ATVs and UTVs now street legal in Fairmont

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:20 PM EDT
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FAIRMONT, W.Va (WDTV) - The Fairmont City Council voted on Tuesday to make utility-terrain vehicles (UTV) and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) street legal on city streets.

The city is following in line with legislation recently passed in the state legislature. The ordinance passed 8-1 and uses the state’s definition of a special purpose vehicle to determine what would and wouldn’t be allowed.

Mayor Tom Mainella says modern ATVs and UTVs were not considered when the city originally banned certain special purpose vehicles in 2001.

“I don’t think it’s going to be an issue, people ride motorcycles now and I’m sure the police department gets some complaints about noisy motorcycles,” said Mainella. “I think that most of the use in the city will from people who just get on them and ride them out to a trail somewhere.”

The mayor says they have to be registered with the DMV, insured, and have all safety features.

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