Storm Lake City Council Opts Not to Create ATV/UTV Ordinance During Work Session

Following a work session at their meeting on Tuesday, the Storm Lake City Council decided not to create an ordinance at this time regarding the usage of ATV’s and UTV’s on city streets.

Newly signed state legislation now allows ATV/UTV vehicles on state roads, except interstate highways. The legislation started at the beginning of this month. The city council wants to see how the use of ATV’s impacts the city, and consider any restriction if they prove necessary in the future. Concerns were expressed regarding ATV use during busy festivals, or noise issues late at night.

The City of Storm Lake held a public discussion on ATV/UTV use on city streets earlier in the year, but delayed making any decision due to pending state legislation at that time.

State regulation restricts the use of ATV/UTV vehicles on public roads to those 18 and older. Individuals must have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. A 35 mile-per-hour speed limit will apply. Golf carts are not included. ATV’s and UTV’s that are used on public streets and roads must be equipped with headlights, taillights, and brake lights, as well as rear-view mirrors and a horn.

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