Claim: Canadian police are ticketing motorists for parking their cars with the windows down.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, June 2014]
If you're driving through Canada, you ought to know that it's illegal to park with your windows down. Police there can and will ticket and fine you for it.
Origins: Section 191 of the Motor Vehicle Act for the Canadian province of British Columbia states:
(1) A motor vehicle must be equipped with a lock or other device to prevent the unauthorized use of the motor vehicle.
(2) A driver must not permit a motor vehicle to stand unattended or parked unless the driver has:
(a) locked it or made it secure in a manner that prevents its unauthorized use, and
(b) if the motor vehicle is standing on a grade, turned the front wheels of the vehicle to the curb or side of the highway.
"Your motor vehicle is unsecured. I thought what? Is someone playing a joke on me?" says Hill.
The officer was serious, she violated a motor vehicle act and Hill was getting a $81 ticket. Nanaimo RCMP's Gary O'Brien says it's the officer's discretion to issue a ticket.
"Section 192 [sic] of the Motor Vehicle Act states that a vehicle has to be secured when a vehicle is parked. That means the windows rolled down, keys in the ignition or doors unlocked, says O'Brien.
(Also, the law states that a parked car must be "secure in a manner that prevents its unauthorized use," so one might make the case that a car with rolled-down windows should still be considered within the bounds of the law as long as the keys or other devices required to start it are not left in or about the vehicle.)
Nonetheless, it's not completely outside the realm of possibility that one could be ticketed for this offense while driving in British Columbia, so motorists should be aware of the law.
Last updated: 13 July 2014