2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 7, 2018 - Introduced by Senator Ringhand. Referred to Committee on
Transportation and Veterans Affairs.
1An Act to amend
347.45 (5); and to create
341.266 (1) (am) 5. of the statutes; 2relating to: registration of half-track former military vehicles.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill allows a half-track former military vehicle to be registered by the
Department of Transportation.
Under current law, DOT must refuse registration of a vehicle under specified
circumstances, such as when the applicant has not paid the registration fee or does
not hold a certificate of title for the vehicle. DOT must also refuse registration of a
vehicle that is originally designed and manufactured for off-highway operation
unless the vehicle meets certain federal motor vehicle safety standards, except that
this prohibition does not apply to certain former military vehicles eligible for specific
Under current law, there are two special registration categories for certain
former military vehicles. Current law authorizes DOT to register certain types of
former military vehicles that are at least 25 years old, including Pinzgauers and
certain Kaiser Jeeps, as a specific type of special interest (“collector”
Collector vehicles are subject to some operating restrictions, most notably that they
generally cannot be operated on the highways in January. Current law also
authorizes DOT to register certain former military vehicles as historic military
vehicles. Historic military vehicles are subject to significant operating restrictions
and generally may be used only for special occasions such as parades and special
events and for testing and maintenance.
This bill allows a vehicle that is equipped with tires at the front and with rubber
tracks or tracks made of equivalent material at the rear to be registered as a type of
special interest vehicle.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
341.266 (1) (am) 5. of the statutes is created to read:
(am) 5. A vehicle that is equipped with tires at the front and with 3
rubber tracks or tracks made of equivalent material at the rear and that is commonly 4
referred to as a half-track.
347.45 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
subs. (1) and
(2), an implement of husbandry 7or a former military vehicle under s. 341.266 (1) (am) 5.
equipped with rubber tracks 8
or tracks made of equivalent material may be operated on a highway if such 9
operation will not injure the highway.
(1) This act first applies to applications received by the department of 12
transportation on the effective date of this subsection.