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Snowmobile crosses hwy

UPDATE: 1:50 p.m.

We've yet to hear back from the RCMP, but some snowmobiling readers have pointed us in the direction of information on the legality of driving a sled on public streets and highways.

According to DriveSmartBC.ca, a snowmobile can indeed be driven on or across highways – if all required conditions of the Motor Vehicle Act and All Terrain (Motor Vehicle) Act are met.

That means the vehicle must be registered with ICBC and registration decals be visible on both sides of the cowl or other conspicuous place on the machine.

"Incidentally, unless you are a visitor to B.C., this registration is required before you can operate the snowmobile anywhere in the province," the site says.

An operation permit must be obtained from local police, and the owner must licence and insure the machine with ICBC, which will issue licence plates.

The driver of the snowmobile must also hold a valid driver's licence.

ORIGINAL: 11:50 a.m.

It may seem like the Great White North out there, but driving a snowmobile on public roads is not advisable.

A reader just sent us this photo of someone riding a snowmobile at the intersection of Highway 97 and Bartley Road in West Kelowna this morning.

We're pretty sure such a move is highly illegal, and have reached out to local RCMP to find out how much someone could be fined for pulling a stunt like this.

"When you drive a two-wheel-drive truck, leave it at home and take snowmobile?" the photo tipster wondered.

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