Off-road vehicle registration launched for B.C.
New rules are voluntary, but will become mandatory in June
New rules come into in effect on Monday for off-road vehicle in B.C., including a new registration system for all ATVs, snowmobiles, and dirt bikes.
Owners have to pay a one-time fee of $48 to register their vehicles with ICBC. All vehicles will require a license plate or a decal and will be added to a province-wide database.
For now the registration is voluntary, but beginning in June, it will be mandatory.
Future regulations will be used to regulate rules of operation, including safety standards, penalties and conditions of use.
Erin Hart, the President of the B.C. Snowmobile Federation, says the new system will cut down on off-road vehicle theft.
"B.C. has long been known as the dumping ground for stolen ORVs right across Canada and the U.S., so this is going to be a nice way to curb that," says Hart.
There are an estimated 200,000 off-road vehicles in the province.
With files from Rafferty Baker