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Phila. City Council approves bill restricting ATV use

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Philadelphia City Council has passed a bill which restricts ATVs from operating, parking, stopping, placing or standing on sidewalks or public property, including parks and recreation centers, unless authorized by law.

Violators of the ordinance will have their vehicle confiscated by police or will face a $2,000 fine if they can prove the all terrain vehicle's value is in excess of $2,000.

The bill also gives police the authority to dispose of confiscated ATVs either by destruction or in a manner that prevents vehicles from easily making their way back onto Philadelphia streets.

The bill was amended from its original version, adding a community education campaign to advise ATV owners and riders of the new law.

There is also an amendment that provides an exception for ATV owners who park the vehicles outside their property.

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