On February 8, 2024, Québec Ombudsman Marc-André Dowd sent a letter to the National Assembly’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment. In it, he commented on Bill 48 – Act to amend mainly the Highway Safety Code to introduce provisions relating to detection systems and other highway safety-related provisions.
The Québec Ombudsman endorses Bill 48’s goals, notably, improving road user safety. He especially welcomes the measures for protecting children in school zones.
Nonetheless, the Québec Ombudsman made two recommendations so that vehicle owners are treated fairly in the event of an offence or a violation caught on a photo radar. If owners have not committed the offence, they must have the right to name the person who was driving their vehicle at the time of the offence or violation.