Bill Introduced by Representative Alexander Would Allow Those with Mobility Disabilities to Use ROVs and ATVs to Access Appropriate National Forest Areas
The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) applauds Representative Alexander (R-LA) for introducing legislation (H.R. 4228) that would provide additional access to National Forests for those with disabilities. The legislation would require U.S. Forest Service personnel to allow those with mobility disabilities to use power-driven mobility devices, such as all-terrain vehicles or recreational off-highway vehicles, to access specific areas of Forests, provided that the access is consistent with the area’s management objectives and limitations.
Representative Alexander said, “This bill will provide additional access for those with disabilities where appropriate, but still provide forest managers with the necessary tools to protect sensitive or fragile areas.” He continued, “Our nation’s public lands belong to all Americans. It is important that we provide opportunities for responsible access to each person who would like to enjoy our National Forests.”
ROHVA’s Senior Vice President for Government Relations, Kathy Van Kleeck said “We would like to thank Representative Alexander for introducing this important bill. In some cases ROVs can provide for responsible access that otherwise wouldn’t be available to disabled individuals and, as a result, we look forward to working with Representative Alexander and others to have H.R. 4228 enacted.”
Duane Taylor, Director of Federal Affairs for ROHVA said, “ROHVA encourages all Members of Congress to sign on as cosponsors to H.R. 4228.” He continued, “ROVs can provide additional access not only to operators but to passengers. We understand that there will not be unlimited access for these vehicles, even for those with disabilities, but we encourage Congress to pass this bill and for the Forest Service to provide as many appropriate opportunities as practicable.”
The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association is a national industry organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). ROHVA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop equipment, configuration and performance standards. The not-for-profit association is sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris and Yamaha.