Colchester council approves ATV-like vehicles in town

File image of Colchester City Council taken in Jan. 2020.

COLCHESTER, Ill. (NEWS3) — Utility vehicles such as four-wheelers will soon be allowed on the streets in one local town.

Colchester City Council unanimously passed a measure Monday night to make way for non-highway vehicles like ATVs to take to the streets.

The ordinance will allow for recreational off-highway vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and golf carts to be driven on city streets.

Here is a breakdown of what officials are requiring from the public to operate the vehicles:

  • Valid state-issued driver’s license required and must be at least 18 years old.
  • Approved vehicles may only operate on city streets, alleys and/or roadways where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. Drivers must follow the same speed limits and traffic
    regulations as normal vehicles.
  • Approved vehicles may only cross city streets, alleys and/or roadways at an intersection made in an angle approximately 90 degrees to the direction of the street, alley and/or roadway.
  • Vehicles cannot be parked or driven on any public sidewalk.
  • Drivers must be covered under a home or auto insurance policy.
  • Drivers must follow state laws, including possession and use of alcohol and other illegal drugs
  • Vehicles must have brakes, red reflects warning devices in front and rear, steering apparatus, rearview mirror, headlight (visible 500 feet), red taillight (visible 100 feet), brake lights, slow moving emblem on rear of vehicle, tires, turn signals and/or use of hand signals
  • Headlights and taillights are required to be on during use.
  • All vehicles must be inspected by the city before use.
  • Vehicles must have a sticker issued by the city with it clearly displayed at all times during operation while the inspection sheet is on file with the city.

Permits will cost $50 for anyone under 50 years old. The fee will be $25 for residents older than 50 years old or handicapped. City officials will offer Labor Day and other special event permits for $20. Permits will only be valid for one year after being issued.

The vehicles will be allowed to operate between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Labor Day weekend hours will run from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. from Sept. 2 through Labor Day.

The ordinance takes effect May 14. Inspections and permits will be issued at Colchester City Hall. Residents can call city hall at 309-776-3005 with any questions.