The annual reminder for BC drivers to use winter tires and carry chains has come into effect. In addition on OCT 20 2014 increased penalties come into effect for those charged for distracted driving. Remember in BC only fixed radios in vehicles may be used while the vehicle is in motion. While amateurs enjoy an exemption under these conditions handhelds and portables DO NOT comply with the legislation. They can cost you $167.00 and three demerit points. Remember too in BC you must carry a copy of your Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio with you in the vehicle if you have “ham plates” Check your registration.