Saw an ultralight with power driven wheels the other day.

This begs the question, can a pilot legally slowly drive an ultralight with folded wings stationary prop and powered wheels on the shoulder of a country road, say with a slow moving vehicle sign?

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    $\begingroup$ Probably. But you won't know for sure until a cop stops you. $\endgroup$
    – John K
    Commented Jul 13, 2022 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ Are you asking if there is a Federal Aviation Regulation that governs this? $\endgroup$
    – user22445
    Commented Jul 13, 2022 at 21:28
  • $\begingroup$ That would be a "motor vehicle". There are rules for operating a motor vehicle on the public roads, even the shoulder. All states have different rules, regarding potential max speed or horsepower. $\endgroup$
    – WPNSGuy
    Commented Jul 13, 2022 at 22:44
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    $\begingroup$ Something like that happened in Australia. To the pub, naturally: bbc.com/news/world-australia-29876001 $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Commented Jul 13, 2022 at 23:03
  • $\begingroup$ Love it @Ben, but the eejit left the engine running! What a complete moron! $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Commented Jul 14, 2022 at 11:35

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The FAA has no jurisdiction over the roadways. It would depend on the locality, but it is reasonable to presume that in a rural area that permits non-street legal machines like farm tractors, ATVs, etc. would similarly allow an ultralight.

  • $\begingroup$ As an example, from the Virginia DMV: "Farm vehicle license plates issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles may be used on a vehicle used for farming purposes by anyone who owns, rents, or operates a farm of a size that reasonably requires the use of such a vehicle to transport agricultural products." So farm vehicle is not an automatic "get out of jail free" card. $\endgroup$
    – WPNSGuy
    Commented Jul 14, 2022 at 1:41

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