Qualified Motor Vehicles

Under the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA), a qualified motor vehicle (truck, bus, etc.) is a motor vehicle that

  • is used partly or exclusively for commercial purposes; and
  • is designed, used or maintained for interprovincial or international road transportation of freight or passengers;

Characteristics

The vehicle must also, as applicable,

  • have two axles and a gross weight or registered gross weight of more than 11,797 kilograms (26,000 pounds);
  • have three or more axles (regardless of the weight of the vehicle); or
  • be used in combination with another vehicle, resulting in a total gross weight or registered gross weight of more than 11,797 kilograms (26,000 pounds).
Note

The Agreement can apply to vehicles being used in combination with another vehicle, such as a pick-up truck towing a trailer.

The gross vehicle weight determined for purposes of the IRP (International Registration Plan) would, as a registered gross weight, be a very good indication as to whether a motor vehicle is a qualified motor vehicle. If the motor vehicle is, in fact, a qualified motor vehicle, you must contact the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) to obtain an IRP registration certificate for the vehicle. For more information on IRP registration, see the SAAQ website.

Exception

Vehicles used exclusively for recreational purposes are not considered to be qualified motor vehicles.

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