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Sunday, January 4, 2009

New OHV regulations in Arizona - Jan. 1, 2009

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.

The new law includes several other regulations. Among them are:

  • OHV operators must stay on existing trails created by the Arizona State Parks.
  • Travel by off-highway vehicles that may cause damage to a wildlife area is prohibited.
  • Riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.
  • OHVs in sand-dune and other areas may be required to fly a safety flag.
  • OHVs must be fitted with spark arrestors and noise reduction mufflers.

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