I wouldn't be so sure... The Assembly bill has already passed two readings in the assembly in it's currents form! The dmv SHOULDN'T have any jurisdiction, but then again they would get 50% of the funds from this mandatory registration anyway. This IS New Jersey, where the politicians are all lawyers writing laws to cash in on when their out of office.I have my doubts that will pass. The state DMV has no jurisdiction over what you do on private property with a motor vehicle.
They could effectively shut down auto-racing on private tracks under that law.
Do you have a link to the proposed bill for this?
Go to: www.njleg.state.nj.us
and search Assembly Bill A-4172 and mirror Senate Bill S-3024
The way the proposed law is written, it CAN be enforced on private property if you do not have the land owners written permission to be there. I understand what the main intention is with these bills. The problem with these bills is:
1. The wording (all registered vehicles, 2-6 wheels that could be considered OHV's, that could mean street-legal dual-sport motorcycle or 4wd truck/Jeep; they leave it to interpretation!)
2. Requiring mandatory ATV/OHV registration without providing a service/using the funds on the vehicles their collected from (you wouldn't register a car if you would receive the same penalty as a unregistered car, what's the point?)
3. Mandatory registration and stiff fines does NOT solve the issue of illegal/irresponsible OHV use. Individuals will go further into the woods where it is harder to get them. The issue is that these people have no where to legally recreate. There are no state run riding areas (Chatsworth is private). When the only OHV in NJ hits capacity, Chatsworth has to turn people and their families away. Multiple riding parks or legal areas are needed. With legal areas comes respect for the land, organization, safer use and open space preservation just to name a few benefits. Multiple use recreational lands work well in other states (PA for instance), it can work in NJ. The funds for state run motorized recreation are there (over $9 million from the federal government!), the funds to keep it going are there too (registration). Now if only the environmental elitist would compromise that open space preserved is open space preserved, whether a hiking trail, horseback trail or ATV trail meander through it. Either way, wildlife will remain. Allow a housing development/soccer field/strip mall there and that open space/wildlife habitat is lost forever!