Drivers in the city of Montreal get angry when signs go up on their streets temporarily forbidding parking to make way for snow removal, but then the trucks don’t come. The prohibition is usually for a 12-hour period but that could soon be reduced to two hours thanks to efforts to develop a new application for mobile devices.
The idea is to equip snow removal trucks with GPS which would improve the efficiency of snow removal but also to have an app to let citizens know with better accuracy when the truck are coming so they can move their vehicles. Those who don’t move them face fines and their vehicles are towed. About 5,000 are towed during every major snowfall, for an average of 30,000 per winter. This slows down snow removal and costs the city more money.
About 100 people gathered to brainstorm a new app on Saturday. If an effective app is devised it could also be used to improve recycling and garbage collection.