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V. The crossing

Chapter 6: Vehicles in Motion

The growth

It is the meeting of two vehicles traveling on the same lane in opposite directions.

General rules

The crossing is always made  on the right.

When you pass a vehicle, leave sufficient lateral distance , if necessary keep to the right.

The highway code does not mention a precise distance when passing a motor vehicle.

The driver who encounters a fixed obstacle, a stationary or parked vehicle or work must slow down if necessary and stop in order to give way to drivers coming in the opposite direction.

When the roadway is too narrow and you cannot pass each other, you can use the shoulder on the same level as long as you do not endanger the users there.

However, it is prohibited to travel on:

  • sidewalk ,
  • Bikeway ,
  • and a projecting shoulder.

If the roadway is too narrow,  you cannot pass each other and there are signals relating to priority which regulate traffic, you will comply with them.

Cross paths at a crossroads

When two left-turning drivers pass each other at an intersection without selection arrows, the intersection will be made from the right. 

On the other hand, when the intersection is equipped with selection arrows, it will be done from the left.

Crossing a rail vehicle

Crossing a rail vehicle using the roadway can be done on the left if it cannot be done on the right due to:

  • The crampedness of the passage,
  • The presence of a stationary or parked vehicle,
  • The presence of a fixed obstacle,
  • On a one-way road if you turn left at the crossroads.

On condition of not disturbing or endangering users traveling in the opposite direction.

Crossing paths with a pedestrian or cyclist

When you pass a pedestrian or a cyclist, please leave a lateral distance of 1 meter in built-up areas and 1.5 meters outside built-up areas.

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Chapitre 1: La réglementation