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All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)


What you need to know to operate an ATV in Ontario

The All Terrain Vehicle, or ATV as it's commonly called, is a very popular year-round utility and recreational vehicle, that offers many hours of enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts. However, there are certain risks associated with riding an ATV if laws aren't respected and safety precautions are ignored.

Smart Ride Safe Ride outlines the legislative requirements for ATVs and other types of off-road vehicles and promotes safe and responsible riding practices. This is only a guide. For more detailed information on legal requirements for ATV use, please refer to the Off-Road Vehicles Act (ORVA) and the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) at

An ATV is a type of Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) that has four wheels, steering handle bars, a seat that is straddled by the driver and is designed for a driver only and no passenger.

A highway can include a roadway, street or avenue and consists of all the land which falls within the highway right-of-way, such as the shoulder and ditch.

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