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S.B. 50






Chief Sponsor: Brent H. Goodfellow

House Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends the Traffic Code by addressing vehicle immobilization devices.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    prohibits a motor vehicle from being immobilized in certain locations where
             15      specified signage does not exist;
             16          .    provides exceptions to the signage requirements;
             17          .    provides that a notice with specified information must be affixed to an immobilized
             18      vehicle; and
             19          .    provides for a maximum fee that can be charged for removing a vehicle
             20      immobilization device.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      ENACTS:
             27          41-6a-1409, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 41-6a-1409 is enacted to read:
             31          41-6a-1409. Vehicle immobilization devices -- Definitions -- Notice requirements --
             32      Maximum removal fee.
             33          (1) As used in this section:
             34          (a) "Immobilize" means to affix and lock a vehicle immobilization device to the
             35      exterior of a motor vehicle.
             36          (b) "Vehicle immobilization device" means a device that may be affixed and locked to
             37      the exterior of a motor vehicle for the purpose of prohibiting the movement or removal of the
             38      vehicle from its location.
             39          (c) "Vehicle immobilizer" means a person who or entity that uses or causes to be used
             40      a vehicle immobilization device for the purpose of enforcing parking restrictions with prior
             41      authorization from the owner or person in lawful possession or control of the real property.
             42          (2) (a) A vehicle immobilizer may not immobilize a vehicle without the motor vehicle
             43      owner's knowledge at either of the following locations without signage that meets the
             44      requirements of Subsection (2)(b):
             45          (i) a mobile home park as defined in Section 57-16-3 ; or
             46          (ii) a multifamily dwelling of more than eight units.
             47          (b) Signage under Subsection (2)(a) shall display:
             48          (i) where parking is subject to being immobilized; and
             49          (ii) one of the following:
             50          (A) the name and phone number of the vehicle immobilizer that immobilizes a vehicle
             51      for the locations listed under Subsection (2)(a)(i); or
             52          (B) the name of the mobile home park or multifamily dwelling and the phone number
             53      of the mobile home park or multifamily dwelling manager or management office that
             54      authorized the vehicle immobilizer to immobilize the motor vehicle.
             55          (c) Signage is not required under Subsection (2)(b) for parking in a location:
             56          (i) that is prohibited by law;
             57          (ii) that is prohibited by a declaration of the conditions, covenants, and restrictions or
             58      by a contract; or

             59          (iii) if it is reasonably apparent that the location is not open to parking.
             60          (d) Nothing in Subsection (2)(b) restricts the ability of a mobile home park as defined
             61      in Section 57-16-3 or a multifamily dwelling from instituting and enforcing regulations on
             62      parking.
             63          (3) (a) Upon immobilizing a vehicle, the vehicle immobilizer shall affix a notice to the
             64      immobilized vehicle in a conspicuous place so as to be plainly visible to a person seeking to
             65      operate the vehicle.
             66          (b) The notice under Subsection (3)(a) shall include:
             67          (i) the name and phone number of the vehicle immobilizer;
             68          (ii) a phone number that the owner of the vehicle may call to arrange for release of the
             69      vehicle; and
             70          (iii) applicable fees.
             71          (4) The maximum fee that a vehicle immobilizer may charge to remove a vehicle
             72      immobilization device may not exceed $75.
             73          (5) A county or municipal legislative or governing body may not enact or enforce any
             74      ordinance, regulation, rule, or fee pertaining to a vehicle immobilization device that conflicts
             75      with this part.

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    as of 1-27-09 10:44 AM

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