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S.B. 173 Enrolled
This act modifies the Motor Vehicle Code to provide an extended time period for safety
inspection of vehicles prior to the registration of motor vehicle fleets. The act makes
technical changes. The act provides an immediate effective date.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
41-1a-205, as last amended by Chapters 32, 128 and 238, Laws of Utah 1998
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 41-1a-205 is amended to read:
41-1a-205. Safety inspection certificate required for renewal or registration of motor
vehicle -- Exemptions.
(1) If required in the current year, a safety inspection certificate, as required by Section
53-8-205 , or proof of exemption from safety inspection shall be presented at the time of, and as
a condition of, registration or renewal of registration of a motor vehicle.
(2) (a) Except as provided in Subsections (2)(b) [
required under this section may be made no more than two months prior to the renewal of
(b) (i) If the title of a used motor vehicle is being transferred, a safety inspection certificate
issued for the motor vehicle during the previous two months may be used to satisfy the
requirement under Subsection (1).
(ii) If the transferor is a licensed and bonded used motor vehicle dealer, a safety inspection
certificate issued for the motor vehicle in a licensed and bonded motor vehicle dealer's name
during the previous six months may be used to satisfy the requirement under Subsection (1).
(c) If the title of a leased vehicle is being transferred to the lessee of the vehicle, a safety
inspection certificate issued during the previous six months may be used to satisfy the requirement
under Subsection (1).
(d) If the motor vehicle is part of a fleet of 101 or more vehicles, the safety inspection
required under this section may be made no more than 11 months prior to the renewal of registration.
(3) The following motor vehicles are exempt from this section:
(a) a new motor vehicle when registered the first time, if:
(i) a new car predelivery inspection has been made by a dealer;
(ii) the dealer provides a written disclosure statement listing any known deficiency, existing
with the new motor vehicle at the time of delivery, that would cause the motor vehicle to fail a safety
inspection given in accordance with Section 53-8-205 ; and
(iii) the buyer signs the disclosure statement to acknowledge that the buyer has read and
understands the listed deficiencies; and
(b) a motor vehicle required to be registered under this chapter that bears a dealer plate or
other special plate under Title 41, Chapter 3, Part 5, Special Dealer License Plates, except that if the
motor vehicle is propelled by its own power and is not being moved for repair or dismantling, the
motor vehicle shall comply with Section 41-6-155 regarding safe mechanical condition.
(4) (a) A safety inspection certificate shall be displayed on:
(i) all registered commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000
pounds or more;
(ii) a motor vehicle with three or more axles, pulling a trailer, or pulling a trailer with
(iii) a combination unit; and
(iv) a bus or van for hire.
(b) A commercial vehicle under Subsection (4)(a) is exempt from the requirements of
(5) A motor vehicle may be sold and the title assigned to the new owner without a valid
safety inspection, but the motor vehicle may not be registered in the new owner's name until the
motor vehicle complies with this section.
Section 2. Effective date.
If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this act takes effect upon
approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah Constitution
Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto, the date of veto
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