Enhanced on-road access marks end of bumpy road for ORV ridersJune 8, 2015
Kitchener – Following years of work to bring government’s attention to the need for enhanced highway access for Off-road vehicles (ORV’s), the patience and persistence of ORV owners is about to pay off.
Kitchener- Conestoga MPP Michael Harris says after writing numerous letters, speaking to motions, delivering member’s statements and proposing legislative amendments to allow Utility Task Vehicle – or UTV – owners the same rights to drive on designated roads as ATV owners, he’s relieved to see government finally moving to enshrine those rights.
“It was just over a month ago that I was again working to allow off-road vehicle owners to drive on designated roads, highways and trails as other all-terrain vehicles – this time through proposed amendments to Bill 31,” said Harris. “A month before that I delivered a member’s statement encouraging government to live up to the proposed standards set by Norm Miller’s Private Members bill, as well as Grant Crack’s motion in 2013 that was allowed to collect dust while government stalled.”
In a ministry release dated today, government announced that, beginning July 1st:
- “More types of ORVs and ATVs, including two-up ATVs, side-by-side ATVs and utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs), will be allowed to use the shoulder of public roads.
- All riders — including drivers and passengers of all ages — will have to wear a helmet and use a seatbelt or foot rests, where applicable”
Harris noted that the news is long awaited by UTV owners and manufacturers alike, “including New Hamburg’s, Ontario Drive and Gear who’ve been manufacturing the Argo since the 1960’s – a vehicle that has a world renowned reputation for its versatility and capability in traversing difficult terrain.
“While it’s already been a decade too-long, I’m glad to see government has finally kick-started this needed change to allow off-road vehicle owners to drive on designated roads, highways and trails as other all-terrain vehicles.”