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.
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.
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.