OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5164

AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4454

File Copy No.: 211

House Calendar No.: 179

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 13 $

FY 14 $

Department of Motor Vehicles

TF - Revenue Gain

up to 402, 500

up to 716, 000

Department of Motor Vehicles

TF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Department of Transportation

TF - Revenue Loss

35, 000

35, 000

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

5, 000

5, 000

Labor Dept.

UCF - See Below

See Below

See Below

Note: TF=Transportation Fund; GF=General Fund; UCF=Unemployment Compensation Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact.

A section by section fiscal impact is presented below. The other sections of the amendment have no fiscal impact because they make technical, clarifying, or conforming changes to current practice or federal regulations.

Section 2 will result in a revenue gain of less than $1, 000 per year to the Special Transportation Fund. The amendment imposes a fee on marine dealers for late renewal of registration.

Section 4 will result in a revenue gain of less than $5, 000 per year to the Special Transportation Fund. The amendment establishes a $30 fee and allows a six month extension of a motor vehicle license or an identity card when federal verification of immigration or citizenship status is incomplete. The revenue estimate is based on a small amount of citizens that will be eligible for the extension.

Sections 7 and 8 will result in a revenue gain of $5, 000 per year to the Special Transportation Fund. The amendment establishes a $50 late fee for any dealer failing to maintain a bond requirement.

Section 9 results in an anticipated revenue gain of $5, 000 per year to the General Fund. The amendment establishes a fine on an operator of a wrecker who violates the provisions of the statute. The amendment also exempts additional vehicles from the statute which will result in a potential revenue loss of $5, 000 to the Special Transportation Fund, because of a reduction in the number of vehicles that would pay the $125 biennial registration fee.

Section 15 will result in a revenue gain of less than $1, 000 per year to the Special Transportation Fund. The amendment increases the fee associated with four digit plates from $65 to $69.

Section 21 which requires notification to parents when there will be a specific age difference among students being transported on a school bus results in no cost to local and regional school districts. It is assumed such notification would be given to parents in the general information packets supplied to students each year. 

Section 22 has no fiscal impact. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) already has an established procedure with the Department of Corrections to allow any person incarcerated to renew their operators license or identity card.

Section 30 results in no fiscal impact to DMV because the department's vehicle operator records contain unlicensed violations of an individual.

Section 34 may result in a revenue gain to the General Fund due to the requirement of any person who knowingly makes a false statement will now be charged. In FY 11 a total of $2.2 million was collected from fines due to CGS Sec. 53a-157.

Section 35 and 36 codifies current practices of the Bureau of Rehabilitation's Driver Training Program and has no fiscal impact.

Section 39 will result in a revenue gain of $627, 000 a year. In FY 13, it is estimated to be $313, 500 due to implementation on January 1, 2013 to the Special Transportation Fund. The amendment requires a person eighteen years or older who does not have a driver's license to obtain a new “adult instruction permit“. In FY 11, 33, 000 people over the age of eighteen were issued new licenses.

Section 48 makes the fees for a renewal of a driving school license and each additional place of business biennial and adjusts the fees accordingly, which results in no fiscal impact.

Section 49 requires DMV to study and make recommendations no later than January 15, 2014 to the General Assembly on developing a program for the sale, via internet auction, of certain number plates, which may result in a potential cost to DMV to complete the study.

Section 51 will result in a potential cost to DMV due to modifying license and renewal applications to include a consent box for the DMV to send information to the Selective Service System (SSS) , and for DMV to transmit the information to the SSS upon receipt of the application. Currently DMV sends information of licenses to the SSS twice a year.

Section 53 of amendment, which modifies regulations for wreckers, is unclear if there will be an increase in the issuance of DOT wrecker towing or transporting permits.

Section 54 is anticipated to result in an annual loss of $30, 000 to the Special Transportation Fund in FY 13. The amendment establishes a new annual “wrecker towing or transporting emergency permit” that allows wreckers to exceed state and federal weight limits when towing large disables vehicles under certain circumstances. The amendment changes the fee structure associated with the current permit from a fee per thousand pounds of wrecker weight to a flat fee.

Section 55 classifies as contractors, rather than employees, for the purposes of Unemployment Compensation law, certain owner operators of motor vehicles, who transport property by motor vehicle for compensation. It is not known how many motor vehicle operators who own their own vehicles are currently treated as employees. The amount of tax currently paid on such drivers and the number of such drivers eligible to receive benefits under current unemployment compensation law cannot be identified at this time.

Section 56 of the amendment increases the application fee for a taxicab company to obtain a certificate from $88 to $2, 000, which would result in a revenue gain of $66, 000 to the Special Transportation Fund. If FY 11, there were 33 applications for a taxicab company certificate granted by the Department of Transportation (DOT) . The amendment also increases the fee to transfer or sell a taxicab certificate from $88 to $1, 000 would result in a revenue gain of $11, 000 to the Special Transportation Fund. In FY 11, there were 11 sale and transfer taxicab certificates registered with DOT.

Section 59 of the amendment allows the Commissioner of DOT to grant a permit for vehicles transporting mobile homes and adopt regulations for these vehicles. Currently, DOT has a permit for vehicles transporting mobile homes.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.