Other laws apply to PHEV drivers. Regardless of the designation of the land, the use of PHEVs may be restricted under the Alberta Forest and Grasslands Protection Act during periods of high risk of forest fire. Large areas were completely closed to the use of PHVs in the summer of 2017 as part of this legislation. Even under the Public Lands Administration Regulations, it is a criminal offence to operate an ORV in or near most water bodies. Many species of fish in Alberta spawn in shallow streams covered with gravel. The use of ORV in these streams can easily destroy fish or their spawning habitat. It is illegal. Yes, you can cross a road, highway, sidewalk, etc. with your ATV or other off-road vehicle. Provided the following criteria are met: Note: The definition of «road» includes ditches along the roadway. Many species of fish in Alberta spawn in shallow streams covered with gravel. The use of ORV in these streams can easily destroy fish or their spawning habitat. It is illegal.
You do not need a licence to drive an ATV or other off-road vehicle in Alberta. The only exception is if you are driving legally on a road or highway. Exceptions can be found in the quote above. No, you cannot drive an ATV on the road in Alberta. In fact, you also can`t drive in ditches along roads. `Prohibited operation: an off-road vehicle may be driven on a motorway, road or ditch only if a permit has been expressly granted. In the case of a provincial highway, the Minister may approve these vehicles on «order» or «permit» along any part of a highway (Highway Safety Act, paragraphs 120(4)(a)(i) and (ii)). In the case of a municipality, the council of a municipality may approve such vehicles by law along any part of a motorway (Road Safety Act, Article 120(4)(b)). Two other land designations are important for the use of PHEVs. Alberta`s Public Lands Act provides for the creation of Crown Land Use Areas («OLZs»). There are currently 19 ZEZ in Alberta covering an area of 2.77 million hectares.
Most PLUZs are located in sensitive landscapes along the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. The use of OHV in PLUZ is subject to some control. The default rule is that the use of OHV is not allowed. However, permission can be granted and has been granted in one form or another in 12 of the 19 ZEROs. Only one PLUZ, the Maclean Creek Off-Road Vehicle Area, allows the use of PHEVs off designated trails. It should be noted that you do not need a permit to make a crossing described above. This brings us to the following question: the regulation deals with the details of the age you must have to drive on a motorway (18 or between 14 and 18 years if you are accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older) and sets requirements for headlights, taillights, silencers, serial numbers, license plates, helmets, registration and insurance. Private land – There is a lot of private land in Alberta, most of which is farms and ranches. The use of PHEV is almost always allowed on private land as long as you have permission from the owner. As we mentioned earlier, there are special rules for farmers and ranchers who operate their own ORVs on their own or other private property with permission. The same rules apply to public lands that are leased to and under the control of farmers or ranchers – permission must be obtained. Off-road vehicle laws in Alberta are very flexible when it comes to private ownership.
If you are leaving private land, make sure you are aware of all local laws and restrictions. Part 6 The Alberta Highway Safety Act (the «Act») and the Off-Highway Vehicle Regulations (the «Regulations») made under this Act set out the rules applicable to the machinery itself, the certification requirements and the general operation. Few of these rules have anything to do with direct environmental protection. Some of the most important provisions are: The last type of land is called «vacant public land without alienation». Under Alberta`s Crown Lands legislation, undeveloped Crown lands are available for recreational purposes, including the use of PHEVs, with drivers subject to far fewer restrictions than elsewhere. For example, there is usually no obligation to stay on the trails. As with PLUZ, there is plenty of vacant crown land along the eastern slopes of the Rockies and is environmentally conscious. There are rare exceptions. The following quote from the Alberta Traffic Safety Act summarizes just about everything you need to know: It`s hard to try to understand how Public lands owned by the Provincial Government of Alberta are regulated. There are many different land designations that have been created under several statutes. The use of ORV is prohibited in provincial parks (76), Wilmore Wilderness Park, wilderness areas (3), provincial recreational areas (208) and ecological reserves (15).
It is your responsibility to determine whether access is allowed and to obtain permission if necessary.