Who is SAAQ & which service they provide in Quebec

SAAQ (Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec) is a government agency in the province of Quebec, Canada, that is responsible for overseeing the administration and enforcement of laws related to road safety, vehicle registration, driver licensing, and insurance.

Some of the specific functions of the SAAQ include:

  1. Driver licensing: The SAAQ administers driver licensing exams to ensure that drivers have the knowledge and skills necessary to operate a motor vehicle safely. It issues driver’s licences that are required for individuals to legally drive on Quebec roads. The SAAQ also maintains records of drivers’ licences and driving histories, including any traffic violations or accidents.
  2. Vehicle registration: The SAAQ registers vehicles, issues license plates, and maintains records of vehicle ownership and history. Vehicle registration is required by law in Quebec, and the SAAQ ensures that vehicles are properly registered and licensed to be operated on Quebec roads.
  3. Road safety: The SAAQ is responsible for promoting road safety through educational campaigns, enforcement of traffic laws, and regulation of vehicle safety standards. It works closely with other agencies and organizations to promote safe driving practices and reduce the risk of accidents on Quebec roads.
  4. Insurance: The SAAQ is the main provider of public automobile insurance in Quebec, providing coverage for bodily injury and property damage resulting from motor vehicle accidents. The SAAQ’s insurance coverage is mandatory for all drivers in Quebec, and it provides compensation for victims of accidents regardless of who is at fault.

In addition to these core functions, the SAAQ also provides a range of other services related to road safety and motor vehicle administration. For example, it operates inspection centers where vehicles can be inspected for safety and compliance with environmental standards. The SAAQ also provides information and resources to help drivers and vehicle owners understand their rights and responsibilities under Quebec law.