The pilot project concerning low-speed electric scooters, authorized on August 29, 2018, sets out rules regarding the use and operation of low-speed electric scooters and restrictions regarding the public roads on which they can travel, as well as required safety equipment.
This three-year pilot project allows certain low-speed electric scooter models to be ridden on public roads. The particular context of this project is for employers who wish to make electric scooters available to their employees in order to facilitate their travel.
The SAAQ’s pilot project is different from the one launched by Québec’s Ministère des Transports (MTQ) on July 6, 2019. That pilot project aims to test the use of low-speed electric scooters through a self-service rental on the territory of the city of Montréal and the city of Westmount. The characteristics of the vehicles, the territories on which they are authorized to be operated and the conditions of participation are not the same. For more information, consult the MTQ website (in French only).
The goals of the pilot project are the following:
As of October 5, 2018, GEEBEE electric scooters are authorized to be operated on the road network, under certain conditions.
Users of low-speed electric scooters will be required to receive appropriate training for riding such vehicles. This training, which includes a theoretical component and a practical component, is provided by the manufacturer or distributor whenever a user takes possession of a low-speed electric scooter. Users who receive the training will be given a certificate attesting to their participation in the training. They must also agree to help gather information for the purposes of the pilot project.
Anyone who rides a low-speed electric scooter on public roads must comply with the following rules and requirements:
Anyone who fails to comply with any of these rules commits an offence and is liable to a fine of $200 to $300. In the case of Highway Safety Code offences, the usual fines apply.
Users of low-speed electric scooters involved in an accident must call for a peace officer if anyone has been hurt or if there has been any property damage.
Injuries sustained in an accident involving a motorized scooter are not covered by the public automobile insurance plan, unless the accident involves a moving vehicle that is covered by the plan.
A low-speed electric scooter is a one-person motorized scooter that is ridden while standing up and has the following characteristics: