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Thanks to a collaborative effort between a broad coalition of OHV enthusiasts, sportsmen, conservationists, elected officials and the public, new laws that will help better manage Arizona’s rapidly growing OHV use will take effect Jan. 1, 2009. Among other provisions, the new law requires an annual purchase of an Off-Highway Vehicle Decal for the operation of any ATV or OHV in Arizona that meets both the following criteria: Designed by the manufacturer primarily for travel over unimproved terrain. Has an unladen weight of eighteen hundred pounds or less. Why is the new law needed? OHV use in Arizona has exploded (347 percent increase since 1998), outpacing the existing funding to manage that growth, protect wildlife habitat, and help maintain recreational access. Revenues generated from the new OHV Decal user fee will be used to help ensure sustainable opportunities and natural resource protection by bolstering funding and grant programs that pay for trail maintenance, signage, maps, facility development, habitat damage mitigation, education, and enforcement. What does the new law do? It specifies OHV Decal, title, license plate and registration requirements. It specifies equipment requirements. It specifies regulations for safe, ethical and responsible operation. More information can be found at: Arizona State Parks – azstateparks.com ADOT Motor Vehicle Division – www.azdot.gov/mvd Arizona State Land Department – www.land.state.az.us More...
JUN. 1 2:26 P.M. ET Three-wheeled all-terrain vehicles would be banned and four-wheelers intended for children wouldn't go faster than 15 mph, under rules suggested Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission's staff. The recommendations would also require ATV manufacturers to offer free training to families when they buy ATVs. "Limiting maximum speed is the most critical safety factor for youth ATV models," the commission staff said in the report outlining a series of recommendations to reduce the death toll from the vehicles. ATVs cause hundreds of deaths every year and tens of thousands of injuries. The commission said 18 people died in ATV accidents during the 2006 Memorial Day holiday. Last year, ATVs caused 4,400 injuries during the Friday through Monday Memorial Day period, the most recent for which the commission has injury data. The commission staff recommended that: -- For children ages 6 to 8, ATVs shouldn't go faster than 10 mph. -- For children from 9 to 11, ATVs shouldn't be able to go faster than 15 mph and they should have a device -- which parents can turn on or off -- that would limit their speed to 10 mph. -- For those 12 and older, ATVs shouldn't go faster than 30 mph and should have devices that could limit their speed to 15 mph. Major ATV manufacturers have agreed to stop selling three-wheeled ATVs, which are three times as likely to cause injury as the four-wheeled variety, the report said. But there are new kinds of three-wheeled vehicles being sold in the U.S., and a ban would "help ensure that three-wheeled ATVs will not be reintroduced into the U.S. market," the report said. Manufacturers and distributors of ATVs should have to give people who buy an ATV a certificate entitling them and their immediate families to free training on the vehicle, the report said. A patchwork of state regulations apply to the vehicles, but there are no federal laws governing ATVs. The commission does have voluntary agreements with big ATV manufacturers to discourage sales of ATVs intended for use by children. The staff will recommend that the commission propose the new regulations at a June 15 meeting, and the commission will later vote on whether to do so. LINK TO ARTICLE