Modes of Transportation

In an Emergency Vehicle

Certain vehicles are automatically authorized to use flashing or rotating lights or other special lights. Other vehicles require authorization by the SAAQ to use such equipment.

Red flashing or rotating lights

Automatically authorized

Police vehicles

Ambulances

Fire department vehicles

Requiring authorization by the SAAQ

Vehicles used to transport emergency medical personnel or to dispatch emergency medical equipment to a site where an individual requires immediate care

Vehicles used to maintain peace, order and safety, to prevent crime and violation of federal or provincial laws or in the search for perpetrators

Vehicles used to dispense professional training (École nationale de police du Québec, Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur)

Vehicles used by the ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques or the ministère de la Sécurité publique to travel to the scene of a fire or a disaster.

Blue flashing or rotating lights

Automatically authorized

Police vehicles

Requiring authorization by the SAAQ

No other vehicles qualify for authorization by the SAAQ

Amber flashing or rotating lights

Automatically authorized

Vehicles equipped to refuel, repair or tow road vehicles

Equipment transport vehicles

Vehicles used for snow removal or road maintenance

Vehicles requiring a special travel permit

Vehicles used to display a road sign or signal as indicating road maintenance

Requiring authorization by the SAAQ

Vehicles used to intercept road vehicles under the powers conferred by a law or regulation (e.g. vehicles owned by Revenu Québec)

Public utilities vehicles (telephone, cable, etc.)

Vehicles used by a security agency under contract with a municipality

Vehicles that are required to be equipped with special amber lights under a provincial or federal law or regulation (e.g. vehicles travelling in an airport)

Vehicles that tow a trailer or semi-trailer with a permanently fixed tank, other than the fuel tank

Vehicles used by a municipality that are used to enforce road traffic by-laws

Vehicles belonging to a media corporation or an individual licenced by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

Warning

Unless so authorized by the SAAQ, no individual may install special lights on their vehicle.

Filing an Authorization and Recognition Application