- Montreal's 'Mobility Squad' hit the streets last summer.
- The city sent the squad out to look for ways to decrease congestion during peak traffic times.
- The squad is now able to give out parking tickets in an effort to decrease congestion.
If you remember, last summer, the City of Montreal launch a team called the Mobility Squad, who were unleashed on the city in an attempt to mitigate traffic congestion, particularly downtown.
They started out by focusing on other notably high-traffic areas, or areas that were undergoing a lot of construction, like the Plateau and the Sud-Ouest. They have been circulating at peak traffic times, which unfortunately for us is actually considered to be 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday.
When the project launched, the mobility squad was able to give out fines for municipal infractions for anything they considered to be an obstruction that could lead to more traffic congestion. Examples included a delivery truck in a bike lane or a construction site without police supervision, as per the press release.
Based on those examples, it seemed that initially, the squad was out there looking for issues that would impede a regular civilian commuter.
But now, the squad is being given the power to give us tickets, too.
Parking violations and moving violations have just become the mobility squad's jurisdiction, meaning you are a lot more likely to get caught if you leave your car somewhere it's not meant to be.
According to CJAD News, the mobility squad has given out over 600 tickets since July 1st, and they now cover three new neighbourhoods as the number of squad members has increased almost twofold.
The mobility squad now numbers 11 inspectors, up from their initial six and they are now roaming around CDN-NDG, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Rosemont-Petite Patrie.
Because the squad's primary goal is to get traffic moving, they are often content with asking a driver to move their vehicle, and if the driver cooperates, there's no need for a ticket.
However, if someone decides they're above the rules, the squad will now be able to issue a parking infraction or moving infraction, dependent on the issue at hand.
The squad is in direct contact with the SPVM and can give fines for several types of municipal infractions, including road-safety code violations.
They also continue to have the power to, "shut down illegal construction sites, have illegally parked vehicles towed or have the way a street is used or blocked modified," according to CJAD News, who was in contact with Sylvain Ouellet, the executive committee member primarily in charge of the squad.
According to Ouellet, one of the major problems in the city and one she wants to see fixed through the use of the squad, is construction sites that are working outside the law.
Whether that means working without a permit or working outside the permit that has been issued, these types of problems can cause significant congestion to everyday commuters, and the squad is there to eradicate that.
So keep an eye out and don't park like an asshole - the mobility squad is watching!