Legislation, HB 849, that regulates the operation of "neighborhood electric vehicles" (NEVs) has been approved by the House of Representatives.

House Bill 849 outlines guidelines for the regulation and operation of NEVs. The bill defines an NEV as a four-wheeled electric vehicle that has a maximum design speed of not less than 20 miles per hour and of not more than 25 miles per hour and that complies with the federal safety standards established for low-speed vehicles.

"An increasing number of NEVs are being driven in my district and across Pennsylvania," said the bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Mike Fleck, R-Huntingdon. "They're being used in senior citizen communities to provide transportation for residents or by businesses interested in cutting costs. It's time the Commonwealth had some guidelines in place to ensure they are operated safely."