Mud Bogging Illegal In BC. Serious?
I've been on the forum for a while, just built my '79 CJ7. Took it off roading today, had a blast, hit some mud created by the first snow of the season melting, found some real neat trails, and showed up a friend in a Cherokee
, until he had to pull my butt up a ridge when I lost grip in the snow. A brake line wiggled loose, my steering shaft wore a hole into it, and I had to ride out of the mountain with no brakes. But hey, if you don't break something, you aren't wheeling hard enough, right? Anyway, onto my topic.
I have another friend who went mudding today at a separate location with a few more friends. Turns out they collected over 3500 dollars in fines for "destroying the environment". You gotta be kidding me. I looked up the laws on mudding for BC, Canada, and apparently mud bogging on crown land is punishable by up to 100,000 dollars in fines, and/or 1 year imprisonment. What is more astonishing is how many people agree with this! Obviously, if you decide to drive through a lake, or a pond, you are doing some harm, but how in the bloody h*** is running your vehicle through some roadside mud hurting anything? And moreover, how do you distinguish mud bogging from puddles on a trail, of which trail riding is perfectly legal? I respect the law and the officers who enforce it, but if one of them tried to dish me out a fine for running through some mud, I would go ballistic. As well as I would if I ever found a "do gooder" who reported this "evil attempt on destruction of delicate wilderness environment". Honestly, some people are alive only because it's illegal to shoot them. Anyway, here's the link that set me off. http://www.clubtread.com/sforum/topi...TOPIC_ID=39116
Any how, just had to rant and let off some steam. Anyone here face similar laws in their areas? If so, how do you get around them? Any loopholes? For those of you who know the area, my group went up to Beaver lake, in Oyama, near kelowna. My other group of friends received their fines up in Postill area. So for those around here, be aware, if you have a bit of mud on your vehicle, you have broken the law.
I understand where they are coming from environment wise, but man alive, is it a bummer for people who want to enjoy a little mud on the side of the road.
->'79 CJ7 (VIN Says it's a 5, wheelbase says otherwise), 6 inches of spring lift, awaiting an MC2100 on a teamrushed MSD'd 258
-->350 time. '95 block SBC, stroked to 383, dremeled heads and big 'ol intake, maybe a Holley 750 CFM, not sure yet
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