Substitute Senate Bill No. 1023
         Substitute Senate Bill No. 1023

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-236


AN ACT REVISING CERTAIN MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  (NEW)  The  Commissioner of Motor
Vehicles,  at  the  request  of  any  veteran,  as
defined in subsection (a) of section 27-103 of the
general statutes, or the surviving spouse of  such
veteran,   shall   register  any  passenger  motor
vehicle owned or leased for a period of  at  least
one  year by such person and shall issue a special
certificate of registration and a  set  of  number
plates  for  each  such  vehicle. The plates shall
expire and be renewed as provided in section 14-22
of  the  general  statutes. The commissioner shall
charge a fee for such plates which shall cover the
entire  cost of making the same and which shall be
in addition to the fee  for  registration  of  the
motor vehicle.
    Sec.  2.  Subsection  (c) of section 14-12i of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c)  All  restoration  fees imposed due to the
cancellation of the registration for violation  of
the  mandatory  security  requirements of sections
14-12c  and  38a-371  or  suspension  of  a  motor
vehicle  operator's license pursuant to subsection
(b) of section 14-12g OR SECTION 14-213b shall  be
deposited    into    the    Automobile   Insurance
Enforcement   Fund   established    pursuant    to
subsection (a) of this section.
    Sec.   3.   Section   14-16a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Except  as  provided in subsection (b) of
this section, each  motor  vehicle  registered  in
this  state  which is ten MODEL years old or older
shall, [upon] WITHIN THIRTY DAYS  BEFORE  transfer
of  ownership  OR UPON SUCH TRANSFER, be presented
for inspection at any state  Department  of  Motor
Vehicles   office   or   any   official  emissions
inspection station or other facility authorized by
the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to conduct such
inspection. The  vehicle  shall  be  inspected  to
determine  whether  it is properly equipped and in
good mechanical condition before  registration  is
issued  to  the  new  owner  of the vehicle. There
shall be charged a fee of twenty-five dollars  for
such  inspection. All moneys received from the fee
imposed pursuant to this subsection and  collected
at  an official emissions inspection station shall
be  deposited  in  a  separate  safety  inspection
account within the Emissions Inspection Fund.
    (b)  The  following vehicles, upon transfer of
ownership, shall be presented  for  inspection  at
any  state  Department of Motor Vehicles office or
any   official   emissions   inspection    station
authorized  by  the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
to conduct such inspection: (1) All motor vehicles
ten  MODEL years old or older which are registered
in this state and which were  originally  used  or
designed  as  fire  apparatus  and  which  are  of
historical or special interest  as  determined  by
the commissioner, (2) all antique, rare or special
interest motor  vehicles,  and  (3)  all  modified
antique  motor vehicles. Any such vehicle shall be
inspected to  determine  whether  it  is  in  good
mechanical  condition  before  registration can be
issued to the  new  owner  of  such  vehicle.  The
determination  of  the  mechanical  condition of a
vehicle described in subdivisions (1) and  (2)  of
this  subsection  shall be made by inspecting only
the vehicle's original equipment and parts or  the
functional reproductions of the original equipment
and parts. The mechanical  condition  of  modified
antique  motor  vehicles  shall  be  determined by
inspecting  the   original   equipment   and   any
functioning  replacements of such equipment. There
shall be charged a fee of twenty-five dollars  for
such  inspection. All moneys received from the fee
imposed pursuant to this subsection and  collected
at  an official emissions inspection station shall
be  deposited  in  a  separate  safety  inspection
account  within the Emissions Inspection Fund. The
commissioner may adopt regulations  in  accordance
with  the  provisions  of  chapter  54 as he deems
necessary  to  implement  the  purposes  of   this
subsection.
    Sec.  4.  Subsection  (a) of section 14-19a 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  to  establish  (1)
standards  for   the   issuance   of   a   special
certificate  of  registration  and  special number
plates  to  a  member  of  an  organization  which
qualifies  for  issuance,  (2)  qualifications  of
organizations whose members wish to apply for such
special    registrations,   (3)   procedures   for
application for such special registration, and (4)
a  fee  for such special number plates which shall
cover at least  the  entire  cost  of  making  the
plates  and  which shall be in addition to the fee
for  registration  of  the  motor   vehicle.   THE
REGULATIONS SHALL PROVIDE THAT A LABOR UNION SHALL
BE A QUALIFYING ORGANIZATION.
    Sec.   5.   Section   14-21d  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles, at
the request of any member or former member of  the
armed forces, as defined in section 27-103, who is
a former prisoner of war, shall register,  without
charge,  any  passenger  motor  vehicle, camper or
passenger and commercial motor  vehicle  owned  OR
LEASED  by  such person, provided no more than two
such registrations  may  be  issued  to  any  such
person.  The  commissioner  shall  issue a special
certificate of registration and a number plate  or
set  of  number  plates  in  accordance  with  the
provisions of subsection (a) of section 14-21b for
each  such  vehicle.  Each  application  for  such
special registration and  number  plate  shall  be
accompanied    by   proof   from   the   Veterans'
Administration of  the  United  States  that  such
person  is a former prisoner of war. The surviving
spouse of a former prisoner  of  war  issued  such
special   registration   may   retain   any   such
registration and number plates without charge  for
his  or  her  lifetime or until such time as he or
she remarries.
    (b)  The  Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles, at
the request of any recipient of the  congressional
medal  of  honor,  shall register, without charge,
any passenger motor vehicle, camper  or  passenger
and  commercial  motor  vehicle owned OR LEASED by
such  person,  provided  no  more  than  two  such
registrations  may  be  issued to any such person.
The commissioner shall issue a special certificate
of  registration  and  a  number  plate  or set of
number plates in accordance with the provisions of
subsection  (a)  of  section  14-21b for each such
vehicle. The surviving spouse of  a  recipient  of
the  congressional  medal  of  honor  issued  such
special   registration   may   retain   any   such
registration  and number plates without charge for
his or her lifetime or until such time  as  he  or
she remarries.
    Sec.  6.  Subsection  (f)  of section 14-27 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (f)  Each school bus shall carry number plates
furnished  by  the  commissioner  and  the  number
plates  shall  indicate  that  the  school  bus is
licensed to transport students.  EACH  SCHOOL  BUS
BEARING SUCH NUMBER PLATES SHALL BE USED PRIMARILY
FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF  STUDENTS.  Each  school
bus  used  in  part  in livery service shall carry
number plates indicating such dual usage.
    Sec.  7.  Subsection  (b) of section 14-44d of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)  A  commercial driver's license shall be a
Class  1  license  issued   with   the   following
subclassifications, endorsements and restrictions.
Vehicles which require an endorsement may  not  be
driven  unless  the  proper endorsement appears on
the license.
    (1) Subclassifications.
    (A)  Class A -Any combination of vehicles with
a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of twenty-six
thousand  one pounds or more, provided the GVWR of
the vehicle  being  towed  is  in  excess  of  ten
thousand pounds.
    (B)  Class  B  -Any single vehicle with a GVWR
of twenty-six thousand one pounds or more, and any
such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of ten
thousand pounds.
    (C)  Class  C  -Any single vehicle with a GVWR
of less than twenty-six thousand one pounds or any
such  vehicle  towing a vehicle with a GVWR not in
excess of ten thousand pounds comprising:
    (i)  Vehicles designed to transport sixteen or
more passengers, including the driver, or designed
to transport ten or more passengers, including the
driver, and used to transport students  under  the
age of twenty-one years to and from school; and
    (ii)  Vehicles  used  to  transport  hazardous
materials which are required to  be  placarded  in
accordance  with  the Code of Federal Regulations,
Title 49, Part 172, Subpart F, as amended.
    (2) Endorsements and restrictions.
    "H"  -Authorizes the driver to drive a vehicle
transporting hazardous materials;
    "L"  -Restricts  the  driver  to  vehicles not
equipped with air brakes;
    "T"  -Authorizes  driving  double  and  triple
trailers, and vehicles in drive-away service using
the technique of saddlemounting;
    "P"   -Authorizes   driving  commercial  motor
vehicles carrying passengers;
    "S"   -Authorizes   driving  commercial  motor
vehicles  carrying  passengers,  including  school
buses;
    "N" -Authorizes driving tank vehicles;
    "X"  -Represents  a  combination  of hazardous
materials and tank vehicle endorsements;
    "Z" -RESTRICTS THE DRIVER TO SCHOOL BUSES.
    Sec.  8.  Subsection  (d) of section 14-44i of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (d)  The  Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall
waive the fees provided in subsection (b) of  this
section  in  the  case of any person who [provides
satisfactory  and  verifiable  evidence   to   the
commissioner   that   such   person  is  currently
employed as  an  operator  of  a  school  bus,  as
defined  in  section  14-275, or has been accepted
for employment as such] APPLIES FOR A LICENSE WITH
A "Z" RESTRICTION.
    Sec.  9.  Subsections  (f)  and (g) of section
14-44j of the general statutes  are  repealed  and
the following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (f)   No  employer  shall  knowingly  [allow,]
permit or [authorize] REQUIRE a driver to drive  a
commercial  motor vehicle during any period (1) in
which the driver  has  had  his  driver's  license
suspended,    revoked    or   cancelled   by   the
commissioner, or  operating  privilege  suspended,
revoked  or  cancelled  by any other state, or has
been disqualified from driving a commercial  motor
vehicle, or is subject to an out-of-service order,
or (2) in which  the  driver  has  more  than  one
driver's license.
    (g)  (1) Any person who violates any provision
of this section shall be deemed to have  committed
an  infraction,  and,  for any subsequent offense,
shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars.
    (2)  ANY  EMPLOYER  WHICH KNOWINGLY PERMITS OR
REQUIRES A DRIVER TO OPERATE  A  COMMERCIAL  MOTOR
VEHICLE  IN  VIOLATION  OF AN OUT-OF-SERVICE ORDER
SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL PENALTY  OF  NOT  LESS
THAN  TWO  THOUSAND  FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS NOR MORE
THAN TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.
    Sec.   10.   Section  14-44k  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  A  driver  who is disqualified OR SUBJECT
TO AN  OUT-OF-SERVICE  ORDER  shall  not  drive  a
commercial  motor  vehicle.  An employer shall not
knowingly [allow,] PERMIT OR require [, permit  or
authorize] a driver who is disqualified to drive a
commercial motor vehicle.
    (b)   In   addition  to  any  other  penalties
provided  by  law,  and  except   as   hereinafter
provided  in  subsection  (d)  of  this section, a
person is disqualified from operating a commercial
motor  vehicle  for  one  year if convicted of one
violation of (1) operating any motor vehicle under
the  influence  of intoxicating liquor or drugs or
both  under  section  14-227a,  (2)   evasion   of
responsibility,   involving   a  commercial  motor
vehicle, under section  14-224,  or  (3)  using  a
commercial  motor vehicle in the commission of any
felony as defined in section 14-1.
    (c)   In   addition  to  any  other  penalties
provided by law, a  person  is  disqualified  from
operating  a commercial motor vehicle for one year
if the commissioner finds  that  such  person  has
refused to submit to a test to determine his blood
alcohol concentration while driving  a  commercial
motor  vehicle,  or  has  failed  such a test when
given,  pursuant  to  the  provisions  of  section
14-227b.  For  the  purpose  of this subsection, a
person shall be deemed to have failed such a  test
if  the  ratio  of  alcohol  in  the blood of such
person was four-hundredths of one per cent or more
of alcohol, by weight.
    (d)   If   a   person   commits   any  of  the
disqualifying offenses identified  in  subsections
(b)  and  (c)  of  this  section  while  driving a
vehicle transporting hazardous materials, required
to  be  placarded  under  the  Hazardous Materials
Transportation  Act,  Sections   1801   to   1813,
inclusive,  Title  49,  United  States  Code, such
person shall be disqualified for a period of three
years.
    (e)  Any  person  who  uses a commercial motor
vehicle in the commission of  a  felony  involving
the  manufacture,  distribution or dispensing of a
controlled substance  shall  be  disqualified  for
life.
    (f)  A  person  is  disqualified  for  life if
convicted of two or more violations of any of  the
offenses  specified  in  subsection  (b)  of  this
section, or if he is the subject of  two  or  more
findings  by the commissioner under subsection (c)
of this  section,  or  any  combination  of  those
offenses,   arising  from  two  or  more  separate
incidents. A person is disqualified  for  life  if
the  commissioner takes suspension actions against
such person for two or more alcohol test  refusals
or  test  failures,  or  any  combination  of such
actions,  arising  from  two  or   more   separate
incidents.  Any  person  disqualified for life who
has both voluntarily enrolled in and  successfully
completed  an  appropriate rehabilitation program,
as determined by the commissioner, may  apply  for
reinstatement  of his commercial driver's license,
provided any such applicant shall not be  eligible
for reinstatement until such time as he has served
a minimum disqualification period  of  ten  years.
Should   a   reinstated   driver  be  subsequently
convicted of  another  disqualifying  offense,  he
shall  be  permanently  disqualified  for life and
shall be ineligible to reapply for a reduction  of
the lifetime disqualification.
    (g)  (1) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (2)
OF THIS SUBSECTION, ANY  PERSON  WHO  VIOLATES  AN
OUT-OF-SERVICE  ORDER  SHALL  BE DISQUALIFIED FROM
OPERATING A COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE:  (A)  FOR  A
PERIOD  OF NOT LESS THAN NINETY DAYS NOR MORE THAN
ONE YEAR FOR A FIRST VIOLATION; (B) FOR  A  PERIOD
OF NOT LESS THAN ONE YEAR NOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS
FOR A SECOND VIOLATION DURING ANY TEN-YEAR PERIOD,
WHERE   SUCH   VIOLATIONS   AROSE   FROM  SEPARATE
INCIDENTS; AND (C) FOR A PERIOD OF NOT  LESS  THAN
THREE  YEARS  NOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS FOR A THIRD
OR  SUBSEQUENT  VIOLATION  DURING   ANY   TEN-YEAR
PERIOD,  WHERE SUCH VIOLATIONS AROSE FROM SEPARATE
INCIDENTS.
    (2)  ANY PERSON WHO VIOLATES AN OUT-OF-SERVICE
ORDER  WHILE  DRIVING   A   VEHICLE   TRANSPORTING
HAZARDOUS  MATERIALS,  REQUIRED  TO  BE  PLACARDED
UNDER THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTATION  ACT,
SECTIONS 1801 TO 1813, INCLUSIVE, TITLE 49, UNITED
STATES CODE OR A COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE DESIGNED
TO TRANSPORT FIFTEEN OR MORE PASSENGERS, INCLUDING
THE DRIVER, SHALL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM OPERATING A
COMMERCIAL  MOTOR VEHICLE: (A) FOR A PERIOD OF NOT
LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS  NOR  MORE  THAN
TWO  YEARS  FOR  A  FIRST  VIOLATION AND (B) FOR A
PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN THREE YEARS NOR MORE  THAN
FIVE  YEARS  FOR  A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT VIOLATION
DURING ANY TEN-YEAR PERIOD, WHERE SUCH  VIOLATIONS
AROSE FROM SEPARATE INCIDENTS.
    (3)  IN  ADDITION TO THE PENALTIES PROVIDED IN
SUBDIVISION (1) OR (2)  OF  THIS  SUBSECTION,  ANY
PERSON  WHO VIOLATES AN OUT-OF-SERVICE ORDER SHALL
BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL PENALTY OF NOT LESS THAN ONE
THOUSAND  DOLLARS  NOR MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND FIVE
HUNDRED DOLLARS.
    [(g)]   (h)  A  person  is  disqualified  from
driving a commercial motor vehicle for a period of
not  less  than  sixty  days  if  convicted of two
serious traffic violations, or one hundred  twenty
days   if   convicted  of  three  serious  traffic
violations,  committed  in  a   commercial   motor
vehicle  arising from separate incidents occurring
within a three-year period.
    [(h)]   (i)   After   taking  disqualification
action, or suspending  or  revoking  a  commercial
driver's  license,  the  commissioner shall update
his records to  reflect  such  action  within  ten
days.  After  taking  disqualification  action, or
suspending or revoking the operating privileges of
a  commercial  driver  who  is licensed in another
state, the commissioner shall notify the licensing
state of his action within ten days.
    Sec.   11.   Section   14-66  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  (1)  No person, firm or corporation shall
engage in the business of operating a wrecker  for
the   purpose   of   towing  or  transporting  for
compensation motor vehicles  which  are  disabled,
inoperative  or  wrecked  or  are being removed in
accordance with the provisions of section  14-145,
14-150  OR  14-307,  unless  such  person, firm or
corporation is a motor vehicle dealer or  repairer
licensed  under  the provisions of subdivision (D)
of  this   part.   [and   has   filed   with   the
commissioner,   in  simple  and  concise  form,  a
schedule of rates and charges, including  but  not
limited  to  storage  charges,  for services to be
rendered within the state.  The  commissioner  may
disapprove  any filing of rates and charges if, in
his judgment, such rates and charges are not  just
and  reasonable  and, in making such determination
with regard to rates and  charges  for  towing  or
transporting motor vehicles, he shall be guided by
the rates published in standard  service  manuals.
No]  (2)  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ESTABLISH  AND
PUBLISH A SCHEDULE OF UNIFORM  RATES  AND  CHARGES
FOR  THE  NONCONSENSUAL TOWING AND TRANSPORTING OF
MOTOR  VEHICLES  AND  FOR  THE  STORAGE  OF  MOTOR
VEHICLES  WHICH  SHALL BE JUST AND REASONABLE. THE
COMMISSIONER MAY, FROM TIME TO  TIME,  AMEND  EACH
SUCH  SCHEDULE AND THE RATES AND CHARGES CONTAINED
THEREIN. IN ESTABLISHING AND AMENDING  SUCH  RATES
AND   CHARGES,   THE   COMMISSIONER  MAY  CONSIDER
FACTORS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, RATES  SET
BY  OTHER  JURISDICTIONS,  CHARGES  FOR TOWING AND
TRANSPORTING  SERVICES  PROVIDED  PURSUANT  TO   A
CONTRACT  WITH  AN  AUTOMOBILE  CLUB OR AUTOMOBILE
ASSOCIATION  LICENSED  UNDER  THE  PROVISIONS   OF
SECTION  14-67  AND  RATES  PUBLISHED  IN STANDARD
SERVICE MANUALS. THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  HOLD  A
PUBLIC   HEARING  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF  OBTAINING
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING SUCH  RATES  AND
CHARGES.  (3)  WITH  RESPECT  TO THE NONCONSENSUAL
TOWING OR TRANSPORTING AND THE  STORAGE  OF  MOTOR
VEHICLES,  NO  SUCH  person,  firm  or corporation
[required to file  rates  and  charges  hereunder]
shall  charge more than the RATES AND charges [and
rates which it has on file unless the commissioner
first approves an amended schedule of higher rates
and charges] PUBLISHED BY  THE  COMMISSIONER.  Any
person aggrieved by any action of the commissioner
under the provisions of this section may  take  an
appeal therefrom in accordance with section 4-183,
except venue for  such  appeal  shall  be  in  the
judicial district of Hartford-New Britain*.
    (b)   The   commissioner,  by  himself  or  an
inspector authorized by him,  shall  examine  each
wrecker, its number, equipment and identification,
and ascertain the  mechanical  condition  of  such
wrecker   and  ascertain  whether  or  not  it  is
properly equipped to do the  work  intended.  Such
wrecker  shall  be  deemed properly equipped if it
has installed thereon two flashing  yellow  lights
so  mounted  on  the  vehicle  as  to  show in all
directions at all times and which  shall  indicate
the  full width of said vehicle. Such lights shall
be mounted not less than eight feet above the road
surface  and  as  near the back of the cab of such
vehicle as practicable. Such lights  shall  be  in
operation  whenever  a  disabled  vehicle is being
towed by such wrecker and when such wrecker is  at
the scene of an accident or location of a disabled
motor vehicle. In addition  thereto  each  wrecker
shall  be  equipped  with  a spot light so mounted
that the  beam  of  light  can  be  shown  in  all
directions. The hoisting equipment of each wrecker
shall be of sufficient  capacity  to  perform  the
service  intended and shall be securely mounted to
the frame of such  vehicle.  A  fire  extinguisher
shall  be  carried at all times on each wrecker [;
such  extinguisher]  WHICH  shall  be  in   proper
working  condition,  [and]  mounted in a permanent
bracket on each wrecker [; the] AND HAVE A minimum
rating  of  [each  extinguisher shall be of] eight
bc. A set of three flares in  operating  condition
shall  be carried at all times on each wrecker and
shall be used between the periods of one-half hour
after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise when
the wrecker is parked on a  highway  while  making
emergency  repairs  or  preparing  to  pick  up  a
disabled vehicle to remove it from  a  highway  or
adjoining  property.  No registrant or operator of
any wrecker shall offer to give any gratuities  or
inducements  of  any kind to any police officer or
other person in order to obtain towing business or
recommendations  for  towing  or  storage  of,  or
estimating  repairs  to,  disabled  vehicles.   No
licensee   shall  require  the  owner  to  sign  a
contract for the repair of his damaged vehicle  as
part  of  the  towing  consideration or to sign an
order for the  repair  of,  or  authorization  for
estimate  until the tow job has been completed. No
licensee shall tow a vehicle in such  a  negligent
manner  as  to cause further damage to the vehicle
being towed.
    (c)   Each   wrecker   used   for   towing  or
transporting disabled or  wrecked  motor  vehicles
for  compensation shall be registered as a wrecker
by the commissioner  for  [an  annual]  A  fee  of
[forty]  NINETY-TWO dollars. [On and after July 1,
1992, such fee shall be forty-six  dollars.]  Each
such  registration  shall  be  renewed  [annually]
BIENNIALLY   according   to   renewal    schedules
established  by  the  commissioner so as to effect
staggered renewal of all  such  registrations.  If
the  adoption of a staggered system results in the
expiration of any registration more or  less  than
[one  year]  TWO  YEARS  from  its  issuance,  the
commissioner may charge a prorated amount for such
registration fee.
    (d)  [No]  WITH  RESPECT  TO THE NONCONSENSUAL
TOWING OR TRANSPORTING  OF  A  MOTOR  VEHICLE,  NO
licensee  may  tow  OR  TRANSPORT a vehicle to the
premises  of  any  person,  firm  or   corporation
engaged   in   the   storage   of   vehicles   for
compensation   unless   such   person,   firm   or
corporation  [has  filed  a  schedule  of  storage
charges  with  the  commissioner  in  the   manner
provided  in  subsection (a) of this section for a
person,  firm  or  corporation  engaged   in   the
business  of  operating  a wrecker and] adheres to
the STORAGE charges [so filed]  PUBLISHED  BY  THE
COMMISSIONER.
    (e)  The  provisions of this section shall not
apply to any person, firm or corporation, licensed
as  a motor vehicle dealer under the provisions of
subdivision  (D)   of   this   part,   towing   or
transporting a motor vehicle for salvage purposes,
provided such person, firm or corporation does not
offer  direct  towing  or  wrecker  service to the
public.
    (f)  FOR  THE   PURPOSES   OF   THIS  SECTION,
"NONCONSENSUAL TOWING OR  TRANSPORTING"  MEANS THE
TOWING  OR TRANSPORTING  OF  A  MOTOR  VEHICLE  IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE  PROVISIONS  OF SECTION 14-145
OR FOR WHICH  ARRANGEMENTS  ARE MADE BY ORDER OF A
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER  OR  TRAFFIC AUTHORITY, AS
DEFINED IN SECTION 14-297.
    Sec.   12.   Section  14-96g  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   Front  clearance  lamps,  identification
lamps  and  those  marker  lamps  and   reflectors
mounted on the front or on the side near the front
of a vehicle shall display  or  reflect  an  amber
color.
    (b)   Rear   clearance  lamps,  identification
lamps  and  those  marker  lamps  and   reflectors
mounted  on the rear or on the sides near the rear
of a vehicle shall display or reflect a red color.
Any   motor   vehicle  or  equipment  owned  by  a
governmental   agency   which   is   engaged    in
construction  or  maintenance work may display red
or white reflective sheeting on the rear  of  such
vehicle or equipment.
    (c)   All   lighting  devices  and  reflectors
mounted on the rear of any vehicle  shall  display
or reflect a red color, except that the stop light
or other  signal  device  may  be  red,  amber  or
yellow, and except that the light illuminating the
license plate shall be white and the light emitted
by a back-up lamp shall be white or amber.
    (d)  EACH SCHOOL BUS OR STUDENT TRANSPORTATION
VEHICLE  MAY  DISPLAY  RETROREFLECTIVE   TAPE   OR
REFLECTIVE SHEETING ON THE REAR OR ON THE SIDES OF
SUCH VEHICLE IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATIONS  WHICH
SHALL  BE  ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSIONER PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 54.
    [(d)]  (e)  Failure  to  have and mount lamps,
reflectors or lighting devices as required by this
section shall be an infraction.
    Sec.   13.   Section  14-99h  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  [On and after January 1, 1990, each] EACH
new car dealer OR USED CAR DEALER, as  defined  in
section   14-51,  OR  LESSOR  LICENSED  UNDER  THE
PROVISIONS  OF  SECTION  14-15  shall  offer   the
purchaser  OR  LESSEE of a new [passenger] OR USED
motor vehicle, [or a truck having a  gross  weight
of  ten  thousand  pounds or less,] at the time of
sale OR LEASE, the optional service of etching the
complete identification number of the vehicle on a
lower corner of the windshield and on each SIDE OR
REAR  window  in such vehicle. EACH SUCH DEALER OR
LESSOR MAY ETCH THE COMPLETE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
OF  A  MOTOR  VEHICLE  ON  ANY SUCH VEHICLE IN ITS
INVENTORY PRIOR TO ITS SALE OR LEASE  PROVIDED  IT
SPECIFIES  THE  CHARGE FOR SUCH SERVICE SEPARATELY
ON THE LABEL REQUIRED BY  THE  FEDERAL  AUTOMOBILE
INFORMATION DISCLOSURE ACT, 15 USC 1231 ET SEQ.
    (b)  Each  new  car dealer, USED CAR DEALER OR
LESSOR shall charge reasonable rates  for  etching
services  rendered  within  the  state pursuant to
subsection (a) of this section and  shall  file  a
schedule  of  such  rates with the Commissioner of
Motor Vehicles not later than September  first  in
each  year.  Each  [new car] SUCH dealer OR LESSOR
may from time to time file an amended schedule  of
such  rates  with  the  commissioner. No [new car]
SUCH dealer OR LESSOR may charge any rate for such
etching  services  which is greater than the rates
contained in the most recent schedule  filed  with
the commissioner.
    Sec.   14.  Section  14-163c  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles may
adopt   regulations   in   accordance   with   the
provisions  of  chapter  54  which  incorporate by
reference the standards set forth in the  Code  of
Federal  Regulations, Title 49, Parts 382, 383 and
385 through 397,  as  amended.  Such  regulations,
adopted by reference to the provisions of the Code
of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Parts  382,  383
and  385  through  397,  as  amended,  may be made
applicable to any motor vehicle which  (1)  is  in
intrastate commerce and has a gross vehicle weight
rating  or  gross  combination  weight  rating  of
eighteen thousand one or more pounds; or (2) is in
interstate commerce and has a gross vehicle weight
rating  or  gross combination weight rating of ten
thousand one or more pounds; or (3) is designed to
transport  more than fifteen passengers, including
the driver; or (4) is used in  the  transportation
of  hazardous  materials  in  a quantity requiring
placarding   under   the    Hazardous    Materials
Transportation  Act, 49 USC App. 1801-1813, unless
exempted under the provisions of the code  or  the
provisions of subsection (b) of this section.
    (b)   The   provisions   relative  to  maximum
driving and on-duty time as set forth in the  Code
of   Federal  Regulations,  Title  49,  Part  395,
Section 395.3, and  as  adopted  by  reference  in
regulations  adopted pursuant to subsection (a) of
this  section,  shall  not  apply  to  any  public
service   company   vehicle   with   a  commercial
registration  when  such  vehicle   is   used   to
transport  passengers  or  property to or from any
portion of the state for the purpose of relief  or
assistance  in  case  of  major  loss  of  utility
service, a disaster or other  state  of  emergency
declared by the Governor. For the purposes of this
subsection "disaster" shall include,  but  not  be
limited  to,  a  hurricane,  snowstorm, ice storm,
flood, fire or earthquake.
    (c)  The  Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles may
grant variations or exemptions  from,  or  approve
equivalent    or    alternate   compliance   with,
particular  provisions  of  the  Code  of  Federal
Regulations,  Title  49,  Parts  382,  383 and 385
through 397, as amended,  when  strict  compliance
with   such   provisions  would  entail  practical
difficulty or unnecessary  hardship  or  would  be
otherwise  adjudged unwarranted, provided any such
variation,  exemption,  approved   equivalent   or
alternate  compliance shall, in the opinion of the
commissioner, secure the public safety.
    (d)  Any  state or municipal police officer or
motor vehicle inspector may (1) inspect any  motor
vehicle   specified  in  subsection  (a)  of  this
section in operation AND EXAMINE ITS  OPERATOR  to
determine  compliance  with  the provisions of the
Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Parts  382,
383  and  385  through  397, as amended, (2) enter
upon the premises of any motor carrier, as defined
in  the  Code  of  Federal  Regulations, Title 49,
Section 390.5, as  amended,  for  the  purpose  of
inspecting records maintained by such carrier, (3)
declare a motor vehicle or  its  operator  out  of
service   as  provided  in  the  Code  of  Federal
Regulations, Title 49, Sections 395.13 and  396.9,
as  amended, or (4) issue an infractions complaint
under the provisions  of  this  section,  provided
such  officer  or  inspector  meets  the standards
established by the commissioner,  in  consultation
with   the   Commissioner  of  Public  Safety,  in
regulations  adopted  in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter 54.
    (e)  Any person who violates the provisions of
this section or any regulations adopted  hereunder
shall have committed an infraction.
    Sec.  15. Subsection (c) of section 14-164c of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c)  The  commissioner shall adopt regulations
in accordance with chapter  54  to  implement  the
provisions of this section. Such regulations shall
include  provision  for   a   periodic   emissions
inspection  and  compliance or waiver with exhaust
emission standards, air pollution  control  system
integrity  standards  and  purge  system standards
defined  by  the  Commissioner  of   Environmental
Protection  for  all  motor vehicles registered or
which will be registered in this state except: (1)
Vehicles  having  a  gross weight of more than ten
thousand   pounds;   (2)   vehicles   powered   by
electricity;  (3)  bicycles  with motors attached;
(4) motorcycles; (5)  vehicles  operating  with  a
temporary  registration; (6) vehicles manufactured
before the 1968 model year; (7)  new  vehicles  at
the  time  of  initial  registration; (8) vehicles
registered but not designed primarily for  highway
use;  (9)  farm vehicles, as defined in subsection
(q) of section 14-49; (10) DIESEL-POWERED TYPE  II
SCHOOL   BUSES.   The   commissioner  may  require
emissions  inspection  and  compliance  or  waiver
prior  to  completion of the sale and registration
of a motor vehicle  over  one  year  old.  If  the
Commissioner  of  Environmental  Protection  finds
that it is necessary  to  inspect  motor  vehicles
which  are  exempt  under  subdivision (1) of this
subsection in order  to  achieve  compliance  with
federal    law   concerning   emission   reduction
requirements, the Commissioner of  Motor  Vehicles
may  adopt  regulations,  in  accordance  with the
provisions  of  chapter   54,   to   require   the
inspection  of  motorcycles  or  designated  motor
vehicles having a gross weight of  more  than  ten
thousand pounds.
    Sec.  16. Subsection (g) of section 14-164i of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (g)  For  the  purposes  of  this section, (1)
"COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE" SHALL NOT BE  CONSTRUED
TO  INCLUDE  A  SCHOOL BUS, AND (2) "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.   17.   Section  14-254  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    "Disabled  veteran",  as used in this section,
means any veteran who served in time  of  war,  as
defined  by  section  27-103,  and  one or both of
whose legs or arms  or  parts  thereof  have  been
amputated or the use of which has been lost or who
is   blind,   paraplegic   or   hemiplegic,   such
disability being certified as service-connected by
the Veterans' Administration. The Commissioner  of
Motor  Vehicles,  upon application of any disabled
veteran accompanied by  such  certificate  of  the
Veterans'   Administration,  shall  issue  without
charge a special number plate or set of plates  in
accordance  with  the provisions of subsection (a)
of section 14-21b to be attached  to  a  passenger
motor  vehicle  owned  or operated by such veteran
and  an  identification  card  to   be   used   in
connection  therewith. The card shall identify the
veteran and the motor vehicle and shall state that
he  is a disabled veteran qualified to receive the
card, that the card,  plate  or  plates  shall  be
returned  to  the commissioner if the registration
of the motor vehicle is cancelled or  transferred,
that  the  card  is  for  the exclusive use of the
person to whom it is issued, is  not  transferable
and  will  be  revoked  if  presented by any other
person or if  any  privilege  granted  under  this
section  is  abused.  If  not so revoked, the card
shall be renewable every four years at the time of
registration  of  motor vehicles. No penalty shall
be imposed for the overtime parking of  any  motor
vehicle  bearing  a number plate issued under this
section when it has been so parked by the disabled
veteran  to  whom  the plate and an identification
card were issued or by any person  operating  such
vehicle when accompanied by such veteran, provided
the length of time  for  which  such  vehicle  may
remain parked at any one location shall not exceed
twenty-four  hours.  THE  SURVIVING  SPOUSE  OF  A
DISABLED  VETERAN ISSUED SUCH SPECIAL REGISTRATION
MAY RETAIN ANY SUCH REGISTRATION AND NUMBER PLATES
WITHOUT  CHARGE  FOR  HIS OR HER LIFETIME OR UNTIL
SUCH TIME AS HE OR SHE REMARRIES.
    Sec. 18. (NEW)  (a)  On  and  after January 1,
1998, the Commissioner  of  Motor  Vehicles  shall
issue greenways commemorative  number  plates of a
design to enhance  public  awareness  of the state
and local efforts to preserve, restore and protect
greenways.  The  design  shall  be  determined  by
agreement    between    the     Commissioner    of
Environmental Protection and  the  Commissioner of
Motor Vehicles. No  use  shall  be  made  of  such
plates  except  as  official  registration  marker
plates.
    (b)  The  Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall
establish, by regulations  adopted  in  accordance
with  chapter 54 of the general statutes, a fee to
be  charged  for  greenways  commemorative  number
plates  in  addition  to  the  regular fee or fees
prescribed  for  the  registration  of   a   motor
vehicle.  The  fee shall be for such number plates
with  letters  and   numbers   selected   by   the
Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles. The Commissioner
of Motor Vehicles may establish a higher fee  for:
(1)  Such  number  plates which contain letters in
place of numbers as authorized by section 14-49 of
the  general  statutes,  in addition to the fee or
fees  prescribed  for  plates  issued  under  said
section;  and (2) such number plates which are low
number plates, in accordance with  section  14-160
of the general statutes, in addition to the fee or
fees  prescribed  for  plates  issued  under  said
section.   All   fees  established  and  collected
pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the
greenways   account   of  the  Conservation  Fund,
established pursuant to section 19 of this act.
    (c)   No   additional  renewal  fee  shall  be
charged for renewal of registration for any  motor
vehicle  bearing  greenways  commemorative  number
plates which contain letters in place of  numbers,
or low number plates, in excess of the renewal fee
for greenways  commemorative  number  plates  with
letters  and  numbers selected by the Commissioner
of  Motor  Vehicles.  No  transfer  fee  shall  be
charged  for  transfer of an existing registration
to  or  from   a   registration   with   greenways
commemorative number plates.
    (d)  The  Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles, in
consultation    with    the    Commissioner     of
Environmental Protection, shall adopt regulations,
in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of
the  general  statutes, to establish standards and
procedures   for   the   issuance,   renewal   and
replacement   of  greenways  commemorative  number
plates.
    Sec.  19.  (NEW)  (a)  There is established an
account to be known as  the  "greenways  account".
The  greenways  account shall be an account of the
Conservation  Fund   established   under   section
22a-27h  of  the general statutes. Notwithstanding
any provision of the general statutes, any  moneys
required  by  law  to  be deposited in the account
shall be deposited in the  Conservation  Fund  and
credited  to  the  greenways  account. Any balance
remaining in the account at the end of any  fiscal
year  shall  be carried forward in the account for
the fiscal year next succeeding. The account shall
be   available   (1)   to   the   Commissioner  of
Environmental Protection for reimbursement of  the
Department  of  Motor  Vehicles  for  the  cost of
producing,   issuing,   renewing   and   replacing
greenways  commemorative  number plates, including
administrative expenses, pursuant to section 18 of
this   act   and   (2)   to  the  Commissioner  of
Environmental Protection for  grants  pursuant  to
section 23-101 of the general statutes.
    (b)    The   Commissioner   of   Environmental
Protection may receive private  donations  to  the
greenways  account  and any such receipts shall be
deposited in the account.
    (c)    The   Commissioner   of   Environmental
Protection may provide for  the  reproduction  and
marketing  of  the  greenways commemorative number
plate image  for  use  on  clothing,  recreational
equipment,  posters,  mementoes, or other products
or programs  deemed  by  the  commissioner  to  be
suitable  as  a  means of supporting the greenways
account. Any funds received  by  the  commissioner
from  such  marketing  shall  be  deposited in the
greenways account.
    Sec.  20.  (NEW)  The  Commissioner  of  Motor
Vehicles  may  allow  the  payment  of   any   fee
specified  in  chapter  246  or 247 of the general
statutes by means of a credit card and may  charge
each  payor  a service fee for any payment made by
credit card. The fee shall not exceed  any  charge
by  the  credit  card  issuer or by its authorized
agent, including any discount  rate.  Payments  by
credit card shall be made under such conditions as
the commissioner may prescribe. If any charge with
respect  to payment of a fee by credit card is not
authorized by such issuer or its authorized agent,
the  commissioner  shall  assess the payor the fee
specified in subsection (f) of  section  14-50  of
the general statutes.
    Sec.   21.   Section  4a-57a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Notwithstanding the provisions of section
4a-57 the Commissioner of Administrative  Services
may  establish  a pilot program to sell or dispose
of  surplus  state  property  through  any  method
determined by the commissioner.
    (b)  NO  SURPLUS  MOTOR  VEHICLE  OWNED BY THE
STATE THAT HAS BEEN DECLARED TO BE A  CONSTRUCTIVE
TOTAL  LOSS  PURSUANT  TO SECTION 38a-353 SHALL BE
OFFERED FOR SALE AT AN AUCTION CONDUCTED UNDER THE
PROVISIONS  OF  SUBSECTION  (a) OF THIS SECTION TO
ANYONE OTHER THAN ANY PERSON, FIRM OR  CORPORATION
LICENSED  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  THE  PROVISIONS OF
SECTION 14-52 OR 14-671. NO SURPLUS MOTOR  VEHICLE
OWNED  BY  THE  STATE  WITH A CERTIFICATE OF TITLE
STAMPED "SALVAGE PARTS ONLY" OR WHICH HAS  TEN  OR
MORE  MAJOR  COMPONENT PARTS DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR
SHALL BE OFFERED FOR SALE AT AN AUCTION  CONDUCTED
UNDER  THE  PROVISIONS  OF  SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS
SECTION TO ANYONE OTHER THAN ANY PERSON,  FIRM  OR
CORPORATION   LICENSED   IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  THE
PROVISIONS OF SECTION 14-671.
    Sec.   22.  Section  13a-85b  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  Commissioner of Transportation shall
not  sell,  or  use  in   any   manner   that   is
incompatible  with  transportation  purposes,  the
existing right-of-way acquired for  potential  use
as the Route 7 limited access highway from Danbury
to Norwalk. Should any properties situated  within
said right-of-way which are not currently owned by
the Department of Transportation  be  offered  for
sale  to  the  state, the commissioner may, within
available  funds,  acquire  said  properties  upon
terms  and  conditions which are equitable to both
the property owner and the state. The commissioner
may,   within   available   funds,   acquire   any
properties not currently owned by  the  Department
of  Transportation  that  are situated within such
right-of-way when such properties  come  onto  the
market  for  sale  and  if such purchase would (1)
alleviate particular hardship to a property owner,
on  his  request, in contrast to others because of
an inability to sell his property; or (2)  prevent
imminent  development  and  increased  costs  of a
parcel which would tend to  limit  the  choice  of
highway alternatives.
    (b)  The  Commissioner of Transportation [, in
cooperation  with  the  Southeastern   Connecticut
Metropolitan  Planning Organization, shall conduct
a  transportation  analysis  for  the   Route   11
corridor  from  Route  82  in  Salem  to  I-95  in
Waterford to evaluate the effectiveness and  costs
of   alternative   transportation  investments  to
attain state and regional  goals  and  objectives.
This analysis shall be completed by June 30, 1994,
and  its  results  shall  be  considered  by   the
Southeastern  Connecticut  Council  of Governments
and the  state  for  inclusion  in  transportation
plans  for  future implementation] SHALL NOT SELL,
OR USE IN ANY MANNER  THAT  IS  INCOMPATIBLE  WITH
TRANSPORTATION  PURPOSES,  ANY  PROPERTY CURRENTLY
UNDER HIS CONTROL IN DANBURY ADJACENT TO  ROUTE  7
AND SOUTH OF WOOSTER HEIGHTS ROAD.
    Sec.  23.  Subdivision  (72) of subsection (a)
of  section  14-1  of  the  general  statutes   is
repealed  and the following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (72)   "Service   bus"  includes  any  vehicle
except a vanpool vehicle or a school bus  designed
AND  REGULARLY USED to carry eight or more persons
when   used   in   private   service    for    the
transportation  of  persons  without charge to the
individual.
    Sec.  24.  Subsection  (c) of section 14-36 of
the general statutes, as amended by section  1  of
public  act 97-1, is repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c)  (1) On or after January 1, 1997, a person
who is sixteen or seventeen years of age  and  who
has  not had a motor vehicle operator's license or
right to operate a motor  vehicle  in  this  state
suspended or revoked may apply to the Commissioner
of Motor Vehicles  for  a  learner's  permit.  The
commissioner  may  issue  a learner's permit to an
applicant after the applicant has passed a  vision
screening  and  test  as  to knowledge of the laws
concerning motor vehicles and  the  rules  of  the
road,  has paid the fee required by subsection (v)
of section 14-49 and has filed a  certificate,  in
such   form   as   the   commissioner  prescribes,
requesting or consenting to the  issuance  of  the
learner's  permit and the motor vehicle operator's
license, signed by (A)  one  or  both  parents  or
foster   parents   of   the   applicant,   as  the
commissioner requires, (B) the legal  guardian  of
the  applicant, (C) the applicant's spouse, if the
spouse is eighteen years of age or older,  or  (D)
if  the  applicant has no qualified spouse and his
parent or  foster  parent  or  legal  guardian  is
deceased,  incapable,  domiciled without the state
or otherwise unavailable or unable to sign or file
the  certificate,  the  applicant's stepparent, or
uncle or aunt by blood or marriage, provided  such
person  is  eighteen  years  of  age or older. The
commissioner   may,   for   the   more   efficient
administration of his duties, appoint any drivers'
school licensed in accordance with the  provisions
of section 14-69 or any secondary school providing
instruction in motor vehicle operation and highway
safety  in accordance with section 14-36e to issue
a learner's permit, subject to such standards  and
requirements  as the commissioner may prescribe in
regulations adopted in accordance with chapter 54.
Each learner's permit shall expire on the date the
holder of the permit is  issued  a  motor  vehicle
operator's  license  or  on  the  date  the holder
attains the age of eighteen  years,  whichever  is
earlier.  (2)  The  learner's permit shall entitle
the  holder,  while  he  has  the  permit  in  his
immediate  possession,  to operate a motor vehicle
on the public highways, except as provided in this
subdivision,  provided he is under the instruction
of, and accompanied by,  a  person  who  holds  an
instructor's  license  issued under the provisions
of section 14-73 or a person twenty years  of  age
or  older who has been licensed to operate, for at
least four  years  preceding  the  instruction,  a
motor  vehicle  of  the  same  class  as the motor
vehicle being operated and who  has  not  had  his
motor  vehicle operator's license suspended by the
commissioner during the four-year period preceding
the  instruction. The learner's permit shall [not]
entitle the holder to operate a motor vehicle on a
multiple-lane limited access highway [until] sixty
days [after] FROM the  date  of  issuance,  EXCEPT
THAT  IF  THE HOLDER IS UNDER THE INSTRUCTION OF A
PERSON WHO HOLDS AN  INSTRUCTOR'S  LICENSE  ISSUED
UNDER   THE   PROVISIONS  OF  SECTION  14-73,  THE
LEARNER'S PERMIT  SHALL  ENTITLE  SUCH  HOLDER  TO
OPERATE  A  MOTOR VEHICLE ON SUCH A HIGHWAY THIRTY
DAYS  FROM  THE  DATE   OF   ISSUANCE.   (3)   The
commissioner  may revoke any learner's permit used
in  violation  of  the  limitations   imposed   by
subdivision (2) of this subsection.
    Sec.   25.   Section  14-46d  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Any  reports  or records received or issued by
the department, commissioner, board or any of  its
members  pursuant  to  sections  14-46a to 14-46g,
inclusive, for the purpose of determining  whether
such  individual  meets  the  health  standards of
motor vehicle operator licensure, shall be for the
confidential use of the commissioner and the board
and, except as may be required by state or federal
law, shall not be made available to any person, or
to any federal, state or local governmental agency
and  shall  not  be used as evidence at any trial.
Such reports or  records,  however,  may  be  made
available  to the individual who is the subject of
such reports  or  records  or  to  his  authorized
representative  and  may  be  used  at proceedings
conducted under chapter 54 or  this  chapter.  Any
person conducting an examination or furnishing any
report or record pursuant to  sections  14-46a  to
14-46g,  inclusive, may be compelled to testify on
such reports or records at any such proceedings. A
MEMBER  OF  THE  BOARD  MAY  NOT  BE  COMPELLED TO
TESTIFY IN ANY OTHER PROCEEDING AS  TO  ANY  FACTS
CONCERNING  THE  MEDICAL  CONDITION  OF ANY PERSON
KNOWN BY SUCH MEMBER AS A RESULT OF  A  REVIEW  OF
SUCH  REPORTS  OR  RECORDS RELATIVE TO SUCH PERSON
EXCEPT UPON ORDER OF THE COURT IF THE INTERESTS OF
JUSTICE SO REQUIRE.
    Sec.   26.  Section  14-314c  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  State  Traffic  Commission,  on  any
state highway, or a local  traffic  authority,  on
any highway under its control, shall, upon receipt
of an application on behalf of  any  person  under
the age of eighteen who is deaf, as certified by a
physician, erect one or more signs in the person's
neighborhood  to  warn  motor vehicle operators of
the presence of the deaf person.
    (b)  The  State Traffic Commission [shall] MAY
adopt   regulations   in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter 54 to carry out the purposes
of this section.
    Sec. 27. This  act  shall take effect from its
passage, except that  sections  2,  3,  9  to  12,
inclusive, 14, 18 and 19 shall take effect July 1,
1997, and sections  1,  7,  8, 13, 21 and 22 shall
take effect October 1, 1997.

Approved June 24, 1997