OFF-ROAD VEHICLES

Rod Boshart
Published: February 4 2014 | 3:09 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:10 am in
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Lawmakers and off-road utility vehicle users say proposed legislation to revise how the four-wheeled vehicles are classified will better reflect the rapid change in the vehicle’s size and the trails they are allowed on. he bill revises current law and categorizes the off-road vehicles into three types based on weight and width: vehicles 50 inches wide or less, 65 inches wide or less and vehicles 65 inches wide or more. Some off-highway vehicle parks are made to suit more of the type two classifications while a type three vehicle would be too big for the parks. Off-road vehicle users and dealers said the legislation better reflects the rapid growth and change in the manufacturing of these types of vehicles. Dan Kleen of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council said the legislation gives better guides for off-highway vehicle parks and patrons by clearly indicating what parks allow what type of vehicle. Sen. Daryl Beall, D-Fort Dodge, said, as technology continues he’d be surprised if “we’re not doing this again in another 10 years.” But Kleen said he thinks the bill’s language leaves the industry with enough legroom. “I think we’ve came up with something that will accommodate a lot of changes in the future,” Kleen said.

 

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