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ATVs and Off Road Vehicles

The Ontario Off Road Vehicles Act regulates all terrain vehicles. Under the Act, an ATV is defined as an off road vehicle that has the following characteristics:

  • Four wheels and all tires in contact with the ground
  • Steering handlebars
  • A seat designed to be straddled by the driver
  • Designed to carry a driver only (no passengers)
  • Headlights and taillights that remain on at all times
  • Low pressure bearing tires
  • An operating brake light
  • Displays the required licence plate permit and is insured
  • Dirt bikes, golf carts, go karts, dune buggies and utility vehicles such as “Mules” “Gators” and “Bobcats” do not fit this description
  • The Town of Innisfil allows ATVs on its roadways under by-law. The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, and the County of Simcoe, do not allow ATVs on their roads. ATVs may be permitted on trails, if indicated by the signage at the entrance to the trail. ATVs are never allowed in parks. All drivers must possess a valid G2 or higher class of drivers licence. Insurance and registration are mandatory on a highway and must be surrendered for inspection on the demand of a police officer.
  • Further, to ride an ATV on a Town of Innisfil road, the driver must wear a helmet, have headlamps on, and cannot ride between 11:00p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The ATV must travel on the shoulder of the road in the same direction as the traffic on their side of the highway, and must travel 20 km/h where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less, or 50 km/h if the speed limit is higher than 50km/h.
  • Remember, road safety begins with you. Drive safely, and share the road.

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