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Alpine ATV Ordinance

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CLARIFICATION OF STREET LEGAL Off Highway Vehicles At the Alpine City Council Meeting on December 16, 2008, the Council passed Ordinance 2008-17 – OHV’s on City streets. This can be easily misunderstood and again, easily misinterpreted. In order to clarify exactly what the ordinance allows, the following information outlines exactly what OHV (Off Highway Vehicles, also known as ATV’s [All Terrain Vehicles]) can be LEGALLY operated on the street within Alpine’s corporate limits.The ordinance allows both Type I ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles which are motor propelled Off Highway Vehicles designed with a seat to be straddled by the operator) and Type II ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles which are motor propelled Off Highway Vehicles designed to have side by side seating {also known as “mini trucks” or “side by sides”} to be legally driven on the streets of Alpine IF they meet ALL the “street legal” section of the State Statute. To be a “street legal ATV”, either Type I or Type II, the following must be met:

  • The operator must meet the same requirements as a motorcycle in that:
    • The vehicle must be driven so as to follow all traffic rules;
    • The operator must be at least 16 years of age AND possess a valid Driver’s License;
    • The vehicle must be legally registered AND possess a State issued license plate;
    • The owner must pay fees in lieu of property taxes;
    • The vehicle must pass vehicle emissions inspection.
  • The vehicle must meet the following requirements as a motor vehicle, in that:
    • The vehicle must be covered by motor vehicle insurance AND proof thereof must be carried in/on the vehicle;
    • The vehicle must pass a safety inspection.
  • To be a “street legal ATV” the following equipment is required:
    • Headlamps;
    • One or more tail lamp;
    • Light illuminating the license plate;
    • Red reflectors to the rear;
    • Stop lamps on the rear;
    • Amber electric turn signals front and rear;
    • A breaking system, other than a parking break;
    • A horn or other warning device;
    • A muffler and emissions control system;
    • Rear view mirrors on both sides of the vehicle;
    • A windshield, or eye protection for the driver;
    • An illuminated speedometer;
    • A footrest and handhold for each passenger; and,
    • For “side by side” vehicles, a seatbelt for each occupant.
  • The operator of a “Street legal ATV” may not exceed the posted speed limit or a maximum speed of 45 MPH.

ONLY ATVs WHICH MEET ALL OF THESE REQUIREMETS ARE “STREET LEGAL ATV”s AND ARE ALLOWED ON THE STREETS OF ALPINE.Any ATV which is operated on a public street is subject to being stopped by our police officers. To verify if the ATV is “street legal” the officer will immediately consider three initial criteria:

  • Is the operator of the ATV at least 16 years age and possess (and present to the officer) a valid Driver’s License?
  • Can the operator of the ATV produce a State of Utah vehicle registration for this vehicle which identifies it as a “Street Legal ATV” and is a corresponding State of Utah license plate attached to the vehicle? (Do not confuse this with the personal property tax sticker which should be attached to all ATVs. The requirement is an official State of Utah license plate.)
  • Can the operator produce current proof of motor vehicle insurance for this vehicle (ATV)?

If the answer to any of these initial questions is “no”, this is NOT a “street legal ATV”, is not allowed on the public streets and subjects the operator/driver to being issued a citation and subjects the vehicle to the possibility of being impounded by the officer, per Utah Code Annotated 41-22-10.3. Only Alpine City has currently passed such an ordinance. None of the adjacent cities have passed a corresponding ordinance so even those OHVs that are street legal cannot be legally operated outside the city limits of Alpine.Should you have questions concerning the status of “street legal ATV’s” which can be legally operated on the streets of Alpine City, please telephone the Police Department during Officer Business Hours (M-F 8:30am to 4:30pm) at 756-9800 and ask to speak to a Supervisor.- Kip Botkin, Chief of Police.

 

HIGHLAND ATV ORDINANCE

 

HIGHLAND CITY’S ADOPTION OF AN ATV ORDINANCE

  CLARIFICATION OF STREET LEGAL ATVs

 

            At the Highland City Council Meeting of July 20, 2010, the Council adopted Section 10.08.070 of the Highland City Municipal Code – OHV’s (Off Highway Vehicles) on City streets.  This can be easily misunderstood and again, easily misinterpreted.  In order to clarify exactly what the ordinance allows, the following information outlines exactly what OHV (Off Highway Vehicles, also known as ATV’s [All Terrain Vehicles]) can be LEGALLY operated on the street within Highland’s corporate limits.

 

 The ordinance allows both Type I ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles which are motor propelled Off Highway Vehicles designed with a seat to be straddled by the operator) and Type II ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles which are motor propelled Off Highway Vehicles designed to have side by side seating {also known as “mini trucks”, “Kei trucks” or “side by sides”} to be legally driven on the streets of Highland IF they meet ALL the “street legal” section of the State Statute.   

 

To be a “street legal ATV”, either Type I or Type II, the following must be met:

 

  1. The operator must meet the same requirements as a motorcycle in that:
    1. The vehicle must be driven so as to follow all traffic rules;
    2. The operator must be at least 16 years of age AND possess a valid Driver’s License;
    3. The vehicle must be legally registered AND possess a State issued license plate;
    4. The owner must pay fees in lieu of property taxes;
    5. The vehicle must pass vehicle emissions inspection.
  2. The vehicle must meet the following requirements as a motor vehicle, in that:
    1. The vehicle must be covered by motor vehicle insurance AND proof thereof must be carried in/on the vehicle;
    2. The vehicle must pass a safety inspection.
  3. To be a “street legal ATV” the following equipment is required:
    1. Headlamps;
    2. One or more tail lamp;
    3. Light illuminating the license plate;
    4. Red reflectors to the rear;
    5. Stop lamps on the rear;
    6. Amber electric turn signals front and rear;
    7. A breaking system, other than a parking break;
    8. A horn or other warning device;
    9. A muffler and emissions control system;
    10. Rear view mirrors on both sides of the vehicle;
    11. A windshield, or eye protection for the driver;
    12. An illuminated speedometer;
    13. A footrest and handhold for each passenger; and,
    14. For “side by side” vehicles, a seatbelt for each occupant.
  4. The operator of a “Street legal ATV” may not exceed the posted speed limit or a maximum speed of 45 MPH.

 

ONLY ATVs WHICH MEET ALL OF THESE REQUIREMETS ARE “STREET LEGAL ATV”s AND ARE ALLOWED ON THE STREETS OF HIGHLAND.

 

Any ATV which is operated on a public street is subject to being stopped by our police officers.  To verify if the ATV is “street legal” the officer will immediately consider three initial criteria:

  1. Is the operator of the ATV at least 16 years age and possess (and present to the officer) a valid Driver’s License?
  2. Can the operator of the ATV produce a State of Utah vehicle registration for this vehicle which identifies it as a “Street Legal ATV” and is a corresponding State of Utah license plate attached to the vehicle? (Do not confuse this with the personal property tax sticker which should be attached to all ATVs.  The requirement is an official State of Utah license plate.)
  3. Can the operator produce current proof of motor vehicle insurance for this vehicle (ATV)?

 

If the answer to any of these initial questions is “no”, this is NOT a “street legal ATV”, is not allowed on the public streets and subjects the operator/driver to being issued a citation and subjects the vehicle to the possibility of being impounded by the officer, per Utah Code Annotated 41-22-10.3.

 

            Only Highland City and Alpine City have currently passed such an ordinance.  None of the adjacent cities have passed a corresponding ordinance so even those OHVs that are street legal cannot be legally operated outside the city limits of Highland or Alpine.