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Senate 2nd Reading Amendments 1-24-2002 sm/csf
5 This act modifies the Motor Vehicle Code by amending vehicle left lane restrictions. S [
6 act requires an operator in a high occupancy vehicle lane to yield to an overtaking vehicle
7 in the same lane.
8 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
10 41-6-53.5, as last amended by Chapter 369, Laws of Utah 2001
11 41-6-55, as last amended by Chapter 138, Laws of Utah 1987
12 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
13 Section 1. Section 41-6-53.5 is amended to read:
14 41-6-53.5. Left lane restrictions -- Exceptions -- Other lane restrictions -- Penalties.
15 (1) As used in this section and Section 41-6-55 , "general purpose lane" means a highway
16 lane open to vehicular traffic [
17 (a) [
18 (b) [
19 freeway off-ramp.
20 (2) [
21 in Section 72-1-102 and which has three or more general purpose lanes in the same direction, a
22 person may not operate a vehicle in the left most general purpose lane [
24 (a) vehicle is drawing a trailer or semitrailer regardless of size; or
25 (b) vehicle or combination of vehicle has a gross vehicle weight of 12,001 or more pounds.
26 (3) Subsection (2) does not apply to a person operating a vehicle who is:
27 (a) preparing to turn left or taking a highway split or exit on the left;
29 (c) avoiding actual or potential traffic moving onto the highway from an acceleration or
30 merging lane; or
31 (d) following direction signs that direct use of a designated lane.
32 (4) (a) The Department of Transportation or local authorities may designate a specific lane
33 or lanes of travel for any type of vehicle on a highway or portion of a highway under their
34 respective jurisdiction for the:
35 (i) safety of the public;
36 (ii) efficient maintenance of a highway; or
37 (iii) use of high occupancy vehicles.
38 (b) The lane designation under Subsection (4)(a) is effective when appropriate signs giving
39 notice are erected on the highway or portion of the highway.
40 (5) The lane designation under Subsection (4)(a) shall allow a vehicle with clean fuel
41 special group license plates to travel in lanes designated for the use of high occupancy vehicles
42 regardless of the number of occupants.
43 (6) A person who operates a vehicle in violation of Subsection (2) or in violation of the
44 restrictions made under Subsection (4) is guilty of a class C misdemeanor.
45 Section 2. Section 41-6-55 is amended to read:
46 41-6-55. Overtaking and passing vehicles proceeding in same direction.
49 (1) On any highway:
50 (a) The operator of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction:
51 (i) shall, except as provided under Section 41-6-56 , pass to the left at a safe distance; and
52 (ii) may not [
55 (i) shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle; and
56 (ii) may not increase the speed of [
57 overtaking vehicle.
Senate 2nd Reading Amendments 1-24-2002 sm/csfa vehicle traveling in a left general purpose lane S [
60 (a) shall, upon being overtaken by another vehicle in the same lane, yield to the
62 (b) may not impede the movement or free flow of traffic in a left general purpose lane S [
63 HOV lane
65 accordance with Subsection (1)(a);
69 acceleration or merging lane; or
71 (v) when following direction signs that direct use of a designated lane [
Legislative Review Note
as of 12-18-01 11:28 AM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
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