Jan. 19, 2009 – ATV Digest

ATV youth regulations changing in Oregon

Oregon ATV riders and their parents are facing new regulations.
All youth under 16 riding on public lands must be supervised by an adult who has completed a state-approved safety training class, according to the Mail Tribune.
Youth also will be required to complete the safety-training course as well as meet guidelines for their vehicle.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which has several ATV areas in its Medford District, including the popular Johns Peak area west of Jacksonville, is preparing to enforce the new laws on its land, the Mail Tribune report said.

New Arizona law forces ATV users to buy new decal

Arizona ATV riders are now required to purchase a new decal.
A new state law that took affect Jan. 1 requires riders to buy and display a $25 decal. A state Game and Fish officer told KVOA.com that the funds from the decal will go toward mitigating environmental damage done by ATVs. Some of the funding also will be used to hire additional Game and Fish officers to try to stop illegal off-roading.

Polaris fields first official DAKAR race team

For this year’s DAKAR, Polaris will be the first manufacturer to participate with an official ATV Team. Polaris France has four members racing in the famous race.
“We are excited about being the first manufacturer to have an official race team for the DAKAR,” said Eric Nault, race team manager for Polaris. “Polaris France has put together a competitive team for the race and we look forward to the outcome.”
French Racer Hubert Deltrieu, winner of the DAKAR Series Central Europe, Lybia Desert Challenge, Pharaons Rallye and second at the DAKAR Series Portugal, will lead the DAKAR team.
The racers chose the 2009 Outlaw 525 IRS for the grueling race.

Two off-highway groups form in Tennessee, Wisconsin

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) has helped formed two new state associations.
On Nov. 8, the Tennessee Off-Highway Vehicle Association was incorporated and elected officers, according to a report on the NOHVCC Web site.
“I am very excited about the direction of this fledging organization,” Iva Michelle Russell, OHV4TN executive director, said on the Web site report. “In order for us to obtain our goals of a statewide system of sustainable trails, we are going to have to have all the OHV groups organized and this first leadership group should pave the way for a successful journey.”
In Wisconsin, the newly formed board of directors of the Wisconsin Off-Highway Motorcycle Association recently announced the formation of its organization following a NOHVCC meeting. The leaders from the off-highway motorcycle community in Wisconsin as well as AMA District 16 met in Wisconsin Dells Dec. 6 to establish the new association.
This group has watched what Wisconsin ATV and snowmobile riders have accomplished over the past decades and aim to do the same for off-highway motorcyclists.
Joining the new group at the incorporation meeting were representatives from the other OHV groups in the state, including the Wisconsin ATV Association, the Wisconsin OHV Association and the State Snowmobile Council.
For more information on forming state associations, go to www.nohvcc.org. psb

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