VIEWPOINT : January 2018

Bill 165 on Road Safety
A Good Start – But More Work is Needed!

On December 8, 2017, the new Transport Minister, André Fortin, tabled his bill on road safety. For Vélo Québec, this bill bodes well for the future, but still seems a bit lacking. Take, for example, the principle of caution, which recognizes the vulnerability of pedestrians and cyclists. The proposed amendment specifies that drivers of road vehicles have a duty to show extra care for more vulnerable users, such as pedestrians and cyclists. The problem is that this article then throws the ball back into the court of vulnerable users by specifying that they have a duty to adopt behaviour that enhances their own safety, mainly by ensuring they are seen by other users… which contradict the initial principle!  Read »»

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