Nebraska town approves ATVs, SSVs on roads

Publish Date: 
Nov 15, 2012

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. – Starting next month, the city will allow ATVs and SSVs on city streets, a move the City Council approved unanimously.

Under the new ordinance, drivers must be 18 or older, have a valid driver's license or farm permit and get an annual permit from the city clerk. The city permit will allow them to take the vehicles on streets, but not highways, between sunrise and sunset and travel at speeds of 25 mph or less, according to the Sioux City Journal.

Drivers and passengers will be required to wear helmets, and the driver must have insurance. The vehicle must also pass inspection, including a noise test – a key element of the new rule passing.

Dan Nitzel, business manager of the Nebraska Off Highway Vehicle Association, estimates about 30 towns have passed ATV/UTV ordinances since the state began allowing them in 2007.

"The manufacturers don’t support the use on public streets or roads. But it’s nice to have other places to ride, since Nebraska has so few public places open to the vehicles,” he said. “It gives people another way to enjoy their machines."

Posted by Holly Wagner