There have been UTV changes in the law that go into effect July 1, 2012. The new law requires all UTV’s operating in Wisconsin to be registered or display a trail pass whether on public or private land. UTV’s and ATV’s must display a license plate as of July 1, 2012. With the new law changes, UTV’s are generally allowed to operate on ATV routes and trails.

A call came in today asking about specifications¬† for UTV’s on trails. They are “a motor driven device that does not meet federal motor vehicle safety standards; is NOT a golf cart, low-speed vehicle, dune buggy, mini-truck, or tracked vehicle. It is designed to be used primarily off of a highway, and is originally manufactured with the following:

  • net weight less than 2,000 #’s
  • four or more low pressure tires
  • cargo box
  • steering wheel
  • tail light
  • brake light
  • two headlights
  • max width of 65 inches
  • non-straddled seats for at least 2 people
  • seat belts
  • roll bar or similar device

For more information about regulations and licensing; contact: Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707 or visit their website at http://dnr.wi.gov.

Look forward to having our UTV friends visiting Spur of the Moment Ranch for their UTV adventure.