Malloy Signs Dirt Bike Seizure Bill June 2016
HARTFORD – Effective Oct. 1, cities in Connecticut having a population of 20,000 or more and ordinances on the operation of dirt bikes and ATVs will be able to seize them from illegal operators and sell them.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law on June 9 a bill passed by the General Assembly that allows these cities and towns – of which there are more than 50 – to force owners to forfeit their rides. The machines may then “be sold at public auction by the municipality,” with the proceeds going into the general fund of the municipality.
The bill passed 101-46 in the House and 33-2 in the Senate. The bill as amended and passed may be found at https://www.cga.ct.gov/2016/ACT/pa/2016PA-00208-R00SB-00463-PA.htm
Any municipality that adopts an ordinance pursuant to section 7-148, as amended by this act, to regulate the operation and use on public property, including hours of use, of dirt bikes or mini-motorcycles may prescribe a penalty for violation of such ordinance (1) in an amount not to exceed one thousand dollars for a first violation, in an amount not to exceed one thousand five hundred dollars for a second violation and in an amount not to exceed two thousand dollars for a third or subsequent violation, and (2) in the case of a municipality with a population of twenty thousand or more, to provide for the seizure and forfeiture to the municipality of such dirt bike or mini-motorcycle for violation of such ordinance, subject to any bona fide lien, lease or security interest in the dirt bike or mini-motorcycle, including, but not limited to, a lien under section 14-66c.