Behaviours – Turning Right at a Red Light

What the Law Says

Turning right at a red light is allowed across the Province of Québec, except on the island of Montréal and where prohibited by a traffic sign.

In short

"[…] unless otherwise directed by a sign or signal, the driver of a road vehicle or a cyclist facing a red light may make a right turn, after stopping before the pedestrian crosswalk or the stop-line or, if none, at the near side of the roadway the driver or cyclist is about to enter and yielding the right of way to pedestrians, drivers and cyclists crossing the intersection and to road vehicles and cyclists approaching so closely that to proceed would constitute a hazard. […]"

Useful information

Where permitted, turning right at a red light is not mandatory

  • Respect the decision of a driver who decides not to turn right on a red light.
  • Never honk your horn to force the driver ahead.
  • Be courteous at all times.

Exceptions

Concerning the prohibition from turning right on red on the island of Montréal

Traffic signs indicating the prohibition from turning right on red have been installed at Montréal points of entry, including bridges, tunnels, ferries and the airport.

To find out where it is prohibited to turn right on a red, please consult the Regulation to designate the territory of municipalities as an area where making a right turn on a red light is prohibited.

Penalties for failure to comply with the rules related to turning right at a red light

Drivers must come to a full stop before turning right at a red light.

Not coming to a full stop before turning right at a red light or turning right where prohibited is just like running a red light!

Penalties

For drivers

  • A $100 to $200 fine
  • 3 demerit points
  • If you honk your horn to pressure a driver who does not want to turn right on a red light, a $100 to $200 fine. Why? For using the horn without a valid reason!

For cyclists

  • A $15 to $30 fine
  • 3 demerit points

Cyclists and turning right on red: be extra careful

Cyclists must come to a full stop before turning right at a red light, where permitted. Check your surroundings and make sure it is safe for you to go.

The Highway Safety Code applies to you as well

If you turn right on red where it is not permitted or do not come to a full stop before turning, you are liable to a fine as well as demerit points, even if you do not hold a driver's licence.