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NH RSAs pertaining to Class VI use in winter and mudseason

PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:36 pm
by Scott Hatch
A discussion was raised on NCRS4x4 about 4x4 use on Class VI roads in the winter and during mudseason. Figured I would share this information here as well....

Its always important that we have our facts straight! :up:

First of all, the town owns the roads and NH RSA 41:11 expressly states that the selectmen ?may regulate the use of all public highways, sidewalks and commons in their respective towns and for this purpose may exercise all the powers conferred on city councils by RSA 47:17, VII, VIII, and XVIII.? Any change of status on town roads must be done by a vote of the town selectman. A discontinuance however requires a vote of the residents during a town meeting. The town can close the town roads for mudseason using RSA 231:190 & :191 They use these statues to create temporary closures based upon weight limits.

Under RSA 231:191 Section I A town that does close a highway for mud season or any other time of the year, are legally obligated to sign the highway for the weight limit.

Here is some great information about road closures for mudseason: ... icleID=265

As far as snowmobiles, thanks to the many years of lobbying by NHSA RSA 215-A:7, II, is VERY generous to snowmobiles. This RSA is separate from OHRVS and can permit snowmobiles use on town roads by the town selectman if the municipality does not maintain the road for winter use for convential motor vehicles and the road is closed to such vehicles for winter use, and the road is posted accordingly by the Bureau of Trails or its designee.

For more info on this: ... hicles.pdf

PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:55 pm
by dollafab
Thank you Scott!! :up:

Re: NH RSAs pertaining to Class VI use in winter and mudseas

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:33 am
by Scott Hatch
Bump for Jeff :up: