Ontario is enhancing on-road access in Peterborough and the surrounding areas for more types of off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) while increasing safety requirements for riders.
Beginning July 1, 2015, the province is implementing the following changes to ensure that ORV and ATV riders safely reach their destination
This month, the province is promoting the new rules before they come in force July 1st, 2015 to ensure that municipalities have enough time to make necessary by-law amendments and to remind riders and drivers about the change.
The province is also allowing an education period to take place between July 1 to Sept. 1, 2015, before violation tickets are issued. However, during this time police officers may still lay a charge through a summons.
Ontario is home to thousands of kilometres of recreational trails making it a popular destination for riders from across Canada and the world. Consultations with a wide array of trail, municipal, industry, enforcement, health and safety stakeholders informed the changes to strike the right balance between safety, trail access and the expansion of tourism and local economic development opportunities.
Enhancing Ontario’s tourism and recreational opportunities is part of the government's plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“Connecting Ontario’s trails to public roads will help more people discover and enjoy the unique experiences our province has to offer, and will also enhance economic development and tourism in our community
— Jeff Leal, MPP
“Our government recognizes the importance of a vibrant, sustainable and safe powersports sector in Ontario, and we support providing Ontarians with options to safely explore our vast province.”
— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
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