Long promised, the bill on the practice of off-road vehicles was tabled for adoption in the National Assembly on Thursday by the Minister of Transport, Mr. François Bonnardel. Among the new measures, the compulsory training of tour guides and tourists who hire off-road vehicles.
Last January, we will remember that a group of French snowmobilers drowned in the waters of the Grande Décharge, in Saguenay –Lac-Saint-Jean. They were accompanied by a guide who also lost his life. This appalling event has prompted authorities to question the guidance to be given to people who hire off-road vehicles, accompanied by a guide on their trek.
“I am particularly proud of the tabling of this bill by my colleague the Minister of Transport,” explained the Minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx. In the aftermath of the tragedy of last January, we made a commitment to take the necessary corrective measures to prevent another such tragedy from happening here. Today [hier], I am very happy to see that in less than a year, the bill tabled will restore Quebec to its reputation as a tourist destination for off-road vehicles. We are a global destination in this area and as Minister of Tourism I want people to come to us and feel safe. ”
If we look at the articles of the bill, we can read that: “Anyone who hires an ORV must receive minimum training allowing them to understand the operation of their vehicle and the minimum safety rules to be observed in driving. of it. The same obligations apply to any company that temporarily supplies a vehicle to a natural person. Finally, that no one can guide or offer to guide third parties in an excursion in an off-road vehicle if he has not successfully completed training recognized by the Ministry of Tourism, by regulation.
Already work is being done to create this special formation to be ready once the bill is passed.