You Can Obtain A Winter Tire Exemption From The SAAQ In Certain Cases

Did you know that the SAAQ offers an exemption for winter tires in certain cases? Here is what is indicated on its website:

From December 15 to March 15, all taxis and passenger vehicles registered in Québec must be equipped with tires specially designed for winter driving.

Owners, co-owners or long-term lessees or co-lessees of a passenger vehicle registered inQuébec who wish to use their vehicle without winter tires for the following reasons:

  • To leave or return to Québec (one certificate for each one-way trip). See the examples.
  • To put a vehicle back on the road (licensing a stored vehicle)
  • To cancel a leasing contract (before the end of the contract).

For those who think they might be able to drive all winter using summer tires, there is a limit to the exemption:


  • The exemption is valid for 7 days.
  • You can obtain no more than 4 certificates per vehicle each winter.

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