Haldimand OPP have responded to several complaints throughout the County where ATV riders were on private property without permission and in some cases have caused damage to the property and fields.
Being on private property without permission from the property owner is a violation under the Trespass to Property Act, and subject to charges.
In addition, Haldimand County is reminding the public that all-terrain and off-road vehicles are NOT permitted to be ridden on municipal roadways or County-owned property (e.g. public trails or parks).
Currently, Haldimand County DOES NOT have a by-law permitting on-road ATV/ORV use and as such, on-road driving of ATVs/ORVs is prohibited.
As outlined in the County’s Parks & Facilities by-law, motorized recreational vehicles of any kind – meaning snowmobiles, go-carts, ATVs/ORVs or any vehicle propelled or driven by an internal combustion engine – are prohibited from traveling in any public park or County-maintained trail.
Individuals who witness the illegal operation of ATVs/ORVs are encouraged to contact Haldimand County By-Law or the Ontario Provincial Police.
Anyone who is found to be in violation of the Off-Road Vehicles Act by driving the off-road vehicle on or across a highway is subject to a fine of $300, and subject to a minimum of $125 or a maximum fine of $50,000 for riding on County property.