Clayton County Supervisors pass off-road utility vehicle ordinance

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By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

The Clayton County Board of Supervisors has approved an ordinance that allows off-road utility vehicles to operate on county gravel roads, except level C roadways. A person can also operate a vehicle on a paved county road only so far as to reach a permissable county gravel road. The ordinance does not apply to all-terrain vehicles.

An off-road utility vehicle is defined in the ordinance as a motorized flotation-tire vehicle with not less than four and not more than eight low pressure tires, with an engine displacement of less than 1,500 cubic centimeters and a total weight of not more than 1,900 pounds. It must also have a bucket or bench design seat not intended to be straddled by the operator, and a steering wheel or control levers for control.

Vehicles must be registered, have a lighted headlight/tail light and turn signals, be insured and may not travel at a speed of more than 35 miles per hour on the roadway. Operators under the age of 18 must have a valid IDNR Certification of Off-Road Utility Vehicle education course.

The ordinance will take effect on April 19.  For a complete viewing of the ordinance and its details visit the county web site at www.claytoncountyia,gov.

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