The Timmins Police Service is issuing a Traffic Advisory addressing the illicit use of city streets by ATV enthusiasts. The Timmins Police Service Traffic Section is very well aware that a considerable number of ATV riders are making use of city streets.


Some operators may be under the false impression that a City of Timmins municipal bylaw which allowed for snowmobiles to be used in designated areas during the snowmobile season is applicable to ATV operators using city streets.

According to the by-law referenced above, only motorized snow vehicles were granted a trial period allowing snowmobiles to be operated on designated streets and that trial period has clearly come to an end with the end of the 2018 – 2019 snowmobile season.

The Timmins Police wish to make it quite clear that no provision exits for the allowance of ATVs to be operated on city streets. These vehicles are designed and equipped for a specific off road purpose Operators who are found operating an ATV on city streets are doing so in conflict with the laws of the province, specifically, the Off Road Vehicles Act and the Highway Traffic Act .

The cooperation of the lawful ATV motoring public is appreciated.  Those choosing to breach the applicable statutes run the risk of monetary fines, court appearances and vehicle removal at their expense (towing costs). Pedestrian safety and the orderly and lawful use of city streets for their intended purpose remain the priorities for the Timmins Police Service.

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