UPDATED: 4:28pm 8/27/15
This issue IS getting attention in Lansing! The Governor’s office called us just minutes ago and stated that they had forwarded our information to a Michigan Senator who is going to take up this issue!
They seem to be particularly interested in the economic impact. So please, contact the Governor’s office and make sure to mention how these machines can cost upwards of $25,000, it can cost thousands to prepare them for street use, and we would like to keep our access!
Keep calling / writing those representatives as well. If we are successful enough to bring this to a vote, the more voices we have the better!
UPDATED: 2:10pm 8/27/15
We are learning that this policy change was enacted solely by the executive branch, without legislative approval, and that fixing this through the legislature may be a very difficult task. However, you should still continue to voice your opinions to your representatives.
What else should we do? Contact the Governor!!! We did! He is the one with jurisdiction over this matter. Contact Governor Snyder
UPDATED: 10:00pm 8/25/15
If you are a SXS enthusiast in the state of Michigan, you likely have already heard the news. If not, as of yesterday (August 24th, 2015), the Michigan Department of State has made the decision to no longer allow the registatration of side-by-side vehicles for use on public streets.
While these types of issues are outside of the normal area of focus for us here, we are always concerned when we hear of news that may hinder the growth of the sport we love, and felt compelled to spread this story.
The following is a statement distributed by MDOS:
Effective today, Monday, August 24, without fundamental and comprehensive changes in the construction of the vehicle, the Department will no longer accept applications for assembled titles and VIN stickers for vehicles that were manufactured as an ORV. These vehicles fail the test for an assembled vehicle designation for the same reasons the decision was made last month to no longer title modified golf carts:
1) These ORVs are not built from new or used parts by someone other than a manufacturer, and
2) ORVs that have had accessories added are not altered or modified to the extent that they no longer reflect their original manufacturer configuration.
ORV manufacturers state their vehicles are not designed for on-road use and include a statement on their MCOs that the vehicle was built for off-road use only.
Customers with applications in process will be notified of the policy change by the Regulatory Monitoring Division. The Department is notifying dealers of this policy change.
You will receive a cover letter, and your original ownership document via mail. A refund of application fees will be processed separately through the MDOS cashier office.
Steve McConnell, Regulation Manager
Regulatory Monitoring Division
Office of Investigative Services
We’re not sure what prompted this change,but we do know that anything which further limits access for use of these vehicles is NOT good for our sport!
So what can we do?
Contact your state representative and voice your displeasure with this decision!
Please, we urge you to be professional and courteous when doing so. Anything less will not help our cause. And make sure to mention the negative economic impact from this decision; loss of new vehicle sales, registration fees, local business stimulus, etc.
Find your representatives at Michigan Representatives and let our voices be heard!
Update: Below is the letter being sent to dealers informing them of the changes
While we understand that manufacturers of these vehicles designate them as ‘off-road only’ we still feel that owners making the significant modifications necessary to pass the inspection allows them to fit the definition and the spirit of an “assembled” vehicle.
Along with contacting your representative over this issue, you can also direct questions to:
Office of Investigative Services
Richard H Austin Building – 3rd Floor
430 W. Allegan
Lansing, MI 48918