Local UTV ordinance reading tabled

Brendan Bridges

GREENSBURG — A local UTV ordinance that passed on first reading during December’s Greensburg City Council meeting has been tabled, according to Greensburg Police Chief Brendan Bridges.

Bridges said the ordinance was tabled to allow more time for review by the city’s attorney, Chris Stephen. The police chief also said the city council would like to further evaluate the fees associated with the ordinance.

“Right now, I expect the ordinance to be passed in March,” Bridges said.

The ordinance would authorize a local highway department to allow UTV side-by-side vehicles to operate on city streets, pursuant to limits imposed by state law.

All applicable state traffic and other laws, including but not limited to the following, would remain in full force and effect and abiding by such laws shall remain the operator’s sole responsibility, according to the ordinance.

The ordinance would allow UTV side-by-side vehicles to operate on the streets of Greensburg, excluding state highways, subject to the conditions set forth in the ordinance. Golf carts and four-wheelers are not allowed on the streets of Greensburg, the ordinance states.

The ordinance also says UTV side-by-side vehicles must be registered at least every two years with the city of Greensburg by the Greensburg Police Department to operate on the city streets. In order to register, each operator must present a VIN number, the make and model number of the UTV side-by-side vehicle, proof of address, a contact phone number, proof of insurance, and proof of registration through the Department of Natural Resources.

The registration sticker provided by the Greensburg Police Department shall be displayed prominently on the rear of the vehicle at all times while on city streets.

UTV operators must have proof of valid insurance covering his or her vehicle in an amount greater than or equal to the Indiana state automotive insurance minimums set forth when operated on city streets.

UTV operators on city streets must comply with the following:

• Must be 18 years of age or older

• No passengers are permitted on a single seat UTV. Passengers on all other UTV vehicles are limited to the number of passenger seats on the vehicle

• UTV vehicles must have working turn signals, two operating headlights, and one tail brake light when in operation on city streets

• No UTV side-by-side vehicles are permitted on city streets from midnight to 6 a.m.

• UTVs must travel single-file on city streets

The original ordinance says failure to abide by these conditions will result in a $100 fine for the first violation, $250 and a 60-day suspension from using UTV side-by-side vehicles on city streets for the second violation, and $500 and a lifetime suspension for third and subsequent violations.

Also, the original ordinance says any conviction for criminal trespassing using a UTV side-by-side vehicle subsequent to the passage of the ordinance will result in automatic lifetime suspension from the operation of UTV side-by-side vehicles on city streets. Those who violate a 60-day suspension or lifetime suspension would be fined $1,000 for each offense.

Fines up to $250 may be paid through the Greensburg Clerk-Treasurer or may be contested in court, according to the ordinance. Court costs, as set by the state schedule, will apply to all cases contested in court.

One item that is not in the UTV policy is that anyone under the age of 18 that is in the UTV has to have a helmet on, according to Bridges. The police chief said that is state law.

If passed on second reading during the March city council meeting, the ordinance would officially be in effect.

Joshua Heath can be contacted at 812-663-3111 ext. 217401 or at joshua.heath@greensburgdailynews.com

Recommended for you