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New Proposed Legislation Could Increase Fines for Operating All-Terrain Vehicles on Public Roads

Post Date:06/26/2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

CONTACT:
Phyllis Jackson
Press Secretary – Council Communications
(404) 546-1476/ (470) 532-9675
phljackson@atlantaga.gov 

June 26, 2017

New Proposed Legislation Could Increase Fines for Operating All-Terrain Vehicles on Public Roads

ATLANTA – Atlanta City Councilmember Joyce Sheperd has introduced an ordinance that could increase the minimum fine for operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or a personal transportation vehicle (PTV) on a public road within the City of Atlanta.

First-time violators could see an increase from $250 to $1,000. A second violation could jump from its original fine of $500 to $1,000 and six months of jail time.

The amendment comes after a recent proliferation of ATVs on public streets within the city.

Section 150-1 of Article III of Chapter 150 of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances defines ATVs as “any motorized vehicle designed for off-road use which is equipped with four low-pressure tires, a seat designed to be straddled by the operator, and handlebars for steering” and PTVs as “any motor vehicle having no fewer than three wheels and an empty weight of 1,300 pounds or less and which cannot operate at more than 20 miles per hour if authorized to operate on local roads by a local authority prior to January 1, 2012.” PTVs also include any motor vehicle that has a minimum of four wheels, a maximum gross empty weight of 1,375 pounds, is capable of a maximum level ground speed of fewer than 20 miles per hours, or, are of transporting no more than eight persons.

The proposed ordinance is up for discussion during the City Council’s Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee meeting Tuesday, June 27 at 3 pm in Committee Room No. 1 at Atlanta City Hall.

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