Quebecers facing a fine of up to $10-million after driving under an expired licence will have to pay an additional $10 million to cover the costs of a new collision detection system.
The province’s accident prevention and control agency announced Tuesday it would be adding an additional 30 million francs to the annual fine for drivers who test positive for the drugs and are found to have had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher.
The $10 billion figure comes after a study released last month by the Quebec Insurance Institute of Canada found the province has about 30,000 drivers with expired licences, including 20,000 in Quebec.
It said the new fines are the latest in a string of new measures that have been announced in the wake of the province’s collision-avoidance law.
The Quebec Insurance institute found Quebec’s new collision-detection program will reduce the number of collisions by up to 60 per cent.
The new fines will cover a total of about $1.2-billion over three years.
The new measures were announced Tuesday during a news conference by Quebec’s insurance watchdog, the Quebec Ministry of Safety and Justice.
The institute has been working with the province on its implementation of the new program since February 2017.
The ministry said the government is committed to implementing its new collision avoidance legislation and that Quebec will continue to ensure that it is fully compliant with the legislation.
The ministry added that it will continue monitoring the implementation of Quebec’s laws to ensure compliance with the law and that the province will continue working with provinces to implement the laws as they are adopted.