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MoP to charge for accident response

The Municipality of Pontiac will now charge a fee to drivers who are involved in an accident within the municipality on Hwy. 148. The move is meant to offset costs incurred by the fire department while responding to the dozens of accidents on the highway over the course of the year.

CHRIS LOWREY
MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC Aug. 15, 2018
Non-ratepayers who are involved in car accidents on Hwy. 148 in the Municipality of Pontiac will now receive a bill in the mail to cover the costs associated with the response from the fire department after the passage of a new bylaw.
According to Municipality of Pontiac Director General Benedikt Kuhn, the main impetus for the new bylaw was the fact that a major provincial road runs through the municipality and several accidents take place on the road every year.
Kuhn said the municipality’s fire department responds to about 150 calls per year. Around half of those calls are accidents on Hwy. 148.
“Hwy. 148 creates a lot of work for our fire department,” Kuhn said.

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