Off-Road Vehicle Law

A new law went into effect on November 2, 2006 which is designed to decrease the number of injuries associated with Off-Road Vehicles.

In the past few years police have noticed an increase of illegally operated off-road vehicles, ATV and other similar vehicles operated in the county. These off-road vehicles pose a substantial safety risk to all riders whether on public or private property. A new law in the County Code Chapter 7A, Off-The-Road Vehicles has specific requirements designed to increase the safety of the rider and increase responsibility for parents of juvenile riders. The changes in law are as follows:

By definition an off-road vehicle means:

Laws for Mopeds and Motor Scooters:

This is a MOTOR SCOOTER: LEGAL ON PUBLIC ROADWAYS

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This is a MOPED: LEGAL ON PUBLIC ROADWAYS

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Vendors are required to disseminate information regarding legal operation of vehicles.

Enforcement:

If Vehicle is Towed (retrieval of off-road vehicle):

Montgomery County is seeking voluntary compliance of this new law in an effort to keep riders safe and riding in a responsible manner to avoid tragic incidents to the riders or others. State Law already prohibits the use these types of vehicles on ANY public space to include streets, sidewalks, parking lots, etc.

Anyone with questions regarding the new law should contact the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-840-2881 or via e-mail at admin.sod@montgomerycountymd.gov