New snowmobile plate will identify licensed trail users in Manitoba

Manitoba snowmobilers who use the provincial groomed trail system will get a special licence plate this year.
A Snopass is needed to legally travel on Manitoba's snowmobile trails. In previous years, a sticker would be issued to attach to the licence plate but starting Dec. 1, a new orange licence plate will be issued instead. (Manitoba Public Insurance)

Manitoba snowmobilers who use the provincial groomed trail system will get a special licence plate this year.

Snowmobilers must have a valid Snopass to legally travel on the trails. In previous years, a sticker was issued to attach to the licence plate, but starting Dec. 1, a new orange licence plate will be issued instead.

"This easy-to-identify plate will make it easier for conservation officers and other enforcement officials to identify snowmobilers operating on the trail system who have purchased the required Snopass," said Gord Mackintosh, the minister responsible for Manitoba Public Insurance.

There are more than 11,000 kilometres of designated snowmobile trails in Manitoba, which are maintained by Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. (Stock photo)
Snowmobilers who do not require a Snopass will continue to receive the regular, yellow off-road vehicle plates.

The new Snopass plate costs the same as the sticker did — $150 — and can be purchased at any Autopac outlet. It is valid for one riding season and must be renewed yearly.

"This is certainly a positive step and will help with providing more recognition for Snopass holders on the trail network," Alan Butler, president of Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc., stated in a news release.

Snoman represents 51 snowmobile clubs, which maintain more than 11,000 kilometres of designated snowmobile trails in the province.

"Whether you're using the trails or accessing a shelter, our volunteer clubs pay for the maintenance and upkeep, and it is important that all who use these services contribute," Butler said.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.