Canadian Model Rules of the Road Update

Project Summary


In Production

Research Area

Traffic operations and management

Responsible Council / Committee

Chief Engineers' Council / Traffic Operations and Management Standing Committee

Project Funding Partners

Alberta Transportation; Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure; City of Ottawa; Ministry of Transportation of Ontario; Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation; Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports du Québec; Transport Canada

Research Agency

Creative Transportation Solutions

Start Date

October, 2014

Expected Completion Date

April, 2017

Project Status Detail

Work is in progress

Project Category

Traffic Operations & Management

Staff Contact


In 1996 TAC, with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), published the Canadian Model Rules of the Road. The document serves as a reference guide for professionals who are responsible for preparing the legislation that governs the use of Canadian roadway facilities. The document presents a generic set of traffic rules that a road user must know and observe while using the road system. Among the elements described are traffic control devices, overtaking and passing, use of roadway, lanes, headway, right-of-way, pedestrians, turns, driver signals, special stops, speed restrictions, parking and motorcycles.

Since 1996, the emergence of modern roundabouts and traffic calming, the increased popularity of active transportation modes, and changes in traffic control issues particularly with respect to transit, dictate that the Canadian Model Rules of the Road needs to be reviewed and updated.

The project objective is to review the Canadian Model Rules of the Road and update the document in accordance with current legislation governing the use of roadways in Canada.

The major deliverable of this project will be a revised edition of the Canadian Model Rules of the Road suitable for publication.