Concerns have been raised in the community regarding the unsafe use of dirt bikes on Stittsville streets and pathways.
Please remember that anyone using a dirt bike on streets, roadways, shoulders need to have a valid driver’s license, insurance, license plate and ownership. It’s not uncommon to see dirt bikes in urban settings along the shoulder and sometimes on the roadway driven by youths. Unless they have the noted documentation above, they are breaking the law and could be subjected to the associated fines for each violation. A dirt bike cannot be used on trails unless it is designated to be used for off road vehicles.
I want to stress the importance to please ensure that safety concerns such as these be reported to the police every time they are witnessed and with as much detail as possible (time of day, description of vehicle and driver description). The more reports that are received the more resources the Police will allocate to the issue.
If you are witnessing this activity taking place and feel there is an immediate concerns for safety of residents please call 9-1-1 or 613-230-6211 (non-life threatening emergencies). You can place a report after the fact by calling 613-236-1222 x 7300 or online here.
I have been in contact with Ottawa Police and City staff on this matter and I will continue discussions with them on this issue.
Detailed information can be obtained under the Off Road Vehicles Act of Ontario.
Despite the legislation regarding ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles), municipalities have the final say to pass by-laws to allow or restrict use of ORVs (Off Road Vehicles) on their roads. Ottawa recently had a pilot project for use of ATVs on roadways but only in Osgoode township and only in designated areas http://ottawa.ca/en/atv-pilot-project-osgoode-ward. This pilot project ended in November 25, 2015.
Unlike the snowmobile framework, municipalities must opt-in to the ORV framework. This means they may pass a by-law to allow these additional types of ORVs on their roads, but municipalities are not required to pass a by-law.
Existing by-laws may need to be amended to allow these additional types of ORVs on municipal roads.
If a by-law does not exist then ORV operation is not allowed. If in doubt, check with the municipality first before riding on their roads.
- ATVs and FAQs http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/driver/drive-ATV-faq.shtml#q1
- ORVs (Off Road Vehicles) set fines http://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/how-do-i/set-fines/set-fines-i/schedule-70/
- Fines associated with using ORVs on a highway http://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/how-do-i/set-fines/set-fines-i/schedule-52-1/