RS 32:299.3     

§299.3. Off-road vehicles; utility terrain vehicles

            A.(1) For purposes of this Section, "utility terrain vehicle" shall mean any recreational motor vehicle designed for and capable of travel over designated roads, with a minimum width of fifty inches but not exceeding seventy-four inches and a minimum weight of at least seven hundred pounds but not exceeding three thousand five hundred pounds. "Utility terrain vehicle" shall include those vehicles not equipped with a certification label as required by 49 CFR Part 567.4.

            (2) "Utility terrain vehicle" does not include golf carts, vehicles specially designed to carry a disabled person, or vehicles otherwise registered under R.S. 32:299. A "utility terrain vehicle" or "UTV" also means a recreational off-highway vehicle or ROV.

            B. Notwithstanding the provisions in R.S. 32:299, the operation of a utility terrain vehicle upon the public roads or streets of this state is prohibited, except as follows:

            (1) A utility terrain vehicle may be operated only upon a parish road that has been designated by a parish or a municipal street that has been designated by a municipality for use by a utility terrain vehicle. Upon a designation that a utility terrain vehicle may be operated on a designated road or street, the responsible governmental entity shall post appropriate signage indicating that the operation is authorized.

            (2) A utility terrain vehicle may cross any divided highway, highway, roadway, or street with a posted speed limit in excess of thirty-five miles per hour at an intersection.

            C. A utility terrain vehicle operated on any roadway or street shall be equipped with the minimum motor vehicle equipment appropriate for motor vehicle safety including, headlamps, front and rear turn signal lamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, reflex reflectors, including one on each side as far to the rear as practicable and one red reflector on the rear of the vehicle, an exterior mirror mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle and either an exterior mirror mounted on the passenger's side of the vehicle or an interior mirror, a parking brake, an adequate windshield, a windshield wiper, speedometer, odometer, braking for each wheel, a seat belt assembly installed at each designated seating position, and a vehicle identification or serial number.

            D. Any utility terrain vehicle operated upon a parish road or municipal street shall be registered with the state of Louisiana through the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, office of motor vehicles, as an off-road vehicle and shall display a decal issued by the office of motor vehicles.

            E. A person operating a utility terrain vehicle shall be at least twenty-one years of age and possess a valid driver's license.

            F. Any utility terrain vehicle operated upon a highway of this state shall have liability insurance with the same minimum limits as required by the provisions of R.S. 32:900(B).

            G.(1) No person shall be a passenger in the open bed of a utility terrain vehicle while traveling upon a parish road or municipal street. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply in an emergency situation.

            (2) The number of persons permitted to travel in a utility terrain vehicle is limited to the number of available seat belts.

            H. Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed to prevent parish or municipal governments from prohibiting the operation of any utility terrain vehicle on any parish road or municipal street under its jurisdiction if the parish or municipal government determines that the prohibition is necessary for the safety of the motoring public.

            I. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, public safety services, shall promulgate rules and regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, subject to oversight by the House and Senate committees on transportation, highways, and public works, as necessary to implement the provisions of this Section. The rules and regulations shall become effective no later than January 15, 2016.

            Acts 2015, No. 122, §1; Acts 2022, No. 667, §1, eff. June 18, 2022.