24/7 Live News Portal

Stricter rules in sight for off-road vehicles –

You will need a driver’s license to use an off-road vehicle (ORV) on the trails in Quebec. This includes ATVs and snowmobiles.

The Minister of Transport François Bonnardel tabled a bill to this effect on October 22 in the National Assembly.

This also provides for new measures “to regulate the training of tour guides and the rental of ORVs” and “new standards of conduct, a duty of care and neighborhood rules”.

“The practice of the ORV will be better supervised, in particular by improving the powers entrusted to trail patrol officers, with the aim of promoting the adoption of safe behavior by ORV users”, states a press release from the Minister’s Office. transports.

The proposed law aims to make the practice “safer” and “promote harmonious cohabitation between OHV users and other users of the territory”, argues the Minister.

“The practice of ORV is an important engine of economic and tourist development for our regions and a leisure activity appreciated by many Quebecers. Unfortunately, for more than 10 years, there have been around twenty deaths and serious injuries each year linked to this leisure activity. Our government is taking action by tightening the rules to ensure a safer environment for OHV enthusiasts, but also for all users who use the trails. It is all Quebecers who will be the winners following this reform of the practice of ORV, ”explains François Bonnardel.

Main measures provided for in the bill:

• ORV drivers who will travel on authorized trails, developed and operated by user clubs, on public lands or on private lands of a municipality, must hold a valid driver’s license. This permit may in particular be a probationary permit.

• Measures related to driving skills impaired by alcohol or drugs will henceforth be applicable on trails and any other off-road traffic area. Thus, zero tolerance related to driving age or license category will apply.

• Neighbors of legally developed trails will be required to accept vehicle traffic, which is carried out in compliance with applicable legislative and regulatory standards.

• VHR excursion guides must have followed and successfully completed training recognized by the Minister of Tourism to guide third parties.

• The Land Transport Networks Fund (FORT) will be enhanced by the allocation of new sums intended for carrying out activities related to ORVs.

• Fines will be reviewed to deter reckless ORV practice.