off-road vehicle


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off-road vehicle

[′ȯf¦rōd ′vē·ə·kəl]
(mechanical engineering)
A conveyance designed to travel on unpaved roads, trails, beaches, or rough terrain rather than on public roads.
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Off-road vehicles account for 8% of the total energy consumed in the U.S.
Extra police patrols are being drafted to the area to clamp down on the use of off-road vehicles on the hill.
They include nuisance off-road vehicles from across the region, many seized after a surge in community tip-offs provided police with crucial details about the use and storage of nuisance bikes.
The use of all-terrain vehicles and other off-road vehicles resulted in the deaths of several Massachusetts residents in the past few months.
State law describes three categories of off-road vehicles. The largest is Class II - weighing 800 to 8,000 pounds.
According to IdaTech, the program is designed to identify and recommend fuel cell designs to overcome environmental conditions faced by such off-road vehicles as turf and grounds maintenance vehicles, and construction and farm equipment.
There is a difference in degree, to be sure, between a mining operation leaching arsenic into the water, or a timber company clear-cutting forests, and an off-road vehicle (ORV) rider tearing a trail through the forest.
Rangers at Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore have recorded 363 incidents of illegal off-road vehicle use in the last seven years, and a colony of endangered pitcher's thistle plants is among the victims.
"The information they have provided has led to the arrests of fly-tippers, disqualified drivers in off-road vehicles, a reduction in off-road vehicle annoyance and fly-tipping," said PC Scour field.
An electronic accelerator maker has clinched a contract with a US off-road vehicle manufacturer which could add up to pounds 400,000 to sales over the next two years.
A spokeswoman said: 'Riding an off-road vehicle in a park, public place or on common land is an offence and officers want parents to ensure their children are using the vehicles legally and responsibly.
FIELD OF DREAMS: The new Mitsubishi off-road vehicle