RULES FOR OPERATION OF MOTORIZED VEHICLES IN THE TOWNSHIP OF TINY BACKGROUND
On May 28, 2007, Council discussed a number of concerns relative to
ATV’s and other motorized vehicles operating on municipal roads,
municipal beaches and the Tiny Trail system. More specifically, the
concerns were with respect to damage that these vehicles have caused in
the Township as well as safety concerns due to erratic driving. At the
meeting, Council directed that Municipal Law Enforcement Staff
significantly increase patrol hours in 2007 and that enforcement
officers have zero tolerance regarding illegal operation of motorized
vehicles in the Township. In essence, this means that individuals who
operate motorized vehicles contrary to the Township’s By-laws will be
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What are the current laws regulating ATV’s/Motorized Vehicles?
There are two applicable pieces of legislation which are as follows:
- Highway Traffic Act.
Since Council of the Township has not passed a by-law permitting ATV’s
in the Township, they are prohibited from operating on any portion of a
municipal road allowance (i.e. includes the shoulder of the road). The
set fine amount for operating an ATV on the road allowance is $110.00.
Note: enforcement of this restriction is solely in the jurisdiction of
the Ontario Provincial Police. In other words, Municipal Law Enforcement
Officers have no authority to investigate or enforce this prohibition.
Note: on July 31, 2003, a new regulation of the Highway Traffic Act
(O.Reg. 316/03) came into effect pertaining to the operation of off-road
vehicles (orvs) on highways. Please see Schedule “A” for some
additional information regarding this regulation.
Township of Tiny By-law No. 12-032. This by-law
prohibits all motorized vehicles (including ATV’s) from operating on all
municipal lands such as parks and right-of-ways. The set fine for
operating an ATV or other motorized machine contrary to this by-law is
$125.00. For more serious motorized vehicle offences, the fine imposed
can be up to $5000.00.
What happens if I fail to comply with the ATV rules?
Reporting Illegal Operation of Motorized Vehicles in the Township as
indicated above, the Ontario Provincial Police have full jurisdiction
regarding ATV’s and other motorized machines operating on the roads and
therefore they should be contacted to report violations at
When ATV’s, or other motorized vehicles are operating on municipal
beaches, rights of ways and the Tiny Trail System, the Municipal Law
Enforcement Division should be contacted at (705) 526-4136 to
investigate. They have the authority to lay charges if a motorized
operating contrary to the Township’s By-laws. Please note that the
contact number is used both during regular office hours as well as after
hours. The Ontario Provincial Police will investigate incidents of
motorized vehicles operating contrary to the Township’s by-laws when
by-law staff are not available. In this case, the Ontario Provincial
Police generally forward the occurrence to the Municipal Law Enforcement Division to be followed up on.
O. Reg. 316/03 allows off-road vehicles (orvs) to
have more access to the shoulder and paved portions of some Ontario
highways. Provincial highways that are excluded include the 400 series
and the QEW. This new regulation, however, applies exclusively to one
category of orv referred to as an “all-terrain vehicle” (ATV). An ATV
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 a driver only and no passengers.
The new regulation therefore applies to a typical four wheeler, but does
not apply to other types of orvs such as mini-bikes, dirt bikes and
Other applicable requirements:
Although the regulation allows the operation of
an ATV on some provincial highways, there are a number of applicable
requirements which must be adhered to which are as follows:
- Permit and Insurance required;
- Driver’s license of Class G2 or M2 or higher;
- Helmet required;
- Speed limit of no greater than 20 km/hr in a 50 km/hr zone;
- Speed limit of no greater than 50 km/hr in a zone greater than 50 km/hr;
- Operate on shoulder of road, in same direction as traffic;
- If no shoulder or shoulder obstructed, operate on roadway portion;
- Shall not be driven in construction zone or on a closed highway.
The new regulation has also given municipalities the authority to
establish through a by-law which municipal highways (if any), where on
the highway, time of day and season that orvs are allowed access to
their highways. A municipality can also set speed limits that are lower
than those set out in the regulation. In the absence of a municipal
by-law therefore, ATVs are not permitted to drive on the Township’s
It should be noted that there are certain exemptions pertaining to ATVs
operating on the majority of highways (provincial and municipal).
The exemptions are as follows:
- Persons driving an off-road vehicle directly across a highway;
- Farmers and licensed trappers;
Public works employees which includes fire, ambulance, police, municipal, hydro, telephone and rail workers.