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House Bill 1073


House Bill 1073

ARCHIVE (2005)

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DIGEST OF HB 1073 (Updated April 29, 2005 9:17 pm - DI 14)


Motor vehicle matters. Specifies that: (1) the bureau of motor vehicles (bureau) has discretion to withhold certain medical records and evaluations regarding the ability of a driver to operate a motor vehicle safely; and (2) a law enforcement agency has discretion to withhold certain items of personal information contained in the files of the law enforcement agency. Exempts a social security number contained in the records of a public agency from disclosure. Authorizes the bureau to conduct a reasonable investigation of a driver's continued fitness to operate a motor vehicle when the bureau has reason to believe that a licensed driver may not be able to operate a motor vehicle safely. Specifies that the bureau may not suspend or revoke the license of a licensed driver whose fitness to drive safely is questioned until a reasonable investigation of the driver's continued fitness has been made by the bureau. Revises language concerning public records confidentiality. Requires: (1) the driver licensing medical advisory board to assist the office of traffic safety; and (2) the office of traffic safety to develop programs and materials concerning senior citizens' driving ability. Provides that certain driver's licenses issued to individuals at least 85 years of age expire two years after issuance. Grants immunity from civil or criminal liability to a licensed physician, optometrist, or advanced practice nurse who makes a good faith report to the bureau concerning a patient's fitness to operate a motor vehicle not more than 30 days after having examined the patient. Revises fees for copies of certain bureau records. Revises educational and age requirements for a commercial driver training instructor's license. Requires the commissioner (commissioner) of the bureau to administer the policies and procedures of the bureau and to submit budget proposals for the bureau to the budget director. Requires a person operating a license branch to collect service charges and deposit them in the license branch fund. Provides that certain driver's licenses under certain circumstances and state identification cards expire six years after issuance. (Current law provides that certain driver's licenses under certain circumstances and state identification cards expire four years after issuance.) Provides that fees and service charges for driver's licenses that expire six years after issuance and state identification cards be increased by 50%. Requires the bureau to adopt rules for a 50% increase in certain charges related to driver's licenses and state identification cards that expire six years after issuance. Requires the operator of a vehicle involved in an accident to report the accident to the bureau within ten days of the accident under certain circumstances. (Current law requires the report to be made to the state police.) Authorizes the bureau to determine a schedule for yearly registration of certain vehicles. Changes the regulation of licensing of vehicle merchandising. Revises the replacement cycle for certain license plates from one year to two years. Changes the defined term "implement of husbandry" to "implement of agriculture" for purposes of the motor vehicle code, and requires the bureau to determine categories of implements of agriculture by rule. Redefines the terms "farm tractor" and "tractor" for purposes of the motor vehicle code. Defines "special machinery" and sets a fee for registration. Provides that certain motor vehicles may be operated and registered as farm trucks, farm trailers, or farm semitrailers and tractors if not used for certain commercial enterprises. Provides for a 30 day registration for farm trucks, farm trailers, or farm semitrailers and tractors operated intrastate to transport farm products after the commodities have entered the channels of commerce. Makes it a Class C infraction (and a Class B infraction for a second offense within three years) to operate or own a farm truck, farm trailer, or farm semitrailer and tractor if the vehicle is used for certain commercial enterprises. Revises the definitions of "law enforcement officer" and "police officer" for purposes of the motor vehicle code to include a motor carrier inspector (inspector), and gives an inspector authority over violations of certain offenses involving a farm truck, farm trailer, or farm semitrailer. Requires the bureau to adopt rules: (1) to identify and define "farm truck", "farm trailer", and "farm semitrailer and tractor"; and (2) related to the operation of farm vehicles. Prohibits a police officer from impounding certain farm products when a vehicle is discovered in violation of certain registration requirements, and removes the penalty against an officer for a reckless impoundment related to other registration requirements. Revises the exclusion of certain garden tractors from the application of the waste tire management fund fee. Repeals the definitions of "farm machinery", "farm tractor used in transportation", and "special farm machinery", and repeals references to those terms within the motor vehicle code. Deletes an obsolete reference to a financing statement for a farm tractor. Repeals the license fee for certain vehicles used in farming operations. Repeals a fee for certain reinstatement privileges from the bureau. Authorizes the bureau to conduct driver examinations in a county where a license branch is located. Removes authority for the bureau to issue a renewal license or identification card by mail or by electronic service. Provides that a certain federal requirement concerning diabetic drivers who operate motor vehicles for private carriers of property does not apply when the carrier vehicle is operated intrastate under specific circumstances. Makes technical corrections and conforming changes.
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