A police anti-congestion to Montreal?

News 22 August, 2017
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    Laurence Houde-Roy

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    Projet Montréal is committed to put in place a “police anti-congestion” if his head Valérie Plante was elected to the city council in November.

    This new authority would bring together inspectors, civil servants and police officers in the same unit and would be responsible to remove the irritants that cause congestion problems and may quickly be disposed of.


    Projet Montréal is estimated at$ 2.5 billion annually in congestion costs in Montreal


    Projet Montréal gives the example of a car parked in the double, an entrepreneur who has made his starts in rush hour without being licensed or inadequate signage around a construction site.

    The unit would be accompanied by a direct line with which Montrealers can contact to report problems.

    “When I see a site that is poorly secured, or a truck that is parked in double and cause a traffic jam, I do not know me-not even who to contact, admits Valerie Plant. I call 911 or 311, but this is not effective.”

    Receiving calls directly, the members of the unit would have the mandate to go quickly on the scene to tow the truck which blocks the traffic, for example, or order the end of the construction illegal and impose a fine.

    The unit could also intervene if a site is inadequately secured for the cyclists and pedestrians.

    Valérie Plante admits that he does not have encrypted precisely the costs of this new unit, but believes they would not be significant, since its members are already employees of the City.

    “It’s a little bit what Mr. Fluidity [the former spokesman of movement for the City] had to do, but it brings together people who really have the power to intervene, who can act in real-time and who have the sole mandate to ensure that there is a good circulation,” says Mrs. Plant.

    The head of Project Montreal admits that this unit will not solve all the problems of congestion, or rush hour in the metropolis. She adds that to do this, there should be a better system of public transport and better management of construction sites.