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6 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES; AMENDING UNINSURED MOTOR
7 VEHICLE PROVISIONS; PROVIDING FOR A REGISTRATION REINSTATEMENT FEE;
8 AMENDING PENALTY PROVISIONS FOR NOT HAVING INSURANCE; AMENDING
9 THE PURPOSES OF THE UNINSURED MOTORIST IDENTIFICATION DATABASE
10 PROGRAM; PROVIDING FOR TRACKING OF VEHICLES IDENTIFIED AS
11 UNINSURED; PROVIDING THE INFORMATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT; AND
12 AMENDING CERTAIN PROVISIONS FOR ENFORCEMENT OF UNINSURED MOTOR
13 VEHICLES VIOLATIONS.
14 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
16 41-1a-110, as last amended by Chapter 170, Laws of Utah 1996
17 41-12a-302, as last amended by Chapter 189, Laws of Utah 1993
18 41-12a-303.2, as last amended by Chapters 33 and 200, Laws of Utah 1996
19 41-12a-803, as last amended by Chapters 10 and 269, Laws of Utah 1997
20 41-12a-804, as last amended by Chapter 269, Laws of Utah 1997
21 41-12a-805, as last amended by Chapters 10 and 269, Laws of Utah 1997
23 41-1a-1220, Utah Code Annotated 1953
24 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25 Section 1. Section 41-1a-110 is amended to read:
26 41-1a-110. Authority of division to suspend or revoke registration, certificate of title,
27 license plate, or permit.
1 (1) Except as provided in Subsections (2) and (3) the division may suspend or revoke a
2 registration, certificate of title, license plate, or permit if:
3 (a) the division is satisfied that a registration, certificate of title, license plate, or permit
4 was fraudulently procured or erroneously issued;
5 (b) the division determines that a registered vehicle is mechanically unfit or unsafe to be
6 operated or moved upon the highways;
7 (c) a registered vehicle has been dismantled;
8 (d) the division determines that the required fee has not been paid and the fee is not paid
9 upon reasonable notice and demand;
10 (e) a registration decal, license plate, or permit is knowingly displayed upon a vehicle
11 other than the one for which issued;
12 (f) the division receives notification by the Department of Public Safety that a person has
13 been convicted of operating a registered motor vehicle that does not have owner's or operator's
14 security in effect as required under Section 41-12a-301;
16 chapter involving the registration, certificate of title, registration card, license plate, registration
17 decal, or permit; or
19 owner has committed any offence under Title 27, Chapter 17, Motor Carrier Safety Act.
20 (2) The division may not suspend or revoke the registration of a vessel or outboard motor
21 unless authorized under Section 73-18-7.3.
22 (3) The division may not suspend or revoke the registration of an off-highway vehicle
23 unless authorized under Section 41-22-17.
24 (4) The division shall charge a registration reinstatement fee under Section 41-1a-1220,
25 if the registration is revoked under Subsection (1)(f).
26 Section 2. Section 41-1a-1220 is enacted to read:
27 41-1a-1220. Registration reinstatement fee.
28 (1) At the time application is made for reinstatement or renewal of registration of a motor
29 vehicle after a revocation of the registration under Subsection 41-1a-110(1)(f), the applicant shall
30 pay a registration reinstatement fee of $50.
31 (2) The fee imposed under Subsection (1), is in addition to any other fee imposed under
1 this chapter.
2 Section 3. Section 41-12a-302 is amended to read:
3 41-12a-302. Operating motor vehicle without owner's or operator's security --
5 (1) Any owner of a motor vehicle on which owner's or operator's security is required under
6 Section 41-12a-301, who operates his vehicle or permits it to be operated on a highway in this state
7 without owner's security being in effect is guilty of a class B misdemeanor, and the fine shall be
8 not less than $600.
9 (2) [
10 a motor vehicle upon a highway in Utah with the knowledge that the owner does not have owner's
11 security in effect for the motor vehicle is also guilty of a class B misdemeanor[
12 the fine shall be not less than $600.
13 (b) A person that has in effect owner's security on a Utah-registered motor vehicle or its
14 equivalent that covers the operation, by [
15 exempt from this Subsection (2).
16 Section 4. Section 41-12a-303.2 is amended to read:
17 41-12a-303.2. Evidence of owner's or operator's security to be carried when
18 operating motor vehicle -- Defense -- Penalties.
19 (1) As used in this section:
20 (a) "Division" means the Motor Vehicle Division of the State Tax Commission.
21 (b) "Registration materials" means the evidences of motor vehicle registration, including
22 all registration cards, license plates, temporary permits, and nonresident temporary permits.
23 (2) (a) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(a) (ii), a person operating a motor vehicle
25 (A) have in the person's immediate possession evidence of owner's or operator's security
26 for the motor vehicle the person is operating; and
27 (B) display it upon demand of a peace officer.
28 (ii) A person is exempt from the requirements of Subsection (2)(a)(i) if the person is
30 (A) a government-owned or leased motor vehicle; or
31 (B) an employer-owned or leased motor vehicle and is driving it with the employer's
2 (b) Evidence of owner's or operator's security includes any one of the following:
3 (i) a copy of the operator's valid:
4 (A) insurance policy;
5 (B) binder notice;
6 (C) renewal notice; or
7 (D) card issued by an insurance company as evidence of insurance;
8 (ii) a certificate of insurance issued under Section 41-12a-402;
9 (iii) a certified copy of a surety bond issued under Section 41-12a-405;
10 (iv) a certificate of the state treasurer issued under Section 41-12a-406;
11 (v) a certificate of self-funded coverage issued under Section 41-12a-407; or
12 (vi) information that the vehicle or driver is insured from the Uninsured Motorist
13 Identification Database Program created under Title 41, Chapter 12a, Part 8.
14 (3) It is an affirmative defense to a charge under this section that the person had owner's
15 or operator's security in effect for the vehicle the person was operating at the time of the person's
16 citation or arrest.
17 (4) (a) Evidence of owner's or operator's security as defined under Subsection (2)(b) or a
18 letter from an insurance agent or company verifying that the person had the required motor vehicle
19 insurance coverage on the date specified is considered proof of owner's or operator's security for
20 purposes of Subsection (3) and Section 41-12a-804.
21 (b) The court considering a citation issued under this section shall allow the evidence or
22 letter under Subsection (4)(a) and a copy of the citation to be faxed or mailed to the clerk of the
23 court to satisfy Subsection (3).
24 (c) The notice under Section 41-12a-804 shall specify that the letter under Subsection
25 (4)(a) and a copy of the notice may be faxed or mailed to the designated agent to satisfy the proof
26 of owner's or operator's security required under Section 41-12a-804.
27 (5) A violation of this section is a class B misdemeanor, and the fine shall be not less than
29 (6) Upon receiving notification from a court of a conviction for a violation of this section,
30 the department:
31 (a) shall suspend the person's driver license; and
1 (b) may not renew the person's driver license or issue a driver license to the person until
2 the person gives the department proof of owner's or operator's security.
3 (i) This proof of [
4 required under Section 41-12a-401.
5 (ii) This proof of owner's or operator's security shall be maintained with the department
6 for a three-year period.
7 (iii) An insurer that provides a certificate of insurance as provided under Section
8 41-12a-402 or 41-12a-403 may not terminate the insurance policy unless notice of termination is
9 filed with the department no later than ten days after termination as required under Section
11 (iv) (A) A person may terminate the insurance policy and cancel the certificate of
12 insurance if the person surrenders the person's driver license to the department.
13 (B) If a person who has cancelled the certificate of insurance applies for a license within
14 three years from the date proof of owner's or operator's security was originally required, the
15 department shall refuse the application unless the person reestablishes proof of owner's or
16 operator's security and maintains the proof for the remainder of the three-year period.
17 Section 5. Section 41-12a-803 is amended to read:
18 41-12a-803. Program creation -- Administration -- Selection of designated agent --
19 Duties -- Rulemaking.
20 (1) There is created the Uninsured Motorist Identification Database Program to:
21 (a) establish an Uninsured Motorist Identification Database to verify compliance with
22 motor vehicle owner's or operator's security requirements under Section 41-12a-301 and other
23 provisions under this part;
24 (b) assist in reducing the number of uninsured motor vehicles on the highways of the state;
26 (c) assist in increasing compliance with motor vehicle registration and sales and use tax
28 (2) The program shall be administered by the department with the assistance of the
29 designated agent and the Motor Vehicle Division.
30 (3) (a) The department shall contract in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 56, Utah
31 Procurement Code, with a third party to [
2 maintain an Uninsured Motorist Identification Database for the purposes established under this
4 (b) The contract may not obligate the department to pay the third party more monies than
5 are available in the account.
6 (4) (a) The third party under contract under this section is the department's designated
7 agent, and shall develop and maintain a computer database from the information provided by:
8 (i) insurers under Section 31A-22-315;
9 (ii) the division under Subsection (6); and
10 (iii) the Motor Vehicle Division under Section 41-1a-120.
11 (b) (i) The database shall be developed and maintained in accordance with guidelines
12 established by the department so that state and local law enforcement agencies can efficiently
13 access the records of the database, including reports useful for the implementation of the
14 provisions of this part.
15 (ii) The reports shall be in a form and contain information approved by the department.
16 (5) With information provided by the department and the Motor Vehicle Division, the
17 designated agent shall, at least monthly:
18 (a) update the database with the motor vehicle insurance information provided by the
19 insurers in accordance with Section 31A-22-315; and
20 (b) compare all current motor vehicle registrations against the database.
21 (6) The division shall provide the designated agent with the name, date of birth, address,
22 and driver license number of all persons on the driver license database.
23 (7) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
24 department shall make rules and develop procedures in cooperation with the Motor Vehicle
25 Division to use the database for the purpose of administering and enforcing this part.
26 Section 6. Section 41-12a-804 is amended to read:
27 41-12a-804. Notice -- Proof.
28 (1) If the comparison under Section 41-12a-803 shows that a motor vehicle is not insured
29 for three consecutive months, the Motor Vehicle Division may direct that the designated agent
30 provide notice to the owner of the motor vehicle that he has 45 days to provide:
31 (a) proof of owner's or operator's security in a form allowed under Subsection
1 41-12a-303.2(4); or
2 (b) proof of exemption from the owner's or operator's security requirements.
3 (2) (a) If an owner of a motor vehicle fails to provide satisfactory proof of owner's or
4 operator's security to the designated agent[
5 (i) the designated agent shall:
6 (A) indicate information relating to the owner's failure to provide proof of owner's or
7 operator's security in the database; and
8 (B) provide this information to state and local law enforcement agencies as requested in
9 accordance with the provisions under Section 41-12a-805; and
10 (ii) the Motor Vehicle Division may:
11 (A) revoke the registration upon receiving notification under Subsection 41-1a-110(1)(f);
13 (B) direct the designated agent to provide [
14 (b) Any action by the Motor Vehicle Division to revoke the registration of a motor vehicle
15 under this Subsection (2) may be in addition to an action by a law enforcement agency to impose
16 the penalties under Section 41-12a-302 or 41-12a-303.2.
17 (3) The department and the Motor Vehicle Division shall direct the designated agent to
18 exempt from this section a farm truck that:
19 (a) meets the definition of a farm truck under Section 41-1a-102; and
20 (b) is registered as a farm truck under Title 41, Chapter 1a, Motor Vehicle Act.
21 (4) This part does not affect other actions or penalties that may be taken or imposed for
22 violation of the owner's and operator's security requirements of this chapter.
23 (5) If a comparison under Section 41-12a-803 shows that a motor vehicle may not be in
24 compliance with motor vehicle registration or sales and use tax laws, the Motor Vehicle Division
25 may direct that the designated agent provide notice to the owner of a motor vehicle that
26 information exists which indicates the possible violation.
27 Section 7. Section 41-12a-805 is amended to read:
28 41-12a-805. Disclosure of insurance information -- Penalty.
29 (1) Information in the database established under Section 41-12a-803 provided by a person
30 to the designated agent is considered to be the property of the person providing the information.
31 The information may not be disclosed from the database under Title 63, Chapter 2, Government
1 Records Access and Management Act, or otherwise, except as follows:
2 (a) for the purpose of investigating, litigating, or enforcing the owner's or operator's
3 security requirement under Section 41-12a-301, the designated agent shall verify insurance through
4 the state computer network for a state or local government agency;
5 (b) for the purpose of investigating, litigating, or enforcing the owner's or operator's
6 security requirement under Section 41-12a-301, the designated agent shall, upon request, issue to
7 any state or local government agency a certificate documenting the insurance status, according to
8 the database, of a specific individual or motor vehicle for the time period designated by the
9 government agency;
10 (c) upon request, the department shall disclose whether or not a person is an insured
11 individual to:
12 (i) that individual;
13 (ii) the parent or legal guardian of that individual if the individual is an unemancipated
15 (iii) the legal guardian of that individual if the individual is legally incapacitated;
16 (iv) a person who has power of attorney from the insured individual;
17 (v) a person who submits a notarized release from the insured individual dated no more
18 than 90 days before the date the request is made; or
19 (vi) a person suffering loss or injury in a motor vehicle accident in which the insured
20 individual is involved, but only as part of an accident report as authorized in Section 41-12a-202;
21 (d) for the purpose of investigating, enforcing, or prosecuting laws or issuing citations by
22 state or local law enforcement agencies related to the:
23 (i) registration and renewal of registration of a motor vehicle under Title 41, Chapter 1a,
24 Motor Vehicle Act; [
25 (ii) purchase of a motor vehicle under Title 59, Chapter 12, Sales and Use Tax Act; and
26 (iii) owner's or operator's security requirements under Section 41-12a-301;
27 (e) upon request of a peace officer acting in an official capacity under the provisions of
28 Subsection (1)(d), the department or the designated agent shall, upon request, disclose relevant
29 information for investigation, enforcement, or prosecution; and
30 (f) for the purpose of the state auditor or the legislative auditor general conducting audits
31 of the program.
1 (2) Any person who knowingly releases or discloses information from the database for a
2 purpose other than those authorized in this section or to a person who is not entitled to it is guilty
3 of a third degree felony.
4 (3) An insurer is not liable to any person for complying with Section 31A-22-315 by
5 providing information to the designated agent.
6 (4) Neither the state nor the department's designated agent are liable to any person for
7 gathering, managing, or using the information in the database as provided in Section 31A-22-315
8 and this part.
Legislative Review Note
as of 12-1-97 3:42 PM
A limited legal review of this bill raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
The Transportation Interim Committee recommended this bill.
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