Off Road Rules Kick in Today
Prince George, B.C. – The province’s mandatory off-road vehicle registration and safety rules kick in today.
The registration and safety rules are as follows:
Helmets: Helmets must be worn when operating an off-road vehicle (ORV).
Seat belts: If a manufacturer has installed seat belts, then the seat belt must be worn during the operation of that vehicle.
Lights: ORVs must use lights during low visibility conditions when riding on Crown land 30 minutes after sunset or 30 minutes before sunrise. If lights are not installed by the manufacturer, temporary lights can be attached to the ORV.
Children: Children must be supervised when riding on Crown land and be riding an appropriate sized ORV as recommended by the manufacturer.
There is also a sticker option that can be used on Off Road Vehicles that can’t accommodate a metal license plate. Those who have already received a number plate during the voluntary registration period can switch to a sticker by bringing in their registration and metal plate to any ICBC broker between November 1 and December 31st of this year. There will be no cost to switch during this period, but as of January 1st, it will cost $18 dollars to make such a change.
Snowmobile owners who have already registered their vehicles under the Motor Vehicle (All Terrain) Act will be eligible for refund, up until Nov. 16, 2015, when they register under the ORV Act. The refund will be for the amount they had already paid – this will be $5 for transfers and $10 for registration.
More than 35 thousand Off Road Vehicle users have already registered their vehicles during the voluntary registration period that started on November 17th of last year. The cost for registration and a plate/sticker is $48 dollars.