Proposed Rules Could Severely Restrict UTV Use


We have until March 15 to comment on these
CPSC rules that could virtually ban UTVs.

Have you commented yet? If not, you should.

Here are the details.

The CPSC’s proposed mandatory standards spell out how off-road vehicles must be designed, manufactured and used by riders. Meanwhile, at the same time that the CPSC is pushing its rules, the industry has been developing its own voluntary standards.

Paul Vitrano

If you think government mandated standards will benefit our industry, then you don’t have to do anything. If, however, you think perhaps the industry can produce more effective standards, now is the time to step up and make your thoughts known.

A unit of the MIC, the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA), has created new tools for riders and dealers to easily submit comments. You can do it at

The sample letters urge CPSC to work with ROHVA to implement voluntary standards and to promote the safety rules for ROVs, also called SXS or UTV units. The page also contains explanations of ROHVA’s position on ROV standards and links to important documents.

“ROV stakeholders need to be heard on this question,” says Paul Vitrano, ROHVA executive vice president. “They have to comment on the appropriate next step to establish ROV standards,” he says.  Is it moving forward with federally-imposed mandatory standards or gaining experience under the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards and promoting ROV safety rules available at he asks.

The ANSI standard development process involves a variety of interests including CPSC and other government representatives, industry, consumers and others. Participants reach a consensus on an appropriate ANSI standard for ROV equipment, configuration and then performance requirements and a standard are produced.

ROHVA is unhappy with CPSC’s October 2009 vote to push ahead on mandatory ROV standards. This action is premature, it says, because an ANSI standards for ROVs had been under development for some time and a proposed ANSI standard is now under final review.

Components of the standard include protective gear requirements, a certified roll-over protective structure, a minimum of three point seatbelts for each seating position, and multiple lateral stability criteria.

Vitrano says ROHVA has met several times with CPSC staff to discuss their concerns about the standard. “While there is agreement between CPSC and ROHVA on many aspects of ROV standards,” says Vitrano, “there continues to be disagreement over some important technical issues, including vehicle stability, vehicle handling and occupant protection and retention.”

ROHVA is a national industry organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of ROVs and is sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris and Yamaha. For more information visit JD

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2 Responses to “Proposed Rules Could Severely Restrict UTV Use”

  1. Dale Ellis Says:

    Thanks for the news concerning my UTV. I am concerned also that Missouri will not let you regesiter UTV,s like we do our ATV,s. I contacted the forrestery service and they said I currently ride with a Barry Co. ATV permit. but do I need a permit for every Co?

  2. Anyone else hear this... - Page 2 - Polaris RZR Forum - RZR Says:

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