The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) remind snowmobilers to be compliant with the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act.
Many of the rules governing motor vehicle drivers apply to snowmobile operators, such as speeding, failing to stop at a road crossing and driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) that exceeds the legal limit. Failure to comply with the law carries penalties including fines, loss of driver’s license, criminal charges and/or imprisonment.
“A rider whose BAC is between 0.05 and 0.08 (known as the “Warn Range”), can be issued the same 3-day warning that suspends a driver’s license on the road,” said OPP Sergeant Lise Grenier, Off Road Safety Program Coordinator of the OPP Highway Safety Division. “This means that on the snow, the offending rider can no longer drive his/her sled to complete their ride.”
More serious alcohol offenses will result in license suspensions that will prematurely finish a rider’s snowmobiling season. Consequences also get tougher for repeat occurrences and riders are reminded that the Ontario Zero Tolerance law for drivers 21 and under also applies to snowmobiles.
To ride legally, snowmobile operators must always carry:
- Valid driver's license (or if under age 16, a Snow Vehicle Operator’s License)
- Proof of snowmobile ownership
- Sled registration (including properly placed registration numbers and validation sticker on sled)
- Proof of sled insurance (pink slip)
- Approved snowmobile helmet (for each rider)
- While snowmobiling for recreation on an OFSC Prescribed Trail, a 2013 Snowmobile
Trail Permit (properly displayed on the sled) with permit receipt