Vehicles With Flashing or Rotating Lights

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.

Type of flashing or rotating lights Vehicles recognized by the Highway Safety Code (the Code) or automatically authorized by the SAAQ Vehicle requiring authorization by the SAAQ Section of the Code

Red or white flashing or rotating lights

Police vehicles


Fire department vehicles

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 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.

Section 226

Blue flashing or rotating lights

Police vehicles

No other vehicles qualify for authorization by the SAAQ

Section 226

Amber flashing or rotating lights

Vehicles equipped to refuel, repair or tow road vehicles

Equipment transport vehicles

Vehicles used for snow removal or road maintenance

Public utility vehicles belonging to a telecommunications company (or a company acting on behalf of such a company), Canada Post, a company operating an electrical transmission system or a public transit company

Farm tractors

Tool vehicles

Escort vehicles for exceptional events

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

Vehicles used by a security agency under contract with a municipality

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 required to travel at a reduced speed or make repeated stops along a route as part of public utilities work

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

Section 227
Flashing or rotating white or purple lights Vehicle belonging to a funeral services business

No other vehicles qualify for authorization by the SAAQ

Section 227.1
Flashing green light No vehicle may be equipped with a flashing green light unless its driver has the necessary authorizations. Firefighters who have the necessary authorizations may use a flashing green light in their personal vehicle when going to the fire station or the location of an intervention. The certificate of authorization is associated with an individual, not a vehicle. Section 226.2

Unless so authorized by the SAAQ, individuals may not install flashing lights on their vehicle.

Filing an authorization and recognition application

Last update: May 17, 2022