Task Force Releases Interim Report

first_img strict enforcement of mandatory registration and vehicle identification for all off-highway vehicles in Nova Scotia; development of a network of designated trails and park areas; establishment of an Integrated Enforcement Task Force dedicated to enforcement of off-highway vehicles laws and regulations; mandatory licencing and training for off-highway vehicle operators; a prohibition on off-highway vehicle use in wilderness protected areas. The report recommends establishing an off-highway vehicleinfrastructure trust fund that would be used in trail systemdevelopment and maintenance, training, self-policing andenvironmental education. It also recommends that fully licenced operators of off-highwayvehicles be 16 years of age or older. It recommends that no oneunder the age of 14 operate an off-highway vehicle and thatyouths 14 and 15 years old be required to successfully complete atraining course and be supervised at all times by a parent orguardian. Last April the provincial government asked Voluntary Planning toconduct research and consult with the public on off-highwayvehicle use in Nova Scotia. At public meetings held across the province last fall, the taskforce heard a wide range of views. Some people called for moreeffective enforcement, others for development of recreationalplaces for off-highway vehicles to operate or other measures tomake this a safer activity. The task force also met with major off-highway vehicleassociations, environmental organizations, trail users, healthand safety interests, enforcement agencies, conservationists andrepresentatives of the insurance industry. The report is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/vp or at AccessNova Scotia centres across the province. The public will have until March 15 to provide feedback on theinterim report. Comments can be submitted by e-mail tovolplan@gov.ns.ca, by fax at 902-424-0580 or by mail to VoluntaryPlanning, Suite 600, 1690 Hollis St., Halifax, N.S., B3J 3J9. A final report will be submitted to government when completed. Voluntary Planning — Nova Scotia’s Citizens’ Policy Forum –operates at arm’s length from the provincial government. Membersparticipate on task forces, project teams and sector committees. For more information on the interim report, contact VoluntaryPlanning at 902-424-5682 or toll-free at 1-866-858-5850. Measures to improve public safety and provide more effectivepolicing for recreational use of off-highway vehicles arerecommended in an interim report released today, Feb. 12, by theVoluntary Planning Off-highway Vehicle Task Force. The report also addresses issues such as land use, environmentalconcerns and liability. It is designed to help the provincialgovernment develop a policy that will bring order and safety tothe use of off-highway vehicles in the province. “These recommendations focus on public safety, the need forappropriately constructed trails and improved enforcement,” saidDavid Bellefontaine, chair of the task force. “This reportidentifies the need to develop stronger policies on theseissues.” Some specific recommendations of the report are:last_img

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