On July 15, 2015 the Highway Traffic Act was amended to permit additional categories of off-road vehicles to travel on certain provincial and municipal highways. In addition to previously permitted single rider all-terrain vehicle operation on provincial and municipal highways, two-up all-terrain vehicles, side by side all-terrain vehicles and utility terrain vehicles are now permitted to operate on the shoulders of certain highways.

Similar to the previously permitted all-terrain operations on highways, the newly permitted vehicles, drivers and passengers must comply with certain age, insurance and equipment requirements.

A municipality is required to pass a by-law permitting the use of off-road vehicles on municipal highways.  To accommodate this requirement the County of Lennox and Addington has now passed By-law No. 3316/15 and amending By-law No. 3326/16 to permit the operation of these additional vehicle types on certain County roads.

Click here to see By-law No. 3316/15

Click here to see amending By-law 3326/16

More information on permitted all-terrain and off-road vehicle operations on highways can be found at: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/driver/drive-ATV.shtml

What you need to know to operate an ATV/ORV in Ontario. Download the Smart Ride, Safe Ride brochure here.