DriveBC offers toll free road reports 

1-800 number gives motorists heads up

With winter just around the corner — and the northern part of the province still digging out from a snowstorm — the provincial Ministry of Transportation has announced a new program that will provide motorists with free road condition information over the phone.

The DriveBC toll free numbers is 1-800-550-HWYS (4997), and was available as of Wednesday, Nov. 1. Although the system is not new, in the past motorists were charged a fee of 75 cents for the call.

“As we head into the winter driving season, driving conditions can be very challenging,” said Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon. “We want to help travelers be safe. That’s why we are implementing a toll-free line to make it easier for the travelling public to check the latest road conditions, from wherever they are.”

To find out the conditions on Highway 99, for example, you can access the report by region or by highway number from the main menu at DriveBC. As well as any accidents or weather delays the recording will also let people know about delays and closures because of events and construction.

The same information is available online at www.drivebc.ca , which is updated in real time as information comes in. The website currently gets over 3,000 visits per day.

DriveBC has also doubled the number of webcams around the province monitoring traffic. Now 70 different web cams can be accessed online, including one camera that monitors Highway 99 just south of Whistler, the Lions Gate Bridge, and the Taylor Way/Marine Drive intersection.

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