Drivers still need snowmobile insurance and valid permits

Published: February 20, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



While some consumers may see snowmobiles as vehicles for fun, they must still be fully insured under Ontarian law. That is the message being sent out by Kenora Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), which issued a notice telling snowmobile drivers they are still subject to laws of the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act.

The OPP sent out the notice after receiving numerous complaints about all-terrain vehicles unlawfully travelling side-by-side. This occurred on groomed snowmobile trails, causing damage to the trail and suggesting the riders were racing.

Police says these trails are specially groomed and created only for vehicles that have been design to work on snow. To help, the OPP is conducting regular trail patrols in areas around Ontario.

Not all residents can operate a snowmobile. Indeed, operators must hold a valid Ontario Federation Snowmobile Club (OFSC) trail permit that is specifically affixed to the vehicle in use. Also necessary in Ontario is a full driver’s licence, valid insurance coverage for the vehicle, and a number affixed to the vehicle.