Regulations relating to the use of motor vehicles on uncultivated land and in ice-covered watercourses

Care and consideration shall be shown during all motor traffic on uncultivated land and ice-covered watercourses to avoid damage or inconvenience to the natural environment and people.

§ 1.

Motor vehicles may only be used on uncultivated land and ice-covered watercourses (as defined in section 2 of the Act) when such use is in accordance with these regulations.

Care and consideration shall be shown during all motor traffic on uncultivated land and ice-covered watercourses to avoid damage or inconvenience to the natural environment and people.

§ 2.

When the ground is not snow-covered, motor vehicles may be used off road as follows:

  1. for the purposes mentioned in section 4, first paragraph, of the Act relating to motor traffic on uncultivated land and in watercourses,
  2. for transport of carcasses during the hunting season for moose and red deer, and for transport during the reindeer hunting season within the Hardangervidda wild reindeer area as defined by the Directorate for Nature Management. Motor traffic inside the national park is only permitted in accordance with the conservation rules for the area; outside the national park it is only permitted for essential transport along tracks that have previously been prescribed by the Directorate for State Forests and Land for state-owned property and by the municipality or landowner for private property,
  3. for public control and inspection services,
  4. for essential transport in connection with official fish stock enhancement measures,
  5. for essential traffic in connection with the construction and operation of public roads and other installations.

If possible, motor traffic shall follow already existing tracks.

The county governor may restrict or prohibit motor traffic in particularly vulnerable areas, with the exception of traffic for the purposes mentioned in section 4, first paragraph, of the Act relating to motor traffic on uncultivated land and in watercourses. The county governor may delegate this authority to the municipal council.

The county governor may on application or on his own initiative make administrative decisions as to whether the purpose of motor traffic comes within the scope of the first paragraph above. The county governor's decision may be appealed to the Directorate for Nature Management.

§ 3.

When the ground is snow-covered, motor vehicles may be used as follows:

  1. for purposes mentioned in section 4, first paragraph, of the Act relating to motor traffic on un
  2. cultivated land and in watercourses,
  3. for other purposes as mentioned in section 2 of these regulations,
  4. for transport necessary for the operation of tourist facilities (facilities providing accommodation and meals, ski lifts, etc.) which are not situated beside roads for motor traffic that are cleared of snow in winter,
  5. for transport of material, equipment and labour for construction projects in accordance with building licences,
  6. for construction and preparation of ski trails and ski slopes for the general public and for competitions, if carried out by municipalities, voluntary rescue organizations, sports clubs, walking and skiing associations or enterprises in the tourist industry,
  7. for essential transport in connection with scientific investigations, including animal censuses and the like, commissioned by a research institution,
  8. for essential transport of firewood from one's own property to a permanent residence, and according to instructions from the forestry administration in Finnmark.

The municipal council may lay down provisions relating to motor traffic as mentioned in litra b-g, including provisions relating to areas, routes, length of season, times of day, equipment, etc.

The provisions of section 2, third and fourth paragraph, apply correspondingly.

§ 4.

In Finnmark and northern Troms (the municipalities Kvænangen, Kåfjord, Lyngen, Nordreisa, Skjervøy og Storfjord), snowmobiles may be used during the period when the ground is covered by snow on trails determined by the county governor pursuant to section 5, third paragraph, of the Act relating to motor traffic on uncultivated land and in watercourses, on the basis of proposals from the municipal council.

If possible, snowmobile trails pursuant to the first paragraph shall be routed along roads that are not cleared of snow in winter and separately from traditional ski trails. The trails must not pass through vulnerable nature conservation areas or areas for outdoor recreation or wildlife.

The trails may not be used in the period 5 May to 30 June, both dates inclusive, cf. section 9.

§ 5.

On written application, the municipal council may grant permits for the use of snowmobiles as follows:

  1. to permanent residents who for commercial purposes wish to undertake
  • - transport between a road for motor traffic and a cabin,
  • - supervision of a private cabin on behalf of the owner,
  • - transport for the mass media for purposes of reportage,
  • - transport of disabled persons,
  • - transport of firewood,
  • - transport in accordance with an exemption pursuant to section 6 of these regulations,
  • to disabled persons,
  • to owners of cabins for transport of luggage and equipment between a road for motor traffic and a cabin situated at least 2.5 km from a road for motor traffic that is cleared in winter if there is no possibility of hiring transport pursuant to litra a,
  • for motor traffic in connection with commercial activities on uncultivated land for permanent residents,
  • for the transport of firewood other than that authorized by section 3, first paragraph, litra g of these regulations.

The authority of the municipal council pursuant to this section may be delegated to an elected body or to a municipal official.

§ 6.

In exceptional cases, the municipal council, or another elected body determined by the municipal council, may on written application grant permits for motor traffic other than that set out in sections 2, 3, 4 and 5 if the applicant shows a special need not related to leisure activities and that cannot be met in any other way. Before a permit is granted, the need for transport shall be evaluated against any possible damage and inconvenience in relation to the goal of reducing motor traffic to a minimum.

§ 7.

Conditions may be attached to permits pursuant to sections 5 and 6, for instance that motor traffic shall follow specified routes. The permit may be given for a limited period of time.

The permit shall be in writing and shall be carried during transport. It shall be produced at the request of the police or a control and inspection service.

A decision of the municipality pursuant to sections 5 and 6 may be appealed to the county governor.

The municipality shall submit reports of cases pursuant to sections 5 and 6. Such reports shall be sent to the county governor no later than 30 June and 31 December each year.

§ 8.

In limited areas where there are important angling lakes situated more than 5 km from a road that is cleared of snow in winter, and there are few permanent residents, and if such areas are distant from concentrations of cabins and vulnerable nature conservation areas or areas of importance for outdoor recreation or wildlife, the Directorate for Nature Management may authorize the use of snowmobiles in certain parts of the country. In such areas, the county governor may prescribe trails for snowmobiles on the basis of proposals from the municipality. The county governor may impose conditions for the use of such trails.

§ 9.

In Finnmark and northern Troms (the municipalities Kvænangen, Kåfjord, Lyngen, Nordreisa, Skjervøy og Storfjord), motor traffic pursuant to these regulations is not permitted between 5 May and 30 June, both dates inclusive. The county governor may decide that the prohibition shall apply between other dates in the whole municipality or in particular areas, if this is considered necessary in the interests of reindeer husbandry or wildlife management, or other interests that come within the scope of the Act relating to motor traffic on uncultivated land and in watercourses.

The county governor may make exemptions from the prohibition in special cases on receiving an application with grounds from a municipality or an individual. Applications from individuals shall be addressed to the municipality, and the individual decision of the county governor may be appealed to the Directorate for Nature Management.

The prohibition does not apply to motor traffic that is permitted pursuant to section 4, first paragraph, of the Act relating to motor traffic on uncultivated land and in watercourses.

§ 10.

These regulations enter into force on 15 May 1988, but such that snowmobile traffic is permitted pursuant to the rules previously in force until the end of the snowmobile season 1987-1988.

On the same date as the regulations enter into force, municipal regulations for the use of motor vehicles and the Ministry's regulations of 10 December 1985 No. 2177 relating to a prohibition against the use of snowmobiles in springtime in Finnmark are repealed.

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