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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 299         FILED ON: 1/9/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2146

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

John V. Fernandes

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act providing for the use of registered motor vehicles off public ways.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 299        FILED ON: 1/9/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2146

By Mr. Fernandes of Milford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2146) of John V. Fernandes for legislation to authorize the use of certain registered motor vehicles off public ways.  Public Safety and Homeland Security. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act providing for the use of registered motor vehicles off public ways.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Section 1A of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the third paragraph the following paragraph:-

              A registered motor vehicle, which has been issued a certificate, may be operated off a public way by any person authorized pursuant to sections 8 or 8B.  The operation of such registered motor vehicle shall not be considered a recreation vehicle or off-highway vehicle for the purposes of chapter 90B.

              SECTION 2.  Section 20 of chapter 90B of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the definition of “Recreation vehicle” and inserting in place thereof the following definition:-

              “Recreation vehicle” or “off-highway vehicle”, any motor vehicle designed or modified for use over unimproved terrain for recreation or pleasure while not being operated on a public way as defined in chapter 90 including, but not limited to, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, dirt bikes, recreation utility vehicles; provided, however, that recreation vehicles and off-highway vehicles operated exclusively for agricultural, forestry, lumbering or construction purposes shall not be subject to this chapter and it shall be an affirmative defense that such vehicle was being operated for such purposes at the time of an alleged violation of this chapter.

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