Some low-speed vehicles are now authorized to travel on the Québec road network, as long as they comply with the additional standards prescribed by the Regulation respecting low-speed vehicles.
Low-speed vehicles (LSV) are fully electric vehicles with a maximum speed between 32 and 40 km/h. They must be registered and, if they meet the new standards, they can travel on public roadways where the posted speed limit is no more than 50 km/h.
The Regulation respecting low-speed vehicles introduces rules that supplement those prescribed by Transport Canada with regard to LSV equipment and performance. These additional standards applicable in Québec apply only to vehicles that are intended for travel on certain public roadways. The standards ensure minimum safety levels for the occupants of LSVs as well as other road users.
Low-speed vehicles that were already authorized for road use following the pilot project that was carried out from 2008 to 2013 are not covered by the new equipment rules set out in the Regulation. As a result, their owners do not have to ensure their vehicles comply with requirements other than those that were already applicable. However, they must obey the traffic rules that have recently been added to the Highway Safety Code.
Low-speed vehicles that are used solely off public roadways (in closed environments or on private property) do not have to comply with the additional standards; compliance with Transport Canada standards is sufficient.
For more information, see our page In a Low-Speed Vehicle.