Off-Highway Vehicles

Reducing Particulate Matter in the Air

Driving off-highway vehicles on dirt and unpaved roads stir up particulate matter in the air, adding to our pollution problem. Maricopa County asks riders to be mindful of the desert terrain and Curb Your Dust.

Off-Road Vehicle Use in Unincorporated Areas of Maricopa County (P-28)

  1. Restricts the operation of any vehicle on unpaved public property without lawful authority (i.e., rules, regulations, orders, a sign posting the property ‘open,’ maps issued by the government or government agency, virtual posting)
  2. Restricts the operation of any vehicle on unpaved private property without the consent of the land owner (i.e., a sign posting the property “open”, an easement, or written permission from a private land owner)
  3. Roads or highways are not subject to this ordinance
  4. A violation of the ordinance by the vehicle operator is a Class 3 misdemeanor with the possibility of performing at least eight but not more than 24 hours of a community restitution course related to off-highway operation of motor vehicles
  5. Enforcement will occur within unincorporated areas of Maricopa County (i.e., county islands and other areas not legally part of a city or town)

Not listed in P-28 but included in Senate Bill 1552 is the following: Restricts the operation of off-highway vehicles in Area A during High Pollution Advisory days for particulate matter.