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Fred Sowerwine, Montana's Max Dealer (Fred4dot)

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Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 10:56 pm:   

Brian, In my opinion, skid steer owners need to be brave and push regulations like this - maybe get arrested and have a camera and get some newspaper coverage. Let them take you to court and justify why one vehicle is OK and another is not. You can try the change the law route via the legislature, but that is slow and hard to do (again our numbers are so small that nobody listens to us).

If this gets to court, the PSI on the ground issue should be important. The fact that they take your money and require you to register should be important. If you, like us, have a percentage of the gas tax go to trail maintenance, that should be important. We have to force them to justify their reasoning in a public forum so we can get support from others who believe in fairness and common sense.

Personally I don't worry much about the 50 inch rule. Here we are required to carry a shovel and a fire extinguisher when on public land and have a spark arrestor. I do all that and have the shovel strapped across the machine (funny thing is that the shovel sticks out farther than my machine is wide). "Now officer, am I suppose to carry a shovel or not?" I have never had any problems with the authorities (of course, I often go where no one else is and never see anyone).

Everyone needs to deal with this according to their own stress level and do what they are comfortable with. We do need to stick up for our selves because divide and conquer are the environmentalists' best tool.