Off Road VehicleManagementFrameworkPresentation forPrivate Forests Landowners AssociationJune 16, 2011Prepared by Vera VukelichManager, Off Road VehiclesMinistry of Forests, Lands &Natural Resource Operations
On November 10, 2009, Governmentannounced the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV)Management Framework. The goal of the ORV framework is to developpolicy that will encourage safe and responsibleORV riding and support a growing industry thathas the opportunity to deliver lastingsocioeconomic benefits to rural communities.
In 2005, the Coalition for Licensing and Registration ofOff-Road Vehicles in BC produced a report with 47recommendations to address longstanding ORVmanagement issues in BC. In 2006, the Coroners Service of British Columbiarecommended improved laws to help address ORVaccidents resulting in injuries to youth and deaths. In early 2009, during the review of the proposed TrailsStrategy, there was strong overall public support forimproving ORV management in BC. Over the years, the Union of British ColumbiaMunicipalities has passed nine resolutions requestingan improved ORV management regime.
Through extensive dialogue withstakeholders, agencies and ministries over theyears, we have learned that ORV issues arecomplex and achieving consensus among the rangeof parties was challenging. As time progressed, we also found that there weremany aspects of shared interest and commonground. The result of this hard work is the ORV framework
Improved public safety Protecting the environment Identification through registration Better compliance & enforcement
ORVs are used for work, leisure and commuting. An expanded definition of ORVs will includesmall, self-propelled motor vehicles manufacturedto be operated for off highway travel purposes andare ride-astride or side-by-side vehicles withwheels, tracks and/or skis. Examples of ORVs include: all terrainvehicles, ‘quads’, off highwaymotorcycles, snowmobiles, utilityvehicles, recreational vehicles, amphibiousargos, golf carts and dune buggies.
Registration is mandatory for ORVs operatedon Crown land, including resource roads. Registration applies to current and new owners. A clearly visible number plate/decal will:◦ Help address irresponsible ORV operators,◦ track stolen ORVs, and◦ aide in search and rescue efforts to find lost orinjured ORV enthusiasts.
Non-residents of BC will require a temporarypermit if their ORV is not already registeredfrom their home jurisdiction with a visibleplate/decal. For example, Albertan’s would already comply.
All ORV operators will be required to wear a safety-approved helmet and, where installed by themanufacturer, seatbelt use will also be requisite forside-by-side ORVs (e.g. UTV). All ORVs must use lights for low visibilityconditions. Off-highway motorcycles that do nothave lights will be permitted to use temporary bikelights. Additional safety rules for youth under 16 yearsinclude: adult supervision, appropriate size vehiclefor age/weight, and reduced speed limits. Equipment exemptions continue to apply atsporting/competitive events.
Designated highway crossings will make itmore convenient for ORV operators to safelycross highways. These optional crossings will help connect ourcommunities and trail systems. At designated ORV crossings, a police-issuedOperations Permit will no longer be requiredbut all other Motor Vehicle Act requirementscontinue to apply. A police-issued Operation Permit will alsocontinue to be available for incidental roadcrossings at non-designated locations.
Spark arrestors will be required for ORVs(excluding snowmobiles) to help prevent forestfires and reduce noise disturbance towildlife, communities and other outdoorenthusiasts. The Forest and Range Practices Act has alreadybeen amended to add penalties forirresponsible ORV operators that damagesensitive habitat, such as alpine, wetland andgrassland areas.
A provincial compliance and enforcementstrategy for ORVs is being developed. The strategy includes voluntary compliancethrough public awareness and education. Government has been working with provincialstakeholder associations on the developmentof this strategy.
Implementation of the ORV framework wasestimated to take approximately two years toensure that the ICBC has adequate time toupgrade their systems and to ensure smoothbusiness transition for over 900 brokers.
Government continues towork with stakeholderassociations on the detailsand implementation of theORV framework. For moreinformation, please referto the following website:www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/orv