Recreational Vehicles Law & Legal Definition

Recreational vehicles are generally any motor vehicle designed or modified for use over unimproved terrain if used for recreation or pleasure off a public way. Laws governing recreational vehicles are governed by state laws, which vary by state. Recreational vehicles may be subject to the same licensing and registration as other automobiles, or may have laws specifically applicable to recreational vehicles. Recreational vehicles covered may be those used both on and off the highways. Any offense that occurs within a public right-of-way can be considered a motor vehicle offense and motor vehicle law may apply. These may impact a person's driver's license. Recreational vehicles may also be covered by state lemon laws. Local laws should be consulted for specific requirements in your area.

The following is an example of a state law governing recreational vehicles:

"OHRV (Off Highway Recreational Vehicle) is any mechanically propelled vehicle used off of a public way for recreational or pleasure purposes and dependent on the ground or other surface for travel. All legally registered motor vehicles used off the highway for these purposes shall be deemed as an OHRV."

The following is an example of one state's exemption of recreational vehicles from commercial driver's license requirements:

"Recreational Vehicle Operators are exempted when driving RV's for non-commercial purposes. This includes two axle rental trucks, and horse trailers for non-commercial purposes."