Hey, that machine is driving on the wrong side of the road!
Can that utility truck park like that while they fix the overhead wires?
These are just two similar questions that the public often ask. The answer is yes, as long as it is done safely.
Part Three of the Motor Vehicle Act contains the driving rules like speeding, stopping at stop signs and which side of the road to drive on.
Section 120 exempts persons, vehicles and other equipment while actually engaged in highway or public utility, construction or maintenance work on, under or over the surface of a highway while at the site of the work from the provisions of Part Three.
This exemption is tempered by Section 121.
It says that the driver of a vehicle referred to in Section 120 will drive with due regard for safety, considering all the circumstances including the nature, condition and use of the highway and the amount of traffic that is or may be on it.
Industrial Health and Safety Regulations also play a role.
They require that traffic control be provided whenever the unregulated movement of vehicular traffic is a hazard to workers. It goes on to explain what types of traffic controls may be required, and how to use them.
Vehicles that use the exemptions in Section 120 are almost always equipped with flashing amber lamps. The public is advised to slow down and be prepared to stop when encountering these vehicles on the roadway.
For more information on this topic, visit www.drivesmartbc.ca. Questions or comments are welcome by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tim Schewe is a retired RCMP constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. His column appears Friday.