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H.B. 51

Representative DeMar Bud Bowman proposes the following substitute bill:





Sponsor: DeMar Bud Bowman

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code to amend off-highway vehicle registration
             10      and nonresident user fees provisions.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    amends the snowmobile nonresident user fee to include all off-highway vehicles;
             14          .    provides that all off-highway vehicles, not just snowmobiles, that are owned by
             15      nonresidents and are displaying a Utah off-highway vehicle user decal are exempt
             16      from registration;
             17          .    eliminates the off-highway vehicle registration exemption for nonresidents;
             18          .    requires a nonresident off-highway vehicle owner in the state to apply for a decal
             19      and provide evidence of nonresident status and ownership of the off-highway
             20      vehicle;
             21          .    exempts nonresident owned off-highway vehicles used exclusively for the purposes
             22      of a scheduled competitive event;
             23          .    provides that off-highway user fee revenues may be used for all highway vehicles,
             24      not just snowmobiles; and
             25          .    makes technical changes.

             26      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             27          None
             28      Other Special Clauses:
             29          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2004.
             30      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             31      AMENDS:
             32          41-22-9, as last amended by Chapter 30, Laws of Utah 2000
             33          41-22-35, as enacted by Chapter 1, Laws of Utah 1999
             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 41-22-9 is amended to read:
             37           41-22-9. Vehicles exempt from registration.
             38          The following off-highway vehicles are exempt from the registration requirements of
             39      this chapter:
             40          (1) vehicles that are currently registered for highway use, have a valid motor vehicle
             41      safety inspection sticker or certificate, and on which the required safety equipment has not been
             42      subsequently modified;
             43          [(2) off-highway vehicles, except snowmobiles, that are not in the state more than 14
             44      days in any year and are owned by a nonresident;]
             45          [(3) snowmobiles] (2) off-highway vehicles that are owned by a nonresident and that
             46      are displaying a current annual [snowmobile] off-highway vehicle user [fee] decal in
             47      accordance with Section 41-22-35 ;
             48          [(4)] (3) off-highway vehicles sold by a dealer to a person who is not a resident of this
             49      state;
             50          [(5)] (4) off-highway implements of husbandry operated in the manner prescribed by
             51      Subsections 41-22-5.5 (3) through (5); and
             52          [(6)] (5) new off-highway vehicles being transported to an off-highway vehicle
             53      dealership by the dealer, employee of the dealership, or agent for the dealership.
             54          Section 2. Section 41-22-35 is amended to read:
             55           41-22-35. Off-highway vehicle user fee -- Decal -- Agents -- Penalty for fraudulent
             56      issuance of decal -- Deposit and use of fee revenue.

             57          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), any nonresident owning [a
             58      snowmobile] an off-highway vehicle who operates or gives another person permission to
             59      operate the [snowmobile] off-highway vehicle on any public land, trail, street, or highway in
             60      this state shall:
             61          (i) apply for an off-highway vehicle decal issued exclusively for an off-highway
             62      vehicle owned by a nonresident of the state;
             63          (ii) pay an annual [snowmobile] off-highway vehicle user fee[.]; and
             64          (iii) provide evidence that:
             65          (A) the person is a nonresident; and
             66          (B) the person is the owner of the off-highway vehicle.
             67          (b) [A snowmobile] The provisions of Subsection (1)(a) do not apply to an
             68      off-highway vehicle if the off-highway vehicle is:
             69          (i) registered in [a] another state that offers reciprocal operating privileges to Utah
             70      residents [pursuant to] under rules [of] made by the board [is exempt from the annual
             71      snowmobile user fee.]; or
             72          (ii) used exclusively for the purposes of a scheduled competitive event under rules
             73      made by the board.
             74          (2) The [snowmobile] off-highway vehicle user fee [shall be] is $30.
             75          [(3) The board may establish procedures for the payment of snowmobile user fees by
             76      rule.]
             77          [(4) The person paying the fee shall]
             78          (3) Upon compliance with the provisions of Subsection (1)(a), the nonresident shall:
             79          (a) receive a nonresident off-highway vehicle user decal indicating [the fee has been
             80      paid. The decal shall be displayed on the snowmobile in accordance with rules of the board.]
             81      compliance with the provisions of Subsection (1)(b); and
             82          (b) display the decal on the off-highway vehicle in accordance with rules made by the
             83      board.
             84          (4) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             85      board shall make rules establishing:
             86          (a) procedures for:
             87          (i) the payment of off-highway vehicle user fees; and

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

             119      deposited in the Off-highway Vehicle Account created in Section 41-22-19 [; and].
             120          [(b) used for the construction, improvement, operation, or maintenance of snowmobile
             121      trails.]
             122          Section 3. Effective date.
             123          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2004.

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