During public consultation in the fall of 2016, the majority of participants said it was time for Alberta to join the other provinces in having a helmet requirement for OHVs. The law requires helmets be worn by anyone riding in, on, or being towed by an OHV on public land. Fines will range from $93 for not wearing an approved helmet to $155 for failing to wear a helmet.
“This government has made a commitment to improving safety on Alberta’s transportation network. Albertans told us overwhelmingly that they wanted us to make helmets a requirement for OHV riders, and we responded. This will keep riders safe so that OHVs can be enjoyed well into the future.” - Brian Mason, Alberta Transportation Minister
“The Government of Alberta struck the right balance with this legislation. Head injuries are the No. 1 risk to OHV riders. Making helmets mandatory will mean more riders will stay safe and continue to enjoy riding in Alberta’s beautiful landscapes.” - Brent Hodgson, president, Alberta Off-Highway Vehicle AssociationQuick facts:
- OHVs include ATVs, snowmobiles, dirt bikes, 4-wheel drive vehicles, and side-by-sides
- “Public land” is Crown land, including areas that have been designated for public OHV use, public roadways and highway rights-of-way.
- Between 2002-2013, Alberta averaged 19 OHV-related deaths per year
- In 77 per cent of serious head injuries in that same time period, the individual was not wearing a helmet
- In 2010, OHV injuries resulted in $50 million in public health care costs.
OHV Helmet Law Info and Exemptions