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Legal Requirements for Snowmobiling

Laws governing the operation of a snowmobile differ for private and public property in Alberta.

In a Public Place

·                  The rider must have a properly registered and insured machine.

·                  The driver must be 14 years of age to operate a machine independently.

·                  A person younger than 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, or supervised closely while receiving instruction.

·                  An operator of a snowmobile must produce insurance and registration when requested to do so by an enforcement or peace officer.

On Private Land – Ensure you ask permission before entering

·                  You do not need a driver’s licence, registration or insurance if you are riding on land you own or have acquired the right to access.

·                  There is no age requirement when riding on private land that you own or have established the right to access.

·                  Entering without permission makes you a trespasser: Petty Trespass Act (June 1, 2004 Amendment) -

Previously, a property owner had to appear before a justice of the peace in order to lay charges. Now, a peace officer can issue a ticket in the amount of $250, and the alleged trespasser may then either voluntarily pay the fine or set a date to appear in court to dispute the charge or amount of the fine.

In more serious incidents of trespass, in either case, the maximum fine available is $2,000 (from $100) for a first offence.

When a person is charged with a second or subsequent offence with respect to the same property the person is required to appear before a justice without the alternative of making a voluntary payment. The maximum penalty is $5,000.

Insurance Requirements

·                  To be properly insured, you must have a minimum coverage of $200,000 public liability and property damage.

·                  A $1,000,000 public liability and property damage insurance is commonly carried.

·                  Contact Sylvan Agencies to discuss what options are available for covering your snow mobile.

Registration Rules

·                  Registration papers may be obtained from any licensing and registry agent.

·                  The minimum age required to register a snowmobile is 18 years.

·                  A license plate must be securely attached in a visible location on the front or rear of the snowmobile. 

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