Why Quebec gets Cadillac of photo radar
A cost-cutting decision decades ago is having repercussion now here in Quebec. The decision - in 1979 - was to eliminate front license plates on vehicles. The result now: the photo radar equipment used in Quebec has to be among the most expensive in the world.
La Presse reports that each device costs about a quarter of a million dollars, compared to about a third of that in places such as France.
Our photo radar set-ups require two towers plus a flash instead of the all-in-one devices common in Europe, where cars do have front license plates.
Right now, Quebec has 15 photo radar installations, with 25 to be added next year.