News The OPP gives tips for a safe off-road vehicle season SHARE ON: Kortney Kenney, staff Thursday, Sep. 12th, 2019 The OPP is encouraging safe riding this season. (rihaij, pixabay.com) The OPP is reminding ATV and UTV operators to have a safe and enjoyable fall riding season. During the autumn hunting season, there will be an increase in the number of ATV’s and UTV’s on the trails and roadways. In 2015, the provincial government legalized “Side by Sides” (SxS) and 2-up ATVs. While it’s still up to the local municipality to decide, the Ontario government has given the go-ahead for SxS and UTV’s to receive the same privileges that apply to ATVs. It does not supersede any municipal regulations that may be in place. If you could previously ride an ATV on the shoulder of the road in your area, you can now ride a SxS with a passenger in the same fashion. ATVs that are capable of carrying a passenger are also legal, provided the passenger seat and footpegs are in place from the manufacturer. Quick facts: Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) is a broad term that can include single-rider, two-up, and side-by-side ATVs and utility terrain vehicles. Drivers operating a permitted ORV along a road or highway must hold at least a G2 or M2 driver’s license, and their vehicle must be registered and insured. Helmets, seat belts (where applicable) must be worn at all times, speed limits must be obeyed (generally, 20 km/h in a 50 km/h speed limit or less, and 50 km/h in posted areas over 50 km/h), insurance, plates, all the normal rules apply. No drinking and driving! Impaired operation on an ATV/UTV carries the same penalties as if you were driving a car. Enjoy Ontario’s vast trail systems and have fun! But, lead by example. Drive safe, drive sober, and slow down!