California AB 1595 New UTV Law
This is all over other forums but didn't see it here in searches.
California Assembly and Senate just signed AB 1595 that specifically classifies UTVs (under 1000cc), requires helmets for all in the vehicle, only allows seats in locations originally provided by OEM and requires passengers feet can touch the floor while belted in.
So this eliminates the usage of all 4 seat conversions for all brands and in most cases means children cannot ride in these vehicles as their feet cannot touch the floor.
Please Google AB1595 to read more information and if you are a California resident I would highly encourage you to phone your Assembly and Senate Representatives, phone calls definitely make more of an impact than emails.
I have a link to look up your Representative but aren't allowed to post it, if a Mod wants to reach out to me I can send it to be added to the posting.
This law is signed and set to take affect Jan 1 2013.
Yesterday I called our Assemblyman’s (Brian Jones) Chief of Staff and she was very surprised by this as he is an avid off road supporter.
We went through reading the new law together and I went through the points that directly preclude children being passengers in these vehicles.
The bill went through with a classification of 'benign' in internal Legislature language meaning it should be neutral or have no adverse affect on anything, she said that was the reason in his office it wasn't looked into (yet he voted for it).
I would also encourage you to call and speak to Assemblyman Cook's (the sponsor) office, explain your concern and ask for the Assemblyman's reasoning:
» Matt Knox - District Director
» Art Welch - Senior Field Representative
» George Price - Senior Field Representative
» Tom Wilson - Field Representative
» Dawn Rowe - Field Representative
» Regina Santana - Executive Secretary
34932 Yucaipa Blvd.
Yucaipa, CA 92399
» John Sobel - Chief of Staff
» Tim Itnyre - Legislative Director
» Lyndsay Roberts - Legislative Assistant
» Claire Cozad - Office Assistant
» John Rees - Student Intern
State Capitol, Room 5164
Sacramento, CA 95814