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Background

Since August 2012, Move Over driving rules aim at creating a buffer lane in certain circumstances to protect the driver and occupants of specific vehicles. The fines and demerit points that can be imposed on drivers for failing to comply with those rules are also specified.

Why Should This Measure Be Applied?

As part of their duties, certain workers must stop their vehicles on public roads to carry out interventions, risking being hit by a vehicle that is travelling on the road. Many people have been injured or even killed in these conditions. Properly executing “move over” manoeuvres increases these workers' safety as well as that of anyone who travels on the road near the stopped vehicle with flashing or rotating lights turned on.

Complying with this measure can help prevent injuries or even death!

When Does This Measure Apply?

You must carry out the “move over” manoeuvres when one of the vehicles below is stopped and its yellow arrow light signal or its rotating or flashing lights are activated.

Emergency vehicles

Tow truck

Surveillance vehicle

Véhicules d'urgence

Dépanneuse

Véhicule de surveillance

Specifically:

  • Police vehicle
  • Ambulance
  • Fire department vehicle
  • Vehicle from Contrôle routier Québec

 

Equipped with a yellow arrow light signal

How to Properly Execute the Manoeuvres

General rule: Create a buffer lane by slowing down, then putting as much distance as possible between you and the stopped vehicle, after making sure that you can do so safely. If needed, stop your vehicle to avoid endangering human life or safety.

More specifically, here are the correct manoeuvres to execute depending on the situation:

Intervention on the shoulder

Intervention on the shoulder: manoeuvre 1

Manoeuvre 1:

When a vehicle is stopped on the shoulder with its flashing or rotating lights activated, you must respect the Move Over law by slowing down and putting as much distance as possible between you and the vehicle, while remaining in the same lane.

 

Intervention on the shoulder: manoeuvre 2

Manoeuvre 2:

When a vehicle is stopped on the shoulder with its flashing or rotating lights activated, you must respect the Move Over law by slowing down and changing lanes after making sure it can be done safely.

 

Intervention on the shoulder: manoeuvre 3

Manoeuvre 3:

When a vehicle is stopped on the shoulder with its flashing or rotating lights activated , you must respect the Move Over law by slowing down and, if a lane change is impossible because it cannot be done safely, by putting as much distance as possible between you and the stopped vehicle, while remaining in the lane in which you are travelling.

 

Intervention in a traffic lane

Intervention in a traffic lane: manoeuvre 4

Manoeuvre 4:

When a vehicle is stopped in a traffic lane with its flashing or rotating lights activated, you must respect the Move Over law by slowing down and changing lanes after making sure that it can be done safely. If necessary, stop to yield the right of way to vehicles travelling in the opposite direction first.

 

Intervention in a traffic lane: manoeuvre 5

Manoeuvre 5:

When a vehicle is stopped in the lane in which you are travelling, with its flashing or rotating lights activated, you must respect the Move Over law by slowing down and, if necessary, stopping. Then, change lanes after making sure that it can be done safely .

 

Intervention in a traffic lane: manoeuvre 6

Manoeuvre 6:

When a vehicle is stopped in the lane contiguous to the lane in which you are travelling, with its flashing or rotating lights activated, you must respect the Move Over law by slowing down, then putting as much distance as possible between you and the stopped vehicle while remaining in the lane in which you are travelling.

 

Effective Date and Sanctions

This measure has been in force since August 5, 2012. In case of a violation, a $200 to $300 fine and a penalty of 4 demerit points shall be given.

Awareness Campaign

In order to explain the “move over” measure and the manoeuvres to be carried out, the ministère des Transports, the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec and their partners have conducted an awareness campaign with the theme "Protect those who protect us, respect the Move Over law".

This campaign includes:

  • A 30-second television message
  • A 30-second radio message
  • A web page that is mentioned in all aspects of the campaign and that also leads to a video describing the manoeuvres to be executed
  • Advertising in urban areas and on the Ministère's permanent advertisement network
  • An information sheet distributed by campaign partners during interventions on the road system

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