SB 3

Sponsor
Session
First Special Session 2019
Title
Motor vehicles, golf carts and low-speed vehicles, prohibited from use on public highways
Description

Relating to motor vehicles; to prohibit the use of nonconforming low-speed vehicles on the public highways of the state, with exceptions; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended.

Subjects
Motor Vehicles
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Relating to motor vehicles; to prohibit the use of nonconforming low-speed vehicles on the public highways of the state, with exceptions; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended.

Section 1

(a) As used in this section, the term low-speed vehicle means a four-wheeled motor vehicle with a top speed not greater than 25 miles per hour, which has a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 3,000 pounds. (b) Except as provided in subsection (c) or (d), a person may not operate a low-speed vehicle on any public highway of this state. (c) This section does not apply to a Class municipality, as provided in Chapter 73 of Title 11, Code of Alabama 1975, or Baldwin County, as provided in Amendment 921 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 15.70, Baldwin County Local Amendments, Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended. (d) A county or municipality, by resolution or ordinance, may authorize the operation of low-speed vehicles on the public highways of the state, so long as the resolution or ordinance provides for all of the following minimum standards: (1) The vehicle may not be operated on a public highway with a speed limit greater than 25 miles per hour, except a low-speed vehicle may be permitted to cross a public highway. (2) The driver of a vehicle must have a valid driver's license. (3) The vehicle must have a current valid license plate. (4) The vehicle may only be operated between sunrise and sunset, unless the vehicle is equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and a windshield. (5) The vehicle must be certified as meeting all federal and state laws, rules, and regulations governing safety, emissions, and antitheft standards, including the requirements under 49 C.F.R. Section 571.500, which relate to the operation and minimum equipment requirements of low-speed vehicles. (e) A person who violates subsection (b) is guilty of a traffic violation, punishable by a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25).

Section 2

Although this bill would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds, the bill is excluded from further requirements and application under Amendment 621, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, because the bill defines a new crime or amends the definition of an existing crime.

Section 3

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

No articles found.
Action Date Chamber Action
March 12, 2019HPending third reading on day 6 Favorable from Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure
March 12, 2019HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
March 11, 2019HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure
March 11, 2019SEngrossed
March 8, 2019SMotion to Read Again a Third Time and Pass as Amended adopted Roll Call 21
March 8, 2019SHolley motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 20
March 8, 2019SHolley Amendment Offered
March 8, 2019SMotion to Reconsider pending
March 8, 2019SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 14
March 8, 2019SAlbritton motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 13
March 8, 2019SAlbritton Amendment Offered
March 8, 2019SScofield motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 12
March 8, 2019SScofield Amendment Offered
March 8, 2019SHolley motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 11
March 8, 2019SHolley first Substitute Offered
March 8, 2019SHolley motion to Table adopted Voice Vote
March 8, 2019STransportation and Energy Amendment Offered
March 8, 2019SThird Reading Passed
March 7, 2019SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment
March 6, 2019SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Transportation and Energy
2019-03-08
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2019-03-08
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2019-03-08
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2019-03-08
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2019-03-08
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2019-03-08
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed