The new bill in the Arizona Legislature that will refine Arizona’s definition of OHV is moving forward through House committees with the full support of House Republicans. The bill will increase the state’s threshold weight that defines an OHV from 2,500 lbs to 3,500 lbs. Arizona Backcountry Explorers is concerned that OHV regulations designed for UTVs will be applied to Jeeps and Pickup trucks that weigh under 3,500 lbs.
Increasing the weight limit will place OHV regulations on registered motor vehicles such as SUVs, pickup trucks, and other vehicles through bureaucratic policy decisions that are not consistent with state law. The Arizona State Parks and Trails, for example, uses inconsistent terminology when defining an OHV. They do not consider whether the vehicle was “manufactured primarily for use off improved roads” as clearly defined in state law. Instead, they determine whether the vehicle is “capable of traveling off improved roads”, which includes all vehicles under the state’s weight limit.
We have submitted a letter to the House Republicans urging them to consider an amendment that will explicitly exempt registered motor vehicles like Jeeps and purpose built recreation vehicles. Additionally, we are asking House Republicans to consider establishing a new class of OHVs specifically for electric UTVs.
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