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H.B. 68






Sponsor: Greg J. Curtis

             6      This act modifies the Public Safety Code by requiring salvage vehicles to pass a safety
             7      inspection at the time of application for initial registration as a salvage vehicle. The act
             8      provides that the frequency of subsequent safety inspections is based on the model year of
             9      the vehicle.
             10      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             11      AMENDS:
             12          53-8-205, as last amended by Chapter 143, Laws of Utah 2002
             13      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             14          Section 1. Section 53-8-205 is amended to read:
             15           53-8-205. Safety inspection required -- Frequency of safety inspection -- Safety
             16      inspection certificate required -- Out-of-state permits.
             17          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), a person may not operate on a highway
             18      a motor vehicle required to be registered in this state unless the motor vehicle has passed a
             19      safety inspection.
             20          (b) Subsection (1)(a) does not apply to:
             21          (i) vehicles exempt from registration under Section 41-1a-205 ; and
             22          (ii) off-highway vehicles.
             23          (2) [The] Except as provided in Subsection (3), the frequency of the safety inspection
             24      shall be determined based on the age of the vehicle determined by model year and shall:
             25          (a) be required each year for a vehicle that is eight or more years old on January 1; or
             26          (b) every two years for each vehicle that is less than eight years old on January 1 as
             27      follows:

             28          (i) in odd-numbered years for a vehicle with an odd-numbered model year; and
             29          (ii) in even-numbered years for a vehicle with an even-numbered model year;
             30          (c) be made by a safety inspector certified by the division at a safety inspection station
             31      authorized by the division;
             32          (d) cover an inspection of the motor vehicle mechanism, brakes, and equipment to
             33      ensure proper adjustment and condition as required by department rules; and
             34          (e) include an inspection for the display of license plates in accordance with Section
             35      41-1a-404 .
             36          (3) (a) A salvage vehicle as defined in Section 41-1a-1001 is required to pass a safety
             37      inspection when an application is made for initial registration as a salvage vehicle.
             38          (b) After initial registration as a salvage vehicle, the frequency of the safety inspection
             39      shall correspond with the model year, as provided in Subsection (2).
             40          [(3)] (4) A safety inspection station shall issue a safety inspection certificate to the
             41      owner of each motor vehicle that passes a safety inspection under this section.
             42          [(4)] (5) The division may:
             43          (a) authorize the acceptance in this state of a safety inspection certificate issued in
             44      another state having a safety inspection law similar to this state; and
             45          (b) extend the time within which a safety inspection certificate must be obtained by the
             46      resident owner of a vehicle that was not in this state during the time a safety inspection was
             47      required.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-12-02 1:30 PM

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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