Tickets cash cow for Montreal?
The city of Montreal is defending itself against charges in a La Presse report that it's the ticket king of Canada.
Toronto collected $140 million in ticket revenue last year; Vancouver, $22 million.
Montreal? $186 million for everything ranging from parking and speeding tickets to having your dog off its leash.
But executive committee chairman Michael Applebaum said that's misleading when you average it out per resident.
"It's not all Montrealers who drive and it's not all Montrealers who receive tickets either," Applebaum told reporters, citing suburbanites and tourists. He added that the ticket revenue collected sounds like a lot but:
"It accounts for 4% of our revenue so it's very clear it's not a major amount."
Applebaum stressed it's public safety and obeying the rules that count.
"If you put money in the meter, you pay your meter, it's clear you do not receive an infraction."
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