2004 Legislative Session: 5th Session, 37th Parliament

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BILL M 202 -- 2004


HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:


1 In this Act:

"aggressive manner" means a manner that is likely to cause a reasonable person to be concerned for his or her safety or security;

"outdoor public place" means a place outdoors to which the public is ordinarily invited or permitted access and, for greater certainty, includes but is not limited to a sidewalk, street, parking lot, swimming pool, beach, conservation area, park and playground, and school grounds;

"public transit vehicle" has the same meaning as in the Motor Vehicle Act;

"roadway" has the same meaning as in the Motor Vehicle Act;

"solicit" means to request, in person, the provision of money or another thing of value, regardless of whether consideration is offered or provided in return, using the spoken, written or printed word, a gesture or other means;

2 A person who solicits in an aggressive manner commits an offense.

Solicitation of captive audience prohibited

3 A person commits an offense, who solicits,

(a) a person who is using, waiting to use, or departing from an automated teller machine,

(b) a person who is using or waiting to use a pay telephone or a public toilet facility.

(c) a person who is waiting at a taxi stand or a public transit stop,

(d) a person who is in or on a public transit vehicle,

(e) a person who is in the process of getting in, out of, on or off a vehicle or who is in a parking lot, or

(f) while on a roadway, a person who is in or on a stopped, standing or parked vehicle.

Disposal of certain dangerous things prohibited

4 A person commits an offense, who disposes of any of the following items in an outdoor public place:

(a) a used condom;

(b) a new or used hypodermic needle or syringe;

(c) broken glass

unless the person who disposed of the item establishes that he or she took reasonable precautions to dispose of it in a manner that would not endanger the health or safety of any person.

Amendment of Motor Vehicle Act

5 Section 182 of the Motor Vehicle Act is amended by adding the following subsections:

(4) No person, while on the roadway, shall stop, attempt to stop or approach a motor vehicle for the purpose of offering, selling or providing any commodity or service to the driver or any other person in the motor vehicle.

(5) Subsection (4) does not apply to the offer, sale or provision of towing or repair services or any other commodity or service, in an emergency.


6 This Act comes into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

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