*Off-highway vehicle operators should check municipal bylaws/laws where they plan to operate.
A driver of an off-highway vehicle must comply with Alberta’s traffics laws.
All off-highway vehicle driver cannot ride on any portion of a highway, which includes the roadway and the ditches along the roadway. Exceptions are when crossing a road and with permission for highway right-of-way (including ditches). In these cases, an operator’s licence is required.
Vehicle registration and insurance are mandatory when operating on public lands or municipal roadways, bylaw permitting.
Under the Traffic Safety Act, children younger than 14 years of age must be supervised by an adult when operating an off-highway vehicle on public land.
Off-highway vehicle drivers can be charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with impaired driving for being over 0.08 mg or refusing a demand
Off-highway vehicles are powerful machines and should not be operated without the appropriate training and skill. Training courses are available.
Always wear a helmet with face and/or eye protection and protective boots and clothing
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the minimum age for operating the vehicle. Children should not operate an off-highway vehicle designed for an adult
Never carry a passenger on an off-highway vehicle designed for a driver only – it can affect the vehicles balance, causing the driver to lose control
Drive sober – alcohol, drugs and off-highway vehicles don’t mix
KEEP OUT OF
Steams and Wetlands
Off-highway vehicles can seriously impact on fish habitat and downstream water quality
Keep machines out of wet areas
Use-designated bridges and water crossings
Wash your vehicle between uses to prevent weed transfer between areas
Never wash your vehicle in a creek, river or lake
BE SURE TO
Minimize Your Impact
Stay on the trail
Ride when trails are dry. Avoid riding after heavy rainfall or snow melt
Choose routes with the hardest and most durable surface
Avoid spinning your tires or skidding
Plan Ahead - Be Prepared
Travel only where permitted. Access may be restricted in some areas.
Know your route, terrain, trail conditions, fire hazards and applicable regulations.
Contact the owner/leaseholder prior to travelling on private or leased land.