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ATV Ordinance





Subd. 1. Purpose. The purpose of this section is to authorize the operation of motorized golf carts or 4-wheel all-terrain vehicles on designated roadways in the City of Morris , pursuant to the authority given to the City by Minnesota statutes section 169.045.

Subd. 2. Definitions. The following terms as used in this Section shall have the meanings stated:

•  “All Terrain Vehicle” or “ATV” means a motorized flotation-tired vehicle riding on four low pressure tires having an engine displacement of at least 100 but less than 800 cubic centimeters, and total dry weight of less than 600 pounds.

•  “Motorized Golf Cart” means a vehicle commonly known as a golf cart, having at least four wheels, and either an electric or a gas motor.

•  “Designated Roadways” means city streets and avenues not specifically excluded in this ordinance. It also includes alleys running parallel to and situated less than one city block distant from Atlantic Avenue . It does not mean United States , Minnesota or county highways or roads; West 5 th Street ; Atlantic Avenue ; or alleys unless specifically permitted by this ordinance.

Subd. 3. Required Permit.

A. No person may operate a motorized golf cart or ATV pursuant to this section without a valid permit from the city.

B. Permit applications shall be available at the City Clerk's office and shall be in a form approved by resolution of the City Council.

C. Only persons at least eighteen (18) years of age and holding a driver's license recognized by the State of Minnesota as permitting the operation of motor vehicles in the state are eligible for permits. A permit issued under this section shall only be valid during the time and under the circumstances that the holder's driver's license would allow operation of a motor vehicle in the State of Minnesota .

D. At the time of application, the applicant shall:

(a) Provide proof of insurance complying with the requirements of Minnesota Statutes Section 65B.48, Subdivision 5, as the same may be amended from time to time.

(b) Provide all other information as may be required by resolution of the city Council.

E. All permits granted pursuant to this section shall be issued for a period not to exceed one year and may be renewed annually by complying with the requirements of this section.

F. The city council shall set fees for such permits by resolution.

Subd. 4. Conditions.

•  No person shall operate a motorized golf cart or ATV under this ordinance:

i. Except on designated routes and from sunrise to sunset.

ii. In inclement weather or when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog, or other conditions, or at any time when there is insufficient light to clearly see persons in vehicles on the roadway at a distance of five hundred feet (500').

iii. Without displaying the slow-moving vehicle emblem provided for in Minnesota Statutes Section 169.522.

iv. Unless the vehicle is equipped with a rear view mirror as provided in Minnesota Statutes Section 169.70.

v. With a passenger or passengers unless each such passenger is seated on a seat specifically designed for the transport of passengers.

•  The operator of a motorized golf cart or ATV under permit on designated routes shall have all the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under the provisions of Minnesota Statutes 169 or other applicable statute or ordinance, except when those provisions cannot reasonably be applied to motorized golf carts and ATVs and except as otherwise specifically provided in Minnesota statute section 169.045, Subdivision 7.

C. No person operating a motorized golf cart or ATV under this ordinance shall cross Atlantic Avenue at its intersection with 6 th Street .

D. A permitee whose motorized golf cart or ATV is garaged or stored on property abutting an alley may operate the vehicle in that alley along the most direct route to and from a designated roadway.

Subd. 5. Revocation or Denial of Permit.

•  A permit may be revoked by the Chief of Police at any time or denied if it is shown that the permittee cannot safely or legally operate, or has not safely or legally operated, the motorized golf cart or ATV within the City or if the permittee's driver's license is no longer recognized as valid in the State of Minnesota . A permitee may appeal any such revocation or denial to the City Council by filing notice of appeal at the city office not later than 14 days after the date of notice of the action to be appealed from.

Subd. 6. Limitation of Liability.

A. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as an assumption of liability by the City for any injuries to persons or property which may result from the operation of a motorized golf cart or ATV by a permit holder, the grant of such permit, or the failure by the City to revoke said permit.

Subd. 7. Violation and Penalties.

A. Any person violating any provision of this ordinance shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor and is subject to having his or her permit under this section revoked.


Last Updated: May 13, 2009