Demerit Points – Québec

Update:

Québec’s Demerit Points


Fines and Demerit Points

Speeding, by Zone

Québec's's Coat of Arms

Every person who drives a road vehicle at a speed over the posted speed limit in a school zone is liable to a fine, the amount of which is established in accordance with the progression described in section 516 of the Highway Safety Code.

Moreover, every person who drives a road vehicle is liable to a fine equal to double the fine set out when he drives at a speed of 40 km/h or more over the posted speed limit in a zone where the maximum authorized speed limit is 60 km/h or less.

Demerit points may also be recorded in the driving record of a person who drives at a speed over the posted speed limit.

30 km/h Zone50 km/h ZoneFineDemerit Points
35 to 3955 to 59$250
4060$350
41 to 4461 to 64$351
45 to 4965 to 69$451
5070$551
51 to 5471 to 74$752
55 to 5975 to 79$902
6080$1052
61 to 6481 to 84$1353
65 to 6985 to 89$1553
70 to 7490 to 94$1753
7595$1953
76 to 7996 to 99$2405
80 to 84100 to 104$2655
85 to89105 to 109$2905
90110$3155
91 to 94111 to 114$3757
95 to 99115 to 119$4057
100 to 104120 to 124$4357
105 to 109125 to 129$4657
110130$4957
111 to 114131 to 134$4959
115 to 119135 to 139$5259

QUEBEC’S DEMERIT POINTS FOR DRIVERS

Source: Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec

2 points

Driving at a speed too great for weather or road conditions

Tailgating

Accelerating when being passed

Passing a bicycle too closely in a travel lane

Failure to yield to pedestrians and cyclists at an intersection

Failure to yield to oncoming traffic

Sudden braking without cause

3 points

Failure to stop before turning right at a red traffic light (where permitted)

Failure to wear a seat belt

Failure to wear a helmet (motorcycles, mopeds & motorized scooters)

Prohibited passing on the right

Prohibited passing on the left

Prohibited driving in reverse

Failure to obey the order or signal of a peace officer, school crossing guard or flag person

Failure to obey a red traffic light or stop sign

Failure to come to a mandatory stop at a level crossing

Prohibited crossing of a line marking off lanes

Driving while using a hand-held device that includes a telephone function

4 points

Zigzagging to pass

Prohibited passing in a lane reserved for oncoming traffic

Speeding or reckless driving

Driving without an accompanying rider (learner’s licence holder)

Driving with the presence of alcohol in the body *

Failure to provide a breath sample *

* For holders of a learner’s licence, a probationary licence or a driver’s licence with an alcohol ignition interlock requirement

6 points

Driving for a wager or stake or in a race

9 points

Failure to stop when approaching a school bus or minibus with its flashing lights in operation, or prohibited passing or meeting of such a vehicle

Prohibited use of a tunnel by a vehicle carrying dangerous substances

Failure of a driver involved in an accident to do his or her duty

Failure to stop at a level crossing when driving a bus, a minibus or a road vehicle carrying certain dangerous substances

Demerit Points Table

Demerit points are entered on the record of drivers who commit certain offences under the Highway Safety Code or under a municipal by-law, provincial or federal statute or regulation concerning road safety.

Other Offences that put Demerit Points on your Driving Record
OffenceNumber of points
* For holders of a learner’s licence, a probationary licence, a driver’s licence with an alcohol ignition interlock requirement or a restricted licence issued following the suspension of a probationary licence, and for anyone under 25 years of age who has held a class 6D (moped and motorized scooter) or 8 (farm tractor) for fewer than 5 years.
Driving at a speed too great for weather or road conditions2
Tailgating2
Accelerating when being passed2
Passing a bicycle too closely in a travel lane2
Failure to yield to pedestrians and cyclists at an intersection2
Failure to yield to oncoming traffic2
Sudden braking without cause2
Failure to stop before turning right at a red traffic light (where permitted)3
Failure to wear a seat belt3
Failure to wear a helmet (motorcycles, mopeds & motorized scooters)3
Prohibited passing on the right3
Prohibited passing on the left3
Prohibited driving in reverse3
Failure to obey the order or signal of a peace officer, school crossing guard or flag person3
Failure to obey a red traffic light or stop sign3
Failure to come to a mandatory stop at a level crossing3
Prohibited crossing of a line marking off lanes3
Driving while using a hand-held device that includes a telephone function3
Zigzagging to pass4
Prohibited passing in a lane reserved for oncoming traffic4
Speeding or reckless driving4
Driving for a wager or stake or in a race6
Failure to stop when approaching a school bus or minibus with its flashing lights in operation, or prohibited passing or meeting of such a vehicle9
Prohibited use of a tunnel by a vehicle carrying dangerous substances9
Failure of a driver involved in an accident to do his or her duty9
Failure to stop at a level crossing when driving a bus, a minibus or a road vehicle carrying certain dangerous substances9
Driving without an accompanying rider (learner’s licence holder)4
Driving with the presence of alcohol in the body *4
Failure to provide a breath sample *4

How long do demerit points remain on record?
Two years

Demerit points remain on your driving record for two years following
the date of conviction.

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5 comments

  1. Hi,
    I was recently caught driving through a red light on my bike. I was fined $42, and lost 3 demerit points on my license (i hold a quebec license). I understand the fine, but I’m not so sure about the points. Can I fight this? Is it possible to lose demerit points when you’re not even driving???

    Thanks,
    Rachel

  2. Hi Peter:
    You can fight the ticket and enter into a plea-bargain with the prosecutor who may agree to lower the number of km’s/h to 15 km’s over the posted speed limit. If the prosecutor agrees to this, then there will be no demerit points attached to your driver’s licence.

    On aside, it is not at all unusual for driver’s like yourself to be nailed when a sudden decrease of km’s/h occurs – it is no coincidence that
    the police just happen to be situated in that sweet area (where the decrease occurs). It is much like police who set up radar at a bottom of a hill, where vehicles accelerate, even in neutral.

    Remember to always http://fightyourtickets.ca

  3. I was caught for speeding 27 kpm over the limit. I am concerned about the demerit point issued. Can I fight the fine and demerit points issued? I was travelling in a 100 kph area and the speed dropped to 70 kph I saw the sign that said of the reduction of speed and was slowing down and the next thing I know the police was pullling me over. Can I plead guilty with hope of saving my demerit points ?

    Peter

  4. Hi Shawn T:
    In answer to your question – Am I allowed to drive on the highway, with 14 demerit points, with a Quebec driver’s licence? The short answer is yes, until your driver’s licence is suspended or revoked.

    How many demerit points must a licenced Quebec driver accumulate before their licence is revoked? – 15 or more demerit points.

    How many demerit points must a learner’s driver’s licence or probationary driver’s licence holder have accumulated for the licence to be revoked in Quebec? 4 demerit points

    When a learner’s licence or probationary licence holder accumulates 4 demerits points on their licence, the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec revokes their driver’s licence.

  5. I have a quebec license and i only have 1 point left out of my 15. Am i allowed to drive on the highway?

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