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 PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS
ANNUAL REPORT
of the
MOTOR-VEHICLE
BRANCH
FOR THE YEAR
1972
Printed by K. M. MacDonald, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1973
  To the Honourable Walter Stewart Owen, 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 1972.
ROBERT MARTIN STRACHAN
Minister
Department of Transport and Communications,
Victoria, B.C., December 1973.
  REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1972
The Honourable Robert M. Strachan,
Minister of Transport and Communications, Victoria, B.C.
Sir: It is my honour to submit the Annual Report of the Motor-vehicle Branch
for 1972. This Report deals with the activities of the Branch during the year 1972
and provides an accounting for the various aspects of licence issuance for the 1972
licence-year which ended on February 28, 1973.
The volume of business transacted by the Motor-vehicle Branch in 1972 is
indicated by the following issuance totals: Motor-vehicle and motor-cycle registrations reached a total of 1,191,953, an increase of 7.43 per cent over the 1971 total
of 1,019,523. It is interesting to note that the increase in motor-cycle registrations
in 1972 amounted to 15.92 per cent for a total registration of 29,372. Trailer registrations reached a new high in 1972 of 156,143, an increase of 10 per cent over the
1971 total.   Driver licence issuance showed 85,382 original licences were issued in
1972 compared to 82,867 in 1971. The total number of licensed drivers in British
Columbia on December 31, 1972, was 1,326,038, an increase of 36,598 over the
1971 total. Male drivers numbered 812,309, amounting to 61 per cent of licensed
drivers. Female drivers number 503,729, accounting for 39 per cent of the total.
Revenue collected by the Motor-vehicle Branch from licences, permits, motor-vehicle inspections, and other services, such as in the payment of social services tax,
amounted to $46,203,672.22 in the 1972 licence-year, an increase of 10.25 per cent
over the 1971 total.
Motor-vehicle accidents are dealt with extensively in this Report and statistical
tables set out information gathered by the Branch from accident reports submitted
by vehicle drivers. There was a 12-per-cent increase in traffic fatalities in 1972. A
total of 716 died from traffic accidents compared to 636 in 1971. Deaths per 100
million miles travelled on British Columbia highways amounted to 6.90 in 1972,
compared to 6.51 in 1971. Accidents reported in 1972 amounted to 59,996, an
increase of one-half of 1 per cent over the 1971 total. A point to notice is that while
the number of accidents was only slightly higher in 1972 than in 1971, the level of
severity of accidents was very considerably more, resulting in the 12-per-cent increase
in fatalities. The increase in the numbers of persons injured in 1972 increased by 4
per cent from the previous year's total of 23,316. This Report notes there was an
8-per-cent increase in property damage loss in 1972.
Included in the Report are tables of offences and violations against the Criminal
Code, Canada, the Motor-vehicle Act, and the Motor-vehicle Act Regulations as a
result of the operation of motor-vehicles. The activities of the Driver Improvement
Programme of the Branch are set out. This programme is designed to deal with
persons who have committed offences under the various traffic laws. The activities
of the Drivers' Examination Section are reported and there are interesting details
noted about the programme of licensing commercial driver-training schools, training-
school operators, and instructors.
Information about the Motor-vehicle Inspection Programme is included in the
Report. During 1972 a total of 651,705 vehicles was inspected, which is an increase
of 40 per cent over the 1971 total. The tables set out the causes for rejections of
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 K 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA
vehicles when presented for inspection, and the rate of rejection is 35 per cent. The
Report also mentions the number of authorized fleet-inspection stations which exist.
These authorized fleet-inspection stations are limited to certain types of vehicles and
the operations are closely supervised by the Motor-vehicle Inspection Division.
The Central Registry, which is carried out as a function of the Motor-vehicle
Branch, is the sole repository in the Province for documents filed under the Bills of
Sale Act, the Conditional Sales Act, the Mechanics' Lien Act, and the Assignment of
Book Accounts Act, which concern all types of personal chattels. Indicative of
the increased work load of the Central Registry is the fact that there was a 20.72-
per-cent increase in the number of documents registered in 1972, compared to 1971.
There was an 11.11-per-cent increase in the number of searches conducted, and
similar rates of increase are indicated for the various services provided by the Central
Registry.
The various activities of the Branch are dealt with under the following headings:
Licences.
Accidents and Convictions.
Driving.
Driver Improvement Programme.
Examination of Drivers.
Motor-vehicle Inspection.
Central Registry.
School Buses.
Permits for Hashing Red and Amber Lights, Sirens, and Theft Alarms.
Staff.
LICENCES
Motor-vehicles licensed in British Columbia in 1972 reached the total of 1,162,-
581, as compared to 1,084,184 in 1971, an increase of 78,397 (7.23 per cent).
Motor-vehicles and motor-cycles licensed in British Columbia in 1972 reached
the total of 1,191,953, as compared to 1,109,523 in 1971, an increase of 82,430
(7.43 per cent).
Passenger-type motor-vehicles licensed in 1972 numbered 906,268, an increase
of 50,182 over the 1971 total of 856,086. Commercial vehicle registration increased
by 28,215. For 1972, the total for commercial vehicles was 256,313. In comparison, the 1971 total for commercial vehicles was 228,098.
The increase in motor-cycle registrations of 4,033 from the 1971 total of 25,339
to the 1972 total of 29,372 (15.92 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 1972 total of 156,143
is an increase of 14,165 over the 141,978 total of 1971. 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 and
trailers covers the volumes in these categories during the licence-years 1965 to 1972.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1972
K 7
Comparative Statement of Licences, Permits, Etc., Issued
During the Licence-years 1965 to 1972, Inclusive
Licences Issued
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
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	
A.T.V _-.
Total transfers..
Chauffeurs—
Original Class A	
Original Class B_	
Original Class C	
Searches	
Safety responsibility insurance certificates filed	
All-terrain vehicles—
Registrations. .	
94,190
529,552
89,427
575,364
89,817      94,333
612,186    646,646
623,742|   664,791|   702,003|   740,979
20,3671
123,560
20,009
133,311
20,329|     25,171
142,8851   152,462
143,927|   153,320|   163,214|   177,633
767,669|   818,111|   865,217|   918,612
1,212
14,250
2,228
1,222
45
15,260
1,968
1,067
34
13,209
1,912
929
32
15,690
2,408
16,478]     17,2281     15,121]     18,098
2,072
2,693
2,775
12,961      14,076      15,717      17,599
36,360      35,995      37,057      42,128
2,713
49,3211     50,0711     52,774|     59,727
17
82
5,630
8,016|
20
4,263
11,124
26
81
4,063
13,166
27
68
3,780
14,684
13,376|     15,387]     17,229|     18,464
73,152
4,275
1,105
1,097
124
31
1,404
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
7,859
1,140
1,332
120
85
1,191
351,092
62,370
11,391
9,637
403,773|   409,297|   418,578|   434,490
6,310
5,785
80,977
1,145,251
17,707
Substitutions-
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
107,504
682,989
90,262
721,328
108,584
747,502
119,031
787,237
790,493|   811,590|   856,086]   906,268
30,564
167,191
26,727
180,768
32,9731
195,125
41,095
215,218
197,755|   207,495|   228,098|   256,313
988,248jl,019,085[l,084,184|l,162,581
590
19
20,696
3,029
540
550
10
1
21,596
3,156
33,880
4,488
496
2
33,443
4,001
23,725|     24,752|     38,368|     37,444
3,231
20,260
49,665
3,093
20,805
52,831
3,699
23,814
69,648
4,048
26,600
80,603
69,925|     73,636|     93,462|   107,203
44
141
5,181        6,083        7,749        9,543
15,724      16,417      17,590      19,829
53
177
20,905|     22,500]     25,339|     29,372
114,420
8,009
1,173
1,538
124
95
1,163
383,477]
71,858
13,447
12,003
129,864
6,640
1,204
1,490
141
84
1,246
347,879]
70,522|
15,334]
14,337
141,978
7,335
1,205
1,538
148
134
1,130
405,928
86,003
17,278
19,167
156,143
8,090
1,274
1,674
150
158
1,051
439,242
101,424
20,044
22,022
900
480,785|   448,072|   528,376|   583,640
8,324
7,768
90,476
12,908
8,714
8,459
91,723
8,433
7,658
82,506
17,456
84
Drivers' Licences
Original drivers' licences issued during the 1972 licence-year totalled 85,382,
an increase from the 1971 total of 82,867.
Licensed drivers in British Columbia at the end of 1972 totalled 1,326,038, an
increase of 36,598 over the 1971 total of 1,289,440. Male drivers comprised the
major portion, numbering 812,309, while there were 503,729 females licensed.   The
 K 8 BRITISH COLUMBIA
analysis of the drivers' licences on record as of December 31, 1972, indicating sex
and classification, are shown hereunder.
Analysis of Drivers on Record as of December 31,1972
MALE CLASSIFICATIONS
Age
'
1,6
2
2,6
3     13,6(3,4
1      1
3,4,6
4
4,5
5
5,6
6
Total
16-17 years	
18-19    „           ....
19
157
1,617
6,745
6,238
3,253
907
44
1
1
1
35
218
479
290
105
19
32
489
1,736
1,608
1,510
950
65
2
1
8
62
91
69
39
10
139
570
2,723
6,103
5,660
4,469
2,251
132
3
2
1
24
100
317
293
159
77
22
1
16
186
578
438
289
96
6
9
40
66
27
11
3
3
235
2,097
3,791
2,238
1,609
994
133
54
20
8
2
^8
365
310
100
40
12
27,188
29,068
83,342
170,122
136,139
115,802
89,702
30,973
18,239
10.205
2,952
5,265
11,712
5,044
1,619
898
324
51
29
30
20
2
601
464
751
243
67
70
59
40
24
21
7
6
3
30,928
36,027
20-24   „       	
103,919
25-34    „   	
195,601
35-hM-    „       	
154,652
45-54    „	
128,172
55-64   „            .
95,349
65-69    „	
31,444
70-74   „       .    	
18,357
75-79    „    	
10,279
80-84    „       	
 1    5,346
 |    1,784
 1      400
5,383
85-89    „	
1,794
1
404
Totals _.     ...
18,982
1,147
6,393
279
22,059
992
1,610
156
11,184
8951718.310
27,946
2,356
812,309
FEMALE CLASSIFICATION
16-17 years        	
18-19    „    -	
1
11
22
18
11
1
1
4
1
18
54
85
61
15
1
1
1
3
10
31
54
16
9
1
1
1
2
3
i
	
18
121
300
231
157
44
5
11
___
1
2
6
2
1
18,199
23,125
70,514
134,492
97,912
83,924
51,315
11,466
5,766
2,615
861
176
29
106
214
587
486
125
52
17
4
5
6
4
1
38
32
107
75
14
13
5
3
1
1
18,344
23,395
20-24   „      	
71,474
25-34   „
35-44   „       	
135,475
98,442
45-54   „    	
84,236
55-64    „    	
51,406
65-69    „    	
	
11,479
70-74   „
5,783
75-79    „    .   .	
1
—
	
2,623
80-84    „     _	
	
	
	
866
RS-aq   „
177
90 and over _.
	
29
Totals
65
5
234
2
125
2
6
888
12
500,394
1,707
289
503,729
Photo Driver Licence
The Photo Driver Licence Programme commenced on July 4, 1972, with the
photographing of applicants for a renewal, duplicate, or original British Columbia
driver's licence.
The new licence is printed on a poly-carbonate material for strength and durability and includes a colour photograph of the licensee against a blue background.
The licence replaces the cardboard licence previously issued by the computer.
Installation of cameras and screens in 99 issuing offices was undertaken in
May and June, together with the instruction of staff concerned. Cameras were not
installed in four issuing offices situated in remote areas since the volume of driver
licence issuance did not warrant the expenditure. Residents of these and other
remote areas are issued the same type of licence marked "Valid Without Photo"
which can be exchanged without charge at any camera-equipped Motor Licence
Office.
The camera is designed to photograph the applicant and the application form
simultaneously. Cassettes loaded with 35-mm. film are supplied to each office and
this stock is replenished weekly. The used cassette is forwarded to Victoria by the
office at the close of their issuing period, either daily or weekly, together with the
applications for licence.
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REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1972 K 9
The film is developed and the licences are printed by Identicard Ltd. at their
Victoria office. The licences are mailed after the details of the application have
been entered on the driver's record.
The following totals show the amount of licences issued:
July   15,734
August  32,254
September   27,681
October   23,828
November   24,960
December   19,203
Total   143,660
Motor-dealers' Licences
Motor-dealers' licences issued by the Branch are required by individuals or
firms whose businesses involve the buying and selling of motor-vehicles, motorcycles, or trailers. During the 1972 licence-year, 1,274 motor-dealers' licences
permitting the sale of motor-vehicles and trailers and 150 motor-cycle dealers'
licences permitting the sale of motor-cycles and trailers were issued.
A prerequisite for the issuance of a motor-dealer's licence or the retention of
such a licence is that an insurance bond be supplied to the Superintendent of
Insurance in the amount of $5,000 or security be filed with the Minister of Finance
in a similar amount. The insurance bonds are filed with the Branch on behalf of the
Superintendent of Insurance, and, in 1972, 457 dealers' bonds were filed, of which
263 were original bonds for new motor-dealers and 194 were replacement bonds.
There were 417 bonds cancelled during 1972. Security was filed with the Minister
of Finance by 17 motor-dealers.
A process of investigation is carried out for each new motor-dealer. Information in connection with the proposed operation, previous businesses, corporate
formation, business intentions, premises, and compliance with municipal zoning
regulations are considered before a licence is authorized.
Distribution of Motor-vehicles
The distribution of motor-vehicles in the various centres of the Province is
always of interest. The following table gives information concerning the numbers
of licences issued through the principal licence offices. Since vehicle-owners move
frequently from one area to another, and vehicles are often sold to new owners
residing in different locations from the previous owners, the table cannot be regarded
as an accurate population count of vehicles in the various parts of the Province.
However, the table does provide a guide as to the distribution of vehicles throughout
the Province, and it is of use to groups concerned with community planning projects
and development.
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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 1972 Licence-year.
Passenger Motor-vehicles
Commercial Motor-vehicles
Grand
Total
Issuing Office
Used
Registrations
New
Registrations
Renewals
Total
Used
Registrations
New
Registrations
Renewals
Total
407
153
85
5
1,149
69
548
6
1,070
548
605
193
480
266
651
139
358
36
273
58
266
212
1,437
31
1,434
162
16
62
104
511
342
1,820
1,222
89
610
49
94
1,106
239
70
258
161
884
16
370
142
134
203
3,402
2,230
1,242
127
535
2,838
273
1,386
807
42
28
6,972
126
1,595
14
2,313
1,401
1,053
325
702
912
406
102
568
9
241
254
1,286
122
2,719
10
1,819
306
24
199
229
1,735
752
7,669
6,262
131
1,432
25
375
2,897
503
38
674
198
2,797
23
385
497
591
922
13,004
6.991
5,283
41
1,467
7,591
988
12,606
9,915
1,688
66
42,557
1,314
15,600
462
29,359
15,363
8,448
2,780
5,557
11,638
3,039
1,076
4,569
1,302
1,933
2,646
10,731
1,333
20,231
424
19,578
3,888
739
2,276
4,361
19,981
10,685
77,784
42,445
3,210
11,644
320
6,004
18,974
5,133
1,232
4,932
2,449
31,084
1,083
4,982
3,360
4,242
7,019
70,468
62,059
47,022
2,486
12,711
94,344
6.105
14,399
10,875
1,815
99
50,678
1,509
17,743
482
32,742
17,312
10,106
3,298
6,739
12,816
4,096
1,317
5,495
1,347
2,447
2,958
12,283
1,667
24,387
465
22,831
4,356
779
2,537
4,694
22,227
11,779
87,273
49,929
3,430
13,686
394
6,473
22,977
5,875
1,340
5,864
2,808
34,765
1,122
5,737
3,999
4,967
8,144
86,874
71,280
53,547
2,654
14,713
104,773
7,366
123
38
26
21
236
42
77
6
231
101
232
71
277
77
252
154
228
13
139
25
70
62
478
11
307
23
8
15
27
160
136
286
119
30
240
221
20
339
50
12
93
31
97
9
236
58
40
25
263
400
100
90
158
387
101
632
392
85
13
1,801
100
694
19
1,078
695
622
202
571
471
328
122
662
7
163
68
430
109
1,578
14
822
170
16
169
107
788
336
2,088
1,206
81
639
61
151
1,757
151
41
492
173
544
8
294
356
345
270
2,272
3,792
1,033
73
944
3,192
808
4,098
3,065
894
121
10,576
1,051
5,227
343
9,206
5,127
3,792
1,611
3,632
3,993
1,720
1,013
3,935
479
1,274
1,359
2,857
928
9,417
270
6,000
931
525
1,347
1,581
5,849
4,236
13,186
4,689
1,449
3,773
453
1,753
8,732
1,813
759
3,023
1,200
4,754
354
2,540
2,027
2,465
1,710
12,760
10,904
3,822
1,815
5,759
24,315
4,695
4,853
3,495
1,005
155
12,613
1,193
5,998
368
10,515
5,923
4,646
1,884
4,480
4,541
2,300
1,289
4,825
499
1,576
1,452
3,357
1,099
11,473
295
7,129
1,124
549
1,531
1,715
6,797
4,708
15,560
6,014
1,560
4,652
735
1,924
10,828
2,014
812
3,608
1,404
5,395
371
3,070
2,441
2,850
2,005
15,295
15,096
4,955
1,978
6,861
27,894
5,604
19,252
14,370
2,820
254
Ashcroft -
Atlin 	
Burnaby1	
63,291
2,702
23,741
850
Cloverdale	
43,257
23,235
14,752
5,182
11,219
17,357
Cranbrook 	
6,396
2,606
10,320
1,846
4,023
4,410
15,640
2,766
35,860
760
Fort St. John	
Ganges 	
Golden	
Grand Forks.— . 	
Invermere   _
29,960
5,480
1,328
4,068
6,409
29,024
16,487
102,833
55,943
4,990
18,338
1,129
8,397
33,805
7,889
2,152
9,472
4,212
40,160
1,498
8,807
6,440
7,817
10,149
102,169
86,376
58,502
4,632
21,574
132,667
12,970
Merritt	
Mission _ _	
Nanaimo 	
Nelson 	
New Westminster2	
North Vancouver	
Penticton...          .
Pouce Coupe	
Prince George 	
Princeton - „
Quesnel '	
Revelstoke  .
Salmon Arm 	
Trail   	
Vancouver East*	
Vancouver-Pt. Grey1..
Vanderhoof—	
Victoria3—   _„
1 Vancouver—Includes issuance from Motor Licence Offices at 1730 West Georgia Street, 2410 Nanaimo
Street, 6237 West Boulevard, Vancouver; 574 Minora Boulevard, Richmond; 4705 Wayburne Drive, Burnaby;
and mail order issuance to the Vancouver area from Victoria. Does not include issuance at North Vancouver.
Issuance of 5,963 passenger plates and 2,734 commercial plates issued at Gibsons, Pemberton, Sechelt, and
Squamish has been deducted.
2 New Westminster—Includes mail order issuance to the New Westminster area from Victoria and issuance
of 12,093 passenger and 2,645 commercial plates at Port Coquitlam, which accounts through New Westminster.
3 Victoria—Does not include mail order issuance to other areas or 1,980 passenger and 5,904 commercial
plates for Provincial Government vehicles that operate throughout British Columbia. Issuance of 2,812 passenger and 1,466 commercial plates issued 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 Victoria,
is included.
 report of the superintendent of motor-vehicles, 1972    k 11
Revenue
Revenue collected by the Motor-vehicle Branch from licences, permits, motor-
vehicle inspection, and other services, and in payment of social services tax, increased (10.25 per cent) to $46,203,672.22 in the 1972 licence-year. The increase
was $4,294,701.77 over the 1971 total of $41,908,970.45. Social services tax
collections amounted to $5,327,023.28, as compared to $4,237,531.48 in 1971.
These collections cover motor-vehicle and trailer taxes on transactions which do not
involve licensed motor-dealers. The motor-dealers make their payment of tax
collections directly to the Consumer Taxation Branch of the Department of Finance.
Offices of this Branch and Motor-vehicle Inspection (Victoria, Vancouver,
Burnaby, and Richmond) collected 66.26 per cent of the total collections, in the
amount of $30,615,852.60. 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 33.74 per cent. These percentages show no appreciable change on
the 1971 licence-year figures.
The location of Motor-vehicle Branch offices are listed and the 1972 revenue
collection at each office is shown:
Motor Licence Offices, With Corresponding Revenue
Revenue, by Issuing Offices
$
Abbotsford  741,198.98
Alberni  477,655.20
Ashcroft  123,374.87
Atlin  48,777.74
Burnaby  3,197,518.62
Burns Lake  124,131.43
Chilliwack  945,082.13
Clinton  46,856.50
Cloverdale   1,743,527.26
Courtenay   789,390.02
Cranbrook   683,230.35
Creston  251,777.20
Dawson Creek  671,487.33
Duncan  670,555.03
Fernie  443,613.74
Fort Nelson  228,430.14
Fort St. John  713,066.96
Ganges  61,687.91
Golden  521,531.26
Grand Forks  192,892.93
Haney  515,880.39
Invermere  134,762.68
Kamloops   1,598,023.57
Kaslo   37,636.12
Kelowna   1,124,579.74
Kitimat   189,673.49
Lillooet  60,014.57
Merritt  183,245.55
$
Mission  231,835.02
Nanaimo  957,485.45
Nelson   593,781.01
New Westminster  3,352,683.43
North Vancouver  1,614,192.53
Oliver   168,636.70
Penticton   635,587.50
Pouce Coupe  214,727.73
Powell River  256,276.75
Prince George   1,654,443.00
Prince Rupert  295,389.16
Princeton  104,212.69
Quesnel   482,025.46
Revelstoke  197,291.91
Richmond  1,372,364.94
Rossland  48,830.51
Salmon Arm  344,646.72
Smithers  300,307.81
Terrace   415,918.58
Trail  345,409.90
Vancouver  4,464,901.34
Vancouver East  3,301,678.51
Vancouver-Point Grey. 1,672,400.33
Vanderhoof   268,531.48
Vernon   887,544.59
Victoria   4,847,668.32
Williams Lake  655,299.14
Total  46,203,672.22
 K 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Victoria 	
Vancouver 	
New Westminster.
Vancouver East _.
Burnaby	
Cloverdale 	
Vancouver-Point Grey-
Prince George 	
North Vancouver	
Kamloops 	
Richmond	
Kelowna 	
Nanaimo	
Chilliwack	
Vernon 	
Courtenay 	
Abbotsford	
Fort St. John	
Cranbrook 	
Dawson Creek	
Duncan	
Williams Lake
Penticton 	
Nelson 	
Golden	
Haney	
Quesnel 	
Alberni	
Issuing
$
4,847,668.
4,464,901,
3,352,683
3,301,678,
3,197,518
1,743,527.
1,672,400
1,654,443.
1,614,192,
1,598,023
1,372,364
1,124,579
957,485
945,082
887,544
789,390
741,198
713,066
683,230
671,487
670,555
655,299
635,587
593,781
521,531
515,880
482,025
477,655
Offices, by Revenue
32
34
43
51
62
26
33
00
53
57
94
74
45
13
59
02
98
96
35
33
03
14
50
01
26
39
46
20
Fernie	
Terrace	
Trail	
Salmon Arm __
Smithers	
Prince Rupert
Vanderhoof —
Powell River -
Creston	
Mission	
Fort Nelson _
Pouce Coupe -
Revelstoke	
Grand Forks -
Kitimat 	
Merritt	
Oliver 	
Invermere 	
Burns Lake	
Ashcroft	
Princeton	
Ganges	
Lillooet	
Rossland	
Atlin	
Clinton	
Kaslo 	
$
443,613.74
415,918.58
345,409.90
344,646.72
300,307.81
295,389.16
268,531.48
256,276.75
251,777.20
231,835.02
228,430.14
214,727.73
197,291.91
192,892.93
189,673.49
183,245.55
168,636.70
134,762.68
124,131.43
123,374.87
104,212.69
61,687.91
60,014.57
48,830.51
48,777.74
46,856.50
37,636.12
Total  46,203,672.22
Revenue Equals 66.26 Per Cent of Total Revenue
Motor-vehicle Inspection Station Revenue Included
$
Victoria
4,847,668.32
Vancouver  4,464,901.34
New Westminster  3,352,683.43
Vancouver East  3,301,678.51
Burnaby  3,197,518.62
Cloverdale   1,743,527.26
Vancouver-Point Grey- 1,672,400.33
North Vancouver  1,614,192.53
Kamloops   1,598,023.57
Richmond	
Chilliwack	
Abbotsford 	
Dawson Creek
Haney	
Trail	
Mission	
1,372,364.94
945,082.13
741,198.98
671,487.33
515,880.39
345,409.90
231,835.02
Total  30,615,852.60
Burnaby 	
Richmond .
Vancouver
Victoria ___.
Motor-vehicle Inspection Station Revenue Not Included
$
270,329.00
120,789.75
312,959.25
187,591.00
Prorate (Victoria)
$
380,549.55
891,669.00
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES, 1972      K 13
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.
The following table sets out the number of refunds and amount of money
refunded for the 1972 licence-year:
Refunds, 1972/73 Fiscal Year
Type of Refund Number
General refunds—
Motor-vehicle Act—
Passenger   1,534
Drivers         66
Chauffeurs     	
Department of Commercial Transport
Act—Commercial       622
    2 218
Relinquishment refunds— '
Motor-vehicle Act—
Passenger   7,987
Drivers   1,774
Dealers   10
Department of Commercial Transport
Act—Commercial   1,757
Seasonal refunds— '
Motor-vehicle Act—Passenger       164
Department of Commercial Transport
Act—Commercial       461
Refund on transfer—
Department of Commercial Transport
Act—Commercial       412
All-terrain vehicle refunds—
All-terrain Vehicles Act  10
Total refunds  14,793
Amount
$
19,272.74
327.00
$
31,009.14
50,608.88
49,498.92
5,427.71
102.26
71,462.06
126,490.95
1,085.24
17,050.67
18,135.91
104,765.89
49.00
300,050.63
 K 14 BRITISH COLUMBIA
ACCIDENTS AND CONVICTIONS
Motor-vehicle Accidents
The following table gives a summary of the accident frequency during the period
1963 to 1972:
Year
Motor-
vehicles
Registered
Number
of Accidents
Accidents
per 1,000
Vehicles
Registered
Injuries
Deaths
Deaths
per
10,000
Vehicles
Registered
Average
Deaths
per 100
Million
Miles
Fatal
Property
Acci
Damage
dents
$
503.65
7.00
309
523.39
6.90
345
561.96
8.00
421
592.91
7.60
445
565.58
7.67
461
570.87
7.36
460
586.29
6.39
467
731.63
6.70
471
775.60
6.51
538
863.44
6.90
602
Fatal
Accidents
per 100
Million
Miles
1963	
648,303
30,924
1964   .. .
700,048
38,368
1965	
764,353
40,262
1966	
817,348
44,177
1967  —
864,348
49,750
1968	
917,872
58,300
1969	
989,196
70,624
1970	
1,024,738
60,778
1971   .
1,087,992
59,745
1972	
1,164,749
59,996
47.82
54.81
52.68
54.05
57.56
63.51
71.39
59.35
54.91
51.51
14,585
16,911
17,574
19,449
19,500
20,945
22,535
22,568
22,340
23,316
360
393
500
520
559
574
542
559
636
716
5.6
5.6
6.5
6.4
6.5
6.2
5.4
5.5
5.8
6.1
6.01
6.06
6.73
6.51
6.33
5.90
5.50
5.64
5.54
5.80
The trend of increasing motor-vehicle accidents continues and this is evident
now that we again have true comparison with the previous years' statistics. Due
to a change in accident reporting during 1971, a false impression may have been
given in our 1971 Annual Report. Injuries and deaths both increased considerably
from a combined total of 22,976 in 1971 to a combined total of 24,032 in 1972.
Again, we must report a substantial increase in fatal accidents from 538 in
1971 to 602 in 1972. Similarly, the ratio of fatal accidents to number of miles
driven is also increased.
Quite naturally, the aggregate property damage increased from $47,438,491
in 1971 to $51,703,378 in 1972, which is a similar increase to that from 1970 to
1971. With increasing costs, it is difficult to make just comparisons, but it is quite
evident we can expect all our costs to increase for the privilege of operating a motor-
vehicle today.
  K 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1971
1972
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1
4
Per Cent
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
—20.0
— 100.0
"25.0
—21.0
— 100.0
100.0
100.0
250.0
— 100.0
400.0
100.0
— 100.0
200.0
33.0
100.0
25.0
200.0
100.0
-83.0
200.0
20.0
~ 4
1
3
Per Cent
100.0
—25.0
100.0
— 100.0
-100.0
-40.0
— 100.0
— 16.0
-100.0
Too.6
100.0
100.0
— 100.0
300.0
100.0
— 100.0
200.0
40.0
100.0
166.0
— 16.0
— 16.0
100.0
— 83.0
200.0
20.0
100.0
— 85.0
—60.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
— 16.0
25.0
28.0
200.0
100.0
50.0
—22.0
-40.0
50.0
61
65
1
4
19
11
23
79
1
48
9
31
80
1,082
42
68
78
20
78
35
52
53
25
50
125
37
74
226
470
159
63
64
30
94
47
65
213
143
52
40
49
23
25
50
28
83
17
100
59
69
9
3
9
9
17
110
1
22
13
10
76
1,278
33
81
91
4
64
32
65
51
66
112
111
69
69
239
412
186
53
50
33
93
40
57
250
96
71
50
72
63
12
48
16
108
22
112
1
241
320
134
38
54
43
18
121
51
278
43
241
89
44
8
30
312
Per Cent
—3.0
4
6.0
800.0
Alert Bay Detachment	
1
1
—25.0
2
2
—52.0
Armstrong City	
— 18.0
2
5
4
1
5
3
—26.0
39.0
2
2
—54.0
44.0
1
8
14
2
2
1
10
11
2
3
2
7
5
6
3
8
6
5
9
6
6
2
1
3
6
6
2
2
4
1
2
3
1
2
1
7
12
1
2
1
7
10
2
2
2
4
4
4
3
7
4
4
8
5
5
2
1
3
6
—67.0
—5.0
18.0
—21.0
Campbell River Detachment 	
Campbell River Village—	
19.0
16.0
Cassiar
—80.0
Castlegar Detachment
2
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
5
2
4
3
6
6
-17.0
—8.0
Chase Detachment 	
25.0
—3.0
2
1
6
3
4
3
6
6
164.0
124.0
—11.0
86.0
Clinton, _ _ 	
—6.0
5.0
— 12.0
16.0
— 15.0
6
1
5
6
1
5
—21.0
10.0
—1.0
— 14.0
2
8
5
2
1
200.0
—75.0
—60.0
100.0
100.0
50.0
-33.0
100.0
75.0
-31.0
30.0
200.0
100.0
100.0
—40.0
-57.0
60.0
50.0
-4.0
75.0
100.0
-25.0
66.0
2
7
5
2
1
4
1
2
4
1
2
2
1
2
— 12.0
17.0
—32.0
36.0
25.0
46.0
2
1
2
1
1
2
173.0
—52.0
—4.0
Field -  	
—42.0
6
4
1
6
4
6
4
1
5
30.0
29.0
6
12.0
100.0
4
19
10
1
7
13
13
3
4
4
1
9
3
8
3
22
7
4
1
3
5
4
12
7
1
2
1
9
5
5
2
16
4
3
3
3
5
12
9
3
3
3
1
7
3
5
3
16
6
3
1
3
4
196
344
133
43
39
37
26
107
55
261
45
244
100
44
6
47
291
22.0
—6.0
0.7
— 11.0
38.0
2
1
15
7
5
2
23
4
4
16.0
—30.0
13.0
—7.0
6.0
—4.0
— 1.0
lOOMl'lB TTnnsR
50.0
100.0
33.0
— 11.0
33.0
Invermere Detachment	
4
3
-36.0
7.0
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1972      K 17
the Province for the Calendar Years 1971 and 1972
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
$
$
Per Cent
32
47
46.0
219
277
26.0
132
164
24.0
177,201.51
180,697.35
1.0
29
34
17.0
148
163
10.0
105
111
5.0
85,827.46
126,664.92
47.0
1
7
600.0
49
32
—34.0
26
19
-26.0
18,473.00
14,146.95
—23.0
3
2
—33.0
21
31
47.0
13
22
69.0
10,525.00
11,980.00
13.0
4
5
25.0
26
47
80.0
23
34
47.0
21,142.00
33,468.29
58.0
6
8
33.0
34
40
17.0
21
25
19.0
15,042.25
19,526.30
29.0
14
12
—14.0
80
79
— 1.0
57
53
-7.0
49,117.62
49,349.69
0.4
48
60
25.0
308
285
-7.0
211
196
-7.0
316,305.52
275,231.82
— 12.0
1
1
3
5
66.0
2
3
50.0
4,750.00
86,155.00
1,860.00
75,061.79
—60.0
22
17
—22.0
109
115
5.0
80
75
—6.0
—12^0
6
9
50.0
34
29
— 14.0
22
24
9.0
18,578.90
17,385.00
-6.0
16
8
—50.0
57
53
-7.0
45
44
-2.0
39,547.00
47,523.00
20.0
44
37
-15.0
219
213
-2.0
139
145
4.0
166,976.56
240,605.68
44.0
749
898
19.0
6,635
6,873
3.0
3,423
3,582
4.0
2,488,683.39
2,650,986.27
6.0
20
23
15.0
140
135
—3.0
96
96
117,975.89
88,715.29
144,003.15
—24.0
42
47
11.0
219
220
0.4
150
149
-0.6
130,582.30
10.0
54
55
1.0
306
355
16.0
184
199
8.0
137,043.84
191,958.97
40.0
8
3
-62.0
43
32
—25.0
30
24
—20.0
39,798.11
30,610.00
—23.0
49
50
2.0
278
281
1.0
181
189
4.0
143,375.57
186,746.25
31.0
21
15
—28.0
102
74
—27.0
69
49
—28.0
61,843.89
50,740.40
-17.0
33
34
3.0
155
179
15.0
111
119
7.0
203,777.64
185,494.80
-8.0
34
28
— 17.0
167
187
11.0
108
123
13.0
80,464.90
102,086.56
26.0
16
36
125.0
95
125
31.0
74
98
32.0
122,271.50
222,697.20
82.0
38
76
100.0
229
459
100.0
137
272
98.0
85,824.29
200,436.04
133.0
86
77
— 10.0
594
545
-8.0
374
320
-14.0
247,557.44
239,159.56
-3.0
22
35
59.0
115
174
51.0
90
135
50.0
111,688.39
290,534.48
160.0
38
35
—7.0
175
149
-14.0
128
114
— 10.0
169,601.84
175,800.30
3.0
161
147
-8.0
800
731
—8.0
455
427
-6.0
354,969.52
439,676.30
23.0
326
304
—6.0
1,929
1,944
0.7
1,059
1,052
-0.6
748,751.10
738,866.77
-1.0
104
117
12.0
569
683
20.0
370
442
19.0
314,773.35
355,718.66
13.0
47
42
— 10.0
377
369
-2.0
200
199
-0.5
147,397.69
136,774.84
—7.0
42
33
-21.0
206
213
3.0
156
149
—4.0
149,014.57
141,314.07
—5.0
18
21
16.0
110
121
10.0
76
84
10.0
57,801.87
90,889.00
57.0
50
57
14.0
282
267
—5.0
195
193
-1.0
196,415.33
226,764.13
15.0
31
30
—3.0
257
332
29.0
139
181
30.0
85,649.50
121,532.51
41.0
41
32
—21.0
167
203
21.0
122
129
5.0
204,663.64
175,475.61
—14.0
143
158
10.0
883
960
8.0
520
561
7.0
358,600.78
454,623.43
26.0
80
68
—15.0
456
450
—1.0
266
265
-0.3
297,791.31
197,088.85
—33.0
34
36
5.0
153
196
28.0
98
125
27.0
77,378.89
114,093.32
47.0
26
29
11.0
132
149
12.0
90
103
14.0
88,461.72
79,849.82
—9.0
40
54
35.0
341
379
11.0
187
211
12.0
118,867.74
147,475.98
24.0
12
26
116.0
69
104
50.0
51
76
49.0
122,824.27
85,319.63
—30.0
18
8
-55.0
139
98
—29.0
74
54
—27.0
53,742.49
45,063.37
— 16.0
29
29
147
148
0.6
106
101
—4.0
110,094.09
43,289.01
134,095.03
44,964.93
21.0
15
10
—33.0
55
41
—25.0
41
31
—24.0
3.0
52
52
357
326
—8.0
252
226
— 10.0
457,108.75
462,312.37
78,832.18
1.0
13
12
-7.0
92
81
—11.0
62
55
-11.0
49,043.96
60.0
62
73
17.0
508
562
10.0
322
345
7.0
362,153.59
481,287.13
32.0
	
1
100.0
4
1
—75.0
3
1
—66.0
2,365.00
4,000.00
69.0
126
132
4.0
755
805
6.0
389
393
1.0
391,429.59
409,202.02
4.0
197
215
9.0
1,117
1,297
1.0
636
718
12.0
625,857.68
947,632.45
51.0
72
76
5.0
219
247
12.0
151
183
21.0
222,702.79
254,938.34
14.0
20
20
105
87
— 17.0
65
57
— 12.0
59,591.75
53,185.90
—10.0
29
31
6.0
108
100
-7.0
80
77
-3.0
48,697.50
62,523.00
28.0
28
29
3.0
157
150
-4.0
100
98
-2.0
71,928.55
74,997.16
4.0
19
16
— 15.0
114
111
—2.0
84
84
70,000.04
303,672.97
86,957.76
316,562.88
24.0
57
69
21.0
351
381
8.0
245
254
3.0
4.0
30
31
3.0
174
186
6.0
124
131
5.0
113,510.58
131,623.49
15.0
171
184
7.0
902
982
8.0
517
571
10.0
402,859.55
497,902.97
23.0
24
25
4.0
109
117
7.0
86
90
4.0
78,261.62
108,744.28
38.0
128
110
— 14.0
677
721
6.0
417
441
5.0
539,079.11
532,868.03
-1.0
53
48
-9.0
326
316
-3.0
235
228
-2.0
260,593.38
285,898.31
9.0
33
31
-6.0
167
186
11.0
125
134
7.0
145,688.20
154,999.31
6.0
6
6
19
125
18
106
-5.0
—15.0
18
83
14
70
-22.0
-15.0
17,125.00
86,321.47
46,741.03
53,234.20
172.0
22
18
-18.0
-38.0
213
218
2.0
1.500
1,850
23.0
785
957
21.0
574,304.02
758,914.64
32.0
 K 18
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1971
1972
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
14
16
1
2
16
Per Cent
14.0
100.0
—66.0
128.0
-25.0
-33.0
—33.0
—50.0
—33.0
11
14
1
2
13
Per Cent
27.0
100.0
-66.0
116.0
-25.0
33.0
100.0
100.0
—33.0
100.0
—62.0
— 100.0
200.0
—100.0
-50.0
50.0
100.0
—75.0
—50.0
— 10O.O
33.0
—25.0
—40.0
—100.0
— 100.0
50.0
133.0
300.0
-100.0
—75.0
—66.0
100.0
— 100.0
100.0
—100.0
-100.0
100.0
50.0
13.0
100.0
100.0
80.0
-100.0
-41.0
100.0
—80.0
229
5
137
163
3
41
28
41
17
35
3
81
38
151
30
37
12
63
30
39
2
137
80
24
26
54
69
24
143
198
26
35
14
535
198
230
54
46
53
129
23
99
59
147
92
8
19
42
78
49
71
263
302
59
7
107
18
4
213
26
19
82
267
7
146
265
10
26
19
37
23
55
1
55
26
328
40
40
31
49
28
32
10
147
86
17
47
50
63
12
139
259
31
40
13
524
242
233
55
Per Cent
16.0
Kaslo Detachment	
40.0
6
7
6
6
6.0
62.0
Kelsey Bay
233.0
4
3
2
2
1
1
1
8
2
1
1
5
2
3
3
1
3
3
1
1
11
4
3
—36.0
Kimhprley City
—32.0
3
3
2
2
2
1
2
2
1
-9.0
35.0
57.0
Ladner -     „     	
—66.0
2
1
8
2
1
1
6
2
1
1
8
1
1
4
2
3
3
1
3
3
1
1
8
3
—32.0
—31.0
117.0
100.0
100.0
—44.0
100.0
—75.0
— lOO.O
200.0
— 100.0
—50.0
ibo.o
—83.0
—50.0
— 100.0
83.0
-25.0
-^■20.0
— 100.0
— 100.0
133.0
300.0
—100.0
—60.0
—66.0
—25.0
100.0
— 100.0
100.0
-100.0
— 100.0
100.0
50.0
16.0
100.0
100.0
116.0
—100.0
—41.0
100.0
33.0
Lions Gate Bridge Patrol 	
8.0
Luino     .etach.nent	
158.0
9
1
12
1
1
3
2
3
6
1
8
1
1
2
2
2
—22.0
—6.0
— 17.0
400.0
7.0
7.0
Mica Creek       	
-29.0
80.0
Mission Detachment	
-7.0
6
2
1
6
4
2
1
6
4
5
3
1
—8.0
Nakusp Detachment	
—50.0
—2.0
30.0
19.0
4
3
14.0
—7.0
5
3
1
4
1
3
1
-2.0
22.0
1.0
Oak Bay Municipality	
1.0
1
5
1
3
1
1
5
3
4
1
2
1
3
1
1
4
3
3
5
1
7
4
2
1
3
1
1
3
1
7
4
i
i
3
1
1
59
69
133
33
176
33
126
94
9
28.0
Osoyoos _     	
30.0
Parksville Detachment	
3.0
43.0
Penticton City — -	
77.0
—44.0
Port Alhprni City
—14.0
2.0
12.0
3
2
— 100.0
36
66
45
41
251
324
62
23
137
9
10
170
21
20
88
— 14.0
Port Moody City       	
1
2
1
2
—15.0
2
3
21
2
3
13
1
7
2
2
3
17
2
1
9
—8.0
—42.0
2
18
1
2
15
1
5
2
1
12
1
5
—4.0
7.0
5.0
228.0
6
6
1
12
1
28.0
-50.0
1
7
2
1
150.0
Quesnel Detachment	
—20.0
— 19.0
5.0
Revelstoke Detachment	
5
1
-80.0
7.0
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1972       K 19
Province for the Calendar Years 1971 and 1972—Continued
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
$
$
Per Cent
135
159
17.0
739
923
24.0
504
597
18.0
554,950.81
673,508.27
21.0
3
5
66.0
18
30
66.0
15
22
46.0
10,180.00
16,473.14
61.0
100
102
2.0
698
851
38.0
374
452
20.0
338,739.13
324,201.74
-4.0
106
167
57.0
646
997
54.0
408
586
43.0
337,461.00
534,699.26
58.0
2
6
200.0
2
25
1,150.0
2
20
900.0
1,600.00
20,187.52
1,161.0
24
14
—41.0
111
102
— 8.0
83
74
— 10.0
87,391.97
82,050.57
—6.0
21
14
-33.0
136
105
—22.0
82
62
—24.0
62,422.19
42,290.93
-32.0
23
26
13.0
100
111
11.0
76
82
7.0
90,152.00
107,077.84
18.0
10
18
80.0
122
157
28.0
72
91
26.0
61,320.67
83,630.99
36.0
20
35
75.0
191
283
48.0
109
152
39.0
133,968.06
150,054.27
12.0
3
1
-66.0
17
5
-70.0
11
3
-72.0
6,441.00
1,251.00
-80.0
45
40
-11.0
215
168
—21.0
124
111
— 10.0
165,117.23
120,740.78
—26.0
28
18
-35.0
146
133
— 8.0
104
90
— 13.0
75,780.23
69,193.95
-8.0
95
206
116.0
507
965
90.0
307
549
78.0
242,196.27
455,664.43
88.0
14
23
64.0
94
136
44.0
70
97
38.0
60,989.35
97,634.31
60.0
22
23
4.0
204
208
1.0
90
93
3.0
73,004.40
84,096.98
15.0
9
16
77.0
81
95
17.0
57
64
12.0
57,167.62
71,413.58
24.0
23
26
13.0
126
110
-12.0
81
77
—4.0
160,587.59
155,170.00
—3.0
20
19
-5.0
80
78
-2.0
70
67
—4.0
88,935.06
106,508.10
19.0
24
23
—4.0
176
200
13.0
114
135
18.0
139,126.50
173,576.13
24.0
2
6
200.0
29
24
— 17.0
21
17
— 19.0
16,150.00
21,581.16
33.0
96
98
2.0
527
640
21.0
322
384
19.0
221,349.67
341,670.98
54.0
52
53
1.0
264
331
25.0
180
223
23.0
188,407.91
199,760.02
6.0
12
10
— 16.0
69
57
-17.0
51
44
— 13.0
72,347.76
60,053.18
—16.0
17
27
58.0
111
113
1.0
89
80
—10.0
83,259.86
105,784.00
27.0
28
28
134
169
26.0
87
102
17.0
77,594.13
93,485.47
20.0
46
41
-15.0
212
227
7.0
135
148
9.0
83,534.99
114,148.66
36.0
17
10
—41.0
73
91
24.0
57
64
12.0
59,997.09
57,116.53
-4.0
108
99
-8.0
805
777
—3.0
424
417
— 1.0
286,151.45
281,391.48
-1.0
117
171
46.0
684
852
24.0
410
503
22.0
390,609.94
423,775.46
8.0
17
19
11.0
195
223
14.0
112
122
8.0
88,828.36
105,948.83
19.0
19
25
31.0
96
145
51.0
72
100
38.0
82,585.81
133,763.11
61.0
12
11
-8.0
42
48
14.0
34
36
5.0
23,577.00
37,251.87
58.0
393
376
-4.0
2,857
2,567
—10.0
1,451
1,317
-9.0
1,045,811.31
1,032,406.52
-1.0
156
165
5.0
1,295
1,320
1.0
662
665
0.4
445,746.50
470,263.20
5.0
170
166
-2.0
1,451
1,469
1.0
791
786
-0.6
561,844.82
521,079.25
-7.0
46
45
—2.0
261
253
—3.0
149
141
—5.0
94,043.22
91,059.16
—3.0
18
145
3
116
-83.0
—20.0
12
98
2
80
—83.0
— 18.0
8,275.00
80,992.18
800.00
141,892.20
—90.0
34
37
8.6
75.0
34
40
17.0
136
153
12.0
96
102
6.0
78,543.11
100,230.00
27.0
82
81
— 1.0
300
373
24.0
191
252
31.0
228,529.53
297,824.25
30.0
13
20
53.0
61
72
18.0
45
58
28.0
28,888.07
51,995.92
79.0
63
115
82.0
478
603
26.0
259
319
23.0
176,957.07
281,866.55
59.0
28
24
— 14.0
125
120
—4.0
80
81
1.0
139,564.00
87,091.05
-37.0
99
86
—13.0
733
639
— 12.0
395
352
— 10.0
269,635.36
257,206.82
—4.0
60
60
235
249
5.0
165
175
6.0
143,876.11
166,068.18
15.0
4
7
"~75.0
43
54
25.0
28
38
35.0
26,597.06
32,035.00
20.0
9
— 100.0
-8.0
76
180
8
194
— 89.0
7.0
59
128
5
134
—91.0
4.0
74,120.00
119,316.29
5,850.00
127,653.09
—92.0
25
23
6.0
50
48
—4.0
349
391
12.0
176
200
13.0
137,328.96
148,240.40
7.0
30
28
-6.0
156
153
— 1.0
102
98
—3.0
80,873.78
74,498.02
—7.0
40
31
—22.0
201
219
8.0
122
135
10.0
89,241.63
84,288.61
—5.0
178
183
2.0
1,521
1,912
25.0
816
1,024
25.0
711,410.47
808,598.69
13.0
169
178
5.0
839
985
17.0
551
634
15.0
627,126.19
876,775.16
39.0
44
43
-2.0
360
438
21.0
200
245
22.0
183,139.85
166,689.42
—8.0
5
15
200.0
9
81
800.0
7
55
685.0
4,500.00
55,179.49
1,126.0
64
79
23.0
345
433
25.0
243
285
17.0
258,011.10
354,454.67
37.0
9
6
-33.0
36
27
—25.0
27
17
—37.0
37,475.00
13,859.00
-63.0
4
5
25.0
23
22
-4.0
17
18
5.0
12,459.00
16,255.00
30.0
124
111
-10.0
715
704
-1.0
448
442
—1.0
452,120.53
481,371.84
6.0
14
14
88
91
3.0
67
68
1.0
55,664.65
65,917.60
18.0
12
17
41.0
129
138
6.0
76
79
3.0
44,186.37
63,508.69
43.0
43
46
6.0
226
220
—2.0
174
153
—12.0
213,970.17
239,652.82
12.0
 K 20
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the
Killed
Fatal Accidents
Injured
Place of Occurrence
1971
1972
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
Increase
or(-)
Decrease
11
1
6
2
8
3
4
4
2
4
1
4
5
2
1
1
4
2
4
3
3
1
1
8
15
Per Cent
-63.0
-100.0
—16.0
--87.0
—66.0
-^■50.0
100.0
—25.0
200.0
100.0
—80.0
300.0
114.0
— 100.0
—50.0
100.0
—100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
-100.0
85.0
1,000.0
400.0
—30.0
—33.0
100.0
25.0
11
1
6
2
8
3
4
4
1
3
1
4
~5
2
1
1
4
2
4
3
3
1
1
5
11
2
20
Per Cent
—63.0
-100.0
-16.0
-87.0
-66.0
-50.0
300.0
200.0
100.0
—80.0
150.0
175.0
17.0
— 100.0
—25.0
100.0
—100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
-100.0
58.0
900.0
200.0
— 12.0
—20.6
100.0
10.0
396
201
392
38
73
49
53
102
40
71
53
62
55
43
104
7
74
1,121
6
4
50
42
13
28
46
53
51
29
3,879
66
106
112
672
3
268
44
175
399
8
404
36
85
42
54
88
50
63
39
48
64
50
187
17
72
1,236
7
5
49
57
13
Per Cent
0.7
—60.0
3.0
-5.0
16.0
-14.0
1.0
— 13.0
25.0
—11.0
Smithers Detachment  	
—26.0
-22.0
5
2
7
5
2
4
16.0
16.0
79.0
142.0
2
21
2
2
21
2
17
2
—2.0
Surrey Municipality 	
Tahsis                                         	
10.0
16.0
25.0
6
3
1
4
~ 7
I
3
1
1
2
1
2
54
10
3
7
7
4
2
11
-2.0
35.0
1
Trail City        .      	
2
2
1
3
63
11
5
9
7
31
39
30
39
23
3,891
78
121
146
659
6
303
75
187
1.0
1
—15.0
—43.0
University Detachment	
2
34
1
1
13
7
"" 2
34
1
1
8
7
5
—23.0
—20.0
0.3
18.0
14.0
30.0
—1.0
100.0
6
4
2
15
13.0
70.0
12
10
6.0
Totals January to November
30, 1971/72 	
591
639
8.0
499
540
8.0
19,757
20,871
5.0
Totals January to December
31, 1971/72-	
636
716
12.0
538
602
11.0
1
22,340123,316
4.0
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1972       K 21
Province for the Calendar Years 1971 and 1972—Continued
Injury Accidents
Vehicles Involved
Accidents Reported
Property Damage
Increase
Increase
Increase
Increase
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
1971
1972
or(-)
Decrease
Per Cent
Per Cent
Per Cent
$
$
Per Cent
287
292
1.0
1,828
1,981
8.0
1,011
1,082
7.0
742,690.20
739,284.62
—0.4
13
4
-69.0
103
64
—37.0
57
38
—33.0
34,752.98
27,964.95
— 19.0
271
295
8.0
1,539
1,646
6.0
873
923
5.0
636,004.62
669,333.77
5.0
21
24
14.0
110
114
3.0
77
81
5.0
67,414.25
126,832.77
88.0
39
63
61.0
264
318
20.0
162
199
22.0
137,490.99
180,511.55
31.0
24
26
8.0
97
94
-3.0
68
64
—5.0
109,142.33
80,437.00
—26.0
32
28
— 12.0
166
151
-9.0
116
109
-6.0
150,217.27
80,476.96
—46.0
43
44
2.0
149
197
32.0
115
131
13.0
113,648.27
129,553.50
13.0
17
32
88.0
104
152
46.0
69
101
46.0
80,311.85
153,678.96
91.0
39
41
5.0
155
166
7.0
105
106
0.9
81,713.99
85,689.58
4.0
38
26
—31.0
203
196
—3.0
134
125
-6.0
116,079.79
111,095.61
—4.0
39
35
—10.0
160
132
— 17.0
114
101
-11.0
78,433.41
78,605.54
0.2
30
38
26.0
183
206
12.0
127
130
2.0
128,890.99
113,137.58
— 12.0
24
24
91
107
17.0
65
77
18.0
98,766.14
253,859.57
157.0
72
104
44.0
384
512
33.0
275
341
24.0
270,042.94
308,993.19
14.0
5
10
100.0
32
54
68.0
22
36
63.0
15,450.00
42,870.18
177.0
37
47
27.0
197
213
8.0
131
139
6.0
128,782.48
125,000.61
-2.0
707
797
12.0
4,008
4,672
16.0
2,163
2,501
15.0
1,747,353.45
2,110,575.49
20.0
4
4
14
33
135.0
10
22
120.0
10,950.00
11,550.00
5.0
3
2
—33.0
8
9
12.0
7
6
— 14.0
16,400.00
5,300.00
—67.0
35
34
—2.0
222
267
20.0
141
169
19.0
161,151.02
177,990.56
10.0
32
43
34.0
262
311
18.0
144
173
20.0
122,718.66
143,046.38
16.0
9
10
11.0
26
42
61.0
22
35
59.0
15,224.00
25,582.00
68.0
21
23
9.0
204
233
14.0
109
125
14.0
73,847.54
75,206.43
1.0
24
18
—25.0
99
100
1.0
71
69
—2.0
70,352.05
66,317.07
—5.0
37
19
—48.0
79
62
—21.0
64
50
-21.0
59,219.89
58,634.00
—0.9
37
27
—27.0
316
261
— 17.0
174
153
—12.0
113,292.42
109,051.35
—3.0
17
14
— 17.0
70
51
—27.0
58
45
—22.0
81,467.65
99,200.00
21.0
2,839
2,849
0.3
24,128
21,778
—9.0
13,174
12,335
—6.0
8,359,828.53
8,470,295.94
1.0
36
41
13.0
200
222
11.0
137
157
14.0
133,988.83
211,721.41
58.0
72
83
15.0
494
679
37.0
273
356
30.0
185,522.35
269,234.65
45.0
57
97
70.0
281
438
55.0
195
293
50.0
227,712.08
348,929.79
53.0
500
514
2.0
2,563
2,767
7.0
1,396
1,519
8.0
825,761.79
985,525.71
19.0
3
4
33.0
14
28
100.0
11
21
90.0
16,820.00
17,433.29
3.0
199
206
3.0
1,744
1,696
—2.0
949
903
—4.0
691,667.43
715,962.23
3.0
32
47
46.0
246
289
17.0
133
154
15.0
95,295.80
125,074.44
31.0
97
112
15.0
625
820
31.0
420
528
25.0
527,141.04
569,034.46
7.0
13,072
13,922
6.0
87,927
91,622
4.0
50,569
52,915
4.0
40,940,632.19
45,749,170.04
11.0
14,806
15,579
5.0
103,525
103,469
—0.5
59,745
59,996
0.4
1
47,438,491.01|51,7O3,378.40
1
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Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province for
the Year 1972—Continued
2.                    HOUR OF OCCURRENCE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
12 to   1 am,
1,984
2,097
1,369
847
472
453
672
2,098
2,364
2,274
2,299
2,410
2,768
3,223
3,597
4,725
5,623
4,587
3,078
3,236
2,698
2,553
2,259
2,301
9
35
41
18
16
13
14
14
16
12
16
17
13
14
18
29
38
35
41
40
40
32
28
30
32
510
575
345
245
121
119
190
462
549
518
500
571
713
810
883
1,249
1,425
1,242
935
926
785
691
606
608
1
1,439
1 to  2 a.m _
1,481
2 to  3 a.m...            ...    ■	
1,006
586
338
320
468
7 to   Ram
1,620
8 to  9 a.m	
1,803
9 to 10 a.m                   ,             _   .
1,740
10 to 11 a.m                  	
1,782
11 to 12    m	
12 to   1 pm.
1,826
2,041
1 to   ? pm	
2,395
2 to   3 p.m..—         -     _        ...
2,685
3,438
4 to   5 p.m.                                  . ,         	
4,163
3,304
6 to   7 p.m.-	
7 to   8 p.m            	
2,103
2,270
8 to   Q p m
1,881
9 to 10pm
1,834
10 to 11 p.m              .	
1,623
11 to 12 p.m	
1,661
8
Totals           -	
59,996
602        1      15.579
43,815
DAY OF OCCURRENCE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Sunday	
2. Monday	
3. Tuesday	
4. Wednesday-
5. Thursday	
6. Friday	
7. Saturday	
8. Not stated-.
7,316
7,629
7,802
7,712
7,980
10,755
10,797
5
90
61
75
64
73
108
131
2,109
1,912
1,962
1,939
2,034
2,746
2,875
2
5,117
5,656
5,765
5,709
5,873
7,901
7,791
3
59,996
602
15,579
43,815
TYPE OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Number of Vehicles Involved
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Private passenger..
2. Truck	
3. Bus
4. Taxi 	
5. "Drive Yourself"..
6. Motor-cycle	
7. School bus	
8. Ambulance	
9. Not stated	
Totals	
89,316
11,883
307
555
106
1,218
37
20
27
103,469
682
180
5
27
1
895
22,104
2,903
90
138
15
937
7
2
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26,203
66,530
8,800
212
417
91
254
29
18
20
76,371
 K 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province for
the Year 1972—Continued
RAILROAD CROSSINGS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Property
Injury
Damage Only
1
22
49
2
9
12
	
3
1
1
4
3
8
1
2
1. Unguarded crossing	
2. Automatic signal  _
3. Guarded crossing—man on duty-
4. Driver disregarded signal	
5. Signal not given	
6. Not stated	
72
23
3
6
11
3
Totals..
118
36
78
MANNER OF COLLISION
Number of Accidents
Personal
Property
Injury
Damage Only
24,347
168
6,075
18,104
8,671
240
2,737
5,694
14,586
31
4,063
10,492
2,608
I              2
|           188
2,418
3,402
13
376
3,013
6,382
148
2,140
4,094
1. Angle collision  	
2. Head-on collision or head-on side-swipe..
3. Rear-end collision	
4. Backed into other vehicle	
5. Side-swiped other vehicle going same direction.-
6. Not stated	
Totals	
59,996
602
|      15,579        |      43,815
7.                       DRIVERS INVOLVED,
Number of Drivers
DESCRIPTION OF
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Male                     ..      	
75,463
20,001
8,005
770
102
23
1
19,886        |      54,807
5,597        1      14,302
T.    Not ntntfld
720        1        7,262
Totals                       .           	
103.469         I            895         I       26.203         I       76.371
Age of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
17,384
14,466
16,484
16,621
14,209
11,187
3,978
1,836
1,941
181
142
123
144
111
88
36
27
32
4,873
4,040
4,461
4,220
3,553
2,572
978
494
12,330
7   ?1 to 74    "
10,284
«.   25 tn in    "
11,900
4. 31 to 40    "      	
12,257
s   41 tn "in    "
10,545
6   si tnfin   "
8,527
7. 61 to 64    "                              	
2,964
8. 65 to 69    "                                 -           	
1.315
540         1         1.369
Driving Experience
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Less than 3 months..
2. 3 to 6 months	
3. 6 to 12 months	
4. 1 to 4 years	
5. 5 years and over	
6. Not stated	
2,475
1,324
3,054
19,151
69,454
8,011
44
8
4
211
605
23
739
385
875
5,361
18,119
724
1,692
931
2,175
13,579
50,730
7,264
Condition of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Normal	
2. Extreme fatigue	
3. Physical defect	
4. Confused by traffic-
5. Ability impaired	
6. Not known	
7. Not stated 	
92,560
584
127
186
2,121
1,308
6,583
752
17
5
1
95
8
17
24,451
227
58
57
705
62
643
67,357
340
64
128
1,321
1,238
5,923
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1972      K 25
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province for
the Year 1972—Continued
Licence of Driver
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
89,332
1,626
4,507
8,004
750
35
86
24
23,674
556
1,258
715
64,908
1,035
3,163
4   "Not stated
7,265
8.        ACTION OF DRIVER CONTRIBUTING
Number of Drivers
TO ACCIDENT
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
36,038
4,946
14,839
9,331
8,811
3,629
327
879
311
1,245
12,499
1,585
513
146
176
1,608
80
321
6,118
19
5
321
156
44
24
8
110
1
16
49
113
3
3
9
2
13
3
1
15
1
2
9,616
1,358
3,738
2,921
2,435
830
71
239
83
363
3,410
203
38
43
32
125
30
41
606
8
26,101
2. Driving off roadway   .           	
3. Did not have right-of-way	
3,432
11,057
6,386
6,368
2,689
255
624
228
833
8,976
1,379
472
94
142
1,470
47
279
5,497
10
3
Totals
103,426
894
26,190
76,342
9.                         TRAFFIC CONTROL
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
42,233
86
8,306
7,035
2,336
[          487
21
37
57
10,715
30
2,364
1,777
693
31,031
56
3. Automatic traffic signal	
5,921
5,221
5. Warning signs, slow signs, etc    .         .    —
1,586
Totals
59,996
am      i     i s S79
43,815
10.
PEDESTRIANS INVOLVED,
ACTIONS OF
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
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 on 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 ....	
278
264
207
93
130
134
83
58
23
29
15
46
11
125
4
1
12
25
13
1
10
22
2
2
3
6
1
9
7
266
239
194
92
120
112
81
58
21
26
15
40
10
116
4
1,508
107
1,401
 K 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province for
the Year 1972—Continued
Condition of Pedestrian
Number of Pedestrians
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1,412
1
5
28
48
2
12
90
2
3
9
1
2
1,322
1
3
25
39
1
7, Nnt stated
m
Totals                                                             .	
1,508
107
1,401
11.
CLASSIFICATION OF VICTIMS
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
10,235
233
10,002
10,460
330
10,130
1,508
107
1,401
705
18
687
901
20
881
16
1
15
207
7
200
1. Passengers..
2. Drivers	
Pedestrians-
Bicyclists..
Motor-cycle drivers .	
Others (persons in horse-drawn vehicles, etc.)_
Motor-cycle passengers  —
Totals	
24,032
716        |     23,316
12.
NATURE OF INJURIES
Number of Victims
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
1. Slight shock and shake-up..
2. Fractured skull	
3. Fractured spine 	
4. Other fractures	
5. Other injuries (sprains, dislocations, etc.).
6. Internal injuries..
7. Concussion of brain  -
8. Severe general shock with bruises and cuts„
9. Cuts by glass (only)	
10. Drowned	
11. Burned	
12. Asphyxiated	
13. Not stated	
Totals..
8,766
358
124
2,290
3,799
691
227
7,665
49
20
26
13
4
216
52
23
3
378
5
1
20
5
13
8,766
142
72
2,267
3,796
313
222
7,664
49
21
24,032
716   |  23,316
13.
LIGHT CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Daylight-
2. Darkness..
3. Artificial light—good—
4. Dusk or semidarkness_
5. Artificial light—poor	
6. Not stated	
36,415
15,390
3,567
3,409
1,168
47
278
267
17
25
12
3
9,293
4,092
909
906
365
14
26,844
11,031
2,641
2,478
791
30
Totals..
59,996
602
15,579        |      43,815
14. PROPERTY DAMAGE—Amount of property damage for period covered by this report, $51,703,378.40;
amount for same period last year, $47,438,491.01.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1972      K 27
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province for
the Year 1972—Continued
15.     CONDITION OF VEHICLES INVOLVED
Number of Vehicles
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Apparently good  _
2. No chains (slippery road)..
3. Brakes defective	
4. Steering mechanism defective ..
5. Head-lights dim	
6. Puncture or blow-out 	
7. Head-lights out (both)	
8. Tail-light out or obscured	
9. Glaring head-lights	
10. Head-light out (one light)...—~
11. Other defects	
12. Not stated	
99,923
1,173
776
254
78
454
58
50
10
67
609
17
845
3
10
7
6
4
1
1
5
13
I
25,248
225
211
91
28
153
26
15
3
18
177
8
73,830
945
555
156
44
297
31
34
7
44
419
9
Totals.
103,469        |
895
26,203
|      76,371
Number of Vehicles
16.
DIRECTION OF TRAVEL
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1. Going straight-
2. Turning left .
3. Turning right 	
4. Slowing down or stopping	
5. Backing (not to or from curb)..
6. Skidding.
7. Leaving curb (including backing)	
8. Making U-turn  	
9. Overtaking.„_  	
10. Stopping (not at curb or off paved strip) .
11. Overtaking on right side	
12. Overtaking on left side..
13. Avoiding object or pedestrian..
14. Not stated _ 	
50,960
12,750
5,436
6,471
2,188
7,370
953
182
735
6,494
306
1,126
2,335
6,163
602
56
33
21
4
98
2
3
16
27
9
16
13,979
3,186
1,082
1,929
169
1,738
88
44
233
2,112
56
320
651
616
36,379
9,508
4,321
4,521
2,015
5,534
863
135
4S6
4,374
250
779
1,675
5,531
Totals..
103,469
895
[      26,203        |      76,371
17.                           ROAD SURFACE
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
31,813
16,473
5,796
1,651
4,063
193
1
374
147
48
14
18
1
8,968
4,324
1,056
475
710
44
2
22,471
12,002
3. Icy surface	
4,692
1,162
3,335
6. Muddy surface-    —     - 	
7. Not stated         	
149
4
Totals
59,996
602        1      15.579
43,815
18.                         ROAD CONDITION
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
58,800
320
235
469
107
58
7
583
2
9
1
15,236
93
55
152
26
14
3
42,981
220
178
308
5. Obstruction not marked or lighted	
6. Other    ..                                	
80
44
7. Not stated ... , ....           	
4
Tnfals
59,996
602        1      15.579
43,815
 K 28 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Statistical Summary of Motor-vehicle Accidents in the Province for
the Year 1972—Continued
19.                            TYPE OF ROAD
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
56,923
2,409
295
219
26
119
562
32
3
4
1
14,950
471
81
42
5
27
3
41,411
2. GraveL   ...               ....                            	
1,906
211
173
3. Concrete..  	
4. Earth                           _..
20
6. Other  	
92
7. Not stated           	
5         1         -	
2
Totals
59 996         1             602         1       15.579         1       41.815
20.                   WEATHER CONDITIONS
Number of Accidents
Total
Fatal
Personal
Injury
Property
Damage Only
1.   Oear
34,583
12,442
7,600
1,008
4,216
139
8
375
101
85
13
25
3
	
9,315
3,250
1,955
289
731
36
3
24,893
2. Rain   	
3, Cloudy
9,091
5,560
706
3,460
100
7. Not stated
5
Totals    _                                                . .
59,996
602        1      15.579
43,815
Motor-vehicle and motor-cycle licences issued to December 31, 1971  1,087,992
Motor-vehicle and motor-cycle licences issued to December 31, 1972 — 1,164,749
Convictions
The receipt of notices of convictions for driving infractions under the Criminal
Code (Canada), the Motor-vehicle Act, and the Motor-vehicle Act Regulations,
and the reports of violations of any law known as a "Traffic Rule," continued to
supply information for inclusion in the individual driving records of each licensed
driver in this Province. Access to these records is available by means of the driver's
licence number or by the name of the driver. The retaining of these records and the
furnishing of information which is invaluable for driver control is the main duty of
the Driver Licence Records Section. The control which is made possible by these
records is the responsibility of the Driver Safety and Improvement Section. In an
endeavour to improve the driving habits of these drivers with unsatisfactory driving
records we operate a Driver Improvement Programme throughout the Province.
In 1972 the number of convictions for infractions under the Motor-vehicle Act
was reduced more than 66% per cent due to the fact that the whole Province finally
came under the "Traffic Violation Law" which prohibited proceedings by Court
action. These cases were dealt with by enforcement agencies forwarding Traffic
Violation Reports to the Branch. It will also be noted from the following tables that
there was a reduction in the number of convictions under the Criminal Code (Canada) and a slight increase in the number of offences coming under Traffic Violation
Reports.
It will also be noted that the Notices of Juvenile Offences were considerably
reduced, which is a reflection of the change in the juvenile age.
The total number of convictions for infractions under all statutes dealing with
the operation of motor-vehicles in this Province was decreased 12.5 per cent in
1972 from 1971.
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1972      K 29
The following tables summarize the conviction reports under the various
statutes dealing with highway traffic from 1969 to 1972, inclusive:
Convictions Under Motor-vehicle Act and Criminal Code (Canada), 1969-72
Offences
1969
1970
1971
1972
Under Criminal Code (Canada)—
Causing death by criminal negligence, sec. 192 (as amended 1971) (new
sec. 203)
Causing injury by criminal negligence, sec. 204	
Criminal negligence in operation of motor-vehicle, sec. 221  (1)  (new
sec. 233 (1))
Failing to stop after accident, sec. 221 (2) (new sec. 233 (2))	
Dangerous driving, sec. 221 (4) (new sec. 233 (4))	
Driving motor-vehicle while intoxicated, sec. 222	
Driving while ability impaired (as amended 1969), sec. 222 (new sec. 234).
Driving motor-vehicle while ability impaired by alcohol or drugs, sec. 223-
Breath sample not provided (as amended 1969), sec. 223 (2) (new sec.
235)
Driving with more than 80 mgs. of alcohol in blood (as amended 1969),
sec. 224 (new sec. 236).
Driving motor-vehicle while driver's licence under suspension, sec. 225
(3) (new sec. 238)  	
29
1,142
661
153
329
6,840
42
324
1,688
Under Motor-vehicle Act—
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  -.
Using licence belonging to another, refusing to show licence, etc., sec. 56—.
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 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	
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	
Illegal depositing of articles on highway, sec. 195 	
Riding motor-cycle without safety helmet, sec. 207	
Miscellaneous    _
4,183
4,330
1,787
176
340
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
1,131
1,265
28
62
42
119
46
297
440
27
173,466
46
858
604
~5~832
319
4,920
1,141
28
867
519
6^311
894
6,878
1,230
11,214 | 13,727
16,734
Under Motor-vehicle Act Regulations..
13,828
3,392
3,141
901
4,399
33
281
12
7,046
163
1,247
26,920
791
25
162
1,174
868
1,017
858
616
48
1,512
457
238
6
9
6
46
11
235
484
29
3,806
3,840
947
6,759
42
264
14
1,735
27
501
9,926
225
23
121
520
373
266
251
114
5
423
399
67
4
12
4
7
12
196
412
24
6
2
28
757
439
5^607
842
6,246
1,012
14,939
1,295
2,080
761
3,364
11
163
5
166
8
98
504
18
22
15
50
16
36
31
12
2
40
274
9
4
9
4
4
4
185
289
975
56,127 | 31,319 | 10,454
8,483 I    6,571
1,344
 K 30
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Traffic Violation Reports, 1969-72
1969        1970        1971        1972
Under Motor-vehicle Act—
Driving motor-vehicle otherwise than as restricted on driver's licence,
sec. 18 (6-8).
Failing to obey emergency instructions of a peace officer, sec. 124	
Failing to obey traffic-control signal legend, sees. 127, 128, 152	
Faffing 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	
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„
Miscellaneous	
Under Motor-vehicle Act Regulations .
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
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
21
27,787
450
5,848
106,110
5,103
146
1,156
4,594
4,387
4,135
1,661
254
8,085
1,589
1,164
10
100
36
64
41
32
30
27
25,366
554
6,787
111,443
5,725
230
1,286
4,965
5,135
3,485
4,577
1,258
309
8,294
451
1,306
6
73
27
55
38
26
20,374   152,854   177,579
181,453
1,053 |    8,809 | 10,791
10,963
Notices of Juvenile Offence, 1969-72
1969
1970
1971
1972
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 subsisting motor-vehicle liability policy, sec. 18 (2a)	
Driving without having driver's licence and liability card in possession
at time, sec. 19  	
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 signal signs re highway construction, sees.
135, 137	
134,
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_
Requirements of safe driving on highway, sees. 186, 187-
Fire-vehicle safety, sees. 189,190	
Driving on sidewalk, sec. 191-
Illegal depositing of articles on highway, sec. 195—
Riding motor-cycle without safety helmet, sec. 207..
Miscellaneous  	
1,612
2,106
518
5
1,115
4,165
159
8
59
266
335
187
290
63
8
522
83
3,457
1,516
197
241
998
17
1,119
5,570
369
13
84
278
356
213
325
76
12
671
94
2,845
683
72
221
1,020
19
885
5,489
309
12
89
275
387
174
311
65
14
596
94
1,980
14
14
50
62
1
455
4
416
2,548
148
5
55
93
148
74
151
23
4
269
42
2
2
3
5
8
27
14,958
14,994
12,695 |    4,623
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1972       K 31
SUMMARY
1969
1970
1971
1972
11,214
173,466
13,828
21,427
14,958
13,727
56,127
8,483
161,663
14,994
16,734
31,319
6,571
188,370
12,695
14,939
10,454
1,344
192,416
4,623
234,893
254,994
255,689
223,776
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DRIVING
Driver Improvement Programme
During 1972 there was a considerable decrease in the total number of conviction notices and Traffic Violation Reports received by the Branch, which was
reflected in statistics indicating the number of actions taken in an endeavour to
effectively improve the driving habits of those persons who by their actions on the
highways were considered hazardous.
It will be noted that during 1972 a total of 6,920 drivers was dealt with who
had been previously suspended and previously warned, which was an increase of
12.4 per cent over 1971, when a total of 6,157 persons in this category were contacted. This would indicate that much of the unsafe driving is committed by persons
who continually repeat their offences and must be dealt with by the Driver Safety
and Improvement Section.
There was an increase in 1972 over 1971 of the suspension of drivers' licences
of persons who failed to satisfy final judgment or on whose behalf payments of
money were made by the Traffic Victims' Indemnity Fund as a result of an agreement or judgment against the driver. As provided under Part II of the Motor-vehicle
Act, 582 drivers' licences were suspended in 1972 as compared with 544 in 1971.
Summary of Action Taken Under Driver Improvement Programme, 1972
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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Total
Warning letters	
Advisory letters 	
Notices of intent to suspend—
Male	
Female 	
Results of notices to
suspend, interviews,
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Licences suspended—
Male	
5,381
248
265
Female.
Previously suspended	
Previously warned	
Previously  on  probation 	
Driver's  licence  placed
on probation—
Male— 	
Female 	
1,825
20
1,993
17
556
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46
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33
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41
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1,230
96
196
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34
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32
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134
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215
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5,381
7,102
124
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154
2,944
3,976
358
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Impaired, 11,853; total infractions received, 223,776; special restrictions, 1,719; juvenile offences, 4,623.
Examination of Drivers
During the year 1972, the Drivers' Examination Section of the Drivers' Licence
Division conducted the examination of 105,604 drivers, and 79,616 of this total
were for original licences.
It will be noted in the chart shown below that 25.8 per cent of those drivers who
were given examinations indicated on their applications that they had taken formal
driver training, either under the High School Driver-training Programme or from the
commercial schools. The increase in 1972 over any previous period in the number
of new drivers being exposed to High School Driver-training Programmes and
 K 34 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Commercial Training Programmes is encouraging and reflects the growing interest in
proper driver training courses.
During the licence-issue period of commercial driver-training schools, operators
and instructors, 81 licences were issued, which is an increase over 1971, when
licences were issued for 67 schools. Statistics dealing with the issuance of licences
and the examinations of operators and instructors are shown hereunder:
Issuances, Licence-issuing Period, March 1,1972, to February 28,1973
Schools Operator        Instructor
Licences issued  81 77 183
Terminations      4 11 58
Suspensions  1 1
Reinstatements    	
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Examinations Conducted
March 1 to December 31, 1972
(Change of examination policy effective January 1, 1973)
Vision tests  96
Assessment road tests  93
Medicals received  80
March 1,1972 to February 28,1973
Written examinations (first, second, and third)—
Passed  8 3
Failed  15
Total  98
Practical examinations—
Passed  76
Failed  19
Total  95
Temporary Permits
Original and renewal permits issued  120
Temporary instructors as of February 28, 1973     14
$500 Security Bonding, 1972
Bonded by surety  62
Security on deposit (parity bond)  16
Security on deposit (cash)      3
Revenue <.
School licences ($25)  2,025
Operator's licences ($10)     770
Instructor's licences ($5)     915
Total  3,710
The advent of classified driver's licence system in 1971 resulted in many
examinations being given to drivers who wished to upgrade their classifications and
obtain permission to operate more complex equipment.
 report of the superintendent of motor-vehicles, 1972    k 35
Motor-vehicle Inspection
During 1972 the compulsory programme of motor-vehicle inspection was continued in the Victoria area and the Lower Mainland area. These areas are served
by four inspection stations with a total of 13 lanes. The stations are located in
Victoria, Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby.
The following is the number of inspections completed at each inspection station:
Inspection Station
Approved
Rejected
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Conducted
Victoria—
1971	
1972 -  	
92,233
95,038
124,438
145,877
46,487
58,909
15,110
126,513
43,034
37,690
78,412
74,610
32,578
28,059
15,965
85,910
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135,267
132,728
Vancouver—
1971     _
202,850
220,487
79,067
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Richmond—
1971       	
1972
86,067
31,075
Burnaby i—
1971  	
1972 	
212,423
i Commenced operation October 1971.
Notices requiring the owner to present his motor-vehicle for inspection were
mailed to 396,381 owners during 1972, of whom 128,515 required a second notice.
Notification of suspension were given to 43,954 owners.
The following is a summary of vehicle inspection:
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During the inspection of motor-vehicles it was found that 226,356 did not meet
the standards and were rejected. The total number of defects found were 464,792,
or 2.05 defects for each rejected vehicle.
The following are the causes of rejection:
Causes of Rejection, 1972
Code
Age 1
Age 2
Age 3
Age 4
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440
1,426
8,923
3,482
6,317
5,700
1,388
1,876
1,484
359
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1,669
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1,717
3,473
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314
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1,853
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375
4,450
341
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12,347
5,541
7,766
10,355
1,238
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3,563
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1,960
1,159
48,263
1,187
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17,172
13,831
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9,996
2,858
6,556
446
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143
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2,795
3,680
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543
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5,893
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1,343
1,660
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2,192
168
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880
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1,203
291
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4,617
3. Plate-lamp 	
26,982
13,161
5. Stop-lamps	
19,423
22,710
7. Reflectors  _ 	
3,719
8. Horn     	
9. Windshield-wipers 	
6,877
8,273
1,997
5,725
3,594
13. Headlamps	
126,856
3,723
65
2,593
3,280
11,372
19. Steering mechanism	
20. Tires, wheels      	
36,586
32,015
1,094
22. Exhaust, muffler	
47,485
24,357
24. Pedal reserve  	
7,283
11,772
1,387
27. Tell-tale....	
214
28. Parking-brake  ..
11,176
29. Visibility  	
14,199
30. Driver seat-belts     	
2,084
31. Miscellaneous. 	
9,159
Totals	
155,464
193,723
80,466
35,139
464,792
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Vehicle Age Code: Age 1, 1969 and after; Age 2, 1964 to 1968; Age 3, 1959 to 1963; Age 4, 1958 and prior.
A total of 19 Authorized Fleet Inspection Stations has been established. Two
of these stations inspect all types of vehicles and 17 are authorized to inspect regular
trailers only. The authorization of two stations have been rescinded, one because
inspections were not conducted to the standards of inspection as found in the Motor-
vehicle Act Regulations, the other when his authorized inspector left the employ of
the station operator. A total of 3,216 vehicles was inspected and approved at these
stations.
CENTRAL REGISTRY
The Superintendent of Motor-vehicles is also known as the Registrar-General
and is responsible for the operation of the Central Registry. Documents are
recorded and searched under the Bills of Sale Act, Conditional Sales Act, Mechanic's
Lien Act, and the Assignment of Book Accounts Act which concerns all types of
personal chattels. In the case of corporations, personal chattels other than motor-
vehicles are recorded with the Registrar of Companies Office.
1. The Central Registry accepted for registration a total of 345,760 documents
during the 1972 calendar year for an increase of 59,462 (20.76 per cent) when compared with the 1971 calendar year. The Data Processing Centre was required to
key-punch 523,155 lien cards, an increase of 83,831  (19.08 per cent over the
 K 38 BRITISH COLUMBIA
previous year). A large number of documents forwarded for registration now contain more than one vehicle or a vehicle(s) plus other goods and chattels.
2. The demand for search information continues to increase at a rapid pace.
In 1972 the value of search fees amounted to $202,681.25, an increase of $20,-
273.50 (11.11 per cent) over the previous year. The fees for photo copies of
documents on file with Central Registry amounted to $2,851.90, an increase of
$177.65 (0.06 per cent).
3. The Central Registry administers approximately 2,100 Search Fee Accounts, which may be used to obtain information pertaining to motor-vehicles and
drivers' records in addition to the regular lien searching. This Registry accounted
for $406,640 concerning requests for drivers' abstracts, an increase of $40,388
(11.02 per cent) over the previous calendar year. On December 31, 1972, there
was a credit balance of $92,478.25 in this Search Fee Account, an increase of
$14,504.50 over the previous year.
4. The total revenue accounted for by the Central Registry in 1972 was $1,563,-
445.15, an increase of $226,986.15 (16.98 per cent) in the previous calendar year.
There is a steady increase in the number of documents submitted for registration
and requests for search information. During 1972 the Offices of the Central Registry were remodelled, and extra telephone lines were added in order to meet this
demand.
A statistical comparison with the 1971 calendar year follows, which gives a
detailed report of the various activities of the Central Registry.
statistical comparisons with year ended december 31, 1972,
to Year 1971
January 1 to December 31,1972
Documents filed under— 1971 1972
Conditional Sales Act  69,560 83,728
Bills of Sale Act  172,338 210,645
Mechanic's Lien Act  29,630 35,043
Assignment of Book Accounts Act  701 726
Companies Act  348 497
Late order filings under Conditional Sales Act 2,306 2,473
Late order filings under Bills of Sale Act     6,269 7,675
Documents discharged under—
Conditional Sales Act  1,572 1,671
Bills of Sale Act  1,869 1,789
Mechanic's Lien Act  1,554 1,327
Assignment of Book Accounts Act  37 35
Companies Act  114 151
Total documents accepted  286,298        345,760
Statistical Comparisons—Continued
Total value of—                                        $ $
Documents accepted   785,125.00 951,272.00
Search fees  182,407.75 202,681.25
Photographic copies       2,674.25 2,851.90
Total revenue  970,207.00        1,156,805.15
 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1972      K 39
Lien cards key-punched by Data Processing Centre
re document registrations—
Serial cards  277,799        339,105
Alphabetical cards  161,525        184,050
Total number of lien cards  439,324        523,155
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 four inspection stations operated
by the Branch are 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 1972 the number of permits issued for vehicles to be used as school buses
was 1,044 renewal permits and 139 permits for new vehicles, for a total of 1,183 as
compared to the 1971 figure of 1,130. Of these permits issued, 32 were cancelled
as the result of the lapse of insurance coverage or of poor mechanical condition. In
1972, school buses were involved in 58 accidents, of which 41 resulted in property
damage only. Eight students and 22 persons other than students were injured in
17 injury accidents. There were two fatal accidents involving school buses where
three persons other than students were killed in the year 1972.
PERMITS FOR FLASHING RED AND AMBER LAMPS,
SIRENS, AND THEFT ALARMS
The Superintendent may, under the provisions of the Motor-vehicle Act Regulations, issue permits to allow a vehicle to be equipped with a flashing lamp. The
regulations specify that certain emergency vehicles, tow cars, and pilot cars may be
equipped without obtaining a permit. 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.
In 1972, 51 permits for flashing amber lamps and 13 permits for flashing red
lamps were issued. In addition, two permits were issued to allow the installation of
sirens and red flashing lamps on vehicles. These vehicles were usually ambulances
or the personal vehicle of the chief of a volunteer fire department in a small community.
Three permits were issued for the installation of a theft alarm in a vehicle.
One permit was issued to allow police vehicles to install a device which would
cause their headlamps to flash white fight.
 K 40 BRITISH COLUMBIA
STAFF
The staff of the Motor-vehicle Branch remained somewhat constant in 1972
with an increase of only four permanent positions. Our 1971 permanent complement totalled 382, and this was increased by two clerical positions and two driver
examination positions to a total of 386.
In addition to the permanent positions, this Branch also employed 67 temporary
employees during the calendar year 1972. However, there was a total of 12 requisitions for employees outstanding as of December 31, 1972. Such a continual shortage of staff does have a detrimental effect upon the efficiency of any operation.
A good deal of assistance was once more obtained from the Liquor Control
Board during the months of January and February 1972, our licence-renewal period.
And again we express our sincere gratitude to the Chairman and his staff for the
temporary assistance of 90 employees used throughout the entire Province. This
trained personnel assisted our issuers and audit staff and we are aware that the
work could not have been completed so effectively without their very able assistance.
Pressures continue to mount and work volumes continue to grow for all staff
of the Motor-vehicle Branch. The present staff accept these added responsibilities
and volumes in stride. It is a fact that Motor-vehicle Branch administrators, and I
am sure the general public as well, sincerely appreciate every effort and challenge
met by the staff of the Motor-vehicle Branch.
CONCLUSION
The scope and work requirements for the Motor-vehicle Branch for 1972 have
been set out in considerable detail in this Report. A reader of the Report will have
noticed the trend of increasing volumes of activity and it is reasonable to say that
there will be a continuance of this trend in the years ahead. While there has been
some increase in the number of the work force available to the Branch, these increases have not kept pace with the demands placed on the Branch by the public
for service. It is going to be essential that in some particular areas of the Branch,
including the Drivers' Examination Section, there will need to be a considerable
growth in staff and, hopefully, 1973 will see some of these objectives attained.
It has been essential in the light of altering work requirements to retrain staff
in more efficient methods of handling the business of the Branch. A number of
employees have been enrolled in training programmes conducted by the Civil
Service Commission and, hopefully, this trend will continue in the years ahead.
The Branch continues to provide basic instruction for Drivers' Examiners and
Motor-vehicle Inspectors, and both of these efforts have contributed to a much
greater understanding of the activities and purposes of the Branch, so that employees
in these fields may be better prepared to deal with inquiries from the public.
The Motor-vehicle Branch enjoys the continued co-operation of many persons
and organizations throughout the Province and without whose help it would be
most difficult to carry on our activities. The various departments of Government
are extremely helpful and willing to assist us in the many problems that we jointly
face. I am making particular mention of the long association enjoyed with the
Attorney-General's Department and the members of that staff that we so frequently
required to turn to for legal advice. The Branch enjoys a close liaison with your
Associate Deputy Minister and the Weigh Stations Branch of your Department. I
would be remiss in concluding the Report without mentioning the continued co-
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 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF MOTOR-VEHICLES,  1972      K 41
operation we received from the Provincial Courts throughout the Province and all
the enforcement agencies with whom we work and without whose valuable assistance
it would be very 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.
1973
630-1273-383
 

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