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Paso City Council to discuss questions on off-roading ban

The Paso Robles City Council is expected Tuesday to rethink parts of its recent ban on public-property off-road riding to determine whether motorized wheelchairs and street-licensed vehicles such as Jeeps should be included in the regulation.

A number of questions came up regarding the new rules when the council approved the ban at its Sept. 18 meeting.

Among the questions raised was whether off-highway vehicles could be prohibited on private property within city limits as well.

At its last meeting, the council sided with police and neighbors who complained in recent months that off-roading on open space and in the Salinas River bed is noisy, dusty and poses risks of fire.

Off-roading is a North County tradition, many riders say. They’ve typically used undeveloped open space and private lots in town, though some say private parcels are limited.

Many have to go outside San Luis Obispo County to ride.

The new ordinance makes off-roading on public property in town an infraction punishable by a fine of up to $100, and $500 for each repeated offense.

The council will meet at 7:30 Tuesday night at Paso Robles City Hall, 1000 Spring St.

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