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Pilot project concerning the use of non-skid devices on the tires or tracks of off-highway vehicles


Montreal, January 13th, 2016 – The Quebec government recently presented a pilot project whose purpose is to regulate the use of traction products on off-highway vehicles : Publication.  More specifically, the Order of the Minister, in its current form and interpretation, makes all aftermarket track studs illegal at road crossing and on portions of trail which utilise road right-of-ways.  Pre-studded tracks (which feature an integrally moulded stud) are, however, tolerated at this time.


The Federation des clubs de motoneigistes du Québec (FCMQ) wishes to inform its members that its recommendations in regards to this project were not retained and, as such, the FCMQ was not, and is not, a party to this project.  The FCMQ is of the opinion that track studs are a proven safety device whose merit has been proven not only in numerous specialized studies, but also by thousands of snowmobilers over many years.


The FCMQ met with representatives of the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) yesterday in order to discuss this matter.  We will continue to work on the file until such time as we obtain what we consider to be an outcome that is reflective of the proven safety attributes of traction products.


For additional information related to the pilot project and its application, you are asked to contact the MTQ directly at



Fédération des clubs de motoneigiste du Québec

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