Bill S1946-2013

Relates to the definition of all terrain vehicle or "ATV"

Relates to the definition of all terrain vehicle or "ATV"; increases the dry weight of such vehicle from 1000 pounds to 1500 pounds.



  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • May 30, 2013: referred to transportation
  • May 30, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • May 22, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 21, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.682


VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Transportation - May 21, 2013
Ayes (13): Fuschillo, Robach, Carlucci, Gallivan, Larkin, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Young, Zeldin, Dilan, Kennedy
Ayes W/R (3): Perkins, Squadron, Stavisky
Nays (2): Diaz, Gipson



TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the definition of an all terrain vehicle or "ATV"

PURPOSE: This bill raises the defined weight of an "ATV" to 1,500 pounds of dry weight to allow certain "utv's" to be registered in New York.


Section 1. redefines "all terrain vehicle" in chapter 319 of the vehicle and traffic law by raising the dry weight qualification from 1000 pounds to 1,500 pounds.

Section 2. provides this act shall take effect on the 30th day after it shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION: The current vehicle and traffic law defines an all terrain vehicle (ATV) specifically as being no wider than 70 inches and no heavier than 1,000 pounds. With advancements in technology, the world of ATV driving has expanded to create some new vehicles which are sometimes referred to as Utility Vehicles (UTV). UTV's are sometimes heavier than traditional models of ATV's. Unlike other states, New York hasn't updated regulations to allow the new vehicles to be registered. The current dry weight limit on ATV's is enticing New Yorkers to register their vehicles in other states or to leave their vehicles unregistered.

By increasing the weight limit on ATV's by 500 pounds, we are allowing users to register their UTV's in New York. In doing so, we will generate more state revenue through registrations. The allowance of registrations is also anticipated to peak interest in the purchase of new UTV's in New York State which will generate additional sales tax revenue. Finally, by enacting this legislation, we will be providing a necessary update which will allow current owners of UTV's to register and use their vehicles legally in New York.


S.3160 of 2006 - Referred to Transportation S.4380 of 2007 - Referred to Transportation S.4380A of 2008 - Passed Senate S.4277 of 2009 - Committed to Rules S.4277 of 2010 - Passed Senate S.3318 of 2011 - Passed Senate S.3318 of 2012 - Passed Senate

FISCAL IMPACT: No cost to the state. Additional revenue is anticipated through new registrations and sales tax.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 30th day after it shall have become law.


STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1946 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. RITCHIE, BONACIC, GALLIVAN, GRIFFO, LARKIN, LITTLE, MAZIARZ, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the defi- nition of an all terrain vehicle or "ATV" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 2281 of the vehi- cle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 319 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as follows: (a) "All terrain vehicle" or "ATV" means any self-propelled vehicle which is manufactured for sale for operation primarily on off-highway trails or off-highway competitions and only incidentally operated on public highways providing that such vehicle does not exceed seventy inches in width, or one thousand FIVE HUNDRED pounds dry weight. Provided, however, this definition shall not include a "snowmobile" or other self-propelled vehicles manufactured for off-highway use exclu- sively designed for travel on snow or ice, steered by skis or runners and supported in whole or in part by one or more skis, belts or cleats which utilize an endless belt tread. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.


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