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Iowa Senate bill would allow ATV road travel

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm •  Published: April 11, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — People could drive their all-terrain vehicles on some Iowa roads under a bill that cleared a Senate panel on Thursday.

The Senate Transportation Subcommittee passed the measure to the full Senate Ways and Means Committee. It earlier passed the House in a 75 to 22 vote.

The bill would require those who want to drive an ATV on county and some other paved roads to register with the state Department of Transportation for a $50 fee. ATVs would not be permitted on highways except on designated crossings, though cities could allow ATVs on certain highways within their jurisdiction.

Under current law, only farmers can get permission to use ATVs on some roads to get to and from their fields.

Representatives from the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa said the proposal could increase the potential for accidents, arguing ATVs aren't designed for road travel.

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