48. The Minister or public body having authority over public land may prohibit the off-trail operation of off-highway vehicles in a zone the Minister or public body delimits. The prohibition may be general or for a period determined by the Minister or public body.
No person may operate a vehicle in a zone so delimited during the periods when the prohibition applies.
For the purposes of this section, operating a vehicle off trail means operating it outside the right of way of an authorized trail or in an undeveloped natural area.
The Minister or body concerned notifies vehicle operators of the prohibition by using proper signs or signals to indicate the zone where and, if applicable, the periods during which, access is prohibited or by publishing an access prohibited notice in the Gazette officielle du Québec and a map of the zone or a description of the defined perimeter on the website of the Minister or body.
Despite the preceding paragraphs, the prohibition against operating vehicles off trail does not apply to vehicles operated for professional purposes, for research purposes, or for the purposes of exploitation or maintenance of natural areas, security or the enforcement of an Act, the onus being on the person operating the vehicle to establish the purpose.