Montreal has employed a 'mobility squad' to prevent traffic congestion

Aug 23 2018, 1:24 pm

The City of Montreal announced that it has deployed a ‘mobility squad’ whose goal is to aid traffic flow in an effort to help commuters get around town easier and faster.

Six inspectors will roam the streets of three of the city’s boroughs, Ville-Marie, Plateau Mont-Royal and Montreal South West, checking for permit violations and operational issues on sidewalks, roads and bike paths.

The squad will operate from Monday to Friday, from 5 am to 11 pm.

The traffic prevention team will work in collaboration with the city’s urban management centre and Montreal police. The ‘mobility squad’ is authorized to give tickets for traffic-based infractions.

Inspectors will be able to intervene and stop construction sites while rush-hour traffic is ongoing, even towing vehicles if it eases mobility. The team will also deal with illegally parked vehicles, obstruction and loitering.

Montrealers are urged to flag any potential traffic problem by calling the prevention squad at 3-1-1. The team’s main goal is to prevent congestion before it starts.

According to the Ville de Montreal website, the inspectors have already intervened in 1176 traffic situations during a 3-month test period.

The team was officially deployed yesterday morning.

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