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Unusual transportation would require registration says possible new legislation

Feb 12, 2024, 7:20 PM | Updated: Feb 13, 2024, 5:42 pm

"Unusual transportation" like Jet levs are just one of many unregistered vehicles that Utah lawmake...

FILE: Dean O'Malley flies using a JetLev, a water-powered jetpack flying machine in the Newport Beach harbor on September 25, 2012 in Newport Beach, California. Jet levs are just one of many unregistered "unusual transportation" that Utah lawmakers seek to require registration to be operated in public places. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — Newly proposed legislation would require registration for unusual transportation like snowdogs, kei trucks, and eFoils to be used in public spaces.

Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, said these unique ways of getting around should be registered and taxed.

“We are an outdoor recreation state, and many of these vehicles are designed for outdoor recreation,” said Thurston.

He said that many of these new recreational vehicles are unregistered because there’s no category for them.

“We encourage innovation, and we encourage recreation,” said Thurston, “when those two things meet, we just want to make sure that we’re being fair in the way that things are being taxed.”

The legislation, HB441, would allow people to register these vehicles under a new category named “unusual transportation.”

Lawmakers would assign an appropriate registration fee, and tax, once the vehicle has been assessed.  

The committee passed the bill, and it will now make its way to the House.

“We have a nice long list,” said Thurston, talking about the types of vehicles, which includes “Snowdogs, Argos jet levs, eFoils, and kei trucks.”

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