New rules for ATVs start July 1

Ontario municipalities will still have to pass by-laws to allow off-road vehicles onto municipal roads and highways, but effective July 1st, 2015, more types of these vehicles will be allowed to drive on the shoulders of Ontario’s public roads.

Currently only ATV’s that are manufactured to carry single riders are allowed on public roads, but the new rules will also allow for ‘two up’ ATVs, side-by-side ATVs, and utility terrain vehicles.

July 1st until September 1st, 2015  is being considered an “education period.”

“Our government recognizes the importance of a vibrant, sustainable and safe power sports sector in Ontario, and we support providing Ontarians with more options to safely explore our vast province,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, in a statement.

“We’re announcing this now so that municipalities will have time to adjust their own regulations accordingly,” said Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault in a press release.

New safety requirements were also recently announced:

  • all riders, including drivers and passengers, will be required to wear helmets and use a seat belt or foot rest where applicable
  • operators of ATVs and ORVs along a road or highway must hold at least a G2 or M2 driver’s license, and
  • vehicles must be registered and insured.

See also:

Ontario ATV Guide cover 2015June 8, 2015 – Ontario Ministry of Transportation News Release on ATV rules update

Download Ontario’s current Smart Ride Safe Ride guide (pdf; 10 pages)


Wolverine image above, courtesy Yamaha Canada

Terry ReesNew rules for ATVs start July 1