ATV Laws & Safety Regulations in Canada
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ATV Laws & Safety Regulations in Canada

If you already own an ATV or if you’re planning on buying an ATV, it’s important to know the ATV laws and safety regulations in Canada.

Here are the on-road riding ATV/ORV requirements from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO):

You can travel along certain highways and on roads in some ATVs/ORVs, if the municipality has a bylaw permitting on-road ATV/ORV use. For the purpose of on-road riding, a ATV is a type of ORV that has streering handlebars, a seat that is straddled by the driver, four wheels that contact the ground, and designed for a driver and no passengers. 

Who can ride ATVs/ORVs:

In order to ride an ATV/ORV, the driver must be at least 16 years old, hold a valid G2 or M2 license, wear a set belt, where provided, travel at speeds less than the posted speed limit, and wear an approved motor cycle helmet. If applicable, the passenger on a ATV/ORV cannot be under the age of eight, must wear set belt or use foot rests, and wear an approved motorcycle helmet. 

Where to ride ATVs/ORVs:

You are permitted to ride ATVs/ORVs on highway 500 to 899, 7000-series highways, and highways with low traffic volumes. You are not permitted to ride ATVs/ORVs on 400-series highways, the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), and sections of the Trans-Canada Highway. 

Rules of the road:

The driver of an ATV/ORV must travel at speeds less than the posted speed limit of no more than 20 km/h on roads with a posted speed limit of 50 km/h or less and no more than 50 km/h on roads with a posted speed limit greater than 50 km/h. You should keep in mind that certain municipalities may set lower speed limits or additional rules for ATVs/ORVs. In addition, the driver of an ATV/ORV must drive in the same direction as the traffic, travel on the shoulder, and have headlights and tail lights on. 

Here are the off-road riding ATV/ORV requirements from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO):

For off-road riding, your ATV/ORV has to be registered and display a rear license plate. The ATV/ORV must also be insured under a motor vehicle liability policy.

Who can ride ATVs/ORVs:

The driver of an ATV/ORV, for off-road riding, must be at least 12 years old, unless directly supervised by and adult or while driving on land occupied by the person who owns the ATV/ORV, and carry the ATV/ORV’s registration permit.

Where to ride – cross a highway:

The driver of an ATV/ORV can directly cross a highway where permitted only if the ATV/LRV is registered and displays a rear license plate, it’s insured under a motor vehicle liability policy, the driver is at least 16 years old and has a valid driver’s license of any class, and the driver and passengers are wearing approved motor cycle helmets. 

Click here for more information about ATV laws and safety regulations in Canada from the Ministry of Transportation.

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