Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I join?
To meet people with similar interests, participate in events put on by the club and help develop trails.
How big does a riding group have to be to form a club?
What fees do clubs usually charge?
Most charge $10 or $20 for club membership plus $40 provincial membership. Club membership fees are decided by club members at their meeting. Provincial fees are decided by the board of directors based on input from the AGM and the financial needs of the organization.
How do I join?
Contact your local club and ask for an official membership form. Click here for a list of ATV Club contacts
What are the advantages of registering an ATV? I have heard that possibly it could help in the event that it was stolen and that possibly the RCMP could track it. Is this true? Are there any other benefits? I bought my ATV a few years ago. I was under the impression that the dealerships where I purchased it registered them.....true or false?
The Registration and Licensing is more than a rumour. It is going to come to B.C. in one form or another and it has been the hope of ATV/BC that it would be a benefit to our members to be part of the formation of any legislation to that end. B.C. is the only area in the whole of North America that does not have any form of registration or licensing of ATV's. Even in Mexico you can have a license to operate. If there was a provincial R&L (registration & licensing) policy in place, there would be some significant benefits to all the off-road motorized sports which, the snowmobiles and dirt bikes are included as well. At the present time, there is no way to identify any machines so the problem of theft and abuse is rampant. It is the abuse of the environment by a few irresponsible riders that has brought so much negative publicity to many who respect the land and the other users as well. The lack of identification of those responsible for the damage was a cornerstone of the coalition formed to try to get the Government to identify all off-road motorized users so that the bad ones could be singled out and held accountable. This coalition has worked together for the past three years to create a set of guidelines to present to Government so that a new ORV Act can be created with the benefits going to the riding sector who will be paying for it. To see what has been going on in this vein, I suggest you visit www.orvcoalitionbc.org or www.bcgrasslands.org and become familiar with that position of the efforts. See also the latest report on this web siteâ€”"Coalition for Registration of ORVs."
You asked if the dealers registered your machine when you bought it. In short, no, although it would have been in the manufacturers data base. There is no place to register anything other than a snowmobile in B.C. and that is one of the problems. As there is no proof of ownership, the authorities have no place to turn to determine if a given machine, that they may be looking at, is in fact stolen. Thus, the theft and resale of stolen machines in B.C. is a huge problem when compared to other parts of the country. This is the driving force, as well, to the higher costs of insurance and the fact that not all units are insured, so the lower numbers keep the prices higher. ATV/BC has obtained coverage for our membership that keeps the cost of liability insurance lower than that of other sources.
What are the benefits of joining a local club? I am not a new rider, but the majority of the time that I use the bike is with a friend and wego to remote areas to fish. Other than that, it is seldom used. We both have ATV's.
The benefits of belonging to a club are many and varied. If you are looking for information on a given subject where do you go? To a group of people that share the same interests and are the most likely source of the answers? That's what you did by writing to ATV/BC with your questions. This is a "Club" of ATVers who are interested in the sport and who want to ensure that future generations of people will have the opportunity to enjoy what we do now. In any given club you will find groups of members with different tastes and interests who will naturally gravitate toward those with a common interest. If you like to fish and just ride to enjoy the scenery there will be someone who likes to do that as well. You mentioned you do that now with a friend, you may find many more "friends" with the same passion and be able to do that all over B.C. through a network of new acquaintances. Even if you are not inclined that way, how much of a voice do you have by yourself when it comes time to fight for the right to take your ATV into the bush and go to a given lake to enjoy a day of fishing? Land closures are all around us and gaining momentum as a means to preserve wilderness areas. If you are affected by one of those who will hear your cry? Membership to an association of like-minded individuals gives strength to the body of one. ATV/BC has been involved with access issues in different parts of the province for some time now and most everyday riders do not realize there is even a move afoot to limit access.
To jump ahead for a moment, after the R&L is fully established, the trust fund will have money to spend in all areas of the province but only a registered club will have any chance of access to the funds. This would mean that if your city or town does not have a registered Club, it would lose out on the opportunity to develop any kind of trail network or to interface with neighboring clubs for mutual benefit.
Insurance, we have heard that if we join a club that insurance can be obtained more cost effectively through a club verse purchasing it by ourselves. Is this true?
ATV/BC has obtained coverage for our membership that keeps the cost of liability insurance lower than that of other sources. Members of clubs have the opportunity to purchase insurance at this priceâ€”yet another benefit of membership.
We have heard that Forestry is now (or recently) has been checking ATV's being used in the bush and have been requesting that people register their bikes and take out liability insurance. From what we have heard, in the near future this may become law. Any truth in this or is this just a rumour?
It is the B.C. Forestry Act that stipulates that all machines using the forestry roads must have liability insurance coverage and a valid drivers license held by the operator. This is why there are checkpoints in the bush at times to look for compliance. This ruling has been in force for a long time but has not had the effort put into enforcement due to budgetary restraints. There is a fine associated with the violation and several people have been fined $578.00 (approx) for non-compliance. This would pay for the insurance for over three years at the current rates.