OLR Bill Analysis

SB 186

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF A MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE REGULATING THE OPERATION OR USE OF A DIRT BIKE OR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE.

SUMMARY:

This bill exempts municipal ordinances regulating dirt bike or all-terrain vehicle (ATVs) operation or use from the requirement to give violators a written warning before issuing a citation.

Currently, as required for other ordinances enforced by citations, a municipal officer or employee must issue a written warning providing notice of a violation before issuing a citation. Thus, the bill subjects a first time violator of a dirt bike or ATV ordinance to a fine.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

BACKGROUND

Dirk Bike and ATV Ordinances

By law, municipalities can adopt ordinances on the operation and use of (1) dirt bikes on public property, including hours of use, and (2) ATVs, including hours and zones of use. An ordinance may set fines for violations up to the following amounts:

1. $1,000 for the first violation,

2. $1,500 for the second violation, and

3. $2,000 for subsequent violations (CGS 14-390 and -390m).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

0

(03/20/2015)