Important Updates from ATVAM

Your comments are needed on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s proposal to ban passengers on ATVs! 

ATVers have until November 24 to weigh in on whether the Consumer Product Safety Commission should establish a “performance requirement” that would prevent or reduce the likelihood of passengers riding on an ATV. Without comments from ATVers across the United States, heading out into the woods with a passenger riding behind could be a thing of the past. Comments are piling up from people wanting this modification because of safety concerns.

ATVAM is commenting on this, but the CPSC also needs to hear from individuals as well. Do you enjoy riding with a passenger? How often do you ride with a spouse or a child behind you? How many miles have you traveled safely with a companion?

Do you feel having a passenger makes an ATV unsafe? Or do you feel the safety of an ATV depends on the driver? Is there some design change that could be made to make an ATV safer for the ATV driver and passenger? The CPSC needs to hear about it!

When making a comment, consider adding your personal information–what sort of four-wheeler(s) do you ride? How many miles have you traveled? Who rides with you? What have you done to ensure that your friends and family ride safely? Consider visiting the CPSC website to get ideas of your own for comments.

Questions about comments? Contact Rhonda Silence of the ATVAM Communications Committee at loonybin1314@msn.com.

If you want to learn more about the CPSC request for information, visit www.regulations.gov and search “Docket No. CPSC-2012-0048-0044” **

If you prefer to mail comments, send them to:

Office of the Secretary
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Room 820
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814

Temporary off-highway vehicle trail closures in effect now

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is restricting recreational use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in some areas during the upcoming firearms deer hunting season. Vehicles affected by the restrictions include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) and registered off-road vehicles (ORVs) such as four-wheel drive trucks that are not being used in conjunction with deer hunting by a licensed deer hunter.

The restrictions, which apply to state forest trails and access routes but not to state forest roads, aim to protect recreational riders from potentially unsafe riding conditions and to minimize conflicts between deer hunters and recreational riders who may inadvertently disturb them.

Licensed deer hunters may still use these routes in conjunction with their hunting activity on non-federal land:

  • Before legal shooting time.
  • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • After legal shooting hours.

Effective dates of the recreational riding restrictions will be:

  • Nov. 8 – 23 for the northeastern Minnesota 100 Series deer season.
  • Nov. 8 – 16 for the Minnesota 200 Series deer season.

Because recreational OHV trails located in southeastern Minnesota close Nov. 1 each year, no additional OHV riding restrictions are necessary in that part of the state.

While many recreational OHV riders have voluntarily opted not to ride forest trails during deer hunting and small-game seasons, recreational OHV riding has become a year-round sport for many. DNR officials remind everyone who visits Minnesota’s state forests this fall to put safety first.

Every member counts!

Are you a current member of ATVAM? We hope you are — every membership is important.

As you can see by this message, there are forces at work every day that could eliminate a favorite riding area or that could impact the way your family rides. Support of ATVAM means you have a watch dog group protecting the sport you enjoy.

Please show your support of ATVing and ATVAM! Please submit your dues (Family $20, $75 business) to:

ATVAM
P.O. Box 999
Anoka, MN 55303
 

Not sure if you renewed? Contact ATVAM at (800) 442-8826 and we can check for you.

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