Four-Wheel Vehicle on the Roadway

Question

Marcella asked: Can you ride your four-wheeler in your neighborhood when there are no lines in road or just ride it in your neighborhood?

Answer

If you are referring to a motor powered all terrain vehicle (ATV), it cannot be operated on paved roadways.

s. 317.0003Definitions

(1) “ATV” means any motorized off-highway or all-terrain vehicle 50 inches or less in width, having a dry weight of 1,200 pounds or less, designed to travel on three or more nonhighway tires, and manufactured for recreational use by one or more persons.

s. 316.2123Operation of an ATV on Certain Roadways

(1) The operation of an ATV, as defined in s. 317.0003, upon the public roads or streets of this state is prohibited, except that an ATV may be operated during the daytime on an unpaved roadway where the posted speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour.

(2) A county is exempt from this section if the governing body of the county, by majority vote, following a noticed public hearing, votes to exempt the county from this section. Alternatively, a county may, by majority vote after such a hearing, designate certain unpaved roadways where an ATV may be operated during the daytime as long as each such designated roadway has a posted speed limit of less than 35 miles per hour and is appropriately marked to indicate permissible ATV use.

(3) Any ATV operation that is permitted under subsection (1) or subsection (2) may be undertaken only by a licensed driver or a minor who is under the direct supervision of a licensed driver. The operator must provide proof of ownership under chapter 317 upon the request of a law enforcement officer.

If your vehicle is fully human powered, the following posts will answer your questions.

http://flbikelaw.org/2012/12/four-wheel-pedal-vehicle/

http://flbikelaw.org/2015/05/surrey-bikes-in-the-bike-lane/

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