We're going on a couple weeks of snow here in Montreal, so there's a good chance that you've already smartened up and got your car equipt with winter tires in Quebec if that's where home is for you. But if you haven't, this weekend is the cut-off to make the switch and ditch those all-season or summer tires.
It used to be that drivers in Quebec had until December 15 to get their winter tires on, but a new law in effect as of 2019 means that drivers need to have their winter tires on by December 1 this year.
Although this year proved that even a mandatory change as of December 1 doesn't mean we'll beat the snow...
Much of Quebec saw their first snowfall as early as November 11 this year and swarms of people were seen lining up to get their tires changed before they hit the road during the freakishly early snowstorm.
Police will be out in higher numbers starting this weekend and throughout the holiday season to keep an eye out for impaired drivers - so don't think you won't get caught if you haven't switched your tires.
According to CAA Quebec, the fine for not having your winter tires on by the mandatory deadline is anywhere from $200 to $300, though no demerit points will be deducted.
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The fine for not driving according to winter conditions is $60, plus administrative costs, as well as 2 demerit points. This means slowing down when visibility is reduced or the roadway is slippery or not completely cleared.
The worse fine comes for those drivers that like to move around the roads in a "mobile igloo," as the SAAQ explains.
If you fail to properly clean your windows and windshield of snow, you can face a fine of anywhere from $100 to $200, plus costs.
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The Montreal Police also sent out a reminder today letting drivers in the city know that they needed to have their winter tires on by this coming Sunday, December 1, 2019, or you'll slipping and sliding like the little goat above.