Ontario to Allow Off-Road Vehicles on Roads
If passed as part of the government's actions to make life easier for people and for businesses in the proposed Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, the Ministry of Transportation would set out specific requirements in the regulations for a municipality to permit off-road vehicles (ORV) on their roads. This will be done in consultation with industry, the ORV riding community, municipalities and enforcement services.
In addition, they will be required to meet operating, rider and passenger safety requirements that exist today including:
Rider safety requirements:
- Must be at least 16 years old.
- Must hold at least a valid G2 or M2 licence.
- Wear an approved motorcycle helmet.
- Wear a seat belt, where provided.
- Travel at speeds less than the posted speed limit.
- Carry the ATV/ORV's registration permit.
Passenger safety requirements:
- If the vehicle was manufactured with seat belts, everyone must buckle up.
- If the vehicle has passenger foot rests, the passenger must be able to reach these foot rests.
- The number of occupants is limited to the number of available seating positions.
- No passengers under the age of 8 are allowed and additional passenger restrictions apply if the driver is a young and novice driver with a minimum G2 or M2 licence.
- All riders - drivers and passengers - must wear an approved motorcycle helmet.
This change would only apply to municipal roads. If approved, municipalities would be able to choose to allow these vehicles on their roadways. These vehicles will continue to not be allowed on provincial highways.