by 9,740. For 1970 the total of commercial vehicles licensed was 207,495.
In comparison, the 1969 total for commercial vehicles was 197,755.
The increase in motor-cycle registrations of 1,595 from the 1969 total of
20,905 to the 1970 total of 22,500 (7.63 per cent) indicates the general motoring
public are still continuing to be interested in using the motor-cycle as a means of
transportation.
Trailer registrations are still continuing to increase. The 1970 total of 129,864
is an increase of 15,444 over the 114,420 total of 1969. The camping and boat-type
trailers account for the majority of this increase and would indicate that the residents
of British Columbia are still continuing to enjoy and spend more of their leisure
hours out-of-doors.
The comparative statement of licences, permits, etc., for motor-cycles, trailers,
and chauffeurs covers the volumes in these categories during the licence-years 1963
to 1970.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1970
H 7
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, Etc., Issued During the
Licence-years 1963 to 1970, Inclusive
Licences Issued
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
Motor-vehicles—
Passenger (new)	
Passenger (renewal)..
Total passenger...
Commercial (new)	
Commercial (renewal)..
Total commercial-	
Total motor-vehicles-
Nonresident touring motor-vehicle permits	
Nonresident special motor-vehicle permits  	
Nonresident commercial motor-vehicle
permits—
Single trip-
Quarterly permits-
Totals	
Extra-Provincial prorated trucks-
Temporary operation permits—
Passenger	
Commercial 	
Totals 	
Transporter—■
Origin al._
Additional-
Motor-cycles—
New	
Renewal.
Totals-
Trailers .
Extra-Provincial prorated trailers..
Motor-dealers—-
Original licences-
Additional plates	
Original   motor-cycle   dealer   licences 	
Additional motor-cycle dealer licences  	
Salesmen's licences-
Transfers—
Passenger	
Commercial..
Motor-cycle-
Trailers	
Total transfers-
Chauffeurs—
Original Class A	
Original Class B	
Original Class C	
Searches	
Safety responsibility insurance certificates filed	
67,659
463,457
76,388
495,419
94,190      89,427
529,552[   575,364
531,116|   571,807|   623,742|   664,791
90,262
721,328
702,003|   740,979|790,493|   811,590
89,817
612,186
94,333 107,504
646,646|682,989|
13,830      16,604
112,228    116,969
20,367
123,560
20,009
133,311
20,329
142,885
25,171   30,564
152,462 167,191
26,727
180,768
126,058|   133,573|   143,927|   153,320
163,214|   177,633[197,7551   207,495
657,174]   705,380j   767.669J   818,111
865,217|   918,612]988,248|1,019,085
1,613
110
12,478
2,241
1,446
111
13,221
2,746
14,719|     15,967
1,822
2,203
10,076      11,237      12,961
25,429      30,368      36,360
1,212
86
14,250
2,228
16,478
2,072
35,505|     41,605|     49,321
1,342
3,937
9
67
4,209
4,803
5,630
8,016
1,222
45
15,260
1,968
17,228
1,067
34
13,209
1,912
15,121
2,693
14,076
35,995
2,775
15,717
37,057
929
32
15,690
2,408
18,098
2,713
17,599
42,128
590
19
20,696
3,029
540
10
21,596
3,156
23,7251     24,752
3,231
20,260
49,665
50,071
52,774|     59,727| 69,925
20
4,263
11,124
5,279|       9,012|     13,376|     15,387
4,063 3,780
13,166 14,684
17,229]     1M64| ~20,905j
5,181
15,724
3,093
20,805
52,831
73,636
38
95
6,083
16,417
62,116
3,647
968
884
51
16
1,182
284,641
44,899
3,349
4,069
66,725
4,042
73,152
4,275
1,057
966
1,105
1,097
91
124
24
31
1,296
1,404
304,487
47,618
5,312
4,489
337,369
52,423
8,171
5,810
81,703
5,246
1,097
1,238
124
84
1,347
337,860
54,598
9,614
7,225
91,627
6,743
1,086
1,306
118
92
1,196
341,859
57,193
10,872
8,654
102,068
114,420
7,859
8,009
1,140
1,173
1,332
1,538
120
124
85
95
1,191
1,163
351,092
383,477
62,370
71,858
11,391
13,447
9,637
12,003
336,958|   361,906|   403,773|   409,297
418,5781   434,4901480,7851
22,500
"129^864
6,640
1,204
1,490
141
84
1,246
347,879
70,522
15,334
14,337
~448;072
5,891
5,320
67,781
641,992
14,281
5,910
5,432
72,484
1,619,395
15,563
6,310
5,785
80,977
1,145,251
17,707
7,059
6,435
83,853
1,659,586
13,080
7,065
6,876
83,091
1,692,128
13,459
7,972
7,078
83,323
1,701,655
15,884
8,324
7,768
90,476
12,908
8,714
8,459
91,723
Drivers' Licences
Original drivers' licences issued during the 1970 licence-year totalled 78,103,
a slight decrease from the 1969 total of 83,613.
Licensed drivers in British Columbia at the end of 1970 totalled 1,233,949,
an increase of 78,874 (6.8 per cent) over the 1969 total of 1,155,075. Male
drivers comprised 62.3 per cent of the total in the amount of 768,961, leaving the
remaining 464,988 to be the number of licensed female drivers.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
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
16-20 years	
21-24 years	
25-30 years	
31-35 years	
36-40 years	
41-45 years	
46-50 years	
51-55 years	
56-60 years	
61-65 years	
66-69 years	
70-75 years	
76-80 years	
81-85 years	
86-90 years	
Over 90 years —
Toals.
Male	
Female	
Year of Birth
1951-1955
1947-1950
1941-1946
1936-1940
1931-1935
1926-1930
1921-1925
1916-1920
1911-1915
1906-1910
1902-1905
1896-1901
1891-1895
1886-1890
1881-1885
1880 and prior
Male
Female
64,756
40,161
79,404
53,271
118,665
80,960
82,715
54,864
76,745
47,700
73,818
45,628
66,674
43,633
55,641
35,517
51,062
28,098
39,381
17,596
23,805
8,187
20,740
6,518
9,227
2,068
4,722
645
1,351
122
255
20
768,961
768,961
Total
104,917
132,675
199,625
137,579
124,445
119,446
110,307
91,158
79,160
56,977
31,992
27,258
11,295
5,367
1,473
275
Per Cent
of Total
8.502
10.751
16.174
11.149
10.079
9.671
8.933
7.396
6.422
4.619
2.595
2.208
0.924
0.435
0.119
0.023
464,988    I 1,233,949 I 100.000
464,988
62.319
37.681
Chauffeurs' Licences
The comparative statement of licences and permits on the previous page shows
the number of licensed chauffeurs in 1970 to be 108,896, an increase of 2,328 over
the 1969 total of 106,568. The number of Class A category chauffeurs licensed to
drive buses increased to 8,714 from 8,324 in 1969. The Class B category chauffeurs
licensed to drive taxis increased to 8,459 from 7,768 in 1969. The Class C category
chauffeurs licensed to drive trucks showed an increase in 1970 to 91,723 from the
total of 90,476 in 1969.
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, motor-cycles,
or trailers. During the 1970 licence-year, 1,204 motor-dealers' licences permitting
the sale of motor-vehicles and trailers and 93 motor-cycle dealers' licences permitting the sale of motor-cycles and trailers were issued.
A prerequisite for the issuance of a motor-dealers' 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
Superintendent of Insurance and, in 1970, 373 dealers' bonds were filed, of which
201 were original bonds for new motor-dealers and 173 were replacement bonds.
There were 366 bonds cancelled during 1970. Security was filed with the Minister
of Finance by five 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.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1970        H 9
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 the 1970 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	
Ashcroft	
Atlin	
349
181
78
7
76
597
8
934
664
652
192
309
236
556
185
353
25
255
51
198
157
1,070
23
1,092
178
22
80
56
451
332
2,117
1,146
90
540
53
125
933
225
42
161
150
739
33
320
114
125
229
975
639
26
15
135
1,039
8
1,590
965
747
255
527
696
291
58
451
1
207
141
775
72
1,731
1,122
247
26
108
140
1,380
651
5,908
4,369
75
935
6
312
2,046
389
10
301
160
1,438
38
295
296
425
717
10,945
9,157
1,367
54
1,233
14,237
422
28,859
13,998
7,334
2,576
4,665
10.667
2,216
758
4,378
1,199
1,806
2,362
9,939
1,192
16,314
374
16,332
3,584
710
2,036
3,921
18,390
9,988
73,199
35,089
2,990
10,704
390
5,681
17,107
4,991
996
3,849
2,339
23,033
1,158
4,360
2,950
4,043
6,867
12,269
9,977
1,471
76
1,444
15,873
438
31,383
15,627
8,733
3,023
5,501
11,599
3,063
1,001
5,182
1,225
2,268
2,554
10,912
1,421
19,115
406
18,546
4,009
758
2,224
4,117
20,221
10,971
81,224
40,604
3,155
12,179
449
6,118
20,086
5,605
1,048
4,311
2,649
25,210
1,229
4,975
3,360
4,593
7,813
68
22
11
13
43
80
3
167
83
218
85
161
53
240
168
274
3
110
31
30
56
330
14
216
24
5
10
24
99
65
243
101
22
168
345
35
240
49
7
79
40
73
15
169
62
29
33
364
304
26
19
71
433
3
653
354
376
105
431
261
228
109
441
6
105
61
263
68
916
5
387
105
12
102
69
439
218
1,404
629
68
381
30
110
1,118
126
21
219
97
310
10
171
207
284
165
3,332
2,458
718
113
945
4,359
318
7,669
4,309
3,037
1,451
2,985
3,321
1,313
732
3,475
420
989
1,181
2,365
785
6,549
229
4,968
821
442
1,058
1,305
4,726
3,808
11,646
3,585
1,347
3,123
427
1,476
7,412
1,634
544
2,374
1,049
3,282
316
2,114
1,804
2,238
1,579
3,764
2,784
755
145
1,059
4,872
324
8,489
4,746
3,631
1,641
3,577
3,635
1,781
1,009
4,190
429
1,204
1,273
2,658
909
7,795
248
5,571
950
459
1,170
1,398
5,264
4,091
13,293
4,315
1,437
3,672
802
1,621
8,770
1,809
572
2,672
1,186
3,665
341
2,454
2,073
2,551
1,777
16,033
12,761
2,226
221
Burns Lake	
ChUliwack  	
Clinton. ,	
2,503
20,745
762
39,872
20,373
12,364
4,664
Courtenay	
Cranbrook	
9,078
15,234
4,844
2,010
Fort St. John	
9,372
1,654
3,472
3,827
Haney-	
13,570
2,330
26,910
Kaslo —	
654
24,117
Kitimat-	
Lillooet	
Merritt	
4,959
1,217
3,394
5,515
25,485
15,062
New Westminster 1
North Vancouver	
Oliver	
Penticton 	
Pouce Coupe.	
94,517
44,919
4,592
15,851
1,251
7,739
28,856
7,414
1,620
6,983
Revelstoke _	
3,835
28,875
1,570
7,429
5,433
7,144
Trail	
9,590
1 New Westminster (includes mail-order issuance to the New Westminster area from Victoria and issuance
of 10,700 passenger and 3,190 commercial plates at Port Coquitlam, which accounts through New Westminster;
temporary office at Guilford during the rush period is also included): Passenger, 82,656; commercial,  13,644.
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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 the 1970 Licence-year—Continued
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Grand
Total
Issuing Office
Used
Registrations
New
Registrations
Renewals
Total
Used
Registrations
New
Registrations
Renewals
Total
Vancouver 2	
Vancouver Easts	
Vancouver-Pt. Grey2..
3,883
1,860
1,202
157
458
2,635
191
11,139
8,630
3,836
50
1,039
5,331
595
108,591
61,545
43,456
2,125
11,261
88,506
5,085
123,613
72,035
48,494
2,332
12,758
96,472
5,871
334
289
89
67
132
447
77
1,904
3,349
456
41
505
1,922
415
19,332
11,068
2,906
1,585
4,854
21,115
3,777
21,570
14.706
3,451
1,693
5,491
23,484
4,269
145,183
86,741
51,945
4,025
Vernon	
Victoria S	
18,249
119,956
10,140
Totals	
26,895
63,367
721,328
811,590
5,851
20,876
180,768
207,495
1,019,085
2 Vancouver (includes issuance from Motor Licence offices at 1730 West Georgia Street, 2410 Nanaimo
Street, 6237 West Boulevard, 574 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond, mail-order issuance to the Vancouver area from
Victoria, and includes temporary office at Burnaby during the rush period; does not include issuance at North
Vancouver; issuance of 5,371 passenger and 1,996 commercial plates issued at Gibsons, Pemberton, Sechelt, and
Squamish, who account through Vancouver, has been deducted); Passenger, 269,403; commercial, 41,979.
3 Victoria (does not include mail-order issuance to other areas; does not include 1,500 passenger and 4,750
commercial plates for Provincial Government vehicles that operate throughout British Columbia; issuance of
373 commercial plates to prorated vehicles has been deducted; issuance of 2,160 passenger plates and 1,060
commercial plates at Alert Bay, Bella Coola, Port Alice, Port Hardy, and Port McNeill, who account through
Victoria, has been deducted; issuance at Sidney, which also accounts through the Victoria office, is included):
Passenger, 82,402; commercial, 13,748.
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 4.62 per cent to $38,159,051.45 in the 1970 licence-year. The increase
was $1,685,162.80 over the 1969 total of $36,473,888.65. Social services tax collections amounted to $3,404,601.19, as compared to $3,741,987.57 in 1969. 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 (Richmond and Victoria
and Vancouver) collected 66.93 per cent of the total collections, in the amount of
$25,451,309.89. Offices of the Department of Finance, which carry out our licence-
issuing service in areas not served by the Motor-vehicle Branch, collected the balance
of 33.07 per cent. These percentages show no appreciable change on the 1969
licence-year figures.
The location of Motor-vehicle Branch offices are listed on the following page,
and the 1970 revenue collection at each office is shown:
Motor Licence Offices, With Corresponding Revenue
(Alphabetically)
$ $
Abbotsford
Alberni  	
Ashcroft  „_.
Atlin  	
Burns Lake
Chilliwack ..
Clinton 	
581,797.82
410,342.34
86,797.32
53,944.89
100,591.80
820,789.41
36,733.79
Cloverdale      1,375,867.28
Courtenay	
Cranbrook 	
Creston 	
Dawson Creek
Duncan	
Fernie 	
676,157.41
526,418.72
192,005.44
585,660.06
561,101.93
335,799.25
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1970      H  11
Motor Licence Offices, With Corresponding Revenue—Continued
Fort Nelson	
Fort St. John
Ganges -	
Golden 	
Grand Forks
Haney 	
Invermere  	
Kamloops  _
Kaslo 	
Kelowna -	
Kitimat _.	
Lillooet 	
Merritt -	
Mission	
Nanaimo 	
Nelson	
New Westminster
North Vancouver
Oliver  	
Penticton 	
Pouce Coupe
$
148,328.74
599,169.39
50,474.29
419,480.61
159,305.59
421,299.39
100,140.89
1,125,520.62
24,580.92
903,559.63
177,278.94
49,510.99
148,011.37
200,222.54
791,373.18
571,535.06
3,010,758.09
1,202,107.33
153,591.66
506,889.30
246,656.96
(Alphabetically)
Powell River _.
Prince George
Prince Rupert
Princeton	
Quesnel 	
Revelstoke	
Richmond 	
Rossland 	
Salmon Arm
Smithers -	
Terrace 	
Trail .	
Vancouver	
Vancouver East	
Vancouver-Point Grey
Vanderhoof 	
Vernon  	
Victoria 	
Williams Lake	
$
234,916.82
1,325,381.53
270,116.95
74,152.53
349,344.44
165,231.95
959,723.43
49,136.75
297,330.01
246,680.34
354,930.84
315,759.65
5,851,280.41
3,242,315.11
1,394,068.75
204,177.03
679,191.37
4,364,140.00
481,370.59
Total   38,159,051.45
Motor Licence Offices, With Corresponding Revenue—Continued
$
(By Amount)
Vancouver  5,851,280.41
Victoria   4,364,140.00
Vancouver East  3,242,315.11
New Westminster ______ 3,010,758.09
Vancouver-Point Grey 1,394,068.75
Cloverdale   1,375,867.28
Prince George  1,325,381.53
North Vancouver  1,202,107.33
Kamloops    1,125,520.62
Richmond   959,723.43
Kelowna    903,559.63
Chilliwack   820,789.41
Nanaimo   791,373.18
Vernon    679,191.37
Courtenay   676,157.41
Fort St. John  599,169.39
Dawson Creek  585,660.06
Abbotsford    581,797.82
Duncan   561,101.93
Cranbrook  526,418.72
Nelson   517,535.06
Penticton   506,889.30
Williams Lake   481,370.59
Haney   421,299.39
Golden  419,480.61
Alberni    410,342.34
Terrace   354,930.84
Quesnel   349,344.44
Fernie   335,799.25
Trail    315,759.65
Salmon Arm   297,330.01
Prince Rupert   270,116.95
Smithers   246,680.34
Pouce Coupe  246,656.96
Powell River  234,916.82
Vanderhoof   204,177.03
Mission   200,222.54
Creston   192,005.44
Kitimat    177,278.94
Revelstoke  165,231.94
Grand Forks   159,305.59
Oliver    153,591.66
Fort Nelson ____. 148,328.74
Merritt  148,011.37
Burns Lake  100,591.80
Invermere   100,140.89
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
Motor Licence Offices, With Corresponding Revenue—Continued
(By Amount)
$ $
Ashcroft    86,797.32        Rossland   49,136.75
Princeton           74,152.53 Clinton     36,733.79
Atlin    53,944.89        Kaslo   24,580.92
Ganges  50,474.29 	
Lillooet   49,510.99 Total   38,159,051.45
Recapitulation of Major Motor Licence Offices
(66.93 per cent of total revenue)
$
Vancouver  5,851,280.41
Victoria   4,364,140.00
Vancouver East  3,242,315.11
New Westminster   3,010,758.09
Vancouver-Point Grey 1,394,068.75
Cloverdale   1,375,867.28
North Vancouver   1,202,107.33
Kamloops    1,125,520.62
Richmond   959,723.43
Chilliwack   820,789.41
Dawson Creek   585,660.06
Abbotsford     581,797.82
Haney   421,299.39
Trail  315,759.65
Mission   200,222.54
Total   25,451,309.89
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 is 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.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1970      H 13
The following table sets out the number of refunds and amount of money
refunded for the 1970 licence-year:
Type of refund Number Amount
General Refunds—
Motor-vehicle Act— $ $
Passenger   818 11,465.48
Drivers   205 1,018.00
Chauffeurs    3 5.00
Department of Commercial Transport
Act—Commercial  373 18,125.00
     1,399      30,613.48
Relinquishment Refunds—
Motor-vehicle Act—
Passenger   8,751 55,138.14
Drivers   1,365 3,612.50
Dealers1         32 229.09
Department of Commercial Transport
Act—
Commercial    1,358 47,231.75
Farm          58 849.83
  11,564   107,061.31
Seasonal Refunds—
Motor-vehicle Act—Passenger       296 1,780.60
Department of Commercial Transport
Act—
Commercial        392 15,221.86
Farm           96 1,908.75
  784      18,911.21
Refunds on Transfer—
Department of Commercial Transport
Act—
Commercial  	
Farm  	
      348               88,152.53
        36                 2,090.00
3C/J                       on *>A"> 53
Totals
14.131                    246.828.53
i Dealers' licence refunds have been included as relinquishment as they are not a general refund as indicated
in previous years.
 H 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA
2. ACCIDENTS AND CONVICTIONS
Motor-vehicle Accidents
The following table gives a summary of the accident frequency during the
period 1961 to 1970:
Accidents
Deaths
Deaths
per 100
Million
Miles
Fatal
Motor-
Number
per 1,000
10,000
Vehicles
Registered
Average
Fatal
Accidents
Year
vehicles
of Acci
Vehicles
Injuries
Deaths
Property
Acci
per 100
Registered
dents
Registered
Damage
dents
Million
Miles
1961
589,917
27,203
46.11
12,101
320
5.4
$
475.08
7.07
272
6.01
1962	
609,215
29,077
44.65
13,382
385
6.3
489.05
7.96
322
6.66
1963	
648,303
30,924
47.82
14,585
360
5.6
503.65
7.00
309
6.01
1964..	
700,048
38,368
54.81
16,911
393
5.6
523.39
6.90
345
6.06
1965	
764,353
40,262
52.68
17,574
500
6.5
561.96
8.00
421
6.73
1966	
817,348
44,177
54.05
19,449
520
6.4
592.91
7.60
445
6.51
1967	
864,348
49,750
57.56
19,500
559
6.5
565.58
7.67
461
6.33
1968	
917,872
58,300
63.51
20,945
574
6.2
570.87
7.36
460
5.90
1969	
989,196
70,624
71.39
22,535
542
5.4
586.29
6.39
467
5.50
1970
1,024,738
60,778
59.35
22,568
559
5.5
731.63
6.70
471
5.64
The number of motor-vehicle accidents shows a considerable decrease this
year over 1969. But we believe this can be contributed to the change in the reporting of accidents. As of July 1, 1970, accidents did not have to be reported unless
there was property damage in excess of $200, compared to $100 prior to this date
or, of course, there was personal injury. The number of persons killed increased
only slightly to 559 from 542 (3.1 per cent increase).
The 1970 accident picture reveals a total of 60,778 accidents, which is a
natural decrease over the 1969 total of 70,624. The number of fatal accidents
increased from 467 to 471 (a mere 0.85 per cent). The number of persons injured
in 1970 was 22,568, an increase of 33 over the 1969 total of 22,535 (this figure was
incorrectly shown as 23,077 in our 1969 Report).
The total property damage resulting from these accidents amounted to $44,467,-
327.60, compared to $41,406,403.89, an increase of $3,060,923.71 over 1969
(7.3 percent).
Due to the change of the requirement in reporting accidents, there are many
areas that cannot be properly compared with 1969 statistics. However, many areas
remain and there is a significant decrease in the number of accidents per 1,000
vehicles registered. The deaths per 10,000 vehicles registered remain somewhat
constant.
  H 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurence
1969
1970
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1969
1970
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
2
2
Per Cent
— 100.0
100.0
ioo.6
200.0
66.0
2
2
Per Cent
— 100.0
—50.0
100.6
52
73
47
66
3
9
19
1
19
71
1
41
14
29
61
1,043
24
70
70
8
63
46
59
63
23
135
74
28
44
160
183
46
86
41
118
58
55
143
114
63
60
68
10
14
46
22
94
10
112
3
195
219
103
35
25
58
41
83
68
196
23
162
45
14
42
189
192
16
108
Per Cent
—9.0
4
1
—9.0
100.0
15
13
7
37
49
—40.0
	
1
	
1
46.0
—85.0
1
3
3
5
1
3
1
4
—48.0
33.0
100.0
100.0
50.0
-33.0
-50.0
—50.0
100.0
100.0
44.0
100.0
1
2
1
3
3
9
1
1
1
1
1
100.0
100.0
50.0
—25.0
-25.0
—66.0
1
2
1
3
2
6
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
2
4
1
3
7
2
3
17
70
57
1,083
66
58
66
7
77
28
52
37
59
172
78
3
25
151
181
33
57
15
96
56
91
105
129
68
16
63
19
13
40
13
92
15
130
3
231
191
129
32
18
44
23
75
51
230
32
235
65
8
18
167
227
16
133
141.0
100.0
2
4
12
3
1
2
3
12
2
1
—58.0
7.0
—3.0
Burns Lake Detachment	
—63.0
200
100.0
100.0
6.0
14.0
Castlegar Detachment	
1
5
1
2
6
5
1
4
1
2
6
5
18.0
-100.0
— 100.0
64.0
1
3
2
4
1
3
8
2
3
13.0
50.0
-66.0
-20.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
—33.0
—57.0
— 100.0
50.0
-66.0
—20.0
100.0
100.0
133.0
-33.0
—57.0
— 100.0
33.0
70.0
—61.0
—21.0
—5.0
833.0
4
3
7
1
4
2
4
3
3
7
1
3
2
2
76.0
5.0
1.0
39.0
4
2
5
4
2
4
50 0
173.0
25.0
—50.0
500.0
50.0
100.0
100.0
—50.0
300.0
50.0
100.0
22 0
3.0
4
1
2
1
1
1
3
2
6
3
2
1
4
1
2
1
1
1
2
2
4
3
2
1
—39.0
36 0
11.0
Duncan Detachment—	
—7.0
275.0
— 100.0
-66.0
100.0
—66.0
100.0
—44.0
100.0
—62.0
—80.0
— 16.0
750.0
100.0
-100.0
100.0
-100.0
— 100.0
—50.0
100.0
—66.0
100.0
—37.0
100.0
—62.0
—80.0
400.6
7.0
Faitrianri
1
1
1
1
5
2
3
1
1
1
1
5
2
3
—47.0
7.0
Fernie Detachment —
Field	
3
3
8
1
8
15.0
69.0
Fort Nelson    	
9
1
8
2.0
33 0
Fort St. John	
— 13.0
5
6
2
1
3
1
5
17
2
3
3
3
9
4
7
5
5
2
1
3
1
5
10
1
15.0
14 0
20 0
9.0
— 100.0
100.0
-100.0
38.0
3
31.0
Gold River	
3
3
3
6
2
6
6
2
2
2
6
1
6
5
1
1
10
78.0
2
3
8
4
6
10.0
50.0
33.0
300.0
-100.0
100.0
200.0
400.0
33 0
50.0
100.0
16.0
-100.0
100.0
300.0
700.0
27.0
14.0
28 0
—31.0
—30.0
1
4
8
14
1
3
5
10
75.0
Invermere Detachment	
1
1
11
133.0
13.0
— 15.0
4
1
-75.0
4
1
-75.0
18 0
i The minimum property-damage limit for reporting accidents changed from $100 to $200, July 1, 1970.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1970      H 17
the Province for the Calendar Years 1969 and 1970
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported*
Property Damage1
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1969
1970
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
$
$
Per Cent
30
33
10.0
286
206
—27.0
176
130
—26.0
133,600.21
81,960.06
—38.0
39
41
5.0
182
164
-9.0
120
116
—3.0
76,861.64
94,929.32
23.0
3
100.0
7
33
371.0
4
17
325.0
2,486.00
22,933.24
8,859.03
13,679.59
256.0
10
8
—20.0
54
24
-55.0
35
19
—45.0
-40.0
7
12
71.0
49
38
—22.0
35
29
-17.0
30,575.00
22,175.00
-27.0
7
1
—85.0
47
23
—51.0
28
17
-39.0
12,258.73
11,592.00
-5.0
18
14
—22.0
80
84
5.0
57
56
— 1.0
53,803.62
64,123.64
19.0
28
37
32.0
213
188
— 11.0
152
128
— 15.0
154,070.48
219,464.85
42.0
	
1
100.0
8
6
—25.0
7
4
—42.0
1,595.38
2,475.00
55.0
13
21
69.0
93
75
— 19.0
47
58
23.0
40,132.39
214,429.29
434.0
	
7
100.0
28
35
25.0
20
27
35.0
11,660.00
36,885.00
216.0
40
16
-60.0
194
81
—58.0
143
61
—57.0
142,294.41
78,999.38
-44.0
28
36
28.0
169
140
— 17.0
108
97
— 10.0
104,957.68
129,387.25
23.0
737
694
—5.0
6,860
6,057
-11.0
3,610
3,190
— 16.0
1,955,707.41
2,073,101.52
6.0
37
17
—54.0
181
127
—29.0
123
95
—22.0
91,784.40
74,961.62
— 18.0
37
46
24.0
246
233
—5.0
169
168
—0.5
116,504.83
141,525.38
21.0
41
48
17.0
371
292
—21.0
212
167
—21.0
109,747.46
94,616.71
— 13.0
6
5
—16.0
30
43
43.0
19
29
52.0
19,630.00
46,120.00
134.0
49
36
—26.0
330
174
—47.0
207
120
—42.0
136,184.75
85,941.60
-36.0
14
26
85.0
90
116
28.0
59
68
15.0
53,019.99
51,677.78
-2.0
32
34
6.0
160
118
—26.0
114
90
—21.0
86,452.99
100,344.40
16.0
25
29
16.0
150
147
-2.0
96
99
3.0
64,562.01
108,024.63
67.0
30
16
—46.0
118
62
—47.0
91
52
—42.0
84,664.42
70,045.00
—17.0
114
83
—27.0
673
514
—23.0
384
320
— 16.0
209,893.93
228,954.43
9.0
50
41
— 18.0
331
300
—9.0
199
178
— 10.0
103,035.88
114,839.11
11.0
3
19
533.0
17
80
370.0
10
63
530.0
4,380.75
99,530.00
220.0
13
28
115.0
99
133
34.0
71
104
46.0
57,460.04
111,222.32
93.0
109
96
— 11.0
665
660
-0.7
400
384
-4.0
278,135.80
238,216.99
— 14.0
115
110
-4.0
786
569
—27.0
490
380
—22.0
307,831.95
275,218.73
— 10.0
20
36
80.0
285
303
6.0
154      167
8.0
76,456.25
98,622.35
28.0
35
39
11.0
210
199
—5.0
149
148
—0.6
120,393.82
137,376.92
14.0
12
22
83.0
86
75
— 12.0
53
60
13.0
45,453.29
56,119.00
23.0
56
67
19.0
260
263
1.0
178
185
3.0
112,580.38
169,908.36
50.0
39
38
—2.0
415
323
—22.0
226
183
— 19.0
130,729.15
107,266.00
— 17.0
46
40
— 13.0
224
147
-34.0
150
108
—28.0
157,322.85
268,000.23
70.0
75
84
12.0
601
654
8.0
353
391
10.0
203,146.04
298,363.11
46.0
77
66
—14.0
449
433
—3.0
272
257
-5.0
157,586.54
151,947.91
-3.0
42
39
-7.0
200
158
—21.0
123
105
— 14.0
97,582.58
84,736.79
—13.0
13
32
146.0
108
134
24.0
72
97
34.0
40,410.62
76,434.15
89.0
46
55
19.0
385
343
— 10.0
201
197
—1.0
106,496.18
92,892.87
— 12.0
10
7
-30.0
63
53
— 15.0
51
43
— 15.0
64,240.48
87,315.41
35.0
7
7
91
98
7.0
52
53
1.0
25,792.94
32,156.23
24.0
29
23
—20.0
159
162
1.0
118
112
—5.0
130,881.17
148,499.55
13.0
6
8
33.0
54
39
-27.0
39
25
-35.0
36,470.00
35,244.00
—3.0
53
58
9.0
363
338
—6.0
253
250
— 1.0
419,193.35
377,128.98
— 10.0
12
7
-41.0
61
66
8.0
41
45
9.0
31,079.48
22,237.00
-28.0
80
62
-22.0
609
447
—26.0
381
288
-24.0
383,644.08
380,349.03
-0.8
2
2
11
4
—63.0
6
3
—50.0
3,365.00
320,757.27
1,800.00
—46.0
126
110
— 12.0
692
624
—9.0
364
319
— 12.0
286,552.97
— 10.0
110
111
0.9
545
564
3.0
360
342
-5.0
337,708.44
368,526.61
9.0
62
49
-20.0
234
170
—27.0
162
123
—24.0
165,575.94
139,386.48
-15.0
22
18
— 18.0
112
76
—32.0
74
48
—35.0
44,454.58
40,480.60
—8.0
10
14
40.0
66
79
19.0
49
55
12.0
26,332.95
32,932.37
25.0
29
40
37.0
137
125
-8.0
90
86
-4.0
56,209.24
57,009.71
1.0
19
20
5.0
92
130
41.0
68
103
51.0
42,551.00
78,312.00
84.0
39
53
35.0
298
262
— 12.0
184
183
—0.5
156,405.37
212,375.76
35.0
30
41
36.0
175
181
3.0
122
135
10.0
75,577.14
115,671.95
53.0
143
119
— 16.0
827
637
-22.0
469
377
— 19.0
316,327.10
293,896.25
-7.0
20
15
—25.0
93
94
1.0
73
72
—1.0
83,411.66
54,154.44
-35.0
104
90
-13.0
573
541
-5.0
348
334
-4.0
365,354.32
341,222.75
-6.0
33
31
—6.0
142
137
-3.0
105
102
—2.0
112,150.00
97,975.28
-12.0
3
7
133.0
15
18
20.0
12
16
33.0
4,654.23
18,962.34
307.0
14
19
35.0
125
131
4.0
82
95
15.0
61,782.52
105,221.73
70.0
108
129
19.0
1,146
1,315
14.0
605
697
15.0
374,717.92
529,500.06
41.0
125
117
-6.0
647
610
-5.0
420
411
—2.0
343,426.32
417,224.49
21.0
11
12
9.0
63
46
-26.0
43
38
-11.0
27,072.57
36,220.00
33.0
83
70
-15.0
766
648
-15.0
410
348
-15.0
257,800.39
217,902.02
-15.0
►
 H 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1969
1970
Increase
or (-)
Decrease
1969
1970
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
Kelowna Detachment	
7
2
2
5
Per Cent
—28.0
— 100.0
—50.0
100.0
400.0
100.0
4
2
2
1
5
Per Cent
25.0
— 100.0
—50.0
100.0
300.0
100.0
50.0
100.0
—33.0
33.0
127
107
38
26
27
36
61
7
44
23
67
35
45
29
52
36
42
270
17
85
56
7
34
39
38
19
122
175
29
66
11
414
224
205
53
7
36
118
23
79
26
124
33
95
90
8
127
49
34
54
41
40
204
253
63
5
158
55
150
5
31
17
64
366
13
370
155
7
42
18
40
27
50
5
55
22
187
24
27
16
53
21
39
323
5
111
57
16
33
49
72
11
118
153
27
42
19
466
220
236
48
4
39
74
40
70
33
117
44
121
71
7
106
28
39
55
32
57
216
284
72
8
82
24
116
16
34
9
55
394
15
349
Per Cent
22.0
—93.0
Keremeos—  	
1
1
5
1
1
1
4
1
10.0
—30.0
1
48.0
—25.0
— 18.0
—28.0
2
7
2
2
4
250.0
100.0
—33.0
33.0
— 100.0
—28.0
—83.0
2
3
1
2
4
25.0
—4.0
Langley       	
3
3
3
3
179.0
—31.0
—40.0
1
7
6
1
2
1
— 100.0
25.0
-80.0
—44.0
5
1
1
2
4
5
1
2
5
1
1
2
1.0
—41.0
—7.0
19.0
—70.0
2
4
3
2
2
1
3
2
4
3
2
2
1
2
2
1
1
3
30.0
-50.0
—66.0
100.0
—50.0
—66.0
100.0
1.0
128.0
—2.0
1
25.0
1
2
1
1
3
100.0
100.0
100.0
—25.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
89.0
—42.0
—3.0
4
3
— 12.0
	
—6.0
3
1
3
5
4
1
33.0
3
1
3
5
3
1
—36.0
72.0
— 100.0
—60.0
100.0
100.0
—60.0
50.0
—66.0
—66.0
— 100.0
100.0
33.0
100.0
— 100.0
100.0
—50.0
— 100.0
—60.0
100.0
100.0
12.0
2
3
1
2
3
1
— 1.0
15.0
—9.0
—42.0
5
6
3
9
1
2
9
1
3
4
4
2
5
1
2
6
1
3
—50.0
50.0
—50.0
-40.0
— 100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
100.0
8.0
10(1 Miln TTnnsK
—37.0
73.0
— 11.0
26.0
2
4
2
2
4
2
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
6
15
2
1
4
—5.0
3
1
9
2
1
5
33.0
Port Alberni City 	
27.0
—21.0
2
1
1
1
2
2
1
6
18
4
1
5
— 12.0
2
1
1
1
— 16.0
—42.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
14.0
Port Moody City..	
1.0
2
1
2
14
1
2
1
2
9
1
—21.0
42.0
200.0
28.0
300.0
100.0
—28.0
— 100.0
—44.0
200.0
66.0
100.0
100.0
—20.0
— 100.0
—42.0
5.0
12.0
14.0
60.0
7
1
9
5
1
7
—48.0
—56.0
5
4
—22.0
220.0
1
2
100.0
1
2
100.0
9.0
—47.0
7
3
8
6
14.0
100.0
6
3
5
6
— 16.0
100.0
— 14.0
7.0
15.0
Saanich Municipality	
4
10
150.0
4
6
50.0
—5.0
1 The minimum property-damage limit for reporting accidents changed from $100 to $200, July 1, 1970.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1970      H 19
Province for the Calendar Years 1969 and 1970—Continued
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported1
Property Damage
1
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1969
1970
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
$
$
Per Cent
79
100
26.0
535
608
13.0
332
369
11.0
241,614.48
315,950.43
30.0
68
4
—94.0
446
23
—94.0
266
16
—93.0
173,547.88
11,589.00
—93.0
21
17
— 19.0
113
90
—20.0
81
63
—22.0
69,875.94
69,043.00
— 1.0
20
12
—40.0
178
119
—33.0
103
70
—32.0
49,410.29
37,039.71
—25.0
18
24
33.0
95
113
18.0
70
79
12.0
71,924.10
106,198.25
47.0
26
15
—42.0
81
78
—3.0
58
57
— 1.0
50,149.26
49,617.25
— 1.0
48
40
—20.0
353
258
—26.0
196
146
—25.0
117,126.59
100,601.12
— 14.0
6
3
—50.0
61
40
—34.0
39
22
—43.0
15,672.25
13,030.44
— 16.0
24
32
33.0
216
162
—25.0
127
106
— 16.0
78,196.71
98,570.31
26.0
18
15
— 16.0
139
90
—35.0
92
60
—34.0
70,858.59
44,722.00
—36.0
32
129
303.0
225
664
195.0
137
401
192.0
107,129.46
264,432.85
146.0
16
14
-12.0
90
109
21.0
63
79
25.0
40,649.00
53,195.48
30.0
30
17
—43.0
187
140
—25.0
82
62
—24.0
58,478.31
41,172.64
—33.0
16
11
—31.0
96
70
—27.0
72
52
—27.0
46,575.88
43,561.71
—6.0
18
30
66.0
119
100
-15.0
83
73
— 12.0
121,758.00
117,606.00
—3.0
23
13
—43.0
122
112
—8.0
84
78
—7.0
123,495.30
88,083.10
—28.0
26
23
-11.0
85
91
7.0
60
74
23.0
54,105.68
77,676.00
43.0
189
221
16.0
1,619
1,337
— 17.0
875
735
— 16.0
430,828.05
410,945.99
—8.0
10
3
—70.0
50
20
—60.0
36
13
—63.0
19,992.50
13,305.00
—33.0
54
62
14.0
427
469
9.0
244
283
15.0
176,049.72
262,684.47
49.0
30
34
13.0
220
217
1.0
150
154
2.0
121,211.49
150,229.20
23.0
5
10
100.0
64
45
—29.0
46
36
—21.0
56,340.00
31,005.00
—44.0
23
26
13.0
93
89
—4.0
71
72
1.0
48,385.00
66,927.67
38.0
28
24
— 14.0
174
165
—5.0
108
105
—2.0
59,502.51
59,802.94
0.5
25
42
68.0
185
170
—8.0
116
114
— 1.0
76,111.07
76,953.93
1.0
13
8
—38.0
93
57
—38.0
63
46
—26.0
36,132.39
64,144.05
77.0
76
78
2.0
787
740
—5.0
425
399
—6.0
214,796.65
218,280.94
1.0
105
93
-11.0
600
522
— 13.0
361
320
— 11.0
249,736.95
239,618.15
-4.0
16
15
—6.0
182
200
9.0
103
116
12.0
57,362.59
72,351.65
26.0
38
24
—36.0
174
91
—47.0
120
63
-47.0
88,872.31
61,362.75
—30.0
6
11
83.0
37
44
18.0
30
36
20.0
28,880.73
29,075.00
0.6
294
302
2.0
3,055
2,508
—17.0
1,578
1,295
— 17.0
797,195.37
777,084.37
-2.0
158
157
—0.6
1,711
1,366
—20.0
886
720
— 18.0
453,754.26
455,653.11
0.4
153
160
4.0
1,609
1,574
-2.0
880
856
—2.0
454,464.81
484,659.71
6.0
40
39
-2.0
355
277
—21.0
207
152
—26.0
93,822.27
135,518.75
44.0
4
4
18
18
12
14
16.0
8,790.00
7,535.00
— 14.0
19
26
36.0
126
107
-15.0
81
72
— 11.0
53,587.99
141,697.41
164.0
67
37
-44.0
290
197
—32.0
209
150
—28.0
172,424.66
139,798.30
— 18.0
17
25
47.0
132
104
—21.0
95
79
— 16.0
63,183.09
80,520.11
27.0
35
38
8.0
193
221
14.0
119
136
14.0
84,966.98
116,987.03
37.0
12
27
125.0
61
70
14.0
46
59
28.0
24,762.84
66,195.89
167.0
84
77
—8.0
652
506
-22.0
346
280
— 19.0
198,238.31
189,270.99
-4.0
16
22
37.0
127
119
—6.0
85
87
2.0
63,933.03
71,003.70
11.0
81
83
2.0
866
640
—26.0
459
356
—22.0
218,547.82
220,264.98
0.7
54
51
—5.0
316
252
—20.0
207
181
— 12.0
137,654.39
186,389.43
35.0
4
7
75.0
32
50
56.0
21
30
42.0
20,710.89
17,754.50
— 14.0
89
74
— 16.0
587
498
— 15.0
325
280
— 13.0
160,884.32
155,816.13
—3.0
28
18
—35.0
120
103
— 14.0
77
74
—3.0
76,649.00
145,763.00
90.0
16
23
43.0
107
130
21.0
74
94
27.0
63,193.44
89,269.28
41.0
36
40
11.0
352
278
—21.0
185
154
— 16.0
92,353.36
106,711.17
15.0
22
24
9.0
128
144
12.0
91
97
6.0
61,631.62
86,166.15
39.0
33
32
—3.0
276
267
—3.0
160
156
-2.0
77,616.00
104,090.21
34.0
132
133
0.7
1,538
1,464
-4.0
790
770
—2.0
533,363.57
494,888.19|
—7.0
153
157
2.0
759
762
0.3
503
503
480,116.11
535,315.72
11.0
52
40
—23.0
648
520
— 19.0
346
282
— 18.0
189,593.31
223,538.05
17.0
4
3
—25.0
12
11
-8.0
10
9
-10.0
11,317.00
13,047.00
15.0
84
50
-40.0
333
276
— 17.0
234
198
— 15.0
231,215.83
188,962.74
— 18.0
36
15
—58.0
186
68
—63.0
122
45
—63.0
100,528.06
32,950.43
—67.0
82
75
-8.0
507
521
2.0
319
338
5.0
287,450.91
370,025.75
28.0
5
11
120.0
29
42
44.0
19
30
57.0
13,080.00
22,535.00
72.0
13
18
38.0
91
74
— 18.0
68
59
— 13.0
49,610.43
58,925.58
18.0
13
8
-38.0
178
122
—31.0
94
69
—26.0
53,727.16
73,477.25
36.0
39
30
—23.0
200
178
— 11.0
143
134
-6.0
283,780.97
162,090.55
—42.0
262
271
3.0
2,118
1,737
— 17.0
1,165
971
— 16.0
570,701.51
518,311.13
—9.0
9
11
22.0
103
61
—40.0
57
37
—35.0
26,773.12
14,333.31
—46.0
258
243
-5.0
1,957
1,655
-15.0
1,090
924
— 15.0
541,392.42
581,223.27
7.0
 H 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1969
1970
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
2
1
1
1
3
3
1
3
Per Cent
50.0
2
1
1
1
3
2
1
2
Per Cent
11
51
31
30
58
32
54
61
32
16
35
143
7
65
996
1
2
23
52
68
36
72
46
65
83
55
42
49
124
5
65
1,028
Per Cent
109.0
100.0
—100.0
100.0
100.0
-33.0
100.0
100.0
250.0
— 12.0
-50.0
100.0
1.0
200.0
-100.0
33.0
100.0
100.0
—33.0
100.0
100.0
350.0
-33.0
—50.0
4.0
119.0
20.0
Shawnigan Lake Detachment	
4
2
1
2
2
3
9
8
	
3
2
1
2
2
3
7
7
1
20
24.0
43.0
3
20.0
3
36.0
71.0
2
8
2
20
162.0
Spences Bridge Detachment	
2
12
40.0
— 13.0
—28.0
2
22
1
23
3.0
— 100.0
Tahsis                         .  .
1
100.0
—60.0
—100.0
-100.0
— 100.0
-50.0
— 100.0
26.0
200.0
— 100.0
100.0
-85.0
25.0
-100.0
125.0
	
1
10
1
89
41
10
50
26
31
31
34
3,744
49
63
108
618
4
238
49
91
400.0
100.0
10
4
3
3
77
32
12
27
26
21
76
16
3,779
58
52
85
651
4
241
53
122
15.0
— 100.0
-100.0
— 100.0
—50.0
—lob.o
13.0
200.0
-100.0
66.0
—83.0
66.0
-100.0
50.0
28.0
1
1
1
2
	
1
1
1
2
1
—16.0
Trail City	
85.0
1
47.0
—59.0
2
23
1
1
3
7
2
23
1
1
3
6
3
1
4
26
3
5
1
5
6
112.0
29
3
—0.9
— 15.0
21.0
6
1
27.0
—5.0
4
1
4
5
9
— 1.0
White Root City
—7.0
25.0
Totalis
438
466
6.0
375
390
4.0
17,873)17,956
0.4
Totals, January to December
10fiq_70
542
559
3.0
467
47!
0.8
1
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0.1
1 The minimum property-damage limit for reporting accidents changed from $100 to $200. July 1, 1970.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1970      H 21
Province for the Calendar Years 1969 and 1970—Continued
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported1
Property Damage
L
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1969
1970
or (-)
Decrease
1969
1970
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
or(-)
Decrease
1969
1970
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
$
$
Per Cent
7
20
185.0
105
103
-1.0
76
76
	
52,969.01
80,503.42
51.0
30
29
—3.0
190
160
—15.0
115
100
— 13.0
81,664.61
169,586.00
107.0
24
35
45.0
221
136
—38.0
133
86
—35.0
78,296.84
98,747.53
26.0
19
25
31.0
124
114
-8.0
89
83
-6.0
53,662.88
52,943.06
—1.0
27
40
48.0
148
158
6.0
99
113
14.0
99,633.52
105,571.96
5.0
18
20
11.0
90
98
8.0
66
72
9.0
69,074.26
86,195.00
24.0
30
36
20.0
201
184
-8.0
124
114
-8.0
83,467.78
180,303.46
116.0
39
45
15.0
234
163
-30.0
156
115
—26.0
97,677.51
103,832.53
6.0
20
34
70.0
140
128
-8.0
91
101
10.0
58,159.20
80,719.29
38.0
11
24
118.0
96
96
62
65
4.0
42,505.34
96,996.00
128.0
18
22
22.0
64
87
35.6
46
60
30.0
49,022.87
110,388.44
125.0
82
77
-6.0
476
411
— 13.0
315
305
-3.0
239,715.00
235,319.22
-1.0
3
4
33.0
21
17
— 19.0
14
11
-21.0
11,160.00
8,675.00
—22.0
31
38
22.0
202
159
—21.0
135
103
-23.0
96,807.97
90,528.60
—6.0
611
621
1.0
4,026
3,711
—7.0
2,214
2,031
— 8.0
1,252,563.95
1,455,563.08
16.0
1
— 100.0
1
— 100.0
1
— 100.0
50.00
— 100.0
1
— 100.0
3
3
2
2
5,000.00
900.00
—82.0
1
100.0
2
4
loo.o
2
3
50.0
1,500.00
3,350.00
123.0
43
41
-4.0
248
245
-1.0
164
177
7.0
175,810.23
151,701.55
— 13.0
21
32
52.0
332
283
— 14.0
179
163
-8.0
150,262.41
98,363.24
—29.0
7
5
—28.0
25
27
8.0
20
21
5.0
14,751.21
15,059.00
2.0
19
33
73.0
286
243
-15.0
160
139
— 13.0
61,099.53
92,272.79
51.0
17
19
11.0
102
72
—29.0
62
55
— 11.0
39,205.66
36,699.43
-6.0
11
16
45.0
86
74
— 13.0
60
57
—5.0
36,390.25
59,904.50
64.0
57
24
—57.0
467
332
—28.0
261
182
-30.0
114,141.16
79,174.28
-30.0
6
21
250.0
54
66
22.0
41
54
31.0
55,866.90
102,652.05
83.0
2,783
2,699
-3.0
27,366
24,479
— 10.0
14,910
13,454
-9.0
6,739,979.78
7,347,392.74
9.0
35
30
— 14.0
201
214
6.0
140
149
6.0
133,504.83
181,834.17
36.0
38
43
13.0
475
403
-15.0
246
217
—11.0
110,370.89
117,393.65
6.0
52
60
15.0
299
283
-5.0
196
193
— 1.0
126,779.58
178,958.42
41.0
456
425
-6.0
3,649
2,771
—24.0
1,947
1,500
—22.0
943,115.96
860,825.88
—8.0
4
2
-50.0
17
16
-5.0
14
12
-14.0
15,576.73
12,265.00
—21.0
169
147
—13.0
1,846
1,659
— 10.0
988
900
-8.0
511,257.75
591,332.88
15.0
32
34
6.0
301
219
—27.0
166
124
—25.0
86,032.22
89,023.09
3.0
73
50
—31.0
434
421
-2.0
276
277
0.3
229,876.38
287,332.39
24.0
11,689
11,548
-1.0
94,049
82,841| —11.0
53,464
47,971
— 10.0
31,804,055.29
34,582,082.20
8.0
14,866
14,653
-1.0
122,652
104,272
-14.0
70,624
60,778
—13.0
41,406,403.89
44,467,327.60
7.0
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Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1970—Continued
2.                    HOUR OF OCCURRENCE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
2,229
1,952
1,250
684
434
393
664
2,032
2,386
1,861
2,287
2,720
2,820
3,053
3,835
4,777
5,761
4,605
2,987
3,353
2,772
2,882
2,518
2,515
8
43
29
17
6
3
8
8
16
12
7
7
16
16
21
16
25
22
39
33
40
22
22
19
24
601
550
385
192
108
117
167
429
512
364
440
578
676
662
855
1,232
1,302
1,179
807
888
709
660
608
630
1,585
1,373
2 to  3 a.m. .  	
848
486
323
268
489
7 to   8 a.m              	
1,587
8 to  9 a.m  	
1,862
9 to 10 a.m  	
1,490
10 to 11 a.m. _	
1,840
11 to 12    m   _ —_ 	
12 to   1 p.m.                                 	
2,126
2,128
1 to   2 p.m 	
2,370
2 to   3 p.m 	
2,964
3,520
4,437
3,387
6 to   7 p.m _	
7 to   8 p.m  _    	
2,147
2,425
8 to   9 p.m	
2,041
9 to 10 p.m _ _ .
2,200
10 to 11 p.m	
1,891
11 to 12 p.m..... _
1,861
Not stated  _	
         1              2
6
Totals  	
60,778
471        |      14,653
45,654
Number of Accidents
3.                       DAY OF OCCURRENCE
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Sunday	
2. Monday	
3. Tuesday _ ~-
4. "Wednesday -	
7,539
7,178
7,856
7,408
8,634
10,685
11,474
4
85
65
41
45
59
84
92
2,065
1,615
1,819
1,688
2,094
2,451
2,920
1
5,389
5,498
5,996
5,675
6,481
8,150
7. Saturday -	
8,462
R. Not stated  _	
3
Totals   --	
60,778
471        |      14,653
45,654
Number of Vehicles Involved
4.             TYPE OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
92,786
9,424
440
405
92
1,026
37
2
60
510
124
3
2
2
21
11
21,203
2,271
135
98
15
805
10
1
16
71,073
7,029
302
4. Taxi	
305
75
200
27
1
9. Not stated  	
33
104,272
673        1      24,554
79,045
RAILROAD CROSSINGS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Unguarded crossing—	
2. Automatic signal	
3. Guarded crossing—man on duty..
4. Driver disregarded signal	
5. Signal not given  _ _-.
6. Not stated  -
Totals-
66
14
7
3
5
_____
loir
22
3
2
29
39
10
5
3
4
12
73
 H 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1970—Continued
6.                    MANNER OF COLLISION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
23,944
8,323
14,884
3,423
3,847
6,357
145
185
14
4
4
119
5,650
2,485
3,772
117
366
2,263
18,149
5,653
11,098
3,302
3,477
6. Not st^tpH
3,975
Totals	
60,778
471
14,653
45,654
7.                       DRIVERS INVOLVED,
Number of Drivers
DESCRIPTION OF
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Male -	
2. Female '  	
3. Not stated   -     -	
75,559
18,779
9,934
569
88
16
19,034
4,861
659
55,956
13,830
9,259
Totals                                                	
104,272
673
24,554
79,045
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..
17,535
14,270
14,681
16,973
14,555
9,906
3,107
1,417
1,956
126
108
100
93
114
65
25
10
20
4,811
3,752
3,692
4,250
3,462
2,356
767
338
487
12,598
10,410
10,889
12,630
10,979
7,485
2,315
1,069
1,449
Driving Experience
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
2,497
1,532
2,392
18,805
69,102
9,944
31
9
3
140
467
23
650
422
693
4,999
17,131
659
1,816
1,101
3. 6 to 12 months	
1,696
13,666
51,504
6. Not stated
9,262
Condition of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
91,351
514
132
289
2,170
1,796
8,020
559
8
1
83
6
16
22,820
177
51
69
766
55
616
67,972
329
80
220
1,321
1,735
7. Not stated                                             	
7,388
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
88,405
1,529
4,391
9,947
567
37
57
12
22,173
489
1,241
651
65,665
1,003
3,093
9,284
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1970      H 25
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1970—Continued
8.        ACTION OF DRIVER CONTRIBUTING
Number of Drivers
TO ACCIDENT
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
36,621
5,433
11,911
7,469
7,887
3,627
232
1,443
275
2,722
14,737
1,141
722
95
166
2,066
58
262
7,294
14
13
258
97
26
9
1
70
1
11
1
35
130
1
1
1
11
5
5
9,463
1,536
2,759
2,177
2,064
730
50
456
45
708
3,619
112
33
22
29
108
20
41
548
6
6
26,900
3,800
9,126
5,283
5,822
6. On wrong side of road - 	
2,827
7. Failing to signal 	
181
976
229
1,979
10,988
12. Cutting in                    	
1,029
13. Car ran away                	
688
72
136
1,947
33
18. Cutting left corner              	
221
19. Parked legally  -
6,741
8
7
Totals                       	
104,188
663
24,532
78,993
9.                          TRAFFIC CONTROL
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. No control present     	
43,785
98
8,260
6,262
2,373
389
12
30
40
10,210
26
2,211
1,508
698
33,186
72
3. Automatic traffic signal                    	
6,037
4. Stop signs                    	
4,724
1,635
Totals 	
60,778
471          !       14.653
45,654
10.
PEDESTRIANS INVOLVED
ACTIONS OF
Number of Pedestrians
1. Not known 	
2. Crossing at intersection—no signal
3. In street, not at intersection	
4. Coming from behind parked or moving vehicle
5. Crossing at intersection with signal _.
6. Crossing street diagonally, not at intersection
7. Walking on or along highway  	
8. Playing in street
9. Crossing at intersection against signal
10. Not on roadway 	
11. Getting or or off another vehicle
12. Riding or hitching on vehicle
13. Working on car or roadway.
14. Crossing intersection diagonally
15. In pedestrian crosswalk	
16. Standing on safety-isle	
Totals	
97 1,475
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1,437
2
11
28
73
2
5
3
1,364
6
25
64                       14
1
29                 	
50
1
7. Not stated....                  _~                   -                 	
29
Totals   .__ 	
1,572        |            97        |        1,475
 H 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1970—Continued
11.             CLASSIFICATION OF VICTIMS
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Passengers	
10,232
9,901
1,572
470
737
21
193
1
188
245
97
8
18
2
1
10,044
9,656
1,475
462
2. Drivers         	
3. Pedestrians    	
5. Motor-cycle drivers.. _	
719
19
192
8. Not stated	
1
23,127
559
22,568
12.                     NATURE OF INJURIES
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Slight shock and shake-up      	
8,690
316
112
2,148
5,379
494
253
5,523
160
16
20
10
6
190
48
37
4
247
1
1
15
6
10
8,690
126
3. Fractured spine       _	
64
2,111
5. Other injuries (sprains, dislocations, etc.)	
5,375
247
252
5,522
160
1
11. Burned  ....
14
13. Not stated _ _	
6
Totals 	
23,127
559
22,568
13.                         LIGHT CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Daylight 	
36,884
15,815
3,812
3,034
1,167
66
214
206
16
24
10
1
8,525
4,084
981
727
319
17
28,145
11,525
2,815
2,283
5. Artificial light—poor -	
6. Not stated  ~                                	
838
48
Totals	
60,778
471
14,653
45,654
14. PROPERTY DAMAGE—Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, $44,467,327.60;
amount for same period last year, $41,406,403.89.
15.     CONDITION OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
99,645
1,348
1,134
404
130
598
78
76
22
75
708
54
631
11
2
4
4
1
10
10
23,369
255
306
132
52
186
21
16
6
24
170
17
75,645
1,093
817
270
74
6. Puncture or blow-out  	
7. Head-lights out (both) 	
8. Tail-lights out or obscured. — 	
408
57
60
16
10. Head-light out (one light) 	
11. Other defects    . .	
50
528
12. Not stated    ._  _            	
27
Totals
104,272
673
24,554
79,045
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1970      H 27
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1970—Continued
16.                    DIRECTION OF TRAVEL
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Going straight    	
2. Turning left	
53,135
12,133
5,784
6,840
3,090
5,894
1,220
163
609
4,923
302
968
1,804
7,407
464
57
30
8
7
52
1
1
5
3
2
20
8
15
14,067
2,869
1,038
1,904
139
1,447
89
41
164
1,491
50
232
456
567
38,604
9,207
4,716
4,928
2,944
4,395
1,130
121
440
3,429
250
716
1,340
14. Not stated .             	
6,825
Totals                                              	
104,272
673
24,554
79,045
17.                           ROAD SURFACE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
36,155
15,216
4,392
1,714
3,140
155
6
321
90
31
12
16
1
8,966
3,803
888
430
538
25
3
26,868
11,323
3,473
1,272
2,586
129
7. Not stated 	
3
Totals                                          	
60,778
471
14,653
45,654
18.                         ROAD CONDITION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
59,562
311
288
398
124
87
8
456
8
2
5
14,362
88
63
88
31
18
3
44,744
215
3. Obstruction in road     	
223
305
93
6. Other	
69
7. Not stated _ _   .    _	
5
Totals	
60,778
471
14,653
45,654
19.                           TYPE OF ROAD
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
56,349
3,528
359
395
36
105
6
425
39
2
4
1
13,868
618
80
50
7
27
3
42,056
2. Gravel-..
2,871
277
4. Earth 	
341
29
6. Other _	
77
7. Not stated           	
3
Totals            	
60,778
471
14,653
45,654
 H 28
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province
for the Year 1970—Continued
20.                   WEATHER CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Clear 	
38,075
11,333
6,772
1.080
3,314
185
19
319
65
55
10
21
1
9,242
2,718
1,697
326
618
47
5
28,514
2. Rain _                          	
8,550
3. Cloudy                     	
5,020
744
2,675
137
7. Not stated                 	
14
Totals                    	
60,778
471
14,653
45,654
Forty persons other than pedestrians were injured and one person other than a
pedestrian was killed in pedestrian accidents; six persons other than bicyclists were
injured and one bicyclist was killed in other than bicycle accidents; 205 motor-cyclists
were injured and four motor-cyclists were killed in other than motor-cycle accidents.
Motor-vehicle and motor-cycle licences issued for the year 1969.___     989,202
Motor-vehicle and motor-cycle licences issued for the year 1970.... 1,024,738
The minimum property-damage limit for reporting accidents changed from
$100 to $200, July 1, 1970.
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 1967 to 1970, inclusive. The convictions for the
offence of speeding continue to increase, indicating thorough and complete traffic
surveillance by the enforcement agencies throughout the Province.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1970      H 29
Convictions Under Motor-vehicle Act and Criminal Code of Canada, 1967—70
Offences
1967
1968
1969
1970
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 while ability impaired (as amended 1969), sec. 222. 	
Driving motor-vehicle while ability impaired by alcohol or drugs, sec.
223  _ 	
Breath sample not provided (as amended 1969), sec. 223 (2)— —
Driving with more than 80 mgs. of alcohol in blood (as amended 1969),
sec. 224_   _ _ _	
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 permits 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 without subsisting motor-vehicle liability policy, sec. 18 (2a)	
Driving motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence,
sec. 18 (6-8)  	
Driving without having driver's licence in possession at time, sec. 19	
Driving without having driver's licence and liability card in possession
at time, sec. 19 (as amended 1970)  _	
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, 27, 28  _ 	
Operating as dealer without licence, misuse of dealer's plates, etc., sees.
29, 33, 34 _ _ 	
Operating with
36-39.
"D" plates without salesman's licence or permit, sees.
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.._ - 	
6
50
1,009
543
161
5,230
1,193
3
12
6
49
29
1,038
1,142
599
661
156
153
329
5,919
6,840
42
324
1,570
1,688
7
46
858
604
5,832
319
4,920
1,141
8,195 |    9,343 |  11,214 | 13,727
2,485
134
1
143
31
4,526
552
79
341
65
17
5
322
10
6
28
16,625
12
119
6,293
70,450
4,542
183
458
5,327
3
2,929
3,168
4,103
1,787
215
6,979
2,411
1,128
5,654
1,061
256
334
32
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
2,920
326
1
217
48
4,183
4,330
1,787
176
421
32
27
8
505
85
340
77
321
1
24
26,388
349
4,218
100,288
3,124
123
673
4,573
5
3,256
4,102
3,308
2,395
258
6,109
3,137
1,131
2,653
302
4
152
49
3,392
3,141
901
4,399
33
305
22
30
7
341
70
281
62
15
2
183
4
12
7,046
163
1,247
26,920
791
25
162
1,174
868
1,017
858
616
48
1,512
2,120
457
 H 30                                                    BRITISH COLUMBIA
Convictions Under Motor-vehicle Act and Criminal Code of Canada,
Continued
1967-
70—
Offences
1967
1968
1969
1970
Under Motor-vehicle Act—Continued
1
1,016
78
54
37
65
225
7
248
6
901
6
417
13
1,047
28
53
29
83
33
251
10
246
1,071
2
537
13
2
1,265
28
62
42
119
46
297
228
1,576
2
440
27
238
6
9
6
46
11
235
308
1,365
484
29
64,126
Fire-vehicle safety, sees. 189, 190   _	
Opening door requirements, sec. 194  ,   	
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 equipped with safety belts, sec. 206 	
Riding motor-cycle without safety helmet, sec. 207 	
Under Motor-vehicle Act Regulations—
145,899
155,797
183,407
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
40
497
1,445
1,114
129
46
1,084
225
2,541
2,128
402
759
225
269
98
23
10
11
121
346
1,077
78
29
77
69
983
2
18
372
510
387
58
13
877
67
519
605
133
127
85
123
26
81
6
111
181
1,540
34
14
76
4
2,489
5
22
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 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,
Failing to have proper connection between motor-vehicle and trailer,
sec. 7.07    	
Operating motor-cycle against regulations as to handlebars, sec. 7.14.	
Operating   slow-moving  vehicle  without  slow-moving   warning   device,
sec. 7B.02                           	
Failing to obtain temporary permit for moving motor-vehicle or trailer
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
Failure to report for weight inspection, sec. 19.06-   	
Failure of a dealer to maintain security while carrying on a business,
sees. 20.01, 20.04       	
Operating a snow vehicle on highway without a permit,  sees. 24.01,
24.02 	
Operating a motor-vehicle without a current inspection certificate, sec.
25.02                    	
Totals      __.	
9,750
10,919
13,828
8,483
Summary—
8,195
145,899
9,750
2,469
3,831
9,343
155,797
10,919
806
2,420
10,123
11,214
183,407
13,828
147
21,436
14,958
13,727
64,126
8,483
161,663
14,994
170,144
4,672
189,408
6,495
244,990
5,123
262,993
5,791
174,816
195,903
250,113
268,784
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1970      H 31
Traffic Violation Reports, 1968-70
1968
1969
1970
Under Motor-vehicle Act—
Driving motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence, sec.  li
(6-8).
Failing to obey emergency instructions of a peace officer, sec. 124	
Failing to obey traffic-control signal legend, sees. 127, 128, 152 	
Failing to obey special 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     - _ 	
Leaving vehicle improperly parked, sec. 182   	
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   	
Riding motor-cycle without safety helmet, sec. 207	
Motor-vehicle Act miscellaneous infractions— 	
Under Motor-vehicle Act Regulations-
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.
4.14-4.23 _  _ 	
Driving vehicle with defective horn or miscellaneous equipment, sees. 7.01, 7.02-
Driving vehicle without muffler, sec. 7.03     	
Driving vehicle without rear-view mirror or unobstructed rear view, sec. 7.04	
Inadequate windshield-wiper, etc., sec. 7.05 	
Driving without mudguards, etc., sec. 7.06.
Failing to have proper connections between motor-vehicle and trailer, sec. 7.07-
Operating defective vehicle after ordered off road, sec. 7.09 _	
Operating motor-cycle against regulations as to handlebars, sec. 7.14 	
Causing loud or unnecessary noise, sec. 7a.01„
Operating slow-moving vehicle without slow-moving warning device, sec. 7b.02-
Operating snowmobile against regulations, sec. 24.01-24.02 	
Miscellaneous infractions    —
2
5
568
295
864
15
3
6
101
1
83
90
128
19
111
7
37
2
1
23
44
3
2,765
35
1,921
10,566
429
40
112
828
13
775
463
762
122
7
1,143
57
235
6
5
11
4
5
9
23
19
22,099
563
5,766
93.205
5,711
162
801
3,748
3,186
3,501
3,387
1,395
223
7,328
499
1,038
14
97
29
57
24
2,341 | 20,402 1152,854
55
18
3
23
182
32
16
8
12
6
2
598
1
79 I    1,053
366
1,117
959
117
39
280
1,496
555
213
104
260
120
93
3,061
6
23
8,809
 H 32
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Notice of Juvenile Offence, 1968-70
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
(6-8).
Driving without having driver's licence and liability card in possession at time,
sec. 19  —  	
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.— _ _  	
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- 	
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._   — 	
Motor-vehicle Act miscellaneous 	
1968
933
1,373
307
9
812
3,002
166
6
46
153
220
97
246
51
10
403
53
2,236
10,123
1969
1,612
2,106
518
5
1,115
4,165
159
8
59
266
335
187
290
63
8
522
83
3,457
14,958
1970
1,516
197
241
998
17
1,119
5,570
369
13
84
278
356
213
325
76
12
671
94
2,845
14,994
Driver Licence Suspension Under Roadside Suspension Law
(Driving After Consuming Alcohol), 1970
Delta	
Esquimalt 	
Matsqui 	
New Westminster	
Oak Bay	
Port Moody 	
RCMP detachments -
Saanich Municipality
Vancouver 	
Victoria 	
West Vancouver	
Suspensions,
Section 203
._  162
63
70
_  275
38
__  106
_ 5,888
40
_. 2,466
.  366
..  123
Total
9,597
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1970      H 33
Suspension of Drivers' Licences by Court Orders and Recommendations, 1970
Months
Years
Total
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
1
m
2
3
Death   by   criminal   negligence—Accident	
Injury   by   criminal   negligence—Accident	
Criminal negligence—
1
2
6
101
12
62
192
1,686
38
216
151
1,379
5
26
51
27
25
6
49
1
54
9
29
66
394
10
48
61
422
6
22
1
16
10
6
10
3
1
80
17
70
137
782
10
87
89
607
13
33
21
6
9
23
1
18
6
17
57
208
12
19
25
114
3
2
3
2
2
4
1
1
4
19
1
5
2
1
2
3
61
13
39
82
435
16
56
45
259
13
26
17
9
10
13
1
4
1
12
~2
12
2
8
4
3
9
41
1
4
2
19
3
3
1
1
2
3
3
31
17
61
39
212
4
22
18
104
10
30
7
9
20
7
i
i
6
8
8
10
35
5
4
4
13
3
3
5
3
2
3
5
21
4
15
13
65
1
4
3
15
1 .
12
1
1
3
6
1
6
1
1
6
7
8
33
3
1
3
4
1
1
2
10
1
22
Failing to remain at scene
386
Dangerous driving—
97
312
617
No accident-	
Driving   while   ability   impaired—
3,922
101
Breath    sample    not    provided—
463
Driving with more than 80
mgs.    of    alcohol    in
blood-
Accident	
406
2,950
55
Driving   while   under   suspension—
159
Conviction    and   judgment
outside the Province-
52
Driving   without   due   care
and attention—Accident...
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1,165
1,988
493
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3. DRIVING
(a) Driver Improvement Programme
On January 1, 1970, the new British Columbia Compulsory Automobile Insurance Plan became effective and the sections of the Motor-vehicle Act which provided
for the previous Financial Responsibility Programmes were repealed. As a result,
the remaining responsibilities of the former Safety Responsibility Division were
absorbed into the Driver Improvement Programme, which continued to enforce the
suspension of the driver's licences of those persons who failed to satisfy a final
judgment or for payments of money by the Traffic Victims Indemnity Fund under
an agreement or judgment against the driver as a result of actions arising out of the
ownership, maintenance, operation, or use of a motor-vehicle. As a result of this
type of action, 527 drivers had their licences suspended during 1970.
The Driver Improvement Division also assumed the responsibilities for the
issuance of financial responsibility cards to persons who give proof of their financial
responsibility by way of a bond of a guarantee insurance or surety company or who
deposit, with the Minister of Finance, an amount of money or security for money in
the amount or value prescribed under the Insurance Act; this method being the
alternative to obtaining a motor-vehicle liability insurance policy and is comparable
with the mandatory provision requiring that a driver be able to produce on the
demand of a peace officer a valid and subsisting motor-vehicle liability insurance
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card or financial responsibility card.   A total of 238 financial responsibility cards
was issued during 1970.
Division activities designed to improve the driving habits of those persons
coming to the attention of the Branch as a result of having committed driving infractions continue to expand. Considerable emphasis is placed on education, and
courses in defensive driving play an important part in the programmes.
Progress has been made in endeavouring to control drivers who by the use of
alcohol or drugs create hazards for others, and the services of the various offices
and organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and the Alcoholism Foundation
of British Columbia have been utilized in an ever-expanding programme.
Staff members of the Driver Improvement Division have continued to introduce
safety education practices by personal contact through schools and various organizations. The staff of the Driver Examination Division continue to assist in this programme in the outlying areas of the Province.
The Data Processing Centre of the Department of Industrial Development,
Trade, and Commerce has played a significant roll in collecting data and compiling
valuable information relating to the driving records of our licensed drivers. This
information, valuable to all persons, is continually requested by all enforcement
agencies, transportation companies, the insurance industry, and the general public.
The records of all drivers, containing pertinent information indicating the
driving habits, skills, and accident involvements, is the basis in formulating all
programmes for the control of drivers on the highways. Increased public, enforcement, and company dependency on the information contained on driving records
is reflected by a 48.20-per-cent increase in the total number of searches made in
1970 over 1969.
1970   202,292
1969   137,133
Increase
65,159
Summary of Action Taken Under Driver Improvement Programme
1970
Age (Years)
16-17
18-20
21-24
25-30
31-40
41-50
51-60
61-64
65-69
70 and
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217
1
234
231
3
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41
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28
1,964
1,926
38
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672
125
269
263
6
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47
2,190
2,155
35
1,069
1,285
236
331
324
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33
1,266
1,239
27
630
667
129
215
211
4
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32
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874
30
437
434
81
154
146
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18
443
423
20
214
159
32
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95
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180
6
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13,378
10,096
173
Notices of intent to suspend—
Interviews and hearings-
Result of notices to suspend, interviews and
submissions—
Licences suspended
4,354
7,314
7,146
168
Previously suspended
Previously warned
Previously on proba-
3,240
3,330
626
Driver's licence placed on
probation __	
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Female  	
1,153
1,124
29
Impaired, 11,129; total infractions received, 268,784; special restrictions, 559; juvenile offences, 15,275
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1970      H 35
(b) Examination of Drivers
A total of 147,585 persons was examined by our Drivers' Examination Division during 1970, compared with the 1969 total of 136,116. Original licence
examinations amounted to 112,317, compared with 104,530 in 1969.
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,
some on a weekly basis and some on a monthly basis, depending on the demand
for examinations. We are servicing more small centres every year as the population
expands in the smaller communities throughout the Province.
The examiners in charge of our drivers' examination units also spend a considerable amount of their time conducting interviews with persons called in under
our Driver Improvement Programme.
Original Drivers' Examinations
In 1970, a total of 112,317 applicants was examined for an original British
Columbia driver's licence. The results of the examinations showed 45,244 (75
per cent) of male applicants passed, while 14,989 (25 per cent) failed. Female
applicants had 16,567 (32 per cent) failures and 35,517 (68 per cent) passed.
Of the successful male applicants, 32,450 (72 per cent) were given unrestricted
licences, while 12,794 (28 per cent) have one or more restrictions. There were
23,642 (67 per cent) female examinees who had no restrictions, while 11,875 (33
per cent) had one or more restrictions.
A certificate of competency for physical condition was issued to 603 male
examinees, 220 of them being in the 70 years or over group. Certificates of competency for physical condition were also issued to 303 female examinees, 64 of
them being 70 years of age or over.
Failure in one or more of the examinations caused this Department to suspend
the right to obtain a licence of 105 male and 62 female applicants.
In the road-test portion of the examination, 17,688 male examinees, and
17,984 female examinees were given the passing grade of 70 to 79 per cent, 6,206
male and 5,129 female examinees had between 80 and 84 per cent, 4,053 male and
3,123 female examinees had between 85 and 89 per cent, and 2,563 male and
896 female examinees attained 90 per cent or over.
For surrendering valid out-of-Province driver's licences, 14,734 male and 8,385
female examinees had the road-test portion waived.
In 1970, 31,556 applicants failed one or more written examinations, 14,989
being male and 16,567 female applicants.
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SUMMARY OF ORIGINAL EXAMINATIONS, 1970 (GRAND TOTAL, 112,317)
Applicants Passed Failed Examinations
Number     Per Cent Reason Number     Per Cent
Total     80,761               72.0            Total   _ - 31,556 28.0
Unrestricted   _ 56,092               69.0             Failed road test _.. 14,925 —.
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Failed vision  15,866
Physical condition  _           2 —
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Qualified with 80 to 84 per cent     6,206 Qualified with 80 to 84 per cent    5,129
Qualified with 85 to 89 per cent    4,053 Qualified with 85 to 89 per cent J    3,123
Qualified with 90 per cent and over    2,563 Qualified with 90 per cent and over       896
Qualified after second road test  _    3,735 Qualified after second road test    3,889
Qualified after third road test       655 Qualified after third road test       621
Qualified after fourth road test        110 Qualified after fourth road test         98
Qualified after five or more road tests         35 Qualified after five or more road tests          29
Qualified after second written test       367 Qualified after second written test       127
Qualified after third written test __   14 Qualified after third written test          4
Qualified after fourth written test   1
SUMMARY OF RE-EXAMINATIONS, 1970 (GRAND TOTAL, 35,268)
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Qualified with 80 to 84 per cent    4,313
Qualified with 85 to 89 per cent  5,173
Qualified with 90 per cent and over  4,893
Qualified after second road test  843
Qualified after third road test _     125
Qualified after fourth road test     29
Qualified after five or more road tests  7
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Chauffeurs' Examinations
In 1970, this Department conducted 1,499 Class A chauffeur examinations.
Of these, 1,054 (70 per cent) were satisfactory, while 445 (30 per cent) resulted
in failure in one or more portions of the examination.
There were 4,091 Class B examinations conducted, of which 2,480 (61 per
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There were 56 Class A and 114 Class B chauffeurs refused issuance for one or
more reasons.
In 1970 our certification programme resulted in 133 Class A chauffeur certifications.
Examination of Chauffeurs, 1970
CLASS A CHAUFFEURS
CLASS B CHAUFFEURS
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Notices of Juvenile Offences (N.O.J.O. Programme),
January to December 1970
Total number of offences committed to date (includes
Court actions)   15,275
Total number of notices of juvenile offence (N.O.J.O.) 14,994
Total number of advisory letters forwarded to parents 13,378
Notices of intent to suspend  218
Suspensions under N.O.J.O. (sec. 86)  234
Appeals (resolved and placed on probation)  28
Statistics of driving-record searches for the past three years are as follows:
1968, 123,132; 1969, 137,133; 1970, 202,292.
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Warning Letters, Etc., January to December 1970
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Notices of intent to suspend
Interviews and hearings
Results of notices to suspend, interviews, and submissions—
Licences suspended	
Licences placed on probation	
29,690
10,269
4,354
7,314
1,153
(c) Motor-vehicle Inspection
During 1970 the compulsory programme of motor-vehicle inspection was continued in Victoria and in the Delta-Richmond area of the Lower Mainland.
On July 1, 1970, the Inspection Station at Bidwell and Alberni Streets, Vancouver, operated for many years by the City of Vancouver, came under the inspection
 H 46
BRITISH COLUMBIA
programme of the Branch. This station comprises four lanes, three for the inspection
of passenger vehicles and one for trucks. The station is manned by 27 inspectors
and four clerks, plus six inspectors and two cashiers who work on a part-time basis.
The Vancouver Inspection Station will serve the City of Vancouver and North Vancouver, the Districts of North Vancouver and West Vancouver, and the University
Endowment Lands.
Notices requiring the owner to present his motor-vehicle for inspection were
mailed to 135,793 owners during 1970, of whom 25,552 required a second notice.
Notifications of suspension were given to 7,591 owners.
The following is a summary of vehicles inspected:
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During the inspection of motor-vehicles it was found that 102,014 did not meet
the standards of inspection and were rejected. The total number of defects found
were 197,813 (1.9 for each rejected vehicle).
The following are the causes for rejection:
Causes of Refection, 1970
Code
Age 1
Age 2
Age 3
Age 4
Total
Motor-vehicle licence..
Number-plates	
Plate-lamp	
Tail-lamps	
. Windshield-wipers...
Left window-raiser..
Doors, body, hood.
Bumper, mud-laps..
Headlamps-
1.
2.
3.
4.
5. Stop-lamps
6. Turn-signals
7. Reflectors.—.
8. Horn.	
9.
10
11,
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19,
20.
21.
22,
23,
24.
25,
26.
27.
28.
29,
30.
31,
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	
984
1,060
3,456
1,414
2,809
1,820
896
634
643
33
119
608
25,631
568
12
61
156
1,453
2,442
4,952
48
3,446
3,815
566
453
115
17
912
1,150
81
766
676
1,372
4,296
2,111
3,151
3,406
546
1,174
1,428
208
411
345
21,219
344
29
57
103
2,445
6,249
7,060
148
5,341
4,322
1,794
1,146
102
33
2,044
1,688
394
357
464
627
2,401
1,570
2,089
2,229
324
628
1,178
240
829
448
9,813
222
5
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49
1,028
4,307
3,956
106
3,444
2,672
1,435
862
91
10
1,616
1,155
166
384
244
268
825
572
1,089
908
173
296
506
119
407
201
3,238
125
6
10
23
503
1,823
1,595
61
1,455
1,166
543
556
39
16
696
523
139
212
2,368
3,327
10,978
5,667
9,138
8,363
1,939
2,732
3,755
600
1,766
1,602
59,901
1,259
52
137
331
5,429
14,821
17,563
363
13,686
11,975
4,338
3,017
347
76
5,268
4,516
780
1,719
Vehicle Age Code: Age 4, 1956 and prior; Age 3, 1957 to 1961; Age 2, 1962 to 1966; Age 1, 1967 and after.
The programme of inspection through the use of a mobile inspection unit was
continued during 1970. This marks the sixth 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 steering mechanism, wheel alignment, 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 whose poor condition could prove dangerous.
The mobile unit visited 14 communities in the Province in 1970. A total of
7,392 vehicles was inspected. Of that number, 57.7 per cent were rejected on 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 the 14 different locations throughout the Province are
one or more of the following:
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1970      H 49
Summary of Inspections, Mobile Inspection Unit, 1970
Model Year
Age 1
Age 2
Age 3
Age 4
Total
4,547
2,193
470
182
7,392
2,175
778
121
44
3,118
2,372
1,415
349
131
4,267
52.1
64.5
74.2
71.9
57.7
1,193
541
112
31
1,877
1,193
541
112
31
1,877
5,740
2,734
582
213
9,269
Causes of Rejection
122
56
13
11
202
33
27
12
6
78
247
207
92
79
625
51
57
38
25
171
5. Stop-lamps _ 	
89
70
40
19
218
84
116
46
27
273
7. Reflectors         _.   .
8
15
5
5
33
8. Horn     	
21
34
17
16
88
21
40
26
8
95
3
3
9
7
20
1
12
11
44
11. Doors, body, hood 	
10
2
12
14
38
1,733
965
213
93
3,004
4
5
29
1
39
1
1
1
1
21
3
2
1
27
147
115
36
20
318
165
245
104
52
566
20. Tires, wheels    	
324
228
80
45
677
5
6
5
1
17
22. Exhaust, muffler.   ,
366
302
133
40
841
23. Service brakes	
130
112
47
21
310
24. Pedal reserve  	
26
45
45
22
138
69
95
22
22
208
26. Air or vacuum
27. Tell-tale - 	
90
86
41
26
243
28. Parking-brake	
29. Visibility and mirror.. 	
128
99
21
17
265
30. Driver seat-belts     	
2
4
5
2
13
7
5
3
5
20
Vehicle Age Code: Age 4, 1956 and prior; Age 3, 1957 to 1961; Age 2, 1962 to 1966; Age 1, 1967 and after.
4. CENTRAL REGISTRY
The Encumbrance Registry was reorganized in 1961 and became known as the
Central Registry.   The new Registry provides for registering of liens and searches
concerning all motor-vehicles and other chattels not owned by corporations.   Pre
viously, the documents and "other chattels" had to be registered and searched in
the various County Court Registries throughout the Province.   The Superintendent
of Motor-vehicles is also the Registrar-General and responsible for the operation of
the Central Registry.
Documents are recorded and searched under the Bills of Sale Act, Conditional
Sales Act, Assignment of Book Accounts Act, and Mechanics' Lien Act.   Docu
ments are also filed in connection with the Companies Act when the chattels refer
to vehicles.   During the 1970 calendar year, document registration increased by
2,027 documents over the 1969 calendar year.   This increase was not as large as
in previous years, as a result of the economic conditions which prevailed in 1970.
The Central Registry accepted for registration a total of 255,939 documents during
1970 and, as a result of these regulations, the Data Processing Centre of the Indus
trial Development, Trade, and Commerce Department key-punched 387,726 lien
cards.   There were 131,787 more lien cards produced than documents registered,
 H 50 BRITISH COLUMBIA
which illustrates that a large percentage of documents presented for registration
included more than one vehicle, or a vehicle plus other goods.
Requests for search information continue to increase, and the Central Registry
receives requests for information by counter, mail, telephone, telex, teletype, and
TWX. In 1970 the value of search requests was $157,261.50, an increase in
revenue of $10,328 over the 1969 calendar year.
The Central Registry administers approximately 1,800 Search Fee Accounts
which may be used to obtain information pertaining to motor-vehicles and drivers'
records, in addition to the regular lien-searching. In 1970, the Central Registry
accounted for 172,463 driver abstract searches for a total of $344,926, an increase
of $110,348 over the 1969 calendar year. It is believed this increase, in the request
for driver record information, was due chiefly to the compulsory insurance legislation introduced by Government in 1970.
The total revenue accounted for by the Central Registry in 1970 was $1,211,-
040.25, an increase of $138,093.50 over the 1969 calendar year.
A statistical comparison with the 1969 calendar year follows, providing detailed
report of the various activities of the Central Registry:
Statistical Comparisons With Year Ended December 31,1970,
to Year 1969
January 1 to December 31
Documents filed under—                                          1969 1970
Conditional Sales Act     84,166 72,978
Bills of Sale Act  134,819 145,181
Mechanics' Lien Act     21,108 23,731
Assignment of Book Accounts Act          394 503
Companies Act          225 273
Late Order Filing1 documents under Conditional Sales Act      2,868
Late Order Filing1 documents under Bills
of Sale Act      5,900
Documents discharged under—
Conditional Sales Act       1,792 1,480
Bills of Sale Act       1,413 1,592
Mechanics' Lien Act       1,091 1,316
Assignment of Book Accounts Act            30 28
Companies Act          106 89
Total documents accepted  245,144 255,939
Total value of—                                               $ $
Documents accepted  689,056.00 706,553.00
Searches   146,933.50 157,261.50
Photographic copies       2,199.25 2,299.75
Total revenue  838,188.75 866,114.25
1 Record not kept in 1969 re Late Order Filings.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1970      H 51
The total number of cards key-punched by Data Processing Division re document registrations, January 1 to December 31, 1970, was 387,726 (serial cards,
235,153; alphabetical cards, 152,573).
5. SCHOOL BUSES
Control over the use and operation of school buses engaged in the transportation of students to and from 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,
the Motor Carrier Branch of the Public Utilities Commission, and senior Motor-
vehicle Inspectors of the Branch. Motor-vehicle Inspectors at the Victoria Inspection Station and the Richmond Inspection Stations were appointed mechanical
inspectors for the inspection of school buses. School buses in the Victoria area and
Greater Vancouver area are inspected at the Inspection Station in the area or by
an inspector from a station. 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 1970 the number of permits issued for vehicles to be used as school buses
was 1,032 renewal permits and 119 permits for new vehicles, for a total of 1,151
as compared to the 1969 figure of 1,026. Of these permits issued, 51 were cancelled as the result of the lapse of insurance coverage or of poor mechanical condition. In 1970, school buses were involved in 45 accidents, of which 33 resulted
in property damage only; 25 students and 11 persons other than students were
injured in 12 injury accidents. There were no fatal accidents involving a school
bus in the year 1970.
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 allowing vehicles to be equipped with a flashing lamp. The
permits are required for vehicles such as 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.
The regulations specify that certain emergency vehicles and tow cars may be
equipped without obtaining a permit.
In 1970, 96 permits for flashing amber lamps and 23 permits for flashing red
lamps were issued. In addition, 13 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.
Two permits were issued for the installation of a theft alarm in a vehicle.
Two permits were issued to allow police vehicles to install a device which
would cause their headlamps to flash white light.
On July 1, 1970, a change in the Motor-vehicle Act Regulations allowed the
use of flashing amber lights on pilot cars without the necessity of first obtaining a
permit from the Superintendent. This resulted in a reduced demand for permits for
flashing amber lamps.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
7. STAFF
Two major changes in the administration of the Motor-vehicle Branch affected
staff numbers to some degree. As of April 1970 there were 62 employees transferred to the Data Processing Centre of the Department of Industrial Development,
Trade, and Commerce. The majority of these positions were key-punch operators.
It was decided to centralize these operators, making them available for all phases
of key-punch operations, under the direction of the Data Processing Centre. The
second major change came about on July 1, 1970, when the Vancouver City Motor-
vehicle Inspection Station was taken over by the Provincial Government and 38
new positions were added to the compliment of this Branch.
This resulted in a net decrease in the staff of 24 positions, from 398 to 374.
Of this total, 330 positions were permanent and 44 temporary. A 50-per-cent
decrease in temporary positions in 1970 over 1969 was due to many temporary
key-punch operators being transferred to the Data Processing Centre.
The Branch was again fortunate during the motor-vehicle licence renewal period
of January and February to have available 74 staff members of the Liquor Control
Board to assist in issuance throughout the Province. We take this opportunity to
sincerely thank the Chairman and administrative staff of the Liquor Control Board
for their continued support during this demanding period.
The Motor-vehicle Branch staff in every area of the Province are to be congratulated for their co-operation, excellent performance, and dedication to duty.
Due to an ever-increasing work load, legislative changes, and, from time to time,
staff shortages, additional demands are made of employees. The supervisory staff
are fully appreciative of the manner in which the employees have met these challenges. It is this type of support that makes it possible for the Branch to maintain
a high level of efficiency in serving the public.
CONCLUSION
This Report sets out in detail the scope and work requirements of the Motor-
vehicle Branch. The Branch is faced with a continuing trend of expansion of work
requirements in order to fulfill its obligation to the people of this Province. As a
result, a great deal of effort has been devoted to staff training, and the deeper we
become involved in this sort of programme the more we appreciate its usefulness.
This has resulted in a more efficient operation and certainly a higher level of service
to the citizens of the Province. A very difficult work area is the one dealing with
problem drivers. Great emphasis is being placed on the education aspects of the
problem and through requiring large numbers of persons to take Defensive Driving
Courses. Very strenuous efforts are being made to place many of these problem
drivers in rehabilitative programmes, realizing that, in the long run, this type of
training must succeed in order to reduce the serious types of highway accidents
which are so prevalent today.
This Branch continues to enjoy the co-operation of many persons and organizations throughout the Province and without this help it would be most difficult
to carry out our work. The members of your Department are extremely helpful
and willing to assist us in the many problems that we jointly face. In concluding
this Report, I want to pass on my appreciation to the Courts and enforcement
agencies throughout the Province with whom we work every day and without whose
valuable assistance it would be extremely difficult to meet our many obligations.
Respectfully submitted,
RAYMOND A. HADFIELD
Superintendent of Motor-vehicles
 Printed by K. M. MacDonald, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1972
530-1171-9051

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