DANVILLE — The Town of Danville adopted an ATV/golf cart ordinance that would allow registered operators of the vehicles who have completed an inspection and are insured to operate on specific streets within city limits.
During their regular session on Nov. 6, the town council unanimously approved a motion to adopt the ordinance upon its second reading.
Mayor Mark McClure is optimistic about the process, which he hopes will be in full motion on Jan. 1, 2020.
“If we can work out a few fine details we may be up and running prior to the first of the year, but really that is the goal,” he said during the meeting. “We’ve made a lot of progress and we’ve received some very positive feedback.”
Via the ordinance, all ATVs must be licensed and insured. It is the duty of every owner of an all-terrain vehicle operated over the authorized streets and those areas accessible by the public to register the ATV with the Town of Danville for inspection before any ATV proceeds on the streets.
The town is offering two years of inspection free of charge to all citizens in an effort to encourage registration.
One aspect of the process that must be determined is how to schedule inspections with a law enforcement officer. The town is considering offering them on specific days of the week but hope to have that detail ironed out in the coming weeks.
“We want to make this easy and convenient for our citizens,” McClure added. “This won’t be a complicated process at all.”
McClure said it will be the responsibility of the vehicle owner to follow the guidelines of the ordinance and that violators will be ticketed.
The registration will be valid for two calendar years, with an annual renewal beginning and due in January of each even year.
Among the required equipment for the vehicles are working head lamps and tail lamps. Permits can be revoked for a variety of reasons including the failure to abide by the rules and regulations outlined in the ordinance.
The town of Danville will offer a PDF download of the ordinance on their web site, but those who wish to review it now can request a copy from the Town of Danville or via a Facebook post on the town’s Facebook page, where screen captures of the 17-page ordinance were posted for public viewing on Oct. 14.
The Danville Town Council will meet again at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 in council chambers at 731 Hopkins Ave.
Visit the Town of Danville online at local.wv.gov/Danville.
Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-307-2401.