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AB-1266 Vehicles: recreational off-highway vehicles.(2011-2012)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Sep 25, 2012


SECTION 1.

 Section 38603 of the Vehicle Code, as added by Section 3 of Chapter 165 of the Statutes of 2012, is amended to read:

38603.
 (a) A person operating a recreational off-highway vehicle with a model year of 2014 or later on lands, as described in Section 38001,  shall not allow a passenger to occupy a separate seat location not designed and provided by the manufacturer for a passenger.
(b) Seats that are installed in a separate seat location not designed and provided by the manufacturer for a passenger in a vehicle with a model year of 2013 or earlier on lands, as described in Section 38001, may be occupied by a passenger if the occupant of the seat is fully contained inside of the vehicle’s rollover protection structure at all times while the vehicle is being operated. This section shall become operative on July 1, 2013. 

SEC. 2.

 Section 38604 of the Vehicle Code, as added by Section 3 of Chapter 165 of the Statutes of 2012, is amended to read:

38604.
 (a)  A person operating a recreational off-highway vehicle on lands, as described in Section 38001,  shall not ride with a passenger, unless the passenger, while seated upright with their  his or her  back against the seatback, can grasp the occupant handhold with the seatbelt and shoulder belt or safety harness properly fastened.
(b) For purposes of this chapter, “occupant handhold” means any factory or aftermarket device grasped by an occupant to provide support and to assist in keeping arms and hands within the recreational off-highway vehicle. The steering wheel shall be considered an occupant handhold for the recreational off-highway vehicle operator.
(c) Occupant handholds shall be designed to allow the recreational off-highway vehicle passenger to exit the vehicle without interference from the handholds.
SEC. 3.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to protect off-highway vehicle operators, passengers, and the public from acts that could lead to harm or death, and in order to avoid unnecessary implementation that could cost the state money and take away resources from other important activities, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.