For Immediate Release
Oct. 1, 2002
Contact: Bill Kresnak
Phone: (614) 856-1900
Fax: (614) 856-1920
California's Off-Highway Vehicle Program Reformed
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- A new state law should help ensure that
off-highway motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users
have places to ride in California in the future, the American
Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.
The law, co-sponsored by Assembly Speaker pro tem Fred Keeley
(D-Boulder Creek) and Assemblyman Mark Wyland (R-Del Mar),
includes many of the suggestions of the Stakeholders
Roundtable, a group put together by the state's Off-Highway
Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. The group includes AMA
Government Relations Department staff as well as other
off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, environmentalists, property
owners, law enforcement personnel and others.
Among other things, the new law requires comprehensive
planning to improve the chances of developing off-highway
vehicle recreation areas, and calls for studies to understand
the need for developing off-road sports complexes.
The new law also requires the state Department of Parks and
Recreation to create a voluntary off-road rider safety
training program by January 2005.
In addition, the new law requires that all the fuel taxes
attributed to unregistered off-highway vehicles -- estimated
to be $21 million a year -- go for land conservation,
restoration of land damaged by off-road use, and for law
Plus, the law reduces the legal noise limit for off-highway
vehicles from 101 decibels to 96 decibels to bring the limit
in line with federal standards for manufacturers.
Nick Haris, the AMA's western states representative, said the
law "is important legislation and will be of great benefit to
the growing number of off-road enthusiasts in California."
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