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Transportation in Kamloops





Community Safety works with the RCMP and other agencies to promote safety within our community, educating the public about crime prevention and safe practices.  It has two Crime Prevention Coordinators, Athena Smith and Ingrid Brakop, and dedicated volunteers.  They organize crime prevention programs.

For example, February is Distracted Driving Month, which focuses on hand-held devices,  the third leading cause of fatal car crashes in B.C.  Athena Smith, Crime Prevention Coordinator,  and Ingrid Brakop, Road Safety Coordinator, said, “Our Speed Watch volunteers are in Kamloops on high-volume roadways.  They see a variety of driver and pedestrian activities which show distracted behaviour.  They educate drivers about speed, and also tell drivers that cell phone use is not okay while driving.  When you are distracted behind the wheel, then your reaction time is reduced.  You are 400% more likely to crash while talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving, and 230% more likely to get in a crash if you text while driving.” 

The Community Safety Crime Prevention Coordinators and their volunteers work all year on crime prevention and public safety programs.  This group of volunteers is extremely dedicated and cares about the community.  Please consider joining this dynamic team.  Call 250-828-3818 to find out more or visit the North Shore Community Police office.




Guidelines for Canada

Adapted from the article by Sioban Costelloe, Canadian Newcomer Magazine, Issue 52, February 19, 2014


Driving in the West Indies never prepared me for driving in Canada. I had to go through the testing system. No problem, I thought. I had been driving for years and it would be easy. I was given a book as big as a catalogue in great detail, teaching  all that you need to know about being safe on the roads. To obtain your driver’s permit there are three stages:  your learner’s permit, a G1.  Then you graduate to a G2 and finally your full G license. The roads and safety precautions are different here in Canada and everyone learns the same methods.

The nightmare was taking my first driving test. Driving instruction in the West Indies involves learning hand signals, which you use almost all of the time to indicate the direction that you are turning the car. When my driving instructor told me to turn right and I stuck my hand out of the window to proceed, she immediately started writing in her book. I, of course, took this as a good sign and proceeded to turn.  She stopped me and said, “You did not signal properly.”  I said, “Yes I did.” Five minutes later, we had pulled over and were having a conversation. It did not take me long to realize that hand signals would not work in Canada during the winter.



Driver’s Licences:


First, please visit the Driver’s Licence section of the WelcomeBC website and the ICBC website:  https://www.icbc.com/licensing/


Go to the Driver Licensing video on the WelcomeBC website to find out more about driving in B.C. with your B.C. driver’s licence.



To Drive in B.C., You Must:


  • Have a valid (legal) licence.  Your licence from your country of origin is valid for 90 days.  Before you leave your country, you should get an International Driving Permit (IDP).  An IDP includes a translation of your licence into French and English.


You must apply for the B.C. license within 90 days.


  • Have car insurance through ICBC (the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia).  Look at www.dialalaw.org for Script #193, Driving without insurance, available in English, Chinese and Punjabi.


  • Never leave young children alone in a car.


  • Have a seatbelt for each person in the car. There can be no more people in the car than the number of seatbelts.  Seat belts protect everyone from injury or death. 


For example, when your car stops, your body continues to move forward at the same speed that the car was going.  Without a seatbelt, your body will hit the dashboard or windshield.


The lap belt of the seatbelt holds you down in the seat, and the shoulder belt holds you back from the dashboard or windshield.  The seatbelt stops you when the car stops, keeping you safer.


If you or other people (including children)  in your car are not wearing seat belts and the police stop

you,  then you will receive a ticket.  You will have to pay a fine (money).


  • Respect the rights of bicyclists to use the streets or roads.


  • Respect the rights of pedestrians (people who are walking) by stopping for them as they cross the street


  • A child must never sit on an adult’s lap.  Children from birth to over 14 kilos (30 pounds) must sit in a

             special baby safety seat in the back passenger seat, facing the back of the car.   A rear-facing seat is safer than a front-facing one, if the child’s weight is within the limit of 40 pounds


  • A new baby will not be allowed to go home from the hospital if the parents do not have a properly installed  child safety seat in the back passenger seat of their car.


  As your child grows, make sure that you move him or her to the next level only when they weigh the correct amount (30 pounds/ 65 pounds).

If the baby does not fit the weight/height limit of the infant seat, then use a convertible seat in the rear-facing position.


  • Children who weigh from 30 to 65 pounds (age minimum of 1 year to 4 1/2 years) can be in a forward-facing convertible car seat or a combination harness/booster car seat in the back passenger seat.  A forward-facing seat must always use a tether.  If your child is tall, then the harness/booster seat may fit better.


  •  Children who weigh from 65 to 100 pounds (ages 4  1/2 to 9 years) should use the shoulder/lap seatbelt with a booster seat.  The booster seat is necessary because it raises the child to fafely use the adult seatbelt correctly.


  • Children from 9 to 12 years old must ride in the back passenger seat, using the shoulder/lap seatbelt.  In a crash, an airbag can seriously injure a child who is sitting in the front seat.  In addition, the centre seat position has the best protection in case of a crash.


For information and help with your child’s safety seat:





For information and help with your 1-year-old to 4-year-old’s safety seat, visit:




ICBC (www.icbc.com) is responsible for:


• Basic vehicle (car) insurance (called Autoplan);

• Driver Licensing and B.C. Identification Cards; and

• Claim service for car repair if you have a crash.



ICBC’s website has information about driving in B.C., and some information is available in Chinese and Punjabi.  Also, look at these scripts:


• # 185 (Insurance benefits and compensation for accident victims),

• #186 (Making a vehicle damage claim),

• #187 (The points system and ICBC),

• #188 (Making a personal injury claim), and

• #194 (Traffic Tickets), on www.dialalaw.org,


available in English, Chinese and Punjabi.







Three types of insurance coverage are required (mandatory): 


  • Liability insurance protects you because it pays for claims against you when another person is injured or their property is damaged.


  • Basic insurance pays for the property damage to another person’s car if you cause a crash.


  • Accident benefits pay doctor and hospital costs for anyone who is hurt in the crash.


Autoplan is sold at any Autoplan office (for example, at Superstore).  Autoplan brokers are independent businesses that sell vehicle insurance for ICBC.  You can visit www.icbc.com/autoplan/broker for a list of registered Autoplan brokers in Kamloops.


Compare rates:


  • the deductible {the amount that you agree to pay before the insurance company pays the rest},


  • coverage and


  • service


from at least three insurance brokers.



At the insurance office, someone will ask:


• Where you live;


• The type of car that you have;


• If you use your car for work or pleasure; and


• Your driving record (including any accidents)



Car Insurance Information


• Financial Services Commission of Ontario: https://www.fsco.gov.on.ca/en :

> Home > Automobile Insurance > Brochures > Brochure: Understanding Automobile Insurance

Brochure about understanding automobile insurance


• Financial Services Commission of Ontario: https://www.fsco.gov.on.ca

> Home > Automobile Insurance > Understanding Rates/An Interactive Tool

interactive rate comparison tool


• Total ESL: https://www.totalesl.com//uploads/lesson/f/123275862069794.pdf
Insurance lesson plan for adult ESL learners


• EL Civics for ESL Learners: https://www.elcivics.com


> Lifeskills Lessons > Car insurance

Picture stories about car insurance for adult ESL learners



Winter Driving


Kamloops can get a lot of snow during the winter, from the end of October until the end of April.  If you drive outside of Kamloops into the surrounding areas, then you will need two sets of four tireswinters and summers.  It is cheaper to buy the rims for both sets, because it is more expensive to change the winters for summers and summers for winters (twice a year) when only one set has rims.


All-season (summer tires) tires are not as safe as winter tires when driving in snowy conditions.  Make sure that your all-season tires are labeled with “MS” for “mud and snow,” because it may snow before October 31 and after April 30. 

All four tires must be changed at the same time, by October 31 and April 30.


  • Make sure that your battery is in good condition.


  • Make sure that your radiator has anti-freeze.  Have it tested to make sure that it will not freeze in cold weather. 


Never pour anti-freeze, battery acid, oil or gas into a street or a home drain.


  • It is a good idea to buy new windshield wipers once a year.  Make sure that they are in good condition, because they give you a clear view in rainy and snowy conditions.


  • Make sure that the tank that holds the windshield washer fluid (reservoir) is full.  Always carry at least one extra container of windshield washer fluid.  It is easy to use a full tank of it in a short time when driving during snowy conditions, as on the Coquihalla Highway from Kamloops to Hope.


  •  The Coquihalla, Yellowhead, and Trans-Canada Highways have lots of snow and ice from October through April.  To be safe, keep an emergency kit in your car.  Put warm clothing, dry food such as Clif Bars, a container of water, a blanket, a shovel and a flashlight into the emergency kit.



Summer Driving


  • Always carry drinking water, as temperatures can reach 30 or higher, and the air is very dry.



• Bus (Public Transit and Greyhound)


 Kamloops Transit System




Check online for schedules and maps.


Bus Fare Information

Adult $2.25
Senior* $1.75
Student to Gr. 12** $1.75
Child 4 or under no charge


Monthly Bus Pass
Adult $53.00
Senior* $34.00
Student to Grade 12** $34.00
Student, 4-month pass $100.00


Please check about tax credits for public transit buses for information about tax savings.



Bus Ticket and Bus Pass Outlets


Aberdeen Mall, Guest Services 1320 Trans Canada Highway West
Bookies Thompson Rivers University Bookstore
Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza 157-700 Tranquille Road
Cash Stop Loans Inc. 71-700 Tranquille Road
City of Kamloops, Cashiers 7 Victoria Street West
Cooper’s Foods, Westsyde and Lansdowne 3435 Westsyde Road
Oakhills Groceteria 2501 Sandpiper Drive
Safeway 945 Columbia Street West
Safeway 750 Fortune Street
Save-On-Foods, Columbia Place Mall 100-1210 Summit Drive
Shoppers Drug Mart 2121 Trans Canada Highway East
Shoppers Drug Mart #35-1800 Tranquille Road



Greyhound Bus


725 Notre Dame Drive, Kamloops


1-800-661-TRIP (8747)




  •  Biking


Share the Road

Under the Motor Vehicle Act, cyclists are vehicle operatorsThey have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Drivers and cyclists follow the same rules of the road.




  • Obey all traffic lights and stop signs.


  • Use recognized hand signals to indicate stops and turns.


  • Do not ride on the sidewalk or in a crosswalk.


  • Always wear a helmet.


  • Always ride on the right hand side of the road, traveling with traffic.


  • Be visible. Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing.  After dark, use a front white headlight and a rear red reflector/tail light on your bike.


  • Be aware of the traffic around you.





  • Look for cyclists on roadways and at intersections.


  • Reduce your speed when approaching cyclists. Do not blast your horn because you could scare them and cause a crash.


  • When following cyclists, do not drive too closely.  Be prepared to stop quickly.


  • When passing a cyclist, drive slowly.  Leave at least one metre of passing space between your car and the cyclist. Look over your shoulder before returning to your lane.


  • Watch for cyclists before opening your car door.


  • Children on bicycles are unpredictable.  Wxpect the unexpected, and slow down.



By law, children under 12 must wear a bike helmet.



  •  Walking


Crossing at Signalled Crosswalls


  • Press the crosswalk button at the place where you would like to cross the street.


  • Hold out your arm and point to the other side of the road at the crosswalk to let drivers know that you would like to cross the street.


  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.  You know that they see you and they know that you see them.


  • Wait for the traffic to stop.


  • Check by looking over your shoulder to make sure that no one is turning near you.


  • Look left, and then look right.  Look left again.


  • Notice the area when you are crossing the street.  Watch and listen.  Notice all car, bus and truck traffic movement in all lanes, even if you have already passed a particular lane.


  • Remember:  a crosswalk does not mean that you are safe.



For Crosswalks with Walk/ Don’t Walk Signals


  • Wait until the “WALK” signal before you begin walking across the street.


  • If the “DON’T WALK” signal begins to flash while you are still in the crosswalk, then KEEP GOING.


  • DO NOT begin to cross the street when the “DON’T WALK” signal is flashing.


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