Chicopee Votes To Ban Gas Stations From Selling Fuel To Illegal Dirt Bikers

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – The city of Chicopee has voted to ban gas stations from selling fuel to illegal dirt bike owners and ATV riders.

MassLive reports Chicopee City Council voted 12 to 1 in favor of the action during their last meeting of the year last week. This puts pressure directly on gas station owners, who much enforce the ordinance at the pump.

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The first violation will result in a warning but subsequent violations will result in $100 fines. Gas station owners are asking why they have to be the ones to carry out the ordinance and say it would be better if the police apartment did.

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Chicopee joins Springfield in adopting such an ordinance and Holyoke is also planning on taking up a similar action. Springfield leaders are also pushing for legislation that would allow the city to seize vehicles that are caught riding on public streets.

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