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Ministère de la Sécurité publique

By-law respecting identification of vehicles of municipal police forces

Updated to 1 September 2009

Division I

Definitions

  1. Definitions: In this By-law, unless the context indicates otherwise, the following words and expressions mean:
    • «coat of arms»: the coat of arms, shields, sigla or emblems of a municipality or of the Communauté urbaine de Montréal or of a municipal police force;
    • «white» or «white colour»: the white colour complying with BNQ standard 9901-903/1974-02-08 of the Bureau de normalisation du Québec;
    •  «blue» or «blue colour»: the blue colour complying with BNQ standard 9901-902/1974-01-31 of the Bureau de normalisation du Québec;
    • «municipal police force»: a municipal police force established by a municipality as well as the Police Department of the Communauté urbaine de Montréal created by section 187 of the Act respecting the Communauté urbaine de Montréal (R.S.Q., c. C-37.2);
    • «director»: the director of a municipal police force;
    • «revolving emergency lamps»: system of 3 revolving lamps in compliance with BNQ standard 1943-550/1974-08-30 of the Bureau de normalisation du Québec, installed on one or more horizontal bars;
    • «red flasher»: red flasher or series of red flashers installed individually or in series on a vehicle;
    • «van»: includes a van, truck or light truck;
    • «call sign»: the number used to designate a vehicle or to call it by radio; depending on the size of the municipal police force the call sign may consist of only one digit or a combination of 2 elements, the first of which designates the home station or base of the vehicle and the second, the individual identification either of the officer or of the vehicle itself;
    • «retro-reflective non-exposed lens»: retro-reflective non-exposed lens in compliance with BNQ standard 6830-101/1972-12-13, Class A, Grade 2, of the Bureau de normalisation du Québec;
    • «vehicle»: in addition to the vehicles referred to in section 4 of the Highway Safety Code (R.S.Q., c. C-24.2), includes all launches;
    • «identified vehicle»: any vehicle, among municipal police force vehicles, that is permanently identified as a police vehicle.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 1; S.Q., 1981, c. 7, s. 536; S.Q., 1986, c. 91, s. 655.

Division II

Identification of automobiles

  1. Application: Where an automobile is an identified vehicle, it must conform with the standards prescribed in this Division.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 2.  

  1.  Colour: The automobile must be painted blue.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 3.

  1. Horizontal stripe: The automobile must have a white horizontal stripe on both sides and along its entire length. Such stripe may be white or made of retro-reflective non-exposed lens. In addition, such stripe, which must be not less than 5 inches and not more than 8 inches in width, shall be located immediately below the side window frames.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 4.

  1. Coat of arms: The coat of arms is optional. It must be scaled-down and affixed by transfer inside the white stripe and located to the left of any inscription.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 5.

  1.   Inscriptions: The automobile must carry the following inscriptions:
    •  on both sides and spread evenly along the white stripe, the word «POLICE», followed by the name of the municipality which must not be preceded by the words «Ville de...», except in the case of automobiles of the police force of the ville de Québec which must bear the words «VILLE DE QUÉBEC» and those of the Communauté urbaine de Montréal which may bear the official name of the community or the abbreviation of such name, as determined by the Act respecting the Communauté urbaine de Montréal (R.S.Q., c. C-37.2); such inscriptions must be blue and in block letters 3 inches high of «helvetica medium» type;
    • on the front hood and on the rear trunk, the word «POLICE». The letters of such inscription must be made of retro-reflective non-exposed lens and be in block letters 3 inches high of «helvetica medium» type;
    • on each front door, the call sign, whose elements must be 10 inches high and made of retro-reflective non-exposed lens, centred in the space between the ends of the door and the white stripe;
    • on the rear trunk, on the right-hand side, the call sign whose elements must be 3 inches high and made of retro-reflective non-exposed lens;
    • optionally, on the roof, the call sign. If such call sign is inscribed, its elements must be 18 inches high, 10 inches wide and be made of retro-reflective non-exposed lens. It must be placed so that it can be easily legible when looking from the rear towards the front of the vehicle and be located at the rear and away from the bar supporting the revolving lamp system.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 6. 

  1. Tires: The automobile must have black walled tires.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 7.

  1. Stop lamp: The traffic stop lamp «Police -Stop» is optional. If such lamp is installed, it must be placed on the right front mudguard, at an angle of 80º to the axis of the automobile.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 8.

  1. Revolving emergency lamps: The automobile must be equipped with revolving emergency lamps installed at the highest point of the roof, at right angles to the axis of the automobile.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 9.

Division III

Identification of vans

  1. Application: Where a van is an identified vehicle, it must conform with the standards prescribed in this Division.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 10.

  1. Colour: The van must be painted blue.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 11.

  1. Horizontal stripe: The van must have a white horizontal stripe on both sides and along its entire length as well as at the rear of the vehicle, at the same level and joining with the side stripes. Such stripe may be painted white or made of retro-reflective non-exposed lens. Moreover, the stripe, whose width on the 3 sides of the van must be not less than 5 inches and not more than 8 inches shall be located immediately below the side window frames.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 12.

  1. Coat of arms: The coat of arms is optional. It must be scaled-down and affixed by transfer inside the white stripe and located to the left of any inscription.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 13.

  1. Inscriptions: The van must carry the following inscriptions:
    • on the white side stripes, the word «POLICE» followed by the name of the municipality or of the Communauté urbaine de Montréal inscribed in the manner prescribed in paragraph a of section 6;
    • on the front hood, the word «POLICE» in block letters 3 inches high of «helvetica medium» type, made of retro-reflective non-exposed lens. Moreover, the word «POLICE» on the white stripe at the rear of the vehicle, in block letters 3 inches high of «helvetica medium» type, must be painted blue;
    • call signs on the sides, inscribed in the manner prescribed in paragraph c of section 6;
    • at the rear, on the lower right end, the call sign inscribed in the manner prescribed in paragraph d of section 6;
    • optional, on the roof, the call sign. If the call sign is inscribed, it must be in the manner prescribed in paragraph e of section 6.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 14.

  1. Revolving emergency lamps: The revolving emergency lamps are optional. If these lamps are installed, they must be installed at the highest point of the roof, at right angles to the axis of the van.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 15.

Division IV

Identification of motorcycles and snowmobiles

  1.  Application:
    1.  Where a motorcycle is an identified vehicle, it must comply with the standards prescribed in this Division.
    2. Where a snowmobile is owned by the municipality or by the Communauté urbaine de Montréal and is an identified vehicle, it must comply with the standards prescribed in this Division.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 16.

  1. Color:
    1. Motorcycles must be painted completely white.
    2. Snowmobiles must be painted blue.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 17.

  1. Coat of arms and inscriptions: The inscription of the word «POLICE» is compulsory on motorcycles and snowmobiles. On motorcycles, the word must be painted blue; on snowmobiles it must be marked in retro-reflective non-exposed lens. In both cases, the word «POLICE» must be in block letters of «helvetica medium» type.

    The affixing of the coat of arms and the inscription of the name of the municipality or of the Communauté urbaine de Montréal and of the call sign are optional on motorcycles and snowmobiles. Where the aforementioned inscription is used, it must be blue if the basic colour of the vehicle is white, and white if the basic colour of the vehicle is blue; the size of the letters and figures must be in proportion to the available space.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 18.

  1. Red flashers:
    1. On a snowmobile, the installation of one or more red flashers is optional.
    2. On motorcycles, one red flasher must be installed on the front.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 19. 

  1. Revolving red lamp: The installation of a telescopic post supporting a single revolving red lamp is optional.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 20.

Division V

Identification of launches

  1. Application: Where a launch is owned by the municipality or by the Communauté urbaine de Montréal and is an identified vehicle, it must comply with the standards prescribed in this Division.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 21.

  1. Colour: Launches must be painted blue.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 22. 

  1. Horizontal stripe, coat of arms and inscriptions: All launches must have a white stripe on both sides in which the word «POLICE» and the name of the municipality or of the Communauté urbaine de Montréal must appear. The affixing of the coat of arms on a launch is optional. 

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 23. 

  1. Lights: Launches must carry only the lights prescribed by section 43 of the Small Vessel Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1487).

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 24.

Division VI

Final provision

  1. Application: Every identified vehicle purchased after 5 April 1978 must be identified in accordance with the standards of this By-law.

    In all other cases, identified vehicles must, before 5 April 1981, be painted and identified in the manner prescribed herein.

    Vehicles made of fiberglass or plastic materials which cannot be re-painted are not subject to this By-law.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10, s. 25.

R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-13, r. 10