Law about electric uncycles and scooters in Quebec
The SAAQ, or Société de l'assurane automobile du Québec (Society for automotive insurance of Québec) and the Regulation respecting road vehicle registration, C-24.2, r. 29 regulate our behaviour on Québec roads. We will explain the legislation surrounding the use of electric unicycles and scooters in Québec, according to the informations published by the aforementioned organisms.
Am I allowed to ride my electric Unicycle in Quebec?
The use of individual electric vehicles is not allowed but tolerated. Let me explain! In Quebec laws and SAAQ regulations, the terms "electric unicyle", "gyropods" and "hoverboard" are not mentioned anywhere, except for scooters and electric bicycles. Nothing authorizes or prohibits its use. In theory, you could practice the electric unicycle wherever you could ride a bicycle. That is to say, on designated roadways, cycle tracks and cycle lanes. However, if you come across an uncompromising and experienced policeman during one of your rides in the electric unicyle, he may give you a ticket with the reason: "Use of a toy vehicle on the road". However, the justification is questionable because the electric unicycle is far from being a toy.
To avoid this kind of inconvenience, we ask users of the electric unicycle to practice responsibly.
What we recommend
In order to blend in with the traffic without without disrupting it, we recommend that you comply with certain laws already adopted in some countries on the use of the electric unicycle.
On the road and bicycle paths :
- Limit your speed to 25 km/h.
- Use hand signals to indicate your intention when turning or stopping.
- Comply with the traffic regulations applicable to the bicycle.
On sidewalks :
- The law in France and Belgium tolerates riding on sidewalks at a maximum speed of 6km/h without disturbing pedestrians. Don't forget that sidewalks are reserved for pedestrians.
It is also important to take note that a pilot project concerning the use of electric scooters in Quebec is currently exists.
New SAAQ regulations concerning electric scooters
A new pilot project, from the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec SAAQ, has come into effect. Since September 13, 2018 and for a period of three years, the law allows to drive on the road with certain electric scooters. However, there are a few rules to respect in order to circulate legally:
The rules to be respected:
- Be over 18 years of age
- Have completed training provided by a manufacturer or supplier registered in the pilot project
- Wear a bicycle helmet
- Use roads limited to a maximum of 50 km/h
- Signal your intention to turn with traffic lights
- Have proof of participation in the training
- Comply with the road safety code
- Do not carry passengers or pull a trailer
- Do not use a modified electric scooter
The scooters concerned by this bill are only applicable to the GEEBEE brand scooters.
Regarding the Segway...
No laws and regulations apply to the Segway. For the SAAQ and the Montreal police, it is therefore for the moment a "motorized toy vehicle". In theory, the Montreal police could therefore issue a $154 traffic ticket to Segway owners. "In reality, [Segway owners] are asked to not use the public roads," explains Nathalie Lavoie of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal. Published on 13 July 2008 at 00h00 | Updated on 20 July 2008 at 12h48. Lapresse.ca
Recommandations from Noaio
The practice of electric unicycles is still exceedingly rare in Québec. To better blend in with motorized traffic, it is important to always respect surrounding individuals, may they be pedestrians or drivers. You have to exercise caution and general good sense in your travels. Electric unicycles and scooters are vehicles that can reach respectable speeds. Their practice may therefore be dangerous, so we greatly advise all of our customers to wear a helmet and wrist protectors. The reputation of owners of these kinds of vehicles will play a major role in the integration of new laws in the months and years to come.
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