New off-highway vehicle laws spark January rush for new decals 15,000 OHV Decals sold in first week

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January 15th, 2009

New laws that went into effect Jan. 1 to better manage the skyrocketing use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in Arizona have resulted in 15,000 decals being sold during the first week of the New Year.

In the first week of sales, the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) has seen the sales of this newly created decal begin in a big way, with 15,000 being sold from Jan. 1 to Jan. 7.

Revenue from the sale of the OHV decals will be used by Arizona State Parks to continue their grant program for damage cleanup and trail building. The Arizona State Land Department will use funds to continue keeping lands available for public use. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will use funding from the decal program to create new OHV educational opportunities and to hire new law enforcement officers specifically for OHV law enforcement.

The cost of the OHV Decal is $25. The decal is required for all OHVs that meet the following two criteria:
1. The vehicle is made by the manufacturer primarily for use over unimproved terrain.
2. The vehicle has an unladen weight of 1,800 pounds or less.

The OHV Decal is available for purchase online at www.servicearizona.com or at any MVD office or MVD third-party service provider. The OHV Decal needs to be purchased now for legal OHV use in Arizona. For more information about, and requirements for, the OHV Decal, go online to www.azgfd.gov/ohv.

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