ATV riders fined for not having trail permits in Simcoe County forests

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Oct. 1, 2020

Fourteen ATV riders could have saved themselves more than $100 if they had purchased an off-road trail permit.

Instead they were hit with a $215 fine for breaking a Simcoe County bylaw that requires the $103 permits to use trails designated for off-road use. Riding in undesignated areas also carries a $215 fine.

Huronia West OPP officers and trail wardens stopped 65 riders in County of Simcoe Forests Sept. 27, with the majority of the trail users in full compliance with regulations.

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

Trail permits can be purchased from OFATV and OFTR. For details refer to https://myoftr.ca or call 855-637-6387.

Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance