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Second Regular Session of the 119th

H.P. 1904 - L.D. 2649

An Act to Allow Registration of Low-speed Vehicles on Certain Islands

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA §101, sub-§32-A is enacted to read:

     32-A. Low-speed vehicle. "Low-speed vehicle" means a 4-wheeled automobile that is able to attain a speed of at least 20 miles per hour but not more than 25 miles per hour and does not exceed 1800 pounds in unloaded weight. "Low-speed vehicle" does not include an ATV as defined in Title 12, section 7851. A low-speed vehicle must be originally manufactured and maintained in accordance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as a low-speed vehicle pursuant to 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 571.500 (1998).

     Sec. 2. 29-A MRSA §501, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 and affected by Pt. B, §5, is repealed.

     Sec. 3. 29-A MRSA §501, sub-§2-A is enacted to read:

     2-A. Island vehicles and low-speed vehicles. The following provisions apply to vehicles operating on islands that have no public ways maintained or supported by the State.

     Sec. 4. Low-speed vehicle issues. The Department of the Secretary of State and the Maine State Police shall review the potential issues that may arise from the use of low-speed vehicles in the State. This review must include an examination of the potential safety issues involved with low-speed vehicle use, the experience of the 24 other states that allow the use of these vehicles and the experience of any Maine islands that allow low-speed vehicles. The departments shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature with jurisdiction over transportation matters by January 16, 2001. The joint standing committee of the Legislature with jurisdiction over transportation matters may report out a bill to implement any recommendations after discussion of the report.

Effective August 11, 2000, unless otherwise indicated.

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