HB1438 (2020) Detail

Permitting OHRVs on certain public ways.










AN ACT permitting OHRVs on certain public ways.


SPONSORS: Rep. T. Lekas, Hills. 37


COMMITTEE: Transportation






This bill authorizes the use of properly equipped and registered OHRVs on any non-divided public way in the state.


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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty


AN ACT permitting OHRVs on certain public ways.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  Off Highway Recreational Vehicles; Definitions.  Amend RSA 215-A:6, XV to read as follows:

XV.  "Registered for Highway Use" means any OHRV as defined in RSA 215-A:1, VI or trail bike as defined in RSA 215-A:1, XIV which is registered and equipped for use on [the highways of the state] any non-divided public way of the state under the provisions of RSA 261[. Said], provided that such registered vehicles shall comply with the provisions of RSA 215-A:35-39 and the operator shall be licensed to operate a motor vehicle pursuant to RSA 263.

2  Reciprocity for Nonresidents; Operation Without Registration.  Amend RSA 261:44 to read as follows:

261:44  Operation Without Registration; Reciprocity.  A vehicle, other than [an OHRV or] a snowmobile, owned by a nonresident and duly registered for the current year in the state, district, or country of which the owner is a resident may be driven upon the ways of this state without registration under this chapter to the extent, as to period of driving and otherwise, that the state, district, or country of registration grants similar privileges for the operation of such vehicles owned by residents of this state and registered under its laws.  The director for the purposes of this section shall determine the nature and extent of the privileges for the driving of vehicles granted by other states, districts, or countries to residents of this state and his determination shall be final.

3  Municipal Permits for Registration; Permit Required.  Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 261:148 to read as follows:

No vehicle, except [an OHRV,] a snowmobile or moped, owned or controlled by a resident of this state shall be registered under the provisions of this chapter until the owner or person controlling the same has obtained a permit for registration from the city or town wherein he or she resides.  This section shall not apply to vehicles which constitute stock in trade of a manufacturer or of a bona fide dealer.  The town or city clerk shall issue such permits to vehicles exempted from registration fees under RSA 261:92 at no charge.  If the town or city has adopted the provisions of RSA 231:130-a, no such permit shall be issued unless the town or city clerk's records reveal no outstanding parking violations in this state.  No such permit shall be issued unless the owner or person controlling the vehicle presents to the town or city clerk:

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.


HB1438 at GenCourtMobile
HB1438 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 29, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 12, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 19, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1438 Revision: 7093 Date: Dec. 3, 2019, 9:14 a.m.


Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Transportation HJ 1 P. 22
Jan. 29, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/29/2020 10:15 am LOB 203
Feb. 12, 2020 Executive Session: 02/12/2020 10:00 am LOB 203
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)
Feb. 19, 2020 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/19/2020 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 7 P. 16
Feb. 19, 2020 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/19/2020 HJ 4 P. 24