Off Road Vehicle Registration System Launched

A new registration system for Off Road Vehicle (ORV) owners will commence on November 17th, 2014.   The announcement fulfills one of UBCM’s longstanding policy requests to the Province to establish a system of ORV licensing and registration.

To facilitate a smooth transition, the new registration system will be voluntary until June 1, 2015, at which time it will become mandatory for those ORV owners operating on Crown land.  The combined fee for one-time registration and a number plate will be $48.  ORV owners can register at any one the existing ICBC insurance brokers in BC.

The registration system follows the March 2014 enactment of the new Off Road Vehicle Act, which builds on the implementation of the Province’s ORV Management Framework.  Additional changes to Motor Vehicle Act regulations, also effective November 17th will allow ORV operators greater access to highways, including the ability to:

  • Cross a highway without having to obtain an operation permit if the crossing is controlled by a stop sign or traffic light.
  • Cross a highway where local police authorize through an operation permit.
  • Load or unload in a parking lot without an operation permit.
  • Obtain an operation permit with an extended term of up to two years.

Additional regulations will be forthcoming that will address ORV rules of operation, safety standards, penalties and conditions of use for a wide range of modern ORVs, including snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or “quads”, dirt bikes and side-by-sides (e.g., Rhinos and Argos).

Thanks to all the UBCM members who have been part of the ORV local government working group for their continued input and feedback to the Province as it continues to implement the ORV Management Framework.

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