Arizona

SB1208 – ATVs; off-highway vehicles

Sponsored by: Sen. Frank Pratt
A bill to increase "the allowable size and weight for a vehicle classified as an all-terrain vehicle that is also a recreational off-highway vehicle."

Short Summary

Increases the size of recreational vehicles allowed on public trails

General Description

  • “Increases the allowable size and weight for a vehicle classified as an all-terrain vehicle that is also a recreational off-highway vehicle.” [SB 1203 Fact Sheet, Arizona State Senate]
  • Among other provisions, this is legislation to increase “the specifications for a recreational off-highway vehicle to qualify as an all-terrain vehicle” from 65 inches up to 80 inches. [SB 1203 Fact Sheet, Arizona State Senate]

Bill Sponsor(s)

Senator Frank Pratt

Detailed Bill Summary 

  • Increases from 65 inches to 80 inches, the maximum width for a vehicle to be classified as an all-terrain vehicle that is also a recreational off-highway vehicle.
  • Increases, from 1,800 pounds to 2,500 pounds, the maximum unladen weight for a vehicle to be classified as an all-terrain vehicle that is also a recreational off-highway vehicle.
  • Requires an all-terrain vehicle that is also a recreational off-highway vehicle to be equipped with: a) a steering wheel for control; b) a rollover protective structure; and c) an occupant retention system
  • Makes technical and conforming changes

Current Status

04/10/18 – Signed by Governor

Relevant Comments by Public Officials, Public Lands Groups, or Special Interest Groups in Arizona

Representative Mitzi Epstein, during debate on the bill, said that she “had significant concerns” on the bill. She explained, “When we increase the size of vehicles that can be allowed on our trails, it allows for extra sedimentation that affects our waters, it will increase dust which affects our air quality. It’s a huge issue in an arid region, especially for those that are already suffering from poor air quality associated with particulate matter.” Representative Epstein urged her colleagues, during debate on the bill, “on the grounds of keeping our parks and our desert healthy that you vote no on this bill.” [Debate on SB 1208, Arizona House of Representatives, 04/03/18, (07:08-08:30)]

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