Elkford Adopts Bylaw to Regulate Use of Off-Highway Recreational Vehicles

The District of Elkford has adopted a bylaw to regulate the use of off-highway recreational vehicles within the town boundaries.

The bylaw authorizes off-highway recreational vehicles to use the approved recreational vehicle trail system within the municipal boundaries to access the out of town trails.

The operator must register and licence their vehicle with the District, maintain third party liability insurance of at least $1 million, and hold a valid driver's licence or a certified training course if between the ages of 13 and 17.

Riders of registered and insured vehicles that are under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult of at least 25 years of age who holds a valid driver's licence, registration and insurance.

Riders must also wear a safety helmet approved by the Canadian Standards Association.

The District bylaw does not authorize the use of off-highway recreational vehicles on the streets or roads, although snowmobile riders can obtain a permit through the RCMP to ride across a street to get to a trail.

The District will be issuing licence plates to the registered vehicles.

The licence plate fee is $10 and the annual renewal fee is $2. The District anticipates having the licence plates available for sale in January 2007, with a first year expiry date of April 30th, 2008.

The District will be issuing fines to riders that:

  • Ride an unregistered vehicle
  • Ride without insurance or a valid driver's licence
  • Ride in areas not authorized (streets, parks, unauthorized trails)
  • Ride faster than 20 km/hr

For more information or a copy of the bylaw, please contact the District of Elkford.

Registration Checklist

  1. Join ATV Club
  2. Take certified training course
    (required if under age 18)
  3. Purchase $1M liability insurance (Credit Union)
  4. Bring ATV bill of sale and proof of insurance to the District of Elkford office, Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm
  5. Pay $10, obtain plate. Next year only $2.

For after-hours convenience plates may be made available at the pool, and at Falkins insurance. Possibly at a club meeting.

Elkford's in-town trail system

District of Elkford
816 Michel Road P.O. Box 340 Elkford, B.C. V0B 1H0
P. 250.865.2241 • F. 250.865.2429 • http://www.elkford.ca/

For Immediate Release
December 4, 2006