Public Safety

New off-road vehicle rules for young riders (09/03/11)

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March 11, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new regulation prescribing age-appropriate recreational off-road vehicles for those under the age of 16, and establishing a class of closed course for recreational use for those under 14 will come into effect on May 1.

"Protecting the safety and security of our children is our first priority," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran. "Changes to the act will enable us to continue improving off-road vehicle safety in the province, and allow off-road vehicle enthusiasts to be safe while they enjoy this growing sport."

The new regulation sets the specifications for recreational off-road vehicles (all-terrain vehicles, motorized snow vehicles, and recreational-use dirt bikes) that may be driven by:

The regulation provides for the creation and accreditation of recreational-use closed courses for persons under the age of 14 to provide off-road vehicle users with a well-designed and controlled environment to participate safely in the sport. It also provides for the creation and accreditation of competition-use closed courses to allow the continuation of competitive motor sport in the province.

The regulation came about after lengthy consultation with several stakeholders, including industry associations and manufacturers. It also establishes specifications for the 2010 model year and later all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) that may be driven by individuals who are six years of age or older, and under the age of 16, and ensures that these vehicles have speed limiters set based on various categories.

When the new regulation takes effect, persons under the age of 16 must be supervised and accompanied by a person 19 years of age or older. The supervising adult must have successfully completed an approved safety training course if supervising the operation of an ATV or snowmobile by a person under the age of 16.

"I thank our stakeholders, including the New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs and the New Brunswick ATV Federation, for their assistance and consultation throughout this process," Foran said. "Building a safer New Brunswick will help us to reach our goal of self-sufficiency by 2026."

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Background information follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Daniel Lessard, communications, Public Safety, 506-444-5267.

Backgrounder - New regulation for Off-Road Vehicle Act

Following are highlights from the new regulation under the Off-Road Vehicle Act.

Specifications for off-road vehicles that may be driven by:

Persons 14 - 15 years of age:

Persons 12 - 13 years of age:

Persons six to 11 years of age:

Typical adult-size off-road vehicles, such as the following, cannot be driven by people under the age of 16:

In addition, the regulation will ensure that the original specifications are maintained for all 2010 model year and later ATVs that are in compliance with the AMSI / SVIA 1-2007 standard for vehicles that may be driven by a person who is age six or older, and under the age of 16, and will ensure that these vehicles have speed limiters set at the following levels:

Establishment of a class of closed courses used exclusively for recreation.

The regulation establishes a class of closed courses used exclusively for recreation, and allows persons under the age of 14 to operate age-appropriate recreational-use off-road vehicles on the course. All closed courses must be run by organizations accredited by the registrar of motor vehicles, subject to certain standards and parameters:

Accreditation

Public roads

Course terrain, obstacles and hazards

Signage

Speed limits

Establishment of a class of closed courses used exclusively for competition.

The regulation also establishes a class of closed courses used exclusively for competition. Organizations will be required to submit an application, along with any other information deemed necessary, to the registrar of motor vehicles for consideration and proof that the course(s) is sanctioned by the Canadian Motorsport Racing Club.

A full list of provisions under the new regulation may be found online.

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