Residents reminded of rules for private snow removal
By Geneviève April
With the little white flakes falling from the sky and the cold weather coming around fast, most homeowners have already hired a snow removal company to clear their driveway when Miss Méteo decides to be less clement.
Whether you have already hired a contractor or plan to do so, here are a few things you should know about snow removal rules in effect in Laval.
Every contractor who offers snow removal services in Laval with a vehicle to clear private driveways and alleyways has to register with the city to do so.
“Year after year, snow removal trucks are involved in involuntary accidents or cause damage to property,” said Sgt. Frédéric Jean, of Laval police public affairs. “Some contractors did not have insurance policies or simply closed shop.”
Adopted in 1999, the regulation regarding snow removal by entrepreneurs in private driveways and alleys was implemented to guarantee that both contractor and client are protected in the event of an accident.
Every snow removal contractor must now get an official sticker, at a cost of $100, and renewable every year. When registering for a permit, the contractor must provide valid, up-to-date insurance papers and the vehicle registration. This sticker must be placed in plain view on the windshield at all times. This guarantees the client that the contractor has sufficient insurance to cover the damage, in the event of a mishap that causes damage to a car, a house or worse, injures someone,
“It’s important for the public to do business with reputable companies that have valid permits in order to be protected should the need arise to make a claim,” added Sgt. Jean.
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