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State to enforce OHV compliance

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says its officers will step up efforts to ensure that people are complying with the state’s off-highway vehicle laws.

The department says statistics show that less than one quarter of off-highway vehicles in Arizona have a required OHV decal. Drivers without decals can be issued a citation.

Department director Larry Voyles says the compliance rate is very disappointing, given the benefits the program would provide to recreationists.

The OHV decal program took effect last January. It requires the annual purchase of a $25 decal for off-highway vehicles that include most ATVs, utility vehicles, dirt bikes and some sand rails.

Revenues from the program help pay for OHV booklets, riding maps and grants that go toward cleaning up and restoring riding areas.

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One comment

  1. What are the criteria for getting that decal? If the owner needs to show proof of ownership, it could be the reason why compliance is so low. Many ATV’s are purchased “used” and I would guess it’s likely many people don’t have a title, or any real proof of ownership.

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