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  ATVs - Rules of the Road / Where to Ride

Apr 04, 2018 13:41 ET

The following information is designed to assist All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) owners in understanding what the rules are and how to ride safely.

Where to Ride:

  • ATVs can only be legally driven in Durham Region on two occasions:
    1. On private property with prior consent of the property owner,
    2. On designated trails. There is only one legally designated trail in Durham Region – in the Ganaraska Forest in Clarington. To use the trail in the Ganaraska Forest, you must have a valid trail permit.

  • You are not allowed to ride ATVs on any public road or road allowance unless the municipality has passed a consenting by-law. To date, only one municipality in Durham Regions has passed such a by-law. The Township of Brock passed a by-law to permit the operation of ATVs on open and maintained Township roads between December 1st and March 31st the following year

  • Police can charge riders driving on highways and rights-of-way under the Highway Traffic Act Section IV Reg. 316/03.

Rules of the Road:

  • The recommendation from the Office of the Chief Coroner is that children under the age of 16 should not operate ATVs intended for adults.
  • Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to drive an ATV except on land occupied by the vehicle owner or under close supervision of an adult.
  • Never allow a passenger on your ATV. A passenger can throw the vehicle's balance off and cause injury.
  • You must have a valid permit for your ATV and a number plate displayed on the vehicle.
  • You must have insurance on your ATV because it is a motorized vehicle. You must be able to show the insurance to a police officer if requested,
  • If you lend your ATV to another person, you are liable for any damages or injuries if an accident should occur,
  • Under the Highway Traffic Act, you must wear an approved safety helmet securely strapped under the chin,
  • The owner or occupier of the property you are using may stop any person riding an ATV and you must identify yourself with your name and address. A police officer may also stop any person riding an ATV.


Watch the DRPS "ATV Safety Video" HERE

Watch the DRPS "ATV Enforcement at Raglan Pits Video" HERE

Below are attached files.
ATV Accident Report - July 2008 (PDF file, 223.7K bytes)
ATV Safety Brochure (PDF file, 2,906.3K bytes)