Registration tax | Mayors of the South Shore oppose an increase

Around forty mayors from the South Shore are opposed as a whole to the idea of ​​increasing the tax on registrations from $59 to $148 per car in Greater Montreal, a measure envisaged in order to further finance public transport.


Posted at 3:08 p.m.

“It will penalize motorists who, in our cities, do not really have the choice of having a car, since we do not have access to public transport in the same way at all,” insists the president of the Table of prefects and elected officials of the South Crown (TPECS), Christian Ouellette, in interview.

His exit comes as a vote is expected to take place Thursday, during an extraordinary public meeting of the CMM, on the possibility of increasing the vehicle registration tax (TIV) by 150%, taking it from 59 $ to $148.

Mr. Ouellette is concerned that this increase would not have an impact on the development of public transportation in the suburbs. “We would like, if it happens, for it to remain in the crowns to allow us to develop, to improve the service. At the moment, we are being told that this will only come back to us in 2026 or when the Sustainable Mobility Policy has been finalized. It’s not sufficient. »

On the contrary, he calls for “continuing the negotiations still in progress with the government”. To date, the Minister of Transport, Geneviève Guilbault, has put forward potential aid of 200 million, covering 70% of the “cyclical deficit” of carriers, while their shortfall is 565 million in 2025 alone.

“The minister still opened the door to other solutions. You have to take the time to look at all the options, without making a quick decision. It’s too important,” says the man who is also mayor of Delson. When it happens, the increase in the TIV should also keep pace with inflation, he adds.

From one reality to another

When it comes to traffic, the reality is far from being the same everywhere in the metropolitan region. In the southern crown, there are 680 vehicles per 1000 inhabitants. In Longueuil alone, this figure is 572, while in Montreal, it is 396. In the northern crown, it is 668 and in Laval only, 573.

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Among the other avenues to explore, the TPECS suggests in particular working as a priority to index the tax on gasoline and the duty on registration.

In the first case, the rate of 3 cents per liter has not changed since 2010, when the average price per liter was $1.08. The registration fee has not increased since 1992; about $15 million would have been available if it had been indexed four years ago.

“Compensation for the loss of income linked to the implementation of the REM, as well as specific aid “for the revitalization of the commuter train” would be other promising avenues according to the Table, which also calls for increasing the pressure on the use of the Green Fund as a potential Source of financing.

“Beneficial for everyone”

At the CMM, we respond that “two options are possible” in the short term to fill the deficit of 565 million: “put more into vehicle owners who use the roads partly vacated by public transport users or increase by a few percentage points, year after year, the tax burden on all owners specifically for maintaining the current network.

“None is ideal, but one seems less worse than the other,” said the organization’s spokesperson, Catherine Barbeau, recalling that a meeting must take place Friday at the Regional Metropolitan Transport Authority. (ARTM), after the CMM assembly.

According to internal documents of the organization consulted by The Pressan increase in the TIV of 150% would reduce the annual contribution of several large cities, including Montreal, which would pay 706 million instead of almost 800 million.

The cities of Laval and Longueuil would also pay around 20 million less in municipal contributions. And above all, “public transportation is beneficial for everyone, both those who use it and those who do not use it,” concludes M.me Barbel.

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