Effective June 2015, motorists are required to keep right and let others pass. This applies to B.C. highways with two or more lanes of traffic travelling in the same direction and a posted speed limit of 80 km/h or greater.
Driving in the left lane is not permitted unless a motorist is:
- overtaking and passing another vehicle
- moving left to allow traffic to merge
- preparing for a left-hand turn
- passing a stopped official vehicle displaying red, blue or yellow flashing lights (for example, police cars, ambulances, tow trucks, maintenance or construction vehicles). Remember to Slow Down and Move Over.
Slower-moving vehicles reduce the efficiency of the highway system. This frustrates many motorists and can result in aggressive and erratic driving behaviour.
Signs and line markings direct traffic to keep right and let others pass. Drivers failing to keep right can be fined $167 and given three driver penalty points.
When the speed of traffic is 50 km/h or slower on a highway with a posted speed limit of 80 km/h or greater, a driver may remain in the left hand lane. However, when traffic speed rises above 50 km/h, the driver should move into the right-hand lane.