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S.B. 173 Enrolled

                 

MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION FOR

                 
FLEETS

                 
2002 GENERAL SESSION

                 
STATE OF UTAH

                 
Sponsor: Dan R. Eastman

                  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:
                  AMENDS:
                      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) [and], (c), and (d), the safety inspection
                  required under this section may be made no more than two months prior to the renewal of
                  registration.
                      (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
                  multiple axles;
                      (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
                  Subsection (1).
                      (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.

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                      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
                  override.

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