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Charges can be laid against a parent that permits an unlicensed youth to drive an ATV on a highway

Police have seen and issued numerous warnings regarding youth being permitted by parents to operate ATVs on a highway while unlicensed
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Photo provided by the Ontario Provincial Police.

OPP say they have concerns regarding the safety and legal use of All Terrain Vehicles on Highways.

Police have seen and issued numerous warnings regarding youth being permitted by parents to operate ATVs on a highway while unlicensed. 

Here is a list of charges that could be laid for a parent that permits an unlicensed youth to drive an ATV on a highway.

  • Permit Unlicensed person to drive motor vehicle
  • Permit person under 16 to drive - no set fine

The ATV could also be towed at the owner's expense.

Important safety rules that apply to ATV'S being operated on approved roads include:

  • Approved helmets must be worn and securely fastened.
  • When the roadway speed limit is 50 kilometres an hour or less, the speed limit for ATVs is 20 kilometres an hour.
  • Head and tail lights must be on at all times
  • Brake lights are required on all ATVs manufactured after 1998.
  • ATVs must have four wheels and steering handlebars.
  • A driver's G2 or M2 driver's licence is required to operate.

A comprehensive list of rules regarding ATV use on roadways can be found here.