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Are you allowed to cross a road on your quad?


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Can you ride your quad on the road or cross a road if your quad is licensed and registered and you have functional signal lights and running lights?

Let me know, I'm new to this.

Thanks!  :)

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It depends on where you are.  In BC, Canada, you  have to be licensed and have  a minimum $200,000 Liability insurance to  cross main  roads and also  may  drive on the shoulder of secondary roads with a permit from the local  police department.  You  must also  have separate liability insurance to  ride on public land. There is no requirement for running or signal  lights here.

You need to  check with your  state/ provincial laws for the requirements for you and your  quad there .  The rules can be very different depending on the location.

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Dave, thank you! :)

 I will be riding it in BC Canada, possibly Alberta too.

I didn't realize the police was involved in providing permissions other than enforcing rules. I imagined that permission and regulation would come from the registration office! That's how it's done in Alberta anyway. But I'm new to the quading... so I have a lot to learn :)

thank you :)

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In BC, road permits are issued free from  the local detachment office for the area you want to  drive in .  There are 2 insurances required to  ride here .. The  ICBC  insurance is for crossing main  roads at intersections and driving on secondary road shoulders.  The other is liability  insurance  for  riding on forest service roads and  other Crown land .. That insurance is normally  cheaper through private companies. I  have no  idea on the requirements in Alberta.

 

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Here in the southern states of the US all it takes is a farm use tag ;).

Not really though it always depends on local regulations and the kind of area your in means a lot. If your nearest neighbor is 7 miles away and you only see a few cars in a day you might as well just drive it on the road

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Around here they don't take kindly to riding on any hard road. If you have to cross a hard road you better be pushing it. Having said that some folks can get away with just about anything. There was a kid up the street that used to ride his blaster up and down the road all the time but then one day he flew by and just a little bit later the car with the blue lights went by in hot pusuit. I ain't seen that kid or the 4 wheeler since.

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Unfortunately when people don't follow the rules, it ruins it for everyone. Some also, seem to forget respect and courtesy! For the land (public or private) and/or the machine and the power of the mechine!

Follow the rules, stay safe and have fun!

Thank you for sharing! Good feedback!

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In New York state its a BIG no no to ride on/cross any public road, paved or dirt. 

The part that is even a little more infuriating is that even through can't ride on the roads you still have to register your ATV and get a license plate!

As I understand many choose not to get it registered, but if it ever gets stolen and you call the police the first question from them is going to be what's the registration/plate number? Oooops if you don't have that info!

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On 5/20/2022 at 11:11 AM, Grizz700 said:

In New York state its a BIG no no to ride on/cross any public road, paved or dirt. 

The part that is even a little more infuriating is that even through can't ride on the roads you still have to register your ATV and get a license plate!

As I understand many choose not to get it registered, but if it ever gets stolen and you call the police the first question from them is going to be what's the registration/plate number? Oooops if you don't have that info!

Yep, NY is a big no no unless you hit a trail system upstate.

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Here in rural Wisconsin, many towns and villages allow ATV/UTV to ride the roads, unless posted otherwise, generally NO Highway riding.  Where I live, I can almost get to Green Bay and Canada on town roads.  I set my ATV up with turn signals, but as far as I know, there's no requirement in any of the surrounding towns.  I just wanted to be proactive to defend against the 'other guy' in cars and trucks.

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