Northern Wis. Lawmaker: ATV Law Outdated

Posted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 --- 7:45 a.m.

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (AP) -- A northern Wisconsin lawmaker is criticizing what he calls an outdated state law that means some 2009 all-terrain vehicle models can't be registered in the state.

Sen. Jim Holperin is a Democrat from Eagle River. He says current law specifies that an ATV can be no more than 48 inches wide but many new models are 50 inches wide, making them illegal in the state.

In addition, the law limits the diameter of the rim for tires on ATVs to 12 inches. Holperin says that is also outdated.

Holperin says a public hearing is planned this month on legislation designed to make Wisconsin law conform with the advances in the designs of ATVs. He says the changes are important so ATV riding can remain popular on the state's trails.

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