2009 - 2010 LEGISLATURE
January 7, 2010 - Introduced by Senators Holperin, Lassa, Taylor, Schultz and
Jauch, cosponsored by Representatives
Hubler, Zepnick, Zigmunt,
Ziegelbauer, Suder, Mursau, Steinbrink, Ripp and Turner. Referred to
Committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources.
1An Act to repeal
20.370 (1) (iv) and 23.33 (11m); to amend
20.370 (5) (cu); and 2to create
20.370 (1) (iv) and 23.33 (11p) of the statutes; relating to: a utility
3terrain vehicle pilot program and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill establishes a pilot program for the operation of utility terrain vehicles
(UTVs) that is similar to a pilot program for the operation of lightweight utility
vehicles (LUVs) under prior law that expired on September 30, 2009. The bill
requires that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administer the UTV pilot
program in consultation with the Department of Transportation to investigate the
effects of using UTVs on all-terrain vehicle routes and trails.
Under the bill, a UTV is defined as a motor driven device, other than a golf cart
or low-speed vehicle, that is designed to be used primarily off of a highway and that
has, and was originally manufactured with, certain features, including a gross
weight of more than 900 pounds but not more than 1,999 pounds, a cargo or dump
box, four or more low-pressure tires, non-straddling seats for at least two occupants,
and certain safety systems.
As with the LUV program under prior law, which allowed counties and
municipalities to designate all-terrain vehicle (ATV) routes and trails that may be
used by LUVs, the UTV pilot program allows counties and municipalities to make
such a designation, except that unlike the LUV pilot program, which was limited to
eight specified counties and the municipalities within those counties, the UTV pilot
program is open to any county and the municipalities within those counties. The
program also allows DNR and any federal agency that receives state funds for ATV
projects to designate ATV routes and trails that may be used by UTVs. The UTV pilot
program provides that if a county adopts a resolution electing to participate in the
pilot program, then the resolution applies to all of the municipalities within the
county unless a municipality adopts a resolution to opt out of the program.
Unlike the LUV pilot program, the UTV pilot program prohibits a person from
operating a UTV on a designated ATV route or trail unless the UTV is registered by
DNR. The bill authorizes DNR to register and charge registration fees for UTVs in
the same manner as it registers and charges registration fees for ATVs that are
registered for public use under current law. The bill provides that certain laws that
apply to ATVs under current law apply to UTVs under the pilot program, including
traffic citation laws, rules of operation, prohibitions on operation while intoxicated,
noise limits, and certain equipment requirements. Unlike the LUV pilot program
under prior law, the bill does not require a person who operates a UTV under the UTV
pilot program to have a motor vehicle operator's license but instead prohibits a
person who is younger than 16 from operating a UTV. The bill also requires a person
who is born on or after January 1, 1988, and who operates a UTV to hold a valid
all-terrain vehicle safety certificate.
The bill provides that the UTV pilot program does not apply after June 30, 2012.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB448, s. 1
20.370 (1) (iv) of the statutes is created to read:
(iv) Utility terrain vehicle fees.
All moneys received from registration 3
fees under s. 23.33 (11p) (f) for administration of the utility terrain vehicle pilot 4
program under s. 23.33 (11p).
SB448, s. 2
20.370 (1) (iv) of the statutes, as created by 2009 Wisconsin Act .... 6
(this act), is repealed.
SB448, s. 3
20.370 (5) (cu) of the statutes is amended to read:
(cu) Recreation aids — all-terrain vehicle project aids.
As a 9
continuing appropriation, the amounts in the schedule from moneys received from 10
all-terrain vehicle fees under s. 23.33 (2) (c) to (e) to provide aid to towns, villages, 11
cities, counties, and federal agencies for nonstate all-terrain vehicle projects, and to
1provide grants under s. 23.33 (11m) (g) to counties and municipalities participating
2in the lightweight utility vehicle pilot program
SB448, s. 4
23.33 (11m) of the statutes is repealed.
SB448, s. 5
23.33 (11p) of the statutes is created to read:
23.33 (11p) Utility terrain vehicle pilot program.
(a) In this subsection:
1. "Federal agency" means a federal agency that receives state aid for a 7
nonstate all-terrain vehicle project under sub. (9) (b).
2. "Golf cart" means a vehicle whose speed attainable in one mile does not 9
exceed 20 miles per hour on a paved, level surface, and that is designed and intended 10
to convey one or more persons and equipment to play the game of golf in an area 11
designated as a golf course.
3. "Low pressure tire" means a tire that has a minimum width of 6 inches and 13
that is designed to be inflated with an operating pressure not to exceed 20 pounds 14
per square inch as recommended by the manufacturer.
4. "Low-speed vehicle" means a low-speed vehicle, as defined in 49 CFR 571.3
that satisfies the equipment standards under 49 CFR 571.500
and that was 17
originally manufactured to meet the applicable equipment standards under 49 CFR
5. "Municipality" means a city, village, or town.
6. "Utility terrain vehicle" means a motor driven device, other than a golf cart 21
or low-speed vehicle, that is designed to be used primarily off of a highway and that 22
has, and was originally manufactured with, all of the following:
a. A gross weight of more than 900 pounds but not more than 1,999 pounds.
b. Four or more low-pressure tires.
c. A cargo box or dump box.
d. A steering wheel.
e. A tail light.
f. A brake light.
g. Two headlights.
h. A width of not more than 65 inches.
i. Seats for at least 2 occupants, all of which seating is designed not to be 7
j. A system of seat belts, or a similar system, for restraining each occupant of 9
the device in the event of an accident.
k. A system of structural members designed to reduce the likelihood that an 11
occupant would be crushed as the result of a rollover of the device.
(b) The department of natural resources, in consultation with the department 13
of transportation, shall administer a pilot program to investigate the effects of using 14
utility terrain vehicles on routes and trails that are used and authorized to be used 15
by all-terrain vehicles, to evaluate whether it is feasible and appropriate to expand 16
the allowable use of utility terrain vehicles.
(c) 1. The department, any federal agency, and any county is eligible to 18
participate in the pilot program. If a county elects to participate in the pilot program, 19
the governing body of the county shall adopt a resolution to that effect. If a county 20
adopts such a resolution, the resolution shall apply to all of the municipalities within 21
the county unless the governing body of a municipality adopts a resolution that 22
provides that the municipality will not participate in the pilot program. The 23
governing body of each participating county or municipality may withdraw from the 24
pilot program before July 1, 2012, by adopting a resolution to that effect.
2. If a county or municipality adopts a resolution under subd. 1., its clerk shall 2
immediately send a copy of the resolution to the department and to the office of any 3
law enforcement agency of the county or municipality having jurisdiction over any 4
all-terrain vehicle route or trail designated under par. (d).
(d) The department or a federal agency, county, or municipality that 6
participates in the pilot program may designate any of the following located within 7
their respective jurisdictions:
1. All-terrain vehicle routes and trails that may be used by operators of utility 9
2. All-terrain vehicle routes and trails upon which utility terrain vehicle use 11
(e) For the purposes of all of the following, a utility terrain vehicle that is 13
operated as authorized under this subsection is considered an all-terrain vehicle:
1. Sections 345.11 (1r), 346.02 (11), 349.02, 885.235 (1g) and (1k), 895.049, and 15
2. Subsections (3), (3g), (4), (4c) to (4x), (6), (7), (10), (12), and (13).