Legislation signed in August of 2010 (Ch. 202 of the Acts of 2010, “An Act Regulating the Use of Off-Highway and Recreation Vehicles (the Act)”) brought significant changes to Massachusetts Recreation Vehicle Laws. This law requires that recreation vehicle operators under the age of 18 must complete an operator safety and responsibility program and carry a certificate of completion while riding. The law also established age restrictions for operators of all-terrain vehicles and other off-highway vehicles, increased penalties for illegal use, institutes registration requirements and the established an OHV program fund to support improved riding opportunities and law enforcement.

The law also created an OHV Advisory committee with the mission:

“The committee shall advise the secretary and the department of conservation and recreation, the department of fish and game, the department of environmental protection and the office of environmental law enforcement on matters involving the commonwealth's regulation of off-highway vehicles, as defined in section 20 of chapter 90B, including the development and enforcement of state regulations and policies, safety and training programs and the distribution of available state funding.”

This 13-member committee consists of representatives of off-highway vehicle users, the MA Powersport Dealers Association, the Department of Public Health, child safety advocates, snowmobile users, public land organizations, private landowners, Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network, and state and local law enforcement authorities. The committee meets quarterly, and has advised EEA and its agencies on a variety of topics related to the implementation of the Act, including uses of the OHV program fund, outreach, education, and OHV regulations.

Current Advisory Committee vacancies:

  • Representative of OHV Users
  • Representative of OHV Users

Questions about the OHV Advisory Committee? Interested in serving on the Committee? 

Contact Emmanuel Owusu at (617) 626 – 1187 or Emmanuel.Owusu@Massmail.state.ma.us. Potential committee members should send a resume or short bio and cover letter.


Upcoming Meetings

  • September 20th at 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
    Venue: Purgatory Chasm State Park - 198 Purgatory Rd, 
    Sutton, MA 01590
    Agenda pdf format of Meeting 23 Agenda.pdf

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This information is presented by the Off-Highway Vehicle Program.