VIDEO: Van speeds through red light while allegedly fleeing Burnaby police

Burnaby RCMP are asking witnesses of the Jan. 16 incident to come forward

Mounties in Burnaby are asking those witness to a driver blowing past a traffic stop on Jan. 16 while pedestrians were crossing to come forward.

Video released by RCMP Thursday shows a Dodge Caravan minivan speeding through a red light at Kingsway at Salisbury Avenue at 1:15 p.m.

“Had the timing been a little different, this could have been a very tragic event,” said Cpl. Michael Kalanj with Burnaby RCMP.

Two pedestrians were advancing in the crosswalk just metres from where the van sped past – with no signs of stopping or slowing down.

Officers said they pulled the van over just minutes before the incident as it was associated with an unlicensed driver.

“The vehicle initially came to a stop, but then rapidly and dangerously accelerated away once police exited their vehicle. In the interest of public safety, the officer did not follow,” said Kalanj.

Though the investigation is ongoing police are pursuing criminal charges, including flight from police and the dangerous operation of a vehicle.

Anyone with information on the driver or pedestrians caught in the dash cam footage is asked to call RCMP at 604-646-9999.



Interview with a driver examiner – Tips to pass your road test

May 15, 2019

​Are you gearing up to take your road test? If so, you’ve probably heard your fair share of advice from parents, friends and driving instructors.

‘Always shoulder check when changing lanes,’ and ‘stick to the speed limit,’ they tell you. And while these are two great pieces of advice (that are best followed), we tracked down one of our driver examiners to discuss some of the most common road test concerns that test takers face.

Jerry Boal is a long-standing driver examiner at Burnaby Driver Licensing Office. During a road test, he’s the guy who sits in the passenger seat to evaluate your safe driving practices. Read on to learn some of his best tips to help new drivers ace their road test.

When should an L or N driver book their road test?

Jerry: Short and sweet: whenever you feel ready. You can set up an appointment on our booking system 100 days in advance. Let’s say your year as a Learner is coming to its conclusion – you can look ahead to book 100 days prior to your earliest exam date.

April to the end of September are our busiest months. Last year, we hired more examiners to help offset this increase in demand, and we often hire seasonal workers, but it’s still a very busy season for us. Keep that in mind when you start thinking about booking.

What can test takers do to prepare?

Jerry: Drive, drive, and drive some more. Driving experience is huge. Any little bit of experience helps. Even small trips, like driving with your parents to the grocery store. The more exposure you have to being behind the wheel, the more confident you’ll become.

Take some lessons with an ICBC-approved driving school if you can. Even one or two lessons can prove very beneficial. Instructors can help teach you proper driving practices – and possibly point out some ‘bad’ habits your parents might have unwittingly passed on (sorry Mom and Dad). They can also let you know what to expect on the test.

Make sure you read your ICBC manuals – Learn to Drive Smart and Tuning up for Drivers. Practise all the manoeuvres you may be asked to perform as part of your road test, including parallel parking, parking on a hill, and 2- and 3-point turns.

What are some things they can do to help calm their nerves?

Jerry: Warm up those driving muscles. Do some last minute practice, like parallel and reverse-stall parking. Getting to your exam location from behind the wheel can be a big confidence booster. Also, plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Leaving it too late can increase your anxiety and not leave you in the right frame of mind to be at your best.

What’s also very important is to feel prepared. If you’re not ready, you’re bound to feel nervous. You might be feeling pressure from other sources; maybe you need to pass the test for work requirements or for family commitments.Some nerves are to be expected – this is an important test! – but if you’re taking the test only for these reasons, and not because you’ve taken enough time to gain driving experience to feel confident, you likely won’t get the results you were hoping for.

Do you examine the car?

Jerry: Before we can get the show on the road, your examiner will first check out your car, to make sure all the important parts are working properly and you know where things like the horn, parking brake and turn signals are. You’ll also need to demonstrate hand signals for turning.

This pre-trip check is important for everyone’s safety. If your car isn’t safe enough to drive, we can’t continue the test. See: 10 most common reasons a vehicle might not be accepted for a road test.

When should a test-taker ask questions?

Jerry: At the beginning, we’ll ask you if you have any questions about the test (like speed requirements or where your hands should be on the wheel, for example). You can ask your examiner to repeat their directions or to clarify what they mean, but we’re not there to instruct or to teach.

The test takes between 30 and 45 minutes. During this time, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible. Most examiners are good to do small talk, if that helps put you at ease. However, if you’re not performing well or you are obviously nervous, we’ll leave the talking alone and let you concentrate just on driving. We need to make sure your focus is on the road. Always feel free to let your examiner know how you prefer to conduct your test.

What are some things you’re looking for in a successful road test?

Jerry: We want to see that you’re keeping to the posted speed limits (not with speeding traffic) and keeping a safe distance from other vehicles. Make full stops at stop signs, scan intersections, and be aware of potential hazards. Mirror check, signal and shoulder check whenever you change lanes or direction. Also, watch for school and playground zones.

What are common errors?

Jerry: Not enough observation of your surroundings, such as shoulder checking or during parking manoeuvers. Many drivers don’t perform their 360-degree check.

Right shoulder checks: when you’re at a stop, before you proceed to make your right turn, you should complete this shoulder check to ensure there’s no one coming up along your right side, like a cyclist.

Speed maintenance: speeding is a very common error – especially in school or playground zones. Also – driving too slowly. Putting along can also be an area where you lose points.

Turns: make sure you have good vehicle control when you turn. Don’t turn too wide or too short. Keep both hands on the wheel. We want to see good steering recovery, where the wheels turn smoothly.

What do you mean by shoulder-check?

Jerry: The driver’s head movement has to show us that they’re looking fully behind themselves. The shoulder check has to be done at the right time (once you’ve come to a full, legal stop, before making the turn) – don’t leave it too late! An examiner brings his or her own mirror, so we won’t be staring directly at the driver, but we are watching.

What is the speed limit within school or playground zones?

Jerry: You want to be driving close to 30 km/h – maintain this speed as best as you can. Any speed over or below the posted limit is not advised.

Are dash cams allowed?

Jerry: You can’t use anything that can track or record. All tech or digital devices (such as GPS) must be disconnected or turned off before the test starts. You can use a reverse camera, but as a tool – you can’t solely rely on it. We still want to see that you’re looking back when reversing.

What is a standby road test appointment?

Jerry: Offices that conduct road tests offer standby. It’s a great option if you can’t find a test appointment that fits your needs and you perhaps have a half day off. As this is first come first serve and not guaranteed, we recommend arriving at the office at opening time to get your name down first. These appointments come up when someone arrives late, is a no show, has a defective vehicle or if other unforeseen circumstances arise, prohibiting their test. We’re able to accommodate many people in this way, daily.

If you want to hear more driving and safety tips from Jerry, check out his #TipTuesday segments on Twitter @icbc.

How to park a vehicle?

Parking is a skill that takes practice. You will need to learn to:

  • Accurately judge the size of the parking space.
  • Accurately judge the position and distance of your vehicle compared to the curb and the vehicles behind and in front of you.
  • Maneuver your car at an appropriate speed for parking.
  • Steer your car correctly at the right angle and distance from the curb and other vehicles.

Most of the above items require understanding of how to use the reference points in your car to measure the distance between your car and the curb or other vehicles.
See the following link to understand and use reference points in your vehicles:
Using Reference Points for Driving and Parking


Below are different types of parking:

1.Parallel Parking

2. Curb Parking ( including uphill and Downhill parking )

3. Stall ( Bay) Parking :

3.a) Perpendicular Parking
3.b) Reverse Perpendicular Parking
3.c) Angel Parking
3.d) Reverse Angel Parking


Perpendicular Parking:

  1. Begin with your vehicle a distance away from the parking space.
  2. Use your turn signal.
  3. Slowly drive forward. When the side mirror is even with the first line of the parking space, begin turning to align your vehicle with the center of the space.
  4. Move forward slowly and stop when you are fully in the parking space.

Reverse Perpendicular Parking:

45 Degree Reverse Bay Parking – How To Back Into A Parking Spot The Easy Way With Reference Points

Angled Parking:

  1. Begin with your vehicle a distance away from the parking space.
  2. Use your turn signal.
  3. Slowly drive forward. When the front of your vehicle reaches the near side of the parking space, begin turning to align your vehicle in the center of the space.
  4. Move forward slowly and stop when you are fully in the space.

Exiting Parking Spaces:
When you exit a perpendicular or angled space:

  1. Look over both shoulders to check for approaching cars or pedestrians.
  2. When it is safe, back up until your front bumper is in line with the rear bumper of a vehicle next to you.
  3. Turn the steering wheel sharply in the direction you want the rear of the car to go.

Parallel park:

Parallel parking can take even more practice and skill than perpendicular or angled parking. Before you parallel park:

  • Make sure the space is large enough (at least 6 feet longer than your vehicle).
  • Look around you to check for traffic
  • Use your turn signal to show that you will be parking
Follow these steps for parallel parking:
  1. Bring your car up alongside the car in front of the space, approximately two feet away from its side.
  2. Align your rear bumper with the rear bumper of that car. Look back to make sure that the traffic behind you allows you to back up.
  3. Turn your steering wheel sharply to the right as you begin to back up.
  4. When your front door passes the bumper of the car in front of the space, straighten the wheel quickly; continue to reverse.
  5. When your car has fully cleared the car in front of the space, turn your steering wheel sharply to the left; continue backing up.
  6. Stop the vehicle at a safe distance from the vehicle behind you.
  7. Shift the gear to “Drive” (D) and slowly move forward; turn the steering wheel right to straighten your wheels and move to the center of the parking space.
  8. Your car should be parked within 18 inches of the curb. Shift gears to “Park” (P), turn off the engine, and set your parking brake.

How Far Away do I Park?

You cannot stop, stand or park in the following places:

  • on a sidewalk or boulevard
  • in front of a driveway
  • in an intersection unless permitted by a sign
  • on a crosswalk, bridge, elevated roadway or in a tunnel
  • contrary to a sign
  • on the roadway side of a vehicle already parked
  • on a highway for the purpose of advertising or selling
  • where parking would obstruct a sign

You must not park, stop or stand within 5 metres of a fire hydrant.

You must not park, stop or stand within 6 metres of:

  • the approach side of a crosswalk
  • the approach to a flashing beacon, stop sign, or traffic control signal
  • the entrance or exit of a hotel, theatre, public meeting place, dance hall, fire hall
  • a playground in a rural area.

You cannot park, stop or stand within 15 metres of a railroad crossing.

There are definitions to keep in mind here:

  • Stop means that your vehicle’s wheels have ceased to turn
  • Stand means that you are in the process of exiting, loading or unloading a stopped vehicle
  • Park covers all other circumstances

These rules are taken from our Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) which governs the whole province. Drivers must also be aware of municipal bylaws as they can impose parking rules in addition to those found in the MVA.

Our provincial driving manual, Learn to Drive Smart has some parking tips on page 58.

Of course, if you must park somewhere forbidden due to a breakdown, a note on the car and a word to the property owner goes a long way to avoid misunderstandings.

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