Off-Road Vehicle Safety

To help prevent ORV injuries and death on Crown land, improved safety laws under the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Act require that operators:
 

  • Wear a safety-approved helmet on a ride-astride ORV (e.g., an all-terrain vehicle)
        — see section 22, Standards for Off-Road Helmets
  • Wear seatbelts if installed by the manufacturer (i.e., in an SUV or truck) 
        — see section 23, Seatbelts
  • Use lights for low-visibility conditions. If an ORV is not manufactured with lights (e.g., dirt bikes), then bicycle lights affixed to the ORV will suffice (white light in front, red in back)
        — see section 24, Lights

ORV operators must carry government-issued photo identification (i.e., a driver's licence or BC Services Card) so an officer can confirm the age of a supervising adult and the child operating the ORV.

Keeping Children Safe

Measures to better protect children under 16 years include:

  • Mandatory adult supervision of children by persons 19 or older who either hold a valid driver’s licence or have completed a certified training course for the class of ORV (see legislation)
  • A child can ride an ORV if the child meets the vehicle manufacturer’s minimum age and weight requirements (see legislation)
  • A child cannot drive an ORV with a passenger (see legislation)
  • A child cannot drive an on-highway vehicle (see legislation)

Some exemptions apply — for example, 14- and 15-year-olds with appropriate training and written permission from their parent or guardian (see legislation).

Read about the Off-Road Vehicle Regulation:

Places for Children to Ride