Off-road vehicle stamp implementation postponed
seek public input on first OHV facility while rule changes made
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[March 10, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in
cooperation with the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, will
postpone implementation of the Illinois Off-Highway Vehicle Usage
Stamp until further notice. The postponement will allow time for the
Illinois General Assembly to consider law changes that would exempt
"This is a good-faith move on our part to make sure all the rules
are in place before OHV riders are required to purchase a stamp,"
said IDNR Director Marc Miller. "We also will use this time to seek
additional public input as we begin to develop an off-highway riding
program in Illinois."
The IDNR supports previously announced changes to the original
OHV stamp law, including reducing the usage stamp fee for youth
off-highway vehicles, 75cc and under, and adding several exemptions.
Additional exemptions to the OHV stamp would include standard golf
carts, OHVs operated on land owned by the operator or the operator's
immediate family, OHVs operated by people with certain disabilities,
OHVs operated for any commercial business purpose, OHVs operated at
a commercial riding park, and OHVs registered with the Illinois
secretary of state.
Senate Bill 2633, legislation sponsored by state
Sen. David Koehler and state Rep. Frank Mautino to enact those
changes, is pending in the General Assembly.
The postponement will allow additional time for OHV users and
others interested in motorized outdoor recreation to provide input
on planning for development of public OHV riding facilities in
Illinois by the IDNR.
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The OHV stamp, approved as part of a sustainable funding
initiative for the IDNR in 2012, was scheduled to become effective
April 1. When implemented, 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 state funding.
When implemented, the annual OHV stamp will be $15, plus a
50-cent issuance fee to the point-of-sale vendor.
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