The fine for operating an off-road vehicle in sensitive habitats has been increased in BC.
A fine of $575 has been introduced by the BC government for those caught off-roading in all BC Parks and caribou habitats.
The fine amounts previously varied from $230 to $345 dollars and Deputy chief of the BC Conservation Officer Service Chris Doyle believes the increase should be a deterrent.
"Generally, we see high compliance, but there are always a few people. Over the course of the winter we have issued several charges around the province, so non-compliance still occurs."
The increased fines are effective immediately.
Violation tickets may be issued under the Wildlife Act or the Park Act by police, conservation officers, natural resource officers or park rangers.