Mayor Tries To Get Quadricycles Off Street
January 31, 2013 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
LAKEWOOD, Ohio, (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.”