ATV’s and the Law

ATV’S AND THE LAW

Effective July 1, 2015, the province implemented new changes to ORV and ATV on-road use. These changes include:

Allowing more types of off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) – including two-up ATVs, side-by-side ORVs and utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) – on the shoulder of public roads, where permitted

Mandating that all riders — including drivers and passengers of all ages — wear an approved motorcycle helmet and use a seatbelt or foot rests, where applicable

Children under the age of eight will not be allowed as a passenger on any ATV/ORV operating on-road

Limiting the number of passengers to the number of available seating positions

Requiring compliance labels on all ATVs/ORVs

Clarifying access and exemptions for farmers and trappers and for Far Northern Ontario municipalities

Who can ride

For on-road riding, a ATV/ORV driver must:

be at least 16 years old

hold at least a valid G2 or M2 licence

wear an approved motorcycle helmet, securely fastened under the chin with a chin strap

wear a seat belt, where provided

travel at speeds less than the posted speed limit, as outlined below

For on-road riding, a passenger on a ATV/ORV:

cannot be under the age of eight

must wear a seat belt or use foot rests, when applicable

must wear an approved motorcycle helmet, securely fastened under the chin with a chin strap

Rules of the road

ATVs/ORVs on the road must travel at speeds less than the posted speed limit:

no more than 20 km/h on roads with a posted speed limit of 50 km/h or less

no more than 50 km/h on roads with a posted speed limit greater than 50 km/h

Municipalities may set lower speed limits or additional rules for ATVs/ORVs.

ATVs/ORVs travelling along a road must:

be driven in the same direction as traffic

travel on the shoulder – if the shoulder is unsafe or impassable or not wide enough, an ATV/ORV can be driven on the travelled portion of the road

have headlights and tail lights on

ATVs and other types of ORVs are popular year-round utility and recreational vehicles that can offer hours of enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts, as long as you obey the law and follow safety precautions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE GO TO www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/driver/drive-ATV