Atlantic City City Council bans gas stations from filling up ATVs, dirt bikes

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (WPVI) — The Atlantic City City Council recently passed an ordinance by a 7-2 vote making it illegal for gas stations to fuel ATVs and dirt bikes that go to the pump.

It was an exciting moment for employees at the Gulf gas station in Atlantic City when they posted the ordinance on their gas pumps on Thursday.

The manager says it’s a relief.

“They cause trouble. They don’t care if there are cars, they don’t care if there are customers. They don’t care,” said manager MD Liton.

City officials say it’s an attempt to prevent incidents like dirt bikes and ATV riders driving onto the crowded boardwalk or anywhere in town.

“The purpose of this is to make these drivers feel uncomfortable, to make them feel unwelcome here in Atlantic City,” said Andrew Kramer, Atlantic City’s public information officer.

Kramer says if any of the city’s five gas stations violate the new ordinance, they could be fined.

However, there is one exception.

“If they feel endangered by the driver’s refusal to fill up, they can fill up. But then they have to inform the police within an hour of refueling,” Kramer said.

Soon, the police department will put up official signs at each station to warn ATV or dirt bike riders who may be getting through.

But we spoke to someone who doesn’t agree with that.

“It brings a lot of us together. It stops a lot of violence, believe it or not,” said Giovanni Dubose of Atlantic City.

Dubose says he rides dirt bikes and ATVs in Atlantic City, and his words gives residents something to look forward to.

“It’s taking away from our culture in Atlantic City. We love to drive during the day or at night. We don’t really threaten anyone. We only drive through certain parts of Atlantic City,” DuBose said.

In the meantime, there’s a way you can still put gas straight into a dirt bike or ATV in Atlantic City — that is, if they’re driven to a gas station in a properly licensed trailer or truck.

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