Lawmakers consider expanded ATV use
DES MOINES (MCT) — Off-road motorsports enthusiasts Monday pressed for uniform rules that would allow them to operate all-terrain vehicles on secondary roads across Iowa while opponents raised concerns about safety and injury costs that could offset any tourism gains.
Rep. Brian Moore, R-Bellevue, said cities and counties already have the authority to designate highways or roads under their jurisdictions for operation of off-highway vehicles but supporters want a statewide system to establish uniformity and provide shared liability for local jurisdictions.
Proponents of a law change said a uniform law would eliminate the potential for 99 different sets of rules that could make a legal activity on a local road illegal at the county line. They also said Iowa could reap benefits from registration fees and tourism spending from expanded outdoor recreation opportunities.
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