Snowmobiling is a wonderful way to enjoy Maine’s winter. There are thousands of miles of trails that reach across the length and breadth of the state.
But while you look ahead to where you are traveling, please also consider the land that you are traveling over. Most likely, you are traveling over private land.
Over 90% of Maine is privately owned, and most of Maine’s snowmobile trails travel over private land.
Snowmobile clubs work hard with landowners in order to create a network of trails that provide plenty of riding opportunities. How you conduct yourself while riding on private land will go a long way to keeping that trail open.
Unfortunately, each year, many clubs are faced with sections of trail that become closed due to improper behavior by a small minority of riders. Clubs must reroute trails, gaining access to new trails by knocking on doors to seek permission from landowners.
You can help keep our current trail system intact by acting appropriately while riding. Always stay on marked trails. Do not leave any litter behind, and please treat the landowner and the land with respect. Riding off the trail system requires landowner permission. Please ask first, rather than being asked to leave.
Access to private land is the key not only to snowmobiling, but Maine’s outdoor future as well. So before you start your winter ride, please remember that your actions can impact future access for everyone. Please ride respectfully.
§13001 – Definitions.
Accompanied by an adult. “Accompanied by an adult” means within visual and voice contact and under the effective control of a child’s parent or guardian or another person 21 years of age or older.
Antique Snowmobile. “Antique Snowmobile” means a snowmobile more than 25 years old that is registered as an antique snowmobile under section 13104, subsection 5.
Cowling. “Cowling” means the forward or rear portion of a snowmobile, usually of fiberglass or similar material, surrounding the motor and clutch assembly.
Operate. “To operate,” in all its moods and tenses, means: When it refers to a snowmobile, to use a snowmobile in any manner within the jurisdiction of the State, whether or not the vehicle is under way.
Owner. “Owner” means: For the purpose of registration of a snowmobile, a person holding title to a snowmobile or having exclusive right to the use of a snowmobile for a period greater than 30 days.
Private Way. As defined by Title 23 §1903-10-A, “Private Way” means a private road, driveway, or public easement. “Public easement” means an easement held by a municipality for purposes of public access to land or water not otherwise connected to a public way, and includes all rights enjoyed by the public with respect to private ways dedicated to the public.
Protective headgear. “Protective headgear” means a helmet that conforms with minimum standards of construction and performance as prescribed by the American National Standards Institute specification Z90.1 or by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standard No. 218.
Public Way. As defined by Title 23 §1903-11 “Public Way” means any road capable of carrying motor vehicles, including, but not limited to, any state highway, municipal road, county road, unincorporated territory road, or other road dedicated to the public
Snowmobile. “Snowmobile” means a vehicle propelled by mechanical power that is primarily designed to travel over ice or snow and is supported in part by skis, belts, or cleats.
Trail Grooming Equipment. See §13113.
§13002 – Collection by commissioner.
The commissioner or agents of the commissioner shall act on behalf of the State Tax Assessor to collect the use tax due under Title 36, chapters 211 to 225 in respect to any snowmobile for which an original registration is required under this Title at the time and place of registration of that snowmobile.
§13003 – Payment of sales or use tax prerequisite to registration.
Registration of snowmobile. Prior to registering a snowmobile, an agent of the commissioner shall collect sales or use tax due. Sales or use tax is due unless:
A. The person registering the snowmobile is not a resident of this State. Nonresidents are exempt from sales or use tax on snowmobiles under Title 36, section 1760, as are sales of grooming equipment to incorporated non-profit snowmobile clubs.
B. The registration is a renewal registration by the same owner;
C. The applicant possesses a dealer’s certificate showing that the sales tax was collected by the dealer. The State Tax Assessor shall prescribe the form of a dealer’s certificate; or
D. The snowmobile is otherwise exempt from sales or use tax under Title 36, section 1760.
§13006 – Impoundment of snowmobiles.
When a law enforcement officer issues a summons for a violation under chapter 937 or 939, the officer may impound the snowmobile operated by the person who receives the summons if, in the judgment of the officer, based on actual previous offenses by the operator or other considerations, the operator will continue to operate the snowmobile in violation of chapter 937 or 939 and that operation may be a hazard to the safety of persons or property.
The operator or owner of a snowmobile impounded under this section may reclaim the snowmobile at any time subsequent to 24 hours after the issuance of the summons upon payment of the costs of impoundment to the enforcement agency impounding the snowmobile.
§13101 – Application.
This chapter applies to the operation of snowmobiles in all areas that come within the jurisdiction of the State.
§13102 – License not required.
An operator’s license is not required for the operation of a snowmobile.
§13103 – Rule violations; snowmobiles and snowmobile races.
The following penalties apply to violations of rules regulating snowmobiles or the protection and safety of spectators at snowmobile races.
1. Civil. Notwithstanding section 10650, a person who violates a rule regulating snowmobiles or the protection and safety of spectators at snowmobile races commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 may be adjudged.
2. Criminal. A person who violates a rule regulating snowmobiles or the protection and safety of spectators at snowmobile races after having been adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations under this Part within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime.
§13104 – Registration
1. Operating unregistered snowmobile. Except as provided in this section, subsection 7 and section 13112, a person may not operate a snowmobile that is not registered in accordance with this section.
A. A registration is not required for a snowmobile operated over the snow on land on which the owner lives or on land on which the owner is domiciled, provided the snowmobile is not operated elsewhere within the jurisdiction of this State.
B. A registration is not required for a snowmobile operated by a commercial ski area for the purpose of packing snow or for rescue operations thereon, unless the snowmobile is required to cross a public way during that operation.
C. Snowmobiles owned and operated in this State by the Federal Government, the State or political subdivision of the State are exempt from registration fees, but must be registered.
D. Registration is not required to field test repairs to a snowmobile if valid snowmobile repair shop number plates issued under section 13110 are affixed to the snowmobile during the field test and the snowmobile is not owned by the snowmobile repair shop or any repair shop employee.
E. Registration is not required to field test repairs to a snowmobile when tested on the premises of the repair shop when the shop is open and the snowmobile is not owned by the snowmobile repair shop or any repair shop employee. See §13110.
2. Application and issuance. The commissioner or the commissioner’s designee may register all snowmobiles upon application and payment of a registration fee by the owner. The commissioner shall charge a fee of $1 for each registration issued by department employees.
3. Form of registration. The snowmobile registration must be in such form as the commissioner may determine except that the commissioner shall develop a single form of registration that can be used for either the 3-day or seasonal nonresident registrations.
4. Fee. See Registration and Age Requirements. Five dollars from each registration fee collected pursuant to this subsection must be transferred to a special fund administered by the Off-Road Vehicle Division of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Conservation. The funds must be used to assist any entity that has a snowmobile trail-grooming contract with the bureau in the purchase of trail-grooming equipment. Seven dollars from each resident fee is transferred to the Snowmobile Trail Fund.
5. Antique snowmobile registration fee. A resident who owns a snowmobile that is more than 25 years old and that is substantially maintained in original or restored condition may register that snowmobile under this subsection as an antique snowmobile. An antique snowmobile registration authorizes that snowmobile to be operated only for the purpose of traveling to, returning from and participating in an exhibition, parade or other event of interest to the public or for occasional personal use. (Antique snowmobiles are not required to display registration number or stickers). The one time fee for an antique snowmobile registration is $34 and can only be obtained at the Augusta office. An antique snowmobile registration is valid until the ownership of that antique snowmobile is transferred to another person. Upon the transfer of ownership, the new owner may reregister that snowmobile as an antique snowmobile by paying the $34 antique snowmobile registration fee. The registration fee for an antique snowmobile is allocated according to section 10206, subsection 2, paragraph A.
6. Members of armed forces permanently stationed in Maine. The following persons are eligible to register any snowmobile owned by them at the resident fee:
A. Any person serving in the Armed Forces of the United States who is permanently stationed at a military or naval post, station or base in the State; and
B. The spouse and children of the person described in paragraph A, provided that the spouse and children permanently reside with that person.
A member of the armed forces described in paragraph A who desires to register a snowmobile shall present certification from the commander of the post, station or base, or from the commander’s designated agent, that the member is permanently stationed at that post, station or base. Registration fees for registrations pursuant to this subsection must be allocated as if the person registering the snowmobile was a resident of the municipality in which the post, station or base is situated.
7. Snowmobiles of nonresidents; Maine-New Hampshire Cooperative Trails. Except as specifically provided in this subsection and notwithstanding any other provision of law, a snowmobile belonging to a nonresident may be possessed or operated by any person in this State as long as the snowmobile is properly registered in this State in the name of a nonresident owner of the snowmobile. Nothing in this subsection authorizes the operation of a snowmobile in a manner contrary to this chapter.
A. A nonresident is ineligible to obtain a resident registration for a snowmobile owned by that nonresident. Snowmobiles and grooming equipment registered to federal or state entities, snowmobile clubs, municipalities or counties from bordering states or provinces and engaged in trail grooming may be operated without being registered under this subsection. Snowmobiles registered in either New Hampshire or Canada may be operated on any lake or pond that is partly in both the State and New Hampshire or Canada without being registered in the State.
B. A snowmobile registered in this State or in New Hampshire may be operated without further registration requirements on those portions of the Maine-New Hampshire Cooperative trails located in Maine. For purposes of this paragraph, “Maine-New Hampshire Cooperative trails” means:
(1) New Hampshire Trail 18 as identified in the Success Pond – Grafton Notch area; and
(2) Maine Trail ITS-80 as identified in the Evans Notch area of the White Mountain National Forest.
C. Snowmobiles registered in another state or in a Canadian province may be operated without a Maine registration at a special event or festival organized to occur in this State if such operation is approved by the commissioner. An event or festival organizer must submit a request in writing to the commissioner at least 60 days prior to the event or festival and shall include a map of trails where operation will be allowed.
D. Snowmobiles may be operated, without registration, at demonstration events approved by the Commissioner. For more info, contact the Department.
Reimbursement for grooming and maintenance services on these trails may be through direct cash payments by users of the Maine-New Hampshire Cooperative Trails or through in-kind services. The costs of grooming and maintenance must be based on the average per mile costs to Maine and New Hampshire of providing these services.
Signs on Maine-New Hampshire Cooperative Trails. The Director of the Off-Road Vehicle Division of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Conservation shall work with the director of New Hampshire’s snowmobile program to develop and place signs clearly identifying the Maine-New Hampshire Cooperative trails as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 13104, subsection 7.
8. Duplicate registration certificate. The holder of any resident or nonresident seasonal registration certificate issued under this section may obtain a duplicate from the commissioner upon application and payment of a fee of $1.
10. Transfer of ownership, discontinuance of use. The following provisions govern transfer of ownership and discontinued use.
A. A person who transfers the ownership or permanently discontinues the use of a snowmobile having a resident registration or a nonresident seasonal registration and applies for registration of another snowmobile in the same registration year is entitled to a registration upon payment of a transfer fee of $4 and is not required to pay the regular registration fee.
B. Whenever ownership is transferred or the use of a snowmobile for which a registration has already been issued is discontinued, the old registration must be properly signed and executed by the owner showing that the ownership of the snowmobile has been transferred or its use discontinued and returned to the commissioner within 10 days of the transfer or discontinuance of use.
C. If there is a change of ownership of a snowmobile for which a registration has previously been issued, the new owner shall apply for a new registration, and shall pay the regular fee for the particular snowmobile involved.
12-A. Registration certificate, inspection, and display. A person shall provide a registration certificate or online registration receipt for inspection by any law enforcement officer on demand. A person may operate a snowmobile registered online without displaying the registration stickers until they receive the registration or for 30 days after registering online, whichever occurs first.
NOTE: The registration stickers must be displayed on both sides of the cowling.
13. Fraudulent acquisition of snowmobile registration. A person may not obtain a snowmobile registration through fraud, misstatement or misrepresentation.
14. Report of destroyed, abandoned or permanently removed snowmobile. A registrant shall notify the commissioner if a snowmobile is destroyed, abandoned or permanently removed from the State.
§13105 – Snowmobile registration agents
1. Appointment of snowmobile registration agents; report; fees. Appointment of snowmobile registration agents and applicable fees are governed by the following.
A. The commissioner may appoint municipal clerks or other persons who a municipality may designate as municipal agents to issue snowmobile registrations. The commissioner may designate other agents as necessary to issue snowmobile registrations. The commissioner shall determine by rule the period when the agents shall act.
B. Agents may charge a service fee of not more than $1 for each snowmobile renewal registration issued and $2 for
each registration covered by sections 13002 to 13005. This service fee is retained by the agent.
C. An agent is delinquent if that agent fails to forward to the commissioner funds collected by that agent by the date established in rules adopted under this subsection. Failure to remit the funds as provided in this subsection results in the following sanctions, in addition to any other provided by law.
(1) The commissioner shall charge interest on the amount owed at the rate of 18% a year for each day the agent is delinquent.
(2) If the agent has not paid the amount owed by the 60th day after the agent becomes delinquent, the commissioner shall assess a surcharge of 5% of the principal amount owed.
(3) If an agent is delinquent for more than 150 days or is delinquent 3 or more times in one year, the commissioner shall:
(a) Terminate the agency for the balance of the year; and
(b) Order that the agency not be renewed for the next year.
Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
2. Unlawful issuance of snowmobile registration. An agent may not issue a resident snowmobile registration to a nonresident or a nonresident snowmobile registration to a resident.
§13106-A – Operation of snowmobile
1. No permission given. This chapter does not give license or permission to cross or go on the property of another.
2. Stop and identify requirement. Persons operating a snowmobile upon the land of another shall stop and identify themselves upon the request of the landowner or the landowner’s duly authorized representative.
3. Operating snowmobile upon controlled access highway. Except as provided in paragraph A, a person may not operate a snowmobile upon a controlled access highway or within the right-of-way limits of a controlled access highway.
A. A person may operate a snowmobile upon a controlled access highway or within the right-of-way limits of a controlled access highway in accordance with this paragraph.
(1) A person on a properly registered snowmobile may cross controlled access highways by use of bridges over or roads under those highways, or by use of roads crossing controlled access highways at grade.
(2) The Commissioner of Transportation may issue special permits for designated crossings of controlled access highways.
4. Unlawfully operating snowmobile on plowed road. A person may not operate a snowmobile upon any plowed private road, or public road plowed privately without public compensation, after having been forbidden to do so by the owner thereof, the owner’s agent or a municipal official, either personally or by appropriate notices posted conspicuously on that road.
5. Operating snowmobile on public way. Except as provided in subsection 4 and this subsection, a person may not operate a snowmobile upon the main traveled portion, the sidewalks or the plowed snowbanks of a public way.
A. A properly registered snowmobile may
be operated on a public way only the distance necessary, but in no case to exceed 500 yards, on the extreme right of the traveled way for the purpose of crossing, as directly as possible, a public way, sidewalk or culvert.
B. A properly registered snowmobile may be operated on a public way only the distance necessary, but in no case to exceed 500 yards, on the extreme right of the traveled way for the sole purpose of crossing, as directly as possible, a bridge, overpass or underpass, provided that that operation can be made in safety and that it does not interfere with vehicular traffic approaching from either direction on the public way.
C. A snowmobile may be operated on any portion of a public way when the public way has been closed in accordance with Title 23, section 2953.
D. If the main traveled portion of a public way is publicly plowed and utilized by conventional motor vehicles, a snowmobile may be operated only on that portion of the way not maintained or utilized for the operation of conventional motor vehicles, except that operation on the left side of the way is prohibited during the hours from sunset to sunrise on the portion of the way not maintained or utilized for the operation of conventional motor vehicles. This paragraph does not apply to a snowmobile operated by a public utility regulated by the Public Utilities Commission while being operated in the course of the utility’s corporate function, so that public utilities may effectively and speedily carry out their obligations to the public.
E. A snowmobile may be operated on streets and public ways during a period of emergency when the emergency has been so declared by a police agency having jurisdiction and when travel by conventional motor vehicles is not practicable. This paragraph does not apply to a snowmobile operated by a public utility regulated by the Public Utilities Commission while being operated in the course of the utility’s corporate function, so that public utilities may effectively and speedily carry out their obligations to the public.
F. A snowmobile may be operated on streets and public ways in special snowmobile events of limited duration conducted according to a prearranged schedule and under a permit from the governmental unit having jurisdiction.
G. Notwithstanding paragraphs A to F, a snowmobile may be operated on the extreme right of a public way within the built-up portion of a municipality or unorganized or unincorporated township if the appropriate governmental unit has designated the public way as a snowmobile-access route for the purpose of allowing snowmobiles access to places of business. A public way designated by an appropriate governmental unit as a snowmobile-access route must be posted conspicuously at regular intervals by that governmental unit with highly visible signs designating the snowmobile-access route. Before designating a public way as a snowmobile-access route, the appropriate governmental unit shall make appropriate determinations that snowmobile travel on the extreme right of the public way may be conducted safely and will not interfere with vehicular traffic on the public way. For purposes of this paragraph, “appropriate governmental unit” means the Department of Transportation, county commissioners or municipal officers within their respective jurisdictions. The jurisdiction of each appropriate governmental unit over public ways pursuant to this paragraph is the same as its jurisdiction over the passage of vehicles on public ways pursuant to Title 29-A, section 2395. Municipal or county law enforcement officials having jurisdiction have primary enforcement authority over any route established under this paragraph.
6. Failing to stop snowmobile before entering public way. A person shall bring a snowmobile to a complete stop before entering a public way or a private way maintained for travel.
7. Failing to yield right-of-way while operating snowmobile. A person shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicular traffic while operating a snowmobile on a public way or a private way maintained for travel.
8. Crossing a closed bridge, culvert, overpass or underpass with snowmobile. This subsection applies to the crossing with a snowmobile of a bridge, culvert, overpass or underpass closed to snowmobiles by the Commissioner of Transportation.
A. A person may not cross with a snowmobile a bridge, culvert, overpass or underpass closed to snowmobiles by the Commissioner of Transportation.
(1) The Commissioner of Transportation may, following a public hearing, prohibit the crossing of an individual bridge, culvert, overpass or underpass if the commissioner determines that that crossing or use of the public way is hazardous.
(2) Any bridge, culvert, overpass or underpass closed by the Commissioner of Transportation must be posted by appropriate notices.
9. Reckless operation of a snowmobile. A person may not operate a snowmobile in such a way as to recklessly create a substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person.
10. Operating a snowmobile to endanger. A person may not operate a snowmobile so as to endanger any person or property by:
A. Operating the snowmobile except at a reasonable and prudent speed for the existing conditions, including when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing, when approaching and taking a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding trail and when a special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians, skiers or other traffic by reason of weather or trail conditions; or
B. Operating the snowmobile in a manner that fails to control its speed at all times as necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle, snowmobile or other object on or adjacent to the snowmobile trail.
11. Operating a snowmobile at greater than reasonable and prudent speed. A person may not operate a snowmobile except at a reasonable and prudent speed for the existing conditions.
12. Operating a snowmobile while underage. A person under 14 years of age may not operate a snowmobile across any public way maintained for travel.
13. Permitting an unaccompanied child to operate a snowmobile. A person may not permit a child under 10 years of age to operate a snowmobile unless the child is accompanied by an adult. This subsection does not apply on land that is owned by the parent or guardian or on land where permission for use has been granted to the parent or guardian.
14. Snowmobile noise level limits. This subsection governs noise levels for snowmobiles.
A. Except as provided in section 13112, a person may not:
(1) Operate a snowmobile that exceeds the noise limits for that snowmobile established in paragraph B; or
(2) Operate a snowmobile with an exhaust system that has been modified in a manner that amplifies or otherwise increases total noise emission above that of the snowmobile as originally constructed, regardless of the date of manufacture.
B. The following noise levels are established:
(1) Every snowmobile manufactured after February 1, 1975, and offered for sale or sold in this State must be constructed to limit total vehicle noise to not more than 78 decibels of sound pressure level at 50 feet on the “A” scale, as measured by the SAE standards J-192;
(2) Snowmobiles manufactured after October 1, 1973, but on or before February 1, 1975, and offered for sale or sold in this State must be constructed to limit the total vehicle noise to not more than 82 decibels of sound pressure level at 50 feet on the “A” scale, as measured by the SAE standards J-192; and
(3) Snowmobiles manufactured on or before October 1, 1973 are not subject to a specific noise level, except that they may not be modified in violation of this subsection.
15. Snowmobile headlight and taillight equipment requirements. Except as provided in section 13112, a person may not operate a snowmobile that is not equipped as provided in this subsection.
A. A person may not operate a snowmobile unless the snowmobile has mounted:
(1) On the front at least one headlight capable of casting a white beam for a distance of at least 100 feet directly ahead of the snowmobile; and
(2) On the rear at least one lamp capable of displaying a red light visible at a distance of at least 100 feet behind the snowmobile.
16. Required use of snowmobile lights. Except as provided in section 13112, a person shall use lights as specified in this subsection.
A. A person shall use snowmobile lights:
(1) During the period from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise; and
(2) At any time when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions caused by fog or otherwise, other persons, vehicles and other objects are not clearly discernible for a distance of 500 feet ahead.
17. Unlawfully operating snowmobile on railroad tracks. The following provisions govern the operation of a snowmobile on railroad tracks or railroad rights-of-way.
A. A person may not operate a snowmobile along or adjacent and parallel to the tracks of a railroad within the limits of a railroad right-of-way without written permission from the railroad owning the right-of-way.
B. A person may not operate a snowmobile across the tracks of a railroad after having been forbidden to do so by the railroad owning the railroad right-of-way, or by an agent of that railroad, either personally or by appropriate notices posted conspicuously along the railroad right-of-way.
C. Notwithstanding this subsection, a person may operate a snowmobile on railroad tracks if the person is operating within the right-of-way of a portion of railroad line that has been officially abandoned under the authority of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
18. Operating snowmobile in cemetery. A person may not operate a snowmobile in any cemetery, burial place or burying ground.
19. Operating too close to certain buildings. A person may not operate a snowmobile within 200 feet of a dwelling, hospital, nursing home, convalescent home or church.
A. This subsection does not apply when a person is operating a snowmobile:
(1) On public ways in accordance with subsections 5, 6, 7 and 8 or on controlled access highways in accordance with subsection 3, paragraph A;
(2) On the frozen surface of any body of water; and
(3) On land the operator owns or is permitted to use.
20. Abuse of another person’s property. A person may not, while operating a snowmobile:
A. Tear down or destroy a fence or wall on another person’s land;
B. Leave open a gate or bar on another person’s land; or
C. Trample or destroy crops on another person’s land.
21. Snowmobile owner; operation by another. A person is in violation of this subsection if that person is the owner of a snowmobile that is operated in violation of this chapter.
22. Parent or guardian; operation by minor. A person is in violation of this subsection if that person is the parent or guardian responsible for the care of a minor under 18 years of age who is operating a snowmobile in violation of this chapter.
24. Operating snowmobile on open water. A person may not operate or attempt to operate a snowmobile on open water. For purposes of this subsection, “open water” means any area of an inland water body that is free of ice and snow. This subsection does not apply to private ponds.
Notwithstanding Title 17, section 2267-A, subsection 3, the owner or operator of a snowmobile that has been submerged or partially submerged as a result of a violation of this subsection shall remove the snowmobile within 24 hours of its submersion. The owner or operator of a snowmobile submerged or partially submerged as a result of a violation of this subsection shall pay any damages resulting from the submersion or removal. If the owner or operator of a snowmobile submerged or partially submerged as the result of a violation of this subsection fails to remove the snowmobile within 24 hours of its submersion, the commissioner may remove the snowmobile at the expense of the owner or operator or request in writing that the court direct the owner or operator to remove the snowmobile immediately.
25. Headgear required. This subsection applies to snowmobile trails funded by the Snowmobile Trail Fund of the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Public Lands.
A. A person operating a snowmobile on a snowmobile trail identified by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands as having been funded by the Snowmobile Trail Fund pursuant to section 1893, subsection 3:
(1) If the person is under 18 years of age, shall wear protective headgear that conforms to the standards established under Title 29-A, section 2083, subsection 3; and
(2) May not carry a passenger under 18 years of age on the snowmobile unless the passenger is wearing protective headgear that conforms to the standards established under Title 29-A, section 2083, subsection 3.
B. The Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands shall develop an administratively simple means of identifying trails that have been funded by the Snowmobile Trail Fund so that snowmobile riders can readily determine to which trails this subsection applies.
26. Operating snowmobile left of center of snowmobile trail. A person may not operate a snowmobile to the left of the center on a snowmobile trail that is funded in whole or in part by the Snowmobile Trail Fund when approaching or navigating a curve, corner, grade, or hill.
For the purpose of this subsection, “snowmobile trail” means a trail that is at least wide enough to allow two snowmobiles to pass safely in opposite directions and where the snow over the entire width of the trail has been mechanically packed and groomed for the purpose of snowmobile traffic.
§13107 – Unlawfully operating vehicle on snowmobile trail.
A person may not operate any 4-wheel-drive vehicle, dune buggy, all-terrain vehicle, motorcycle or any other motor vehicle, other than a snowmobile and appurtenant equipment, on snowmobile trails that are financed in whole or in part with funds from the Snowmobile Trail Fund, unless that use has been authorized by the landowner or the landowner’s agent, or unless the use is necessitated by an emergency involving safety of persons or property. Exception: ATV’s with tracks, registered as snowmobile can be operated on a snowmobile trail.
§13109 – Dealer’s registration and license.
1. Application and issuance. A person may not engage in the business of selling new or used snowmobiles in the State unless the person has registered as a dealer and secured a valid dealer’s license from the commissioner. A dealer so registered and licensed need not register individual snowmobiles. For the purposes of this subsection, “new snowmobile” means a snowmobile that has not been registered in this State or any other state or for which sales tax has not been paid in this State or any other state if that other state taxes the purchase of a new snowmobile.
2. Fees. The dealer’s registration and license fee is $15 annually from each July 1st.
3. Dealer’s number plates. Dealer’s number plates must be provided and obtained as follows.
A. A registered dealer may receive dealer’s number plates. The annual fee for a dealer’s number plate is:
(1) For a resident dealer’s plate, $16; and
(2) For a nonresident dealer’s plate, $60.
B. Replacement for lost or stolen dealer’s number plates may be obtained for a fee of $5 for each plate.
C. If a dealer’s number plate is lost or stolen, the owner shall notify the commissioner immediately.
4. Temporary registrations and numbers. The commissioner may issue temporary numbers and registrations for snowmobiles to bona fide dealers who may, upon the sale or exchange of a snowmobile, issue them to new owners in order to allow them to operate snowmobiles for a period of 20 consecutive days after the day of sale in lieu of a permanent number as required by this chapter.
5. Display of dealer’s number. Dealers shall display their dealer’s number on each snowmobile being used until the sale of the snowmobile, whereupon it becomes the owner’s responsibility to register the snowmobile.
A. A dealer who violates this subsection commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 may be adjudged.
B. A dealer who violates this subsection after having been adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations under this part within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime.
C. Each day a dealer violates this subsection is a separate offense.
1. Application and issuance. A person whose business includes repairing snowmobiles but who is not required to be licensed as a snowmobile dealer under section 13109 may register that business entity as a snowmobile repair shop and secure a snowmobile repair shop license and number plate from the commissioner.
2. Fee. The commissioner shall set the fee for a snowmobile repair shop license. The fee may not exceed $15 for any 12-month period.
3. Field testing repairs on unregistered snowmobiles. The owner of a snowmobile repair shop licensed under this section may operate or allow the operation of an unregistered snowmobile for the purpose of field testing repairs to that snowmobile if:
A. Valid snowmobile repair shop number plates issued under this section are affixed to the snowmobile during the field test; and
B. The snowmobile is not owned by the snowmobile repair shop or any person employed by the repair shop.
§13111 – Snowmobile rental agent certificate
1. Registration and issuance. Except as provided in this section, a person or business may not rent or lease a snowmobile unless that person or business:
A. Registers with the department as a snowmobile rental agent and is issued a snowmobile rental agent certificate from the commissioner;
B. Obtains a Maine certificate of number for each snowmobile being offered for rent or lease in the name of the person or business holding that certificate; and
C. Instructs each person who rents or leases a snowmobile how to operate the snowmobile, including how to use the brake, throttle and kill switch, and provides to that person a pamphlet describing proper hand signals.
2. Exception; guides. This section does not apply to a person lawfully engaged in guiding activities under section 12853 who accompanies others on guided trips that include the use of snowmobiles, except that such a person must provide the operators of snowmobiles with instructions equivalent to those described in subsection 1, paragraph C.
3. Fee. The fee for a snowmobile rental agent certificate is $25. The certificate is valid from July 1st to June 30th.
4. Prohibition; penalty. A person may not rent or lease a snowmobile in violation of this section.
§13112 – Racing meets.
Notwithstanding section 10650 and section 13106-A, subsections 14, 15 and 16, snowmobiles operated at a prearranged racing meet whose sponsor has obtained a permit to hold such a meet from the commissioner are exempt from the provisions of this chapter concerning registration, noise, horsepower and lights during the time of operation at such meets and at all prerace practices at the location of the meet.
1. Definitions. For purposes of this section, “trail grooming equipment” means a
self-propelled vehicle that:
A. Has a minimum weight of 1,200 pounds;
B. Exceeds 60 inches in width;
C. Is driven by a track or tracks in contact with the snow; and
D. Is performing winter trail maintenance by plowing, leveling, or compacting snow by use of a front plow or rear attachments that include but are not limited to rollers, compactor bars, or trail drags.
2. Operating unregistered trail grooming equipment. Except as provided in this section, a person may not operate trail grooming equipment on a snowmobile trail that is financed in whole or in part by the Snowmobile Trail Fund unless that trail grooming equipment is registered in accordance with this section.
A. A registration is not required for trail grooming equipment operated on land on which the owner lives or on land on which the owner is domiciled, if the trail grooming equipment is not operated elsewhere within the jurisdiction of this State.
B. A registration is not required for trail grooming equipment operated by a commercial ski area for the purpose of packing snow or for rescue operation, unless the trail grooming equipment is required to cross a public way during that operation.
C. Trail grooming equipment owned and operated by the Federal Government, the State, or a political subdivision of the State is exempt from registration fees, but must be registered and is required to display the registration.
3. Application and issuance. The commissioner may register trail grooming equipment upon application by the owner if the owner is an organization that has an approved contract for snowmobile trail grooming with the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands, Off-Road Vehicle Division or a person that can provide proof to the department at the time of application that the person is a member of an organization eligible to register trail grooming equipment under this section. The commissioner may establish procedures necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.
4. Form of registration. The trail grooming equipment registration must be in such form as the commissioner may determine.
5. Fee. The registration fee for trail grooming equipment is a one-time fee of $34. The registration fee is valid from the date of issuance until the date that the equipment is sold or transferred. Revenue from the registration fee is allocated as shown below:
• 22% General Fund
• 52% Snowmobile Trail Fund at Dept. of Conservation
• 26% Minicipality of County
6. Fraudulent acquisition of trail grooming registration. A person may not obtain a trail grooming equipment registration through fraud, misstatement, or misrepresentation.
NOTE: Qualified snowmobile trail grooming equipment is exempt from sales tax. Sales to incorporated non-profit snowmobile clubs of snowmobiles and snowmobile trail grooming equipment used directly and exclusively for the grooming of snowmobile trails.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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