Mayor tries to get quadricycles off street

Jan. 30, 2013 at 4:49 PM

LAKEWOOD, Ohio, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The mayor of an Ohio city said he is trying to close a legal loophole allowing Rhodes Cars -- commonly called quadricycles -- on city streets.

Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers said he has been speaking with Ryan Nowlin, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, about closing a city code loophole that allows the vehicles to be driven on the streets, the Sun (Cleveland) News reported Wednesday.

"[The way the code is currently,] Judge [Patrick] Carroll has said I can't make [quadricycles] illegal," Summers said. "The judge read the ordinance as it is on the books, and that ordinance dealt with toy vehicles. I worry this could create a safety hazard."

Summers said he is concerned about the safety of the vehicles, which do not have seatbelts or lights.

"We're talking about a 5-foot wide vehicle," Summers said. "A car may not see it on the road, or a driver may get impatient and try to go around it. The backseat of the quadricycle is basically the backseat of a minivan attached to it."

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