Chapter V – Roads, sandpits and forest infrastructures
Division IV – Road signs
§1. Provisions applicable to roads
Every person who carries out forest development activities that regularly uses a road must adequately maintain the road and traffic signs in order to ensure the safety of users and the protection of road infrastructures. The foregoing also applies to the manager of an outfitting operation, of a controlled zone or of a wildlife sanctuary within the meaning of sections 86, 104 and 111 of the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife (chapter C-61.1) or of an enterprise that carries out mining activities or public utility works.
- To ensure the safety of forest road users
Forest road users must be guided clearly and consistently when travelling in the forest. To ensure that this is done, the road signs must be routinely inspected to check, among other things, that the road sign devices are clean, visible and in good condition. Devices that have been damaged or have deteriorated must be replaced as quickly as possible.
As stated in this section, the following persons or organizations that regularly use the road are responsible for maintaining the road signs.
- Every person carrying out a forest development activity.
- Every manager of an outfitting operation, a controlled zone or a wildlife sanctuary within the meaning of sections 86, 104 and 111 of the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife (chapter C-61.1).
- Every enterprise carrying on mining activities or public utility works.
The notion of frequency of use is applied to determine whether or not a road is used regularly. Use is considered to be regular when the person or organization uses the road crossing a watercourse a certain number of times within a given period.
Below are three examples of individuals or organizations that are responsible for maintaining the road signs on the roads they use for the full duration of their activities.
- A forestry company harvesting or carrying out other forest development activities such as non-commercial sylvicultural work.
- A manager of a controlled zone, in respect of the stretches of road that provide users and visitors with access to the wildlife area in question, or to a campsite or lake with a boat launching ramp.
- An enterprise that carries out public utility work, including repair and maintenance of energy transmission lines.