Tennessee Mulls Optional ATV Owner Fee

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Tennessee legislators are considering a new law that would let ATV owners pay an extra $11.25 state fee to gain access to a network of "adventure tourism" trails and nearby highways where they are now forbidden.

ATV owners who paid the fee would get a license plate that lets them ride on “adventure trails” to be set up on government-controlled land. Riders from other states could buy weekend passes for $4.

The state would use a portion of the money - $5 of each $11.25 fee and $2.50 for each $4 weekend permit – for a new dedicated fund to make grants and loans to local governments to develop trails, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The rest of the money would be divided among the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, children's hospitals around the state and the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Local governments could charge additional fees up to $25 for access to ATV trails. Cities and counties would have to adopt ordinances opting into the system.

Posted by Holly Wagner