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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 Zone 50 km/h Zone Fine Demerit Points
35 to 39 55 to 59 $25 0
40 60 $35 0
41 to 44 61 to 64 $35 1
45 to 49 65 to 69 $45 1
50 70 $55 1
51 to 54 71 to 74 $75 2
55 to 59 75 to 79 $90 2
60 80 $105 2
61 to 64 81 to 84 $135 3
65 to 69 85 to 89 $155 3
70 to 74 90 to 94 $175 3
75 95 $195 3
76 to 79 96 to 99 $240 5
80 to 84 100 to 104 $265 5
85 to89 105 to 109 $290 5
90 110 $315 5
91 to 94 111 to 114 $375 7
95 to 99 115 to 119 $405 7
100 to 104 120 to 124 $435 7
105 to 109 125 to 129 $465 7
110 130 $495 7
111 to 114 131 to 134 $495 9
115 to 119 135 to 139 $525 9

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
Offence Number 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 conditions 2
Tailgating 2
Accelerating when being passed 2
Passing a bicycle too closely in a travel lane 2
Failure to yield to pedestrians and cyclists at an intersection 2
Failure to yield to oncoming traffic 2
Sudden braking without cause 2
Failure to stop before turning right at a red traffic light (where permitted) 3
Failure to wear a seat belt 3
Failure to wear a helmet (motorcycles, mopeds & motorized scooters) 3
Prohibited passing on the right 3
Prohibited passing on the left 3
Prohibited driving in reverse 3
Failure to obey the order or signal of a peace officer, school crossing guard or flag person 3
Failure to obey a red traffic light or stop sign 3
Failure to come to a mandatory stop at a level crossing 3
Prohibited crossing of a line marking off lanes 3
Driving while using a hand-held device that includes a telephone function 3
Zigzagging to pass 4
Prohibited passing in a lane reserved for oncoming traffic 4
Speeding or reckless driving 4
Driving for a wager or stake or in a race 6
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 9
Prohibited use of a tunnel by a vehicle carrying dangerous substances 9
Failure of a driver involved in an accident to do his or her duty 9
Failure to stop at a level crossing when driving a bus, a minibus or a road vehicle carrying certain dangerous substances 9
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.

5 Responses to “Demerit Points – Québec”
  1. Shawn T says:

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

  2. Admin says:

    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.

  3. peter mitic says:

    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. Admin says:

    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

  5. Rachel says:

    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

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