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Bill 11 All Terrain Vehicle On Roads
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Ministry of Transportation (MTO) – Linkage Update
Private Land In 2000, the MTO announced new legislation to allow ATVs to use municipal roads for trail to trail connections or linkage provided the municipality was agreeable. Snowmobiles have had access to roads since 1990 under the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act or MVSA. The MVSA allows snowmobiles on roads determined by the province unless a municipality says otherwise.
ATVs were given the opportunity to ask for permission from municipalities to use roads for linkage under the Red Tape Reduction Act and a regulation 316 of the Highway Traffic Act was passed. (HTA 316/03). This regulation defined an Off Road Vehicle (ORV) differently from the Off Road Vehicles Act. The HTA 316/03 states an ORV has 3 or more wheels where the ORVA states "on not more than three wheels" and "on more than three wheels". The Highway Traffic Act in section 191.8 (3 part b) states an off road vehicle has three or more wheels and then states in part 5 of the same section that "off-road vehicle" means an off-road vehicle within the meaning of the Off-Road Vehicles Act."  This is the section that allows a municipality to allow linkage.

Provincial Highways Use
Provincial Highways in Haliburton County are open as specified under Bill II throughout Haliburton County with the following exceptions.
- Highway #35 south of Carnarvon closed
- Highway #118 between Eagle Lake Rd and Dover Springs Rd. on either side of Haliburton Village closed.

County Road Use
County Roads are completely open

Municipal Road Use
All Haliburton County roads and all Municipal Roads in Minden Hills, Algonquin Highlands, Highlands East and Dysart etal are completely open with the exception of Highland Street in the Town of Haliburton between Cedar Avenue and Dysart Avenue.

In Minden Village the roads are open but please stick to the main thoroughfare as indicated on our map insert to avoid residential complaints.

ATV Definition For Insurance Purposes

  • has four wheels, the tires of all which are in contact with the ground
  • tires are low pressure "balloon" style tires
  • has steering handlebars
  • has seat designed to be "straddled" by the driver
  • must weigh 450 kilos or less
  • overall width not greater than 1.35 metres excluding mirrors
  • atv must not be modified to reduce it's effectiveness and must operate properly without missing parts
  • equipped with service brake & parking brake mechanism
  • one or two white headlamps on front and one or two red tail lights on rear
  • atv's manufactured after January 1/98 must have red stop lamp(s) incorporated as part of rear light or as a separate lamp
  • one yellow reflector on each side of atv front
  • one red reflector on each side of atv rear
  • one or two red reflectors at back rear
  • no obstructions to drivers view
This definition above is consistent with the Ontario Highway Traffic Act however for insurance purposes we would also include in our policy "two up" straddled atv's and side X side ORV's currently produced as ATV brands. While these ATV's are not currently included under the ANSI/SVIA standards as identified in HTA Regulation 316 they are in common use as All Terrain Vehicles and meet the above criteria with the exception of ANSI/SVIA conformity as they have not undergone a consistent standard of testing to date. While these "two up and side X side" bikes are legal on designated trails it is recognized that they cannot be ridden under HTA316 on roadways (highways) or on public access crown forest roadways (highways) under current HTA316 requirements. Other all terrain vehicles such as dune buggies, motorcycles and argo's and/or vehicles not meeting the above stated criteria are excluded from our atv definition and as such are not assigned an HATVA pass/membership.

Declaration on "Two Up" Riding
ATV's may be ridden "two up" on designated trails and private lands but not on roadways (highways) as defined under HTA Regulation #316. HATVA will allow "two up" atv riders provided they are using the designated trails. ATV's are responsible for their own actions and risk in situations where they might ride two up on roadways (highways) in breach of HTA #316 included forest access roads deemed to be defined as highways because of availability of public access by cars or trucks even though these roads may be open legally to atv's as defined or stated under HTA#316.

Declaration on Age of Use
All HATVA members must be 12 years of age or older to qualify for membership. It is recognized that the Off Road Act allows participation of children under 12 while being supervised by an adult parent or guardian however riders under 12 cannot become members according to HATVA bylaws. HATVA never condones riders or passengers on open roadways (highways) that do not conform with regulation HTA #316 pertaining to highway use including the requirements of drivers license, atv insurance, atv plating etc.

Declaration on Non Members On Trails
HATVA requires that all trail users on lands that carry and land use contract to have in place a Membership sticker or Temp Pass on their atv. All other atv's without membership pass are considered trespassers unless they are on the land at the invitation or request of the landowner. In cases of public land such as Ontario Crown lands it is recognized that non members may also have use of the trails as per the current "right of passage" laws and be open under the public policies of the MNR.

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