Following a request from the Foundation to obtain the opinion on the ministerial order from the new minister of Transport, mister Sam Hamad, we obtained an answer SAAQ’s Gaétan Bergeron:
(translated from french)
this refers to your e-mail address to the minister of Transpot, M. Sam Hamad, concerning the subject in title.
The decision to prohibit the use of right-hand drive vehicles on the road network was based on the results of a study realized on accidentology of this type of vehicle. This study, that you certainly know, revealed that these vehicles have an excess risk of 32% compared to similar vehicles with the steering wheel on the left, for 2007 and 2008.
Whereas the order is very recent and no new information can make us believe that the excess risk associated with the use of those vehicles has been annihilated, the SAAQ does not see the relevance to recommend to the minister to review the record.
Please accept, Mr. Poirier, our sincere greetings.
Gaétan Bergeron, ing.
Chef du Service de l’ingénierie des véhicules”
Mr. Bergeron seems to be the one who have the last word in this case. Any complaint at the SAAQ, ministry of Transport and Ombudsman regarding this situation ends up with an answer from him. There is serious question to ask ourselves about his intentions and qualifications. Does the minister wants to avoid the question and use the SAAQ for this?
Mr. Bergeron talks about a study of “accidentology”, which by definition(translated from the definition of “accidentologie”) is: “Scientific analysis of road traffic accident, their causes, their consequences and their prevention.” However , the study in question is merely a statistical report, no cause has been studied and the consequences thus the prevention of this is by extending a ministerial order that has already been extended twice!
See in the “Documents” section if you want to take a look at the so called study.
It is obvious, with that kind of answer, that the SAAQ does not want to listen to reason.
You can be sure that the Foundation will fight hard to reestablish our freedom of choices.
The fight is far from over.