The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America is supporting federal legislation that would provide off-highway vehicles limited access into national forests.
The legislation (H.R. 4228) would require U.S. Forest Service personnel to allow those with mobility disabilities to use power-driven mobility devices, such as ATVs or other off-highway vehicles, to access specific areas of forests, provided the access is consistent with the area’s management objectives and limitations.
“Our nation’s public lands belong to all Americans,” said Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), who introduced the legislation. “It is important that we provide opportunities for responsible access to each person who would like to enjoy our national forests.”
Kathy Van Kleeck, SVIA’s senior vice president for government relations, said, “In some cases ATVs can provide for responsible access that otherwise wouldn’t be available to disabled individuals and, as a result, we look forward to working with Rep. Alexander and others to have H.R. 4228 enacted.”
SVIA is a nonprofit association representing manufacturers and distributors of ATVs in the United States.