Modes of Transportation – In an Automobile

Right-Hand Drive Vehicles: Prohibited, With Exceptions

In Québec, right-hand drive vehicles built less than 25 years ago may not be operated on public roadways, with some exceptions.

Why are right-hand drive vehicles prohibited from operation in Québec?

Since Québec traffic flows on the right, drivers of right-hand drive vehicles cannot see oncoming traffic as well, increasing the risk of accident.

Right-hand drive: 30% more accidents

A study conducted by the SAAQ that examined accidents that occurred in 2007 and 2008 concluded that right-hand drive vehicles were involved in 30% more accidents than comparable left-hand drive vehicles.

Right-hand drive vehicles authorized for operation in Québec

  • Vehicle registered outside Québec (vehicle “visiting” Québec)
  • Vehicle built 25 years or more before the date of application for access to the road network
  • Vehicle purchased before April 29, 2009 and registered before March 31, 2011
  • Heavy vehicleA road vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,500 kg or more, or a combination of road vehicles having a gross combination weight rating of 4,500 kg or more. The following vehicles are also considered to be heavy vehicles regardless of their GVWR: buses, minibuses, tow trucks, vehicles transporting dangerous substances requiring the display of safety marks., tool vehicleA road vehicle, other than a vehicle mounted on a truck chassis, designed to perform a task and having a workstation integrated into the cab. A truck chassis is a frame fitted with the mechanical components found on a vehicle made for the transportation of passengers, freight or equipment. or vehicle making frequent stops along a route for purposes of public service
  • Vehicle belonging to a driving school
Useful information

Light vehicles, also known as kei cars or keijidosha

If you are using this type of vehicle, avoid driving on public roadways where the posted speed limit is over 70 km/h.

Canada Post mail delivery

If your route requires a right-hand drive vehicle, you must obtain our authorization to be entitled to operate the vehicle.

Procedure

Step 1 – Apply for an authorization before purchasing the vehicle

You must submit proof that you work for Canada Post and that your route requires a right-hand drive vehicle.

By mail

Direction de l'expertise et de la sécurité des véhicules
Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
Case postale 19600, succursale Terminus
Québec (Québec) G1K 8J6

By email

 desv@saaq.gouv.qc.caCe lien ouvrira votre logiciel de messagerie par défaut.

By telephone

418 528-3214

Step 2 – Await our decision

After reviewing your application, we will inform you of our decision in writing.

Step 3 – If you obtain our authorization

  1. Register the vehicle and inform us when this has been done.
    We will send you a numbered authorization letter naming the vehicle's owner.
  2. Make an appointment with a road vehicle inspection agent to obtain a valid mechanical inspection certificate. Bring the authorization letter with you to the appointment.
  3. Go to one of our service outlets to apply for authorization to operate the vehicle. Bring the following documents with you:
    • the valid mechanical inspection certificate
    • our authorization letter