Valérie Plante and the City of Montreal would like to see safer streets for everyone.
Valérie Plante wants to see an increase in fines for traffic and parking infractions.
Earlier this year, the Plante administration abolished Montreal's, extremely ridiculous, ticket quota system.
This means that a specific quota of tickets given per office/per borough is no longer required. This was a good move. However, as usual, where there is good, there is bad.
Under the current system, ticket-traps are used to fill quotas which had been in place for years. Police are told they had to write a specific number of tickets, with their bosses receiving bonuses tied to the quotas being met.
“There will be no pressure on police officers,” Benoit Dorais said. “We’ll rely on the good judgment of the officers.”
For the first time since 2009, Montreal will see a hike in penalties occured for double-parking, blocking traffic or stopping in reserved zones.
"By increasing the fines that are handed out, we hope to enhance their deterrent effect," Coun. Éric Alan Caldwell said in a statement.
Most of traffic fines will see an increase of at least $9. But there are some bigger hikes to take note of:
- Cost for drivers parked in handicap zones doubles. $149 -> $300.
- Cost for drivers double-parked or blocking steets. $40 -> $60.
In Montreal's 2018 budget, the city notes that it expects revenues from fines and penalities to rise to $206.6M, which is an increase of $11.4M over last year.
"I can understand that people will say, 'I will have to pay more out of my pockets,' but a ticket is for a behaviour we don't want to have. If people don't do it anymore, they won't have anymore infractions," Benoit Dorais.
The adjusted fines are expected to be adopted by Mayor Valérie Plante and Montreal at a council meeting this coming April.