HB15-1054

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HB15-1054 - Off-Highway Vehicle Roadway Registration

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning The Regulation Of Off-Highway Vehicles For Operation On Certain Roadways, And, In Connection Therewith, Authorizing The Registration Of Off-Highway Vehicles With The Department Of Revenue.

The bill authorizes a person to drive an off-highway vehicle on a county roadway if the person has a driver's license and obeys the rules of the road. Off-highway vehicles are subject to the law against careless driving and a speed limit of 40 miles per hour unless local authorities raise it.

The bill also authorizes a person to register an off-highway vehicle with the department of revenue, which issues license plates to registered vehicles. If a person registers an off-highway vehicle, the person may drive on county roads, as approved by the board of county commissioners. A person must comply with the following to operate a registered off-highway vehicle on a roadway:

  • The vehicle must have insurance;
  • The vehicle must display the license plate issued by the department;
  • The driver must wear eye glasses or a helmet with eye protection;
  • The vehicle must have brakes, a head lamp (if driven at night), and tail lights; and
  • The driver and any passenger must wear a helmet if both are under 18 years of age.

To register an off-highway vehicle, a person shall pay:

  • The license plate fee;
  • The motorist insurance identification fee; and
  • A registration fee of $10.

A county may authorize and regulate the use of off-highway vehicles, authorize people to drive on roads without a driver's license, and enter into cooperative agreements with the federal government to enforce off-highway vehicle ordinances. A county must publish a map of all roadways available for off-highway vehicle use.

Violations are classified as class B traffic infractions, with a penalty of $15 to $100 and no license suspension points.

Except for off-highway vehicles used for agriculture, all off-highway vehicles must get a certificate of title by July 1, 2016. The penalties for this requirement are phased in until 2017.

Latest update: February 19, 2015
02/19/2015 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
01/28/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Finance
01/07/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Finance