Operating a "Play" or Recreational Vehicle

The advent of three-wheelers, four-wheelers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), motorized scooters and minibikes presents an ever-increasing problem for municipalities and states attempting to regulate the operation of recreational vehicles. Depending on the state, operating one, some or all of these vehicles on a public road may be prohibited. Other states have laws that allow an ATV, for instance, to be driven on public roads only after the driver obtains a safety certificate. In some cases, a helmet must be worn or passengers are prohibited.

TIP: Do not begin driving your recreational vehicle on a public road without checking with the police station to determine what vehicles are allowed, as well as any other requirements that must be followed.

Sidebar: States usually prohibit the operation of these vehicles altogether by prohibiting their registration and omitting their description from the legal definition of "motor vehicle." Because only registered vehicles can be operated on public roads, you will violate the law if you drive your three-wheeler on a public street.

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