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First Substitute H.B. 30

This document includes Senate 3rd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 2:50 PM by rday. -->

Senator Kevin T. Van Tassell proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE AMENDMENTS

             2     
2009 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Todd E. Kiser

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Public Safety Code and Transportation Code by amending
             10      provisions relating to commercial motor vehicles.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides definitions;
             14          .    provides that a commercial motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating over
             15      26,000 pounds is exempt from a safety inspection if the vehicle has an apportioned
             16      registration and a valid annual federal inspection;
             17          .    provides that a trailer, semitrailer, or trailering equipment attached to a certain
             18      commercial motor vehicle is exempt from a safety inspection if the vehicle has a
             19      valid annual federal inspection;
             20          .    provides that a S. [ commercial ] .S motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of
             21      10,001 pounds or more is required to pass an annual safety inspection;
             22          .    requires a motor carrier to have lettered on both sides of a vehicle the location of
             23      domicile by city and state only if the vehicle is an intrastate commercial vehicle;
             24          .    provides that a vehicle is exempt from the motor carrier lettering and identification
             25      number display requirements only if the vehicle is an intrastate commercial motor


             26      vehicle used by a farmer for the production of agricultural products;
             27          .    provides that an operator of a farm vehicle or combination of farm vehicles is
             28      exempt from certain requirements for physical qualifications, medical examinations,
             29      and medical certification only if the farm vehicle or combination of farm vehicles
             30      being operated are:
             31              .    under 26,001 pounds gross vehicle weight rating;
             32              .    controlled and driven by a farmer to transport agricultural products, farm
             33      machinery, or farm supplies to a farm within 150 miles of the farmer's farm and
             34      not as a motor carrier for hire; and
             35              .    not operated as an interstate commercial vehicle;
             36          .    grants the Utah Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies certified by the
             37      department authority to conduct inspections as needed to enforce state and federal
             38      laws related to the operation of a motor carrier; and
             39          .    makes technical changes.
             40      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             41          None
             42      Other Special Clauses:
             43          This bill provides an effective date.
             44      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             45      AMENDS:
             46          53-8-205, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 36 and 210
             47          72-9-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 222
             48          72-9-105, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 13 and renumbered and
             49      amended by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 270
             50          72-9-107, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 150
             51          72-9-301, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1998, Chapter 270
             52     
             53      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             54          Section 1. Section 53-8-205 is amended to read:
             55           53-8-205. Safety inspection required -- Frequency of safety inspection -- Safety
             56      inspection certificate required -- Out-of-state permits.


             57          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), a person may not operate on a highway
             58      a motor vehicle required to be registered in this state unless the motor vehicle has passed a
             59      safety inspection.
             60          (b) Subsection (1)(a) does not apply to:
             61          (i) a vehicle that is exempt from registration under Section 41-1a-205 ;
             62          (ii) an off-highway vehicle, unless the off-highway vehicle is being registered as a
             63      street-legal all-terrain vehicle in accordance with Section 41-6a-1509 ; [and]
             64          (iii) a vintage vehicle as defined in Section 41-21-1 [.];
             65          (iv) a commercial vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating over 26,000 pounds that:
             66          (A) is operating with an apportioned registration under Section 41-1a-301; and
             67          (B) has a valid annual federal inspection that complies with the requirements of 49
             68      C.F.R. 396.17; and
             69          (v) a trailer, semitrailer, or trailering equipment attached to a commercial motor vehicle
             70      described in Subsection (1)(a)(iv) that has a valid annual federal inspection that complies with
             71      the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 396.17.
             72          (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), the frequency of the safety inspection shall be
             73      determined based on the age of the vehicle determined by model year and shall:
             74          (a) be required each year for a vehicle that is eight or more years old on January 1; or
             75          (b) every two years for each vehicle that is less than eight years old on January 1 as
             76      follows:
             77          (i) in odd-numbered years for a vehicle with an odd-numbered model year; and
             78          (ii) in even-numbered years for a vehicle with an even-numbered model year;
             79          (c) be made by a safety inspector certified by the division at a safety inspection station
             80      authorized by the division;
             81          (d) cover an inspection of the motor vehicle mechanism, brakes, and equipment to
             82      ensure proper adjustment and condition as required by department rules; and
             83          (e) include an inspection for the display of license plates in accordance with Section
             84      41-1a-404 .
             85          (3) (a) (i) A salvage vehicle as defined in Section 41-1a-1001 is required to pass a
             86      safety inspection when an application is made for initial registration as a salvage vehicle.
             87          [(b)] (ii) After initial registration as a salvage vehicle, the frequency of the safety


             88      inspection shall correspond with the model year, as provided in Subsection (2).
             89          (b) A motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more is
             90      required to pass a safety inspection annually.
             91          (4) A safety inspection station shall issue a safety inspection certificate to the owner of:
             92          (a) each motor vehicle that passes a safety inspection under this section; and
             93          (b) a street-legal all-terrain vehicle that meets all the equipment requirements in
             94      Section 41-6a-1509 .
             95          (5) The division may:
             96          (a) authorize the acceptance in this state of a safety inspection certificate issued in
             97      another state having a safety inspection law similar to this state; and
             98          (b) extend the time within which a safety inspection certificate must be obtained by the
             99      resident owner of a vehicle that was not in this state during the time a safety inspection was
             100      required.
             101          Section 2. Section 72-9-102 is amended to read:
             102           72-9-102. Definitions.
             103          As used in this chapter:
             104          (1) (a) "Commercial vehicle" includes:
             105          (i) an interstate commercial vehicle; and
             106          (ii) an intrastate commercial vehicle.
             107          (b) "Commercial vehicle" does not include the following vehicles for purposes of this
             108      chapter:
             109          (i) equipment owned and operated by the United States Department of Defense when
             110      driven by any active duty military personnel and members of the reserves and national guard on
             111      active duty including personnel on full-time national guard duty, personnel on part-time
             112      training, and national guard military technicians and civilians who are required to wear military
             113      uniforms and are subject to the code of military justice;
             114          (ii) firefighting and emergency vehicles, operated by emergency personnel, not
             115      including commercial tow trucks; and
             116          (iii) recreational vehicles that are driven solely as family or personal conveyances for
             117      noncommercial purposes.
             118          (2) "Interstate commercial vehicle" means a self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used


             119      on a highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property if the vehicle:
             120          (a) has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 or
             121      more pounds;
             122          (b) is designed or used to transport more than eight passengers, including the driver, for
             123      compensation;
             124          (c) is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and
             125      is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or
             126          (d) (i) is used to transport materials designated as hazardous in accordance with 49
             127      U.S.C. Sec. 5103; and
             128          (ii) is required to be placarded in accordance with regulations under 49 C.F.R., Subtitle
             129      B, Chapter I, Subchapter C.
             130          [(1) (a)] (3) "[Commercial] Intrastate commercial vehicle" means a motor vehicle,
             131      vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer used or maintained for business, compensation, or profit to
             132      transport passengers or property on a highway only within the boundaries of this state if the
             133      commercial vehicle:
             134          [(i)] (a) has a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight
             135      rating of 10,001 or more pounds;
             136          [(ii)] (b) is designed to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver; or
             137          [(iii)] (c) is used in the transportation of hazardous materials and is required to be
             138      placarded in accordance with 49 C.F.R. Part 172, Subpart F.
             139          [(b) The following vehicles are not considered a commercial vehicle for purposes of
             140      this chapter:]
             141          [(i) equipment owned and operated by the United States Department of Defense when
             142      driven by any active duty military personnel and members of the reserves and national guard on
             143      active duty including personnel on full-time national guard duty, personnel on part-time
             144      training, and national guard military technicians and civilians who are required to wear military
             145      uniforms and are subject to the code of military justice;]
             146          [(ii) firefighting and emergency vehicles, operated by emergency personnel, not
             147      including commercial tow trucks; and]
             148          [(iii) recreational vehicles that are driven solely as family or personal conveyances for
             149      noncommercial purposes.]


             150          [(2)] (4) "Motor carrier" means a person engaged in or transacting the business of
             151      transporting passengers, freight, merchandise, or other property by a commercial vehicle on a
             152      highway within this state and includes a tow truck business.
             153          [(3)] (5) "Tow truck" means a motor vehicle constructed, designed, altered, or
             154      equipped primarily for the purpose of towing or removing damaged, disabled, abandoned,
             155      seized, or impounded vehicles from a highway or other place by means of a crane, hoist, tow
             156      bar, tow line, dolly, tilt bed, or other means.
             157          [(4)] (6) "Tow truck service" means the functions and any ancillary operations
             158      associated with recovering, removing, and towing a vehicle and its load from a highway or
             159      other place by means of a tow truck.
             160          [(5)] (7) "Transportation" means the actual movement of property or passengers by
             161      motor vehicle, including loading, unloading, and any ancillary service provided by the motor
             162      carrier in connection with movement by motor vehicle, which is performed by or on behalf of
             163      the motor carrier, its employees or agents, or under the authority of the motor carrier, its
             164      employees or agents, or under the apparent authority and with the knowledge of the motor
             165      carrier.
             166          Section 3. Section 72-9-105 is amended to read:
             167           72-9-105. Information lettered on vehicle -- Exceptions.
             168          (1) Except under Subsection (4), a motor carrier shall have lettered on both sides of any
             169      vehicle used for transportation of persons or property:
             170          (a) the name of the motor carrier company; and
             171          (b) the location of domicile by city and state for an intrastate commercial vehicle.
             172          (2) The lettering shall be free from obstruction and legible from a distance of at least
             173      50 feet.
             174          (3) (a) In addition to the lettering required under Subsection (1), the department may
             175      require an identification number assigned by the department to be displayed in accordance with
             176      this section.
             177          (b) The number may be used to assist the department in conjunction with the U.S.
             178      Department of Transportation to develop a program to improve motor carrier safety
             179      enforcement.
             180          (4) [A] An intrastate commercial vehicle primarily used by a farmer for the production


             181      of agricultural products is exempt from the provisions of this section.
             182          Section 4. Section 72-9-107 is amended to read:
             183           72-9-107. Medical exemptions for farm vehicle operators.
             184          Except as provided in Section 53-3-206 , an operator of a farm vehicle or combination
             185      of farm vehicles [that are under 26,001 pounds gross vehicle weight rating and not operated as
             186      a commercial motor vehicle, in accordance with Subsection 53-3-102 (5)(b)(ii),] is exempt from
             187      additional requirements for physical qualifications, medical examinations, and medical
             188      certification[.] if the farm vehicle or combination of farm vehicles being operated is:
             189          (1) under 26,001 pounds gross vehicle weight rating;
             190          (2) not operated as a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with Subsection
             191      53-3-102 (5)(b)(ii); and
             192          (3) not operated as an interstate commercial motor vehicle.
             193          Section 5. Section 72-9-301 is amended to read:
             194           72-9-301. Duties -- Enforcement -- Federal safety regulations -- Audits -- Rights
             195      of entry for audits.
             196          (1) The department shall administer and in cooperation with the Department of Public
             197      Safety, Utah Highway Patrol Division, as specified under Section 53-8-105 , shall enforce state
             198      and federal laws related to the operation of a motor carrier within the state, including:
             199          (a) the operation of ports-of-entry under Section 72-9-501 ;
             200          (b) vehicle size, weight, and load restrictions;
             201          (c) security requirements;
             202          (d) safety requirements; and
             203          (e) the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as contained in Title 49, Code of
             204      Federal Regulations.
             205          (2) (a) The department shall conduct compliance audits and inspections as needed to
             206      enforce state and federal laws related to the operation of a motor carrier.
             207          (b) The Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol Division, and other law
             208      enforcement agencies certified by the department shall conduct inspections as needed to
             209      enforce state and federal laws related to the operation of a motor carrier.
             210          (3) (a) In accordance with Subsection (3)(b), the department's authorized employees or
             211      agents may enter, inspect, and examine any lands, buildings, and equipment of a motor carrier


             212      subject to this chapter, to inspect and copy any accounts, books, records, and documents in
             213      order to administer and enforce state and federal laws related to the operation of a motor carrier
             214      provided:
             215          (i) the department's authorized employees or agents schedule an appointment with the
             216      motor carrier prior to entering, inspecting, or examining any facility or records of a motor
             217      carrier; or
             218          (ii) if the department's authorized employees or agents believe that a criminal violation
             219      is involved and that a scheduled appointment would compromise the detection of the alleged
             220      criminal violation, no appointment is necessary.
             221          (b) A motor carrier shall submit its lands, buildings, and equipment for inspection and
             222      examination and shall submit its accounts, books, records, and documents for inspection and
             223      copying in accordance with this section.
             224          Section 6. Effective date.
             225          This bill takes effect on May 12, 2009, except that the amendments to Section 53-8-205
             226      take effect on S. [ October ] July .S 1, 2009.


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