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Looks like a new requirement for off road operators is coming.
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(I didn’t want to derail the e-bike thread, but maybe this is an something related to signs like the one DallanC had referred to?)
 

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ohv.utah.gov immediately takes you to Off-Highway Vehicles | Utah State Parks which immediately states:

"NOTICE: The Utah Off-Highway Vehicle Progam is no longer a part of the Utah Division of State Parks and will now be managed within the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation. The content of this webpage will be removed shortly. Please visit recreation.utah.gov for updated information. "

So you hit recreation.utah.gov and there is nothing there regarding this program. And nothing I can see on the prior pages either.

Apparently nothing will be accessible until Jan1.

Good job UDOR!

-DallanC
 

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From what I have seen with underage operators it's about time. And there are a number of older operators that will benefit from it also.

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I feel it's a load of crap and a hairbrained idea!

It's great for operators without a class D driver license, but for 18+ age operators??? Come on....It's government "overreach" IMO. They just need to hire and train Tree Cops and deputize them so they have the ability to enforce the laws of the road/land. All they are now is employees that hand out garbage bags.
 

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I posted this on this forum back in May. The legislature passed a law in 2022 requiring this, so don’t get made at Parks, DWR, or anyone else.

The Legislature passed this law - EVERYONE operating an off-highway vehicle on public lands has to take this online education training and obtain a certificate. Those under 18 without a driver license have to do a skills portion in addition to the online education course.

This goes into effect January 1, with citations able to be written starting February 1.
 

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I agree with Taxidermist, what a silly thing. Just make it like personal watercraft and have minors get a special permit and licensed drivers over 18 are good. At least 15 years ago that was the rules for wave runners. Maybe it's changed?
 

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I would be much more irritated if there was cost involved. As it’s free, it’s not as big a deal in my mind.

But it is one more hoop to jump through, among an ever increasing number.
 

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This goes into effect January 1, with citations able to be written starting February 1.
Oh Ya! A citation? :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: They'll pass a law for an ATV/UTV rider, but not pass a law and a citation for killing a Trumpeter Swan???? That, is how stupid and miniscule Utah lawmakers do things. They'll pass a bill like this, but, not pass a bill or place into law something that will benefit the populous in general.

Next thing you know they'll pass a law that beer can't be sold on Sunday again. I just need to vacate this state and go somewhere that knows what the hell is going on. :rolleyes:
 

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I've been driving ATVS for 40 years. And a I'm still alive......I think I know what I'm going......maybe ??
I know a number of folks that have been riding them for that long or longer and they have had some very scary times on them. Strange alcohol has never been part of the equation when they had their mishaps.

It is funny just how fast something can happen even if you are prepared and knowledgeable about riding one.
 

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Remember, the Democrats got Americans to support creating an income tax in 1913 by saying it would only apply to the richest 2%
this could turn into something ugly

I would be much more irritated if there was cost involved. As it’s free, it’s not as big a deal in my mind.

But it is one more hoop to jump through, among an ever increasing number.
 

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As one that followed this at the time (and tried to get all you to do the same), the stated goal of our rural legislator that was the bill sponsor was to educate Utahns on the need to stay on trail and to leave gates as they find them. Things like that will be in the course.

That seems pretty easy to follow for me, but then again, we all know this is a HUGE issue on our trails.
 

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Utah remains one of the most conservative states in the Union. I'm not too worried about regulation creep or slippery slopes in that regard.

Given the amount of public lands and trails we have I think this makes complete sense at the population level. It will be an annoyance and redundant for some riders but it's been clear as day to me that it's needed. I only did a few FPO ride alongs in my previous life but the stuff we saw regarding ATV driver behavior was nuts. We interacted with a young mother who was doing 40+ mph on her ATV while holding her newborn (obviously without a helmet) before we "pulled her over" 😲☹. I just can't imagine investing 9 months of my life bringing a child into this world only to take that sort of unnecessary risk.

Education like this often can't be required enough. Heck, look at how scary some vehicle drivers are on the road; makes me wonder why we don't require retesting more often.
 

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Perfect! Let us know if you need help making the move. I’ve got a truck and don’t mind hauling boxes. I’ll drop everything off at whichever border you prefer.
I have a real truck. It's called a Kenworth with a 53' van.

I was thinking California. Seems everyone is leaving that state, and coming to Utah. Maybe it's getting a little less congested? If I make the move, I was thinking Montana or Idaho.
 
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