Minnesota Off-Roaders Stake Claim to Riding Areas

Working with local and regional off-road vehicle groups, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) managed to kill amendments to a Minnesota bill that would have limited modified 4x4 trucks to minimally maintained roads and to the area in the state specifically designated for their use.  The amendments sought to severely restrict 4x4 truck access to hobbyists by prohibiting use of "trails;" defined 4x4 trucks as 4-wheeled motor vehicles manufactured to operate on public roads and subsequently modified with special tires, suspension or other equipment.  The amendments were passed on the House and Senate floors at the last minute.  The amendments were removed at the request of the off-roading community by a conference committee of House and Senate legislators.