With the Recent move by the BLM to close off more and more public lands from all use including ATV’s Dunes and Trails has put together a response that we ask all members to send to the BLM.
Currently our government is proposing an off-road vehicle design mandate that would ignore industry safety standards already proposed by industry experts. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proposed mandate will potentially affect all future Side By Side and ROV (receational off-road vehicle) models and possibly affect safety in an unintended negative manner. Even though industry manufacturers have tried to work with the CPSC for several years and have invested heavily in safety testing, CPSC would rather ignore industry experts and mandate its own “untested” rules for safety.
The proposed CPSC mandate would force all side by side manufacturers to make arbitrary changes to the design of all future vehicles produced. The mandated changes could reduce steering response, reduced ground clearance, vehicle width increases and more restrictive driver and passenger restraint and seatbelt systems.
***The below text was taken from the Polaris website***
The “rule” would require OEMs to build to arbitrary design standards in 4 areas:
- Mandated understeer → applies on-road design principles to off-road vehicles
- Causes vehicle to push through corners because turning radius increases as vehicle speed increases
- Reduces vehicle steering responsiveness and handling predictability
- Works for on-road vehicles with smooth ditches and guard rails, but will lead to unintended consequences off-road
- Polaris supports OEM design freedom to optimize predictable, responsive off-road handling
- Minimum lateral acceleration on pavement → optimizes on-road performance without any correlation to off-road safety
- Could lead to loss of ground clearance and/or wider vehicles
- Encourages use of stiffer tires, not effective off-road
- Limits/eliminates door and cab enclosures
- Ignores steering wheel input – drivers’ primary control
- Polaris supports dynamic stability testing tied to steering wheel input
- Mandated Passenger Seat Belt Interlock → ties speed-limiting technology to the front passenger seats creating potential failure modes and unintended consequences
- Transfers some control of vehicle from driver to passenger – passenger unbuckling or bouncing on seat will result in dangerous, sudden loss of power
- Limits ability to customize seats and causes increased risk of seat sensor failure in off-road conditions
- Limits/eliminates ability to utilize under seat storage
- Polaris has innovative driver’s side speed-limiting seat belt system on most MY15s, but opposes adding that system to passenger seats
- Mandated Shoulder Bolster → requires a frame-mounted shoulder bolster on all vehicles
- Compromises ability to get in and out
- Limits door and cab options
- Polaris supports active occupant restraints, has had doors and nets for many years
Statistics taken from an CPSC report (linked below) shows the safety record for Side by Sides. In the year 2012 there were 76 total reported fatalities due to ROV accidents. In 2012 it was estimated that there was 876,000 ROV’s in use. Although any and every ROV fatality is tragic, it is a very small fraction of total use and alcohol was shown to be a factor in nearly 50% of incidents . Also a very high percentage of ROV deaths were shown to be “unbelted” fatalities, seatbelt reminder mechanisms are very easily disabled and also pose safety issues of their own.
For more information about the proposed mandate please go to www.StopTheROVMandate.com. Also be sure to voice your opinion on the CPSC Contact Form at www.cpsc.gov/About-CPSC/Contact-Information/Contact-Specific-Offices-and-Public-Information/Information-Center/.
It is finally here, we can not register our Side by Sides to be Street Legal. Now this doesn’t mean you can drive down the strip with your RZR. But when we visit towns like Caliente or Tonapha we no longer have to worry about driving out Side by Sides in town. You can not drive them in cities with 100,000 more residents or cities, and towns that have laws regarding ATV’s and street legal status.
When you register your Side by Side, you need to make sure you select the new option, Large ATV.
What qualifies for Street Legal?
So, I started with the requirements in NRS 490.120. It says your Side by Side needs the following:
- At least one headlamp
- At least one tail lamp
- At least one red reflector on the rear of the vehicle
- A stop lamp on the rear of the vehicle
- A muffler
Nearly all Side by Sides meet these requirements.
Do I need insurance?
- An insurance company licensed in this state.
- $15,000 for bodily injury to or death of one person in any one accident
- $30,000 for bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one accident
- $10,000 for destruction of property
First is your Side by Side a new registration? If it is, you need to go to one of the dealerships and get the Vin inspected. They will also fill out the forms for you. But you need to make sure you select Large OHV before you sign off.
But if your Side By Side has been registered, you will need to pay attention to what form you need to use.
How to Know with Form to use?
(If you purchased your RZR after July 2012, there is a different form. It’s essentially the same. APPLICATION FOR OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE REGISTRATION DECAL
FOR AN OHV PURCHASED FROM A NEVADA DEALER AFTER 7/1/2012. Note there are different forms for out of state dealers, private party sales, etc. – scroll to the bottom of the page)
Anyway, you should fill this form out, just check the box for “Large All Terrain Vehicle”.
Then, take this form down to a Notary Public – Your Local bank will normally have someone that can do this for you.
Next up is this form: LARGE ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE INSURANCE DECLARATION. Pull out your insurance card and transfer the insurance details, as well as your Driver’s License information, to this form and sign it (no Notary this time).
I paid by check. That and both forms went into an envelope, and I mailed it to the Wright Way address. In as little as six days later, voila – a new registration sticker!
What does this get us?
This makes your RZR street legal under NRS 490.105. Please note this is NOT carte blanche to ride (oops, drive) your RZR willy-nilly on any paved road you want.
Quite literally, you are given permission to drive on only two types of roadways:
- County “General roads”
- County “Minor roads”
That’s it. If you are inside an incorporated city, those are no longer county roads. If it’s a Nevada State Highway, that, too, isn’t a county road.
However, the vast majority of rural Nevada roads DO fall into something we can drive on. Generally, if it’s two-lane blacktop with a speed limit of 45 mph or less, it’s fair game. Don’t be silly and try to drive on I-80, or down the Vegas strip, or something.
This opens up a lot of territory – for example, we can ride the Black Rock desert, and drive our RZR right into downtown Gerlach and get dinner at Bruno’s.
Each county can pass laws restricting NRS 490. For example, here in Washoe County, you are limited to roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. As far as we can tell, that’s the only example in Nevada so far.