MLA Thornthwaite calls for faster accident clearing for North Vancouver

MLA Jane Thornthwaite in Victoria May 17, 2018. Photography by John Lehmann

NORTH VANCOUVER (September 7, 2018) North Vancouver – Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite has released the following statement on the eve of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in Whistler:

“One year ago, the District of North Vancouver submitted a proposal to expedite accident clearing. For too long, North Shore residents have been caught in gridlock because of outdated rules under the Motor Vehicle Act that require police to issue consent to remove damage or stalled vehicles blocking a provincial highway. Even worse, if there is over $1,000 in damage, police are required to conduct an investigation. This limit is severely out-of-date with today’s repair costs for vehicles.”

“By amending the motor vehicle act to allow expedited accident clearing and increasing the limit that require police to attend and investigate, we not only free up traffic quicker, but reduce the strain on police services.”

“There are an average of three accidents per week that occur on or near the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, causing significant delays to commuters. The proposal from the District of North Vancouver was reasonable and measured. I’m calling on the Provincial Government to immediately pilot this program in North Vancouver. The government has had a full year to study this proposal and its implications. The time to act is now.”

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