Government of New Brunswick

Before hitting the trails,

  • Inspect your off-road vehicle;
  • Wear the proper protective clothing and helmet;
  • Let someone know where you are going – it is always better to travel with at least one other person;
  • Stay on marked trails, they are safer;
  • A survival kit and cell phone can also be helpful in case of an emergency;
  • Remember that alcohol, drugs and fatigue can affect the skills you need to ride safely – it is illegal to operate an off-road vehicle under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs;
  • Make sure your off-road vehicle is equipped with an exhaust system that meets original manufacturer’s standards and does not cause excessive noise;
  • Check your front and rear lights and ensure reflectors on the sides are in place particularly if you're traveling at night.

Required Safety Equipment

  • All operators and passengers of any off-road vehicle are required to wear a helmet that complies with standards prescribed under the motor vehicle act.
  • Off-road vehicles must be equipped with at least one working headlight, a red tail light and a red brake light
  • At least one rearview mirror must be mounted on the left side of the vehicle
  • If the off-road vehicle was equipped with turn signals when it was manufactured, they must be maintained and in working order
  • Amber lights or amber reflectors must be mounted on each side of the vehicle
  • Off-road vehicles must have a muffler or exhaust system that complies with the manufacturer’s original specifications
  • Operators are prohibited from driving off-road vehicles that cause excessive or unusual noise

Impaired Driving

  • It is illegal to operate an off-road vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • If your driver’s license has been suspended under the motor vehicle act you are also prohibited from operating any off-road vehicle.