Forest Road Rules Guide Safe Off-Road Vehicle Use
Jul 29, 2009
KAMLOOPS - Following speed limits and observing licence and insurance requirements will improve the chances that off-road vehicle users will return safely from a ride down a Forest Service road, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell reminded British Columbians today.
"Forest Service roads are both a workplace and a path to recreation, and the rules of the road are in place to help everyone, from off-road vehicle users to logging truck drivers, get home safely," said Bell. "Off-road vehicle users need to be aware that violating Forest Service road rules risks their families' health, finances and well-being."
All motor vehicle operators on Forest Service roads must have a valid driver's licence for the class of vehicle they are driving, including Class 5 licences for all-terrain vehicles and Class 6 licences for motorcycles. All operators must also carry a minimum of $200,000 third-party liability insurance, available through any insurance agent. Some off-road vehicle and outdoor recreation clubs also provide group insurance policies as part of their membership package.
"In addition to the risk of serious injuries, off-road vehicle users could be held liable for injuries or suffering that others experience at their hands," added Bell. "British Columbians often travel significant distances to reach off-road vehicle destinations, but to get home safely they need to recognize and follow the rules of all the roads they ride on."
Vehicle operators found contravening Forest Service road regulations are subject to fines and violation tickets that can be issued by police, Ministry of Forest and Range compliance and enforcement staff and Ministry of Environment conservation officers. A violation ticket of $345 may be issued to a
person operating a vehicle without the required insurance.
Off-road vehicle use on Forest Service roads reaches a peak during periods of good summer weather. Driving at a speed excessive for road conditions is a main contributor to accidents on Forest
Service roads, which can involve off-road vehicles, private cars and trucks and industrial traffic.
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