Oh, Québec. You’re so… so… would you fucking separate already?!
For those among you who aren’t acquainted with “hellaflush” — and if you aren’t, you might want to stop reading now and think about something nice instead — this is basically the automotive equivalent of forbidding people from wearing saggy pants. It’s of dubious utility and can be imaginatively construed as a safety risk, but mostly it’s associated with non-white youth who may or may not be up to no good. Therefore, it enrages and terrifies old people who, if there was a loving and merciful god out there, would be dead (or at least too deep in the grips of dementia to legislate) by now. Did you miss my subtle implication? This is Québec’s ruling class being racist again.
“Oh, but negative camber and stretched-out tires are dangerous!” Yes, they are. So is not mounting winter tires when the temperature drops below freezing — probably about a factor of ten more dangerous — but I don’t see a law about that. For that matter, driving in rain or snow (or summer swarms of insects) with worn-out windshield wipers is about the closest you’re likely to come to vehicular manslaughter without actually trying to murder someone (or being Ted Kennedy) but nearly everyone fuckin’ does that as a matter of course. Replacing those wiper blades every couple of seasons is haaaaaard.
Hey, how many people actually check the wear indicators on their tires more than once every never? I’m just asking questions here. Obviously, Québecois must be pretty up on their car maintenance if hellaflush is at the top of their road-safety hit list.