The Registration of All-Terrain Vehicles
Whereas there is an increasing number of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) being operated on urban municipal roadways to access public lands including municipal park land, urban reserves, urban trails, and riverbeds; and
Whereas the operating of an ATV on public lands in and around urban centres is a nuisance, and often leads to public safety hazards, injuries or deaths to ATV operators, and damage to the environment and public lands; and
Whereas enforcement of unsafe and non-compliant use of ATVs is very limited due to the difficulty in identifying ATVs and their operators; and
Whereas registration of ATVs would enable authorities and residents to efficiently identify ATVs, leading to effective enforcement of provincial and federal regulations regarding the illegal operation of ATVs on public roads and public lands, and improved identification and recovery of stolen ATVs; and
Whereas a registration process would enable the province to mandate ATV operation training, resulting in increased operator safety and responsible use of ATVs, while minimizing injuries and damage to public lands.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the SUMA partner with the Saskatchewan All-Terrain Vehicle Association to advocate the provincial government to create an effective ATV registration process.
It is understandable how ATVs are a practical, convenient means of transportation in rural areas. That said, the Saskatchewan Auto Fund registers vehicles primarily designed for use on provincial roadways.
There are differing opinions on whether registering ATVs would address the issues identified in the resolution. The provincial government will be discussing this further with stakeholders including SUMA, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), and other various stakeholders. However, at this time there are no plans to require the registration of ATVs.