The Saint John Police, in partnership with Justice and Public Safety New Brunswick, will be conducting an off-road vehicle education and enforcement campaign between June 24-26, 2022. The focus of the campaign will be to promote safe riding of off-road vehicles through education and enforcement.
During the campaign, SJPF and JPS officers will engage with all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders in the community to promote the importance of safe riding habits, proper clothing and protective gear, and mechanically safe vehicles.
According to Statistics Canada, from 2013-2019:
- Alcohol/drug use was reported in 51% of ATV driver fatalities.
- Road conditions, such as a dangerous surface, a slope or a curve, were reported in 33% of ATV fatalities.
- Not wearing a helmet/not safely wearing a helmet was reported in 33% of ATV fatalities
What is the law in New Brunswick?
- All-terrain vehicles must be insured unless operated only on the owner’s property.
- Insurance is mandatory for all off-road vehicles operating on trails and recommended for dirt bikes and dune buggies.
- Operators must carry proof of insurance.
- All off-road vehicles must be registered each year and display a valid licence plate.
- Operators must carry proof of registration.
- All-terrain vehicles using New Brunswick-managed trails pass must be permanently attached and clearly visible.
- All operators and passengers of any off-road vehicle are required to wear a helmet that complies with standards prescribed under the motor vehicle act.
- Off-road vehicles must be equipped with at least one working headlight, a red taillight and a red brake light.
- Operators are prohibited from driving off-road vehicles that cause excessive or unusual noise.
- Snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle operators under the age of 16 are required to take an approved safety training course.
- All operators under 16 years of age must:
- Complete an approved safety training course
- Be supervised in clear view of someone who is at least 19 years old.
- There are ATV size restrictions for operators under 16
For more information and complete list of legal requirements, please visit Off-Road Vehicle Requirements (gnb.ca)
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