Residents and visitors are reminded that All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and other Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) are NOT permitted on roadways (including road shoulders or unopened road allowances), in the Township. In addition to roadways, these vehicles are also not permitted on publicly owned lands including parks, trails and sports fields.
ATV and ORV use is governed under the Off-Road Vehicles Act, and the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). Section 191.8 of the HTA was first amended in 2003 to give municipalities the authority to pass by laws permitting ATVs to be used on municipal roads. Specifically, Regulation 316/03 governs ATVs when operated on highways. At this time, the Township has not passed a by-law to allow for ATV and/or ORV use on Township roadways, nor has any other municipality in the County of Oxford.
There are exemptions under the legislation which allow for operation on roadways. These include:
·Persons driving directly across a roadway, from one private property to another;
·Farmers and licensed trappers driving on the travelled portion of the roadway, for agricultural and/or trapping purposes, respectively;
·Public employees, including fire, ambulance, police, municipal, utility and rail workers, acting in the course of their employment or in response to an emergency;
·Persons operating on a permitted Provincial highway, in accordance with the legislation.
In all situations, operators must comply with the legislation and associated
requirements in their entirety. Enforcement of ATV and ORV operation on roadways is the responsibility of the Ontario Provincial Police. To report ATVs or ORVs operating illegally, or trespassing on private property, please contact the police at: 1-888-310-1122.