Events entered in the records of heavy vehicle owners and operators are considered in their conduct assessment.
All owners and operators of heavy vehiclesA 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. required to register in the register of owners and operators of heavy vehicles of the Commission des transports du Québec, namely:
The following events are considered in the assessment:
A weightingThe point value assigned to events considered in the ongoing conduct review and to offences observed during facility audits. An event's weighting depends on the severity of the impact on road safety and the integrity of the road network. is assigned to every offence under the Highway Safety Code or the Criminal Code.
These events are considered for a period of 2 years, except for events related to alcohol-impaired driving, which remain in the record for 10 years.
For more information on the weighting of offences, consult Appendix 2 of the Conduct Review Policy for Heavy Vehicle Owners and Operators – Table of Offences With Their Weighting.
Three assessment tools are provided by the Conduct Review Policy for Heavy Vehicle Owners and Operators (PDF, 1,009.8 ko)This file does not meet Web accessibility standards.:
The ongoing conduct review of owners and operators is carried out on the basis of events categorized according to the following 5 conduct areasA set of events grouped together based on their nature and used as a basis for the ongoing conduct review of heavy vehicle drivers.:
For the “vehicle safety” conduct area, owners cannot reach or exceed a certain number or rate of ”vehicle” out-of-service ordersAn order prohibiting a heavy vehicle with a major mechanical defect from being operated until the necessary repairs have been made. established on the basis of the size of the heavy vehicle fleet.
For each of the other conduct areas, operators may not reach or exceed a certain number of points (threshold values) established on the basis of the size of their vehicle fleet.
For more information on the procedure for determining the threshold values on the basis of the size of owners' and operators' vehicle fleets, consult Appendices 6 and 7 of the Conduct Review Policy for Heavy Vehicle Owners and Operators.
The purpose of using facility audits to assess conduct is to ensure, by verifying records and documents that heavy vehicle owners and operators are required to keep on file, that the owners and operators fulfil their obligations, in particular with regard to:
Heavy vehicle owners and operators are also assessed on the basis of critical events entered in their record.
Here are a few examples of critical events:
The SAAQ intervenes in a series of gradually escalating steps based on the owners' or operators' record to inform them that their record has deteriorated and make them aware of the importance of modifying their unsafe conduct.
If the record continues to deteriorate, it is forwarded to the Commission des transports du Québec, which may impose various corrective measures and even prohibit owners and operators from putting heavy vehicles into operation.
Last update: July 21, 2021