San Bernardino County
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Ordinance #3973
History Comments and Snide Remarks
San Bernardino County has had an Off-Highway Vehicle ordinance for nearly 40 years.
Ordinance #1590 was adapted in 1970 to address “MOTORCYCLES AND OFF-THE-ROAD VEHICLES”. It required spark arrestors and mufflers and that noise not exceed the state motor vehicle code limits. Ironically, it attempted to address trespass problems by requiring “written permission”.
That ordinance was amended in 1986 to comply with Californ State law(penal code 602) regarding “written permission vs. private property” and it became ordinance #3096.
Now, more than twenty years later, off-roaders and property owners alike are supprised to be facing radical and unfair changes as the ordinance has been rewritten, yet again.
Today, as OHV Ordinance #3973, the County again challenges State and Federal law with respect to vacant and unmarked, property and a citizen’s right to pass. But new and of particular note is the assignment of County Code personnel to act as quasi-police officers in enforcing these new laws including the unecessary requirement of expensive “Staging Permits” to assemble on ones own land.