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Martyr suggests allowing rural ATVs

By Staff | Mar 30, 2011

Emmet County supervisor John Martyr Tuesday suggested the county consider licensing ATVs as a way of generating revenue.

In bringing up the issue at Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting, Martyr said some counties have used ATV license fees as revenue generators – and local law enforcement seems in favor of it.

“There’s a potential there to make some money and so something that a lot of people are doing right now anyway,” Martyr said.

Martyr said he wouldn’t favor having ATVs on blacktops, and he noted that state law prevents them from driving highways – however, they can cross them.

“I think it’s actually not a bad idea,” Martyr said of licensing ATVs, suggesting an annual fee of $100. He said area police and county law officers indicated that having tags would make it easier to enforce traffic laws on ATV operators.