PINAMAR (Special envoy).- To avoid the accidents for the use of ATVs, UTVs, and other motorized vehicles in the Buenos Aires beaches, the Federal Exchange bloc presented a bill that proposes regulate your circulation in the municipalities that make up the Atlantic Coast. Although there is already a provincial regulation that does so, they affirm that its regulation in each municipality “is usually disparate” and they seek to “unify criteria” at the territorial level.
According to the initiative presented to the Buenos Aires legislature, all coastal jurisdictions must define specific areas of safe circulation on its beaches at a speed not exceeding 20 kilometers per hour. Beyond these, the descent of vehicles in public or private spas is expressly prohibited.
In addition, it raises a modification of Law 13,927 for them to be considered serious offenses driving motor vehicles through unauthorized areas. Also driving without a regulatory helmet, authorization or corresponding insurance.
“A law is the framework that is needed to advance in a effective solution to this problem that takes the lives of many people year after year”, explained in a statement the deputy Martin Dominguez Yelpo, author of the project together with Walter Carusso.
And he added: “It is fundamental that a Law establishes the obligation of a specific zone of safe circulation on the beaches of the Atlantic coast of Buenos Aires that is defined by each jurisdiction. There should be no doubt that it is strictly prohibited to circulate outside these sectors and in the conditions that the law details.
According to the legislator, although most municipalities have ordinances that regulate activity and determine specific places of circulation, these “they are usually very different regarding the delimitation and signaling criteria, which means that tourists and the neighbors themselves often do not know the regulation in depth”. Faced with this situation, he considered it necessary to work on a “law that unifies criteria and allows a homogeneous regulation throughout the Coast”.
In dialogue with THE NATION, Lucas Windy, Secretary of Security of Pinamar, called the project “nothing innovative” by stating that “There is already a provincial law in this sense, which the municipality regulated and applied and that establishes the obligation to establish safe corridors for the circulation of registrable vehicles, but not patentable”.
Along the same lines, the Secretary of Security of Villa Gesell, Mauricio Anderson, stated: “We we have a municipal ordinance that regulates the circulation of quadricycles in the area that goes from Pucará to the Cariló side and from the 47 descent to the lighthouse area.”
Faced with this reality, Ventoso evaluated that more than delimiting circulation areas the discussion should go through how offending vehicles are identified. “In the case of UTVs, which, along with quads, are the main reason for accidents in this area, we should talk about the compulsory nature of patenting. Today we have no way to individualize them, they are all the same and since they do not have an identification plate, it is impossible to know who the owner is until they are stopped,” he explained.
According to the official, “What there should be is a law that requires patenting this type of vehicle with a single national or provincial patent”. “We are talking about competition shots that are going around the streets and jumping over the dunes -as happens on the border- and in the hands of people who do not have any type of training,” he said.
Along these lines, Anderson expressed: “I agree that on the one hand you have a legal issue that has to do with the issue of patenting, but it is also very difficult to control because we have very large dune areas. When the drivers get there they lose control. That is why we carry out operations at the entrance of these areas where we request documentation and the use of a helmet. We carry out a awareness task.
According to Ventoso, the Cambo Federal project “doesn’t add anything to Pinamar, because it already complies with everything it proposes.” However, he claimed: “We are still unable to individualize the UTVs.” “How does the project suppose that the police authorities can identify these vehicles without patenting? Do you have to chase them until you catch them? We talk about competition vehicles against police personnel on foot.