SAFETY OF ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES: DISCUSSION OF PROBLEMS AND NEEDS

This circular is the product of a conference held on August 15, 1985 in Washington, D.C. under the sponsorship of the Motorcycles and Mopeds Committee of the Transportation Research Board. The circular's contents summarize the information and opinions presented at that meeting. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are among the fastest growing forms of transportation over the past five years. With the increase in sales and use of ATVs has come a rise in accidents and some expressions of concern over the safety of those who operate the vehicles. This concern appears to be focused primarily upon the small vehicles designed for single-occupant use for recreation and utility. The scope of this circular while similarly circumscribed, now includes large vehicles designed to carry more than one passenger and for which "All-Terrain" includes public highways (e.g., "dune buggies" or four-wheel drive automobiles). The discussion covers the following: the nature of ATV accidents; engineering characteristics and countermeasures; education; enforcement; information needs; conclusions and recommendations; and an epilogue giving a summary of regulatory measures for the years 1986-1989.

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  • Accession Number: 00489622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1989 12:00AM