Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) Access to Roadways

Expired: 07/14/2011

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NEVs may operate only on streets with posted speed limits of 35 miles per hour (mph) or less, if authorized by the local government. NEVs are allowed to cross a road or street at an intersection where the road or street has a posted speed limit greater than 35 mph. Local governments may also restrict NEV access on their streets. NEVs are defined as self-propelled, electronically powered, four-wheeled motor vehicles (or a self-propelled, gasoline-powered four-wheeled motor vehicle with an engine displacement under 1,200 cubic centimeters) that are capable of attaining speeds of more than 20 mph, but not more than 25 mph. (Reference House Bill 6094, 2010, and 625 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/1-148.3m and 5/11-1426.1)