Fraser Valley – Two things happens on Sunday November 1. The time change back to Standard Time and the new rules for Off Road Vehicles in BC.

Get a licence!

The B.C. government is making licence plates mandatory for quads, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles and that includes requiring helmets and restricting the use by children under 16.

The B.C. legislation imposes a $230 fine for driving an unlicensed off-road vehicle, and can slap you with a $368 fine for careless operation. Some penalties can go as high as a $5,000 fine and six months in jail.

The $48 licence fee applies only once when a vehicle is purchased. ICBC will be tracking the use, safety and allows police to track stolen vehicles, even if they are taken out of the province.

Ironically with all the off road trails, B.C. is the last Canadian province to implement a licensing system.

The Quad Riders and B.C.’s 72 snowmobile clubs are prepared to publicize the new regulations to their members.

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