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H.B. 51 Enrolled






Sponsor: DeMar Bud Bowman

                  LONG TITLE
                  General Description:
                      This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code to amend off-highway vehicle registration
                  and nonresident user fees provisions.
                  Highlighted Provisions:
                      This bill:
                      .    amends the snowmobile nonresident user fee to include all off-highway vehicles;
                      .    provides that all off-highway vehicles, not just snowmobiles, that are owned by
                  nonresidents and are displaying a Utah off-highway vehicle user decal are exempt
                  from registration;
                      .    eliminates the off-highway vehicle registration exemption for nonresidents;
                      .    requires a nonresident off-highway vehicle owner in the state to apply for a decal and
                  provide evidence of nonresident status and ownership of the off-highway vehicle;
                      .    exempts nonresident owned off-highway vehicles used exclusively for the purposes
                  of a scheduled competitive event or certain other events;
                      .    provides that off-highway user fee revenues may be used for all off-highway
                  vehicles, not just snowmobiles; and
                      .    makes technical changes.
                  Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
                  Other Special Clauses:
                      This bill takes effect on July 1, 2004.
                  Utah Code Sections Affected:

                      41-22-9, as last amended by Chapter 30, Laws of Utah 2000
                      41-22-35, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1999
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 41-22-9 is amended to read:
                       41-22-9. Vehicles exempt from registration.
                      The following off-highway vehicles are exempt from the registration requirements of this
                      (1) vehicles that are currently registered for highway use, have a valid motor vehicle
                  safety inspection sticker or certificate, and on which the required safety equipment has not been
                  subsequently modified;
                      [(2) off-highway vehicles, except snowmobiles, that are not in the state more than 14 days
                  in any year and are owned by a nonresident;]
                      [(3) snowmobiles] (2) off-highway vehicles that are owned by a nonresident and that are
                  displaying a current annual [snowmobile] off-highway vehicle user [fee] decal in accordance with
                  Section 41-22-35 ;
                      [(4)] (3) off-highway vehicles sold by a dealer to a person who is not a resident of this
                      [(5)] (4) off-highway implements of husbandry operated in the manner prescribed by
                  Subsections 41-22-5.5 (3) through (5); and
                      [(6)] (5) new off-highway vehicles being transported to an off-highway vehicle dealership
                  by the dealer, employee of the dealership, or agent for the dealership.
                      Section 2. Section 41-22-35 is amended to read:
                       41-22-35. Off-highway vehicle user fee -- Decal -- Agents -- Penalty for fraudulent
                  issuance of decal -- Deposit and use of fee revenue.
                      (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), any nonresident owning [a snowmobile]
                  an off-highway vehicle who operates or gives another person permission to operate the

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                  [snowmobile] off-highway vehicle on any public land, trail, street, or highway in this state shall:
                      (i) apply for an off-highway vehicle decal issued exclusively for an off-highway vehicle
                  owned by a nonresident of the state;
                      (ii) pay an annual [snowmobile] off-highway vehicle user fee[.]; and
                      (iii) provide evidence that:
                      (A) the person is a nonresident; and
                      (B) the person is the owner of the off-highway vehicle.
                      (b) [A snowmobile] The provisions of Subsection (1)(a) do not apply to an off-highway
                  vehicle if the off-highway vehicle is:
                      (i) registered in [a] another state that offers reciprocal operating privileges to Utah
                  residents [pursuant to] under rules [of] made by the board [is exempt from the annual snowmobile
                  user fee.]; or
                      (ii) used exclusively for the purposes of a scheduled competitive event sponsored by a
                  public or private entity or another event sponsored by a governmental entity under rules made by
                  the board.
                      (2) The [snowmobile] off-highway vehicle user fee [shall be] is $30.
                      [(3) The board may establish procedures for the payment of snowmobile user fees by
                      [(4) The person paying the fee shall]
                      (3) Upon compliance with the provisions of Subsection (1)(a), the nonresident shall:
                      (a) receive a nonresident off-highway vehicle user decal indicating [the fee has been paid.
                  The decal shall be displayed on the snowmobile in accordance with rules of the board.]
                  compliance with the provisions of Subsection (1)(a); and
                      (b) display the decal on the off-highway vehicle in accordance with rules made by the
                      (4) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
                  board shall make rules establishing:
                      (a) procedures for:

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                      (i) the payment of off-highway vehicle user fees; and
                      (ii) the display of a decal on an off-highway vehicle as required under Subsection (3)(b);
                      (b) acceptable evidence indicating compliance with Subsection (1);
                      (c) eligibility requirements for reciprocal operating privileges for nonresident users; and
                      (d) eligibility for scheduled competitive events or other events under Subsection (1)(b)(ii).
                      (5) (a) [Snowmobile user fees may be collected] An off-highway vehicle user decal may
                  be issued and the off-highway vehicle user fee may be collected by the division or agents of the
                      (b) An agent shall retain 10% of all [snowmobile] off-highway vehicle user fees collected.
                      (c) The division may require agents to obtain a bond in a reasonable amount.
                      (d) On or before the tenth day of each month, each agent shall:
                      (i) report all sales to the division; and
                      (ii) submit all [snowmobile] off-highway vehicle user fees collected less the remuneration
                  provided in Subsection (5)(b).
                      (e) (i) If an agent fails to pay the amount due, the division may assess a penalty of 20% of
                  the amount due.
                      (ii) Delinquent payments shall bear interest at the rate of 1% per month.
                      (iii) If the amount due is not paid because of bad faith or fraud, the division shall assess a
                  penalty of 100% of the total amount due together with interest.
                      (f) All fees collected by an agent, except the remuneration provided in Subsection (5)(b),
                      (i) be kept separate and apart from the private funds of the agent; and
                      (ii) belong to the state [of Utah].
                      (g) An agent may not issue [a snowmobile] an off-highway vehicle user [fee] decal to any
                  person unless the person furnishes evidence [that the person is a nonresident] of compliance with
                  the provisions of Subsection (1)(a).
                      (h) A violation of any provision of this Subsection (5) is a class B misdemeanor and may
                  be cause for revocation of the agent authorization.

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                      (6) Revenue generated by [snowmobile] off-highway vehicle user fees shall be[: (a)]
                  deposited in the Off-highway Vehicle Account created in Section 41-22-19 [; and].
                      [(b) used for the construction, improvement, operation, or maintenance of snowmobile
                      Section 3. Effective date.
                      This bill takes effect on July 1, 2004.

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