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Legal tips for all purpose vehicle use

Published May. 15, 2013 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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 by Leah Curtis

Many farmers utilize all purpose vehicles (APV) or all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on their farms. While APVs can be extremely helpful to farmers, they can also create problems when they are used to trespass on farm property. Ohio Farm Bureau has a brochure available to members in its legal information series that covers issues related to APVs that farmers may encounter.


A few tips for farmers include:

- All APVs not primarily used for farm use should be registered with the state and display a license plate. APV owners who primarily use the vehicle for farm use and qualify for the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program are not required to register or plate their APVs.

- The law includes restrictions on where children under the age of 16 can ride APVs.

- Penalties for trespassing are accelerated when trespassing is committed using an APV.

- While APVs can provide great utility and even fun, drivers should be cautious and take proper safety measures to protect themselves as they ride.

- Even though APVs should generally not be driven on a public roadway, there may be exceptions when such use is allowed, especially in the case of farmers. However, just like for cars, the law requires APVs have certain equipment features.


Farm Bureau members can download a full brochure on this topic by logging in.

Not a member? Learn more about Farm Bureau's resources and request free information about the Ohio Landowner Toolkit.

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Leah Curtis is the director of agricultural law for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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