Oh Canada! No to Speed Ads and Lower BAC, Yes to Snow Tires
940News reports that Quebec's transport minister Julie Boulet has tabled a motion in the legislative assembly prohibiting car ads that "promote speed." The motion would give the SAAQ (Quebec's equivalent of a DMV) the power to set guidelines on what kinds of come-ons can be included in car ads aired and printed in Quebec. No mention of any study correlating advertisements to speeding, but I'm sure the Minister has one. Right? Right? Thankfully, scantily clad women washing a car using extra-bubbly car soap remains an option. In other news, QC's transport committee has turfed the lowering of the legal BAL (previously reported on TTAC) from 0.08 to 0.05– but has taken up the cause of mandatory snow tires in the province. Under the new proposal, Quebec's motorists can only use their "all season" rubber from April 16 to November 16. With over one metre of snow having fallen over Northeastern North America in the last month, perhaps this idea has gained some- wait for it- traction.
Making winter tires mandatory is a good idea. But if I want to go south (e.g. Florida) this winter from Montreal, I have the choice of breaking the law or ruins my winter tires. Not very practical, isn't it?
The River 17: You can buy nokian hakkapeliitta tires. They are rated by Transport Canada as a winter tire, but can be used year-round.
My favorite part of Quebec automotive law is the no fault insurance. That is, if you do slide your car into someone else's, you're not liable for dammage to their property, only your own. So, it almost makes sense that they then feel they need to legislate snow tires...