Senate Bill No. 156
(By Senator Barnes)
[Introduced February 14, 2013; referred to the Committee on
Transportation and Infrastructure .]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §17C-15-50, relating
to prohibiting vehicles equipped with a hitch from being left
with hitch tongues inserted in the hitch when the hitch tongue
is not in use.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §17C-15-50, to read as
ARTICLE 15. EQUIPMENT.
§17C-15-50. Vehicles to remove hitch tongues and related
accessories when not in use.
Any vehicle, equipped with a hitch, designed to accommodate
hitching tongues with mounted hitching balls or other hitching tongues connected to luggage carriers, bicycle carriers or the
like, shall not be driven or left stationary with a hitching tongue
left inserted into the hitch or otherwise attached, when the
hitching ball is not in use for towing or the particular device or
implement for which the hitching tongue is designed to hold is not
in use for the particular purpose for which it is intended.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to
equipped with a hitch, from being left with hitch tongues inserted
in the hitch when the hitch tongue is not in use.
The section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.