Helmet Law

New law makes wearing a helmet mandatory on off-road vehicles.

Bill 36 An Act to Enhance Off-Highway Vehicle Safety received Royal Assent on April 11, 2017 with an in force date set for May 15, 2017. This means that effective May 15, 2017, helmets will be mandatory for those riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on public land. OHVs include any motorized vehicle built for cross-country travel on land, ice, and snow. Common types of OHV are all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, dirt bikes, utility terrain vehicles, and side-by-sides.

The details in the amendments to the Traffic Safety Act and Off-Highway Vehicle Regulation reflect the valued input received from individual Albertans, organizations, and communities, like yours.

The law aligns helmet safety standards with those used for motorcycles, creates requirements regarding the condition and use of helmets, sets fine amounts for those not complying, and specifies exemptions. These include exempting OHV users from the requirement to wear a helmet when riding on private property; riding on First Nations Reserve and Metis Settlement lands; using an OHV with safe, manufacturer supplied rollover protective structures and seat belts that are worn; and riding for work where Alberta’s occupational health and safety laws do not require helmet use, for example for farming and ranching workers.

The details in the law seek to recognize the diversity in OHV use and in OHV riders in Alberta.  Thank you for taking part in our engagement and for helping to reduce injuries and fatalities.

More information on new OHV helmet law is available through the following links:

OHV Helmet Law Webpage – www.transportation.alberta.ca/ohv_helmets.htm

OHV Helmet Laws Frequently Asked Questions – www.transportation.alberta.ca/documents/OHVHelmets-FAQ.pdf

Bill 36 – http://www.assembly.ab.ca/ISYS/LADDAR_files/docs/bills/bill/legislature_29/session_2/20160308_bill-036.pdf

Traffic Safety Act and Off-Highway Vehicle Regulation – www.qp.alberta.ca