I know that the question has been asked a few times, but I cross these intersections every day and it seems that there is some contradicting information. In the ICBC road sense manual it says:
"Steady Red light — A red light means that you must come to a complete stop. You must wait for the light to turn green in order to go straight.
After you have stopped and made sure the intersection is clear of all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, you may turn right or turn left onto a one-way street. Watch for signs prohibiting you from making these turns on a red light."
But in the BC motor vehicle act:
"(b) except when a left turn permitted by this paragraph is prohibited by a sign at the intersection, the driver of a vehicle facing the red light at the intersection of not more than 2 highways, and which in obedience to it is stopped as closely as practicable to a marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is no marked crosswalk, as closely as practicable to the intersection, may cause the vehicle to make a left turn into a highway on which traffic is restricted to the direction in which he or she causes the vehicle to turn, but the driver must yield the right of way to all pedestrians and vehicles lawfully proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection, and"
So it seems that we can only do left turn on red lights when the one-way street that has no more than 2 lanes. Most lanes downtown have 3 or more lanes
Does it mean that left turn on red light is illegal in the following spots:
Smithe & Thurlow
(only cab drivers seems to be doing it - most vehicles wait for the green light)
Seymour & Smithe