Start your engines: for many outdoor enthusiasts, May long weekend is the unofficial start of off-highway adventure season.
Alberta’s legislation designates motorcross bikes, ATVs, and quads as off-highway vehicles. Built to handle rough terrain, they’re powerful – and as we know, with great power comes great responsibility. Here’s what you need to do to keep your vehicle legal.
- All vehicles – including off-highway vehicles – used on Alberta’s highways or public lands must be registered. Registration helps us keep track of vehicles and their owners, so that we can enforce Alberta’s laws.
- You can register at any Alberta Registry Agent office. Click here to search for a registry agent near you.
- According to Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act, all off-highway vehicles must be insured before being operated on Alberta’s highways or public lands. This applies whether the vehicle is being used for work or play.
- Insuring your vehicle protects you in case it’s stolen or damaged. In addition, if someone is injured while riding your off-highway vehicle, insurance can help you cover the cost of liability.
- Check with your insurance agency to see if they register off-highway vehicles. If they don’t, they can recommend another agency that does.
KEEP IT LEGAL
- Any vehicle used on public land requires working headlines, taillights, and mufflers. Make sure your vehicle has these, and that they work.
- Off-highway vehicles can start wildfires – and if yours does, you could be footing the bill. Make sure to clean and check your vehicle’s ‘hot spots’ regularly.
- Youth under 14 years of age need to be directly supervised by an adult in close proximity when using any off-highway vehicle on public land.
- Some trails have maximum width and height allowances for vehicles. Know these numbers for your vehicle, and check your route before you go.
Enforcement officers will be out and about this summer checking compliance with these rules. Following them is the best way to make sure that you have a safe, worry-free weekend – and that you can keep riding all summer long.