Although electric scooters are becoming more and more popular, they are still illegal. Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) confirmed the information this morning.
Opinions differ on electric scooters, but a SAAQ spokesperson reiterated the law this morning in an interview.
Mario Vilancourt asserts that “scooters, which are not made available in the Highway Safety Act, remain illegal”.
It is prohibited to use it on public roads: streets, sidewalks and bicycle paths.
However, it is possible to drive in parking spaces and private land.
Since this new device is not yet included in the Highway Safety Act, the ban is in effect.
For several years, a pilot project has been underway in a few municipalities in Quebec.
The Department of Transportation (MTQ) has given permission to the scooter manufacturer GEEBEE, so that these motorized devices can ride on public roads.
At present, it is the only brand of electric scooters allowed in Quebec.
The spokesperson asserts that “other than as stipulated in the pilot project, it is prohibited on the public road.”
As the SAAQ explains, it is up to the various municipal police departments to enforce the law.
Some are more lenient, others less.
A board made up of people from MTQ and SAAQ is currently questioning the legality of this type of device. No decision has yet been made.
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