BC taxi drivers are now legally required to wear seat belts

Nov 15 2019, 1:33 pm

Taxi drivers in BC are now legally required to wear a seatbelt at all times when behind the wheel of their vehicle, after an exemption in province’s Motor Vehicle Act was recently repealed.

In a release on Friday, North Vancouver RCMP said up until this past September, cab drivers used to be exempt from buckling up so long as they were driving under 70 km/h.

That exemption ended when Section 32.02 was repealed on September 15.

Now, under the law, cab drivers must wear seat belts “just like everyone else,” and any driver caught not wearing one may receive a violation ticket under Section 220(4) of the Motor Vehicle Act with a fine of $167. They won’t, however, lose any driving points.

The move was applauded by North Vancouver RCMP Sgt. Peter DeVries.

“Thankfully this closes one more door on a past that was blind to the simple fact that seat belts save lives,” he said.