New York lawmakers passed legislation in June that affects snowmobilers on public trails in four ways.
First, the snowmobile speed limit is set at 55 mph for most trails statewide. Prior to this law, New York had no speed limit on snowmobile trails.
Second, there is a new “trail development fee” which is a portion of the $45 annual registration cost for snowmobile-club members and $100 for non-members, payable on registration. The fine for operating an unregistered snowmobile has jumped from $100 to $200.
The bill also bans riders younger than 14 from riding without an adult and without a snowmobile safety certificate.
An estimated 85 percent of the 10,000 miles of trails statewide are public and will be impacted by the new laws.