Does the Law Treat Snowmobiles the Same As Automobiles?

The Law Applicable to Snowmobiles Is Somewhat Different Than the Law Applicable to Automobiles. Accordingly, Defending Against Snowmobile Charges Requires a Strong Understanding of the Nuanced Differences Between the Two Sets of Laws.

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A Helpful Guide on How to Understand and Defend Against Various Charges Involving the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act

Snowmobile on fresh snow with snow covered trees in background Many of the laws that apply to driving an automobile also apply to the ownership, use, and operation, of a snowmobile; however, there are often nuances within the applicable laws that make the approach to fighting snowmobile charges different than fighting common automobile charges as traffic tickets.

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Are Snowmobile Laws and Automobile Laws the Same?

Generally, the law applicable to snowmobiles is the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.44 rather than the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8 as applies to most automobiles.  Whereas the various offences, the various applicable special conditions or exceptions, and the various nuanced differences, between the laws may affect defence strategies and options for legal theories to argue, it is important and necessary to have a strong understanding of the two sets of laws and the differences within each.

Various Unique Differences Between Snowmobile Law and Automobile Law Include:

  • The requirement to snowmobile with a legally approved helmet;
  • The various differences involving the applicable speed limits;
  • The exception and conditions for towing skiers, toboggans, or other things;
  • The requirement of insurance coverage and the special exception that applies;
  • The requirement to report an accident; and
  • The various other nuances applicable to snowmobiles!

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