AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE TITLE AND REGISTRATION OF MODIFIED UTILITY VEHICLES FOR USE ON CERTAIN ROADWAYS.
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 55 miles per hour or less (distinct from low-speed vehicles and mini-trucks, which are restricted to posted limits of 35 miles per hour or less).
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