Reaction to Bill 48

  • February 12, 2024

On February 8, 2024, Ombudsperson 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 Ombudsperson endorses Bill 48’s goals, notably, improving road user safety. He especially welcomes the measures for protecting children in school zones.

Nonetheless, the Ombudsperson 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.

Letter by the Protecteur du citoyen on Bill 48 (PDF, 139 KiB, in French only)