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S.B. 173






Sponsor: Dan R. Eastman

             6      This act modifies the Motor Vehicles code to provide an extended time period for safety
             7      inspection of vehicles prior to the registration of motor vehicle fleets. The act makes
             8      technical changes. The act provides an immediate effective date.
             9      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             10      AMENDS:
             11          41-1a-205, as last amended by Chapters 32, 128 and 238, Laws of Utah 1998
             12      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             13          Section 1. Section 41-1a-205 is amended to read:
             14           41-1a-205. Safety inspection certificate required for renewal or registration of motor
             15      vehicle -- Exemptions.
             16          (1) If required in the current year, a safety inspection certificate, as required by Section
             17      53-8-205 , or proof of exemption from safety inspection shall be presented at the time of, and as
             18      a condition of, registration or renewal of registration of a motor vehicle.
             19          (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsections (2)(b) [and], (c), and (d), the safety inspection
             20      required under this section may be made no more than two months prior to the renewal of
             21      registration.
             22          (b) (i) If the title of a used motor vehicle is being transferred, a safety inspection certificate
             23      issued for the motor vehicle during the previous two months may be used to satisfy the
             24      requirement under Subsection (1).
             25          (ii) If the transferor is a licensed and bonded used motor vehicle dealer, a safety inspection
             26      certificate issued for the motor vehicle in a licensed and bonded motor vehicle dealer's name
             27      during the previous six months may be used to satisfy the requirement under Subsection (1).

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         (c) If the title of a leased vehicle is being transferred to the lessee of the vehicle, a safety
             29      inspection certificate issued during the previous six months may be used to satisfy the requirement
             30      under Subsection (1).
             31          (d) If the motor vehicle is part of a fleet of S [ 500 ] 101 s or more vehicles, the safety inspection
             32      required under this section may be made no more than 11 months prior to the renewal of
             33      registration.
             34          (3) The following motor vehicles are exempt from this section:
             35          (a) a new motor vehicle when registered the first time, if:
             36          (i) a new car predelivery inspection has been made by a dealer;
             37          (ii) the dealer provides a written disclosure statement listing any known deficiency,
             38      existing with the new motor vehicle at the time of delivery, that would cause the motor vehicle to
             39      fail a safety inspection given in accordance with Section 53-8-205 ; and
             40          (iii) the buyer signs the disclosure statement to acknowledge that the buyer has read and
             41      understands the listed deficiencies; and
             42          (b) a motor vehicle required to be registered under this chapter that bears a dealer plate or
             43      other special plate under Title 41, Chapter 3, Part 5, Special Dealer License Plates, except that if
             44      the motor vehicle is propelled by its own power and is not being moved for repair or dismantling,
             45      the motor vehicle shall comply with Section 41-6-155 regarding safe mechanical condition.
             46          (4) (a) A safety inspection certificate shall be displayed on:
             47          (i) all registered commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000
             48      pounds or more;
             49          (ii) a motor vehicle with three or more axles, pulling a trailer, or pulling a trailer with
             50      multiple axles;
             51          (iii) a combination unit; and
             52          (iv) a bus or van for hire.
             53          (b) A commercial vehicle under Subsection (4)(a) is exempt from the requirements of
             54      Subsection (1).
             55          (5) A motor vehicle may be sold and the title assigned to the new owner without a valid
             56      safety inspection, but the motor vehicle may not be registered in the new owner's name until the
             57      motor vehicle complies with this section.
             58          Section 2. Effective date.

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         If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this act takes effect
             60      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             61      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto, the
             62      date of veto override.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-5-02 10:07 AM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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