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144th General Assembly
Senate Bill # 17 w/SA 1 + HA 1

Primary Sponsor: McBride Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Henry & Rep. Ewing
CoSponsors: Rep. Hocker; Rep. Spence
Introduced on : 01/17/2007
Long Title:AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO LOW-SPEED VEHICLES.
Synopsis: This Act sets requirements for low-speed vehicles to operate on Delaware highways. Twenty-five (25) states, including Maryland and Virginia, now allow low-speed vehicles to operate on their highways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued regulations and safety standards for the production and safety equipment requirements for those vehicles. These regulations apply only to low-speed vehicles operating with a speed range of between twenty to twenty-five (20-25) miles per hour. Vehicles operating above these speeds are considered regular passenger vehicles and must comply with passenger vehicle standards. Vehicles with maximum speeds below twenty (20) miles per hour are regulated by State and local laws regarding safety equipment and operations.      

This Act will allow low-speed vehicles to operate on Delaware highways that have a posted speed limit of thirty-five (35) miles per hour or less. These vehicles will also be allowed to cross other higher speed highways at a marked intersection. Vehicle owners will pay the normal fees for title and registration.

The vehicles will be exempt from the Division’s normal safety inspection since the thirty-five (35) miles per hour highway speed restriction would prevent the vehicle from being driven to a Division inspection facility. Operators of these vehicles must have a valid driver’s license and insurance on the vehicle.

These vehicles are especially suited for operation in an urban environment. They are normally equipped with an electric motor and are pollution free. The vehicles are fully equipped with standard vehicle safety equipment. Some Delaware insurance companies have expressed a reluctance to insure these vehicles. This Act clarifies that no automobile insurance company will be mandated to provide insurance on a low-speed vehicle.
Author: Senator McBride

Current Status: Signed   On   04/14/2007
Volume Chapter76:10
Fiscal Note:
Not Required
Date Governor acted:04/14/2007
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Amendments: SA 1 to SB 17 - Passed
HA 1 to SB 17 - Passed
Committee Reports:
Senate Committee report 03/14/07 F=0 M=5 U=0----->Committee Report
House Committee Report 03/21/07 F=0 M=5 U=0---->Committee Report
Voting Reports:
Senate vote: () Passed 3/14/07 5:31:52 PM------->Voting Record
House vote: () Passed 4/4/07 3:13:45 PM------->Voting Record
Senate vote: () Passed 4/5/07 5:38:42 PM------->Voting Record
Engrossed Version:
Engrossment------->Engrossment
Actions History:
Apr 14, 2007 - Signed by Governor
Apr 14, 2007 - Signed by Governor
Apr 05, 2007 - Passed by Senate. Votes: 16 YES 3 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT
Apr 05, 2007 - Necessary rules are suspended in Senate
Apr 05, 2007 - Introduced in Senate
Apr 04, 2007 - Assigned to Committee in Senate
Apr 04, 2007 - Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: 35 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 4 ABSENT 2 VACANT
Apr 04, 2007 - Amendment HA 1 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
Apr 04, 2007 - Amendment HA 1 - Introduced in House
Apr 04, 2007 - Lifted From Table in House
Mar 29, 2007 - Laid On Table in House
Mar 21, 2007 - Reported Out of Committee (PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY) in House with 5 On Its Merits
Mar 15, 2007 - Introduced and Assigned to Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee in House
Mar 14, 2007 - Passed by Senate. Votes: 17 YES 3 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT
Mar 14, 2007 - Amendment SA 1 - Passed by Senate. Votes: 14 YES 6 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT
Mar 14, 2007 - Amendment SA 1 - Lifted From Table in Senate
Mar 14, 2007 - Amendment SA 1 - Lifted From Table in Senate
Mar 14, 2007 - Amendment SA 1 - Laid On Table in Senate
Mar 14, 2007 - Amendment SA 1 - Introduced in Senate
Mar 14, 2007 - Reported Out of Committee (PUBLIC SAFETY) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
Jan 17, 2007 - Assigned to Public Safety Committee in Senate
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