Sys­tem must be fair to all trail users

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

It’s that time of the year again when I, along with thou­sand of oth­ers, get ripped off and feel like that hon­esty and obey­ing the let­ter of the law is not the best virtues to have. Yes, it’s the New­found­land and Labrador Snow­mo­bile Fed­er­a­tion’s (NLSF) an­nual rip-off sale, the Trail Pass Scam.

I have no prob­lem with user pay eco­nom­ics. I have no prob­lem pay­ing for the up­keep of our trail sys­tem if it were done in a fair and eq­ui­table man­ner.

I paid my $80 last year for my pass. I trav­elled 13 kilo­me­tres on the trail here in cen­tral New­found­land that did not see a groomer for the en­tire win­ter. Yet it was used by ATV users for the whole year, dirt bikes for 8-9 months, skiers for 4-5 months, walk­ers and jog­gers for 12 months, and at times, au­to­mo­biles.

My two short rides cost me $ 40 per ride plus ex­penses while the rest of the non-snow­mo­bile users used it for free.

The ques­tion has to be asked: is this fair to snow­mo­bil­ers? I think not. I would also ar­gue that 95 per cent of the dam­age to the trail sys­tem isn’t caused by snow­mo­biles but other types of ve­hi­cles, yet we have to pay 100 per cent of the up­keep.

Once again the NLSF is deceiving its po­ten­tial cus­tomers by not giv­ing enough no­tice about when the early bird prices are go­ing to end.

I lis­ten to the ra­dio al­most ev­ery day, and I have heard only one an­nounce­ment about the Early Bird dead­line, which prompted me to save $20. Also their de­cep­tion doesn’t stop there. They claim in their ad that the prices for the trail passes are $80 for the early bird prices and $100 af­ter Nov. 30. But they failed to let us know that this year it costs an ex­tra $4.52 for ad­min­is­tra­tion, and you don’t get a book­let or a trail map with your trail pass. There isn’t any men­tion on the NLSF web­site about this ad­min­is­tra­tion cost.

If I had the fi­nan­cial or le­gal means to chal­lenge the NLSF’s right to charge me for the use of a pub­licly owned and at times pri­vately owned trail sys­tem, plus its de­cep­tive ad­ver­tis­ing, I would do it in a heart beat, but that’s not pos­si­ble. How­ever, I can only hope that some­one will and put an end to this in­jus­tice

Govern­ment must act to con­trol the NLSF or have it de­cer­ti­fied, if it’s ac­cred­ited in the first place, and put into place an or­ga­ni­za­tion that will make it fair to all trail sys­tem users that use mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles on the sys­tem, and not dis­crim­i­nate against just one group — the snow­mo­bil­ers.

This trail sys­tem caters to all types of mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles. There­fore, all users of mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles must share in the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the main­te­nance and the ad­min­is­tra­tion of that trail sys­tem. Brian Pol­lard Bishop’s Falls

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