An Act To Allow All-terrain Vehicles To Be Used on a Public Way
Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA §101, sub-§1-B is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 29-A MRSA §101, sub-§42, ¶B, as amended by PL 2005, c. 577, §5, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 29-A MRSA §102, sub-§3 is enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 29-A MRSA §501, sub-§8, ¶E, as enacted by PL 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 and affected by Pt. B, §5, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 29-A MRSA §501, sub-§13 is enacted to read:
Sec. 6. 29-A MRSA §652, sub-§17, as amended by PL 2015, c. 88, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 7. 29-A MRSA §1927 is enacted to read:
§ 1927. Equipment requirements for all-terrain vehicles operated on the road
Sec. 8. 29-A MRSA §2080, as amended by PL 2005, c. 577, §32, is further amended to read:
§ 2080. Operation of all-terrain and off-road vehicles
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, whenever an all-terrain vehicle , except for an all-terrain vehicle registered pursuant to section 501, subsection 13, or off-road vehicle is operated on a way, the vehicle and operator are subject to all provisions of this Title, except chapters 5, 7, 13 and 15. Whenever an all-terrain vehicle or off-road vehicle is operated on a way, the operator is not subject to the provisions of chapter 11, except when an all-terrain vehicle is permitted in accordance with section 501, subsection 8 or registered pursuant to section 501, subsection 13.
Sec. 9. 29-A MRSA §2093 is enacted to read:
§ 2093. Operation of all-terrain vehicles
A person operating an ATV on a public way, except for an ATV permitted under section 501, subsection 8, shall comply with the provisions of this chapter as they apply to the operator of an automobile and with this section.
Sec. 10. Effective date. This Act takes effect January 1, 2020.
This bill, beginning in 2020, allows the operation of an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, on a public way as long as the ATV is registered and meets specified safety equipment requirements and the operator is licensed and has insurance. This bill establishes an annual registration fee of $33, the same as for ATVs under current law. The bill does not affect the operation of ATVs off of public ways.
This bill prohibits the operation of an ATV on a public way with a posted speed limit of more than 50 miles per hour. The Department of Transportation may adopt rules or a municipality or county may adopt an ordinance to restrict or prohibit the operation of an ATV on a way if the department, county or municipality determines that the prohibition or restriction is necessary in the interest of public safety.