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House File 358

HOUSE FILE BY SWEENEY A BILL FOR 1 An Act relating to the definition of off=road utility vehicle 2 and the operation of off=road utility vehicles on public 3 areas and trails designated for all=terrain vehicle use. 4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: TLSB 2456HH (1) 84 dea/rj PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. Section 321I.1, subsection 16, Code 2011, is 1 2 amended to read as follows: 1 3 16. a. "Off=road utility vehicle" means a motorized 1 4 flotation=tire vehicle with not less than four and not more 1 5 than eight low=pressure tires that is limited in engine 1 6 displacement to less than one thousand five hundred cubic 1 7 centimeters and in total dry weight to not more than one 1 8 thousand eight hundred pounds and that has a seat that is of 1 9 bucket or bench design, not intended to be straddled by the 1 10 operator, and a steering wheel or control levers for control, 1 11 including but not limited to a mini dune buggy. 1 12 b. An owner of an off=road utility vehicle may register 1 13 or title an off=road utility vehicle in order to legally 1 14 operate the off=road vehicle on public ice, a designated 1 15 riding area, or a designated riding trail. The operator of an 1 16 off=road utility vehicle is subject to provisions governing 1 17 the operation of all=terrain vehicles in section 321.234A and 1 18 this chapter, but is exempt from the safety instruction and 1 19 certification program requirements of sections 321I.25 and 1 20 321I.26. An operator of an off=road utility vehicle shall not 1 21 operate the vehicle on a designated riding area or designated 1 22 riding trail unless the department has posted signage 1 23 indicating the riding area or trail is open to the operation 1 24 of off=road utility vehicles. Off=road utility vehicles are 1 25 exempt from the dealer registration and titling requirements 1 26 of this chapter. A motorized vehicle that was previously 1 27 titled or is currently titled under chapter 321 shall not be 1 28 registered or operated as an off=road utility vehicle. 1 29 Sec. 2. Section 321I.14, subsection 4, Code 2011, is amended 1 30 by striking the subsection. 1 31 Sec. 3. Section 805.8B, subsection 2A, paragraph b, 1 32 subparagraph (3), Code 2011, is amended to read as follows: 1 33 (3) For operating violations under section 321I.14, 1 34 subsection 1, paragraphs "a", "e", "f", "g", and "h", and 1 35 subsections 2, 3, 4, and 5, the scheduled fine is one hundred 2 1 dollars. 2 2 EXPLANATION 2 3 This bill amends the definition of "off=road utility 2 4 vehicle" to specify that the term includes vehicles known as 2 5 mini dune buggies. An off=road utility vehicle is defined as 2 6 a motorized flotation=tire vehicle with at least four but not 2 7 more than eight low=pressure tires that is limited in engine 2 8 displacement to less than 1,500 cubic centimeters and in total 2 9 dry weight to not more than 1,800 pounds and that has a seat 2 10 that is of bucket or bench design, not intended to be straddled 2 11 by the operator, and a steering wheel or control levers for 2 12 control. 2 13 Under current law, the registration of off=road utility 2 14 vehicles is required if the owner intends to use the vehicle 2 15 on public ice, designated riding areas, or designated riding 2 16 trails. However, off=road utility vehicles are only permitted 2 17 on those designated riding areas and trails where the 2 18 department of natural resources has posted signs indicating 2 19 that the riding area or trail is open to off=road utility 2 20 vehicles. 2 21 This bill removes the restriction on the operation of 2 22 off=road utility vehicles on certain designated riding areas or 2 23 trails, so that a registered off=road utility vehicle may be 2 24 operated on any public riding area or trail designated for the 2 25 operation of all=terrain vehicles. LSB 2456HH (1) 84 dea/rj
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