House Study Bill 576 - Introduced HOUSE FILE _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES BILL BY CHAIRPERSON JENEARY) A BILL FOR An Act relating to the operation of all-terrain and off-road 1 utility vehicles on state park road systems. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 5802YC (2) 90 th/ns
H.F. _____ Section 1. Section 321I.10, Code 2024, is amended by adding 1 the following new subsection: 2 NEW SUBSECTION . 2A. A registered all-terrain vehicle or 3 off-road utility vehicle may be operated on state park road 4 systems, and may be operated anywhere within the boundaries of 5 a state park that a motor vehicle required to be registered 6 under chapter 321 is authorized to operate. 7 EXPLANATION 8 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 9 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 10 Current law generally prohibits the operation of all- 11 terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-road utility vehicles (UTVs) 12 on roadways and highways unless otherwise authorized by 13 law. Registered ATVs and UTVs are allowed to operate on 14 undivided two-lane primary highways that are not part of the 15 interstate road system between specified locations, on unpaved 16 secondary roads, on certain paved, undivided secondary roads 17 between specified locations, or on roads or streets otherwise 18 authorized by the county board of supervisors or a city. 19 This bill authorizes registered ATVs and UTVs to be operated 20 on state park road systems, and anywhere within the boundaries 21 of a state park that a motor vehicle required to be registered 22 under Code chapter 321 (motor vehicles and law of the road) is 23 authorized to operate. “State park road system” means those 24 roads and streets wholly within the boundaries of state lands 25 operated as parks (Code section 306.3). 26 A person who violates Code section 321I.10 commits a simple 27 misdemeanor punishable by a scheduled fine of $70. 28 Pursuant to Code section 461A.36, the maximum speed limit 29 of all vehicles on state park roads and highways is 35 miles 30 per hour, unless a lower speed limit is posted. All driving 31 must be confined to designated roadways. A violation of this 32 provision is a simple misdemeanor punishable by a scheduled 33 fine under Code section 805.8A(5). The amount of the fine is 34 based on the vehicle’s speed in excess of the applicable limit. 35 -1- LSB 5802YC (2) 90 th/ns 1/ 1