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  • Greensburg City council passes special purpose vehicle ordinance

  • The Greensburg City Council passed a special purpose vehicle ordinance last week that will regulate the use of micro-trucks and golf carts and prohibits the use of all terrain vehicles, pocket bikes and motorized scooters in city limits.


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  • The Greensburg City Council passed a special purpose vehicle ordinance last week that will regulate the use of micro-trucks and golf carts and prohibits the use of all terrain vehicles, pocket bikes and motorized scooters in city limits.
    City ordinance No. 1020 repealed previous city ordinance No. 943 and set a new framework for special purpose vehicles, authorizing some and prohibiting others.
    The city council was presented two versions of the ordinance by City Administrator Ed Truelove during last Monday’s regular session.
    The ordinance allows the operation of work-site vehicles and micro-utility trucks inside of city limits, imposing certain operation requirements such as headlights on work-site vehicles after sunset and micro-utility trucks being allowed to cross federal and state highways.
    The ordinance mirrors the Kansas Statutes Annotated (KSA) definition of both vehicles.
    K.S.A. 8-1493: "Work-site utility vehicle means any motor vehicle which is not less than 48 inches in width, has an overall length, including the bumper, of not more than 135 inches, has an unladen weight, including fuel and fluids, of more than 800 pounds and is equipped with four or more low pressure tires, a steering wheel and bench or bucket-type seating allowing at least two people to sit side-by-side, and may be equipped with a bed or cargo box for hauling materials.”
    K.S.A. 8-1494: "Micro utility truck means any motor vehicle which is not less than 48 inches in width, has an overall length, including the bumper, of not more than 160 inches, has an unladen weight, including fuel and fluids, of more than 1,500 pounds, can exceed 40 miles per hour as originally manufactured and is manufactured with a metal cab.”
    Golf carts will also be allowed to operate inside of city limits but have limitations.
    According to the new ordinance, golf carts may only operate on streets with speed limits of 30 mph or less and may also cross federal and state highways with a speed limit of 30 mph or less. Golf carts will be prohibited from being operated on city streets “between sunset and sunrise.”
    Golf carts are defined by K.S.A. 8-1495: "Golf cart means a motor vehicle that has not less than three wheels in contact with the ground, an unladen weight of not more than 1,800 pounds, is designed to be and is operated at not more than 25 miles per hour and is designed to carry not more than four persons including the driver.”
    All of the permitted vehicles would need to display a “slow moving vehicle emblem” and operators will be required to have a valid drivers license or face a $1,000 penalty or six months imprisonment. Also, the ordinance requires that all operators have valid insurance coverage.
    Councilman Rex Butler, the only council member to vote against the passage of the ordinance, took issue with the now-required special purpose vehicle permit.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I hate that the actions of a few individuals are going to ruin it for everybody,” said Butler. “The only thing I would have anything against is a registration. If you already have a driver’s license and insurance and registration, all we’re doing is creating more bureaucracy and more burden on people. I don’t think the end justifies the means.”
    The annual permit, issued after an inspection by the city clerk to confirm “safe mechanical condition,” will cost $20 and will be required to be affixed on the vehicle.
    On Tuesday Truelove said that the inspection would follow a formatted procedure in keeping with common vehicle inspections.
    The inspection period would begin on January 1 and end of December 31 of each calendar year. The $20 fee will be charged for permits regardless of when it is purchased during the calendar year and will not be charged by portion.
    The ordinance also prohibits some special purpose vehicles.
    Section 4 of the ordinance states simply “The operation of all-terrain vehicles, pocket bikes and motorized scooters on the streets, roads and alleys within the corporate limits of the City of Greensburg, Kansas, is prohibited.”
    The definition of “all-terrain vehicle” is the same as K.S.A. 8-1402a:
    “All-terrain vehicle means any motorized non-highway vehicle 50 inches or less
    in width, having a dry weight of 1,500 pounds or less, traveling on three or more
    non-highway tires, having a seat designed to be straddled by the operator. As
    used in this subsection, non-highway tire means any pneumatic tire six inches or
    more in width, designed for use on wheels with rim diameter of 14 inches or less.”
    The ordinance defines a “pocket bike” as “every device having two tandem wheels, or
    three wheels, which may be propelled by a gasoline engine and which the headlights are lower than 24 inches, its tailpipe is lower than 15 inches, and no vehicle identification number is located on the vehicle nor can ownership of the vehicle be registered.”
    It defines “motorized scooters” as “a vehicle consisting of a footboard between two small end wheels, controlled by an upright steering handle attached to the front wheel, propelled by an electric or gasoline motor.”
    Truelove offered the city council two ordinances, with the prohibition of pocket bikes, all-terrain vehicles and motorized scooters the difference between the two.
    “My suggestion is to accept option number two, prohibiting the use of [these vehicles],” said Truelove. “That is primarily from a standpoint of safety. These vehicles have no protection whatsoever for the occupants or the drivers.”

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