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New Guidelines for Vehicles and Art Car(t)s!

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(These guidelines are now posted permanently on the Firefly Policies page.)

Vehicle and Art Car(t) Policy

Firefly’s vehicle policy covers four classes of vehicle:

  • Roadworthy vehicles
  • Event operations UTVs
  • Art car(t)s
  • All other vehicles, motorized or human-powered

Roadworthy Vehicles

Participant roadworthy vehicles, motorized or human-powered, are only allowed during GTFO periods and in accordance with GTFO policies. Roadworthy vehicles are otherwise completely forbidden during the event for the safety of all participants and protection of the trails.

Event Operations UTVs

A small number of Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs) are used for event operations, including transport of DPW equipment, Medical staff, and participant gear for Accessibility purposes.

All event operations UTVs will be clearly identified by a hood placard with the Firefly logo and a “license number” and may only be used for official event business as described above. UTVs must be illuminated at all times.

Except for medical emergencies, all event operations UTVs only operate from dawn to dusk and move at no faster than jogging pace.

Art Car(t)s

Yes! You can bring an Art Car(t) to Firefly! The woods in Vermont being different from, say, the Black Rock Playa, art cars at Firefly need to be different from those at Burning Man to work with the land and event.

At any point organizers may decide that any particular or all art cars should be asked to cease operation. Keep this in mind as you think about and design your car. The land at Firefly is fragile, as is our walking community.

The Firefly DMV will certify all art car(t)s for operation at either day, night or both. Art car(t)s must not operate without first being certified. Please contact with any questions or concerns!

Specific requirements for art car(t)s:

  • Silent, or close to silent. They should not be designed as mobile sound systems and any engine should be below conversational level sound (approximately 60dB).
  • Small enough to allow foot traffic on the same path without requiring participants to climb off the path and with a low center of gravity so as not to become a tip hazard on rough terrain. Art car(t)s should be less than about 3 feet in width and stable on steep ground.
  • Maximum speed of 4-6mph (jogging speed)
  • Light enough to not damage the trails
  • Decorated to not be identifiable as the original vehicle upon which it is based
  • No driving in rain or muddy conditions. No driving during early or late arrival periods.
  • No transport of goods, gear, or art other than the vehicle itself
  • Drive only on Mercurial and Innerstate paths, within the public space of camps that have given prior approval, and on the field

All Other Vehicles

All other vehicles, motorized or human-powered, are forbidden on trails at the event. This includes, but is not limited to non-event ATV/UTVs, bicycles, and scooters of any kind.

Small vehicles (unicycles, self-balancing scooters) may be used within the public space of camps that have given prior approval, but not on event trails.

Exceptions are possible for personal accessibility devices if they are required to get around the event safely.  Personal accessibility devices should meet the same requirements as an Art Car(t) but need not be decorated (although that is always awesome), and may have access to additional trails if they are passable to the device.  Please contact to discuss your requirements.

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