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H0507.........................................by TRANSPORTATION AND DEFENSE
HIGHWAYS - SLOW MOVING VEHICLES - Amends existing law to update and clarify
the operation of slow moving vehicles on public highways.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 507
BY TRANSPORTATION AND DEFENSE COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO SLOW MOVING VEHICLES; AMENDING SECTION 49-619, IDAHO CODE, TO
3 CLARIFY OPERATION OF SLOW MOVING VEHICLES ON PUBLIC HIGHWAYS.
4 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
5 SECTION 1. That Section 49-619, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
6 amended to read as follows:
7 49-619. SLOW MOVING VEHICLES -- RESTRICTIONS AND EXCEPTIONS, EQUIPMENT --
8 EMBLEMS ON CERTAIN MACHINERY -- LIMITED EXEMPTION. (1) Except for emergency
9 and snow removal vehicles owned and operated by the state or its political
10 subdivisions when enroute to, from, or in the performance of activities essen-
11 tial to the public safety, and implements of husbandry, except on interstate
12 highways, equipped with lights as required by section 49-916, Idaho Code, when
13 being moved from one (1) farm operation to another, and implements of hus-
14 bandry when operating from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before
15 sunrise shall have flashing lamps visible from a distance of not less than
16 five hundred (500) feet to the rear, iIt shall be unlawful to operate a slow
17 moving vehicle on the highways at the following times and under the following
19 (a) From a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise, unless
20 the vehicle or equipment is equipped with lights as required by section
21 49-916, Idaho Code;
22 (b) At a speed in excess of twenty-five (25) miles per hour, unless the
23 vehicle or equipment is designed to safely travel at speeds in excess of
24 twenty-five (25) miles per hour, but no such vehicle or equipment shall
25 exceed the posted maximum speed limit;
26 (c) In such a manner as to obstruct the free movement of traffic on the
28 (2) A slow moving vehicle shall be equipped with a foot brake braking
29 system and with a mechanical signaling device as required for other similarly
30 constructed vehicles.
31 (3) All slow moving vehicles, farm tractors, road rollers and implements
32 of husbandry shall have affixed at the rear of the vehicle an emblem identify-
33 ing them as slow moving equipment. The Idaho traffic safety commission shall
34 recommend to the board the minimum standards for the emblem.
35 (4) Emergency and snow removal vehicles owned and operated by the state
36 or its political subdivisions when en route to, from, or in the performance of
37 activities essential to the public safety, shall be exempt from the provisions
38 of paragraphs (a) and (c) of subsection (1) of this section.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation will clarify Idaho Code 49-619. This legislation
will allow newer, more modern agriculture equipment to travel at
speeds faster than 25 mph, if they are so designed. However in no
case shall these vehicles be allowed to exceed the maximum posted
Name: Rep. Ken Roberts
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 507