In force: 2020-10-10
143. The Minister may, by regulation and after consulting with the Société, authorize the implementation of pilot projects aimed at testing the use of autonomous vehicles, within the meaning of section 4 of the Highway Safety Code (chapter C-24.2), to offer remunerated passenger transportation by automobile and study its efficiency or define special standards applicable to that area.
The Minister may, within the scope of such pilot projects, authorize any person or group to offer remunerated passenger transportation using autonomous vehicles or to set up a passenger transportation system using such vehicles in compliance with standards and rules prescribed by the Minister that differ from those set out in this Act or any other Act whose administration falls under the Minister’s responsibility, for the purpose of increasing the safety of users, improving the quality of the transportation offered or facilitating the rollout of such vehicles. Such a pilot project must also foster fairness in relation to other modes of remunerated passenger transportation by automobile and compliance with the applicable privacy protection rules. The third paragraph of section 633.1 of the Highway Safety Code applies to such projects.
A pilot project established under this section is conducted for a period of up to three years, which the Minister may extend by up to two years if the Minister considers it necessary. The Minister may modify or terminate a pilot project at any time. The Minister may also determine the provisions of the regulation whose violation constitutes an offence and determine the minimum and maximum amounts for which the offender is liable, which may not be less than $200 or more than $3,000.