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ATV and Off-Road Vehicle Regulations and Guidelines in Renfrew

Posted On: Friday, October 15, 2021

ATV and Off-Road Vehicle Regulations and Guidelines in Renfrew
BY-LAW NO. 59-2015 - A by-Law to regulate the operation of All-Terrain, Multi-Purpose Off-Highway Utility and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles on municipal highways within the Town of Renfrew

CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF RENFREW

BY-LAW NO. 59-2015

Being a by-Law to regulate the operation of

All-Terrain, Multi-Purpose Off-Highway Utility and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles on municipal highways within the Town of Renfrew

Summary of BY-LAW No. 59-2015

DEFINITIONS

“All-terrain vehicle” means an off-road vehicle that:

a) has four wheels, the tires of which are all in contact with the ground,

b) has steering handlebars,

c) has a seat that is designed to be straddled by the driver, and

d) is designed to carry,

               i) a driver only and no passengers, or

              ii) a driver and only one passenger, if the vehicle

A) has one passenger seat that is designed to be straddled by the passenger while sitting facing forward behind the driver, and

B) is equipped with foot rests for the passenger that are separate from the foot rests for the driver.

“Multi-purpose off-highway utility vehicle” means an off-road vehicle that,

a) has four or more wheels, the tires of which are all in contact with the ground,

b) has a steering wheel for steering control,

c) has seats that are not designed to be straddled, and

d) has a minimum cargo capacity of 159 kilograms.

“Recreational off-highway vehicle” means an off-road vehicle that,

a) has four or more wheels, the tires of which are all in contact with the ground,

b) has a steering wheel for steering control,

c) has seats that are not designed to be straddled, and

d) has an engine displacement equal to or less that 1,000 cubic centimeters.

“Highway” includes a common and public highway, street, avenue, parkway, driveway, square, place, bridge, viaduct or trestle, any part of which is intended for or used by the general public for the passage of vehicles and includes the area between the lateral property lines thereof.

 “Off-road vehicle” shall mean an off-road vehicle within the meaning of the Off-Road Vehicles Act, R.S.O. 1990, O.Reg. 316/03, S.1, as amended.

JURISDICTION

This by-law regulates the use of all off-road vehicles on all highways under the jurisdiction of the Town of Renfrew only

This by-law does not provide authority for:

a) County of Renfrew, upper-tier municipality, highways

b) Private roads

c) Any highways situated outside the Town of Renfrew including the portion of any boundary road not owned by the Town of Renfrew.

 

REGULATION OF OFF-ROAD VEHICLES ON HIGHWAYS

Only those off-road vehicles falling within the definition of an all-terrain vehicle, a multi-purpose off-highway utility vehicle and a recreational off-highway vehicle in this by-law, may be driven on highways under the jurisdiction of the Town of Renfrew provided that:

a) the off-road vehicle meets all the equipment requirements and operation requirements of O. Reg. 316/03, as amended by O. Reg. 135/15,

b) the off-road vehicle shall not be driven at a rate of speed greater than:

 i) 20 km/hr if the speed established under the Highway Traffic Act or by municipal by-law for that part of the highway is not greater than 50 km/hr; or

ii) 50 km/hr if the speed limit established under the Highway Traffic Act or by municipal by-law for that part of the highway is greater than 50 km/hr,  

c) the off-road vehicles do not travel on highways between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.,

d) the off-road vehicles do not travel upon any municipally owned or municipally maintained lands used as parks, playgrounds or for utility purposes unless expressly permitted by municipal by-law, save and except the designated parking area located at Ma-te-way Park which shall be made available as an off-road vehicle staging area to facilitate access to municipal roadways and regionally approved trails.

e) the off-road vehicles shall be permitted on all highways, or parts of such highways, with the exception of:

  1. Raglan Street South (Hwy. 60) from Munroe Avenue to the intersection of Hall Avenue and Veterans’ Memorial Boulevard; and
  2.  Veterans’ Memorial Boulevard (Hwy. 60).

 

For the Full By-Law, please visit:

https://www.renfrew.ca/public_docs/bylaws/ATV%20By-Law.pdf



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