Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has seen an increase Off Road Vehicles (ORV) on roads, trails, and complaints of ORVs on private property across Grey Bruce County.
Riders are reminded to check with their local municipality to determine if ORV use is permitted. Municipalities have the authority to create by-laws to restrict/prohibit use of ORVs. Ensure that you are on a public trail and not private property. Ensure if a trail permit is required that you have it properly affixed.
The OPP is offering ORV operators some safety tips and laws surrounding operating ORVs on the highway:
- For any on-road usage, all operators must be at least 16 years old and hold at a minimum a valid G2 or M2 licence. This includes driving the ORV across the road.
- Wear an approved motorcycle helmet.
- ORVs must be driven in the same direction as traffic and on the shoulder where available.
- Vehicles must be registered, plated, and insured.
- No passengers under the age of 8 and the number of occupants is limited to the number of available seating positions.
- Have headlights and taillights on between sunset and sunrise or when the weather is unfavourable.
- If the posted speed limit is 50 km/h or less the limit for the ORV is 20 km/h.
- If the posted speed limit is greater than 50 km/h the limit for the ORV is 50 km/h.
For off-road riding drivers must be at least 12 years old, unless directly supervised by an adult or while driving on land occupied by the owner of the ORV.
To learn more, visit: www.ontario.ca/atv