Updating ATV rules and regulations

Changes to rules and regulations on ATVs will make everyone safer while expanding the ATV trail network province-wide.

Proposed changes include allowing ATVs on more low-traffic roads and increasing fines and impoundment time for illegal use of trails. 

“I believe we can work together to balance the needs of ATV riders with drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and landowners. These changes to the rules are only a first step in making sure ATV riders have access to appropriate and safe trails.”

- Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Steven Myers

Proposed amendments to the Off-Highway Vehicle Act mean impoundment rules for unauthorized vehicles that operate on the Confederation Trail will increase from 24 hours to 30 days, for a first offence, and for subsequent offences, it will increase from 30 days to 60 days. Impoundment fines will also be increasing.  Amendments will be brought forward in the fall 2019 session of the legislature. 

In the spring of 2020, ATVs will be allowed on select low-traffic volume roads. The roads will be chosen to allow ATV riders to connect existing trails. This pilot project will be evaluated for safety and effectiveness before permanent changes are made. Regulations will be developed over the winter and access to the roads will be granted on a case-by-case basis through permits.

“We will continue talks with the PEI ATV Federation on Confederation Trail crossings. They have provided government with a list of proposed crossing locations, we are assessing these locations to see if they would be suitable for overpasses or underpasses,” Myers said. “We continue to welcome ideas from Islanders on how to make it easier and safer to get out and enjoy our province, whether by ATV, on foot, or by cycling.”

Media contact:
Katie MacDonald
Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy

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