Quebec motor bureau authorizes license for 3-wheeled T-REX
By Design Engineering staffGeneral Automotive design Innovation transportation
Boucherville, Que.-based Campagna Motors is delighted to announce that the provincial motor vehicle bureau (Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec or SAAQ) has implemented a policy that allows Class 5 (passenger vehicle) license holders to drive the three-wheeled T-REX.
Since Design Engineering first profiled Campagna’s design success with its hot-rod-styled V-13R, the company found success and produced more than 30 T-REX units.This new regulation will now make the T-REX available to an even greater number of people, now that the SAAQ has realized that operating a T-REX is more comparable to driving a passenger vehicle than a motorcycle. However, under the Quebec Highway Safety Code, owners have to register the T-REX as a motorcycle and the driver and passenger must wear a helmet, just as they would for a motorcycle. But the motorcycle license requirement no longer applies.
COO David Neault is thrilled with the news. “We’ve been facing many unreasonable hurdles for quite some time now, some of which have deterred customers from buying our products,” he explained. “A good number of T-REX fans were put off by the long, drawn-out process of obtaining a motorcycle license, while others objected to the idea of having to learn to ride a motorcycle to pass the road test. We trust that the SAAQ’s initiative will pave the way for other provinces to modify their laws so that we can offer this exciting vehicle to a greater number of sports car enthusiasts.”
Neault believes regulatory bodies ought to work in partnership with cutting-edge manufacturers in developing regulations for consumer-ready innovative products.
He added: “This new policy is a great market development opportunity for us and we hope that other provincial jurisdictions will follow Quebec’s lead. We actually find it paradoxical that a vehicle such as the T-REX is approved by Transport Canada yet it cannot be registered in provinces such as Ontario and Alberta. The SAAQ’s position clearly indicates that it considers T-REX to be more like a sports car than a motorcycle.”
For more information on the T-REX and Campagna Motors’ other three-wheeled vehicle, the V13R, beyond visiting the company’s website, people can visit the Montreal Motorcycle Show at the Montreal Convention Centre, Feb. 20 to 22.