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Impending Legislation on Off-Highway Vehicles in Canada and the U.S.

2018-11-02 14:06 Friday

According to official projections, North America will continue to dominate the recreational off-highway vehicles market over the next decade, with a projected market share of more than 50% by the end of 2028. As recreational off-highway vehicles become increasingly prominent, the United States and Canada have introduced new legislation to regulate the operation of ROVs, which may have a domino effect on the global market.

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In the wake of a mounting number of injuries and fatalities involving ROVs, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed a draft for a law that would address safety hazards associated with ROVs. If implemented, the law would significantly influence the future development and manufacturing of recreational off-highway vehicles in North America.

Recently, Canada's Sturgeon County Protective Services, together with The Sturgeon County Rural Crime Watch Association, held an Off-highway Vehicle Information Day, in order to improve public awareness of driving safety issues.

"The important thing is, our bylaws say that you need a driver's license," said Ken Lauinger, Peace Officer  for Sturgeon County. "That means you're at least 14 years old. You get these younger folks driving these vehicles and they're big machines. Can these folks really handle them? Probably not."

He added: "Helmets are an easy way to prevent ATV-related injuries, though the importance of wearing one may often be overlooked by many drivers. And certain ATVs require not only head protection, but full-face coverage and glasses or a screen as well. And you should keep in mind that those riding without helmets on public land may face a substantial fine." According to Lauinger, regular vehicle and equipment maintenance are also keys to safety.

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