Chief Sponsor: Carl R. Albrecht

Senate Sponsor: Derrin R. Owens

6     Cosponsor:
7     Travis M. Seegmiller


10     General Description:
11          This bill amends provisions related to the operation of off-highway vehicles.
12     Highlighted Provisions:
13          This bill:
14          ▸     allows an individual under 18 years old to operate an off-highway vehicle under
15     certain conditions; and
16          ▸     makes technical and conforming changes.
17     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18          None
19     Other Special Clauses:
20          None
21     Utah Code Sections Affected:
22     AMENDS:
23          41-22-30, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2017, Chapter 38
24     REPEALS:
25          41-22-29, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2017, Chapter 38

27     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28          Section 1. Section 41-22-30 is amended to read:

29          41-22-30. Supervision, safety certificate, or driver license required -- Penalty.
30          (1) As used in this section, "direct supervision" means oversight at a distance:
31          (a) of no more than 300 feet; and
32          (b) within which:
33          (i) visual contact is maintained; and
34          (ii) advice and assistance can be given and received.
35          (2) A person may not operate and an owner may not give that person permission to
36     operate an off-highway vehicle on any public land, trail, street, or highway of this state unless
37     the person:
38          (a) is able to reach and operate each control necessary to safely operate the off-highway
39     vehicle;
40          [(a)] (b) (i) is under the direct supervision of an off-highway vehicle safety instructor
41     during a scheduled safety training course approved by the board [pursuant to] in accordance
42     with Section 41-22-32 ;
43          [(b) (i) has in the person's possession the appropriate]
44          (ii) possesses a safety certificate issued or approved by the division[; and] in
45     accordance with Section 41-22-31; or
46          (iii) possesses a valid license to operate a motor vehicle issued in accordance with Title
47     53, Chapter 3, Uniform Driver License Act; and
48          [(ii)] (c) [if under 18 years of age,] is under the direct supervision of a person who is at
49     least 18 years [of age] old if the person operating the off-highway vehicle:
50          (i) is under 18 years old;
51          (ii) does not possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle issued in accordance
52     with Title 53, Chapter 3, Uniform Driver License Act; and
53          (iii) is operating the off-highway vehicle on a public highway that is:
54          (A) open to motor vehicles; and
55          (B) not exclusively reserved for off-highway vehicle use[; or].
56          [(c) has in the person's immediate possession a valid motor vehicle operator's license,

57     as provided in Title 53, Chapter 3, Uniform Driver License Act.]
58          (3) (a) A person convicted of a violation of this section is guilty of an infraction and
59     shall be fined not more than $100 per offense.
60          (b) It is a defense to a charge under this section, if the person charged:
61          (i) produces in court a license or [an appropriate] safety certificate described in
62     Subsection (2)(b) that was:
63          (A) valid at the time of the citation or arrest; and
64          (B) issued to the person operating the off-highway vehicle; and
65          (ii) can show that the direct supervision requirement under Subsection (2)(b) was not
66     violated at the time of citation or arrest.
67          (4) The requirements of this section do not apply to an operator of an off-highway
68     implement of husbandry.
69          (5) Nothing in this section allows an individual without a valid driver license issued in
70     accordance with Title 53, Chapter 3, Uniform Driver License Act, to operate a street-legal
71     all-terrain vehicle on a roadway.
72          Section 2. Repealer.
73          This bill repeals:
74          Section 41-22-29, Operation by persons under eight years of age prohibited --
75     Definitions -- Exception -- Penalty.