Updated to add clarification on age restriction.
By Leah Williams
Those looking to take to the streets this spring with newly approved vehicles will need to follow certain requirements, according to the city of Nashville.
The new ordinance, which was passed by the Nashville City Council earlier this year, allows the use of ATVs and UTVs on city streets as long as residents agree to heed to the city rules.
Permits are $50, and vehicles that need the annual permits also include golf carts. The permits will be issued out beginning March 1.
According to information from Nashville Police Chief Brian Fletcher, in order those who to be legally allowed to use the vehicles, residents must provide proof of liability insurance, a signed waiver of liability and a valid driver’s license. Permit holders and all operators of ATVs and UTVs are to be 21 years old or older to legally operate their vehicles.
The vehicles must be equipped with a horn, parking brake, tires, taillights, turn signals, front white reflectors and rear red reflectors, a “slow moving vehicle” emblem, brakes, a steering apparatus, headlights and seat belts.
Rules for a permit are as follows. The permit holder would have to be 21 years of age or older. They are only allowed to be operated between sunrise and 10 p.m.
All occupants are to wear proper safety restraints, with the exception of four wheelers.
The maximum speed for operation is 20 miles per hour regardless of the posted speed limit sign around the city.
The vehicles can only be operated on city streets, and they are not allowed on sidewalks or other unincorporated roadways.
Drivers are expected to obey all the rules of the road and other traffic laws.
The vehicles will only be allowed to cross State Routes 127 and 15 at four way intersections. All other uses on the state operated highways will be prohibited.
The implementation of this new ordinance, which was passed on Jan. 16, after months of deliberation among the council members.
One of the main talking points among the aldermen was the stiff penalties placed on those who violate the terms of the permit. The city may revoke the permit after an infraction, even if the permit owner is not driving the vehicle at the time the citation is issued.