Q3: What is the “Compliance Policy”?
A: The SAAQ enforces very precise rules regarding drivers and vehicles in the context of carrier enforcement operations. The condition of drivers and their vehicles must comply with the requirements provided for in laws and regulations.
If an offense statement has been issued, the driver will not be allowed back on the road if he cannot comply with regulatory standards. For example, if drivers cannot present the documents required to drive the vehicle or if the have exceeded the hours of driving, they will not be allowed back on the road.
This is also true if the vehicle does not meet requirements relating to weight, cargo securing, dangerous substances, mechanical safety, etc. The vehicle will not be allowed back on the road until its driver can show compliance with regulatory standards.
Q4: Why do roads deteriorate to a greater extent during a thaw?
A: During thaw periods, road strength diminishes considerably, making it sensitive to the pressure exerted by heavy vehicles. To protect roads, SAAQ highway enforcement officers carry out intensive operations to monitor the weight of heavy vehicles during thaws.
Q5: Are there any health restrictions for driving a heavy vehicle in the United States?
A: Yes. They are set out in this section: U.S. Driving Prohibition for Some Class 1, 2, 3 and 4B Licence Holders (French only - Interdiction de conduire aux États-Unis pour certains titulaires de permis des classes 1, 2, 3 et 4B).