15.3. Except in the case of a subsequent offence within two years, no penal proceeding shall be instituted under this act or the regulations hereunder unless the person authorized to institute it has sent prior notice to the offender by mail describing the offence and specifying the minimum fine, the amount of the costs and the place where payment must be made within ten days after the notice.
Payment of the sum required within the delay fixed in the notice precludes penal proceedings.
After this payment, the accused must be considered to have been found guilty of the offence.
However, this payment cannot be put forward as an admission of civil liability.
Failure to receive the notice required in this section cannot be put forward in opposition to a proceeding for an offence and it is not necessary to allege that it has been sent, nor to prove it. But if the accused, at his appearance, admits he is guilty and then proves that he did not receive this notice, he shall not be condemned to pay a higher sum than that he would have been required to pay by virtue of the notice.
The amount of the costs provided for in the first paragraph is determined by regulation of the Government. Sections 25 and 26 do not apply to that regulation.
Such a regulation comes into force on the day of its publication in the Gazette officielle du Québec, or on any later date fixed therein.