In 2008, the OdM conducts a lengthy inquiry and concludes that the five-metre clearance required to park near a fire hydrant is no longer necessary. In fact, the City itself departs from this rule in areas where there is paid on-street parking.

This mandatory clearance, however, is provided for in the Highway Safety Code (HSC). The City undertakes to initiate discussions with the Québec government with a view to amend this provision. Thereafter, the OdM makes occasional follow-ups.

♦  In 2011, Montréal’s Fire Department confirms again that its fire-trucks do not need a five-metre clearance around fire hydrants. The Fire Departments of Longueuil, Québec and Lévis are of the same opinion: their comments are forwarded to the Ministry of Public Security.

♦  Ville de Montréal resumes its discussions with the provincial government.

♦  On December 8, 2017, the Québec government tables a Bill amending the HSC significantly. Notably, the clearance required around fire hydrants is reduced to 3 metres.

This amendment takes effect on May 18, 2018. This file is finally settled.

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