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.