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 built 25 years or more before the date of application for access to the road network. The vehicle’s age is calculated using the month and year it was built. For example, in November 2018, a vehicle must have been built before November 1993.
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
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.
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.
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