It`s also worth noting that Wisconsin requires motorcyclists and motorcyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet (and all drivers with a study permit). In addition, all drivers must wear eye protection such as glasses, goggles or transparent face protection. The eye protection requirement is eliminated for car wheels with windshields and motorcycles with windshields more than 15 inches above the handlebars, but a road-approved UTV does not meet Wisconsin`s definition of a motorcycle or motorcycle. Registration as a regular road vehicle by the Wisconsin DMV would also mean finding a category in the Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Code under which to register, but none of the possible categories will include a typical UTV. Many Wisconsin country roads are open to off-road vehicles. Approved roads across the state, called ATV routes, are open to many types of ORVs, including UTVs and side-by-side. However, it is not possible to register a UTV in Wisconsin as a legal regular vehicle for the reasons listed below. When considering whether helmets would be required for an out-of-state registered vehicle, because Wisconsin has its own significant roadside approval program, it would be best to follow the requirement of this program for DOT helmets with chinstraps attached for occupants under 18 years of age. The same applies to any UTV operating in off-road locations such as ORV areas, trails and public lands. We`ll explore ATV routes later, but for the purposes of this section, the existence of such a large program means that Wisconsin has a high level of awareness of UTVs and side-by-sides and will not register them as regular passenger cars legal on the road, regardless of the parts installed. Any UTV operating as an OHV in Wisconsin must be equipped with a Forest Service qualified spark arrestor and a well-functioning silencer with a maximum volume of 96 dB (A). Other basic equipment such as work lights and brakes are required.
Road approval or not, all PHEVs are subject to national restrictions on auxiliary lighting, which are explained below. Occupants under the age of 18 must wear a helmet in ORV areas. In Wisconsin, the width of a UTV must not exceed 65″ ex works or by changes in the aftermarket. While these laws were written for ORVs that are not allowed to ride on the road, given their specific nature and the popularity of ORVs on Wisconsin public roads, you can expect them to also be applied to street-approved UTVs registered outside the state. The exact wording can be found in the Wisconsin ATV/UTV Regulation Handbook (PDF), primarily in sections 24 and 25. The Wisconsin ATV/UTV Regulation Handbook (PDF) states: “There is no residential access permit that allows you to drive on a road from one apartment to the other road or route. You will need to bring your machine to the nearest legal access point” if a designated ATV route does not connect you to it. This can easily become a serious obstacle, but there is a way to gain more freedom on the road in Wisconsin.
If you can survive the coldest winter storm but shudder at the thought of DMV paperwork, let our team of experts register your UTV as a roadside approval on your behalf while you plan your next big adventure. Outside of these circumstances, ORVs cannot operate on emergency shoulders, ditches or public roads that are not intended for use by ORVs. PHEVs are never allowed on Wisconsin`s Interstate Highways. Headlights are mandatory. To stay safe while driving, helmets and protective equipment should be used. ATVs/UTVs are not allowed to use attached space such as trenches or hard shoulders. and an ATV/UTV driver should realize that they must always yield the right of way. Rear-facing lights can only be red, yellow, yellow or white All PHEVs are subject to additional lighting restrictions nationwide, which are explained below Reversing lights cannot stay on while driving Visit Wisconsin`s DNR: ATV and UTV Registration to Get Your Vehicle Registered Wisconsin`s Rugged Off-Road Vehicle Program Allows Cities and Others local jurisdictions to operate public roads as ATV routes indicate. While the name implies that these roads are only reserved for conventional handlebar ATVs, they are also open to UTVs and other off-road vehicles. If you were injured in an accident involving an ATV and it appears that another party was at fault, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
To discuss your options, contact Habush Habush & Rottier`s personal injury lawyers at 800-242-2874. Wisconsin allows local jurisdictions such as cities and counties to designate public roads as ATV routes. These roads are open to many types of off-road vehicles, including UTVs and side-by-side vehicles. To use ATV routes, eligible vehicles must obtain restricted license plates by registering with Wisconsin as an off-road vehicle. Commercial off-road vehicles are owned or engaged by the government for purposes such as landscaping and waste disposal. Wisconsin ATV and UTV Association: National Hiking Map and Trails by County The law varies from city to city and not all places allow ATV use on roads, so you can visit the city, village or town, to see if they have an approved ATV route that would allow you to ride in the community. Commercial quadricycles are more commonly known as pedal ads, and off-road vehicles, or ATVs, are commonly used for outdoor recreation or driving on rough terrain. Thanks to a law amendment in 2018 (Wis. Stat.
p. 23.33), ATVs and UTVs are not allowed on interstate highways, but are allowed on state highways with DOT permission in communities that allow their use on local roads. We found this particularly relevant in Wisconsin, as none of the resources linked below seem to list the same ATV routes.