ELECTRIC PATROL VEHICLE                                                                            S.B. 589:

                                                                                  SUMMARY OF INTRODUCED BILL

                                                                                                         IN COMMITTEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Bill 589 (as introduced 9-27-17)

Sponsor:  Senator Peter MacGregor

Committee:  Transportation

 

Date Completed:  12-6-17

 


CONTENT

 

The bill would amend the Electric Patrol Vehicle Act to allow a political subdivision to operate an electric patrol vehicle on a sidewalk within that political subdivision's boundaries, and require such a vehicle to have two or three wheels, instead of four.

 

The Act allows a political subdivision, by ordinance, to authorize its law enforcement, emergency service, and parking enforcement employees to operate an electric patrol vehicle on a street or highway within that political subdivision's boundaries. ("Political subdivision" means a city, village, township, county, or university.)

 

An electric patrol vehicle must be limited as follows:

 

 --    To a street or highway with a posted speed limit of not more than 25 miles per hour.

 --    To crossing a street or highway with a posted speed limit of not more than 50 miles per hour.

 

The bill also would allow an electric patrol vehicle to be operated on a sidewalk within that political subdivision's boundaries. "Sidewalk" would mean a paved public sidewalk intended for pedestrian use outside of and adjacent to the improved portion of a street or highway designed for vehicular travel.

 

Currently, "electric patrol vehicle" means an electrically powered motor vehicle designed to carry up to four people, at a speed of not more than 25 miles per hour, having not less than four wheels, and having an unloaded weight of not more than 1,300.

 

The bill would amend the term to refer to a vehicle having two or three wheels, instead of four.

 

The bill would take effect 90 days after it was enacted.

 

MCL 257.1572 et al.                                                 Legislative Analyst:  Drew Krogulecki

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

The bill would increase university and local government costs to the extent that a local government or university already has an electric patrol vehicle or vehicles with four or more wheels that, under the bill, would no longer be eligible to operate under the Electric Patrol


Vehicle Act. The cost of implementing the use of two- or three-wheeled electric patrol vehicles would depend on the specific purchase decisions and program needs of local governments and universities.

 

                                                                                     Fiscal Analyst:  Elizabeth Pratt

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.