Various outlets were reporting that ATV use was currently permitted due to Pennsylvania’s Declaration of Emergency. As stated on the DNCR website, this is usually the case whenever an Emergency Declaration is issued.
Pennsylvania State Police Press and Public Relations Trooper Brent Miller, however, wants our agency among others to stand corrected and have offered the following information to clarify the issue.
“The operation of a snowmobile or ATV on a public road or highway is still currently illegal under Title 75, Chapter 7721 and 7722. The exception that allows for the operation of snowmobiles and ATVs during certain emergency situations requires the approval of the Department of Transportation and/or local authorities having jurisdiction. Neither the Department of Transportation nor any municipalities with jurisdiction have approved the use of ATVs on streets or highways. As a reminder, ATV riding is only permitted on designated trails in Pennsylvania state forests. State forest roads, state parks, and state game lands are not open to ATV riding.
The Governor’s Disaster Declaration for the COVID-19 health emergency does not allow for the operation of ATVs or snowmobiles on the roadways of Pennsylvania.“
Therefore, ATV use is still illegal on public streets and roads at this time.