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Learn the off road vehicle rules, avoid charges: OPP

Dirt bikes, ATVs, golf carts are not permitted on streets, sidewalks
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With the nice weather in place, more people are hitting the trails and enjoying outdoor activities on their off road vehicles (ORV). The East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind riders to have a safe and enjoyable summer season on the trails.

A dirt bike is an ORV. These are prohibited from travelling on highways or city streets. There are no lights (headlight, signal, brake light), tires are designed for dirt, insurance may not be required, and class M license not required. These are strictly for off road use only.

An ATV is an ORV that:
    •    has four wheels, the tires of which are all in contact with the ground,
    •    has steering handlebars,
    •    has a seat that is designed to be straddled by the driver, and
    •    is designed to carry:  (i) a driver only and no passengers, or
                                         (ii) a driver and only one passenger, if the vehicle, (a) has one passenger seat that is designed to be straddled by the passenger while sitting facing forward behind the driver, and (b) is equipped with foot rests for the passenger that are separate from the foot rests for the driver.

Always check local by-laws pertaining to ATV/ORV rules specific to the municipality you are riding in. Locally in Elliot Lake, ORVs are prohibited from sidewalks, boulevards, city parks, the downtown core – which encompasses the area between Hillside Drive North and South, Ontario Avenue, and Highway 108, and anywhere else where use is prohibited by a municipal sign.

ORV Highway Traffic Act (HTA) regulatory requirements

To operate on a Highway/City streets (including ditches and crossing), requires:
    •    Permit
    •    Plate
    •    Insurance
    •    Proper helmet and/or Seatbelt
    •    Driver’s licence of Class G2 or M2 or higher (16 years)
    •    Any passenger must be at least eight years old
    •    Speed limit of 20 km/h in zone not greater than 50 km/h
    •    Speed limit of 50 km/h in zone greater than 50 km/h
    •    Lights must be turned on

Golf carts

Can only be used where the HTA does not apply, such as private property. Operation on or across highways or city streets (including but not limited to Dunlop Shores Road, Stanrock Road, South Bay Road, Boychuck Road, and Dunlop Lodge Road) is strictly prohibited.

“Locally, we’ve been having issues with dirt bikes operating dangerously on city streets,” Const. Young said. “ATVs operating on sidewalks and boulevards, and golf carts operating on cottage lot roads north of town.”

“We want to educate the public before charges have to be laid,” he added.