Remunerated Passenger Transportation by Automobile

Owners of a taxi or a vehicle comparable to a taxi

CHANGES CONCERNING THE TAXI INDUSTRY

The Act respecting remunerated passenger transportation by automobile came into force on October 10, 2020. To find out more about the obligations set forth under the Act and its attendant regulations as well as deadlines, see the reference document (in French only) or visit the Modernisation de l’industrie du taxi page (in French only) on the website of Québec's Ministère des Transports.

To operate a taxi or a vehicle comparable to a taxi, you must hold an authorization for a vehicle to provide remunerated passenger transportation and comply with the obligations of the Act respecting remunerated passenger transportation by automobile and the Regulation respecting remunerated passenger transportation by automobile

Eligibility

Who can apply for an authorization for a vehicle to provide remunerated transportation of passengers?

  • Owners of a vehicle registered in Québec
  • Co-owners or co-lessees of vehicles registered under more than one name

Vehicles eligible to provide remunerated passenger transportation

  • Passenger vehicles intended for personal use
  • Passenger vehicles intended for commercial or special use (F plate)
  • Electric passenger vehicles
  • Amateur radio operator vehicles (VA2 or VE2 plate)

Vehicles that are not eligible to provide remunerated passenger transportation

  • Trailers, camping trailers and tent trailers (R plate)
  • Buses or minibuses (A plate)
  • Off-road vehicles (V licence plate)
  • Heavy vehicles (L plate)
  • Passenger vehicles used by members of a consular corps or a foreign delegation (CC plate)
  • Passenger vehicles used by members of a diplomatic corps or the International Civil Aviation Organization (CD l plate)
  • Vehicles with a dealer plate (X plate)

Vehicle eligibility criteria

Standard vehicle

  • The vehicle is authorized for road use.
  • The vehicle is of the sedan or station wagon type.
  • The vehicle is not equipped with an alcohol ignition interlock device.
  • The vehicle is equipped with a GPS device (for the Montréal area).
  • The vehicle is less than 10 years old.
  • The vehicle has a wheelbase of at least 261 cm (256 cm for electric vehicles).
  • The vehicle has a net weight of less than 3,500 kg.
  • The vehicle is equipped with at least 4 seat belts.
  • The vehicle has a solid roof.
  • The vehicle has at least 4 side doors (vans and utility vehicles must have 3 or 4 side doors).
  • Vans must have a running board.

Adapted vehicle

  • The vehicle is equipped with an access ramp or platform lift.
  • Wheelchair access is on the vehicle’s right side (lateral access).
  • The net weight is 4,000 kg or less.

Limousine

  • The vehicle corresponds to the most luxurious make marketed by its manufacturer at the time.
  • The vehicle has a wheelbase greater than 280 cm.
  • The vehicle has a net weight below 4,000 kg.

We recommend that you view the list of vehicle makes and models that are authorized (PDF, 183.7 ko)This file does not meet Web accessibility standards. to provide remunerated passenger transportation. The list is available in French only. 

The SAAQ reserves the right to refuse or withdraw a vehicle’s authorization to provide remunerated passenger transportation if it no longer meets eligibility criteria or was used to commit an offence.

Issuance of the vehicle’s authorization to provide remunerated passenger transportation

Required documents

You must go to one of our service outlets and bring:

If you are eligible, we will give you:

  • a certificate attesting that the vehicle is authorized to provide remunerated passenger transportation
  • a government accessory, if your vehicle is not equipped with a dome light

Note that the vehicle authorization and the government accessory are not transferable.

Renewing the authorized vehicle’s attestation to provide remunerated passenger transportation

Every year, the SAAQ sends a renewal notice to the owners of vehicles that are authorized to provide remunerated passenger transportation. 

Payment methods

  • By a cheque mailed to the following address:
    Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
    Case postale 19800, succursale Terminus
    Québec (Québec) G1K 8X7
  • In one of our service outlets

When to renew the authorized vehicle’s attestation

The attestation renewal period varies depending on the type of vehicle and how you use it.

Passenger vehicles (plates without a prefix, personalized plates and veteran’s plates)

The renewal of the authorized vehicle’s attestation occurs each year at the same time that the vehicle’s registration is renewed. The first letter of your last name determines the month in which your vehicle is renewed.

First letter of last name Renewal month 
BJanuary
A – C – WFebruary
D – E – FMay
G – H – JJune
M – N – O – VAugust
LSeptember
P – Q – ROctober
I – K – S – T – U – X – Y – ZNovember

Commercial-use vehicles (F plate)

The attestation of authorization for passenger vehicles used mainly (more than 50% of its use) for remunerated passenger transportation is renewed in March.

Amateur radio operator vehicles

The attestation of authorization for vehicles bearing an amateur radio operator plate is renewed in March.

Restricted-use vehicle (C plate)

The attestation of authorization for restricted-use vehicles is renewed in March.

Modifications made to your authorized vehicle

Keep your authorized vehicle attestation payment notice. You may need it to inform us of modifications made to your vehicle during the year. 

Cancellation of your vehicle authorization

If a vehicle is no longer in your possession or is no longer used to provide remunerated passenger transportation, you must inform the SAAQ. To do so, you can fill out the “Cancellation” section of your authorized vehicle attestation payment notice and return it to us by mail.

Mechanical inspection

All vehicles authorized to provide remunerated passenger transportation are required to undergo a mechanical inspection depending on the vehicle’s age and odometer reading

If the vehicle is 4 years old or older, or if the vehicle is less than 4 years old but has reached 80,000 km, a mechanical inspection is required every year or every 60,000 km

If the vehicle is 8 to 10 years old, the mechanical inspection must be carried out every 6 months

You must schedule an appointment with an SAAQ road vehicle inspection agent.

If the vehicle is found to be compliant, the road vehicle inspection agent will affix an inspection sticker on the vehicle. If the vehicle is not compliant, the necessary repairs will have to be made.

Costs

Cost for an authorized vehicle attestation

$9.20 (including taxes) for issue, renewal or replacement

Cost of the government accessory

$17.40 (including taxes) for issue or replacement

Last update: July 21, 2021