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H.B. 151





Chief Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

Senate Sponsor: Sheldon L. Killpack

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles Code by amending provisions relating to the
             10      removal and impoundment of a vehicle.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    authorizes the Motor Vehicle Division or a peace officer to seize and take
             14      possession of a vehicle if the vehicle is being operated on a highway without
             15      owner's or operator's security;
             16          .    provides that a vehicle that is seized or impounded for not having owner's or
             17      operator's security is subject to certain seizure or impoundment procedures and
             18      requirements; and
             19          .    makes technical changes.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          41-1a-1101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapters 2 and 56

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 41-1a-1101 is amended to read:
             30           41-1a-1101. Seizure -- Circumstances where permitted -- Impound lot standards.
             31          (1) The division or any peace officer, without a warrant, may seize and take possession
             32      of any vehicle, vessel, or outboard motor:
             33          (a) that the division or the peace officer has reason to believe has been stolen;
             34          (b) on which any identification number has been defaced, altered, or obliterated;
             35          (c) that has been abandoned in accordance with Section 41-6a-1408 ;
             36          (d) for which the applicant has written a check for registration or title fees that has not
             37      been honored by the applicant's bank and that is not paid within 30 days;
             38          (e) that is placed on the water with improper registration; or
             39          (f) that is being operated on a highway:
             40          (i) with registration that has been expired for more than three months;
             41          (ii) having never been properly registered by the current owner; [or]
             42          (iii) with registration that is suspended or revoked[.]; or
             43          (iv) without owner's or operator's security as required under Section 41-12a-301 .
             44          (2) If necessary for the transportation of a seized vessel, the vessel's trailer may be
             45      seized to transport and store the vessel.
             46          (3) Any peace officer seizing or taking possession of a vehicle, vessel, or outboard
             47      motor under this section shall comply with the provisions of Section 41-6a-1406 .
             48          (4) (a) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
             49      the commission shall make rules setting standards for public garages, impound lots, and
             50      impound yards that may be used by peace officers and the division.
             51          (b) The standards shall be equitable, reasonable, and unrestrictive as to the number of
             52      public garages, impound lots, or impound yards per geographical area.
             53          (5) (a) Except as provided under Subsection (5)(b), a person may not operate or allow
             54      to be operated a vehicle stored in a public garage, impound lot, or impound yard regulated
             55      under this part without prior written permission of the owner of the vehicle.
             56          (b) Incidental and necessary operation of a vehicle to move the vehicle from one
             57      parking space to another within the facility and that is necessary for the normal management of
             58      the facility is not prohibited under this Subsection (5)(a).

             59          (6) A person who violates the provisions of Subsection (5) is guilty of a class C
             60      misdemeanor.
             61          (7) The division or the peace officer who seizes a vehicle shall record the mileage
             62      shown on the vehicle's odometer at the time of seizure, if:
             63          (a) the vehicle is equipped with an odometer; and
             64          (b) the odometer reading is accessible to the division or the peace officer.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-22-08 3:35 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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