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Substitute House Bill No. 5351

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-167

AN ACT REVISING CERTAIN MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (a) The operator of any motor vehicle shall immediately bring his vehicle to a stop not less than ten feet from a location having a school crossing guard on any highway or private road when such school crossing guard specifically directs him to do so. Any motor vehicle so stopped for a school crossing guard shall not proceed until there is specific direction from the school crossing guard. (b) Any person who violates any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for the first offense and for each subsequent offense, not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both.

Sec. 2. (NEW) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may issue to each registered owner of a motor vehicle an identification card which contains electronically encrypted information concerning the vehicle description and identification number and registration and title history of such motor vehicle. Each such vehicle identification card issued shall be carried in the motor vehicle. When any motor vehicle is sold or transferred, the seller or transferor shall deliver possession of the vehicle identification card to the buyer or transferee. If any vehicle identification card is lost, stolen or destroyed, the commissioner shall, upon request and application made by the registered owner, issue a replacement identification card. The commissioner may charge a fee to cover the cost of issuance and replacement of such identification card.

Sec. 3. Section 14-15 of the general statutes, as amended by section 4 of public act 95-260, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any person, firm or corporation before engaging in the business of leasing or renting motor vehicles without drivers in this state and any person, firm or corporation which is the lessor of or rents any vehicle required to be registered under the provisions of section 14-15a shall make a sworn application to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for a license to engage in such leasing or renting. Each such application shall be accompanied by a fee of one hundred fifty dollars and shall be renewed annually on the first day of April. No such license shall be transferred. Such licensee shall furnish proof of financial responsibility satisfactory to the commissioner, as provided by section 14-112 or 14-129, provided such licensee may furnish such proof separately with respect to each vehicle or each group of vehicles leased to any single lessee. Each application for such license shall contain the name and address of the owner and shall be accompanied by a surety bond as required pursuant to section 14-52. Each application for registration of a motor vehicle to be leased for a period of more than thirty days shall contain the name and address of the owner and the lessee of such vehicle. The owner of such vehicle shall disclose the name and address of any subsequent lessee of such vehicle to the commissioner in such manner as he may require. The commissioner shall ensure that such information relative to the lessee is available to the Connecticut on-line law enforcement communications teleprocessing system. Each person, firm or corporation licensed under the provisions of this subsection shall keep such books, records and accounts as the commissioner may require provided each licensee shall retain a copy of each rental or lease contract for a period of three years, which shall be subject to inspection by the commissioner or his designee at all reasonable times. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any person, firm or corporation which, incidental to the conduct of its principal business, leases or rents any motor vehicle without a driver to other persons, firms or corporations whose principal business is the same as that of the lessor. Violation of any provision of this subsection shall be an infraction. (b) [On and after January 1, 1991, each] EACH person, firm or corporation licensed under the provisions of subsection (a) of this section who in the opinion of the commissioner is qualified and who holds a current registration certificate for a motor vehicle used in connection with its business may issue a [twenty-day] FORTY-FIVE-DAY temporary transfer of such registration to any other vehicle used in connection with its business with an official stamp issued by the commissioner to such licensee. The licensee, within [five] SEVEN days from the issuance of such temporary registration, shall submit to the commissioner an application together with all necessary documents for a permanent registration for the vehicle transferred. The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to implement the provisions of this subsection. (c) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 14-22, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 7 OF PUBLIC ACT 95-260, THE COMMISSIONER MAY AUTHORIZE ANY PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION LICENSED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION WHO IN THE OPINION OF THE COMMISSIONER IS QUALIFIED AND WHO HOLDS A CURRENT REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE USED IN CONNECTION WITH ITS BUSINESS TO RENEW SUCH REGISTRATION BY MEANS OF AN ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM CONNECTED TO THE SYSTEM OF REGISTRATION RECORDS MAINTAINED BY THE COMMISSIONER. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 54 TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBSECTION.

Sec. 4. Section 14-33 of the general statutes, as amended by section 8 of public act 95-260, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) If any property tax, or any instalment thereof, laid by any city, town, borough or other taxing district upon a registered motor vehicle or snowmobile remains unpaid, the tax collector of such city, town, borough or other taxing district shall notify the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of such delinquency in accordance with listings and schedules of dates established by the commissioner and on forms prescribed and furnished by him, specifying the name and address of the person against whom such tax has been assessed, the date when such tax was due and the registration number, if known to the collector. The commissioner shall not issue registration for such motor vehicle or snowmobile for the next registration period if, according to his records, it is then owned by the person against whom such tax has been assessed or by any person to whom such vehicle has not been transferred by bona fide sale. Unless notice has been received by the commissioner under the provisions of section 14-33a, no such registration shall be issued until a receipt evidencing the payment of such tax or certificate of abatement of such tax or other satisfactory evidence that the tax obligation has been legally discharged has been presented to the commissioner; nor shall the commissioner register any other motor vehicle or snowmobile in the name of such person until a receipt evidencing the payment of such tax or a certificate of abatement of such tax or other satisfactory evidence that the tax obligation has been legally discharged has been presented to the commissioner, except that the commissioner may continue to register other vehicles owned by a leasing or rental firm licensed pursuant to section 14-15, if he is satisfied that arrangements have been made to discharge such tax obligation, and may issue such registration to any private owner of three or more paratransit vehicles in direct proportion to the percentage of total tax due on such vehicles which has been paid and notice of payment on which has been received. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may immediately suspend all motor vehicle or snowmobile registrations issued in the name of any person (1) who has been reported as delinquent and whose registration was renewed through an error or through the production of false evidence that the delinquent tax had been paid or (2) who has been reported by a tax collector as having paid a property tax on a motor vehicle or snowmobile with a check which was dishonored by a bank and such tax remains unpaid. Any person aggrieved by any action of the commissioner under this section may appeal therefrom in the manner provided in section 14-134. For the purposes of this subsection, "paratransit vehicle" means a motor bus, taxicab or motor vehicle in livery service operated under a certificate of convenience and necessity issued by the Department of Transportation or by a transit district and which is on call or demand or used for the transportation of passengers for hire. (b) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE TREASURER AND THE SECRETARY OF THE OFFICE OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT, MAY ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE TAX COLLECTOR OF ANY CITY, TOWN, BOROUGH OR OTHER TAXING DISTRICT WHEREBY THE COMMISSIONER SHALL COLLECT ANY PROPERTY TAX OR ANY INSTALMENT THEREOF ON A REGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLE WHICH REMAINS UNPAID FROM ANY PERSON AGAINST WHOM SUCH TAX HAS BEEN ASSESSED WHO MAKES APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION FOR SUCH MOTOR VEHICLE. EACH SUCH AGREEMENT SHALL INCLUDE A PROCEDURE FOR THE REMISSION OF TAXES COLLECTED TO THE CITY, TOWN, BOROUGH OR OTHER TAXING DISTRICT, ON A REGULAR BASIS, AND MAY PROVIDE THAT A FEE BE PAID BY THE CITY, TOWN, BOROUGH OR OTHER TAXING DISTRICT TO THE COMMISSIONER TO COVER ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE AGREEMENT. IN THE EVENT AN AGREEMENT IS IN EFFECT, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL IMMEDIATELY ISSUE A REGISTRATION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE OWNED BY A PERSON AGAINST WHOM SUCH TAX HAS BEEN ASSESSED UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT OF SUCH TAX AND A SERVICE FEE OF TWO DOLLARS, IN ADDITION TO THE FEE PRESCRIBED FOR THE RENEWAL OF THE REGISTRATION. [(b)] (c) On and after March 1, 1989, any municipality may participate in a program administered by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to facilitate the payment of fines for parking violations. If any such municipality elects to participate in such program, it shall notify the commissioner of every owner of a registered motor vehicle who has unpaid fines for more than five parking violations committed within such municipality on and after March 1, 1989. Upon receipt of such notification, the commissioner shall not issue or renew the motor vehicle registration of such person until he receives notification from such municipality that the delinquent fines have been paid. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of leasing or renting motor vehicles without drivers in this state with respect to any motor vehicle which is leased or rented. The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to implement the provisions of this subsection.

Sec. 5. Section 14-34a of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (e) as follows:

(NEW) (e) Any commercial vehicle registered in any other jurisdiction eligible for registration on an apportionment basis shall not be operated on any highway without such registration or a seventy-two-hour trip permit registration issued by the commissioner. Any person who owns any motor vehicle operated in violation of this subsection shall be fined five hundred dollars for the first offense, and for each subsequent offense, not less than one thousand dollars nor more than two thousand dollars, except if the motor vehicle has a gross weight of more than sixty thousand pounds, such owner shall be fined one thousand dollars for the first offense, and for each subsequent offense, not less than two thousand dollars nor more than four thousand dollars.

Sec. 6. Subsection (b) of section 14-44c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) No person who has been a resident of this state for [sixty] THIRTY days may drive a commercial motor vehicle under the authority of a commercial driver's license issued by another jurisdiction.

Sec. 7. Subsection (q) of section 14-49 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(q) The commissioner shall collect a biennial fee of [twenty-four] TWENTY-EIGHT dollars for the registration of each motor vehicle used exclusively for farming purposes. [On and after July 1, 1992, the fee shall be twenty-eight dollars.] No such motor vehicle may be used for the purpose of transporting goods for hire OR TAKING THE ON-THE-ROAD SKILLS TEST PORTION OF THE EXAMINATION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR'S LICENSE. No farm registration shall be issued to any person operating a farm that has gross annual sales of less than [one thousand dollars] TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS in the calendar year preceding registration. THE COMMISSIONER MAY ISSUE A FARM REGISTRATION FOR A PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER SUCH CONDITIONS AS HE SHALL PRESCRIBE IN REGULATIONS ADOPTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 54. Any farm registration used otherwise than as provided by this subsection shall be revoked.

Sec. 8. Subsection (a) of section 14-52 of the general statutes, as amended by public act 95-301, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) No person, firm or corporation may engage in the business of the buying, selling, offering for sale or brokerage of any motor vehicle or the repairing of any motor vehicle without having been issued either a new car dealer's, a used car dealer's, a repairer's or a limited repairer's license. The license fee for each such license, payable to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, shall be as follows: (1) New motor vehicle dealer, five hundred sixty dollars, and on and after July 1, 1993, seven hundred dollars; (2) used motor vehicle dealer, four hundred fifty dollars, and on and after July 1, 1993, five hundred sixty dollars; and (3) repairer or limited repairer, two hundred seventy dollars, and on and after July 1, 1993, three hundred forty dollars. Each of said fees shall be paid to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Each such license shall be renewed biennially according to renewal schedules established by the commissioner so as to effect staggered renewal of all such licenses. If the adoption of a staggered system results in the expiration of any license more or less than one year from its issuance, the commissioner may charge a prorated amount for such license fee. NOT LESS THAN FORTY-FIVE DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF EXPIRATION OF EACH SUCH LICENSE, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAIL TO EACH LICENSEE AN APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL. ANY LICENSEE WHICH HAS NOT FILED THE APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL ACCOMPANIED BY THE PRESCRIBED FEE PRIOR TO THE DATE OF EXPIRATION OF ITS LICENSE SHALL CEASE TO ENGAGE IN BUSINESS. AN APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL FILED WITH THE COMMISSIONER AFTER THE DATE OF EXPIRATION SHALL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A LATE FEE OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOT RENEW ANY LICENSE UNDER THIS SUBSECTION WHICH HAS EXPIRED FOR MORE THAN FORTY-FIVE DAYS.

Sec. 9. Subsection (a) of section 14-52a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The commissioner may, after notice and hearing, refuse to grant or renew a license to a person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of selling or repairing motor vehicles pursuant to the provisions of section 14-52 if the applicant for or holder of such a license, or an officer or major stockholder if the applicant or licensee is a firm or corporation, has been convicted of a violation of any provision of laws pertaining to the business of a motor vehicle dealer or repairer including a motor vehicle [junk yard] RECYCLER in the courts of the United States or of any state. At the time of application for or renewal of such a license, each applicant or licensee shall make full disclosure of any such conviction within the last five years.

Sec. 10. Subsection (e) of section 14-62b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(e) Any person, firm or corporation engaging in the business of purchasing or obtaining a motor vehicle for the purpose of dismantling such motor vehicle and selling its parts without first obtaining a motor vehicle [junk yard] RECYCLER'S license [or motor vehicle junk business license] issued pursuant to the provisions of section 14-67l shall be deemed to have committed a class C misdemeanor.

Sec. 11. Section 14-65 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of selling motor vehicles at auction unless he is licensed as a new or used car dealer and has obtained a permit therefor from the commissioner. Such permit may be issued at the discretion of the commissioner and under such regulations as he prescribes PROVIDED A TOTALLED OR SALVAGED MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE STAMPED "SALVAGE PARTS ONLY" SHALL BE SOLD AT AUCTION SEPARATELY FROM OTHER MOTOR VEHICLES. The fee for such auction permit shall be thirteen dollars. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a sale by a sheriff or his deputy or to a private auction sale of motor vehicles, used by the seller, who is not a used car dealer as defined in section 14-51, in the operation of his business or for his personal use.

Sec. 12. Section 14-65f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Prior to performing any repair work on a motor vehicle, a motor vehicle repair shop shall obtain a written authorization to perform the work, ON AN INVOICE signed by the customer, which includes an estimate in writing of the maximum cost to the customer of the parts and labor necessary for the specific job authorized. A repair shop shall not charge for work done or parts supplied without a written authorization or in excess of the estimate unless the customer gives consent orally or in writing. (b) If the repair shop is unable to estimate the cost of repair because the specific repairs to be performed are not known at the time the vehicle is delivered to the repair shop, the written authorization required by this section need not include an estimate of the maximum cost of parts and labor. In such a case, prior to commencing any repairs, the repair shop shall notify the customer of the work to be performed and the estimated maximum cost to the customer of the necessary parts and labor, [and shall] obtain the customer's written or oral authorization AND RECORD SUCH INFORMATION ON THE INVOICE. (c) If, during the course of performing repair work, the repair shop discovers that repairs other than those authorized are needed or that the cost of authorized repairs will exceed the estimate, the repair shop shall not proceed with the repairs without first obtaining the customer's additional written or oral consent AND RECORDING SUCH INFORMATION ON THE INVOICE. (d) No repair shop shall have a claim against a motor vehicle for repairs, other than for repairs actually performed and authorized, in an amount greater than that authorized by the customer under the provisions of sections 14-65e to 14-65j, inclusive. (e) If a motor vehicle is delivered to a repair shop at a time when the shop is not open for business, the authorization to repair the vehicle and the estimate of the cost of parts and labor may be given orally BUT SHALL BE RECORDED ON THE INVOICE. (f) Unless requested by a customer, the requirement for a repair shop to furnish an advance written estimate shall not apply to repair work for which the total cost for parts and labor is less than fifty dollars.

Sec. 13. Subsection (e) of section 14-65g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(e) Prior to performing any repairs on a customer's vehicle, a repair shop shall record ON THE INVOICE in writing the following information: (1) The name and address of the customer and the telephone number at which the customer may be reached during normal working hours; (2) the date and approximate time the customer's vehicle was delivered to the repair shop; (3) the year, make and registration number of the customer's vehicle; (4) the odometer reading on the customer's vehicle; and (5) the specific repairs requested by the customer. If the customer has not requested specific repairs, the shop shall record a brief description of the nature of the problem that requires repair.

Sec. 14. Subsection (a) of section 14-65h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) All work done by a motor vehicle repair shop, including SUBLET REPAIR WORK OR repair work under warranty, shall be recorded on an invoice which shall SPECIFY THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE REPAIR SHOP, describe all service work done and parts supplied and state the cost of such service work and parts supplied, separately itemized. If any used parts are supplied, the invoice shall clearly state that fact. If any component system installed is composed of new and used parts, such invoice shall clearly state that fact. One copy of the invoice shall be given to the customer and one copy shall be retained by the motor vehicle repair shop. Any warranty made by a repair shop with respect to any repair work performed shall be stated in writing. If such written warranty does not include the cost of both parts and labor, it shall specifically state which is excluded from the scope of such warranty.

Sec. 15. Section 14-67g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

"Motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S business" or "motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard" shall include any business and any place of storage or deposit, whether in connection with another business or not, which has stored or deposited two or more unregistered motor vehicles which are no longer intended or in condition for legal use on the public highways, or used parts of motor vehicles or old iron, metal, glass, paper, cordage or other waste or discarded or secondhand material which has been a part, or intended to be a part, of any motor vehicle, the sum of which parts or material shall be equal in bulk to two or more motor vehicles. Said terms shall also include any place of business or storage or deposit of motor vehicles purchased for the purpose of dismantling the vehicles for parts or for use of the metal for scrap and where it is intended to cut up the parts thereof.

Sec. 16. Section 14-67i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) No person, firm or corporation shall establish, operate or maintain a motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard or motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S business unless a certificate of approval of the location to be used therefor has been procured from the selectmen of the town, the mayor of the city or the warden of the borough wherein such yard or business is located or is proposed to be located, except that, in any city or town having a zoning commission, such certificate shall be procured from the zoning commission, certifying that such location is suitable for the proposed use, consideration being given to the factors specified in section 14-67k, nor unless a license to establish or maintain such a yard or such a business has been obtained from the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles as provided in section 14-67l. (b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to: (1) Any public agency, as defined in section 7-339a, which acquires, collects, dismantles or disposes of junk or abandoned motor vehicles pursuant to a program of solid waste disposal, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 446d and the regulations of Connecticut state agencies, concerning the operation of motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLERS' yards, provided this exemption shall not apply to any public agency which sells or distributes or exchanges for profit motor vehicle parts for reuse as such, and provided further, such public agency shall designate an employee to maintain accurate records of all motor vehicles received and processed. Such records shall include the make, year, serial number and, if available, the name and address of the person from whom each vehicle was received. A list containing the make, year and serial number of each such motor vehicle shall be sent to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles on or before the last day of the month following the month during which such disposal occurred; or (2) any intermediate processor operating at a licensed facility, pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. "Intermediate processor" means any person, firm or corporation which dismantles, crushes or otherwise conditions junk or abandoned motor vehicles or parts thereof for delivery to a scrap metal processor as defined in section 14-67w, or for disposal in any other manner permitted by law, and which does not sell automobile parts for reuse as parts; provided all such junk or abandoned motor vehicles or parts thereof shall, at the time of such dismantling, crushing or conditioning, be owned by or in the custody of, and located on premises of or maintained by the holder of a motor vehicle [junk yard] RECYCLER'S license issued pursuant to section 14-67l, or by a public agency exempted under this subsection.

Sec. 17. Subsection (d) of section 14-67j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(d) Each intermediate processor, as defined in section 14-67i, shall keep accurate records of all motor vehicles or major component parts thereof received, dismantled or sold. SUCH RECORDS MAY BE HANDWRITTEN, TYPEWRITTEN OR COMPUTER-GENERATED. The records, vehicles and parts shall be available for inspection during regular business hours by one or more representatives of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety or any organized local police department. The records shall include the make, year, engine number, if any, and identification number of each vehicle, the name and address of the person from whom each vehicle or part was received and to whom each vehicle or part was sold, if a sale occurred, and the date of such receipt and sale. The records shall be maintained for a period of two years after each receipt or sale.

Sec. 18. Section 14-67l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Upon receiving such certificate of approval, each applicant for a motor vehicle [junk yard or motor vehicle junk business] RECYCLER'S license shall present such certificate to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, together with a fee of eighty dollars for the examination of the location or proposed location of each such motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard or business, and shall pay a license fee of two hundred dollars to said commissioner for each motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard or business. On and after July 1, 1985, the fee for such examination shall be one hundred twenty dollars, on and after July 1, 1989, one hundred eighty dollars, on and after July 1, 1991, two hundred twenty-five dollars, and on and after July 1, 1993, two hundred eighty dollars. On and after July 1, 1985, the license fee shall be three hundred dollars, on and after July 1, 1989, four hundred fifty dollars, on and after July 1, 1991, five hundred sixty-three dollars, and on and after July 1, 1993, seven hundred and five dollars. Upon receipt of such certificate of approval, the payment of the required license fee and observance of regulations required, a license shall be issued by the commissioner provided, however, the commissioner may refuse to grant a license to a person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of operating a motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard if the applicant for such business license or an officer or major stockholder, if the applicant is a firm or corporation, has been convicted of a violation of any provision of laws pertaining to the business of a motor vehicle dealer or repairer, including a motor vehicle [junk yard] RECYCLER, in the courts of the United States or of this state or any state of the United States, in accordance with the hearing requirements provided for in section 14-67p. Any license may be renewed from year to year upon payment of a fee of one hundred dollars. On and after July 1, 1985, the renewal fee shall be one hundred fifty dollars, on and after July 1, 1989, two hundred twenty-five dollars, on and after July 1, 1991, two hundred eighty dollars, and on and after July 1, 1993, three hundred fifty dollars. Each such license shall be renewed annually according to renewal schedules established by the commissioner so as to effect staggered renewal of all such licenses. If the adoption of a staggered system results in the expiration of any license more or less than one year from its issuance, the commissioner may charge a prorated amount for such license fee. Each such licensee shall, instead of registering each motor vehicle owned by him, make application to the commissioner for a general distinguishing number and mark, and the commissioner may issue to the applicant a certificat of registration containing the distinguishing number and mark assigned to such licensee and, thereupon, each motor vehicle owned by such licensee shall be regarded as registered under such general distinguishing number and mark. No licensee may be issued more than three registrations under a general distinguishing number and mark in a year, unless he makes application for an additional registration to the commissioner, in such form and containing such information as he may require to substantiate such request. The commissioner may issue to each such licensee such additional registrations as he deems necessary. The licensee shall issue to each person driving such motor vehicle a document indicating that such person is validly entrusted with the vehicle, which document shall be carried in the motor vehicle. The commissioner shall determine the form and contents of this document. For the registration of motor vehicles under a general distinguishing number and mark, the commissioner shall charge a fee of twenty dollars for each number plate furnished. On and after July 1, 1985, such fee shall be thirty dollars, on and after July 1, 1989, forty-five dollars, on and after July 1, 1991, fifty-six dollars, and on and after July 1, 1993, seventy dollars. Such licensee shall furnish financial responsibility satisfactory to the commissioner as defined in section 14-112. Such number plates may be used as provided for under section 14-67n.

Sec. 19. Section 14-67m of the general statutes, as amended by section 12 of public act 95-260, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each motor vehicle [junk yard] RECYCLER licensee shall maintain a suitable office and keep accurate records of all motor vehicles or major component parts thereof received, dismantled or sold. SUCH RECORDS MAY BE HANDWRITTEN, TYPEWRITTEN OR COMPUTER-GENERATED. Such records, vehicles and parts shall be available for inspection during regular business hours by one or more representatives of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety or any organized local police department. Such inspection shall include examination of the [junk yard's] RECYCLER'S premises to determine the accuracy of the required records. Such records shall include the make, year, engine number, if any, and identification number of each vehicle, the name and address of the person from whom each vehicle or part was received and to whom each vehicle or part was sold, if a sale occurred, and the date of such receipt and sale. The records shall be maintained for a period of two years after each receipt or sale. Twice a month, each [junk yard] SUCH licensee shall mail to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles a list of all motor vehicles received, stating the make, year, engine number, if any, and identification number of each such vehicle. The list, on a form approved by the commissioner, shall be mailed or delivered to the commissioner on or before the twentieth day of each month, covering the first fifteen days of that month, and on or before the fifth day of each month, covering the sixteenth through the last day of the preceding month. (b) No motor vehicle [junk yard] RECYCLER licensee may receive a motor vehicle unless the licensee receives the vehicle's certificate of title, if the vehicle is required to have title, or a copy of the vehicle's certificate of title made by an insurance company pursuant to section 14-16c, at the time of receipt of the vehicle. Upon receipt of any such certificate or copy, [the junk yard] SUCH licensee shall stamp on it the word "JUNKED" in one-inch-high letters not to exceed three inches in length. Any certificate of title received, other than a title acquired for use in connection with the licensee's business, shall accompany the list sent pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Any such copy received shall be maintained for as long as the junk is on the licensee's premises. (c) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54, concerning the records required by this section. (d) The commissioner may, after notice and hearing, impose a civil penalty of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars for each offense on any person, firm or corporation who violates the provisions of this section.

Sec. 20. Section 14-67n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

No [junk yard] MOTOR VEHICLE RECYCLER licensee shall rent or allow or cause to be rented, or operate or allow or cause to be operated for hire, or use or allow or cause to be used for the purpose of conveying passengers or merchandise or freight for hire, any motor vehicle registered under a general distinguishing number or mark. Such plates as are issued to a [junk yard] licensee may be used in connection with his business for the purpose of towing vehicles to his place of business, for use on the vehicle being towed, for use on commercial vehicles carrying motor vehicles or parts thereof to his place of business for the purpose of dismantling, and for carrying parts of motor vehicles or motor vehicle scrap from such place of business to the place of sale or disposition. The licensee may use such plates for his personal use on vehicles owned by him.

Sec. 21. Section 14-67o of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any license issued by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles under the provisions of this subdivision (H) shall be revoked by, and surrendered to, said commissioner upon the sale, transfer or conveyance of any such [licensed junk] MOTOR VEHICLE RECYCLER'S yard or business.

Sec. 22. Section 14-67q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or his representative shall examine the location or proposed location of each motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard or business and said commissioner may make reasonable regulations concerning and applicable to the establishment, operation or maintenance of such yards or businesses as are essential to the safety and general welfare of the public, and no license for any such yard or business shall be issued or renewed until such regulations have been complied with. Upon violation of any of the regulations established under the provisions of this section, the commissioner, after notice to such violator and giving him opportunity to be heard, may revoke the license issued or any renewal thereof.

Sec. 23. Section 14-67r of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Each new location of a motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard shall be completely surrounded with a solid fence at least eight feet high with a suitable gate which shall be closed and locked except during the working hours of such [junk] yard. All unregistered motor vehicles, used parts, old iron, metal, glass, paper, and any other material which may have been parts of such vehicles shall be enclosed within this location. Any dismantling of material or cutting up of parts of such vehicles must be carried on within this enclosure.

Sec. 24. Section 14-67s of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

For the purpose of promoting the health, safety and general welfare of municipalities and governmental subdivisions in the state; for the purpose of conserving the value of buildings and encouraging the most appropriate use of land; for the purpose of providing for the public health, comfort and general welfare in living and working conditions; for the purpose of facilitating highway development and transportation and for the purpose of regulating and restricting unsightly and detrimental developments tending to depreciate the value of property and obstruct progressive improvements in such municipalities and governmental subdivisions, the legislative body of any town, city or borough, in addition to powers conferred by the statutes or special acts upon such towns, cities or boroughs or the respective officials thereof, may enact ordinances creating restricted districts within which any motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard or motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S business shall not be permitted to be established; provided, in any town, city or borough having a zoning commission or town or city planning commission or board, such zoning commission, planning commission or board shall have the authority to create such restricted districts by the adoption of appropriate rules, orders or regulations, and provided any ordinances, bylaws or regulations adopted prior to October 1, 1957, under the provisions of section 4654 of the general statutes, revision of 1949, otherwise valid except that they were not adopted pursuant to the procedure provided in this section, shall remain valid until altered or repealed under the provisions of this section.

Sec. 25. Section 14-67t of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any ordinance, order, rule or regulation creating a restricted district or districts within which any motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard or business shall not be located or established under the provisions of this subdivision (H) shall, forthwith, be filed with the clerk of the municipality and said clerk shall, within ten days thereafter, cause such ordinance to be published once in a newspaper having a circulation in such municipality.

Sec. 26. Section 14-67v of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any person, or any officer or agent of any firm or corporation, who establishes, operates or maintains a motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard or motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S business in any location within a restricted district created under the provisions of this subdivision (H), or establishes, operates or maintains such [junk] yard or business without procuring such certificate of approval from the local authority or establishes, operates or maintains an intermediate processor in violation of any provision of this subdivision (H), or transports or hauls any motor vehicle or used parts of a motor vehicle in violation of any provision of this subdivision (H) or violates any provision of this subdivision (H), shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than ninety days or both. Each day of such establishment, operation or maintenance in violation hereof shall constitute a separate offense. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may, after notice and hearing, impose a civil penalty of not more than two thousand dollars on any person, firm or corporation who establishes, operates or maintains such [junkyard] YARD or business without a license. In addition to the penalties herein prescribed, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or the local authority, upon a violation of any of the provisions of this subdivision (H), may bring an application to the superior court for the judicial district where such yard or business is located to enjoin a further operation or maintenance of such yard or business and to abate the same as a public nuisance. Said court may, upon finding such yard or business has been established, operated or maintained in violation of the provisions of this subdivision (H), issue such injunction as it deems equitable and make such order for the discontinuance or abatement of such yard or business as a nuisance as it finds to be necessary, including authorization to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to enter such yard or business to eliminate, at the expense of the defendant, the conditions which constitute the violation of any provision of this subdivision (H).

Sec. 27. Section 14-67w of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Except as herein provided, the provisions of this subdivision (H) shall not apply to any scrap metal processor. "Scrap metal processor" shall include any place of business and any place of deposit which has facilities for preparing and processing iron, steel and nonferrous metals into a form suitable for remelting by a foundry, steel mill or other remelter, and which does not buy or receive motor vehicles from any person, firm or corporation, except the holder of a motor vehicle [junk yard] RECYCLER'S license pursuant to section 14-67l, or a public agency or intermediate processor exempt from the provisions of said section pursuant to subsection (b) of section 14-67i, and which does not sell automobile parts for reuse as parts. Any scrap metal processor who retains on his premises for a period in excess of thirty days any motor vehicle junk which has not been processed into a form suitable for remelting as provided in this section shall be deemed to be operating or maintaining a motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S business or motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard, as defined in section 14-67g, and shall be subject to the provisions of section 14-67v, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 26 OF THIS ACT. (b) No scrap metal processor shall receive any motor vehicle unless such processor receives the following information: The make of the motor vehicle, the year the motor vehicle was manufactured, the engine number of the motor vehicle, if any, the identification number of the motor vehicle and the name and address of the person from whom such vehicle was received. If any sale of the motor vehicle occurred, the processor shall be given the date of the receipt and sale for the motor vehicle. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to a licensed motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S business or motor vehicle [junk] RECYCLER'S yard, as defined in section 14-67g, which is delivering a motor vehicle that has been dismantled, crushed or conditioned for scrap metal processing to a scrap metal processor. (c) The premises of each scrap metal processor utilized for processing motor vehicle junk and the records provided to each such processor pursuant to the provisions of section 14-67m or section 14-67j, shall be available for inspection during regular business hours by one or more representatives of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety or any organized local police department. Each such record shall be retained by each scrap metal processor for a period of two years after receipt of such record. (d) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54, concerning the records required by this section and the processing of motor vehicle junk to prevent the removal of vehicle identification numbers.

Sec. 28. Subsection (c) of section 14-96c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) The rear registration plate shall be so illumined with a white light as to render it clearly legible from a distance of fifty feet to the rear. Any tail lamp or tail lamps, together with any separate lamp or lamps for illuminating the rear registration plate, shall be so wired as to be lighted whenever the head lamps or auxiliary driving lamps are lighted, EXCEPT THAT ANY VEHICLE EQUIPPED BY THE MANUFACTURER WITH DAYTIME RUNNING LAMPS WHICH MEET FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS MAY HAVE SUCH DAYTIME RUNNING LAMPS ILLUMINATED WITHOUT ILLUMINATION OF THE TAIL LAMPS OR REAR REGISTRATION PLATE.

Sec. 29. Subsection (a) of section 14-96p of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) No person shall display upon any motor vehicle any light visible from the front thereof other than white, yellow or amber, or any light other than red, yellow, amber or white visible from the rear thereof, except a light used with any school bus, without a written permit from the commissioner. If the Department of Transportation obtains from the commissioner such a permit covering more than one motor vehicle operated by the department, it may display the lights allowed under the permit on each such vehicle without placing a copy of the permit in each vehicle. Any vehicle accommodating fifteen or less handicapped students may use a flashing red light or lights during the time such vehicle is stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging such handicapped students, any motor bus may carry a purple light or lights, any interstate public service vehicle may carry a green light or lights, any taxicab may carry a lunar white light or lights, and any interstate commercial motor vehicle may display green identification lights, in front thereof, as the commissioner may permit. A vehicle being operated by the chief executive officer of an emergency medical service organization, as defined in section 19a-175, or an ambulance, as defined in section 19a-175, may use a flashing red light or lights or flashing white head lamps and a flashing amber light while on the way to the scene of an emergency, EXCEPT THAT AN AMBULANCE MAY USE FLASHING LIGHTS OF OTHER COLORS SPECIFIED BY FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF SUCH VEHICLE. The chief executive officer of each such organization shall provide annually during the month of January, on forms provided by the commissioner, his name and address and the registration number on the number plate or plates of the vehicle on which the authorized red light is or white head lamps and amber light are to be used. Flashing or revolving white lights may not be displayed upon a motor vehicle except (1) on fire emergency apparatus, (2) on motor vehicles of paid and volunteer fire chiefs and their first and second deputies or their first and second assistants should there be no deputies, (3) as a means of indicating a right or left turn, or (4) in conjunction with flashing red lights on an ambulance responding to an emergency call. For the purpose of this subsection, the term "handicapped students" means mentally retarded, hard of hearing, deaf, speech-impaired, visually handicapped, emotionally disturbed, orthopedically impaired, or other health-impaired students, or students with specific learning disabilities, who by reason thereof, require special education and related services; and the term "flashing white lights" shall not include the simultaneous flashing of head lamps.

Sec. 30. Subsection (c) of section 14-96q of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) Flashing lights are prohibited on motor vehicles other than school buses, except (1) as a means for indicating a right or left turn, (2) flashing blue lights used by members of volunteer or civil preparedness fire companies, as provided by subsection (b) of section 14-96p, (3) on certain emergency and maintenance vehicles by written permit from the commissioner, (4) flashing or revolving yellow lights on vehicles of carriers in rural mail-delivery service or vehicles transporting or escorting any vehicle or load or combinations of vehicles or vehicles and load which is or are either oversize or overweight or both, and operated or traveling under a permit issued by the Commissioner of Transportation pursuant to section 14-270, (5) flashing red lights (A) on a motor vehicle accommodating fifteen or less handicapped students used only during the time such vehicle is stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging such handicapped students, (B) used by members of the fire police on a stationary vehicle as a warning signal during traffic directing operations at the scene of a fire, (C) on rescue vehicles, (D) used by chief executive officers of emergency medical service organizations as provided in subsection (a) of section 14-96p, or (E) ambulances, as defined in section 19a-175, (6) flashing green lights used by members of volunteer ambulance associations or companies as provided in subsection (c) of section 14-96p, or (7) flashing white lights OR FLASHING LIGHTS OF OTHER COLORS SPECIFIED BY FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF AN AMBULANCE used in conjunction with flashing red lights or flashing head lamps and a flashing amber light on an ambulance responding to an emergency call. The prohibitions in this section shall not prevent the operator of a motor vehicle who while traveling on a limited access divided highway, because of the grade, is unable to maintain the minimum speed of forty miles per hour, or who while traveling on any other highway is operating such motor vehicle at such slow speed as to obstruct or endanger following traffic, or the operator of a disabled vehicle stopped on a hazardous location on the highway, or in close proximity thereto, from flashing lights, installed on the vehicle primarily for other purposes, in any manner that he selects so as to indicate that such vehicle is traveling slowly, obstructing traffic or is disabled and is a hazard to be avoided. The commissioner is authorized, at his discretion, to issue special permits for the use of flashing or revolving lights on emergency vehicles, on escort vehicles and on maintenance vehicles, provided any person, firm or corporation other than the state or any metropolitan district, town, city or borough shall pay an annual permit fee of two dollars for each such vehicle, provided vehicles not registered in this state used for transporting or escorting any vehicle or load or combinations of vehicles or vehicles and load which is or are either oversize or overweight or both when operating under a permit issued by the Commissioner of Transportation pursuant to section 14-270, shall not require such permit. On and after July 1, 1985, such annual permit fee shall be three dollars, on and after July 1, 1989, four dollars and fifty cents, on and after July 1, 1991, five dollars and seventy-five cents and on and after July 1, 1993, seven dollars.

Sec. 31. Subsection (c) of section 14-99g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) The provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to: (1) Front side wing vents and windows which are not mirror-like in appearance and have a substance or material in conjunction with glazing material that has a total light transmission of not less than thirty-five per cent plus or minus three per cent and a luminous reflectance of twenty-seven per cent plus or minus three per cent; (2) Rearview mirrors; (3) Adjustable nontransparent sun visors which are mounted forward of the side windows and are not attached to the glass; (4) Signs, stickers or other materials which are displayed in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or signs, stickers or other materials which are displayed in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest the driver; (5) The right and left side windows behind the driver and the rearmost window which shall not be mirror-like in appearance, having a substance or material in conjunction with glazing material that has a total light transmission of not less than thirty-five per cent plus or minus three per cent and a luminous reflectance of twenty-one per cent to plus or minus three per cent; (6) The windows behind the driver on any truck, motor bus, trailer, mobile manufactured home, or multipurpose passenger vehicle, as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Section 571.3, as amended from time to time, [which is registered other than as a passenger motor vehicle,] provided said vehicle is equipped with outside mirrors on the left and right-hand sides, which are so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least two hundred feet to the rear of such motor vehicle; (7) Direction, destination or termination signs upon a passenger common carrier motor vehicle, provided the signs do not interfere with the driver's clear view of approaching traffic; (8) Rear window wiper motors; (9) Rear trunk lid handle or hinges; (10) The rearmost window or windows, provided the motor vehicle is equipped with outside mirrors on the left and right-hand sides of the vehicle which are so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least two hundred feet to the rear of such motor vehicle; (11) Transparent material which is installed, affixed or applied to the topmost portion of the windshield, provided: (A) The bottom edge of the material is at least twenty-nine inches above the undepressed driver's seat when measured from a point five inches in front of the bottom of the backrest with the driver's seat in its rearmost and lowermost position with the vehicle on a level surface and (B) the material is not red or amber in color; or (12) Any sticker or certificate required to be affixed or applied to any window pursuant to federal or state statute or any municipal ordinance.

Sec. 32. Subsection (a) of section 14-103 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The commissioner, by himself or an inspector authorized by him, and the commissioner or any officer of the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety, AND ANY LOCAL POLICE OFFICER, may examine any motor vehicle, its number, equipment and identification. Any person who wilfully interferes with or obstructs, or attempts to interfere with or obstruct, any such examination shall be fined not more than fifty dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both.

Sec. 33. Subsection (b) of section 14-137 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) The commissioner may enter into an agreement with the [American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators] AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURER EQUIPMENT COMPLIANCE AGENCY by which the commissioner shall accept the [association's] AGENCY'S certification of any equipment including but not limited to components, parts, material and assemblies. Such certification shall permit the legal sale and use of such equipment.

Sec. 34. Subdivision (2) of section 14-164b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(2) "Fleet" means a group of [twenty-five or more] owned or leased motor vehicles subject to emissions inspection pursuant to subsection (c) of section 14-164c owned or leased by one person, firm, corporation, or governmental entity.

Sec. 35. Subsection (f) of section 14-164c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(f) The commissioner may license an owner or operator of a fleet of [twenty-five or more] motor vehicles [having a gross weight of more than ten thousand pounds] which are subject to emissions inspection pursuant to subsection (c) of this section to establish a fleet emissions inspection station, provided that the fleet owner or operator conforms with regulations for fleet emissions inspection stations adopted by the commissioner WHICH SHALL SPECIFY THE CLASSES OR OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF VEHICLES ELIGIBLE FOR INSPECTION AT SUCH STATIONS. The commissioner may establish a program for the on-road testing of motor vehicles subject to this chapter. The program shall test not less than one-half of one per cent of vehicles every inspection cycle under conditions of highway operation in order to provide information concerning the emission performance of such in-use vehicles. Testing may be performed by means of remote sensing devices, or roadside pullovers followed by tailpipe emissions testing using a suitable, portable device and recording system. Owners of vehicles that have previously been through scheduled periodic inspection and passed, and are found by on-road testing to be high emitters, in accordance with the standards established under subsection (b) of this section and the regulations adopted under subsection (c) of this section, shall be notified that their vehicles are required to pass an out-of-cycle follow-up inspection at an inspection station. Notification may be made by mailing in the case of remote sensing on-road testing or through immediate notification if roadside pullovers are used. The commissioner may use the services of the independent contractor or contractors to implement the on-road testing program. If a method of roadside pullovers is used in the program, such method shall be employed with due regard to traffic safety considerations and performed with the assistance of inspectors of the Department of Motor Vehicles or members of state or municipal police forces.

Sec. 36. Subsection (g) of section 14-164c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(g) The commissioner, with approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, shall establish, and from time to time modify, the inspection fees, not to exceed ten dollars per inspection, required pursuant to this chapter for inspections performed at official emissions inspection stations. If the costs to the state of the emissions inspection program, including administrative costs and payments to any independent contractor, exceed the income from such inspection fees, such excess costs shall be borne by the state. Any person whose vehicle has been inspected at an official emissions inspection station shall, if such vehicle is found not to comply with any required standards, have the vehicle repaired and have the right within thirty consecutive calendar days to return such vehicle for one reinspection without charge, provided, where the thirtieth day falls on any day when the official emissions inspection station is closed for business, such person may return his vehicle for reinspection on the next day on which such station is open for business. The commissioner shall assess a late fee of [ten] TWENTY dollars for the emissions inspection of a motor vehicle performed at an official emissions inspection station later than thirty days after the expiration date of the assigned inspection period provided he may waive such late fee when it is proven to his satisfaction that the failure to have the vehicle inspected within thirty days of the assigned inspection period was due to exigent circumstances. If the thirtieth day falls on any day when the official emissions inspection station is closed for business, such vehicle may be inspected on the next day on which such station is open for business and no late fee shall be assessed. [All] FIFTY PER CENT OF such late fees received by the commissioner pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited in the General Fund AND THE REMAINDER SHALL BE DEPOSITED IN THE EMISSIONS ENTERPRISE FUND. The ten-dollar fee imposed pursuant to this subsection shall terminate at the expiration of the negotiated agreement in effect on June 1, 1992. The commissioner shall then establish a temporary inspection fee to remain in effect until such time as the General Assembly establishes a new fee.

Sec. 37. Subsection (c) of section 14-275 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) Each school bus shall be equipped with special automatic, electrically-operated flashing stop signals, which shall be independent and separate from the braking, stop and tail lights of standard equipment. Such flashing lights may include automatic traffic signalling devices showing red and amber lights and shall be so located that adequate warning will be afforded to both oncoming and overtaking traffic, except that each school bus manufactured on and after October 1, 1984, and registered for use in this state shall be equipped with an eight-light warning system showing two red flashing stop signals and two amber flashing warning signals on the front and rear of the bus, and a stop semaphore. The commissioner may adopt standards for an eight-light warning system and standards and specifications for the construction of school buses and for equipment to be maintained on school buses consistent with the provisions of sections 14-275 to 14-281, inclusive, except that the commissioner shall not adopt or enforce any standard or specification which requires a seating arrangement based on a minimum seating width for each child. Both public and private owners of school buses shall maintain a record of such kinds of repairs made to such buses as the commissioner may require and such work record shall be available at all times to the commissioner and his designated assistants. Each school bus shall be equipped with emergency lighting equipment as provided by section 14-97a, with a defrosting device as provided by section 14-97, WITH A SYSTEM OF MIRRORS AS PROVIDED IN THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS TITLE 49, SECTION 571.111, AS AMENDED, OR with an outside mirror as provided by section 14-99 and a system of crossover mirrors designed and mounted so as to give the driver a view of the road from the front bumper forward to a point where direct observation is possible and along the left and right sides of the bus, with a signalling device as provided by section 14-101, and with chain nonskid devices for immediate use on at least one outside or inside rear tire on each side or tires designed to prevent skidding on all rear wheels when weather and highway conditions require such use. Commencing February 1, 1974, each new school bus with a vehicle air brake system shall be so equipped that the brake system is operated from a separate air reservoir tank other than the air reservoir tank used to operate any other compressed air or vacuum operated devices with which the school bus may be equipped. The seating requirements of section 14-273 shall be observed. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 14-98, school buses may be equipped with tires incorporating a metal nonskid device during the period from October fifteenth to April thirtieth, inclusive.

Sec. 38. Section 14-276a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 establishing a procedure for the physical examination and safety training of school bus operators and operators of student transportation vehicles. Such regulations shall provide for minimum physical requirements for such operators and for minimum proficiency requirements for school bus operators. The safety training administered by the commissioner shall conform to the minimum requirements of number 17 of the National Highway Safety Standards. Such safety training shall include instruction relative to the location, contents and use of the first aid kit in the motor vehicle. (b) No person shall operate a school bus as defined in section 14-275 or a student transportation vehicle as defined in section 14-212, for the purpose of transporting school children unless such person has prior to the issuance or renewal of his license endorsement: (1) Furnished evidence to the satisfaction of the commissioner that he meets the minimum physical requirements set by the commissioner for operation of a school bus or a student transportation vehicle; (2) successfully completed a course in safety training administered by the commissioner; and in the case of school bus operators, passed an examination in proficiency in school bus operation given by the commissioner. Such proficiency examination shall include a road test administered in either a type I school bus having a gross vehicle weight exceeding ten thousand pounds or a type II school bus having a gross vehicle weight of ten thousand pounds or less. Any operator administered a road test in a type II school bus only shall not be eligible for a license to operate a type I school bus. ANY PERSON WHO VIOLATES ANY PROVISION OF THIS SUBSECTION SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE COMMITTED AN INFRACTION. (c) Any town or regional school district may require its school bus operators to have completed a safety training course in the operation of school buses, consisting of a minimum of ten hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and three hours of classroom instruction. (d) A carrier shall require each person whom it intends to employ to operate a school bus, as defined in section 14-275, or a student transportation vehicle, as defined in section 14-212, to submit to a urinalysis drug test in accordance with the provisions of sections 31-51v and 31-51w. No carrier may employ any person who has received a positive test result for such test which was confirmed as provided in subdivisions (2) and (3) of section 31-51u. THE COMMISSIONER MAY, AFTER NOTICE AND HEARING, IMPOSE A CIVIL PENALTY OF NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EACH OFFENSE ON ANY CARRIER WHICH VIOLATES ANY PROVISION OF THIS SUBSECTION. [(e) Any person violating any provision of this section shall be deemed to have committed an infraction.]

Sec. 39. Section 14-277 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

[The] NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBSECTIONS (a) TO (c), INCLUSIVE, OF SECTION 14-242, THE operator of any school bus, when about to bring his bus to a stop to receive or discharge passengers, shall signal his intention to do so by causing the flashing signal lights to be displayed for not less than fifty feet before he brings the bus to a stop so as to be clearly visible to the operator of any oncoming or overtaking vehicle or motor vehicle, except that the operator of any school bus equipped with amber flashing signal lights, shall signal such intention by causing the amber flashing signal lights to be displayed for not less than one hundred feet before he brings the bus to a stop. The operator of any school bus, having brought his vehicle to a stop, shall not open the door to receive or discharge passengers until all vehicles approaching from the front and overtaking from the rear have stopped in compliance with the indicated signal to stop. The operator of any school bus equipped with amber flashing signal lights and a stop semaphore, having brought his vehicle to a stop, shall cause the red flashing signal lights to be displayed and the stop semaphore to be extended and shall not open the door until all vehicles approaching from the front and overtaking from the rear have stopped in compliance with the indicated signal to stop. After all passengers are safely aboard or discharged and safely off the highway, the operator shall extinguish the stop lights and the operator of any school bus equipped with a stop semaphore, shall withdraw the stop semaphore. He may then permit all standing traffic to pass before resuming forward progress. While such school bus is in motion the doors shall remain closed at all times and all passengers shall be required to remain seated. No operator of any school bus shall stop his vehicle on the main traveled portion of the highway to receive or discharge passengers when existing highway shoulders or adequate highway width is available or where curbs, bus stops or special facilities exist. No such operator may receive or discharge any passenger on a highway with separate roadways unless (1) a boarding passenger may reach the bus stop and a discharged passenger may reach his residence or other destination without crossing such highway or (2) he stops the bus at a location having a traffic control signal or crossing guard. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, for a first offense, be deemed to have committed an infraction, and for each subsequent offense shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars.

Sec. 40. Subsection (b) of section 51-164n of the general statutes, as amended by section 2 of public act 95-93, section 1 of public act 95-119 and section 67 of public act 95-264, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, any person who is alleged to have committed (1) a violation under the provisions of section 1-9, 1-10, 1-11, 4b-13, 7-13, 7-14, 7-18, 7-35, 7-41, 7-83, 7-104, 7-283, 7-325, 7-393, 8-25, 8-27, 9-63, 9-296, 9-305, 9-322, 9-350, 10-193, 10-197, 10-198, 10-230, 10-251, 10-254, 12-52, 12-170aa, 12-292, 12-326g, subsection (4) of section 12-408, subsection (3), (5) or (6) of section 12-411, section 12-435c, 12-476a, 12-476b, 12-487, 13a-71, 13a-107, 13a-113, 13a-114, 13a-115, 13a-117b, 13a-123, 13a-124, 13a-139, 13a-140, 13a-143b, 13a-247, 13a-253, subsection (f) of section 13b-42, section 13b-90, 13b-221, 13b-224, 13b-292, 13b-336, 13b-337, 13b-338, 13b-410a, 13b-410b, 13b-410c, subsection (a), (b) or (c) of section 13b-412, section 13b-414, subsection (d) of section 14-12, section 14-20a, 14-27a, SUBSECTION (e) OF SECTION 14-34a, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 5 OF THIS ACT, subsection (d) of section 14-35, section 14-43, 14-49, 14-50a, 14-58, subsection (b) of section 14-66, section 14-66a, 14-66b, 14-67a, subsection (f) of section 14-80h, section 14-97a, 14-100a, 14-100b, 14-103a, 14-106a, 14-106c, 14-146, 14-152, 14-153, 14-163b, section 14-219 specified in subsection (e) of said section, section 14-240, 14-249, 14-250, subsection (a), (b) or (c) of section 14-261a, section 14-275a, 14-278, 14-279, subsection (e) of section 14-283, section 14-291, 14-293b, 14-319, 14-320, 14-321, 14-325a, 14-326, 14-330, 14-332a, subdivision (1), (2) or (3) of section 14-386a, section 15-33, subsection (a) of section 15-115, section 16-256, 16-256e, 16a-15, 16a-22, subsection (a) or (b) of section 16a-22h, section 17a-24, 17a-145, 17a-149, 17a-152, 17a-465, 17a-642, 17b-124, 17b-131, 17b-137, 17b-407, 17b-451, 17b-734, subsection (b) of section 17b-736, 19a-30, 19a-33, 19a-39, 19a-87, subsection (b) of section 19a-87a, section 19a-91, 19a-105, 19a-107, 19a-108, 19a-215, 19a-219, 19a-222, 19a-224, 19a-286, 19a-287, 19a-297, 19a-301, 19a-309, 19a-335, 19a-336, 19a-338, 19a-339, 19a-340, 19a-425, 19a-502, 20-7a, 20-14, 20-158, 20-231, 20-257, 20-265, 20-324e, subsection (a) of section 20-341, section 20-341l, 20-597, 20-608, 20-610, 21-30, 21-38, 21-39, 21-43, 21-47, 21-48, 21-63, 21-76a, 21a-20, 21a-21, 21a-25, 21a-26, 21a-30, 21a-31, subsection (a) of section 21a-37, section 21a-46, 21a-60, 21a-61, 21a-63, 21a-77, 21a-78, subsection (b) of section 21a-79, section 21a-85, 21a-154, 21a-159, 21a-201, 21a-211, 22-13, 22-14, 22-15, 22-16, 22-29, 22-34, 22-35, 22-36, 22-37, 22-38, 22-39, 22-39a, 22-39b, 22-39c, 22-39d, 22-39e, 22-49, 22-54, 22-61, 22-89, 22-90, 22-98, 22-99, 22-100, 22-111o, 22-118i, 22-123, 22-279, 22-280a, 22-318a, 22-320h, 22-324a, 22-326, 22-342, subsection (b) or (e) of section 22-344, section 22-359, 22-366, 22-379, 22-380, 22-391, 22-413, 22-414, 22-415, 22a-66a, 22a-246, subsection (a) of section 22a-250, subsection (e) of section 22a-256h, section 22a-449, 22a-461, 23-37, 23-38, 23-46, 23-61b, subsection (a) or (b) of section 23-65, section 25-37, 25-40, 26-19, 26-21, 26-31, 26-40, 26-40a, 26-49, 26-54, 26-59, 26-61, 26-64, 26-79, 26-89, 26-97, 26-107, 26-117, 26-128, 26-131, 26-132, 26-138, 26-141, 26-207, 26-215, 26-221, 26-222, 26-224a, 26-227, 26-230, 26-234, 26-267, 26-269, 26-294, 28-13, 29-6a, 29-109, 29-118, 29-161a, 29-161b, 29-198, 29-210, 29-243, 29-277, 29-316, 29-318, 29-341, 29-381, 30-48a, 30-86a, 31-3, 31-10, 31-11, 31-12, 31-13, 31-14, 31-15, 31-16, 31-18, 31-23, 31-24, 31-25, 31-28, 31-32, 31-36, 31-38, 31-38a, 31-40, 31-44, 31-47, 31-48, 31-51, 31-51k, 31-52, 31-52a, 31-54, subsection (a) or (c) of section 31-69, section 31-70, 31-74, 31-75, 31-76, 31-76a, 31-89b, 31-134, subsection (g) of section 31-273, section 31-288, 36a-787, 42-230, 44-3, 45a-450, 45a-634, 45a-658, subdivision (13) or (14) of section 46a-54, section 46a-59, 46b-22, 46b-24, 46b-34, 47-34a, 47-47, 49-8a, 49-16, 53-133, subsection (a) or (b) of section 53-211, section 53-212a, 53-249a, 53-252, 53-264, 53-301, 53-302a, 53-303e, 53-311a, 53-321, 53-322, 53-323, 53-331, 53-344 or 53-450, or (2) a violation under the provisions of chapter 268, or (3) a violation of any regulation adopted in accordance with the provisions of section 12-484, 12-487 or 13b-410, shall follow the procedures set forth in this section.

Sec. 41. Section 14-164i of the general statutes, as amended by section 20 of public act 95-260, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, shall review the technical information concerning testing techniques, standards and instructions for emission control features and equipment relative to diesel-powered commercial MOTOR vehicles, INCLUDING SUCH INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND INFORMATION REGARDING STANDARDS ISSUED BY THE SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS and shall, NOT LATER THAN JANUARY 1, 1997, establish a standard of minimum exhaust emission for all diesel-powered COMMERCIAL MOTOR vehicles [designated as a 1985 or later model. Such standards shall be periodically reviewed by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and revised if necessary] OPERATED ON THE HIGHWAYS OF THIS STATE. IN ESTABLISHING SUCH STANDARD, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ALSO REVIEW STANDARDS IN EFFECT IN OTHER STATES AND IN REGIONS SUBJECT TO FEDERAL AIR QUALITY REQUIREMENTS AND SHALL ENDEAVOR TO MAINTAIN CONSISTENCY WITH SUCH STANDARDS. THE STANDARD SHALL BE REVIEWED BY THE COMMISSIONER PERIODICALLY AND MAY BE REVISED AS THE COMMISSIONER DEEMS APPROPRIATE. NOT LATER THAN JULY 1, 1997, THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, SHALL SELECT A METHOD OR METHODS FOR TESTING THE EXHAUST EMISSIONS OF DIESEL-POWERED COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES. (b) [On or before] NOT LATER THAN October 1, [1996] 1997, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall provide for the commencement of emissions inspections of diesel-powered commercial MOTOR vehicles [registered in the state or having a base registration in the state pursuant to the provisions of section 14-34a. The commissioner shall establish a schedule for the periodic inspection of each such vehicle. Such inspections shall (1) be performed at the official emissions inspection stations established in accordance with the provisions of section 14-164c, (2) be performed by an independent contractor in accordance with the provisions of said section, and (3) be evidenced by a sticker affixed to the windshield of the vehicle. The commissioner, in consultation with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, shall establish a fee which shall be paid to the state for each inspection of each such vehicle] OPERATED ON THE HIGHWAYS OF THIS STATE USING THE METHOD OR METHODS SELECTED BY THE COMMISSIONER UNDER SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION. SUCH INSPECTIONS SHALL BE PERFORMED IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANY SAFETY OR WEIGHT INSPECTION AT ANY OFFICIAL WEIGHING AREA OR OTHER LOCATION DESIGNATED BY THE COMMISSIONER. (c) Any person whose vehicle has been inspected pursuant to this section shall, if such vehicle is found not to comply with the minimum standards, have the vehicle repaired and, within forty-five consecutive calendar days, return said vehicle for reinspection at an official emissions inspection station established in accordance with the provisions of section 14-164c, or present proof of compliance with minimum repair requirements to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in such form as the commissioner shall require. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall suspend the commercial registration, issued pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, of any person who fails to return said vehicle for reinspection or to present proof of compliance with minimum repair requirements within such forty-five-day period. [For the purposes of this subsection, "person" shall mean the person holding title to the vehicle or having legal right to register the same, including purchasers under conditional bills of sale.] [(d) Not later than January 1, 1995, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to implement the provisions of this section. (e) The commissioner may establish a program for conducting on-road tests of diesel-powered commercial vehicles not registered in this state and] (d) THE COMMISSIONER may use the services of an independent contractor who is a party to an agreement entered into in accordance with the provisions of section 14-164c, to perform any aspect of the [program] EMISSIONS INSPECTION. The owner of a vehicle which fails to pass such a test shall have the vehicle repaired and reinspected, or present proof of compliance with minimum repair requirements, at an official emissions inspection station not later than forty-five days following the date of the test. When a vehicle fails to stop and submit to such a test or fails to comply with any provision of this subsection, the commissioner shall (1) suspend the registration privilege to operate the vehicle on the highways of the state, and (2) notify the jurisdiction in which the vehicle is registered and request said jurisdiction to suspend the registration of the vehicle. (e) THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 54 TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. (f) NO DIESEL-POWERED COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE SHALL BE OPERATED ON THE HIGHWAYS OF THIS STATE UNLESS SUCH VEHICLE COMPLIES WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION AND THE REGULATIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSIONER. ANY PERSON WHO OPERATES OR PERMITS THE OPERATION OF ANY SUCH VEHICLE IN VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION OR THE REGULATIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BE FINED NOT MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR A FIRST VIOLATION AND NOT MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT VIOLATION. (g) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "PERSON" SHALL MEAN THE PERSON HOLDING TITLE TO THE VEHICLE OR HAVING LEGAL RIGHT TO REGISTER THE SAME, INCLUDING PURCHASERS UNDER CONDITIONAL BILLS OF SALE.

Sec. 42. Section 21 of public act 95-260 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

On and after July 1, 1995, and until October 1, [1996] 1997, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall [commence] REQUIRE emissions inspections of diesel-powered commercial MOTOR vehicles in conjunction with any safety or weight inspection performed by the commissioner at any official weighing area OR OTHER LOCATION DESIGNATED BY THE COMMISSIONER. Each such motor vehicle subject to a weight or safety inspection shall be required to submit to an emissions inspection. The owner of any vehicle which has been inspected pursuant to this section shall, if such vehicle is found not to comply with the minimum standards, have the vehicle repaired and furnish written evidence to the commissioner that the repairs have been satisfactorily completed, in accordance with the requirements and within such time as established by the commissioner for the making of safety-related repairs under section 14-163c of the general statutes.

Sec. 43. (a) The Commissioner of Transportation, in consultation with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, shall develop a plan to facilitate road use in the state by elderly motor vehicle operators. In developing the plan, the Commissioner of Transportation shall consider the following improvements:

(1) Installation of reflective pavement markers; (2) wider pavement markings; (3) use of overhead street name signs, advance street name signs and advance guide signs on arterial streets; (4) work zone safety delineation; (5) improved pedestrian crosswalks; (6) larger traffic control signals; (7) improved roadway design and lighting, including, but not limited to, reconfiguration of intersections; and (8) awareness training for elderly drivers. (b) Said commissioner shall submit the plan to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation not later than January 1, 1998. Sec. 44. Subsection (b) of section 14-275 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof: (b) Each school bus shall be painted a uniform yellow color known as "National School Bus Chrome", except for the fenders and trim [,] which may be painted black AND THE ROOF WHICH MAY BE PAINTED WHITE, and shall have conspicuously painted on the rear and on the front thereof, in black lettering of a size to be determined by the commissioner of motor vehicles, the words "School Bus-Stop on Signal", except that each school bus equipped with an eight-light warning system shall have the words "School Bus" painted on the rear and on the front thereof in such lettering. The sides of such vehicles may be inscribed with the words "School Bus", the school name or such other legend or device as may be necessary for purposes of identification or safety.

Sec. 45. Subsection (a) of section 14-12b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) No motor vehicle registration shall be issued by the commissioner for any private passenger motor vehicle, as defined in subsection (e) of section 38a-363, or a vehicle with a commercial registration, as defined in subdivision (12) of section 14-1, unless (1) the application for registration is accompanied by a current automobile insurance identification card or a copy of a current insurance policy or endorsement issued by a company licensed to issue such insurance in this state or an approved self-insurer or issued pursuant to the plan established under section 38a-329, verifying that the applicant has the required security coverage and (2) the applicant signs and files with the commissioner, under penalty of false statement as provided for in section 53a-157, a statement on a form approved by the commissioner that the owner of the vehicle has provided and will continuously maintain throughout the registration period the minimum security required by section 38a-371. In the case of an owner with a vehicle located outside of the United States or Canada, the commissioner may accept in lieu of the insurance identification card required to be presented for issuance of the registration, an affidavit, in such form as he shall require, executed by the owner and stating that the vehicle will not be operated in the United States or Canada. [No motor vehicle registration shall be renewed by the commissioner for any private passenger motor vehicle or a vehicle with a commercial registration, unless the applicant signs and files] THE COMMISSIONER MAY REQUIRE AN APPLICANT FOR RENEWAL OF A MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION FOR ANY PRIVATE PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLE OR VEHICLE WITH A COMMERCIAL REGISTRATION TO SIGN AND FILE with the commissioner, under penalty of false statement as provided for in section 53a-157b, a statement on a form approved by the commissioner that the owner of the vehicle will continuously maintain throughout the registration period the minimum security required by said section 38a-371. Such form shall call for and contain the name of the applicant's insurance company and his policy number.

Sec. 46. Subsection (a) of section 14-286 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each person operating a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk or across any roadway upon and along a crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal within a reasonable distance before overtaking and passing a pedestrian. Each person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall within a reasonable distance give an audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian or another bicycle operator. No person shall operate a bicycle upon or along a sidewalk or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk if such operation is prohibited by any ordinance of any city, town or borough or by any regulation of the state traffic commission issued or adopted pursuant to the provisions of section 14-298. No person shall ride a bicycle with a helper motor unless that person holds a valid motor vehicle operator's license or motorcycle operator's license. No person shall operate a bicycle with a helper motor at a rate of speed exceeding thirty miles per hour; nor shall any bicycle with a helper motor be operated on any sidewalk, limited access highway or turnpike. Notwithstanding the provisions of any statute or regulation to the contrary, the State Traffic Commission shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 determining the conditions and circumstances under which bicycle traffic may be permitted on those bridges in the state on limited access highways which it designates to be safe for bicycle traffic. Bicycle traffic shall not be prohibited on any such bridges under such conditions and circumstances. The term "sidewalk", as used in this section, shall mean any sidewalk laid out as such by any town, city or borough, and any walk which is reserved by custom for the use of pedestrians, or which has been specially prepared for their use. It shall not include crosswalks, nor shall it include footpaths on portions of public highways outside thickly settled parts of towns, cities and boroughs, which are worn only by travel, and are not improved by such towns, cities or boroughs or by abutters. The term "bicycle", as used in this section, includes all vehicles propelled by the person riding the same by foot or hand power or a helper motor having a capacity of less than fifty cubic centimeters piston displacement and rated not more than two brake horsepower and capable of a maximum speed of no more than thirty miles per hour and equipped with automatic transmission. [and operable pedals.] Any person who pleads not guilty of violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be prosecuted within fifteen days of such plea.

Sec. 47. (NEW) In the event the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles cancels any motor vehicle registration in error on or after January 1, 1996, or fails to maintain an accurate record of any such registration which has been issued or renewed on or after said date, and as a result of such error, a registrant has been issued a summons by a law enforcement officer for a violation of section 14-12, as amended, 14-12a or 14-13 of the general statutes, the commissioner, upon confirmation of such error, shall (1) correct the registration records of the Department of Motor Vehicles, (2) notify the appropriate prosecuting authority of such error, (3) waive any fee provided in part III of chapter 246 of the general statutes or in section 14-192 of the general statutes as may be necessary to evidence a valid registration or certificate of title, and (4) reimburse the registrant for any towing and storage charges and any other actual and reasonable expenses incurred by such registrant as a result of such error upon receipt of a written request for reimbursement.

Sec. 48. Subdivision (6) of subsection (b) of section 15-144 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(6) The fee payable under this subsection with respect to any canoe with a motor or any vessel owned by a nonprofit organization shall be [fifteen] SEVEN dollars AND FIFTY CENTS.

Sec. 49. This act shall take effect from its passage, except that sections 36, 43 to 46, inclusive, and 48 shall take effect July 1, 1996, and sections 1 to 35, inclusive, and sections 37 to 42, inclusive, shall take effect October 1, 1996.

Approved May 31, 1996

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