The James Bay Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like remind Motorized Snow Vehicle (MSV) owners and operators to abide by provincial and municipal laws.


Police are advising the public that MSV operators must be 16 years of age and hold a driver’s licence or a motorized snow vehicle operator’s licence to legally drive across or along a highway.


Under the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario (HTA) a highway includes a common and public highway, street, avenue, parkway, driveway, square, place, bridge, viaduct or trestle, any part of which is intended for or used by the general public for the passage of vehicles and includes the area between the lateral property lines thereof.


Police would also like to remind MSV owners and operators that it is illegal to remove, modify or render inoperative any component or device on their MSV which was required under the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of Canada. Anyone driving or permitting the use of an MSV with these modifications will be charged under the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act of Ontario.


The permission or prohibition to use motorized snow vehicles within town or city limits is determined by the municipality.


The OPP would like emphasize the importance knowing and abiding by the law, which will increase safety for everyone in our community.

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