A pilot project that allows off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to access trails and services via designated road shoulders and roadways will become permanent today, September 29.
“After a successful pilot project, off-highway vehicle operators have demonstrated they can use their vehicles safely and responsibly on designated public roads,” said Public Works Minister Kim Masland. “By making this project permanent, we are helping riders get from one trail to another safely and supporting economic development in rural areas by giving better access to services like gas stations and restaurants.”
The Road Trails Act, which includes the same requirements as the pilot project, requires riders to have a valid driver’s licence, insurance, registration and a licence plate.
It also outlines rules and penalties, and gives municipalities the ability to designate local streets for off-highway vehicle use through bylaws.
New regulations under the Road Trails Act also set out requirements for vehicle equipment, helmets and road signage for designated roads.
— the off-highway vehicle pilot project started in 2018
— the Road Trails Act applies to all-terrain vehicles, including multipurpose off-highway utility vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles, as well as dirt bikes
— the new act was introduced in the spring sitting of the legislature
Road Trails Act: https://nslegislature.ca/legc/bills/64th_1st/3rd_read/b273.htm
Off-highway vehicle pilot project and reports, including designated roads: https://novascotia.ca/ohv-pilot/
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