Some Rules of the Road

As of April 1, 2006, you are required to have your OHV registered with Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (Registry of Motor Vehicles) except in circumstances where owners use their OHVs exclusively on their own property.

OHVs are defined as:

  • snow vehicle
  • all-terrain vehicle
  • off-road motorcycle
  • four-wheel-drive or low-tire-pressure vehicle
  • dune buggy
  • vehicle or class of vehicle designated as an off-highway vehicle by regulation.
Nova Scotians younger than 16 years-of-age can operate an OHV only if specific conditions are met (see training).  Nova Scotians 16 and older must have completed a safety training program in order to legally operate an OHV.

All operators are required to wear an approved helmet.

Safety training is required.

You are required to have a white head light visible for at least 300 feet and a red tail light visible for at least 200 feet when riding between dusk and dawn.

Noise level
The maximum noise level cannot exceed the level originally set by the manufacturer.

Liability Coverage
OHV operators are required to have and be able to show proof of liability insurance by April 1, 2007.

Assumption of Risk
Under the OHV Act, OHV riders, whether an owner or passenger, willingly assume all risks related to the ownership or operation of the vehicle while operating on land with or without the owner's permission.

Property Rights
OHV riders do not acquire any property rights with respect to the land on which they ride, whether or not they have permision from the landowner to ride on his/her property .

OHV Rallies
At the present time, rally operators and participants are not required to obtain a permit.  Written permission to use private land is still required.

An OHV may be seized if there are reasonable grounds to believe an offence has been committed under the Act. The OHV may be held until the resolution of the case.