12/04/2012 04:56 EST | Updated 02/03/2013 05:12 EST

ATV drivers in New Brunswick will need to have permit on managed trails

FREDERICTON - People driving all-terrain vehicles on managed trails in New Brunswick will have to have a permit in the new year.

The provincial government and the New Brunswick All-Terrain Vehicle Federation are behind the mandatory trail permit program that goes into effect Jan. 1.

Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors says the program ensures that users pay the cost of trail development and maintenance.

Under the Off Road Vehicle Act, anyone riding on a managed trail without a permit will be fined $172.

Permits for 2013 will consist of a three-season permit at a cost of $25 and an annual permit for $75.

Maps of managed trails are listed on the New Brunswick All-Terrain Vehicle Federation website.