Off-road vehicle safety

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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 

Wear a safety-approved helmet on a ride-astride ORVs

Wear seatbelts

Wear seatbelts if installed by the manufacturer (i.e., in an SUV or truck)

Use lights

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)

Carry ID

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