Thousands of WMass snowmobile owners registered their snowmobiles

It's a tradition in the Franklin county town of Bernardston.

BERNARDSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s not too early to start looking forward to hitting the trails during snowmobile season.

It’s a tradition in the Franklin county town of Bernardston. Snowmobilers would gather just for their annual swap meet.

But on this day the thousands of Western Massachusetts snowmobile owners could register their snowmobiles right then and there, and not have to concern themselves with fighting the crowds at the Massachusetts Environmental Police Recreation Registering and Titling Bureau in Springfield.

Jeff Miller told 22News, “This has been above and beyond what we expected, it’s been a great thing to register sleds on site and not have to go to the registry.”

Owners can thank the Bernardston-Gill-Leyden snowmobile club as well as the state environmental police for bringing the registration to the swap meet.

And thanks to recent legislation, for the first time, they could register their vintage snowmobiles right then and there.

One man came from central Massachusetts to take advantage of the new system. “It’ll allow me to do is register the snowmobiles and keep them registered and use them on the trail system,” said Andy Holland of Southborough.

There’s also a safety component here. As Colonel James McGinn of the Massachusetts Environmental Police told 22News, as owners register their machines, they’re given the latest safety procedures. Something that will hopefully makes the trails safer for the start of the season.

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