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Pilot project: Dockless self-serve unregistered vehicles (DSUV)

Dockless self-serve unregistered vehicles are popping up in different cities across the world.

What is a dockless self-serve unregistered vehicle (DSUV)?

  1. A DSUV is an electric or non-electric bike, or any other motorized or non-motorized mode of transportation with an electric motor under 500 watts.
  2. A locking device allows users to park these vehicles without docking them, or to attach them to a bike rack if the vehicle has an integrated attachment device (such as a padlock).
  3. These vehicles are rented via self-service.

 

 

The city would like to encourage other forms of transportation besides personal vehicles and has adopted a by-law around the arrival of DSUVs, which provide an alternative method to public transportation while reducing the pressure of cars.

By offering new mobility solutions, the city is continuing its fight against climate change and encouraging its residents to use active transportation.

Objective of the by-law

The by-law aims to achieve three objectives:

  1. To make room for these new services in Montréal’s mobility landscape 
  2. To oversee the occupancy of public property and avoid overcrowding 
  3. To make operators accountable for managing their fleet of vehicles

Period of use

DSUVs can be used from April 22 to November 15, 2019.

Rules for parking on public property

Vehicle parking must not obstruct traffic, especially for pedestrians and persons with reduced mobility. 

DSUVs with integrated padlocks

All vehicles must be parked in a fixed, upright position in a public bike rack. Bike racks can be found in all 19 boroughs. 

Comments/Complaints

If you have questions about how this new mobility service works, or to report an incorrect parking, you must:

1. Identify the vehicle using the ID number

1. Identify the vehicle using the vehicle number under the QR code on the handlebars.

2. Contact the service operator

Safety rules

IMPORTANT: Electric bike users must be 18 or older and have a moped driver’s license.

The same traffic rules for electric bikes also apply to dockless self-serve unregistered vehicles.

  • Wearing a helmet that is compliant with safety standards is required. 
  • It is prohibited to transport passengers, attach a trailer or pull or push any other objects or people. 
  • Users of dockless self-serve unregistered vehicles must inform the operator of any accident or incident that arises while they are using the vehicle. 

Traffic rules

Electric scooters can only be ridden on bike paths, streets and roads.

It is strictly prohibited to:

  • Ride an electric scooter on the sidewalk
  • Ride on a public street on which the speed limit is 50km/h except in one of the following cases:
    • Crossing public roads at an intersection
    • Travelling on a traffic circle (roundabout) to get from one public road to another at a speed below 50 km/h 
    • Using a protected bike path

Other information

Any company that wants to offer a self-service unregistered and undocked vehicle service must get an operating license.

To take part in the unregistered and undocked vehicle service pilot project and implement new low-carbon and active methods of transportation, or if you have questions about how these vehicles work, the city encourages you to visit the operators’ Web sites to make an informed decision based on your micromobility needs.

N.B. It is forbidden to circulate on public roads with an individual private property motorized scooter (e-scooter) . These scooters are not part of this pilot project. Their circulation on public roads is therefore not authorized in Quebec.

Indeed, it is prohibited to circulate on public roads or to cross such a road with a motorized scooter, in accordance with article 421.1 of the Highway Safety Code. For more information, please consult the MTQ pilot project page. However, there is an exception for the GEEBEE brand electric scooter, as it is authorized within the framework of another pilot project administered by the SAAQ under certain conditions.

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