RULES AND REGULATIONS
[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 135 ]
Lands and Buildings; State Game Lands
[50 Pa.B. 2257]
[Saturday, May 2, 2020]
To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission) at its April 7, 2020, meeting amended § 135.53 (relating to operation of mobility devices and motor vehicles on designated routes) to expand all-terrain vehicle (ATV) eligibility for use as mobility devices by including ATVs registered with the Department of Transportation as neighborhood electric vehicles that properly display the valid registration plate and the required ''25 MPH Vehicle'' decal.
This final-form rulemaking will not have an adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.
The authority for this final-form rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).
Notice of proposed rulemaking was published at 50 Pa.B. 1372 (March 7, 2020).
1. Purpose and Authority
Former regulations required that any ATV used as a mobility device must be registered (only) with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Commission has learned that certain ATVs that are additionally defined as ''neighborhood electric vehicles'' and registered with the Department of Transportation, cannot be dual registered with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. This restriction had the unfortunate effect of excluding otherwise eligible ATVs from being utilized as mobility devices by the mere fact that the device is properly registered with another Commonwealth agency. The Commission amends § 135.53 to expand ATV eligibility for use as mobility devices by including ATVs registered with the Department of Transportation as neighborhood electric vehicles that properly display the valid registration plate and the required ''25 MPH Vehicle'' decal.
Section 721(a) of the code (relating to control of property) provides ''The administration of all lands and waters owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the commission shall be under the sole control of the Director, and the Commission shall promulgate regulations. . .for its use and protection as necessary to properly manage these lands or waters.'' The amendments to § 135.53 are adopted under this authority.
2. Regulatory Requirements
This final-form rulemaking amends § 135.53 to expand ATV eligibility for use as mobility devices by including ATVs registered with the Department of Transportation as neighborhood electric vehicles that properly display the valid registration plate and the required ''25 MPH Vehicle'' decal.
3. Persons Affected
Persons wishing to operate an ATV registered with the Department of Transportation as neighborhood electric vehicle and properly displaying a valid registration plate and the required ''25 MPH Vehicle'' decal on lands designated as State game lands may be affected by this final-form rulemaking.
4. Comment and Response Summary
There were no official comments received regarding this final-form rulemaking.
5. Cost and Paperwork Requirements
This final-form rulemaking should not result in any additional cost or paperwork.
6. Effective Date
This final-form rulemaking will be effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.
7. Contact Person
For further information regarding this final-form rulemaking, contact Jason L. DeCoskey, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.
The Commission finds that:
(1) Public notice of intention to adopt the administrative amendments adopted by this order has been given under sections 201 and 202 of the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L. 769, No. 240) (45 P.S. §§ 1201 and 1202), known as the Commonwealth Documents Law, and the regulations thereunder, 1 Pa. Code §§ 7.1 and 7.2 (relating to notice of proposed rulemaking; and adoption of regulations).
(2) The adoption of the amendments of the Commission in the manner provided in this order is necessary and appropriate for the administration and enforcement of the authorizing statute.
The Commission, acting under the authorizing statute, orders that:
(a) The regulations of the Commission, 58 Pa. Code Chapter 135, are amended by amending § 135.53 to read as set forth in Annex A.
(b) The Executive Director of the Commission shall certify this order and Annex A and deposit them with the Legislative Reference Bureau as required by law.
(c) This order shall become effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
BRYAN J. BURHANS,
Fiscal Note: Fiscal Note 48-453 remains valid for the final adoption of the subject regulation.
TITLE 58. RECREATION
PART III. GAME COMMISSION
CHAPTER 135. LANDS AND BUILDINGS
Subchapter C. STATE GAME LANDS
§ 135.53. Operation of mobility devices and motor vehicles on designated routes.
Persons with a valid disabled person access permit issued under Chapter 147, Subchapter AA (relating to disabled person access permit) may operate mobility devices and motor vehicles on designated routes subject to all of the following conditions:
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(3) ATVs and snowmobiles as mobility devices. An ATV or snowmobile used as a mobility device on a designated route must be registered with either:
(i) The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and display the valid registration plate or registration decal as required under 75 Pa.C.S. §§ 7711.1 and 7711.2 (relating to registration of snowmobile or ATV; and limited registration of snowmobile or ATV); or
(ii) The Department of Transportation as a neighborhood electric vehicle or NEV and display the valid registration plate and ''25 MPH Vehicle'' decal as required under 75 Pa.C.S. §§ 3592 and 3594 (relating to required equipment; and same treatment as passenger cars).
(4) Spark arrestors required. Mobility devices powered by an internal combustion engine must be equipped with a fully functional spark arrestor while operation on a designated route.
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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-592. Filed for public inspection May 1, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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