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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 5, 2023 11:11 AM
From: Representative Brian Smith
To: All House members
Subject: Legalization of UTVs
In the near future I plan to introduce legislation legalizing UTVs (commonly known as side-by-sides) for street use in Pennsylvania.
Off-roading on UTVs has been growing as a recreational activity, and Pennsylvania offers some of the best terrain and landscapes for it. Modern UTVs (or side-by-sides) feature most of the amenities and safety devices one might expect from a car, including windshield and wiper, roll cage, headlights and taillights, seat belts, mufflers, stereos, and much more. With a few aftermarket modifications such as a horn and turn signals, these vehicles have been made street-legal and registered as such in many states across the country. Some of these states include Utah, Arizona, Minnesota, Texas, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Kansas, Indiana, North and South Dakota, West Virginia, Washington, Montana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Vermont, Nebraska, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Colorado.
The primary objective from a rider's point of view is to travel from one trailhead to another or go into town to fuel their machine or get something to eat. Legal UTV use on Pennsylvania roads would therefore not only increase revenue to small towns across the state, but also help state funding through registration and titling fees. 
Please join me in supporting this important legislation.

Introduced as HB880