Visiting Alberta? A few Alberta & British Columbia Driving Laws Compared

 

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 some differences between Alberta and BC Driving Laws.

 

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ALBERTA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Turning Right on Red Light

Red light Permitted, when safe, after stopping and yielding Permitted, when safe, after stopping and yielding

 

 

Turning Left on  Red Light

Red light The only turn permitted is onto a one-way street from a one-way street, when safe, after stopping and yielding Turns are permitted after stopping and yielding and when safe from a two-way street onto a one-way street  & from a one-way street onto a one-way street

 

 

Flashing Green Light

Flashing green light Drivers facing a flashing green traffic control light are permitted to go through, turn left or turn right without stopping. Opposing traffic will be facing a red light; Pedestrian-controlled traffic light; same rules apply as for solid green light (left turns must yield to oncoming traffic, right turns must yield to pedestrians)

 

 

 School Zone

school zone
Times (school days only) are:

• 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

• 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

• 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*Unless otherwise posted

Times (school days only) are:

  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
  • *Unless otherwise posted

 

 End of School Zone

 End of school zone A school zone ends where a traffic sign indicates:

1. a higher maximum speed, or

2. the end of the school zone.

When you reach the back of the school zone sign on the other side of the street

 

 

 

 Playground Zone

Playground zone Playground restrictions are in effect every day from 8:30 a.m. to one hour after sunset.

 

 

Playground restrictions are in effect every day from dawn until dusk  

 

 

 Playground Zone End

  A playground zone ends where a traffic sign indicates:

1. a higher maximum speed, or

2. the end of the playground zone.

When you reach the back of the playground zone sign on the other side of the street

 

Solid Yellow Lines

  Solid yellow lines, single or double, indicate that passing is not permitted.  Passing is not permitted over solid double lines; but is permitted over a single solid line at the drivers’ discretion

 

 Parking Prohibited

Do not park your vehicle:

• on a sidewalk or boulevard

• on a crosswalk or on any part of a crosswalk

• within an intersection

• within 1.5 metres (5 feet) of access to a garage, private roadway or driveway

• alongside or opposite any street construction or obstruction when stopping or parking would obstruct traffic

• on a bridge or underpass or the approaches to a bridge or underpass

• where a traffic control device prohibits stopping or parking

unless there is a clear passage for other motor vehicles, and

• your vehicle can be seen for 60 metres (200 feet) along the roadway in both directions

• within five metres of a stop sign or yield sign

• within five metres (16 feet) of the nearest side of a marked crosswalk

• within five metres (16 feet) of a fire hydrant.

When the hydrant is not located at the curb, do not park within five metres of the point on the curb nearest the hydrant.

• beside other vehicles where you may be double-parked

• closer than five metres (16 feet) of the edge of the intersecting roadway, except where there is an indication that parking is permitted, such as with a parking meter

• at or near the site of a fire, explosion, motor vehicle crash or other incident, where parking would obstruct traffic or emergency response personnel and equipment

On a roadway outside an urban area, do not park:

• on the roadway, parking lane or shoulder of a primary highway except where: · your vehicle is incapable of moving under its own power, · an emergency arises, or · it is permitted by law

 

 

It’s illegal to park:

• on a sidewalk or boulevard

• across the entrance to any driveway, back lane or intersection

• within five metres of a fire hydrant (measured from the point at the curb beside the hydrant)

• within six metres of a crosswalk or intersection

• within six metres of a stop sign or traffic light

• within 15 metres of the nearest rail of a railway crossing

• in a bicycle lane

• on a bridge or in a highway tunnel

• where your vehicle obstructs the visibility of a traffic sign

• where a traffic sign prohibits parking, or where the curb is painted yellow or red

• in a space for people with disabilities unless you display a disabled person parking permit in your windshield and your vehicle is carrying a person with a disability

 

 

 Uncontrolled Intersections

At these intersections, you must yield the right-of-way to a vehicle on your right. If another vehicle has arrived at the intersection before you, slow down and yield. If two vehicles arrive at the same time, the vehicle on the left must yield to the vehicle on the right.

 

 

 Intersections

Do not enter an intersection until you are able to clear it completely. Generally speaking drivers enter intersections while yielding

 

 

 U-Turns Not Permitted

Do not do a U-turn unless you can do it safely. U-turns are not permitted:

• at an intersection controlled by a traffic control signal (traffic lights) unless permitted by a traffic control device

• where a sign prohibits U-turns In urban areas U-turns are not permitted:

• on a roadway between intersections

• at an alley intersection

• at an intersection where one or more of the roadways is an access to a public or private parking lot which the public can access Outside urban areas (rural) U-turns are not permitted:

• on a curve

• approach to or near the crest of a hill where the driver of another vehicle cannot see you that is approaching within 150 metres from either direction

168 Except as provided by the bylaws of a municipality or the laws of a treaty first nation, a driver must not turn a vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction

a) unless the driver can do so without interfering with other traffic, or,
(b) when he or she is driving
(i) on a curve,
(ii) on an approach to or near the crest of a grade where the vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of another vehicle approaching from either direction within 150 m,
(iii) at a place where a sign prohibits making a U-turn,
(iv) at an intersection where a traffic control signal has been erected, or
(v) in a business district, except at an intersection where no traffic control signal has been erected.

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