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S.F. No. 1285 - Unconventional Vehicles Regulations
Author: Senator Torrey N. Westrom
Prepared By: Krista Boyd, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-7681)
Date: March 25, 2015


Section 1 adds “unconventional vehicles” to the definition of passenger automobiles in the chapter on vehicle registration, making unconventional vehicles subject to the same regulations as other passenger automobiles, including the imposition of vehicle registration tax.

Section 2 requires a certificate of title for unconventional vehicles that bear a vehicle identification number (VIN) or other manufacturer-assigned identifying number and that meet all other requirements for vehicle titling under law.

Section 3 defines “unconventional vehicle” in the chapter on traffic regulations as a motor vehicle that is not otherwise defined in the chapter on vehicle registration and that:

  • has a minimum of three wheels;
  • has a weight of 300 to 8,000 pounds;
  • has a permanent upright driver’s seat or saddle at least 24 inches from the ground; and
  • can attain a speed of at least 60 miles an hour in one mile.

Section 4 establishes a new section of statute in the chapter on traffic regulations, allowing the operation of unconventional vehicles on public roads, excluding freeways (defined as divided highways with full control of access).

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