Quebec

PASSENGER VEHICLES MOTORCYCLES

To obtain a motorcycle driver’s licence in QC, there are three stages: Class 6R (Learner); Class 6A (Learner); and then a Probationary Licence.
Effective date of program implementation: June 30, 1997updated January 1, 2001
Updated January 17, 2010, June 9, 2011


AGE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum entry age: 16 years
Minimum exit age: 16 years, 7 month
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Knowledge test: Must achieve 85% for the part on motorcycle operating techniques; 75% for the parts on traffic rules, road signs and traffic signals; if the driver already holds a class 5 probationary or driver’s licence, he/she must pass the section on techniques for operating a motorcycle (32 questions)
Parental consent: If driver is under 18 years
Vision test
EXIT REQUIREMENTS
Successfully passed test ⁄ course: A mandatory Driver education course consists of one theory portion and two practical portions, on a closed track and on the road; the theory course may be follow before taking the knowledge test to obtain a class 6R learner’s licence; Closed track test (75%)
Time completion: 1 month
STAGE DURATION
Minimum duration: If drivers pass the mandatory driver education course, they are eligible to take the closed track test after holding the 6R licence for 1 month
Maximum holding period
SUPERVISORY DRIVER
Age
Driver log
Licence held: This licence allows learners to drive any type of motorcycle, but only as part of a mandatory driving course given in a driving school recognized by the Association Québécoise du Transport et des Routes (AQTR) or as part of a SAAQ closed track test
SUPERVISED DRIVING
Minimum amount of supervised driving
DRIVING RESTRICTIONS AND CONDITIONS
BAC level while driving: 0.0 BAC
Night driving
Passenger restrictions
Road restrictions
Display "L" sign⁄plate when driving
Other restrictions
SUSPENSION & PROHIBITION
Lower driver penalty point threshold: 4 instead of 15; a learner's licence is revoked for a minimum period of 3 months following the accumulation of 4 demerit points. Once revocation is over, the licence is valid again...is extended by at least 3 months
New: Immediate seizure and impoundment of the vehicle if the blood-alcohol level is above 160mg/100ml, or for a refusal to provide a breath or blood sample, a refusal to submit a coordination test, or any other repeat offence
Violation of the zero BAC limit: A new driver who consumes alcohol and drives will have their learner's licence suspended; if an offence is committed, 90 days of immediate suspension...resulting in a licence revocation of at least 3 months
DRIVER IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS
N⁄A
ADDITIONAL CLASS 6R FEATURES
N⁄A

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Effective June 19, 2011, the holder of a driver's licence is subject to the following conditions according to age:
  • Under age 23 - When 8 or more demerit points are entered on the driving record, the licence is revoked
  • Age 23 to 24 - When 12 or more demerit points are entered on the driving record, the licence is revoked
  • Age 25 and older - When 15 or more demerit points are entered on the driving record, the licence is revoked

The minimum licence revocation period is 3 months. It could go up to 6 or 12 months depending on the number of demerit points entered for a single offence, or if the driver's licence has previously been revoked.

Licence revocation means that a person no longer has the right to drive during the penalty period or, if the person does not hold a licence, the right to obtain one is supended.


CONTACT INFORMATION
Sylvie Lemieux
Directrice
Direction du développement en sécurité routière
Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec
CP 19600, 333, boul. JeanLesage C-4-2
Quebec, QC G1K 8J6
Phone: 418-528-3380 
Email: sylvie.lemieux@saaq.gouv.qc.ca
Website:
: http://www.saaq.gouv.qc.ca/en/driver_licence/index.html