MONTREAL -- Quebec will reportedly bring forward the mandatory date by which winter tires must be put on all vehicles in the province and also increase fines for those who don't follow the rules. It remains the only Canadian jurisdiction that requires drivers to have winter tires by law -- between Dec. 15 and March 15. The nine-year-old legislation comes with the threat of a fine from $200 to $300. In B.C., drivers are required to have winter tires installed on their vehicles if travelling on designated highways around the province, mainly in the Interior and near high mountain passes. Despite some occasional calls in other parts of the country, there doesn't appear to be an appetite for Quebec-style rules in other provinces. Advocates agree that winter tires should be used in the vast majority of the country -- the Maritimes and the Prairies along with large swaths of Ontario for example -- but suggest an incentive-based approach would help increase the number of users. "The call often comes for (provincial) legislation nationwide, but we think that may be a step too far," said Lewis Smith, national projects manager at the Canada Safety Council. "Some places in Canada just don't need them." Winter tires are recommended in areas where temperatures drop below 7 C, which excludes some parts of the country. Smith said awareness campaigns that educate drivers about the differences between all-season tires and winter tires in frigid conditions are far better than forcing the issue. He cited a Rubber Association of Canada survey that suggested only half of Canadian motorists outside Quebec use winter tires. "So that's obviously a number we'd like to see increase and it's a number we've been pushing to see increased in recent years," Smith said. George Iny, executive director of the Automobile Protection Association, says his organization is in favour of widespread winter tire use, but believes incentives would work better. In Ontario, for example, insurers have been required recently to provide a discount for those who use winter tires, while Manitoba's insurance board offers low-interest financing for such tires. "If we can see that it is able to move the needle,