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New off-highway vehicle rules

30 Mar 2012 | Sgt. Heather Gol.den

Off-highway vehicle riders can now move through Ocotillo Housing area to the Bureau of Land Management land adjacent to the Combat Center, per installation Bulletin 5100.

The route is open only to residents of Ocotillo Housing, and all riders must walk or otherwise transport their OHV to the perimeter road behind the housing development without riding it. Once on the perimeter road, operators can start their OHVs and ride to the perimeter gate and exit the installation to access BLM land.

Riders need to keep their speed to 10 miles per hour, or stay in 1st gear, while on base, and all operators under the age of 14 must have parental or guardian supervision. All riders also need to complete the SIVA ATV or the installation Safety Division’s ATV course and dirt bike school before riding on base.

As with all vehicles driven on base, OHVs need to be registered with the Military Police Vehicle Registration office in building 901, located near the main gate. When registering and riding, operators should have their proper state license, permits, vehicle registrations and proof of insurance on their person.

Proper vehicle safety equipment and personal protective gear is also required when operating an OHV. The guidelines for these mirror the requirements for motorcycle riders – Department of Transportation-approved helmet, gloves, long sleeves, pants and over-the-ankle boots. Wearing bright colors is also recommended to increase a rider’s visibility to motorists.

Violations of these rules is punishable under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. OHV operators are subject to Combat Center Order 1830.8D and California vehicle codes.

For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Melissa Polich, Provost Marshal’s Office, at 830-5457, or Carol Casey-Matthias at 830-7700.

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