Montreal police implements exclusive towing system for breakdowns and accidents

The Montreal police (SPVM) has announced an exclusive towing contract, which will begin July 1, 2021. SOURCE: SPVM

Montreal police (SPVM) announced Monday that it is setting up exclusive towing zones on the Island of Montreal1.

As of July 1, drivers on the island will need to use an exclusive towing company, should their vehicle break down or get into an accident and "is blocking traffic or poses a danger," the force stated in a news release.

À compter du 1er juillet 2021, le #SPVM met en place des zones de remorquage exclusif sur l’île de Montréal.

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— Police Montréal (@SPVM) June 14, 2021

The rules don't apply to vehicles that have broken down in private or public parking lots, or on provincial highways covered by the *4141 service.

"The implementation of these exclusive towing zones follows recommendations made by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in a report released in 2017," the release reads. "The goal is to standardize the rates and towing practices for vehicles that block traffic and are dangerous so that road users can enjoy the same quality service."

The Montreal police website states an officer will be in charge of calling for a tow truck if they are on the scene of an accident. Alternatively, a driver can call 911 to arrange a tow.

For a vehicle weighing 3,000 kilograms or less, the rate is $107 for a 10-kilometre tow or less and $2.65 per kilometre after that. Heavier vehicles are charged up to $235.