NRC Report - August 2010
A developing issue involves the fatal crash at the California 200 off-road race in Johnson Valley OHV Area. While the event was a commercial/competition event, it was a permitted event. Early word from BLM indicates there is significant pressure from Washington to closely review future permitted events. BLM has begun a review of event permit criteria with an eye towards safety. The environmental community has stepped up lobbying efforts to halt future permitted events.
Early indications lean toward more stringent participant and spectator safety requirements. And, indications are insurance will surface as a major issue.