This SAE Standard defines safety requirements relating to the elements of design, operation, and maintenance of light utility vehicles. The safety specifications in this document apply to any self-propelled, operator-controlled, off-highway vehicle 1828 mm (72 in) or less in overall width, exclusive of added accessories and attachments, operable on three or more wheels, primarily intended to transport material loads or people, with a gross vehicle weight of 2268 kg (5000 lb) or less, and a maximum design speed less than 40 km/h (25 mph).
The purpose of this document is to promote safety in the design, application, operation, and maintenance of light utility vehicles. This document may be used as a guide by governmental authorities desiring to formulate safety rules and regulations. This document is also intended for voluntary use by others associated with manufacturing or utilizing light duty vehicles.
This document shall become effective 1 year after the date of issuance. Part II applies only to light duty utility vehicles manufactured after the effective date.