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Local Government Off-highway Vehicle Regulation

Concerning the ability of a local government to require a driver to meet safety standards for the use of an off-highway vehicle.
2018 Regular Session
Natural Resources & Environment
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

The bill clarifies that a local government does not violate state rules if it imposes the following requirements on a driver of an off-highway vehicle:

  • Require seat belts if the vehicle is designed to use them;
  • Require the use of a child restraint system if the vehicle was designed for it;
  • Require the use of eye protection for all occupants;
  • Require the use of a helmet for occupants under the age of 18; or
  • Limit the number of occupants to the number that the off-highway vehicle was designed by the manufacturer to hold or to 2 for all-terrain vehicles.

This applies when a person is driving an off-highway vehicle only on a road that has been opened to off-highway vehicle use by the local government or when crossing streets, railroad tracks, bridges, or culverts. A local government may require a driver's license or liability insurance when crossing streets, railroad tracks, bridges, or culverts.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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