Then get on the road


All-terrain vehicles or ATVs are becoming popular in India, especially in recent times after many new manufacturers have entered the market. A few years ago there was a blanket ban on ATVs, but that changed when manufacturers started to certify vehicles as tractors. Most ATVs are still not allowed on the roads and this policeman caught this man driving him on public roads. Here is what happened.

The video is from Bhagwat Prasad Pandey on Youtube. The video shows the policeman and his team learning more about the ATV from the owner. The owner of the vehicle explains all the features to the policeman and also says that it is not road legal nor can it be registered.

The policeman even asks the owner to demonstrate the capabilities of the ATV. At what, the owner takes the vehicle off the road and shows how it can get out of difficult situations even if it is a 4X2.

The owner then explains all of the ATV’s switches and gears. The cop then takes a test drive of the vehicle. The cop comes out impressed with the ATV, but also says he feels like he’s driving a rickshaw instead of a proper vehicle. He also gave a reason for the same. The policeman stated that these vehicles are quite difficult to turn and that is why they are difficult to drive.

Interestingly, if you learn to ride a bike or a motorcycle, you learn counter steering. This means that if you push the right handlebars of a two-wheeler when it is rolling, it will turn to its right. However, this is not the case for vehicles that have more than two wheels.

ATVs are prohibited on the roads

ATVs are illegal on public roads in India. Since most of them do not comply with the regulations, they are not allowed to register as well. However, there are a few manufacturers who have approved their ATVs as tractors. This means that they sell the ATVs as tractors and these can also be registered and used on public roads.

The Indian government also does not allow off-road motorcycles to be legal on the road. Mountain bikes can only be used on private property and not on public roads. Likewise, if you own an ATV which is not allowed on public roads, you can take them to private areas like a farm and use the vehicle there without any problem. In the end, the police officer also told the owner that if he again spotted the ATV on the public highway, he would give him a challan of Rs 5,000! But before that he did the mountain biking tour.


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