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Compromise bill would require license plates on OHVs

ATVs as well as all off-highway motorcycles and UTVs in Idaho must display new license plates plus the traditional OHV stickers in 2009.  (File / The Spokesman-Review)
ATVs as well as all off-highway motorcycles and UTVs in Idaho must display new license plates plus the traditional OHV stickers in 2009. (File / The Spokesman-Review)

OFF-ROADING -- It's no secret that off-road vehicle riders run rampant in some areas of national forests and other public lands that are closed to motorized traffic.  But even if you catch them in the act, little can be done to report the offenses because ATVs and off-road dirt bikes don't need licence plates necessary for ID.

A compromise bill is in the works in the Washington Legislature that would help open more roads for OHV riding  while getting a licensing requirement promoted by environmentalists. Many OHVers support the licensing portion of the bill to help deal with the bad apples in their ranks.

See Olympia reporter Jim Camden's Spin Control column for the details.




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