Local State Reps Seeks To Curb Dirt Bikes and ATV’s In the City

by Alex Lloyd Gross

About a week before a crazed lunatic on an illegal dirt bike jumped on a car, smashing the rear window and terrorizing a woman with her baby, State Rep Ed Neilson proposed new legislation, House Bill 1338 that will allow cities to enact their own laws concerning nuisance vehicles.

There is a time and a place for riding ATV’s and dirt bikes. City streets is not one of them. Some of these riders cause accidents, ride in packs to attempt to intimidate motorists, taunt police and drive reckless. at all hours.

Despite the passage of Act 92 of 2022, which established statewide penalties for the illegal use of ATVs and dirt bikes within cities, Neilson said that many cities have continued to grapple with this problem.  

Neilson, D-Phila., said that this legislation represents a significant step towards enhancing public safety and ensuring a higher quality of life for all residents.  

Alex Lloyd Gross Photo-Delaware Valley News.com File photo of an illegal dirt bike rider in Philadelphia

This bill will allow cities like Philadelphia to set penalties and deal with the issue .The senate will now take up the issue. As for the assault in center city by a dirt bike rider, police announced an arrest. We will have a separate story on that.

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