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Dateline: Posted Mar 27th, 2016 @ 10:00am

Street Legal OHV Registration

When the registration of street legal ATVs became a reality in Utah in 2008, this long awaited event was welcomed with great anticipation by many OHV riders . While a few enjoy being able to go to the grocery store for a gallon of milk on an OHV , or make a trip through the drive through on one at McDonalds , the majority realized the importance of this being the only way possible to complete loops on long distance rides . Many dreamed of making new loops and routes that could only be completed by inserting sections of road riding that were now available because of this new legislation . WOW ! New places to go and things to see ! No more looking over your shoulder !

These dreams were quickly dimmed as the cost of owning a street legal ATV became apparent . While continuing to license your machine for off road use is a given , now you have to get your machine to pass state vehicle inspection with the addition of a host of items that are required like a horn , turn signals , lights and insurance . Once we got past that we got to the biggie when we found out what the State was going to charge us to be street legal . In many cases the cost to run on the street on an ATV for a relatively few miles a year is close to the same cost as a car or truck .

An example of this is given by Tony Wright of Kanab . His 2011 ATV costs $68.00 to register for off road . Registration for street use is $138.00 for a total of $206.00 . By comparison , his 2011 pickup costs $159.50 and gets a lot more use on the street than the ATV .

Tony is working with Rep. Mike Noel of Kanab to address this imbalance . We invite you to contact either your local Representative or Representative Noel and express your feelings . The following shows the costs that neighboring states to Utah charge for off road registration and on street use .

"Information presented in this chart is typical and best available at the time of preparation. Check with your local DMV office to confirm your costs. The point is, street legal OHV registration is disproportionate when compared with normal vehicle registration and neighboring state street legal registration fees."

Utah DMV Street Legal ATVs web page

Utah Street Legal OHV Registration requirements

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You have to buy a metal "tag " . After attaching the tag you pay $18 to run off road . Then you pay $12 to run on the street . You put a sticker for off road and a sticker for on road on the tag . YOU REPLACE THE TAG EVERY SEVEN YEARS . FEE IS $2 !!

This is a one-time fee valid for LIFE!

Dateline: posted Mar 30th 2016 - American Lands Council

Utah Governor Backs Lawsuit Over Federal Land Management

Posted by William Richardson 1153sc on March 23, 2016

By Tripp Baltz

March 11 — Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert (R) said he supports efforts to mount a legal challenge seeking to allow the state to manage 30 million acres of federal lands within its boundaries.

Herbert told Bloomberg BNA March 10 in an interview the state is considering a lawsuit as part of a three-pronged strategy to resolve Utah's ongoing dispute with the federal government over the administration of Bureau of Land Management and other federal lands within the state. [Click here to read the full article]

Information presented in this chart is typical and best our research produced at the time of preparation. Check with your local DMV office to confirm your costs. The point is, street legal OHV registration is disproportionate when compared with normal vehicle registration and neighboring state street legal registration fees.

30 Jan 2017

House Bill 82, if approved, would amend the Utah Street Leagal law to remove “county of the first class”  making it legal to ride street legal OHVs in Salt Lake County like other counties in the state. [Click here to see HB 82].  

Residents say federal land ownership is choking life from Garfield County

By Rod Decker and Larry D. Curtis Tuesday, May 24th 2016

(KUTV) Residents in Garfield County say federal policy is pushing families off the land, 93 percent of which is federally owned.

It isn't just ranchers; local schools and businesses are feeling the impact as well. Jessica Miller has five kids and three jobs, one of them at the only barber and hair salon in Panguitch.

"I cut hair and then I train horses and I drive a bus. You got a family, you got to have income."

Miller's father, Jim Miller, spent 25 years commuting to Las Vegas to work while his wife and kids lived in Panguitch.

"He missed out a lot of things with the children," Jessica Miller said. Her parents thought Panguitch was a good place to raise children but not a good place to work.

Garfield County is the size of Connecticut, 5,200 square miles with almost exactly the same number of people.

County commissioner Lee Pollock said the federal government is slowly squeezing the life out of Garfield County.

"Our number one export is our children," Pollock said.          [Click here to read more and see the video]

Current Legislative Issues

Land Access and OHV Bills in the state or federal legislative system

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Dateline: Posted Sep 1st, 2017

‘Failure’ of Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument due to negative economic impact

The executive action instantaneously shut down a major American coal operation, killing thousands of jobs and driving a regulatory stake into the heart of Utah’s coal country.  It was widely reported that Clinton’s designation had little to do with environmental protection or the preservation of antiquities, and everything to do with a political payoff.

by Marjorie Haun

A July 10 article published by a green magazine based in Colorado blamed Mormons, a lack of funding, ‘political pressures,’ county commissioners and just about every scapegoat imaginable for the unpopularity and shortcomings of the vast Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM). But the Mormon pioneer descendants and other folks who’ve made their homes in the region and are still trying to eke out a living by ranching, mining, running small businesses, and keeping their towns afloat, would tell you that the monument’s so-called failure is the result of its restrictive, economically-limiting ‘protected’ status.

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Dateline: Posted Sep 1st, 2017

Utah RS-2477 roads court victory could impact other cases throughout the West

In recent years, aggressive green groups and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), have sparked conflicts over a number of Utah’s historical county roads, with the most notable case involving the road into San Juan County’s Recapture Canyon.

posted by Marjorie Haun

Over a decade of bureaucratic overreach on state and county-owned roads has resulted in a number of lawsuits brought by several Utah counties against the federal government. Recently, the extremist environmental group, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), joined the feds as an appellee in a lawsuit brought by Garfield and Kane Counties, and the State of Utah. The State and counties sued over ongoing attempts by federal bureaucrats to claim title to thousands of miles of historical county roads throughout Utah. Contending that the RS-2477 statute, under which the roads were established, no longer applies and that federal management agencies now control the roads in question, SUWA chose to intervene in behalf of the feds in the lawsuit. The United States government sought title on public lands roads and trails so the federal bureaucracy would have the final say regarding road closures, and what forms of travel would be allowed. On July 26, the Utah Supreme Court decided against the feds and SUWA, and the following day, the Utah Attorney General’s website posted this summary:

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Dateline: Posted Sep 27th, 2017

House legislation streamlines permit process for improvements on public lands

…the bill includes provisions that would authorize the Department of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to enter into cooperative agreements with private parties to promote the role of volunteers in trail maintenance.

American Horse Council

Congress Continues to Promote Land Access

On July 26, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced the “Recreation Not Red-Tape (RNR)” Act (S 1633/HR 3400), legislation that expands the scope of the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (PL 114-245), which was signed into law in late 2016.

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