(1) Existing law generally requires motor vehicles that are operated or used exclusively off the highways to be issued and display an identification plate or device issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Under existing law, certain vehicles are exempt from this requirement, including 4-wheeled motor vehicles operated solely in organized racing or competitive events upon a closed course, as specified. Existing law permits a motorcycle issued a special transportation identification device to be transported on a highway to and from a closed course. Existing law authorizes a special transportation identification device to be issued upon payment of a fee. This bill would repeal provisions relating to special transportation identification devices for motorcycles and corresponding fees, and would make other related conforming changes. The bill would additionally provide that competition all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are not exempt from identification. (2) Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles, upon identifying an off-highway motor vehicle subject to identification, to issue to the owner a suitable identification plate or device that is capable of being attached to the vehicle, as specified. Existing law requires the department to determine the size, color, and letters or number of the identification plate or device issued for off-highway motor vehicles. A violation of the Vehicle Code is punishable as an infraction. This bill would require, for the issuance or renewal of a competition identification, a specified configuration for the vehicle identification number and product identification number for an off-highway motor vehicle or ATV that is model year 2022 or later, is labeled solely for competition use by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and is used on California public trails and lands normally open for recreational use. The bill would impose restrictions on the operation of a competition motorcycle or ATV on public lands, including, among others, requirements that a rider possess a current and valid competition card from a race-sanctioning organization when practicing on public lands outside of a sanctioned event, that a competition motorcycle or ATV have an off-highway motor vehicle identification in order to be operated on public lands for competition events or race practice, and that the owner certify that the competition motorcycle or ATV will be used exclusively in competition events on a closed course or for race practice. The bill would exempt ATVs with engines below a specified size from that identification requirement. Because operating a competition motorcycle or ATV on public lands in violation of those requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (3) Existing law requires all identification plates or devices to be displayed in a specified manner, including on the left fork leg of a motorcycle, either horizontal or vertical, and visible from the left side of the motorcycle. This bill would require that a competition motorcycle display that identification plate or device on the left side of the motorcycle. Because a violation of this requirement would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. (4) Existing law generally imposes specified fees on off-highway motor vehicles, including, among others, a service fee of $7 for the issuance or renewal of identification of off-highway motor vehicles subject to identification and a special fee of $33 paid at the time of payment of the service fee. Existing law requires the special fees, specified use fees for state vehicular recreation areas, and other specified funds to be deposited in the Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund, and requires moneys in the fund, upon appropriation, to be allocated for specified purposes related to off-highway recreation. This bill would instead impose a fee not to exceed the reasonable regulatory costs to the state for the administration and enforcement for the identification program for competition motorcycles and ATVs. The bill would require the department to collect this fee at the time of issuance or renewal of a competition identification and to deposit the fee in the Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund. The bill would also authorize a fee not to exceed the reasonable costs for the administration, operations, and maintenance of state public lands specifically related to competition motorcycle and ATV activities conducted on those public lands. Both fees would be determined by the Department of Parks and Recreation. (5) Existing law requires every off-highway motor vehicle to meet specified requirements, including, among others, a requirement that the vehicle be equipped with a spark arrester maintained in effective working order. Existing law generally exempts from those requirements certain off-highway motor vehicles being operated in an organized racing or competitive event upon a closed course. This bill would limit those exemptions by requiring competition-identified motorcycles and ATVs to be equipped with a muffler, spark arrester, and silencer or other device that limits noise emissions when operating on public lands. (6) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.) Ordered to the Assembly.
Ordered to special consent calendar.
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 18).
Set for hearing June 18.
June 9 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.
Set for hearing June 9.
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 13. Noes 0. Page 3622.) (May 29). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Set for hearing May 29.
From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 19.
Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|02/14/20 - Introduced|
|04/30/20 - Amended Senate|
|07/27/20 - Amended Assembly|
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