All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and four-wheel ATVs are popular to drive. But you’ve got to stay on the roads. Off-roading is usually not allowed.
Sweden has a general ban on off-road driving on bare ground with motorised vehicles. The ban can be found in the Off-Road Driving Act, which exists to protect nature.
The ban also applies to landowners themselves. With the exception of driving in connection with agriculture and forestry, a landowner may not drive off road on his or her own land, and cannot give anyone else permission to do so.
The ban on off-road driving can be found in the Off-Road Driving Act and Off-Road Driving Ordinance.
“Motorised vehicle” is a collective term for all types of vehicles powered by a motor. It includes cars, motorcycles, mopeds, tractors, mobile machinery and mountain scooters, meaning snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. The term “motor vehicle” includes only cars, motorcycles and mopeds.
In the legal sense, off-road terrain means almost all unpaved ground in nature. In addition to “forest and land”, off-road terrain also includes park land, lawns, paths, jogging tracks and hiking trails.
Jogging tracks and hiking trails generally do not have signs forbidding driving like moped driving. But this is not needed, since according to the Off-Road Driving Act it is forbidden to use motor vehicles there.
In addition to off-road driving directly related to agriculture or forestry, there are exceptions to the Act’s general prohibition. Such exceptions include driving under the following conditions:
The county board can decide on more exceptions in individual cases, such as for car parking during orienteering competitions or other arrangements.