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Got an ATV? Suggested reading

Monday, October 15, 2012   by: SooToday.com Staff

OPP NEWS RELEASE

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ATV safety and the law

Enjoy the ride - safely

NORTH BAY – The North Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wants to remind everyone how to enjoy their ATV while doing so safely and legally. 

Each year the OPP are called to the scenes of needless ATV fatalities as well as serious life-changing injury collisions.

The law

The Off-Road Vehicles Act (ORVA) and the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) requires an operator to have their machine registered, plated and insured. 

The registration and insurance documents must be produced on demand by a police officer.

To ride off-road, you must be at least 12 years-old unless under close adult supervision.

To ride on roads, you must hold a valid G2/M2 licence or greater.

Speed limits

A maximum of 20 km/h on roads with a limit of 50 km/h; and a maximum of 50 km/h on roads with a limit of more than 50 km/h.

Helmets must be worn at all times and on all classes of off-road vehicles.

Safety reminders

Ride sober

This may sound like a no-brainer, but every year there are people who feel the need to put their life and the life of others in serious jeopardy.

Don’t do it, and oh yea - you will be arrested if you do!

Be prepared

Carry a cell phone, maps/GPS, flashlight, blankets, first aid kits, matching and a sounding device.

Wear protective clothing and eye protection - shorts and sunglasses do not cut it.

Conduct a pre-ride inspection before heading out. 

Check oil and gas levels, brakes, lights and winch.

When travelling on the roads, ride on the shoulder in the same direction as traffic.

Always ride within your ability and know your limitations. 

Consider taking a rider training course to become a skilled, confident rider.

Enjoy your ride, hunting or ice fishing – just remember to be safe and ride sober, someone who loves you wants you home.

For a detailed break down on the rules and regulations please click on this Ministry of Transportation (MTO) link.

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jean-paul 10/15/2012 12:42:26 PM Report

This story sucks those electric scooters dont need anything,so I fork over big bucks to ride in the bush.Something wrong with this picture.
ocp 10/15/2012 1:27:57 PM Report

Same rules SHOULD be applied to e bikes! It allows the suspended drivers back on the road.
old-cat33 10/15/2012 1:33:50 PM Report

Right On!I think this is a good article.

opc: When convicted of driving under the influence you are NOT to operate a motorized vehicle in the Dominion of Canada. Aren't those stupid little things motorized? Then they shouldn't be driving them.
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