MONTREAL — The Quebec National Assembly has moved up the date for mandatory winter tire installation on passenger vehicles and taxis in Quebec to Dec. 1 from Dec. 15, starting in 2019.
The end date of the mandatory period remains at March 15. The law governing mandatory winter tire use in Quebec has been in effect since 2009.
The province attributes a measured reduction in tire-related vehicle accidents to the increased use of winter tires the law's implementation.
The law does not apply to commercial vehicles or light trucks.
The law provides a seven-day exemption for those purchasing a new vehicle, including purchases made from an individual.
The fine for not having winter tires mounted during the enforcement period varies from $200 to $300 (Canadian), plus court costs, according to the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), a governmental body that administers Québec's public automobile insurance plan by compensating road accident victims and setting insurance contributions; promotes road safety through awareness campaigns; and monitors and controls the transportation of persons and property via the public roadways.