1. This Code governs the use of vehicles on public highways and, in specified cases, on certain private roads and lands, and pedestrian, cyclist and other road user traffic on public highways.
It establishes the rules relating to highway safety, to the registration of road vehicles, to licences and permits which are under the administration of the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec, and to the control of highway transportation of persons and goods.
The provisions of this Code regarding the registration and identification of a vehicle by means of a number affixed to it apply to the vehicles referred to in the Act respecting off-highway vehicles (chapter V-1.3).
The rules set out by this Code to ensure safe vehicular traffic are also applicable to off-highway vehicles and maintenance vehicles governed by the Act respecting off-highway vehicles when such vehicles travel in those areas where the Code applies, taking into account the specific equipment and vehicle specifications, and with the other necessary modifications.
In areas where this Code applies, if one of its provisions is inconsistent with a provision of the Act respecting off-highway vehicles, the more restrictive provisions to ensure public safety prevail. In particular, the lowest speed limits prevail.
1986, c. 91, s. 1; 1990, c. 19, s. 11; 1990, c. 83, s. 1; 1996, c. 56, s. 1; 1996, c. 60, s. 69; 2014, c. 12, s. 42; 2018, c. 7, s. 21; 2020, c. 26, s. 1281.