Several ATV riders charged during enforcement on Simcoe County forest trails

Police found most riders were in compliance with the laws

Huronia West OPP and their partners spent several hours on Sunday enforcing the trail permit requirements to ride in Simcoe County forests.

Police, the Central Ontario ATV Club and Simcoe County Off-Road Riders Association trail wardens stopped 65 all-terrain vehicles resulting in 14 charges being laid under the by-law which carries a $215 fine. Numerous operators were in compliance with the laws.

Police remind individuals that under provincials laws a helmet, licence plate, registration, insurance and driver’s licence are required when operating their off road vehicles on public trails, road allowances and Simcoe County Forests. They must be presented to an officer upon demand.

A trail permit is required to operate an off road vehicle on the designated trails within the Simcoe County Forests. Travelling off the designated trails is also a by-law offence resulting in a $215 fine.

Trail permits can be purchased from OFATV and OFTR. For details refer to  www.ofatv.org and https://myoftr.ca