Street-Legal All-Terrain Vehicle Amendments
Our Position: oppose
Noel's bill would make travel by ATVs legal on streets and highways in Utah.
Bill Number: hb425s1
Sponsor: Rep Mike Noel (R-Kanab)
Legislative Session: 2007 General Session
First Substitute House Bill 425 permits street-legal ATVs to be operated on highways in Utah.
Current state law allows cities and counties to designate certain roads open to all-terrain vehicles. Some cities have relied on this law to permit such use where appropriate. First Substitute House Bill 425 (HB425S1) appears to allow cities and counties throughout the state to designate only 2 categories of roads: open to ATVs and open to limited use by ATVs.
The fact that Noel would advance such radical and unsafe legislation casts an interesting side light on the frame of mind of a legislator who also advanced HB 97 (See HB 97 elsewhere in the bill tracker.) He clearly holds extreme ideas about ATVs and motorized vehicle use being appropriate everywhere, all the time.
HB425S1 establishes the requirements for a street-legal ATV including headlights, turn signals, tail lights, rearview mirrors, and emissions controls.
HB425S1 would burden law enforcement at all levels--from state highway patrol to local police.
This bill was held for several days in the rules committee after having been approved by the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee on an 8-3-4 vote on Feb 14th. It passed the house on Thursday, Feb 22nd, on a 49-20-6 vote. The no votes are listed below. If one of them is your representative, a thank you call is in order.
Allen Dunnigan Johnson Moss
Becker Fisher, Janice Kiser Neuenschwander
Biskupski Fisher, Julie Litvack Riesen
Buxton Harper McGee Seelig
Cosgrove Hemingway Morgan Shurtliff
It must now move quickly through the senate so your call today could slow it down. You can find contact information for each senator through the link below, or you can call the main senate phone number 801/538-1035.
To read the amended version of the substitute bill approved by the natural resources committee, click here. To find out who your senator is, consult the district maps.