☰ Revisor of Missouri

Title XIX MOTOR VEHICLES, WATERCRAFT AND AVIATION

Chapter 304

Effective - 28 Aug 2013 bottom

  304.032.  Utility vehicles, operation on highway and in streams or rivers prohibited — exceptions — passengers prohibited — violations, penalty. — 1.  No person shall operate a utility vehicle, as defined in section 301.010, upon the highways of this state, except as follows:

  (1)  Utility vehicles owned and operated by a governmental entity for official use;

  (2)  Utility vehicles operated for agricultural purposes or industrial on-premises purposes between the official sunrise and sunset on the day of operation, unless equipped with proper lighting;

  (3)  Utility vehicles operated by handicapped persons for short distances occasionally only on the state's secondary roads when operated between the hours of sunrise and sunset;

  (4)  Governing bodies of cities may issue special permits for utility vehicles to be used on highways within the city limits by licensed drivers.  Fees of fifteen dollars may be collected and retained by cities for such permits;

  (5)  Governing bodies of counties may issue special permits for utility vehicles to be used on county roads within the county by licensed drivers.  Fees of fifteen dollars may be collected and retained by the counties for such permits;

  (6)  Municipalities may by resolution or ordinance allow utility vehicle operation on streets or highways under the governing body's jurisdiction.  Any person operating a utility vehicle pursuant to a municipal resolution or ordinance shall maintain proof of financial responsibility in accordance with section 303.160 or maintain any other insurance policy providing equivalent liability coverage for a utility vehicle.

  2.  No person shall operate a utility vehicle within any stream or river in this state, except that utility vehicles may be operated within waterways which flow within the boundaries of land which a utility vehicle operator owns, or for agricultural purposes within the boundaries of land which a utility vehicle operator owns or has permission to be upon, or for the purpose of fording such stream or river of this state at such road crossings as are customary or part of the highway system.  All law enforcement officials or peace officers of this state and its political subdivisions or department of conservation agents or department of natural resources park rangers shall enforce the provisions of this subsection within the geographic area of their jurisdiction.

  3.  A person operating a utility vehicle on a highway pursuant to an exception covered in this section shall have a valid operator's or chauffeur's license, except that a handicapped person operating such vehicle under subdivision (3) of subsection 1 of this section, but shall not be required to have passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle, and the vehicle shall be operated at speeds of less than forty-five miles per hour.

  4.  No persons shall operate a utility vehicle:

  (1)  In any careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another; or

  (2)  While under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance.

  5.  No operator of a utility vehicle shall carry a passenger, except for agricultural purposes.  The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any utility vehicle in which the seat of such vehicle is designed to carry more than one person.

  6.  A violation of this section shall be a class C misdemeanor.  In addition to other legal remedies, the attorney general or county prosecuting attorney may institute a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction for injunctive relief to prevent such violation or future violations and for the assessment of a civil penalty not to exceed one thousand dollars per day of violation.

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(L. 2008 S.B. 930 & 947, A.L. 2013 H.B. 103)


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