Vehicles in Montreal: Plant “is part of the problem”

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<p> The Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, accompanied by the head of the Transport Electrification Strategy on the Executive Committee, Sophie Mauzerolle, arrived at a press conference presenting the Transport Electrification Strategy 2021- 2023 of the City of Montreal in a Communauto electric car./Josie Desmarais/Metro </p>
<p>Projet Montréal “speaks out of both sides of its mouth” by increasing its municipal fleet of vehicles as the party advocates sustainable mobility, accuses the opposition. Since 2017, the number of vehicles used by the city has increased by 12%. </p>
<p>Montréal has 997 more vehicles than in 2017, reveals the <em>Montreal Gazette</em>thanks to figures obtained under the Access to Information Act. Electric or hybrid vehicles constitute only 5.9% of the total municipal fleet. The mayoress of Montreal has pledged that the municipal fleet will be decarbonized by 2030. </p>
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It is mind-blowing to hear that the fleet of vehicles for the City of Montreal has increased by 12% since the arrival of Projet Montréal. While Mayor Plante says on all platforms that the number of vehicles on the roads must be reduced, her administration is part of the problem.

Aref Salem, leader of the official municipal opposition

The increase in municipal fleets is a trend throughout the metropolitan area, justified the Plante administration to the Montreal Gazette >.

Unequal distribution among boroughs

Half of municipal cars and vans are used by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), a quarter by the various boroughs and the last quarter by the municipality's twenty departments.

The figures show inequalities in distribution between the different boroughs. The three boroughs with the most vehicles are centrally located, served by the metro and densely populated. These are Ville-Marie, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal and Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie. These three boroughs are led by Projet Montréal.

These three boroughs are not the largest on the island. On the contrary, the arrondissement of Saint-Laurent is very large, but is only the 6th arrondissement for the number of cars.

Montreal does not have a standardized vehicle use policy to even out these differences between the boroughs.

Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie has the largest number of vehicles. However, its lighting, signage and floor marking service serves 14 boroughs.

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