Behaviours – Car Surfing and Street Racing

What the Law Says

Car surfing and street racing are unacceptable activities that are severely punished under the Highway Safety Code. These activities can even lead to criminal charges.

In brief

What the Highway Safety Code says

Street racing

"No person may drive a road vehicle in a race with another vehicle, or for a wager or a stake except in the case of a rally conducted in conformity with the standards prescribed in a regulation made or approved by the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports pursuant to the Act respecting safety in sports […]."

Car surfing

"No person may ride on the running board or on any outer part of a vehicle in motion, or ride in the box or dump body of a vehicle in motion, or tolerate such a practice […], hang on to, or be pulled or pushed by, a moving road vehicle, and no driver may tolerate such a practice."

Examples of car surfing

  • Riding on the roof, at the rear or on the side of a vehicle in motion.
  • Riding in the box or cargo space of a truck or pick-up truck.
  • Holding onto a moving vehicle.
  • Riding on a skateboard, a sled, a snowboard, a bike, a couch—or any other object—pulled by a vehicle.
Useful information

Streets, highways and other public roads are not race tracks

Use private tracks instead; they are made specifically for racing!

Penalties and costs related to car surfing and street racing

  • Immediate driver's licence suspension for 7 days (30 days for a repeat offence)
  • Immediate seizure and impoundment of the vehicle for 7 days, plus costs (30 days for a repeat offence)
  • 12 demerit points
  • $1,000.00 to $3,000.00 fine

Also:

  • the offence remains on the offender's driving record for 10 years
  • the cost of a driver's licence increases based on the number of demerit points on record
  • automobile or motorcycle insurance will become very expensive. Some insurers might even refuse to cover you
Useful information

Penalties for individuals who car surf

  • Their licence, or right to obtain one, is immediately suspended.
    • If they are convicted, they will also be required to pay a $1,000.00 to $3,000.00 fine, and have 12 demerit points entered on their driving record.

Penalties for individuals who allow their vehicle to be used for car surfing or street racing, even if they simply lend it to someone else

  • Their licence, or right to obtain one, is immediately suspended.
    • If they are convicted, they will also be required to pay a $1,000.00 to $3,000.00 fine, and have 12 demerit points entered on their driving record.

What the Criminal Code says

In the event of injuries or death, criminal charges may be filed against those involved in the car surfing or street racing incident.

Penalties under the Criminal Code

Offenders are liable to, at the discretion of the judges, a maximum sentence of:

  • a 14-year prison sentence for causing bodily harm
  • a life prison sentence for causing death