ORFA: The use of ATV’s and UTV’s in recreational grounds maintenance activities have become standard equipment for many members. It is important that all persons given access know and comply with all applicable rules of the road. And that they are provided adequate training on how to safely operate the equipment – merely handing over the keys is deemed unacceptable.
Sergeant Steve Mihills, provincial trainer with the Snowmobile, ATV and Vessel Enforcement (SAVE) unit from the Orillia detachment of the OPP provides the following information on ATV safety and enforcement. Last July, changes to the Highway Traffic Act included Ontario Regulation 316-03, which involves the use of the side of roads in Ontario where the governing body over the road has passed a bylaw permitting this use. Over half a million ATVs are in use in Ontario today, making it necessary to regulate the use of these motorized vehicles. Preventing ATV accidents and rollovers starts with smart riding and a clear understanding of hazards and safety precautions, police say. Police say riders should never ride beyond their skill level, avoid going sideways across a slope to avoid tipping.
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services states that ATV drivers must be properly trained in basic operation and safety. Drivers must know how safely climb hills in low gear with weight redistribution to prevent potential back flips.
For more information on ATV safety, the Highway Traffic Act, or Regulation 316-03, go to ontario.ca/laws, ofatv.ca, katva.ca, otr.ca, ofsc.ca or municipal websites
Source: The Wellington Advertiser