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Rs 32:299.3 Off-Road Vehicles; Utility Terrain Vehicles

§299.3. Off-road vehicles; utility terrain vehicles

A.(1) For purposes of this Section, "utility terrain vehicle" shall mean any

recreational motor vehicle designed for and capable of travel over designated roads, traveling

on four or more tires with a maximum tire width of twenty-seven inches, a maximum wheel

cleat or lug of three-fourths of an inch, a minimum width of fifty inches but not exceeding

seventy-four inches, a minimum weight of at least seven hundred pounds but not exceeding

two thousand pounds, and a minimum wheelbase of sixty-one inches but not exceeding one

hundred ten inches. "Utility terrain vehicle" shall include those vehicles not equipped with

a certification label as required by 49 CFR Part 567.4.

(2) "Utility terrain vehicle" does not include golf carts, vehicles specially designed

to carry a disabled person, or vehicles otherwise registered under R.S. 32:299. A "utility

terrain vehicle" or "UTV" also means a recreational off-highway vehicle or ROV.

B. Notwithstanding the provisions in R.S. 32:299, the operation of a utility terrain

vehicle upon the public roads or streets of this state is prohibited, except as follows:

(1) A utility terrain vehicle may be operated only upon a parish road that has been

designated by a parish or a municipal street that has been designated by a municipality for

use by a utility terrain vehicle. Upon a designation that a utility terrain vehicle may be

operated on a designated road or street, the responsible governmental entity shall post

appropriate signage indicating that the operation is authorized.

(2) A utility terrain vehicle may cross any divided highway, highway, roadway, or

street with a posted speed limit in excess of thirty-five miles per hour at an intersection.

C. A utility terrain vehicle operated on any roadway or street shall be equipped with

the minimum motor vehicle equipment appropriate for motor vehicle safety including,

headlamps, front and rear turn signal lamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, reflex reflectors,

including one on each side as far to the rear as practicable and one red reflector on the rear

of the vehicle, an exterior mirror mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle and either an

exterior mirror mounted on the passenger's side of the vehicle or an interior mirror, a parking

brake, an adequate windshield, a windshield wiper, speedometer, odometer, braking for each

wheel, a seat belt assembly installed at each designated seating position, and a vehicle

identification or serial number.

D. Any utility terrain vehicle operated upon a parish road or municipal street shall

be registered with the state of Louisiana through the Department of Public Safety and

Corrections, office of motor vehicles, as an off-road vehicle and shall display a decal issued

by the office of motor vehicles.

E. A person operating a utility terrain vehicle shall be at least twenty-one years of

age and possess a valid driver's license.

F. Any utility terrain vehicle operated upon a highway of this state shall have liability

insurance with the same minimum limits as required by the provisions of R.S. 32:900(B).

G.(1) No person shall be a passenger in the open bed of a utility terrain vehicle while

traveling upon a parish road or municipal street. The provisions of this Subsection shall not

apply in an emergency situation.

(2) The number of persons permitted to travel in a utility terrain vehicle is limited

to the number of available seat belts.

H. Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed to prevent parish or

municipal governments from prohibiting the operation of any utility terrain vehicle on any

parish road or municipal street under its jurisdiction if the parish or municipal government

determines that the prohibition is necessary for the safety of the motoring public.

I. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public safety services, shall

promulgate rules and regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act,

subject to oversight by the House and Senate committees on transportation, highways, and

public works, as necessary to implement the provisions of this Section. The rules and

regulations shall become effective no later than January 15, 2016.

Acts 2015, No. 122, §1.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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