When it comes to atving, most of us prefer to zip and zoom about in a wooded area. After all, the scenery is nice and the vegetation tends to make fun obstacle courses. But every once in a while the need or desire to ride on the road occurs.

Although the reason for this somewhat unsafe event varies based on lifestyle, one thing remains the same. Not all states agree on whether or not the act should be legal. And even then, cities may supersede state law with their own regulations.


Newport May Vote Against Vermont Law

According to Vermont regulation, atvs are street legal pending local law and if the driver has liability insurance. Going along with this logic, Newport was ready to make atvs officially street legal at a local level.

In October of last year, the city voted to let atv enthusiasts use the streets. This was done as a way to increase revenue, since many atv trails can be connected via city roads where businesses are located. 

Nevertheless, the decision may be repealed this month, on the grounds that all terrain vehicles are too loud and could potentially increase safety issues. If Newport votes to overrule the atv street legal ruling, the following brief list of atvs will no longer be street legal in the city.

Bear in mind, the Newport ruling will not have an effect on other areas in Vermont. That said, let’s take a look at other areas where it is legal at the state level to ride an atv on the road.


Riding to The Store on Your Four Wheeler

Since atving is so popular, most states explicitly say whether or not riders can use the streets to cruise around on. In most cases, this is deemed acceptable as long as it is legal locally or other area specific rules are met. 

Taking this into consideration, we compiled the following list which includes those that do not specify atv legality as well as those that explicitly say it is permissible.

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana – shoulder only
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington – under 35 mph

As we mentioned above, many areas have special requirements that need to be adhered to in order to ride on the road. But do not worry. Most of the regulations are easy to come by, such as ensuring your atv has the following safety gear.

  • Headlights
  • Taillights
  • Brakes

That said, rules and regulations change all the time. Plus, local law may supercede state rulings, such as what is happening currently in Newport. So be sure to double check your local requirements before cruising to the store on that four wheeler you found for sale in Charleston, South Carolina.

For more information or to set up an ATV demo, contact Bintelli Powersports at (843) 405-8366. If you are looking for a kids or adult ATV for sale, be sure to stop by Bintelli’s atv showroom located in West Ashley! 

 Bintelli’s Charleston ATV Dealership services Charleston, West Ashley, John’s Island, James Island, Sullivan’s Island, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, North Charleston, Hanahan, Ladson, Summerville, and the rest of South Carolina!

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