CHAPTER 222
MOTOR CARRIER ROAD TAX

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Sec. 12-487. Registration of vehicles for purposes of the motor carrier road tax. Use of dyed diesel fuel.

      Sec. 12-487. Registration of vehicles for purposes of the motor carrier road tax. Use of dyed diesel fuel. (a) Each motor carrier operating or causing to be operated on any highway in this state any qualified motor vehicle, as defined in section 12-478, solely and exclusively in intrastate commerce shall register each such vehicle with the Commissioner of Revenue Services, for a fee of ten dollars per vehicle, which registration shall be renewable annually. On the registration of any such vehicle, said commissioner shall provide identification markers for such vehicle to be affixed to the lower rear portion of the exterior side of the vehicle's doors. Such marker shall remain the property of the state and may be recalled for any violation of the provisions of this chapter or of the regulations promulgated hereunder.

      (b) (1) Each motor carrier operating or causing to be operated on any highway in this state any qualified motor vehicle, as defined in section 12-478, in interstate commerce shall, if such carrier's base jurisdiction is this state, for purposes of any agreement entered into by the commissioner under subsection (c) of section 12-486, register each such vehicle with the Commissioner of Revenue Services, for a fee of ten dollars per vehicle, which registration shall be renewable annually. On the registration of any such vehicle, the commissioner shall provide identification markers for such vehicle to be affixed as required by such agreement. Such marker shall remain the property of the state and may be recalled for any violation of the provisions of this chapter or of the regulations adopted thereunder.

      (2) Each motor carrier operating or causing to be operated on any highway in this state any qualified motor vehicle, as defined in section 12-478, in interstate commerce shall, if such carrier's base jurisdiction is other than this state, for purposes of any agreement entered into by the commissioner under subsection (c) of section 12-486, affix, in the manner required by such agreement, identification markers to such vehicle.

      (c) No person shall operate or cause to be operated any such vehicle in this state unless such vehicle bears the identification markers required by this section, provided the commissioner by letter or telegram may authorize the operation, for a period not to exceed ten days as to any one motor carrier, of a vehicle or vehicles without such identification marker when the enforcement of this section would cause undue delay and hardship in the operation of such vehicle or vehicles and when the enforcement of this chapter will not be adversely affected. Any person operating or causing to be operated in this state any qualified motor vehicle, as defined in section 12-478, to which the identification markers required by this section or any regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 are not properly affixed shall have committed an infraction, the fine for which shall be ninety dollars. Any person who is alleged to have committed such an infraction shall follow the procedures set forth in section 51-164n or section 51-164o, as applicable.

      (d) (1) For purposes of this subsection, "dyed diesel fuel" means diesel fuel that has been dyed in compliance with, or in intended compliance with, regulations adopted under Section 4082 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time; "highway" has the same meaning as provided in section 14-1; and "motor vehicle" has the same meaning as provided in section 14-1, but does not include any passenger motor vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, or any passenger and commercial motor vehicle, as defined in section 14-1.

      (2) Any person operating or causing to be operated on any highway any motor vehicle that contains dyed diesel fuel in the fuel supply tank of the propulsion engine of such vehicle, unless permitted to do so under a federal law or regulation relating to the use of dyed diesel fuel on the public highways, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars.

      (3) Any person who, upon request by an authorized official of the Department of Revenue Services or another state agency, refuses to allow an inspection of the fuel supply tank of the propulsion engine of a motor vehicle shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars.

      (4) Any person who is alleged to have violated a provision of this subsection shall follow the procedures set forth in section 51-164n or section 51-164o, as applicable.

      (1961, P.A. 575, S. 10; 1969, P.A. 599, S. 1; P.A. 77-614, S. 139, 610; P.A. 80-71, S. 24, 30; P.A. 81-14, S. 1, 4; 81-366, S. 4, 7; P.A. 86-352, S. 3, 5; P.A. 88-249, S. 1; P.A. 93-179, S. 2; P.A. 95-35, S. 2, 3; P.A. 97-243, S. 37, 67; P.A. 11-61, S. 64.)

      History: 1969 act raised registration fee from $1 to $3; P.A. 77-614 substituted commissioner of revenue services for tax commissioner, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-71 increased registration fee to $5; P.A. 81-14 increased the annual registration fee to $40 and added exception re motor buses operating under permit issued pursuant to Sec. 13b-89; P.A. 81-366 reduced the motor carrier registration fee to $10, effective July 1, 1981; P.A. 86-352 added Subsec. (b) concerning the additional registration required with respect to each vehicle of a motor carrier for purposes of the purchase of motor fuel on which state tax has not been paid, effective (1) July 1, 1986, for purposes of establishing procedures and regulations and preparation of farms and identification markers as required in Sec. 12-480a and (2) October 1, 1987 for purposes of actual sales of diesel fuel to holders of permits in accordance with the procedure in Sec. 12-480a; P.A. 88-249 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that on or after January 1, 1989, in lieu of July 1, 1981, the commissioner shall provide by regulation for motor carrier registration, to delete the exemption for vehicles bearing number plates issued by this state, and to eliminate fee provision concerning registrations issued prior to July 1, 1981, for calendar year 1981; P.A. 93-179 amended provisions formerly designated as Subsec. (a) to remove exception re motor buses operating under permit issued pursuant to Sec. 13b-89 and deleted former Subsec. (b) concerning the additional registration required for purposes of purchasing motor fuel with respect to which state tax has not been paid; P.A. 95-35 changed the single identification marker requirement to identification markers to be affixed to the lower rear portion of the exterior side of the vehicle's doors, effective January 1, 1996; P.A. 97-243 divided section into Subsecs. (a) to (c), added requirement that motor carriers operating qualified motor vehicles be registered with commissioner for both interstate and intrastate commerce, provided penalty for failure to properly affix identification markers and required use of procedure in Sec. 51-164n, effective June 24, 1997; P.A. 11-61 added Subsec. (d) re use of dyed diesel fuel and made technical changes, effective July 1, 2011.

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