A bill has been approved to significantly raise the fines for riding an ATV on public property in Philadelphia.
The bill includes a steep fine and possible forfeiture of the ATV for anyone caught riding on public property, including parks and sidewalks in Philadelphia.
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown says this is the first step to keeping off-road vehicles where they belong.
“You cannot, you should not and if you do you will be reprimanded by the way of a $2,000 fine if ATV’s are found on public property, public parks, public space,” she said.
Reynolds Brown says it will be tougher to find a legal spot for ATV’s to ride.
“We now need to do what we said we would do and that is convene a task force to bring in ATV riders, the parks department to figure out how we can find appropriate space for this emerging sport,” she said.
The effort will include a trip to Egg Harbor, New Jersey to view an ATV facility there.