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Second Substitute H.B. 360

Senator Wayne A. Harper proposes the following substitute bill:


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DISPLAY OF LICENSE PLATES

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Mark A. Wheatley

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Senate Sponsor: Gene Davis

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Motor Vehicles code related to license plates.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires that a license plate be displayed in a manner to be plainly readable from a
             13      distance of 100 feet during daylight;
             14          .    provides that a license plate is not required to be attached to the front of a vehicle if
             15      the vehicle was not originally designed and manufactured to hold a front license
             16      plate; and
             17          .    makes technical corrections.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24           41-1a-403 , as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1992, Chapter 1
             25           41-1a-404 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 106


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             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 41-1a-403 is amended to read:
             29           41-1a-403. Plates to be legible from 100 feet.
             30          License plates and the required letters and numerals on them, except the decals and the
             31      slogan, shall be of sufficient size and displayed in a manner to be plainly readable from a
             32      distance of 100 feet during daylight.
             33          Section 2. Section 41-1a-404 is amended to read:
             34           41-1a-404. Location and position of plates.
             35          (1) [License] (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), license plates issued for a
             36      vehicle other than a motorcycle, trailer, or semitrailer shall be attached to the vehicle, one in
             37      the front and the other in the rear.
             38          (b) A license plate is not required to be attached to the front of the vehicle under this
             39      Subsection (1) if the vehicle was not originally designed and manufactured to hold a front
             40      license plate.
             41          (2) The license plate issued for a motorcycle, trailer, or semitrailer shall be attached to
             42      the rear of the motorcycle, trailer, or semitrailer.
             43          (3) Every license plate shall at all times be:
             44          (a) securely fastened:
             45          (i) in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which it is issued to prevent the plate from
             46      swinging;
             47          (ii) at a height of not less than 12 inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom
             48      of the plate; and
             49          (iii) in a place and position to be clearly visible; and
             50          (b) maintained:
             51          (i) free from foreign materials; and
             52          (ii) in a condition to be clearly legible.
             53          (4) Enforcement by a state or local law enforcement officer of the requirement under
             54      Subsection (1) to attach a license plate to the front of a vehicle shall be only as a secondary
             55      action when the vehicle has been detained for a suspected violation by any person in the
             56      vehicle of Title 41, Motor Vehicles, other than the requirement under Subsection (1) to attach a


             57      license plate to the front of the vehicle, or for another offense.


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