Modes of Transportation – In an Automobile

Screens and GPS Devices in a Vehicle

Using a device equipped with a screen while driving can be a major source of distraction and can lead to a fine in many cases.

Screens are distracting

Using devices equipped with a screen while driving can be distracting, even when such devices are authorized, such as in the case of a GPS.

Authorized screens

  • are screens that have been installed by the vehicle manufacturer or according to the manufacturer’s specifications, such as a rear-view camera screen for backing up, a GPS or a television for passengers in the back seat
  • are screens that display information used for driving. Such screens are usually found on the dashboard, or on a console between the two front seats, and display a variety of information, such as:
    • tire pressure
    • fuel consumption
    • driving mode (electric/fuel)
    • drive system (four-wheel drive, for example), traction control system, parking assistance system
    • road conditions, including obstacles and the condition of the pavement
    • weather conditions, such as visibility and temperature
    • itineraries (GPS)

Some screens are authorized for drivers who carry out special activities. Find out more about authorized and prohibited screens and the conditions for installation and use.

Screens that are strictly prohibited

Any screen that you can see from the driver’s seat and that does not serve to provide information useful for driving is prohibited. Such screens include:

  • televisions
  • laptops or hand-held computers
  • game screens
  • portable game consoles
  • digital camcorders
  • digital cameras
  • portable MP3 or multimedia players
  • portable satellite radios
  • DVD players
  • cell phones

If you commit an offence

If you do not comply with the rules for installing and using authorized screens, you are liable to a fine of $80 to $100.