2022 Pennsylvania Consolidated & Unconsolidated Statutes
Title 75 - VEHICLES
Chapter 37 - Miscellaneous Provisions
Section 3722 - Off-road vehicles in urban municipalities

Universal Citation: 75 PA Cons Stat § 3722 (2022)
§ 3722. Off-road vehicles in urban municipalities.

(a) Prohibition.--Except as provided in Subchapter C of Chapter 77 (relating to operation), subsection (b) or otherwise provided by this title or other law of this Commonwealth, including local ordinances adopted by urban municipalities, no individual may operate an all-terrain vehicle or a dirt bike on any of the following public areas within the boundaries of an urban municipality:

(1) A highway, including the berm or shoulder.

(2) A sidewalk.

(3) A pedalcycle lane.

(b) Exception for crossing.--Subsection (a) shall not apply to the operation of a dirt bike while making a direct crossing of a highway in compliance with all of the following requirements:

(1) The crossing is made at an angle of approximately 90 degrees to the direction of the highway and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing.

(2) The dirt bike is brought to a complete stop before crossing the shoulder or main-traveled way of the highway.

(3) The individual yields the right-of-way to all oncoming traffic which constitutes an immediate hazard.

(4) In crossing a divided highway, the crossing is made only at an intersection of the highway with another highway.

(c) Penalty.--Except as provided in subsection (d), an individual who violates subsection (a) commits a summary offense and shall, upon conviction:

(1) For a first offense, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $200 and costs of prosecution and, in default of the payment of the fine or costs, be imprisoned for not more than 10 days.

(2) For a subsequent offense, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $300 and costs of prosecution and, in default of the payment of the fine or costs, be imprisoned for not more than 30 days.

(d) Prohibition on similar citations.--No person may be charged with a violation of Subchapter C of Chapter 77 concurrently with a violation of subsection (a) for an offense committed at the same time and place.

(e) Forfeiture.--

(1) In addition to the penalty provided under subsection (c) and subject to paragraph (2), an all-terrain vehicle or dirt bike operated in violation of subsection (a) shall be subject to forfeiture in accordance with 42 Pa.C.S. §§ 5803 (relating to asset forfeiture), 5805 (relating to forfeiture procedure), 5806 (relating to motion for return of property), 5807 (relating to restrictions on use), 5807.1 (relating to prohibition on adoptive seizures) and 5808 (relating to exceptions).

(2) Forfeiture as authorized under paragraph (1) may not occur unless the individual is convicted of a violation of subsection (a).

(3) A police officer may impound an all-terrain vehicle or dirt bike operated in violation of subsection (a) pending final disposition of the case or a court order.

(f) Construction.--Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to allow the operation of an all-terrain vehicle or dirt bike outside of the boundaries of an urban municipality in a manner that is inconsistent with this title or other law of this Commonwealth.

(g) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"All-terrain vehicle." As defined in section 7702 (relating to definitions).

"Dirt bike." A two-wheeled motor vehicle that has a seat or saddle, is designed and manufactured exclusively for off-road use and does not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Environmental Protection Agency on-road emissions standards. The term does not include:

(1) A vehicle that is or is required to be registered under Chapter 13 (relating to registration of vehicles).

(2) A dual sport motorcycle.

(3) An electric pedalcycle.

"Dual sport motorcycle." A motorcycle that is designed and manufactured to be ridden on and off road and is titled and registered with the department for on-road use.

"Electric pedalcycle." A vehicle that:

(1) weighs not more than 100 pounds with two wheels more than 11 inches in diameter;

(2) is manufactured or assembled with an electric motor system rated at not more than 750 watts and that ceases to provide assistance when the vehicle reaches speeds of 28 miles per hour; and

(3) is equipped with operable pedals and a seat or saddle for the rider.

"Urban municipality." A city of the first class, second class, second class A or third class.

(July 11, 2022, P.L.1596, No.92, eff. 60 days)

2022 Amendment. Act 92 added section 3722.

Cross References. Section 3722 is referred to in section 5803 of Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure).

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