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Posted on: July 10, 2019

Off Highway Vehicle Bylaw - Feedback

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Council is considering adopting an “Off Highway Vehicle Bylaw” that will allow the use of Off Highway Vehicles on roads operated by the M.D. of Taber. The 3rd reading of the bylaw is planned for the August 13 council meeting. 

Your feedback on this bylaw is requested prior to August 7th. Please send us your comments to the following email address:

ohvbylaw@mdtaber.ab.ca

The Alberta Traffic Safety Act allows municipalities by bylaw to permit the use of Off Highway Vehicles on roads controlled by the municipality provided a Bylaw allowing OHV’s to operate on the roads has adopted the use of OHV’s on roads.

M.D. of Taber Bylaw No. 1950 allows the following:

  • OHVs are allowed on municipal roads for ‘Legitimate Business Purposes’ which include agricultural uses. Recreational riding on roads will remain prohibited.
  • All OHV’s must be registered, insured and display a valid license plate.
  • All OHV’s must be equipped with headlamps, tail lamps, an exhaust muffler, and any other equipment as required by the Off-Highway Vehicle Regulation.
  • The operator and passenger, if any, must wear helmets.
  • This bylaw does not authorize the operation of Off-Highway vehicles on any M.D. of Taber property except a road.
  • The maximum speed limit while riding on a road is 50 km/hr
  • OHVs must travel on the right hand side of the road with traffic.
  • The OHV operator must be at least 14 years old while driving on M.D. roads.
  • OHVs are prohibited on environmental reserves, school property and any land marked with signage.
  • This bylaw does not include provincial highways or ditches along provincial highways – this remains prohibited by law.
  • Operation of OHV’s are prohibited within the Hamlet of Grassy Lake, Hamlet of Hays, Hamlet of Enchant, Johnson’s Addition, all residential subdivisions (Grouped Country Residential) and municipal parks and recreation areas.
  • The Bylaw includes penalties and fines for non-compliance to the guidelines of the bylaw.

Full Bylaw for review:  Off-Highway Vehicle Bylaw

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