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North Vancouver driver fined for non-essential travel on Vancouver Island’s Malahat Highway

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Road checks resumed Thursday to enforce the province's non-essential travel ban - but these are not the only places where you can be fined for breaking the rules. A North Vancouver driver has found that out the hard way. Kylie Stanton has more on where the person was caught and what the legal ramifications are – May 13, 2021

A North Vancouver driver was issued a ticket on Vancouver Island for violating COVID-19 restrictions against non-essential travel, RCMP have confirmed.

Police said a BC RCMP Traffic Services officer stopped a vehicle on the Malahat Highway on May 1 “for more than one driving offence.”

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North Vancouver driver fined for non-essential travel on Vancouver Island’s Malahat Highway – May 13, 2021

After speaking with the driver, the officer determined the reason for travel was non-essential and issued a ticket under the Emergency Program Act. The driver was also issued tickets for driving offences, RCMP said.

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The officer told the driver to return immediately to the Lower Mainland.

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The provincial government barred non-essential travel between three regional zones — Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley (Fraser Health and Coastal Health regions), Vancouver Island (Island Health region) and Northern/Interior (Interior Health and Northern Health regions).

At the discretion of police, those who contravene of Emergency Program Act travel order may be subject to a $575 fine.

–With files from Richard Zussman

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