HB 592 - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
HOUSE BILL 592
SPONSORS: Rep. Moynihan, Coos 2; Rep. L'Heureux, Hills. 21
I. Requires a person operating an OHRV along the traveled portion of a public highway and who is not licensed to drive to be accompanied by a person who is at least 25 years of age and licensed to drive.
II. Requires any person under 14 years of age operating an OHRV to be accompanied by a person at least 25 years of age who shall be legally responsible for the OHRV operation.
III. Requires the executive director of the fish and game department to administer snowmobile and OHRV safety training courses pursuant to rules.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
05/15/2019 1852s 19-0628
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Legislative Findings. The general court finds that it is in the public interest to offer a safety training program through the fish and game department in an effort to prevent injury to potential operators of OHRV's, their passengers, and other users of the trails and highways where they are operated in this state. The safety training program shall be focused on the special challenges inherent in the safe operation of these vehicles in both the off road and on road environments, including discussion of the application of statutory rules of the road applicable when operating on an approved highway. This program is not intended to serve as a substitute for motor vehicle driver education training or licensure, and successful completion of the OHRV safety training program shall not serve in any way to meet the requirements of any law, rule, or regulation applicable to motor vehicle licensure or operation.
(b) Any person at least 12 years of age, who has successfully completed an approved snowmobile or OHRV training program, operating an OHRV along the traveled portion of a public highway, where permitted, who is not licensed to drive as described in subparagraph I(b)(2) shall be accompanied at all times by a person who is licensed to drive as described in subparagraph I(b)(2), who is at least  25 years of age, and who shall be legally responsible and be liable according to the law for personal injury or property damage to others which may result from such operation by an unlicensed person.
II.(a) Except as further specified in subparagraph (b), it shall be prima facie evidence that any person at least  25 years of age who travels with a person under 14 years of age shall be legally responsible for the OHRV operation of such person and shall be liable according to law for personal injury or property damage to others which may result from such person's operation.
(b) When more than one person at least  25 years of age is traveling with a person under 14 years of age, and if any of the following persons over  25 years of age are present, then only such persons shall be legally responsible and liable under this paragraph:
215-A:32-a OHRV Statistics; Safety.
I. The executive director shall report annually to the registrar of vital records pursuant to RSA 5-C:2 on any deaths or injuries occurring in the state related to the operation of OHRVs and snowmobiles.
II. The executive director shall [approve] administer snowmobile or OHRV safety training courses [after consultation with the commissioner of the department of health and human services] in accordance with rules adopted pursuant to RSA 541-A. The content of such courses shall be developed in consultation with the commissioner of the department of health and human services, and shall include information relative to operation of OHRVs at highway crossings and along approved highways in accordance with the statutory rules of the road.
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Transportation HJ 3 P. 21|
|Feb. 26, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/26/2019 11:30 am LOB 203|
|March 5, 2019||Executive Session: 03/05/2019 01:30 pm LOB 203|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 15-4; RC)|
|March 14, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/14/2019 (Vote 15-4; RC) HC 15 P. 13|
|March 14, 2019||Ought to Pass: MA RC 202-116 03/14/2019 HJ 9 P. 44|
|March 21, 2019||Introduced 03/21/2019 and Referred to Transportation; SJ 10|
|April 2, 2019||Hearing: 04/02/2019, Room 103, LOB, 02:00 pm; SC 16|
|May 15, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1852s, 05/15/2019; SC 22|
|May 15, 2019||Committee Amendment # 2019-1852s, AA, VV; 05/15/2019; SJ 16|
|May 15, 2019||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-1852s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/15/2019; SJ 16|
|Feb. 26, 2019||House||Hearing|
|March 5, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 14, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|April 2, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|May 15, 2019||Senate||Floor Vote|