Province pumps up fines for off-roading in sensitive areas

By James Peters
December 4, 2018 - 10:27am

VICTORIA — The province is revving up fines for those who use off-road vehicles in protected habitats.

Those caught operating off-road vehicles in sensitive areas, including all BC Parks, will be subject to a $575 fine.

The previous fines ranged from $230 to $345.

In a news release, BC's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy says southern mountain caribou habitats are particularly sensitive, and the previous fines "did not reflect the effect of non-compliance."

Those convicted in court of snowmobiling in habitats important to southern mountain caribou could be subject to fines of up to $200,000 along with jail terms up to six months.

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