Safe and more convenient incidental access to public roads and highways is key to the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Framework.
All other Motor Vehicle Act requirements on highways have not changed (e.g., the requirement for ICBC's basic insurance and a valid driver's licence). When in doubt, ORV operators should contact local law enforcement to inquire whether an operation permit is required. Police-issued operation permits continue to be free.
The B.C. government continues to implement improved road and highway crossings, in stages, under the Motor Vehicle Act. Improved incidental access will better connect B.C.'s rural communities and support a first-rate ORV trail network.
On public roads and highways, the Insurance Corporation of B.C.'s basic insurance continues to be a requirement for all motorists, including ORV owners. ORV riders who opt for incidental access to highways will also require ICBC’s basic insurance.
Be safe when sharing a resource road with industrial vehicles – check out this brochure about off-road vehicles using resource roads:
The basic requirements on a Forest Service Road continue to apply, such as a valid driver’s licence and having a minimum of $200,000 in third-party liability insurance. On all other Crown land, third-party liability insurance is voluntary but recommended.
The Forest Service Road Use Regulation has been amended as follows: