[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Bethlehem 10-9-1985 by L.L. No. 3-1985. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- OFF-HIGHWAY MOTORCYCLE
- A motorcycle, as defined by § 123 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, which is not equipped in conformity with the provisions of § 381 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, is not registered in accordance with the provisions of § 410 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York and which is manufactured and sold for operation primarily on off-highway trails or in off-highway competitions and only incidentally operated on public highways.
No person shall operate any off-highway motorcycle within the Town of Bethlehem unless such off-highway motorcycle has been registered in accordance with the provisions of this section and such registration is in full force and effect and indicia of registration is displayed in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Town Board.
Every owner of an off-highway motorcycle which is or is intended to be operated within the Town of Bethlehem shall cause to be filed in the office of the Town Clerk an application for registration, on a form to be prepared under the direction of and furnished by the Town Clerk for that purpose, containing:
A brief description of the off-highway motorcycle to be registered, including the name of the manufacturer and the factory number of such vehicle.
The name and address of the owner of such vehicle and the name and address of any operator or operators of such vehicle other than the owner.
Such other information as the Town Board may from time to time require by order or resolution.
Upon receipt of a sufficient application for registration, the Town Clerk shall register such off-highway motorcycle and maintain a record of the registration of such motorcycle under the distinctive number assigned to such motorcycle and shall issue a certificate of registration, together with such indicia of registration as shall be determined by the Town Board. A fee of $5, payable to the Town of Bethlehem, shall be paid to the Town Clerk upon the registration of such off-highway motorcycle.
The Town Board is hereby empowered to make and promulgate, from time to time, by order or resolution, such rules and regulations relating to the use and operation of off-highway motorcycles on off-highway trails and in off-highway competitions, including the requirement of instruction and training, as the Town Board may determine in the interest of promoting the public welfare, convenience and safety. For the purpose of implementing and enforcing such rules and regulations, the Town Board may impose such restrictions, limitations and conditions upon the issuance of certificates of registration under this chapter as the Town Board may deem appropriate.
The operation of an off-highway motorcycle in violation of this chapter shall be deemed a violation. Such violator or violators shall each be liable to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $250 for each violation.