Fall 2016 - Bill 36: An Act to Enhance Off-Highway Vehicle Safety

Bill 36 proposes to change the law around Off-Highway Vehicle safety requirements by requiring everybody to wear a helmet while operating or riding on OHVs on public land.

It was created after extensive public consultation and consultation with OHV associations.

It addresses a serious safety issue around OHV use. Emergency rooms in Alberta treat nearly 6,000 people every year for OHV-related accidents.  

Alberta is the only jurisdiction in Canada without some kind of provincial OHV helmet law.

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Bill 36 passed third reading in the Legislature on December 6, 2016 and came into force December 9, 2016.

 

Key Points

Bill 36, if passed, will:

  • allow the provincial government to legislate OHV helmet use on public land
  • set standards for what constitutes an acceptable safety helmet
  • establish exemptions for people operating OHVs on
    • private property
    • First Nations or Metis Settlement lands
    • farms and ranches
  • create an offence for not wearing helmets on public land.

 

 

Press releases

Helmet law proposed for Off-Highway Vehicles

Bill 36 Fact Sheet

Links & Resources

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