Fisheries and Land Resources

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All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) Use


ATV Regulations

Newfoundland and Labrador Wetlands are an important component of the forest ecosystem, providing protection from floods through the storage of precipitation and regulating runoff. Migratory routes for caribou and other wildlife species, such as migratory birds, include large tracts of land and also provide a wide range of environmental, tourist and social benefits. Protecting these sensitive areas from long-term damage by ATV traffic is the prime reason for the regulations. The Consolidated Regulations, effective since 1996, are administered by Service NL and enforced by the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC), Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Municipal Police, in addition to Parks, Crown Lands, Environment and Development Control Officials

Summary of ATV Regulations

  • Use is permitted only in approved areas.
  • In restricted areas, travel is permitted on approved trails only.
  • To construct an approved trail, you have to apply to the Department of Environment and Conservation.
  • Approved trails are marked by signs which are maintained by the individual who was granted the approval.
  • A person must be 16 years of age to operate an adult sized ATV. Youth starting at age 14 can operate an ATV with an engine size of of 90cc or less. Youth under the age of 14 are not permitted to operate any size ATV.
  • An operator of an ATV must wear an approved helmet.
  • A person who holds a big game licence may operate an ATV in a restricted area to transport an animal from where it was killed. The number of trips is restricted to five (5).
  • Penalties for violations of the ATV Regulations range for $100.00 to $500.00 or up to six (6) days in jail.
  • If an operator is convicted of a violation, the Regulations provide for automatic confiscation of any seized vehicle.

ATV Legislation

Motorized Snow Vehicles and All-Terrain Vehicles Act / Regulations


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