Snowmobiling on plowed forest service roads? Be prepared to be fined
A new sledding season has begun and British Columbia is the perfect place for outdoor winter fun, but Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson ants to remind everyone that B.C.’s backcountry can be a dangerous place for riders who don’t follow the rules.
Some snowmobilers are using Forest Service roads and putting themselves, their passengers and logging truck drivers at risk.Sledders, by law, must not ride on plowed Forest Service roads.
Ministry of Natural Resource Operations compliance officers, plus the RCMP, are out in full force monitoring many of B.C.’s Forest Service roads. Sledders found in non-compliance and illegally using Forest Service roads will be fined.
Sledders must be aware of their surroundings, and follow and obey trail signage to ensure their safety and that of others. All off-road vehicles using Crown land must wear helmets and use lights at night.
Age-appropriate safety measures and adult supervision are also required for young riders.