In an effort to enhance off-highway vehicle (OHV) safety, the Government of Alberta has recently amended the Traffic Safety Act to include a new OHV Helmet Law. This means that effective May 15, 2017, helmets will be mandatory for those riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on public land. OHVs include any motorized vehicle built for cross-country travel on land, ice, and snow. Common types of OHV are all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, dirt bikes, utility terrain vehicles, and side-by-sides.
The new law aligns helmet safety standards with those used for motorcycles, creates requirements regarding the condition and use of helmets, sets fine amounts for those not complying, and specifies exemptions. These include exempting OHV users from the requirement to wear a helmet when riding on private property; riding on First Nations Reserve and Metis Settlement lands; using an OHV with safe, manufacturer-supplied rollover protective structures and seat belts that are worn; and riding for work where Alberta’s occupational health and safety laws do not require helmet use, for example for farming and ranching workers.
Alberta was the last remaining province in Canada without a provincial law requiring OHV riders to wear helmets. The details in the law seek to recognize the diversity in OHV use and in OHV riders in Alberta. Thank you in advance for your observance of the new OHV Helmet Law.
More information on new OHV helmet law is available through the following links:
- OHV Helmet Law Webpage
- OHV Helmet Law Frequently Asked Questions
- Traffic Safety Act and Off-Highway Vehicle Regulation
- Bill 36