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Wisconsin UTV Rules
Utility Terrain Vehicle Regulations

UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicles) are legal to drive on most Wisconsin ATV trails as long as the drive and the machine conform to the following regulations. NOTE: Most ATV trails are open to the use of UTVs. Check with your local ATV/UTV club to learn where and when these machines can operate on the trails.

How old does the drive have to be?

Wisconsin law states any driver of a UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) must be at least 16 years of age. And have completed an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) safety education course.

No person who is at least 16 years of age and who is born on or after January 1, 1988, may operate a utility terrain vehicle unless he or she holds a valid safety certificate issued by the Department of Natural Resources. Any person who is required to hold an all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle safety certificate while operating an all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle shall carry the certificate on the all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle and shall display the certificate to a law enforcement officer on request.

A UTV need head lights and tail lights ?

YES !

A person who operates an all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle during hours of darkness or during daylight hours on any highway right−of−way is required to display a lighted headlamp and tail lamp on the all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle. The headlamp on an all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle is required to display a white light of sufficient illuminating power to reveal any person, vehicle or substantial object at a distance of at least 200 feet ahead of the all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle. The tail lamp on an all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle is required to display a red light plainly visible during hours of darkness from a distance of 500 feet to the rear.

A UTV need break lights ?

YES !

Every all−terrain vehicle and utility terrain vehicle is required to be equipped with at least one brake operated either by hand or by foot.

A UTV need a muffler ?

YES !

Every all−terrain vehicle and utility terrain vehicle is required to be equipped with a functioning muffler to prevent excessive or unusual noise and with a functioning spark arrester of a type approved by the U.S. forest service. This paragraph does not apply to an all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle that is operated exclusively by means of an electric motor. Yes – Can Am makes an electric UTV that is trail legal.

Is there a noise limit for UTVs ?

YES - Maximum of 96 decibels.

No person may manufacture, sell, rent or operate an all−terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle that is constructed in such a manner that noise emitted from the vehicle exceeds 96 decibels on the A scale as measured in the manner prescribed under rules promulgated by the Department of Natural Resources.

A UTV need seat belts ?

YES !

No person may operate a utility terrain vehicle unless each passenger is wearing a safety belt installed by the manufacturer and fastened in a manner prescribed by the manufacturer of the safety belt which permits the safety belt to act as a body restraint.

Are there passenger restrictions ?

YES – No person may ride in or on any part of a Utility terrain vehicle that is not designed or intended to be used by passengers. Cannot customize add additional seats, seat belts or cages to accommodate additional passengers beyond the manufactured limit.

What is the legal definition of a UTV ?

23.33 (1) (ng) (intro.) Utility terrain vehicle" means 1. A motor driven device that does not meet federal motor vehicle safety standards, that is not a golf cart low−speed vehicle, dune buggy, mini−truck, or tracked vehicle, that is designed to be used primarily off of a highway, and that has, and was originally manufactured with, all of the following: Not more than 65 inches wide. A net weight of less than 2,000 pounds. A cargo box installed by the manufacturer.

Do I need a rear license plate ?

YES - Click  here  for more information.

 

 










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