Driving Cell Phone Rules - BC

In British Columbia government regulations prohibit the use of cellular telephones while driving unless the cell phone is operated hands-free cell phone and is such that require only one touch to activate. Drivers talking on a hand-held phone or electronic device will be subject to a fine of $167. In addition, drivers caught texting or emailing will be subject to three penalty points.

To abide by the new law, licensed drivers can use hands-free technology that is activated by a single touch to a button or, when it is safe to do so, pull over and stop their vehicle before they talk or email.

New drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP), have a full ban on all cellphone and electronic devices, including hands-free.

Police, fire and ambulance personnel who may need to make calls in the performance of their duties, and motorists who need to call 9-1-1 are exempt from the legislation. The use of two-way radios for commercial or industrial vehicles will be permitted.

BC Cell Phone Regulations