Philadelphia to consider ATV seizure bill

Publish Date: 
Sep 21, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A city councilwoman is set to propose an ordinance that would set penalties for anyone who operates, parks, stops, places or stands an ATV on a public sidewalk or public property, including parks and recreation centers.

On the heels of a crackdown last month that resulted in vehicle confiscations, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown plans to introduce a bill Thursday on behalf of Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration. If passed, it would let police seize the ATVs and subsequently destroy them or issue a $2,000 fine.

"There is no silver-bullet answer that will alleviate the concerns of those who seek to ride ATVs and those who are put in harm's way by the activity," says a Reynolds Brown statement quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer. "This is step one -- the first in a series of proposals that must occur in order for us to get a handle on this complicated and multilayered issue."

Posted by Holly Wagner