Ottumwa: ATVs and UTVs Still Not Allowed on City Streets


The city of Ottumwa says despite a recently signed state law that allows ATVs and UTVs to be driven on public roadways, it is still forbidden within city limits.

Governor Kim Reynolds signed House File 2103 into law on June 13th. However, the current city ordinance only allows the operation of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-road utility vehicles (UTVs) during the winter on the frozen ponds of Greater Ottumwa Park.

The use of ATVs, UTVs, and golf carts are still prohibited on city streets, according to a press release from the city of Ottumwa. Anyone driving the vehicles on city thoroughfares could be subject to a fine.

“The laws regarding use of ATVs have not really changed for the City.  Cities have had and continue to have the ability to designate certain roadways and regulations related to ATVs and UTVs.”Ottumwa City Administrator Phil Rath

Ottumwa’s City Council must change the city’s ordinance in order to permit ATVs, UTVs, and golf carts to be driven on city streets.

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