Visiting Our Friendly Canadian Neighbour?
Check out some of the differences between BC and Alberta driving laws before you go.
Non-Alberta license for tourists and visitors
A person visiting Alberta who is authorized to drive a motor vehicle of a particular class or type under a valid licence or permit issued outside Alberta is not required to hold a current and valid operator’s licence if the person drives the same type or class of motor vehicle while visiting in Alberta.
You can drive in Alberta with your BC license; just follow all of the restrictions on your license just as you would if you were driving in BC (Display ‘N’ or ‘L’ sign, etc.)
Here are a few things you should know.
Flashing Green Light inside a Vehicle
A flashing green light inside a vehicle means there is a volunteer firefighter on the way to an emergency:
Distracted Driving Laws are In Full Effect
Distracted Driving Law in Effect
Effective January 1, 2016 the penalty for distracted driving in Alberta is a $287 fine and three demerit points.
The law applies to all motor vehicles as defined by the Traffic Safety Act. It restricts drivers from:
- using hand-held cell phones
- texting or e-mailing (even when stopped at red lights)
- using electronic devices like laptop computers, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays and programming portable audio players (e.g., MP3 players)
- entering information on GPS units
- reading printed materials in the vehicle
- writing, printing or sketching
- personal grooming (brushing and flossing teeth, putting on makeup, curling hair, clipping nails or shaving)
The law applies to all roads in Alberta.
Calgary City Rush Hour Drive
Tinted Windows in BC & Alberta
There’s no tinted love in five provinces: In British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, it’s illegal to have any tint at all on driver and passenger side windows.
“The front side windows on a vehicle are designed to shatter into small pieces the size of a fingernail upon impact,” says Alberta Transportation spokesman Bob McManus. “If you apply film over top of that glass it will not shatter correctly and will laminate into large sharp projectiles that can injure someone in the event of a collision.”
Left Turns at Red Lights in British Columbia