Walla Walla, Washington: All-terrain and utility task vehicles get the green light

Expect to see all-terrain vehicles and utility-task vehicles on the streets of Walla Walla by the end of the month, but there are exceptions. The Walla Walla city council has approved by a vote of 5 to 1 an ordinance allowing the use of ATVs and UTVs on city streets.

Sections of four roadways within city limits prohibit such use of ATVs and UTVs. They include Heritage Road west of Myra Road, Lower Waitsburg Road north of U.S. Highway 12, and Mill Creek and Harbert roads east of the former Pennbrook/Illahee property, according to documents provided by City Attorney Tim Donaldson.

Mayor Barbara Clark told KTEL News the ordinance was requested by a local resident who had his UTV certified and licensed by the Washington State Department of Licensing for street use.

“In order for him to be able to ride it on the street, the local city, the local jurisdiction has the authority to decide whether or not those will be allowed on local streets,” Clark said.