House File 7 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to the operation of off-road utility vehicles
2on certain primary roads and making penalties applicable.
3BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  Section 321.234A, subsection 1, Code 2019, is
2amended by adding the following new paragraph:
3   NEW PARAGRAPH.  h.  The all-terrain vehicle is an off-road
4utility vehicle operated on a primary road in accordance with
5section 321I.10, subsection 6.
6   Sec. 2.  Section 321.234A, subsection 2, Code 2019, is
7amended to read as follows:
   82.  A person operating an all-terrain vehicle on a highway
9shall have a valid driver’s license and the vehicle shall be
10operated at speeds of thirty-five miles per hour or less. The
11speed limit in this subsection shall not apply to a person
12operating an off-road utility vehicle on a primary road in
13accordance with section 321I.10, subsection 6.

14   Sec. 3.  Section 321I.10, Code 2019, is amended by adding the
15following new subsection:
16   NEW SUBSECTION.  6.  An off-road utility vehicle may be
17operated on a primary road if the off-road utility vehicle is
18equipped with a bicycle safety flag and is operated at speeds
19of forty-five miles per hour or less only from sunrise to
20sunset. For purposes of this paragraph, “primary road” means
21the same as defined in section 306.3, except that it does not
22include an interstate road.
23EXPLANATION
24The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
25the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   26This bill relates to the operation of off-road utility
27vehicles on certain primary roads and makes certain penalties
28applicable.
   29Currently, Code sections 321.234A (all-terrain vehicles —
30highway use) and 321I.10 (all-terrain vehicle operation on
31roadways, highways, and trails) prohibit the operation of an
32off-road utility vehicle on primary roads subject to certain
33exceptions.
   34Under Code section 321.234A(2), a person operating an
35off-road utility vehicle on any highway is required to have
-1-1a valid driver’s license and to operate the off-road utility
2vehicle at speeds of 35 miles per hour or less. The bill
3provides that this speed limitation does not apply to a person
4operating an off-road utility vehicle on a primary road if the
5vehicle is equipped with a bicycle safety flag and is operated
6at speeds of 45 miles per hour or less from sunrise to sunset.
   7A person who operates an off-road utility vehicle in
8violation of the provisions of the bill is subject to
9scheduled fines of $50 pursuant to Code sections 805.8A(3) and
10805.8B(2A)(b)(2).
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