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Quebec pulls plug on traffic light pilot project that rewards drivers for good behaviour

Quebec pulls plug on traffic light pilot project that rewards drivers for good behaviour

Town of Brossard, on Montreal’s South Shore, has been compelled to cease piloting a site visitors calming expertise after Quebec’s Transport Ministry stated it wasn’t consulted in regards to the challenge, which, it stated, additionally didn’t respect provincial pointers. 

On Could 1, the municipality launched the Academic Consciousness Reward Gentle (EARL) on Stravinski Avenue, close to Académie Marie-Laurier. Developer Kalitec, which is predicated in Laval, described EARL as a wise site visitors mild that rewards drivers for respecting pace limits.

Brossard Mayor Doreen Assaad’s plan was to check the sunshine for 90 days, however the challenge was minimize brief after solely 11 days when Quebec’s Transport Ministry ordered it to be suspended. The sunshine was taken out of service on Could 23.

“All the pieces we tried to do was rejected,” stated Assaad. “I discover it very unlucky on their half.”

The sunshine, which appears to be like like a daily site visitors mild, is purple when it’s at relaxation. As soon as a automobile comes inside vary of its sensors, the sunshine turns inexperienced to sign to the driving force they’re respecting the pace restrict. In the event that they’re driving too quick, the sunshine stays purple, forcing them to decelerate. 

WATCH | EARL in motion earlier than the Brossard pilot was in the end cancelled:

Quebec site visitors mild rewards good behaviour

Brossard, Que., has put in EARL, the training consciousness reward mild, on one in every of its streets. It could inform you’re approaching and can reply with a purple or inexperienced mild, relying in your pace. (Replace June 22, 2023: Brossard was compelled to withdraw the pilot challenge as a result of it didn’t meet Transport Ministry pointers.)

In a press release, the Transport Ministry stated it wasn’t consulted in regards to the pilot challenge.

Moreover, it believes EARL’s use of the purple mild could possibly be complicated to drivers who usually affiliate the color with a full cease, not with slowing down. It says this might result in “main highway issues of safety.”

Assaad says she understands the province’s issues however needs it might have been extra open-minded and seen the pilot by way of. So far as she’s involved, Transport Minister Geneviève Guilbault was saved “within the loop.”

“Guilbault had even congratulated us once we did our complete announcement. She was saying bravo for Brossard’s innovation.” 

Brossard Mayor Doreen Assaad said she wants to ensure citizens don't lose public transit service while waiting for the REM and dealing with the tunnel's lane reduction.
Brossard Mayor Doreen Assaad hoped Kalitec’s EARL may assist make town’s college zones safer for pedestrians. (CBC)

Although Brossard was the primary municipality in Canada to make use of EARL, the expertise has already been adopted by sure municipalities in France. 

Based on Assaad, there are 50 different municipalities in Quebec within the expertise. 

“The present guidelines, in my view, don’t remedy the problems that we now have in Quebec,” she stated. “If we have been so good, we wouldn’t have all these municipalities trying [desperately] for innovation to ensure everyone seems to be safe.”

Assaad says she’s nonetheless pleased with what Brossard did with EARL. 

For its half, Kalitec says will probably be assembly with the Transport Ministry quickly. 

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