Montreal mother told daughter doesn't count as 2nd passenger in carpool lane

A mother from Montreal's West Island plans to contest a $169 traffic ticket she was given for driving in a lane reserved for buses, taxis and carpools with her daughter.

Stéphanie Émond slapped with $169 ticket, told passenger in carpool vehicle must have driver’s licence

Stéphanie Émond says she was stunned when a Montreal police officer gave her a ticket for using the carpool lane, even though her daughter was in the back seat. (Sudha Krishnan/CBC)

A mother from Montreal's West Island plans to contest a $169 traffic ticket she was given for driving in a lane reserved for buses, taxis and carpools with her daughter.

Stéphanie Émond was driving on Sources Boulevard with her nine-year-old daughter, and was heading back to the West Island to pick up her son from school when she was pulled over.

"I showed the police officer, 'Look, my daughter is here with me in the back,' and she told me that the passenger needs to have a driver's licence."

This lane on Sources Boulevard, reserved for buses, taxis and carpooling, is where Émond was pulled over. Her daughter was in the car with her at the time. (Sudha Krishnan/CBC)

"I was surprised with the cop, when she saw my daughter, that she still issued a ticket," Émond told CBC News. "The police officer was really sure [of] what she was telling me."

The rules on carpooling are laid out in article 295 of the Highway Safety Code, which merely states that reserve lanes are for the exclusive use of road vehicles carrying the number of passengers indicated by signs along that route.

As of April 2017, Transports Québec said, there were 67 carpool lanes in use across the province.

In addition, a spokesperson for Transports Québec is quoted on the CAA-Quebec website as saying there is no age requirement for carpooling. 

"In fact, a parent taking a child to daycare is assumed to be carpooling," Transports Québec spokesperson Solène Lemay is quoted as saying on the website.

Émond said she will contest the ticket, and hopes her experience clarifies the rules for others.

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With files from Sudha Krishnan


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