MOD. UTILITY VEHICLE CLASSIFICATION. (NEW)

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 307 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 7, 2019
AN ACT TO AMEND THE MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS OF THE STATE TO REGULATE MODIFIED UTILITY VEHICLES.
Intro. by Dixon, Brisson, Humphrey, R. Turner.

Status: Ch. SL 2020-40 (Jun 26 2020)

SOG comments (1):

Long title change

Senate committee substitute to the second edition changed the long title. Original long title was AN ACT TO PROHIBIT OVERTAKING AND PASSING LEFT-TURNING FARM EQUIPMENT.

Bill History:

H 307/S.L. 2020-40

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jun 29 2020 - More information

    AN ACT TO AMEND THE MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS OF THE STATE TO REGULATE MODIFIED UTILITY VEHICLES. SL 2020-40. Enacted June 26, 2020. Effective October 1, 2020.


  • Summary date: Jun 10 2020 - More information

    Senate committee substitute to the  3rd makes the following changes. 

    Amends GS 20-4.01 by changing the definition of modified utility vehicle so that it is now defied as a motor vehicle: (1) manufactured for off-road use with equipment required by GS 20-121.1(2), except a vehicle identification number, and (2) with four wheels, an engine displacement greater than 2,400 cubic centimeters, an overall length of 142 inches or greater, an overall width of 58 inches or greater, an overall height of 70 inches or greater, a maximum speed capability of 40 miles per hour or greater, and does not require an operator or passenger to straddle a seat (was, a vehicle that is designed for off-road use and manufactured with safety equipment required by GS 20-121.1(2). Maintains the exclusion from the definition of all-terrain vehicles, golf carts, utility vehicles, and riding lawn mowers.

    Amends GS 20-121.1 by adding that if a modified utility vehicle dos not have a vehicle identification number, upon application by the vehicle's owner, the Division of Motor Vehicles must assign such a number before registration. Makes a clarifying change. 


  • Summary date: May 28 2020 - More information

    Senate committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes. Deletes the content of the previous edition and replaces it with the following.

    Amends GS 20-4.01 to add to the Chapter’s defined terms modified utility vehicle. Defines the term to mean a vehicle that is designed for off-road use and manufactured with safety equipment required by GS 20-121.1(2); excludes all-terrain vehicles, golf carts, utility vehicles, and riding lawn mowers.

    Amends GS 20-87 to provide a registration fee for modified utility vehicles, setting the fee as the same fee amount for private registration vehicles of no more than 15 passengers, and the fee for modified utility vehicles offered for rent as the same fee amount for a U-drive-it automobile.

    Amends GS 20-121.1 to provide for the regulation of modified utility vehicles in the same manner as low-speed vehicles and mini-trucks, including safety equipment requirements, vehicle identification number requirements, registration and insurance requirements, and use-restrictions as necessary by the Department of Transportation. Specifically restricts operation of modified utility vehicles to streets and highways where the posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour or less (distinct from low-speed vehicles, which are restricted to posted limits of 35 miles per hour or less, and from and mini-trucks which are restricted to posted limits of 55 miles per hour or less).

    Effective October 1, 2020.

    Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.


  • Summary date: Mar 19 2019 - More information

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Changes the effective date of the act to December 1, 2019, applicable to offenses committed on or after that date (was, the act is effective when it becomes law). 


  • Summary date: Mar 7 2019 - More information

    Amends GS 20-150 to prohibit drivers from overtaking and passing self-propelled farm equipment proceeding in the same direction that is making a left turn or signaling an intent to do so.


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