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Kentucky ATV Law


A person may not operate an ATV upon any public highway or roadway or upon the right-of-way of any public highway or roadway. A person may not operate an ATV on private property without permission A person may not operate an ATV on public property unless the governmental agency responsible for the property has approved the use of all-terrain vehicles. Except for vehicles authorized to operate on a public highway, a person sixteen (16) years of age or older operating an all-terrain vehicle on public property shall wear approved protective headgear at all times that the vehicle is in motion, unless the operator is engaged in:

  • Farm or agriculture related activities;
  • Mining or mining exploration activities;
  • Logging activities;
  • Any other business, commercial, or industrial activity; or
  • Use of that vehicle on private property; or
  • The crossing of a public roadway with a posted speed limit of fifty-five (55) miles per hour or less

A person under the age of sixteen (16) years may not operate an all-terrain vehicle with an engine size exceeding ninety (90) cubic centimeters displacement, and without direct parental supervision, and without headgear. A person under the age of twelve (12) years may not operate an all-terrain vehicle with an engine size exceeding seventy (70) cubic centimeters displacement, and without headgear. An ATV may be operated on a 2 lane public highway to cross or for agricultural purposes, or where designated. Operators must have valid license. ATVs must have least one (1) headlight and two (2) taillights, which shall be illuminated at all times the vehicle is in operation. Operation restricted to daylight hours, except when engaged in snow removal or emergency road maintenance

Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 189.515

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