OHVs allowed on city streets

By Pat Sunderland

The City of Delta has adopted the 2010 model traffic code with an amendment that permits the operation of off-highway vehicles on any street, alley or other public right-of-way within the city, excluding Highway 50, Highway 92 and Highway 348. Drivers must be licensed.

The change will not take effect until the second reading of the bill at the next meeting in September.

City council also clarified the handling of abandoned vehicles. When vehicles are abandoned on public property, the Delta Police Department will contact a tow truck operator for removal, and the city will foot the bill. When vehicles are abandoned on private property, the property owner shall be responsible. The clarification addresses specific instances where the police department has been asked to facilitate removal of vehicles left in business parking lots for days and even weeks.

Portions of the traffic code that are not applicable to the city (such as driving on mountain highways) were deleted.

The purpose of the model traffic code is to provide a system of traffic regulations that are consistent throughout the state and the nation.

A penalty assessment schedule for use in municipal court is a separate document that is also being reviewed and updated.