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    What is the speed limit?

    On a road that does not have a posted speed limit?


    Example, in rural areas side roads and concessions typically do not have speed limit signs, whereas the main county roads do...and on those main roads it can vary anywhere from 50 to 80 KM/H (posted speed limits) depending on being in a town or not...
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    Another great question!

    Generally, in built up areas or smaller villages, towns etc, unless posted otherwise, it is 50 km/h. In rural areas, again, unless posted otherwise, it is 80 km/h.

    The pertinent section from the Highway Traffic Act is below for your reading pleasure, however it is like most other legislation and can be confusing!



    Rate of speed

    128. (1) No person shall drive a motor vehicle at a rate of speed greater than,

    (a) 50 kilometres per hour on a highway within a local municipality or within a built-up area;

    (b) despite clause (a), 80 kilometres per hour on a highway, not within a built-up area, that is within a local municipality that had the status of a township on December 31, 2002 and, but for the enactment of the Municipal Act, 2001, would have had the status of a township on January 1, 2003, if the municipality is prescribed by regulation;


    Hope this helps!
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    What is the speed limit on a trail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1nc3 View Post
    What is the speed limit on a trail?
    If it is an actual trail, there is no speed limit. There is a careless driving section though....

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    Is there speed limits on sled trails, for sleds, in winter, when OFSC control them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by igotafrigginjeep View Post
    Is there speed limits on sled trails, for sleds, in winter, when OFSC control them?
    Yes, the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act provides for the posting of speed limits on OFSC trails.

    I had assumed that Vince was talking about off road vehicle trails, but you bring up a very good point, and I wouldn't want there to be any confusion!

    Must be the 40c temps that are clouding my mind.......LOL

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    Multi use trail that has OFSC juristiction in winter months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1nc3 View Post
    Multi use trail that has OFSC juristiction in winter months?
    Not sure what you're asking Vince, if it is under the OFSC at the time (winter), then there are posted speed limits, and off road vehicles are not allowed. There are some exceptions to this (where it would normally be considered a "highway" under the Highway Traffic Act), but that is not what we're talking about here...
    Last edited by ON OFFroad; 06-20-2012 at 08:51 PM.

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    sorry, non winter, same trails, our season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1nc3 View Post
    sorry, non winter, same trails, our season.
    LOL OK in that case, they are just trails as I originally described.

    Be aware as well, there are some privately owned (Municipality) trails, such as the Haliburton Rail Trail, that have speed limits posted under a by-law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ON OFFroad View Post
    .....Be aware as well, there are some privately owned (Municipality) trails, such as the Haliburton Rail Trail, that have speed limits posted under a by-law.
    Thank you, that was my next question...

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1nc3 View Post
    Thank you, that was my next question...
    LOL You guys are keeping me on my toes..... trying to think two steps ahead!

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