Bill Summary for H 179 (2019-2020)

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Feb 26 2019

Bill Information:

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 179 (Public) Filed Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Intro. by Stevens.

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Bill summary

Amends the following laws in GS Chapter 20 to regulate mini-trucks.

Adds mini-truck to the defined terms in GS 20-4.01, defining the term, as a type of passenger vehicle, to mean a motor vehicle designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property and having four wheels, an engine displacement of 660cc or less, and physical measurements not exceeding those specified. 

Amends GS 20-87(12) concerning registration fees for low-speed vehicles, setting the registration fee for mini-trucks to be the same as the fee for private passenger vehicles of not more than 15 passengers (identical to the fee for low-speed vehicles). Adds that low-speed vehicle and mini-truck rentals are to have the same registration fee charged for U-drive-it automobiles.

Amends GS 20-121.1, expanding the provisions regarding the operation of low-speed vehicles on certain roadways, including those on registration and insurance, to also apply to the operation of mini-trucks. Limits the operation of mini-trucks to streets and highways with a 55 miles per hour or less speed limit. Requires the road safety equipment of low-speed vehicles and mini-trucks, such as headlamps, turn signal lamps, reflectors, windshield wipers, speedometers, and seatbelts, be maintained in working order . Prohibits mini-trucks from antique vehicle or historic vehicle qualification under GS 20-79.4(b).

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