ATV’s vice UTV’s What is your opinion?


Seriously, why has the Provincial Government not changed the rules yet? Perhaps Bonita is correct , its just another money grab. What is your opinion?


by Bonita

I  have a hard time with the fact that there are different rules for atv and utvs. Crown land roads or bush roads are considered secondary roads are they not?

It should be mandatory that there is a posting in every dealership  to disclose the fact that the machine cannot travel secondary roads. In order to qualify it has to have four wheels, handle bars and you have to be able to stradel  the seat.

I would like someone to explain to me why we have to pay for a license, insurance, tire tax etc. when this machine  is not considered roadworthy.

Are the rules on our roadways that are governed by the province only for a select few? What are we paying for? If we have to trailer this machine to the bush why the extra charges?

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  • Zeke Marshall June 18, 2014, 12:51 pm

    This is about a broke government grasping at straws for all available cash. I am shocked they don’t make you do this for bicycles.

  • Joe Schmidt June 18, 2014, 3:47 pm

    About 4 years ago Bob Rollins had worked on this very point. He had reported that the Department of Highways had agreed to these vehicles in non-controlled roads and trails providing the UTV was less than 70″ wide. He had a Kabota UTV which just made the criteria. The one point he was trying to get passed was use of these vehicles on the shoulders of 500-600 series highways and the Ministry had stated they had issues due to the extra width. ATV are allowed on these highways providing they don’t hinder regular traffic flow. I recall he had a letter from the MTO to this affect that he read at our local meeting. I know it hadn’t passed legislation then but I assumed it was on it’s way.

  • Louis Dines June 20, 2014, 9:12 am

    Considering the fact that many people sold 2 ATV’s and bought 1 UTV you would think our Government would be happier with the less Gasoline burnt.
    There is even safety to consider in that they are a lot more stable as far a roll over is considered. It seems that with our Governments are concerned you look at what make sense and is logical then take a step in the opposite direction.

  • Bill Gunn July 1, 2014, 9:02 am

    Logging roads are not considered secondary roads and you make use your UTV or ATV on them. You can even ride double as long as you do not access a publically maintained road. Local municipalities have the right to pass by-laws allowing ATV’s to use the roads. Of course you have to have insurance for every machine. The insurance companies love this government who makes it law to pour money into their coffers.
    Government does need to catch up with technology though. These machines have been around long enough for legislators to get on the ball. Where are the Northern Ontario MPP’s? The use of these machines is certainly popular up here. Why have they not put forth some efforts to see the laws changed to cover them? It could be the fear factor. They are afraid of what some bureaucrat living in the golden horse shoe will come up with for rules when he doesn’t even know what the machines are. Maybe the new MNR guy from Thunder Bay will have some hope for us.

  • JIM AMBS April 9, 2015, 8:30 pm

    thank you John Vanthof for changing a stupid law ,i am so happy that we still have some real political people here in Ontario.
    now we can finally ride our UTV’s on road.