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First Substitute H.B. 24

Representative Julie Fisher proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
CLEAN FUEL VEHICLE DECAL

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Julie Fisher

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions relating to a clean fuel vehicle decal.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires the Department of Transportation to issue a clean fuel vehicle decal to
             13      certain applicants who satisfy certain requirements;
             14          .    requires an applicant for a clean fuel vehicle decal to pay a clean fuel vehicle decal
             15      fee;
             16          .    authorizes the Department of Transportation to establish a clean fuel vehicle decal
             17      fee and provides for the use of the funds generated by the fee;
             18          .    provides that beginning on July 1, 2011, a clean fuel vehicle shall have a clean fuel
             19      vehicle decal to travel in lanes designated for the use of high occupancy vehicles
             20      regardless of the number of occupants;
             21          .    prohibits a person from placing a clean fuel vehicle decal on a vehicle other than the
             22      vehicle specified in the application for the clean fuel vehicle decal permit and the
             23      clean fuel vehicle decal;
             24          .    requires a person operating a motor vehicle that has been issued a clean fuel vehicle
             25      decal to have in the person's immediate possession the clean fuel vehicle decal


             26      permit issued by the Department of Transportation for the motor vehicle the person is operating
             27      and display it upon demand of a peace officer;
             28          .    authorizes the Department of Transportation to make rules to administer the clean
             29      fuel vehicle decal program;
             30          .    provides that beginning on July 1, 2011, the Motor Vehicle Division may not issue a
             31      unique vehicle type license plate for a vehicle powered by clean fuel; and
             32          .    makes technical changes.
             33      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             34          None
             35      Other Special Clauses:
             36          None
             37      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             38      AMENDS:
             39          41-1a-418, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 139, 166, and 369
             40          41-6a-702, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 81
             41      ENACTS:
             42          72-6-121, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             43     
             44      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             45          Section 1. Section 41-1a-418 is amended to read:
             46           41-1a-418. Authorized special group license plates.
             47          (1) The division shall only issue special group license plates in accordance with this
             48      section through Section 41-1a-422 to a person who is specified under this section within the
             49      categories listed as follows:
             50          (a) disability special group license plates issued in accordance with Section 41-1a-420 ;
             51          (b) honor special group license plates, as in a war hero, which plates are issued for a:
             52          (i) survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor;
             53          (ii) former prisoner of war;
             54          (iii) recipient of a Purple Heart;
             55          (iv) disabled veteran; or
             56          (v) recipient of a gold star award issued by the United States Secretary of Defense;


             57          (c) unique vehicle type special group license plates, as for historical, collectors value,
             58      or other unique vehicle type, which plates are issued for:
             59          (i) a special interest vehicle;
             60          (ii) a vintage vehicle;
             61          (iii) a farm truck; or
             62          (iv) (A) until Subsection (1)(c)(iv)(B) or (4) applies, a vehicle powered by clean fuel as
             63      defined in Section 59-13-102 ; or
             64          (B) beginning on the effective date of rules made by the Department of Transportation
             65      authorized under Subsection 41-6a-702 (5)(b) and until Subsection (4) applies, a vehicle
             66      powered by clean fuel that meets the standards established by the Department of Transportation
             67      in rules authorized under Subsection 41-6a-702 (5)(b);
             68          (d) recognition special group license plates, as in a public official or an emergency
             69      service giver, which plates are issued for a:
             70          (i) current member of the Legislature;
             71          (ii) current member of the United States Congress;
             72          (iii) current member of the National Guard;
             73          (iv) licensed amateur radio operator;
             74          (v) currently employed, volunteer, or retired firefighter until June 30, 2009;
             75          (vi) emergency medical technician;
             76          (vii) current member of a search and rescue team; or
             77          (viii) current honorary consulate designated by the United States Department of State;
             78      and
             79          (e) support special group license plates, as for a contributor to an institution or cause,
             80      which plates are issued for a contributor to:
             81          (i) an institution's scholastic scholarship fund;
             82          (ii) the Division of Wildlife Resources;
             83          (iii) the Department of Veterans' Affairs;
             84          (iv) the Division of Parks and Recreation;
             85          (v) the Department of Agriculture and Food;
             86          (vi) the Guardian Ad Litem Services Account and the Children's Museum of Utah;
             87          (vii) the Boy Scouts of America;


             88          (viii) spay and neuter programs through No More Homeless Pets in Utah;
             89          (ix) the Boys and Girls Clubs of America;
             90          (x) Utah public education;
             91          (xi) programs that provide support to organizations that create affordable housing for
             92      those in severe need through the Division of Real Estate;
             93          (xii) the Department of Public Safety;
             94          (xiii) programs that support Zion National Park;
             95          (xiv) beginning on July 1, 2009, programs that provide support to firefighter
             96      organizations;
             97          (xv) programs that promote bicycle operation and safety awareness;
             98          (xvi) programs that conduct or support cancer research;
             99          (xvii) programs that create or support autism awareness; or
             100          (xviii) programs that create or support humanitarian service and educational and
             101      cultural exchanges.
             102          (2) (a) Beginning January 1, 2003, the division may not issue a new type of special
             103      group license plate unless the division receives:
             104          (i) a start-up fee established under Section 63J-1-504 for production and administrative
             105      costs for providing the new special group license plates; or
             106          (ii) a legislative appropriation for the start-up fee provided under Subsection (2)(a)(i).
             107          (b) (i) Beginning on July 1, 2009, the division may not renew a motor vehicle
             108      registration of a motor vehicle that has been issued a firefighter recognition special group
             109      license plate unless the applicant is a contributor as defined in Subsection
             110      41-1a-422 (1)(a)(ii)(D) to the Firefighter Support Restricted Account.
             111          (ii) A registered owner of a vehicle that has been issued a firefighter recognition
             112      special group license plate prior to July 1, 2009, upon renewal of the owner's motor vehicle
             113      registration shall:
             114          (A) be a contributor to the Firefighter Support Restricted Account as required under
             115      Subsection (2)(b)(i); or
             116          (B) replace the firefighter recognition special group license plate with a new license
             117      plate.
             118          (3) (a) A sponsoring organization that qualifies for tax-exempt status under Internal


             119      Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) may request the commission to authorize a new type of
             120      special group license plate for the sponsoring organization. The sponsoring organization shall:
             121          (i) collect a minimum of 200 applications; and
             122          (ii) pay a start-up fee established under Section 63J-1-504 for production and
             123      administrative costs for providing the new type of special group license plates.
             124          (b) If the provisions of Subsection (3)(a) are met, the commission shall approve the
             125      request and the division shall:
             126          (i) design a license plate in accordance with Section 41-1a-419 ; and
             127          (ii) issue the new type of special group license plates.
             128          (4) Beginning on July 1, 2011, the division may not issue a unique vehicle type license
             129      plate for a vehicle powered by clean fuel under Subsection (1)(c)(iv) to an applicant.
             130          Section 2. Section 41-6a-702 is amended to read:
             131           41-6a-702. Left lane restrictions -- Exceptions -- Other lane restrictions --
             132      Penalties.
             133          (1) As used in this section and Section 41-6a-704 , "general purpose lane" means a
             134      highway lane open to vehicular traffic but does not include a designated:
             135          (a) high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane; or
             136          (b) auxiliary lane that begins as a freeway on-ramp and ends as part of the next freeway
             137      off-ramp.
             138          (2) On a freeway or section of a freeway which has three or more general purpose lanes
             139      in the same direction, a person may not operate a vehicle in the left most general purpose lane
             140      if the person's:
             141          (a) vehicle is drawing a trailer or semitrailer regardless of size; or
             142          (b) vehicle or combination of vehicles has a gross vehicle weight of 12,001 or more
             143      pounds.
             144          (3) Subsection (2) does not apply to a person operating a vehicle who is:
             145          (a) preparing to turn left or taking a different highway split or an exit on the left;
             146          (b) responding to emergency conditions;
             147          (c) avoiding actual or potential traffic moving onto the highway from an acceleration or
             148      merging lane; or
             149          (d) following direction signs that direct use of a designated lane.


             150          (4) (a) A highway authority may designate a specific lane or lanes of travel for any type
             151      of vehicle on a highway or portion of a highway under its jurisdiction for the:
             152          (i) safety of the public;
             153          (ii) efficient maintenance of a highway; or
             154          (iii) use of high occupancy vehicles.
             155          (b) The lane designation under Subsection (4)(a) is effective when appropriate signs
             156      giving notice are erected on the highway or portion of the highway.
             157          (c) If a highway authority establishes an HOV lane, the highway authority shall
             158      annually report to the Transportation Interim Committee no later than November 30 of each
             159      year regarding:
             160          (i) the types of vehicles that may access the lane;
             161          (ii) where, when, and how a vehicle may access the lane;
             162          (iii) how a tax, fee, or charge is assessed for a vehicle carrying less than the number of
             163      persons specified for the lane;
             164          (iv) the usage of the HOV lane as compared to the usage of the general purpose lanes
             165      along the same stretch of highway; and
             166          (v) the compliance issues, safety risks, and impacts of the lane parameters described
             167      under Subsections (4)(c)(i), (ii), and (iii).
             168          (5) (a) (i) Subject to Subsection (5)(b) and until June 30, 2011, the lane designation
             169      under Subsection (4)(a)(iii) shall allow a vehicle with clean fuel special group license plates
             170      issued in accordance with Section 41-1a-418 to travel in lanes designated for the use of high
             171      occupancy vehicles regardless of the number of occupants to the extent authorized or permitted
             172      by federal law or federal regulation.
             173          (ii) Subject to Subsection (5)(b) and beginning on July 1, 2011, the lane designation
             174      under Subsection (4)(a)(iii) shall allow a vehicle with a clean fuel vehicle decal issued in
             175      accordance with Section 72-6-121 to travel in lanes designated for the use of high occupancy
             176      vehicle regardless of the number of occupants to the extent authorized or permitted by federal
             177      law or federal regulation.
             178          (b) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             179      Department of Transportation may make rules to allow a vehicle with [clean fuel special group
             180      license plates issued in accordance with Section 41-1a-418 ] a clean fuel vehicle decal to travel


             181      in lanes designated for the use of high occupancy vehicles regardless of the number of
             182      occupants to the extent authorized or permitted by federal law or federal regulation.
             183          (6) A person who operates a vehicle in violation of Subsection (2) or in violation of the
             184      restrictions made under Subsection (4) is guilty of a class C misdemeanor.
             185          Section 3. Section 72-6-121 is enacted to read:
             186          72-6-121. Clean fuel vehicle decal.
             187          (1) Beginning on July 1, 2011, and subject to the requirements of this section, the
             188      department shall issue a clean fuel vehicle decal permit and a clean fuel vehicle decal to an
             189      applicant if:
             190          (a) the applicant is an owner of a vehicle powered by clean fuel that meets the
             191      standards established by the department in rules authorized under Subsection 41-6a-702 (5)(b);
             192      and
             193          (b) the applicant remits an application and all fees required under this section.
             194          (2) The department shall establish the clean fuel vehicle decal design in consultation
             195      with the Utah Highway Patrol.
             196          (3) (a) An applicant for a clean fuel vehicle decal shall pay a clean fuel vehicle decal
             197      fee established by the department in accordance with Section 63J-1-504 .
             198          (b) Funds generated by the clean fuel vehicle decal fee may be used by the department
             199      to cover the costs incurred in issuing clean fuel vehicle decals under this section.
             200          (4) (a) The department shall issue a clean fuel vehicle decal permit and a clean fuel
             201      vehicle decal to a person who has been issued a clean fuel special group license plate prior to
             202      July 1, 2011.
             203          (b) A person who applies to the department to receive a clean fuel vehicle decal permit
             204      and a clean fuel vehicle decal under Subsection (4)(a) is not subject to the fee imposed under
             205      Subsection (3).
             206          (5) (a) An owner of a vehicle may not place a clean fuel vehicle decal on a vehicle
             207      other than the vehicle specified in the application for the clean fuel vehicle decal permit and the
             208      clean fuel vehicle decal.
             209          (b) A person operating a motor vehicle that has been issued a clean fuel vehicle decal
             210      shall:
             211          (i) have in the person's immediate possession the clean fuel vehicle decal permit issued


             212      by the department for the motor vehicle the person is operating; and
             213          (ii) display the permit upon demand of a peace officer.
             214          (6) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             215      department shall make rules to administer the clean fuel vehicle decal program authorized in
             216      this section.


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