Starting July 1, riders in Haliburton County will be allowed to use the shoulder of public roads.

The Province of Ontario just passed the legislation to increase safety for riders. The new rule includes all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-road vehicles (ORVs). This means two-up ATVs, side-by-side ATVs, and utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs) will be allowed to use the shoulder as well.

Part of the change means enforcing that all riders, including drivers and passengers of all ages, will have to wear a helmet and use a seatbelt.

The province will be enforcing the rules until they come into effect on July 1 and an education period will take place until September 1, before violation tickets are issued.