IDNR supports proposed changes to off-road vehicle usage stamp
Modifications include landowner and standard golf cart exemptions,
reduced price for youth ATVs
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[December 07, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois
Department of Natural Resources announced on Thursday that it
supports legislation that would make several changes to a new usage
stamp for off-highway vehicle riders. The new usage stamp will be
required beginning in April.
The proposed legislation,
Senate Bill 2633, sponsored by state Sen. David Koehler, D-
Peoria, makes several changes to the original off-highway vehicle
usage stamp law that was part of a sustainable funding package for
the IDNR approved in 2012.
"I want to thank Sen. Koehler for his
quick action and willingness to work with the IDNR to make these
changes that will benefit the citizens of Illinois, including
landowners and hunters," said IDNR Director Marc Miller.
If passed, SB 2633 would reduce the
cost of the OHV stamp from $15 to $10 for small, youth ATVs, 75 cc
and under, and add several exemptions to the OHV stamp, including:
OHVs operated on
any property owned by the vehicle owner.
OHVs operated by a
person with certain physical disabilities.
OHVs operated for
any commercial businesses purpose.
OHVs operated at a
commercial riding park.
OHVs already registered with the
secretary of state.
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The new OHV stamp will be available in early 2014 at DNR Direct
license and permit point-of-sale vendor locations throughout the
state. The annual stamps are part of the IDNR sustainable funding
package passed last year. The usage stamps sold in 2014 will be
valid from April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015, the same schedule
for which Illinois annual hunting and fishing licenses are issued.
Funds generated through the OHV stamp will be used to develop
public-access trails for OHV use in Illinois, and to make use of
more than $1 million in federal funds currently available for
motorized trail development and maintenance through available
matching dollars. Because Illinois has not been able to match these
federal funds with state dollars, IDNR has been unable to provide
single-purpose OHV recreation trails.
The annual usage stamp for OHVs will be $15, plus a 50-cent
issuance fee to the point-of-sale vendor. The expiration date on the
OHV stamp will be March 31 each year.
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