FAQ’s Regarding the new Off-highway Vehicle Recreation Bill
Question: Why do we need this legislation?
Answer: This legislation
will provide long overdue resources
to resolve issues created by
the dramatic increase in off-highway
vehicle (OHV) use. (Since
1998 OHVs have increased more
than 347 percent to nearly
400,000 in Arizona.) The
inability to properly manage
the dramatic increase and use
of OHVs threatens future riding
opportunities for OHV enthusiasts
Question: Where will the new resources go?
Answer: Revenue will help identify lawful places for operators to ride and clearly convey the need for responsible riding and operator expectations. Monies will also be available for law enforcement, trail/facility development, rider education and information, and mitigation of resource damage from OHVs. Administrators of this fund are Arizona State Parks Department, Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Arizona State Land Department. (The Arizona Motor Vehicle Division will administer the registration.)
Question: What’s in it for me –the rider?
Answer: These funds would
ensure an opportunity for you
to continue to responsibly enjoy
OHV recreation in the future.
Funds generated from this program
will bolster OHV management
efforts in the state.
There would be an increase of
funds for grants and agreements
to help maintain and develop
trails and facilities, information,
education and programs including
signage and maps, mitigation
for damage caused by OHVs, law
enforcement and efforts to reduce
inappropriate or irresponsible
Question: I don’t pay anything to ride now, why should I have to pay a new fee?
Answer: In order to maintain and ensure riding opportunities for the future we must be able to maintain and develop facilities, educate and inform riders, and enforce laws to promote responsible riding. Unfortunately, this requires money, and current revenue sources for OHV management are inadequate to meet the dramatic increase in OHV use. A “user play, user pay” program is a reasonable approach to generating money from those who enjoy the benefits of the program. In other words, those who use OHVs pay for the management of OHVs by paying an annual fee.
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