Sections
Subchapter 1 Rules of the Road 2051 – 2092
Subchapter 2 Violations 2101-A – 2121
Subchapter 3 Accident and Theft Reports 2251 – 2257
Subchapter 4 School Buses 2301 – 2311

Terms Used In Maine Revised Statutes > Title 29-A > Chapter 19 - Operation

  • Adjudication: means a finding by a court that a person has committed a traffic infraction and includes the acceptance by the clerk of the violations bureau or any judicial division of an answer of not contested. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Affordable housing: means a decent, safe and sanitary dwelling, apartment or other living accommodation for a household whose income does not exceed 80% of the median income for the area as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development under the United States Housing Act of 1937, Public Law 75-412, 50 Stat. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 30-A Sec. 4301
  • Allowable alternative vehicle: means a vehicle that:  
A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Antique auto: means an automobile or truck manufactured in or after model year 1916 that is:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Autocycle: means a 3-wheeled motorcycle that has a steering wheel or handlebars, floor pedals for automotive-style controls and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride a seat and that:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Automobile: means a motor vehicle designed for the conveyance of passengers that has a seating capacity of not more than 15 persons, including the operator. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Bicycle: means a device primarily propelled by human power, operated by a person usually seated on a seat and driven on the ground on wheels by the operator. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Bureau: means the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Bus: means a motor vehicle designed for carrying more than 15 persons, including the operator. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Business or residential district: means the part of a municipality, contiguous to a way, that is built up with structures that are situated less than 150 feet apart for a distance of at least 1/4 of a mile. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Cable television company: means any person owning, controlling, operating, managing or leasing a cable television system within the State. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 30-A Sec. 2001
  • Coastal area: means a coastal island and any municipality or unorganized township contiguous to tidal waters. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 30-A Sec. 4301
  • Combination vehicle: means a motor vehicle consisting of a truck or truck tractor in combination with one or more trailers or semitrailers. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Commercial motor vehicle: means a motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles used in commerce to transport passengers or property if the motor vehicle:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Cooperative affordable housing corporation: means a domestic corporation that is organized under or elects to be governed by the provisions of this subchapter. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Cooperative interest: means the ownership interest in a cooperative affordable housing corporation that is evidenced by a membership share. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Cooperative property: means the real and personal property, including mobile and manufactured homes, in this State owned or leased by a cooperative affordable housing corporation for the primary purpose of residential use. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Crosswalk: means the portion of a way:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Curb: means the edge of a sidewalk nearest to a way or either edge of the wrought or usually traveled part of a way. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the Department of Transportation. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Development: means a change in land use involving alteration of the land, water or vegetation, or the addition or alteration of structures or other construction not naturally occurring. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 30-A Sec. 4301
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Electric bicycle: means a 2-wheel or 3-wheel bicycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts that is a Class 1 electric bicycle, a Class 2 electric bicycle or a Class 3 electric bicycle as defined in this subsection. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Electric personal assistive mobility device: means a self-balancing, 2-nontandem-wheeled device, designed to transport only one person, with an electric propulsion system that limits the maximum speed of the device to 15 miles per hour or less. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Extended stop arm: means a stop arm that when activated extends 3 to 6 feet outward from the left side of a school bus. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • Farming: means engaging in farming in all its branches and the cultivation and tillage of the soil as a livelihood and includes dairying; raising livestock, freshwater fish, fur-bearing animals or poultry; producing, cultivating, growing and harvesting fruit, produce or floricultural or horticultural commodities; or any practices on a farm that are incident to or in conjunction with these farming operations. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • For-hire transportation: means the transportation for compensation of passengers, freight or merchandise not owned by the carrier. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Handheld electronic device: means any handheld electronic device or portable electronic device that is not part of the operating equipment of the motor vehicle, including but not limited to an electronic game, a device for sending or receiving electronic mail, a text messaging device or a computer. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Hazardous material: means any material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 United States Code §§ 5101 to 5127 (2003) and is required to be placarded under Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 172, Subpart F or any quantity of material listed as a select agent or toxin in Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 73. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • highway: means a public way. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Intersection: means :  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Land use ordinance: means an ordinance or regulation of general application adopted by the municipal legislative body which controls, directs or delineates allowable uses of land and the standards for those uses. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 30-A Sec. 4301
  • lands: includes lands and all tenements and hereditaments connected therewith, and all rights thereto and interests therein. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 1 Sec. 72
  • Law enforcement officer: means a person who by virtue of public employment is vested by law with a duty to maintain public order or to make arrests for crimes, whether that duty extends to all crimes or is limited to specific crimes. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lender: includes , but is not limited to, the following institutional lenders whose policies and procedures are subject to governmental supervision:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • License: includes , but is not limited to, a nonresident operating privilege and the privilege of a person to apply for or obtain a license or permit to operate a motor vehicle. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Limited equity cooperative: means a cooperative affordable housing corporation organized in accordance with section 1754. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Limited equity formula: means a rule or method for determining the transfer value of a share in a limited equity cooperative. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Limousine: means a vehicle for hire, with a driver, that is used for the transportation of passengers and that has a seating capacity of at least 5 and no more than 14 persons behind the driver. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Low income: means income that is less than or equal to 80% of median income for the area, adjusted for family size, in accordance with federal standards generally accepted at the time of incorporation under this subchapter and comparable to standards of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development in existence on the effective date of this section. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Low-speed vehicle: means a 4-wheeled motor vehicle that is able to attain a speed of at least 20 miles per hour but not more than 25 miles per hour and is less than 3,000 pounds in unloaded weight. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Member: means a person who owns a cooperative interest. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Minor: means a person who has not attained 18 years of age. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Mobile telephone: means a device used to access a wireless telephone service. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Moderate income: means income that is less than or equal to 100% of median income for the area, adjusted for family size, in accordance with federal standards generally accepted at the time of incorporation under this subchapter and comparable to standards of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development in existence on the effective date of this section. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Moped: means a motorized device designed to travel with only 2 or 3 10-inch or larger diameter wheels in contact with the ground and that:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Motor carrier: means a contract carrier, a common carrier or a private carrier of property or passengers by motor vehicle. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Motor home: means a motor vehicle that:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Motor vehicle: means a self-propelled vehicle not operated exclusively on railroad tracks, but does not include:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Motorcycle: means a motor vehicle that has a seat or a saddle for the use of the rider and is designed to travel with only 2 or 3 10-inch or larger diameter wheels in ground contact and has a motor with a cylinder capacity of more than 50 cubic centimeters or an electric motor with a capacity of not less than 1,500 watts. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Motorized bicycle or tricycle: means a bicycle or tricycle that:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Motorized scooter: means a scooter that has 2 or 3 wheels less than 10 inches in diameter in ground contact or is powered by a motor having a maximum piston displacement of less than 25 cubic centimeters or an electric motor with a capacity not exceeding 750 watts. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Motorized wheelchair: means a battery-powered device used exclusively for the transportation of an individual with a physical disability. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Multifunction school activity bus: means a noncommercial motor vehicle that:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • Municipal officers: means the mayor and aldermen or councillors of a city, the members of the select board or councillors of a town and the assessors of a plantation. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 1 Sec. 72
  • Municipality: includes cities, towns and plantations, except that "municipality" does not include plantations in Title 10, chapter 110, subchapter IV; or Title 30?A, Part 2. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 1 Sec. 72
  • Municipality: means a city or town, except as provided in chapter 225. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 30-A Sec. 2001
  • Nighttime: means a time other than daytime. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Off-road vehicle: means a motor vehicle that, because of the vehicle's design, configuration, original manufacture or original intended use, does not meet the inspection standards of chapter 15, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, the United States Environmental Protection Agency's pollutant requirements or the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration's crash testing standards and that is not a moped or motorcycle. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Operator: means an individual who drives or is in control of a vehicle or who is exercising control over or steering a towed vehicle. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Owner: means a person holding title to a vehicle or having exclusive right to the use of the vehicle for a period of 30 days or more. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Parking area: means an area designed for use as access or parking for patrons and customers of establishments to which the public is invited. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Pedestrian: means a person on foot or an operator of a wheelchair or a 4-wheeled or 3-wheeled motorized wheelchair. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Person: means an individual, corporation, firm, partnership, joint venture, association, fiduciary, trust, estate or any other legal or commercial entity. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Pickup truck: means a truck with a registered gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or less. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Private school activity bus: means a privately owned motor vehicle with a carrying capacity of 10 to 15 passengers that is not operated with public funds and that is used by a private school to transport students other than to and from home and school. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • Private way: means a way privately owned and maintained over which the owner may restrict use or passage and includes a discontinued way even if a public recreation easement has been reserved. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Proprietary lease: means an agreement with a cooperative affordable housing corporation governing a member's right to occupancy under which a member has an exclusive possessory interest in a unit. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Public way: means a way, owned and maintained by the State, a county or a municipality, over which the general public has a right to pass. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Rate of growth ordinance: means a land use ordinance or other rule that limits the number of building or development permits issued by a municipality or other jurisdiction over a designated time frame. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 30-A Sec. 4301
  • Recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
  • Registered weight: means the gross vehicle weight specified on the vehicle's registration certificate. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Registration: means the registration certificate, plates and renewal devices pertaining to the registration of a vehicle, including temporary registered gross weight increases. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Rotary: means a type of circular intersection with a large diameter and straight entries in which traffic circulates counterclockwise around a center traffic island. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Roundabout: includes a mini-roundabout with a traversable island. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • School: as used in this subchapter , means an institution or facility for the teaching of children or for the custodial care of children, whether public or private, which is regularly attended by such children. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • School bus: means a:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • School bus CMV: means a commercial motor vehicle used to transport preprimary, primary or secondary school students from home to school, from school to home or to and from school-sponsored events. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • School bus crossing arm: means a device mounted on the front bumper of a school bus that is no shorter than 70 inches and no longer than the width of the school bus and when activated extends outward in front of the school bus to require students who cross the roadway in front of the school bus to maintain a safe distance in front of the school bus. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • School bus non-CMV: means a noncommercial motor vehicle designed to carry more than 10 passengers, including the driver, but less than 16 passengers, including the driver, and used to transport students from home to school, from school to home or to and from school-related events. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • School zone: means the portion of the public highway abutting improved school property or 300 feet on either side of a school entrance, whichever is greater, or as designated under section 2075, subsection 3, paragraph F. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • School-age persons: means all children up to the age of 18 years and persons 18 years and older who are enrolled in a state-approved program of primary or secondary education, as defined in Title 20?A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • Scooter: means a device upon which a person may ride, consisting of a footboard between 2 end wheels, controlled by an upright steering handle attached to the front wheel and propelled by human power. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Sell: means to sell, offer, negotiate or advertise to sell, display for sale, exchange or otherwise transfer for value. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Semitrailer: includes , but is not limited to, so-called pole dollies and pole dickeys and wheels commonly used as a support for the ends of logs or other long articles. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Share loan: means an agreement entered into by a member and a lender to finance the member's acquisition of the member's cooperative interest. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Stop arm: means a device mounted on the left side of a school bus that when activated displays a stop sign to traffic in front of and behind that school bus. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • Subscription agreement: means a written agreement between a prospective member and a cooperative affordable housing corporation for the purchase and sale of a cooperative interest. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Tank vehicle: means a commercial motor vehicle that is designed to transport liquid or gaseous materials within a tank or tanks having an individual rated capacity of more than 119 gallons and an aggregated rated capacity of 1,000 gallons or more that is either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or the chassis. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Taxicab: means a sedan, station wagon or minivan used for hire, with a driver, that has a seating capacity of fewer than 5 persons behind the driver. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Text messaging: means reading or manually composing electronic communications, including text messages, instant messages and electronic mail, using a handheld electronic device. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Tiny home: means a living space permanently constructed on a frame or chassis and designed for use as permanent living quarters that:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Tractor: means a motor vehicle used primarily off the highway for farming, forestry or other similar types of activities. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Traffic: means pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, bicycles and other conveyances either singly or together using public way for travel. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Traffic control device: means a sign, a signal, a marking or a device placed or erected by a public body or official to regulate, warn or guide traffic. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Traffic infraction: means any violation of any provision of this Title, or of any rules established under this Title, not expressly defined as a crime or as a civil violation and otherwise not punishable by incarceration. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Trailer: means a vehicle without motive power, designed to carry persons or property and to be drawn by a motor vehicle, not operated on railroad tracks, and so constructed that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trolley trailer: means a trailer equipped with permanent seats that face forward, are parallel to each other and have devices at each end to prevent a passenger from falling from the trailer when it is in motion. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Truck: means a motor vehicle designed and used primarily to carry property. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Unit: means a portion of the cooperative property leased for exclusive occupancy by a member under a proprietary lease or leased to a tenant by lease agreement. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 13 Sec. 1742
  • Uphold: The decision of an appellate court not to reverse a lower court decision.
  • Urban fixed-route transit provider: means a transit district or a regional transportation corporation, as defined in Title 30?A, section 3501, that provides public transportation within one or more municipalities on prescribed routes at prescribed times. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 2301
  • Vehicle: means a device for conveyance of persons or property on a way. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Vulnerable user: means a person on a public way who is more vulnerable to injury than a person in an automobile, truck or other similar motor vehicle and includes, but is not limited to:  
  • A. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Way: means the entire width between boundary lines of a road, highway, parkway, street or bridge used for vehicular traffic, whether public or private. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101
  • Wrecker: means a motor vehicle with hoisting apparatus and special equipment designed and used for towing or carrying wrecked or disabled vehicles or freeing vehicles stalled or stuck in snow, mud or sand, when such a motor vehicle in fact is being used for one of those purposes. See Maine Revised Statutes Title 29-A Sec. 101