Dozens of drivers ticketed for not clearing snow off large vehicles after last week's snowfall
The Local Journalism Initiative
MONTREAL — After a major snowfall last week, Quebec's automobile insurance board (the SAAQ) handed out dozens of tickets to drivers of heavy trucks who didn't clear off their vehicles.
A total of 88 tickets were handed out, along with 76 notices of non-compliance, on Jan. 18
The province’s Highway Safety Code stipulates that driving with a vehicle covered in snow, ice or any other material that can come loose and present a danger to road users is prohibited.
Fines range from $60 to $100, plus fees.
The SAAQ wants to remind all drivers that snow-covered headlights, taillights and windows reduce a driver's field of vision. A snow-covered vehicle is also less visible to other road users.
In addition, snow or ice, particularly on a heavy vehicle, can present a danger to other road users. Blowing snow off a vehicle can dramatically reduce visibility for drivers travelling behind a heavy truck or car, while loose pieces of ice can injure pedestrians, damage cars and even cause accidents.