The maximum speed limit in British Columbia has been raised to 120 kilometres per hour.
Transportation Minister Todd Stone says a review has determined it is safe for drivers to travel faster along many roads.
“Speed limit changes will take place to approximately 13-hundred kilometres of rural provincial highways in the southern Interior, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.”
Stone says, by the end of the summer, police should have more power to ticket so-called “left-lane hogs.”
“We’re going to bring forward changes to the Motor Vehicle Act to give police better tools to enforce the requirements to keep right, except to pass.”
No speed limits are being reduced, but other changes involve better warning signs about wildlife and new rules for the use of winter tires.
The head of the BC Trucking Association says most companies will not be changing their speed limit policies for their fleets.
Louise Yako says they need to ensure safety and fuel efficiency, so other drivers will have to be cautious around commercial vehicles.
She adds a previous survey of members showed no interest in increased speed limits.
Ian Tootill with Sense BC, a group lobbying for drivers who wanted speed limits raised, says more work needs to be done.
“There’s specific areas in BC where the speed limits make absolutely no sense at all and it turns out there are legacy issues involved for the Ministry and they have to abide by some of the needs of some of the elected representatives of the area and that’s just not right.”
Tootill says he’s pleased more will be done to ensure drivers keep right, except to pass.