All-Terrain Vehicle Safety | Legislative Activity in the States

James Hanseen, Douglas Shinkle 1/14/2014

Transportation Review

ATV imageThe popularity of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) continues to rise across the nation as more Americans use them for recreational and agricultural purposes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 11 million ATVs were in use across the country in 2010. In addition, 225,244 ATVs were sold in 2012, a 1.4 percent sales increase from 2011, according to Power Sports Business. In response to the increase in popularity and use of ATVs, state legislatures are considering several ways to ensure the safety of ATV users and the general public. Specifically, states are regulating highway use, implementing age and safety requirements, amending ATV definitions, designating public land for ATV use and imposing requirements for ATV use on public land.

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  • Definition of ATV
  • Highway and Roadway Use
  • ATVs on Public Land
  • License Plates
  • Safety/Age Requirement
  • Passengers
  • Notes
  • Resources