Vehicle Offences in Canada

Vehicle Offences

In Canada, driving is a privilege, not a right. Those who commit offences related to a vehicle may face criminal and provincial offence charges. Offences related to vehicles, also known as ‘conveyances’, are contained in Part VIII.1 of the Criminal Code, beginning at section 320.11. Vehicle offences are offences where the primary subject matter of the crime is a vehicle. This includes dangerous operation offences, impaired driving offences, failure to stop after an accident offences, flight from peace officer, and operation while prohibited offences. In addition to Criminal Code offences, the Highway Traffic Act contains provincial offences that may be charged in addition to Criminal Code offences.

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Offences in Canada are listed in the Criminal Code. They include crimes related to people, vehicles and weapons.

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