Deadline to register your off-road vehicles quickly approaching

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Backcountry riders have until Nov. 1 to register their dirt bikes, ATVs and snowmobiles.

The new law, which also stipulates several safety regulations while on Crown land, has been voluntary since last November, and back in May the provincial government extended the hard deadline from June 1 to the start of next month.

The process of registering your machine depends on whether your ORV is new, used or being imported from the United States. But you can visit the ICBC website for more information

The annual cost of the number plate or sticker is $48 per machine and can be picked up at any ICBC office.

Until the end of this year, owners who already secured an ORV number plate during the voluntary registration period can bring their registration and metal plate to any ICBC broker and exchange it for a sticker at no charge. Starting Jan. 1 an $18 fee will apply.

The new legislation also stipulates that helmets, and in some cases seatbelts, must be worn when operating an off-road vehicle and vehicles must use lights 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise. If lights are not factory-installed, temporary lights must be used.

Visit the ICBC website for a complete list of rules and information on how to register.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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