Offers OHV Sound Tests
The Bureau of Land
Management is offering voluntary sound testing
program for off-highway vehicles including off-road motorcycles,
all-terrain vehicles, Rhinos/Mules or other vehicles used on public
The purpose of the
program is to allow owners of vehicles to identify
if the vehicle meets California sound regulations before venturing out
on public lands where they may be subject to a citation and fine.
will be conducted by appointment, including
weekends, at the Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, and other
convenient locations. To make an appointment, contact Rich Williams at
(760) 872-5033, e-mail, Richard_Williams@ca.blm.gov.
"As more people use
the public lands, the potential for conflict
between different uses increases. The BLM is enforcing sound
requirements for OHVs operated on public lands to help minimize
conflicts between user groups." BLM Bishop Field Office Manager Bill
Excessive noise is
prohibited under 43 Code of Federal Regulations 8341
CVC 38370(h)(1). A noise limit of 96 decibels (A) for the 20-inch sound
test is currently in effect for all federal and state lands in
California for OHVs manufactured on or after January 1, 1986, and
competition vehicles manufactured on or after January 1, 1998. Noise
limits restrictions of 101db (A) apply for all other vehicles.
The BLM testing
program is voluntary and no citations will be issued to
those participating in the program.