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Following Montreal's first significant snowfall of the season, Quebec police are gearing up for a major operation to stop reckless driving. Between November 10 and 16, police officers across the province will be on high alert for unsafe road maneuvers. The move comes in response to recent statistics showing a rise in accidents due to bad behavior behind the wheel.

Quebec police are taking an especially strong stance against common but dangerous driving infractions like failing to yield, running red lights, ignoring stop signs, and tailgating. They've been identified as leading contributors to road accidents, and with worsening road conditions during the winter, risk is heightened.

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A minor change to Quebec driver's licenses — the removal of a phone number listed on the back of the license – cost the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) a cool $80,000 earlier this year.

The change was listed on the Quebec government's public tender platform — where the government and other public agencies submit requests for contracts relating to public projects — as a "modification of the design of the driving license" on April 11, 2023.

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Car owners across Montreal, including the suburbs and even off the island, will have more to pay for their annual vehicle registration tax in 2024. The Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) is set to collect a $59 registration tax on passenger vehicles, which is expected to raise more than $125 million a year to fund public transit in Greater Montreal.

The tax will apply to all passenger vehicles registered in the CMM and the City of Saint-Jérôme and will be indexed annually based on the consumer price index. Since car owners in Montreal have already been paying this fee since 2011, the fee will simply go up from its current price of $45.

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The Dutch reach, "pivot technique" or "far-hand method," is a way of opening your car door safely to avoid "dooring" oncoming cyclists — something that can quickly become very dangerous, if the right precautions aren't taken.

Quebec's Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) has introduced this technique into its Road Safety Education Program (RSEP) and in the guides used by student drivers and instructors, according to SAAQ spokesperson Anne Marie Dussault Turcotte.

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In light of the SAAQ debacle, Quebec's Régie de l'assurance maladie (RAMQ) is introducing a new, much easier — albeit temporary — way for Quebecers to renew their health insurance cards.

Usually, RAMQ members who have received a card renewal notice have to go to either a local health care service centre (CLSC) or SAAQ office with their signed paperwork, requisite IDs and, in the case of a CLSC visit, a photograph.

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What's usually an annual inconvenience has become a bureaucratic hell. A botched transition to online services has left the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) scrambling and forced some Quebecers to wait in unreasonably long lines to complete a transaction. The situation is so bad the government is intervening with three measures aimed at alleviating wait times.

Among them is an extension of some Quebecers' license validity. Any driver who has a license set to expire between March 9 and June 1, 2023, will have an extra 90 days from their birthday to make associated payments.

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Custom licence plates can be a sweet touch on an otherwise boring piece of metal: an homage to a loved one or a nickname, perhaps a reference to a cherished hobby? But not every licence plate request is made equal, and many are straight-up forbidden.

Narcity Quebec intrepidly uncovered a fascinating list of rejected custom plate requests, which they have graciously shared with the MTL Blog team so we can share it with the rest of you people.

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The privilege of driving in Quebec is locked behind several annoying tasks: paying for driver's ed and supervision, waiting forever in line to take the test, and waiting even longer to retake the test because you failed the first time. Now, you can do all the same waiting in the comfort of your own home, thanks to the SAAQ's new online portal, SAAQclic.

Although it doesn't allow you to do everything just yet, the portal will let visitors accomplish many tasks that previously required a lot more patience (and putting on outside pants).

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Quebec drivers are going to have to dish out a little more this year for driver's license and registration costs, with the government announcing fee increases.

Don't fret too much: the driver's license fee will only set you back a few cents more. Although the Quebec government implemented a two-year "vacation" on the insurance component of your annual license payment to the SAAQ, the rates for the remainder have gone up.

However, license plates have seen a larger increase in cost, depending on the type of vehicle you have.

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Starting in February, Quebec drivers will be able to access several SAAQ services online without ever having to step foot in an SAAQ office. The new platform, SAAQclic, is just one part of a government push to consolidate public service access online.

In a press release, SAAQ President and CEO Denis Marsolais said the platform will allow clients to "enjoy more autonomy and time savings" through "simplified online transactions."

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Between dead ends, countless orange cones and the snow-clearing season, Quebec drivers have a lot on their plate. At least they won't have to worry about exorbitant Quebec license renewal costs in the new year. The big discount offered by the SAAQ in 2022 will continue through 2023.

Class 5 (passenger vehicle) or 6 (motorcycle) license holders who are renewing their driver's licenses after December 31 will still have to pay license and administrative fees, but they won't have to contribute to the cost of insurance unless they've accumulated demerit points.

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Around 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday, the Coopérative des techniciens ambulanciers de la Montérégie (CETAM) responded to two calls regarding an incident on boulevard de Melocheville in Beauharnois.

Although yet to be confirmed, the incident is believed to have involved possible car surfing, according to Alexandre Barbeau, a spokesperson for CETAM.

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