Montreal launches snow loading operation Sunday morning

A snow loading operation will be launched in Montreal as of Sunday, at 7 a.m., to pick up the quantities accumulated during the first winter storm of 2021.

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According to Mayor Valérie Plante, more than 18 centimeters have fallen to the ground on the island of Montreal since last night.

It is the hospitals, access to public transport networks and major arteries that will be cleared as a priority as part of this second full load operation of the 2020-2021 season.

“With a view to facilitating operations, I particularly invite motorists to stay on the lookout for signage and to be aware of the various measures put in place, in particular in connection with the curfew in force”, indicated Mayor Plante by press release.

“On the first winter load, when the majority of people were on vacation or telecommuting, we had about 15% less tows than a comparable load. Thank you to the citizens who understood the importance of respecting the signage, ”said the person in charge of citizen services, Jean-François Parenteau.

Move your vehicle before curfew

As you have to move your vehicle before the start of the curfew, in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the City has had to adapt by installing parking prohibition signs before 7 p.m., instead of until 8 p.m., as it is. usually is.

“Citizens must ensure at all times that they comply with the applicable parking rules and move their vehicle in accordance with the decree,” the City said. In the exceptional situation where a citizen would be forced to move his vehicle because of the load after the curfew comes into effect, the SPVM will use its best judgment. “

It should be noted that nearly 3,000 parking spaces have been added, for a total of 8,400. They are all available free of charge in many facilities, the list of which is available online here.

Due to the curfew, it is possible to park your vehicle in an off-street parking lot run by the Agence de Mobilité durable, between 3 p.m. and 5 a.m., free of charge on snow loading days. But “parking bans for loading prevail for these parking spaces as well”, reminded the City.

Due to the curfew, snow removal vehicles will stop activating their sirens after 7:30 p.m. to alert people who forgot to move their car. “So be doubly vigilant”, we warned.

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