.....from Carla Boucher, United Four Wheel Drive Attorney
Subject: Use caution with new group
A company or program called Superior Trails is developing a permit
scheme for all federal lands. The company is hoping to get federal
authorization to institute a mandatory permit costing $35.00 as a
requirement for all OHV travel on federally-managed lands. The permit
would be required before any person may travel on federal land using
four wheel drives, ATVs, or motorcycles. In order to obtain a permit a
user would be required to take a test and pass it pertaining to
appropriate mechanical requirements and user ethics. Test taking
stations would be available at merchants such as auto dealers, parts
places, and 4x4 shops.
In addition to the permit, the company would institute its own law
enforcement regulations. Fines for violations of the regulations are
ranging from $900 to $1000 per violation.
I have been discussing the program with one of the partners of the
company and trying to explain to them the problems associated with this
system. He has recently informed me that he intends to poll four wheel
drive clubs to see whether they support the development of such a
One of the initial problems I have with this concept (and I have many
problems with it right now) is that their website is currently set up to
allow a user to take the test and if they pass, collect their $35.00 for
a permit. The website can be viewed at www.superiortrail.com
until the program is approved legislatively through Congress the money
you spend on a permit gets you nothing. Also, the website has
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) but it fails to plainly state that this
program would REQUIRE every motorized user to have one of their permits
to recreate on federal lands and it fails to indicate that a permit paid
for now means nothing and the money the user spends to get the permit
($35.00) gets them nothing, it simply lines the pocket of the company
developing the program. In short, I have strongly indicated to these
people my problems with their idea.
My concern is that your member clubs will only get a part of the story
when they are polled for their reaction. Please advise them to proceed
cautiously with this company and their program and to ask a lot of
questions if they are polled before taking a position on whether to
support this program.
Thanks for taking the time to pass this information on to all your
If you or your clubs have any questions about this program please don't
hesitate to contact me.