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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 in Arizona. 

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 use. 

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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