HB 1128  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2022 SESSION

22-2654

04/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1128

 

AN ACT relative to financial liability for damage caused by OHRV use of class VI roads.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Renzullo, Hills. 37; Rep. Gould, Hills. 7; Rep. Gottling, Sull. 2

 

COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires a city or town to bear the cost of repairs for damage to a class VI road caused by OHRV use on such road.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

22-2654

04/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two

 

AN ACT relative to financial liability for damage caused by OHRV use of class VI roads.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Off Highway Recreational Vehicles; Operation of All OHRVs.  Amend RSA 215-A:6, IX to read as follows:

IX.(a)  Pursuant to RSA 215-A:15, and following a duly noticed public hearing advertised at least 14 days in advance in a public location in the city or town and notification to abutters by verified mail pursuant to RSA 21:53, city or town councils and boards of selectmen may authorize the use of sidewalks and class IV, class V or class VI highways and bridges, or portions thereof, for use by OHRVs.  The operation of OHRVs may also be allowed on sidewalks adjacent to class I, II, III, or III-a highways pursuant to RSA 236:56, II(e).  Operators of OHRVs using said roads, or portions thereof, shall keep to the extreme right and shall yield to all conventional motor vehicle traffic.  The bureau, or its designee, shall so post such highways where authorized.  Following a duly noticed public hearing, except in the case of an emergency closure, such city or town authorities may change the allowable usage of a class IV, class V, or class VI highway by OHRVs by giving notification to the supervisor of the bureau and removing any signs that no longer apply.  The petitioner shall bear the expense of verified mail notification to abutters of property for which OHRV use is sought under this paragraph.

(b)  The cost for repairing damage to a class VI road caused by OHRV use on such road authorized pursuant to subparagraph (a) shall be borne by the city or town.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.