UTVs now allowed on North Platte streets

An ATV (all-terrain vehicle) is also known as “quad” or “four wheeler” and is meant for...
An ATV (all-terrain vehicle) is also known as “quad” or “four wheeler” and is meant for single-riders. A UTV (utility task vehicle) tends to be beefier and allows for “side-by-side” riding, which is why some simply call it a “side by side” or “SXS” for short.(carlogos.org)
Published: Apr. 1, 2022 at 11:48 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The North Platte City Council has approved a new ordinance that allows utility-type vehicles on city streets. Ordinance 79.03 went into effect Friday.

A UTV is defined as any motorized off-highway vehicle which is (a) seventy-four inches (74″) in width or less, (b) is not more than one hundred eighty inches (180″) including the bumper, in length, (c) has a dry weight of two thousand pounds (2,000 lbs.) or less, and (d) travels on four (4) or more non-highway tires. The ordinance excludes ATVs, golf carts, low speed vehicles, and they cannot be used on state highways.

UTV’s driven within city limits will be required to be registered with the North Platte Police Department and pass an inspection to ensure the UTV has functional safety equipment. UTVs are required to have the following safety features:

- Headlights

- Taillights

- Brake lights

- Turn signal

- Safety Flag

o Displayed not less than 5′ above the ground

o Triangle Shape with no less than 30 square inches

o Day glow color

- Adequate muffler system

- United States Forest Service qualified spark arrestor

- Rearview mirrors

The operation of Utility-Type Vehicles within the city limits of North Platte will be subject to the following rules of the road:

- Shall not operate said vehicle in excess of 30 mph

- Shall observe all posted speed limits

- Driver shall have a valid Class O operator’s license or farm permit

- Driver shall be 18 years of age or older

- Shall obey all applicable state and local traffic laws, ordinances, and regulations

- Shall properly utilize seatbelts and all provided safety equipment in the UTV

- Shall have liability insurance coverage

- Shall provide proof of insurance coverage to any peace officer requesting within 5 days

The UTV shall not be operated on any state highway. The crossing of any state highway shall only be permitted if:

(1) The crossing is made at an angle of approximately ninety (90) degrees to the direction of the state highway and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing

(2) The vehicle is brought to a complete stop before crossing the shoulder or the roadway of the state highway

(3) The operator yields the right of way to all oncoming traffic that constitutes an immediate potential hazard

(4) The crossing is made only at an intersection of such state highway with another street or highway

(5) Both headlight and taillight of the vehicle are on when crossing is made

All UTVs must be registered with the North Platte Police Department prior to use on city streets. Citizens must come to the North Platte Police Department, 701 South Jeffers, during business hours to complete the registration paperwork and pay the registration fee. After the paperwork is completed and the fee is paid, an inspection of the UTV is required. Inspections will be by appointment only and will begin April 6th, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding the UTV Ordinance, please contact the North Platte Police Department at 308-535-6789 or stop by the front office.

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