"It is our obligation to make sure that unlawful use of snowmobiles and recreation vehicles is not a threat to public safety," Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) told Wicked Local. "This bill will lessen unlawful ATV practices that harm our children and unnecessarily damage our environment."
Last year the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation created an Off-Highway Vehicle Working Group to identify strategies and solutions to address the growing concerns regarding the illegal and unsafe use of snowmobiles and recreation vehicles. Much of this bill, which also creates a new state off-highway vehicle advisory committee to address ongoing concerns, stems from their work.
If it passes the House, the legislation requires that ATV owners be held accountable for any damage or injuries if they let minors use their vehicles. Further provisions of the bill include: