Hundreds of all-terrain vehicle (ATVs/Quads) owners have blocked roads around the Greek Transport Ministry in Athens, to demonstrate against the ministry’s latest proposed legislation.
Companies that rent the four-wheel recreational vehicles, as well as private owners, are protesting against a clause in draft legislation that would prohibit them from being driven on paved streets and restrict their use purely to dirt roads.
“This ban creates huge problems for us. It closes our shops, houses, and many people will become unemployed,” said Giorgos Bamiedakis, chairman of the Rented Cars and Motorcycles Association.
The ministry argues that restricting the use of these vehicles will reduce related accidents, particularly on the islands in the summer months, where they are a popular form of transport for tourists.