S 2260. General provisions. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all of the provisions of this chapter shall apply to a limited use vehicle in the same manner as if such vehicle was not a limited use vehicle. S 2261. Registration. 1. Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall operate any limited use vehicle on a public highway or street within this state unless such limited use vehicle has been registered in accordance with the provisions of this article, and the registration for such limited use vehicle is in full force and effect and the registration number plate or plates are displayed as hereinafter provided. 2. A certificate of registration issued pursuant to this article shall indicate that the registration is limited to use as provided in section twenty-two hundred sixty-two of this chapter. No application for registration shall be accepted unless the applicant is at least sixteen years of age. 3. Fees. (a) The fees for the registration, renewal, reregistration or amendment or duplicate of a registration of a limited use automobile shall be the same fees as if such vehicle were registered pursuant to section four hundred one of this chapter. (b) The annual fee for the registration, renewal, reregistration or amendment or duplicate of a registration of a limited use motorcycle shall be six dollars and twenty-five cents. Any such registration will commence and expire on dates to be determined by the commissioner. A fee for a registration for periods of more or less than one year shall not be prorated. 4. Carrying certificate. Every person operating a limited use vehicle registered in accordance with any of the provisions of this article, shall, upon the demand of any magistrate, police officer, peace officer, when acting pursuant to his special duties, or motor vehicle hearing officer produce for inspection the certificate of registration for such limited use vehicle and shall furnish to such person any information necessary for the identification of such limited use vehicle and its owner. The failure to produce the certificate of registration as provided herein shall not be an offense, but shall be presumptive evidence of operating a limited use vehicle which is not registered as required by this article. 5. Out-of-state limited use vehicle registration. The registration provisions of this article shall not apply to a non-resident who has registered his limited use vehicle in compliance with the registration or licensing laws of the state, province or country of his residence, provided that the limited use vehicle so registered in accordance with the laws of the state, province or country of residence of such owner is appropriately identified by an identification plate, sticker or other identifying device issued by such state, province or country. S 2262. Limitations on registrations. 1. A registration issued to a class B or class C limited use motorcycle shall be valid only for operation on public highways in the right hand lane available for traffic or upon a usable shoulder on the right side of the highway. The limitation with respect to operation in the right hand lane or upon a usable shoulder shall not apply when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into or from a private road or driveway. 2. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, a registration issued pursuant to this article shall not be valid for operation on any public highway in violation of any state or local ordinance, law, rule or regulation enacted or promulgated pursuant to the provisions of Title VIII of this chapter prohibiting or restricting the use of limited use vehicles, nor on any controlled access highway other than on a bridge or tunnel or other portion of such highway which is specifically designated for use by limited use vehicles by the authority having jurisdiction over such bridge or tunnel or highway. 3. No person shall operate a limited use vehicle on a public highway where such operation is not permitted in accordance with the provisions of this section. 4. No person shall operate a low speed vehicle on any public highway: (a) with a speed limit in excess of thirty-five miles per hour, provided that the provisions of this paragraph shall not prohibit the crossing of a public highway with a speed limit in excess of thirty-five miles per hour where such highway intersects with a highway with a speed limit of thirty-five miles per hour or less; or (b) which, in the interest of public safety, a local authority or the department of transportation has prohibited low speed vehicles. S 2263. Revocation and suspension. In addition to revocation or suspension of a registration pursuant to any other provision of this chapter, all registrations issued to a registrant pursuant to this article may be revoked where the holder is convicted of a second or subsequent violation committed within a period of twelve months of subdivision three of section twenty-two hundred sixty-two of this chapter. Where a revocation is issued pursuant to this section, no new limited use vehicle registration shall be issued to such person for a period of one year from the date of such revocation. S 2264. Display of registration number plate or plates. 1. The registration number plate or plates assigned to a limited use vehicle shall be displayed on the vehicle at all times such vehicle is operated on the public highways in such manner as the commissioner may, be regulation, prescribe. One registration number plate shall be issued by the commissioner for a limited use motorcycle. One or two registration number plates, as determined by the commissioner, shall be issued by the commissioner for a limited use automobile. No number other than the registration number plate assigned to a limited use vehicle by the commissioner, or the identification number of the registration issued by another state shall be painted, attached or otherwise displayed on a limited use vehicle when such vehicle is being operated on a public highway. Nothing herein shall prohibit the display of a vehicle identification number plate or number affixed by the manufacturer or his agent in accordance with section twenty-two hundred sixty-seven of this chapter. 2. Dealer demonstrator number plates shall conform to the requirements set forth in subdivision one of this section with the exception that such number plates may be temporarily but firmly affixed to the limited use vehicle being demonstrated or tested. 3. The use of dealer demonstrator number plates shall be subject to the provisions of sections four hundred fifteen and four hundred sixteen of this chapter. 4. No dealer shall permit a dealer demonstrator number plate to be used on any vehicle unless such vehicle would qualify for the issuance of such a number plate when registered. S 2265. Equipment, inspection and insurance. 1. Equipment. Unless otherwise prescribed by regulation of the commissioner, a limited use automobile shall be subject to the equipment requirements of this chapter which are applicable to a passenger motor vehicle. Unless otherwise prescribed by regulation of the commissioner, a limited use motorcycle shall be subject to the equipment requirements which are applicable to a motorcycle. The operator of a limited use motorcycle shall be subject to the requirements of subdivisions six and seven of section three hundred eighty-one of this chapter, except that the requirements of subdivisions six and seven of section three hundred eighty-one of this chapter shall not be applicable to the operator of a class C limited use motorcycle. The commissioner may, by regulation, provide for different equipment requirements for different classes of limited use motorcycles. As far as practicable, such regulations, if promulgated by the commissioner, shall be consistent with federal motor vehicle safety standards established for similar vehicles. No person shall operate a limited use vehicle on the public highways of this state in violation of the provisions of this section or regulations promulgated by the commissioner thereunder. 2. Inspection. (a) Limited use automobiles and class A limited use motorcycles shall be subject to the inspection requirements of article five of this chapter. The commissioner may, by regulation, provide for different inspection procedures for different types of limited use automobiles. (b) Class B and class C limited use motorcycles shall be exempt from any inspection requirements. 3. Insurance. The provisions of articles six, seven and eight of this chapter shall be applicable to limited use vehicles, except that the provisions of article six of this chapter shall not apply to class C limited use motorcycles. S 2267. Dealers and manufacturers. 1. No person shall engage in the business of selling limited use vehicles unless there shall have been issued to him a dealer registration in accordance with section four hundred fifteen of this chapter. The commissioner may, by regulation, provide for identification of dealers as dealers in limited use vehicles, and he shall make provision for the issuance of appropriate dealer demonstrator number plates to such dealers. 2. No dealer shall acquire any limited use vehicle for the purpose of resale for use on the public highways within this state unless such limited use vehicle has a vehicle identification number in a form and manner acceptable to the commissioner permanently affixed to the frame by the manufacturer or authorized agent of the manufacturer. 3. The commissioner may prescribe, by regulation, procedures to be followed by dealers with respect to record keeping and documents required upon the sale of a limited use vehicle, and procedures to be followed by manufacturers with respect to the assignment and affixing of vehicle identification numbers. S 2268. Motor-assisted vehicle. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a vehicle which is primarily designed to be propelled by human power shall not be entitled to registration as a limited use vehicle because of the addition of a motor. The commissioner shall determine whether any vehicle is primarily designed to be propelled by human power. S 2269. Exemptions. 1. Fire and police vehicles are exempt from the provisions of this article, except that the operator of such a vehicle shall be required to be licensed as provided in article nineteen of this chapter. 2. Any limited use vehicle registered pursuant to this article which would be exempt from the payment of registration fees if such vehicle were to be registered pursuant to title four of this chapter, shall be exempt from the payment of registration fees under this article. S 2270. Rules and regulations. The commissioner is hereby empowered to make such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary to carry out the provisions of this article, including procedures with respect to the certification of maximum performance speed of limited use vehicles. Top of Page
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