Lightweight Utility Vehicles Temporary Allowed on ATV Trails

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Five northern counties to host pilot program

MADISON – Lightweight utility vehicles — also known as LUVs, UTVs or side by sides — are now temporarily allowed on certain all-terrain vehicle trails in northern Wisconsin. Lincoln, Washburn, Sawyer, Florence and Marinette counties have elected to enroll in the LUV Pilot Program, which ends on Sept. 30, 2009.

“Members of the public interested in operating LUVs within these counties, need to visit the individual county’s Web site or contact the county Forestry Department for all rules and regulations. Each county should have an online registration, which is required for each county you operate in; registration is free. Additional information or trail sticker requirements should also be reviewed with each county,” said Gary Eddy, all-terrain vehicle administrator for the state Department of Natural Resources. “The counties will regulate how and where LUVs will operate on their trails and routes.”

Passed as part of the 2007-09 State Budget, the pilot program is to be administered by the DNR — in consultation with the Department of Transportation — to evaluate use and effects of operating lightweight utility vehicles on all-terrain vehicle trails and routes.

“After the pilot program ends, the DNR will review the data gathered during the program, consult with the counties and then forward the results to the legislature,” Eddy said, “If things go well, the DNR will evaluate whether a statewide registration program is appropriate for these vehicles. Currently, these vehicles do not meet the definition of an ATV in Wisconsin and will not be registered as such.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Eddy, All-Terrain Vehicle Administrator, (608) 267-7455 or Karl Brooks, DNR Law Enforcement – (608) 266-7820