Province of New Brunswick
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This page includes a brief summary of provincial/state laws regulating ATV / Off-highway vehicle use current to April 2012. It is not intended as an absolute reference as laws are subject to change without notice and many potential prohibited acts may be covered by other legislation or statutes. It is recommended that you consult with the latest version of state statutes or provincial legislation.
General prohibited acts that may not be covered by specific OHV legislation include trespassing on private property, unlawful use of OHV on public highways, reckless use of off-highway vehicles, operation of off-highway vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, damage to public or private property or damage to natural habitats or protected areas which are all unlawful in every province and state.
Preamble

The operation of off highway vehicles on public lands are regulated in the province of New Brunswick under the New Brunswick Off-highway Vehicle Act.

These regulations cover use on any and all public lands in the province of new Brunswick. This includes parks, parkland streets, roads and other public access corridors. Private land use is exempt from these regulations.

For more information, download a copy of the New Brunswick ATV Regulations



Registration required
All residents of new Brunswick are required to register their off-highway vehicles and display valid decals on the vehicle.

Non-residents are required to register unless they possess valid registration from another province or state and have valid decals on the vehicle.

Liability insurance required
All ATV operators are required to possess a 1st party insurance policy AND a minimum of $200 000 3rd party liability insurance.



Helmets required
All operators are required to wear DOT approved helmets at all times.




Restrictions on underage operators
All operators under the age of 16 are required to pass an approved OHV Safety Course

All operators under the age of 14 are required to pass the OHV safety course and be directly supervised by an adult over the age of 19
Children age 6-11 years of age are additionally restricted to use of an ATV not exceeding 70cc in size or 120cc for a motorcycle and the ability for the child to touch the ground with their feet while seated on the motorcycle.

Children age 12-13 years of age are additionally restricted to use of an ATV not exceeding 90cc in size or 150cc for a motorcycle and the ability for the child to touch the ground with both feet while seated on the motorcycle.
Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to operate an adult sized ATV.

Youth sized ATV's sold in New Brunswick 2010 or newer must be equipped with a speed limiter with a maximum speed range of 16-32 Kilometers per hour depending on the age that the ATV is designed for.
Operation on public roadway prohibited
Operators under the age of 16 are prohibited from riding along or across any public roadway. Operators over the age of 16 require a valid drivers license to ride along or across any public roadway. Operation of off-highway vehicles on public roadways is prohibited.



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OHV Registration / Permit
All residents of New Brunswick are required to register their off-highway vehicles.
Non-residents are required to register in New Brunswick unless they possess valid registration from another province or state with valid decals on the vehicle.
New Brunswick designated OHV trails are managed by The New Brunswick All Terrain Vehicle Federation. Operation of off-highway vehicles on managed trails requires the additional purchase of an annual OHV permit.
For more information on ATV/OHV use in New Brunswick, please download the New Brunswick ATV Regulations