UPDATE: Beneficial OHV Bill Passes Senate, Moves to GovernorPosted in News on March 4, 2018
Updated March 9, 2018: A bill titled H.B. 143 introduced to the Utah Senate by representative Michael E. Noel and Utah State Senator Evan J. Vickers has passed legislation and is heading to the Governors office for final approval. While the state of Utah has long been one of the most OHV-friendly states in the nation, this bill is designed to foster support for the OHV community in Utah and make Utah an even friendlier place for OHV enthusiasts. The most significant part of the bill is its proposal to reduce OHV registration fees. The plan is to encourage more people visiting OHV areas in Utah to actually register their all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and street-legal all-terrain vehicles, by making it less expensive and less of a hassle.
H.B. 143 also outlines plans to make sure that OHV registration fees in Utah go towards impacted OHV areas and required services. Currently, there is no specific fund related to OHV trail expansion, maintenance, and infrastructure. Representative Noel and Senator Vickers wanted to change that, and provide funding for OHV trail expansion, maintenance, and infrastructure using the money that OHV owners put into the state’s economy. H.B. 143, if passed, is expected to increase OHV sales in Utah and surrounding states because it encourages off-highway vehicular recreation, which is already extremely popular in Utah. The OHV industry is excited about this new bill, as are OHV owners in and around the state, because it’s a sign that the state government cares about the OHV community and keeping Utah an OHV-friendly place. You can read the text from the bill here, and if you’d like to contact Utah lawmakers to voice your support for the bill click here.