Keep in mind that not all SUVs are made for passengers and it is illegal to carry an additional driver on a single-driver ATV. ELKINS — Elkins officials said Friday that off-road vehicles “allowed on the road” — UTVs — can ride on city roads, but not all-terrain vehicles — ATVs. “Therefore, current state and city laws allow UTVs that meet the requirements of (state law) to operate on city roads. To change that, the Council would have to take further action. You can cross a public road on an ATV or UTV in West Virginia under the following circumstances: A legal UTV for the street in West Virginia means having the freedom to ride the Hatfield-McCoy Trail network without worrying about the roads you can use to connect the segments. You can drive to Blue Ridge Drive, explore a new ORV area, or drive a new HMT segment without taking out the truck and trailer. Please note that we are not lawyers, so this should not be construed as legal advice. Read the bill and make sure you fully comply with the law. However, Elkins does not ban both categories of these vehicles. Although the Elkins Act prohibits ATV driving on city roads, there is no ban on UTVs,” the press release continues.
To legalize your ATV or UTV for road use in West Virginia, it must first be equipped with all of the following devices: The 20th. In September, the Town of Elkins issued a press release stating that residents had complained about ATVs on city streets and reminded residents that in February, Elkins City Council rejected an ordinance that would have allowed ATV use in the city. The most important caveat is that an SPV registration will not make your vehicle legal anywhere else. It`s up to local authorities to decide if your vehicle is legal outside of West Virginia, and in most cases, it won`t. The DMV told us that West Virginia is establishing reciprocal relationships with surrounding states, but these will certainly have limits as well. The law states that to operate on the road, ATVs and SxS must have certain safety equipment to be legal. In this article, we`ll discuss registration and licensing requirements, where you can and can`t drive in most cases, age restrictions, and crash and injury liability for off-road vehicle accidents. It got to the point where Gravely Polaris started stockpiling turn signal kits and road-approved tires so they wouldn`t have to order them all the time.
Smalley said the typical upgrade to make a side-by-side road legal is $1,000 to $1,500. As of February 4, 2020, it will now be possible to make your ATV or UTV street legal in West Virginia. Thanks to Chad Freeman for providing us with the updated legislation! In addition to the requirements described below, you must register and register your ATV or UTV in the same way as registering a motorcycle. Many people are already rushing to modify their vehicles so they can drive on the roads, said Matt Smalley, director of Gravely Polaris of Dunbar. He received about five calls a day from people asking what needs to be done to legalize existing off-roaders. Once you have installed all the necessary equipment, you will need to have your ATV inspected to ensure that it meets all legal requirements. If you only drive your vehicle on private land, the vehicle only needs to have a title and the following traffic law requirements do not apply. West Virginia`s traffic laws regarding ATVs, UTVs, and side-by-sides have changed. Under Senate Bill 690, passed in March 2020, drivers can now drive their vehicles on certain public roads with certain restrictions. Generally, you are not allowed to operate an ATV or UTV on a public road in West Virginia.
This includes all highways and any road with a centre line or more than two lanes. So basically, you can ride an ATV or UTV on a one- or two-lane road with no center axis. “During the 2020 session of the West Virginia legislature, the legislature amended state law to create a framework within which certain ATVs and UTVs can legally operate on public roads and highways,” the press release said.