Urgent: proposed changes to OHV program

Dennis

Administrator
Staff member
The Silver State Off-Road Alliance
Nevada’s Resource for Off-Road recreation
DEADLINE TUESDAY JUNE 9TH 5PM

As most of you readers know the Nevada Revised Statutes and the Nevada Administrative Code Chapter 490 are the laws regulating off-highway vehicles the OHV Commission and the grants available through that body.
For years there has been some confusion in the regulations and laws that simply need tweaking to make the registration process a simply as possible and to utilize grant dollars for their intended purpose - trail establishment, signage and maintenance. SSORA is providing input and working with Nevada OHV Commission to make 490 as clear and concise as possible.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as the parent entity, is currently proposing major changes to the NAC and we anticipate discussions to continue related to the NRS. The current proposed changes can be found here: (OHV websit link) SSORA is actively working on behalf of all off-road recreationists to ensure the changes reflect our constituents best interests. We will be working diligently now through the 2021 legislative session to make sure that happens.

Along with minor fixes there are three major subject matter areas that are being focused on:

1. Requirement for all OHV riders/drivers and passengers >>UNDER 18 YEARS OLD<< to wear a helmet and participate in safety training.
2. Replace all OHV registrations with a USE STICKER (approximately $25 per year or multi-year at a reduced amount) available from Licensed Repair shops (OHV retailers) or the local affiliated businesses gas stations or similar. This includes all out-of-state riders (an end of reciprocity).
3. Creating an additional seat on the OHV commission to represent the street plated 4x4s.

Nevada’s OHV program, including the seats on the Commission, are 100% funded from the revenue generated by OHV registration, and if successful the new Use Sticker. A vast majority of these funds are dedicated to the OHV Grant Program and cannot be used for the General Fund or any other purpose. These grants are available to all current OHV groups, but the “plated” community has largely been excluded. Our proposal means in order to create better representation the plated community would need to have an OHV sticker should they choose to operate on any OHV routes. While street legal vehicles’ regular registration dollars contribute to the general transportation fund there is no set aside for OHV. The bonus here is that there will more money in the OHV Grant program for clubs to use for trail establishment and stewardship. We at SSORA are dedicated to getting those grant monies into the hands of all OHV clubs and enthusiasts for the purposes they were intended, which has not been happening in the past. (Are you aware Friends of Nevada Wilderness has been getting OHV grants each year since the inception of the fund to put up barriers and signs limiting off-road use?) As part of our mission SSORA will assist Members with the grant application process and monitoring to increase responsible use of YOUR public lands!

We need your help and this is your chance to make your voice heard. Please let us know what you think and provide input by emailing SSORA at: [email protected]

CURRENT DEADLINE IS TUESDAY JUNE 9TH 5PM
 

Dennis

Administrator
Staff member
A few things of concern, but mainly this:
Our proposal means in order to create better representation the plated community would need to have an OHV sticker should they choose to operate on any OHV routes.
 

Mr_Scott

Member
Premium Member
A few things of concern, but mainly this:
Our proposal means in order to create better representation the plated community would need to have an OHV sticker should they choose to operate on any OHV routes.

Yeah I'm not sure I like this. I need another tax like I need another hole in my head.
 

zadar

Member
I have no problem with sticker, I already pay for one every year for my SxS.
As for my Jeep I don't see why I would need sticker if I am driving on public roads, aren't dirt roads public roads? Car is registered which should cover it all.
 

Diablo4130

New member
Does anyone sticker a home built or bought buggy? Or say a race vehicle that’s used in off-road racing in Nevada? I’m trying to figure out where that money would go and why it would matter for a vehicle that’s not being operated on their trail systems or roads.
 

Diablo4130

New member
As far as buggies - most people I know do not. Some do.

I have not registered my OHVs - ever - and will continue that trend.
I don’t see the point in registering a buggy that’s either home built or a production chassis. Or even a tub that was bought without a title purely for off-road use.
Like if I hypothetically bought a Geiser Bros. trophy truck. Not a chance I’m registering it just to use it on Nevada public lands.
 

DirtyChemist

Well-known member
Premium Member
I really don’t see a problem with this. its just going to generate revenue for the state from mostly out of town folks. A majority of the state won’t be patrolled so if you don’t go to sand mountain, moon rocks, or fernley race track you’re probably going to have no problem. I’m sure the money is just going to pay for the program to exist and nothing else. The people who don’t register aren’t going to be anywhere near a BLM agent so they won’t have to worry about it. People coming to moon rocks for Memorial Day weekend are going to be but hurt because of speed limits and trash cans so why not make them pay an extra $20 for someone to clean up their trash?


edit: aaaaaaah shit this is already over six months old. I wonder if it passed, and if it’s going to be under the radar due to trash cans and speed limits going in at moon rocks.
 

DirtyChemist

Well-known member
Premium Member
You sure? He is riding nice can-am X3. :)

Yup. Most people will avoid the masses and ride everywhere else in the state you can go without BLM up your ass about registration or stickers. I’m sure there isn’t much of a BLM presence around Austin or Gabbs.
 

flighht2k501

New member
Why?
It is only $21 and it helps with maintenance of trails and to have law officer out there catching aholes dumping in desert.

That’s what BLM receives tax money for anyways isn’t it? Why have they not had an issue in the last 70 years doing it but all of a sudden they need more funding now?
 

zadar

Member
That’s what BLM receives tax money for anyways isn’t it? Why have they not had an issue in the last 70 years doing it but all of a sudden they need more funding now?
I don't know, don't work for BLM. Maybe because we have a lot more activity now and a lot more people living here.
Whatever reason is it is required and law to have registration/sticker. It is $21 and cheap so why not just do it.
 

DirtyChemist

Well-known member
Premium Member
That’s what BLM receives tax money for anyways isn’t it? Why have they not had an issue in the last 70 years doing it but all of a sudden they need more funding now?

Pretty sure the Bureau of Land Management doesn’t receive tax money from Nevada’s other than Federal tax money.

There HAVE been issues and that is WHY changes are being proposed. Everyone always says it is ‘all of a sudden’ and no one says ‘well we have put off doing this for five years’. Just like the Fernley water bill increase of $100 was ‘all of a sudden.’ It wasn’t. It was postponed five years.

If we kick the can down the road another 5 it’s going to be $110/year to register your off road vehicle. Sand Mountain was previously selling day or weekend passes. Not anymore. All of a sudden they sell you a$40 pass for 1-7 days or $90 for an annual. Why don’t we skip the $21 annual and go straight to $40/week, then let the public ‘negotiate’ $21/year? Welcome to 2021. Taxes and registration fees are how it’s done. Bitch about it and avoid paying them by avoiding the BLM enforced areas.
 

flighht2k501

New member
Pretty sure the Bureau of Land Management doesn’t receive tax money from Nevada’s other than Federal tax money.

There HAVE been issues and that is WHY changes are being proposed. Everyone always says it is ‘all of a sudden’ and no one says ‘well we have put off doing this for five years’. Just like the Fernley water bill increase of $100 was ‘all of a sudden.’ It wasn’t. It was postponed five years.

If we kick the can down the road another 5 it’s going to be $110/year to register your off road vehicle. Sand Mountain was previously selling day or weekend passes. Not anymore. All of a sudden they sell you a$40 pass for 1-7 days or $90 for an annual. Why don’t we skip the $21 annual and go straight to $40/week, then let the public ‘negotiate’ $21/year? Welcome to 2021. Taxes and registration fees are how it’s done. Bitch about it and avoid paying them by avoiding the BLM enforced areas.

They’re a federal bureau maintaining federal land receiving federal tax money. Where does the money go for the ohv pass?
 

maxamillion2345

Well-known member
Yeah it's an unnecessary program.

I remember quite well what the trails and roads here in NV looked like before the OHV program existed, which is to say - the same.

I also know that with my off highway vehicles I still am forced to pay fuel taxes. I also know that my property taxes and a myriad of other taxes I pay go to maintain county roads. I've not seen anything that the state has done with the taxes imposed on OHVs since 2013.

I've seen no increased maintenance of trails, roads, two track, or OHV areas that aren't already charging day use taxes.
I've seen no reduction of trash -- In fact I'm pretty sure that both county and federal LE already receive lots of tax dollars to do that job.

In fact I remember quite well that rather recently the NV OHV program had a huge fund of stolen dollars and quite literally didn't know how to spend it.

So that's why I won't just do it, I don't care what it costs. I'll keep not registering in NV and purchasing non-res CA stickers to ride there - at least they do something with the money.
 
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