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Driver's Licence

Increased Fines

New Measures Come into Effect

As of March 10, 2011, measures stemming from chapter 34 of the 2010 statutes (Bill 71) are in effect. In particular, the measures consist of increased amounts for fines concerning car surfing, reckless driving endangering the lives or safety of others, street racing, and the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle.

Chapter 34 of the 2010 statutes also introduces suspension of a driver's licence for drivers who commit excessive speeding offences on the road network with off-road vehicles.

It also prohibits holding or hanging on to a power-assisted bicycle in motion, or being pushed or pulled by a power-assisted bicycle in motion.

If you are convicted of one of these offences, you are liable to the following fines:

List of fines based on offences
Offences Fines**
Fines before March 10, 2011 Fines as of March 10, 2011
* Car surfing is an offence under sections 433 and 434 of the Highway Safety Code.

** Additional fees are added to the fine, such as registry fees, subject to change, under the Tariff of court costs in penal matters, as well as a contribution to IVAC (Indemnisation des victimes d'actes criminels).  

General public
Standing, holding or hanging onto on a moving vehicle, being pushed or pulled by one, or tolerating such actions (car surfing)* From $30 to $60 From $1,000 to $3,000
Holding or hanging onto a power-assisted bicycle, or being pushed or pulled by a power-assisted bicycle From $30 to $60 From $300 to $500
Reckless driving endangering the lives and safety of others From $300 to $600 From $1,000 to $3,000
Street racing From $300 to $600 From $1,000 to $3,000
Number of passengers exceeds number of seatbelts From $30 to $60 From $200 to $300
Number of passengers in the front seat greater than the number permitted From $30 to $60 From $200 to $300
 
Driver of a bus or minibus used for school transportation
Number of passengers exceeds number of seatbelts (when the vehicle is so equipped)
   1st offence From $200 to $300 From $200 to $300
   Repeat offence From $200 to $300 From $250 to $750
Number of passengers in a seat greater than the number permitted
   1st offence From $200 to $300 From $200 to $300
   Repeat offence From $200 to $300 From $250 to $750
 
Driver of a heavy vehicle
Refusing to drive a vehicle to a suitable place when ordered to do so by a peace officer From $350 to $1,050 From $700 to $3,000

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Last Modification: 2012-10-11