North Idaho ATV riders have at least one more year to ride on paved roads following a Senate committee’s vote against a bill to outlaw them on some highways. The Senate Transportation Committee voted 7-1 against HB 187, which would have required local governments to pass ordinances if they want to allow ATVs on paved roads, reports Parker Howell. Currently, some counties, including Kootenai and Shoshone, allow ATV riders with motorcycle license plates and insurance ride to ride on pavement as long as they follow traffic laws. Panhandle riding groups and sheriffs, as well as several North Idaho senators, opposed the bill, saying it would hinder local officials and reduce access for riders.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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