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Published on Friday, February 8, 2013

Bill would allow for ATVs on city streets

On February 11 at 3:30 pm, the House Transportation Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on HB 1632, a bill that would set up a new regulatory and licensing system for All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs).

Of particular interest to cities, the bill would allow for properly licensed and equipped ATVs to be driven on city streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less. However the bill makes distinction between small and medium-to-large cities. For cities with a population of 15,000 or less, ATVs would be allowed on all such streets unless an ordinance was passed to designate specific streets unsuitable for use by ATVs. For cities with a population of 15,000 or more, ATVs would be allowed only if the city passed an ordinance to specifically allow them.

Any bill as long and complex as this one faces an uphill battle in the Legislature. And we anticipate that the State Patrol, and potentially other law enforcement interests, will be expressing strong concerns with this bill.

Categories: Transportation