Council action will allow ATVs, UTVs and golf carts on streets

The council gave final approval to Ordinance 323(23) setting regulations for the operation of golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, utility type vehicles and low-speed vehicles on city streets effective May 1, 2023.
This ordinance would repeal 10 sections of current city code, change the name of one article and adopt a chapter setting regulations for operation of these vehicles, as well as penalties for violation of the regulations.
The six-page ordinance includes definitions of the various types of vehicles covered.
In order to operate these ve­hicles, a valid operator’s license and proof of liability insurance cover­age will be required. The vehicle must be registered with the City Clerk each year and be located on the vehicle.
Hours of operation will be sun­rise to sunset.
Vehicles must be equipped with a brake system in good condition, working headlight and tail light, and a bicycle safety flag at least five feet above ground level.
Safety equipment must include one or more of: a protective safety helmet, three-point safety belt sys­tem, or a lap safety belt.
Complete story in the Feb. 22 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune, print and e-editions.