New York debates raising ATV weight limit on public trails

Publish Date: 
Jun 16, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Assembly is debating a bill that would increase the weight limit for all-terrain vehicles on public trails.

Senate Bill 1946 and Assembly Bill would raise the weight limit from 1,000 lbs. to 1,500 lbs. while maintaining the width limit of 70 inches. Assemblywoman Addie Russell, who proposed the bill, told The Associated Press that the change would allow use of side-by-side vehicles.

The Adirondack Council and other environmental groups are seeking to block the bill, claiming the new limits would damage public trails. The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association encourages passage of the bill, saying that the restriction leads to millions of dollars in lost sales and tourism dollars.

The current legislative session is scheduled to end Thursday.