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Road Safety Initiatives October 2021: Off-Road Vehicles Prohibited on City Roads & Trails

Sep 28, 2021

The Brantford Police Service is reminding all off-road vehicle users to obey applicable laws and safety precautions when operating any off-road vehicle and that off-road vehicle use on roads in the City of Brantford is prohibited.
 
In accordance with the Off-Road Vehicle Act, municipalities must have a by-law permitting certain All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) use on roadways.
 
Currently, the City of Brantford does not have a by-law permitting on-road ATV/ORV use and as such, on-road driving of ATVs/ORVs in the City of Brantford is prohibited.
 
Additionally, motorized recreational vehicles of any kind - meaning dirt bikes, snowmobiles, go-carts, ATVS, or any vehicle propelled or driven by an internal combustion engine - are prohibited from travelling in any public park or City-maintained trail.
 
Utilizing these types of motorized vehicles on pedestrian trails creates significant safety risks to everyone who is utilizing the trail system. 
 
BPS have responded to several complaints regarding trespassing, mischief and off-road vehicle use on the roadways and trails throughout the City of Brantford. Off-road vehicle riders have been reported to be on private property without permission and in some cases have caused damage to property and fields.
 
Being on private property, without permission from the property owner, is a violation under the Trespass to Property Act and could subject riders to charges. Causing damage by riding on property could subject riders to mischief charges.
 
Being a responsible rider by following laws and wearing approved helmets will significantly reduce the risk of injuries as well as being charged with offences.
 
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