I drove right beside a playground on my test with a playground sign and I kept my speed at 30 km/h and failed! WHY?

I saw a playground sign! I saw a school crossing sign! I saw a pedestrian crossing sign. I thought it was 30!

OK. The exam is not a thought exam. It is a law exam. I hear this question hundreds of times a month at my driving school. It is a great question! And sadly many people only learn after they fail. Hence failure seems to be a very common teacher.

Speeds in B.C. are 50 residential and 80 non residential unless otherwise posted.

Often super busy city roads are kept at 50 km/h even then they run thru a school zone or a playground. No sign means it is still 50. Hello. That is B.C. law.

POSTED! SO WHEN IT IS 30 IT IS POSTED! OK! So start using your eyes and look for the 30 signs. Better yet! Read every single sign! ok! It is called safe driving!

B.C. MVA Motor Vehicle Act

Schools and playgrounds

147   (1) A person driving a vehicle on a regular school day and on a highway where signs are displayed stating a speed limit of 30 km/h, or on which the numerals “30” are prominently shown, must drive at a rate of speed not exceeding 30 km/h while approaching or passing the school building and school grounds to which the signs relate, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or subject to subsection (1.1), between any extended times that are stated on the signs.

(1.1) Extended times under subsection (1) may not begin later than 8 a.m. or end earlier than 5 p.m.

(2) A person driving a vehicle on a highway must drive the vehicle at a rate of speed not exceeding 30 km/h when approaching or passing, between dawn and dusk, a public playground for children where signs are displayed stating a speed limit of 30 km/h, or on which the numerals “30” are prominently shown.

Speed limits

146   (1) Subject to this section, a person must not drive or operate a motor vehicle on a highway in a municipality, treaty lands or a Nisg̱a’a village at a greater rate of speed than 50 km/h, and a person must not drive or operate a motor vehicle on a highway outside a municipality or in Nisg̱a’a Lands outside a Nisg̱a’a village at a greater rate of speed than 80 km/h.

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