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Councillors Want Tougher Laws on Off-Road Vehicle Use

January 26, 2011 1:04 PM | News

By Brian Schultz

A rider competes on a snowmobile during the festival Winter Race 2010 at the Bobrovy Log ski resort near Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk April 18, 2010. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING SOCIETY)

Two city councillors want stiffer penalties implemented that target off-road vehicles within the city of Winnipeg.

At a council meeting Wednesday, Transcona Councillor Russ Wyatt and St. Boniface Councillor Dan Vandal requested a review of the existing laws in place applying to ATVs, snowmobiles and all off-road vehicles.

Stricter rules would include the ability for those who disobey the laws to have their vehicles seized and face heftier fines.

The request by Wyatt and Vandal comes a few weeks after 51-year-old Ken Stammers was hit and killed by a snowmobile while walking in a field behind his Transcona home on January 13.

After the request is reviewed by the city’s protection and community services committee, it will go back to council for approval.

Snoman, a non-profit group that represents 51 provincial snowmobiling clubs, says its riders are always encouraged to stay on legal and maintained tracks while operating their recreational vehicles. Snoman maintains and grooms over 12,000 km of Manitoba’s snowmobile trails each winter.