California AB 1266 eases OHV regulations
By RICH GREENE-DN Staff Writer
Updated: 09/26/2012 07:19:57 AM PDT
A bill jointly authored by Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, meant to reword previously passed legislation regarding recreational off-highway vehicles was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday.
AB 1266 takes out a provision previously passed in AB 1595 that could have prevented children, smaller adults and people with disabilities from riding in OHVs.
It also delays implementation of another provision, which would prevent the modification of several types of OHVs.
Nielsen authored the bill with AB 1595's author, Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley.
We were happy to contribute to helping offroaders throughout California to continue enjoy their recreational activities, Nielsen said in a press release. I want to thank Assemblyman Cook for authoring this bill and working with our office, and the governor for signing it into law.
AB 1266 takes out a provision in the previous legislation requiring passengers be able to sit with both feet flat on the floorboard while restrained.
The bill delays implementation of another provision dealing with separate seat locations until July 1, 2013.
This will give legislators time to work on legislation that would allow users who have safely modified their vehicles to continue riding.
The previous legislation would not have allowed OHV owners to install or modify seats in positions not designed by the manufacturer.
These small changes will allow off-roaders to continue using their vehicles with their families without compromising safety, said Cook.
The off-roading community deserves a big thank you for their support. This legislation would not have been possible without their help.
The bill passed unanimously through the Assembly and Senate.Sourced from... http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/news/ci_21634600/california-ab-1266-eases-ohv-regulations