A new provincial law could expand the rules of the road.

"If passed, our legislation would allow municipalities to decide what types of off-road vehicles (ORV), such as off-road motorcycles, would be allowed on their local roads," said provincial spokesman Joshua Henry of the MTO.

Currently only conventional four-wheeled off-road vehicles are permitted on roads, this includes ATV’s, Henry continued through an email.

Four-wheeled off-road vehicles currently permitted on-road include:

  • A “single-rider” all-terrain vehicle (ATV)
  • A two-up all-terrain vehicle (two-up ATV)
  • A recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV)
  • A utility terrain vehicle (UTV)

A spokesman for MTO, Joshua Henry, said through an email the ministry is now making legislative and regulatory changes to allow for municipalities to have the option to allow additional types of off-road vehicles on their roads, subject to limitations that will be set out in future regulations. 

The proposed change responds to requests from the Ontario Federation of Trail riders and off-road vehicle manufacturers to eliminate red tape, reduce burden and safely expand access to roadways for more trail networks, he added.

Rider safety requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Must hold at least a valid G2 or M2 licence.
  • Wear an approved motorcycle helmet.
  • Wear a seat belt, where provided.
  • Travel at speeds less than the posted speed limit.
  • Carry the ATV/ORV's registration permit.

Passenger safety requirements:

  • If the vehicle was manufactured with seat belts, everyone must buckle up.
  • If the vehicle has passenger foot rests, the passenger must be able to reach these foot rests.
  • The number of occupants is limited to the number of available seating positions.
  • No passengers under the age of 8 are allowed and additional passenger restrictions apply if the driver is a young and novice driver with a minimum G2 or M2 licence. 
  • All riders - drivers and passengers - must wear an approved motorcycle helmet.

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