Rules to Remember

Off Highway Vehicles (OHV)

Even as the snow begins to fade and the sleds are being put away and the 4 wheelers are being dusted off, you still are required to obtain permission to ride on/across landowner’s property. Sometimes this seems like a small or minor issue, however, to the affected landowner it is cause for concern. A number of complaints have been received by this office from landowner’s who are continually having person(s) trespass onto their property. The theme is similar in all these occurrences, “If they would just ask permission I would say yes”.

The safety aspect of the riders is one of grave concern, a fence line may have been upgraded/repaired and the operator of the OHV may become extremely injured or worse and along with the potential to damage to the landowner’s property. Communicating with the landowner not only provides knowledge of potential danger areas but also allows the opportunity for future dialogue for continued enjoyment . Helmets are mandatory in Alberta as of May 2017 (S. 128.1 Traffic Safety Act). 

In addition to seeking/gaining approval to enter onto the landowner’s property, operators of the OHV’s are required to be able to produce upon demand of a Peace Officer the following:

Production of Documents 124

1. On the request of a peace officer, a person driving an off-highway vehicle shall produce to the peace officer for inspection the following documents as requested by the peace officer:

(a) the person’s subsisting operator’s license if the vehicle is being operated on a highway;
(b) the subsisting certificate of registration issued in respect of that vehicle;
(c) the subsisting financial responsibility card issued in respect of that vehicle.

License plates

3. The owner of an off-highway vehicle must attach the license plate issued under subsection (1) securely to the front or rear of the off-highway vehicle so that the license plate is clearly visible.

Part 6 Off-highway Vehicles Definitions 117

In this Part, (a) “off-highway vehicle” means any motorized mode of transportation built for cross-country travel on land, water, snow, ice or marsh or swamp land or on other natural terrain and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes, when specifically designed for such travel,

(i) 4-wheel drive vehicles,
(ii) low pressure tire vehicles,
(iii) motorcycles and related 2-wheel vehicles,
(iv) amphibious machines,
(v) all-terrain vehicles,
(vi) miniature motor vehicles,
(vii) snow vehicles,
(viii) minibikes, and
(ix) any other means of transportation that is propelled by any power other than muscular power or wind, but does not include
(x) motor boats, or
(xi) any other vehicle exempted from being an off-highway vehicle by regulation;

(b) “vehicle” means a device in, on or by which a person or thing may be transported or drawn and includes a combination of vehicles but does not include a mobility aid.

Fines for failing to adhere to the requirements are as follows:

Operate Unregistered OHV - $155.00
Operate Uninsured OHV - $310.00
Failure to produce DL/Reg/Ins - $233.00
Operate without approved helmet - $155.00
Trespass - $287.00

Safety/enjoyment and respect is the end goal. Remember ask permission first.

Lamont County Speed Limits

  • Speed limits on gravel roads are 80 kms per hour, unless otherwise posted.
  • Speed limits in School Zones are 30 kms per hour from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise posted.
  • Speed limits in Play Ground Zones are 30 kms per hour from 8:30 am to one hour after sunset

Stopping at Stop Signs

There has been an increase in the number of people neglecting to stop at stop signs in rural areas. The Lamont County Peace Officer is reminding residents to come to a complete stop at all stop signs!

Tickets will be issued to violators. The penalty for not stopping at a stop sign is $388 and 3 demerits.

Waste Disposal/Illegal Dumping

Bylaw 744.14 for Waste Disposal states that dumping of waste of any kind on County roads or right-of-ways is punishable with a fine of $500 for the first offense, plus the cost of cleanup.

Waste includes, but it not limited to, appliances, tires, construction materials, animal carcasses, household, and agricultural waste.

Please follow proper disposal techniques. If you witness someone dumping in County ditches call the Lamont County Peace Officer at 780-895-2233 ext. 240.