Skip to content

'Know where to go' with off-road vehicles on municipal roads, police remind residents

Vehicles required to be plated, insured, and operated by licensed drivers
2016-09-23 ATVs
Stock image

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury does not permit the use of off-road vehicles. The Town of Innisfil was one of the first to allow the use of off-road vehicles on municipal roads.

These vehicles are required to be plated, insured and operated by licensed drivers. The South Simcoe Police have been inundated with complaints of underage operators in and around many of our subdivisions. In addition, property owners are seeing an increase in trespassing on their lands.

Although it may seem harmless and fitting to utilize vacant lands for recreational purposes, these lands are in different stages of development and conditions can change by the day. It also extends liability to both the property owner and the owner of the off-road vehicle.

The South Simcoe Police have taken an educational approach to informing off-road vehicle operators of their roles and responsibilities this spring but the complaints continue. Over the summer expect to see increased enforcement related to the improper use of off-road vehicles and trespassing.

Our “Know where you go” campaign aims to promote operations in safe and legal environments.

Consider joining a local off-road vehicle club where you can access hundreds of kilometres of trails here in Simcoe County.