Substitute Senate Bill No. 999

Public Act No. 99-268

An Act Revising Certain Motor Vehicle Laws and Limiting the Collection and Disclosure of Social Security Numbers.

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

Section 1. Subdivision (46) of subsection (a) of section 14-1 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(46) "Motorcycle" means a motor vehicle, with or without a side car, having not more than three wheels in contact with the ground and a saddle or seat on which the rider sits or a platform on which the rider stands and includes bicycles having a motor attached, except bicycles propelled by means of a helper motor as defined in section 14-286, but does not include a vehicle having or designed to have a completely [or partially] enclosed driver's seat and a motor which is not in the enclosed area.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (72) of subsection (a) of section 14-1 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof: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] ten or more passengers when used in private service for the transportation of persons without charge to the individual.

Sec. 3. Subsection (b) of section 14-96e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) Each motor vehicle in use on a highway shall be equipped with, and required signals shall be given by, a turn signal lamp or lamps [or turn signal device when the distance from the center of the top of the steering post to the left outside limit of the body, cab or load of the motor vehicle exceeds twenty-four inches, or when the distance from the center of the top of the steering post to the rear limit of the body or load on the vehicle exceeds fourteen feet. The latter measurement applies to any combination of vehicles] complying with the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Section 571.108, as amended.

Sec. 4. Subsection (a) of section 14-99f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each motor vehicle shall be equipped with a windshield of a type prescribed by section 14-100 and a windshield cleaner or wiper in effective working order located directly in front of the operator while in use on the highway. The windshield shall be reasonably free of defects and accumulations, inside and out, of snow, ice, condensation and dirt. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to a motorcycle [,] or a vehicle designed by the manufacturer for nonhighway operation without a windshield. [or a vehicle without a windshield and displaying a "Farm" number plate.]

Sec. 5. Subsection (b) of section 14-104 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) No person shall operate or cause to be operated any bus, truck, truck-tractor, full trailer or semitrailer of registered gross weight exceeding three tons on any public highway unless the same is equipped with suitable metal protectors or substantial flexible flaps behind the rearmost wheels, and, in case the rear wheels are not covered at the top and rear by fender, body or other parts of the vehicle, the rear wheels shall be covered at the top and rear by protective means of such standard type or design and so installed as to reduce, as far as practicable, such wheels from throwing dirt, water or other materials on the windshields of following vehicles, except in cases in which the motor vehicle is so designed and constructed that the above requirements are accomplished by reason of the fender or body construction or other means of enclosure. [This section shall not apply to vehicles registered as farm vehicles.]

Sec. 6. (NEW) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, specifying limits for weakening of vehicle frames or equivalent structures, including weakening through loading, damage or corrosion or any combination thereof.

Sec. 7. Subsection (g) of section 13b-59 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(g) "Motor vehicle related fines, penalties or other charges" means all fines, penalties or other charges required by, or levied pursuant to subsection (a) of section 14-12, sections 14-13, 14-16, as amended by this act, 14-17, 14-18, 14-26, 14-27 and 14-29, subsection (d) of section 14-35 and sections 14-36, 14-39, 14-43, 14-45, 14-64, 14-80, 14-81, [14-82,] 14-97, 14-98, 14-99, 14-101, 14-102, 14-103, 14-104, as amended by this act, 14-105, 14-106, 14-110, 14-111, 14-112, 14-137a, 14-140, 14-145, 14-146, 14-147, 14-148, 14-149, 14-150, 14-151, 14-152, 14-161, 14-196, 14-197, 14-198, 14-213, 14-214, 14-215, 14-216, 14-217, 14-218a, 14-219, 14-220, 14-221, 14-222, 14-223, 14-224, 14-225, 14-226, 14-228, 14-230, 14-231, 14-232, 14-233, 14-234, 14-235, 14-236, 14-237, 14-238, 14-239, 14-240, 14-241, 14-242, 14-243, 14-244, 14-245, 14-246a, 14-247, 14-249, 14-250, 14-257, 14-260, 14-261, 14-262, as amended by this act, 14-264, 14-267a, 14-269, subsection (f) of section 14-270, sections 14-271, 14-273, 14-274, 14-275, 14-276, 14-277, 14-279, 14-280, 14-281, 14-282, 14-283, 14-285, 14-286, 14-295, 14-296, 14-300, 14-314, 14-329, 14-331, 14-342, 14-386, 14-386a, 14-387, 15-7, 15-8, 15-9, 15-16, 15-25 and 15-33.

Sec. 8. Subsection (a) of section 14-96m of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Every farm tractor and every self-propelled unit of farm equipment or implement of husbandry shall at all times mentioned in subsection (a) of section 14-96a be equipped with two single-beam or multiple-beam head lamps meeting the requirements of section 14-96t, [or 14-96v,] at least two red lamps visible when lighted from a distance of not less than one thousand feet to the rear and at least two red reflectors visible from all distances within six hundred feet to one hundred feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps.

Sec. 9. Subsection (a) of section 1-1h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any person who does not possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license may apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles for an identity card. The application for an identity card shall be accompanied by the birth certificate of the applicant. Such application shall include: (1) The applicant's name; (2) [his] the applicant's address; (3) whether the address is permanent or temporary; (4) [his] the applicant's birthdate; (5) notice to the applicant that false statements on such application are punishable under section 53a-157b; and (6) such other pertinent information as the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles deems necessary. A fee of ten dollars shall be paid to the [Department of Motor Vehicles] department upon issuance to the applicant of an identity card which contains a picture of the applicant and specifies [his] the applicant's height, sex and eye color. The applicant shall sign the application in the presence of an official of the [Department of Motor Vehicles] department. The commissioner may waive the ten-dollar fee for any applicant who has voluntarily surrendered such applicant's motor vehicle operator's license or whose license has been refused by the commissioner pursuant to subdivision (4) of subsection (e) of section 14-36.

Sec. 10. 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. (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 shall charge more than the 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.

(b) The commissioner, by himself or an inspector authorized by [him] such commissioner, 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 which shall be in proper working condition, mounted in a permanent bracket on each wrecker and have a minimum rating 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 a fee of ninety-two dollars. Each such registration shall be renewed 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 two years from its issuance, the commissioner may charge a prorated amount for such registration fee.

(d) An owner of a wrecker may apply to the commissioner for a general distinguishing number and number plate for the purpose of displaying such number plate on a motor vehicle temporarily in the custody of such owner and being towed or transported by such owner. The commissioner shall issue such number and number plate to an owner of a wrecker (1) who has complied with the requirements of this section, and (2) whose wrecker is equipped in accordance with subsection (b) of this section. The commissioner shall charge a fee to cover the cost of issuance and renewal of such number plates.

[(d)] (e) 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 adheres to the storage charges published by the commissioner.

[(e)] (f) 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)] (g) 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. 11. Section 14-169 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Except as provided in section 14-166, the provisions of this chapter shall apply to all motor vehicles at the time of initial registration or when a change of registration is required under the provisions of section 14-16, as amended by this act, by reason of a sale for consideration.

(b) The commissioner shall not require an application for a certificate of title upon the renewal of the registration of a vehicle.

(c) The commissioner shall note on the face of the registration of each vehicle for which a certificate of title has been issued a statement to that effect.

Sec. 12. Subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 14-62b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(1) "Motor vehicle part" means [one of the following parts of a motor vehicle: (A) The axle assembly, (B) the quarter panels, (C) the engine, (D) the transmission, (E) the roof panel, (F) the left or right axle, (G) the engine support frame or K-frame, (H) the left or right front wheel suspension assembly, (I) the left or right rear wheel suspension assembly, (J) the front or rear bumper, (K) the nose, (L) the rear clip, (M) the left or right front door assembly, (N) the left or right rear door assembly, (O) the rear lid, (P) the hood assembly, or (Q) the left or right front fender assembly] a major component part, as defined in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 14-149a.

Sec. 13. Section 14-67h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

As used in this part, sections 14-103a, 14-149, 14-152, 14-184, subsection (b) of section 14-196 and [sections 38a-356 and 53a-119b, "major component parts" means motor vehicle engines, cowls, transmissions, frames, doors, trunk lids, hoods, front fenders and rear fenders or quarter panels] section 38a-356, "major component parts" shall have the same meaning as provided in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 14-149a.

Sec. 14. Subsection (e) of section 14-16 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(e) Any person may transfer an unexpired registration of a motor vehicle [he] such person owns or leases for a period of one year or more, to another motor vehicle owned or so leased by [him] such person upon payment of the fee required by subsection (i) of section 14-49. Any person transferring such a leased motor vehicle shall provide the commissioner with evidence that the lessor has granted permission for such transfer. If a transfer is made to a motor vehicle of greater gross weight or from one class of registration to another, credit shall be given toward the new registration in accordance with schedules established by the commissioner. The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this subsection.

Sec. 15. Subdivision (3) of subsection (a) of section 14-16c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(3) For purposes of this subsection, "major component part" [means one of the following parts, as described in the Motor Publications' Motor Crash and Estimating Guide published by the Hearst Corporation, of any passenger motor vehicle or light truck which has a gross vehicle weight of less than ten thousand pounds: (A) The cowl and hinge pillar; (B) the firewall; (C) the engine; (D) the transmission; (E) the roof panel; (F) the left axle; (G) the right axle; (H) the engine support frame or "K" frame; (I) the left front wheel suspension assembly; (J) the right front wheel suspension assembly; (K) the left rear wheel suspension assembly; (L) the right rear wheel suspension assembly; (M) the left side body section, or door post and rocker panel assembly; (N) the right side body section, or door post and rocker assembly; and (O) the entire floor pan, front and back] shall have the same meaning as provided in subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 14-149a.

Sec. 16. Section 14-65 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of selling motor vehicles at auction unless [he] such person, firm or corporation is licensed as a new or used car dealer and has obtained [a permit therefor] an auction permit from the commissioner. Such auction permit may be issued at the discretion of the commissioner. [and under such regulations as he prescribes provided a] The fee for such auction permit shall be thirteen dollars.

(b) 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] in an area that is separate from any area in which other motor vehicles are being sold at auction.

(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to a sale by a sheriff or [his] such sheriff's 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.

(d) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.

(e) The commissioner may, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, impose a civil penalty of two thousand dollars on any person who violates any provision of this section or any regulation adopted pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

Sec. 17. On or before January 15, 2001, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall prepare and submit a report on the enforcement of and compliance with the provisions of section 14-65 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation.

Sec. 18. 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 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] the commissioner 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 ownership of the motor vehicle has been transferred subsequent to the expiration date of the assigned inspection period and the new owner has such motor vehicle inspected within thirty days of the [transfer of ownership] registration of such motor vehicle, the commissioner shall waive the late fee. 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. 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. 19. Section 4a-78 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

It is the policy of the state to require persons applying for a license, selling goods or services, leasing real or personal property to a public agency, or, after October 1, 2001, registering any motor vehicle with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to furnish a federal Social Security account number or federal employer identification number or both, if available, to establish the identification of persons affected by the tax laws of the state and for that purpose only to treat public agencies as having an administrative responsibility for the tax laws of the state.

Sec. 20. Section 14-12l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) [The] After October 1, 2001, the Department of Motor Vehicles, as part of any procedure for issuing any motor vehicle registration, shall require each person making application for a motor vehicle registration to provide the owner's federal Social Security account number or federal employer identification number, or both, if available, to said department or where such number or numbers are unavailable, the reason or reasons for the unavailability. The number or reason shall be obtained by said department as part of the administration of taxes administered by the Commissioner of Revenue Services for the purpose of establishing the identification of persons affected by such taxes.

(b) The Department of Motor Vehicles shall, on or before February 1, [2001] 2002, and February first, annually thereafter, furnish to the Commissioner of Revenue Services on a compatible magnetic tape file or in some other form which is acceptable to said commissioner, a list of all persons to whom motor vehicle registrations were issued by said department during the preceding calendar year.

(c) Each list provided to the Commissioner of Revenue Services pursuant to this section shall contain the name, address and federal Social Security account number or federal employer identification number or both, of each person named on such list, if available to such agency or the reason for the unavailability.

Sec. 21. Section 14-164i of the general statutes 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 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) Not later than October 1, 1997, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall provide for the commencement of emissions inspections of diesel-powered commercial motor vehicles 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. In lieu of any such inspection performed by the commissioner, the commissioner may accept the results of an inspection performed (1) by agreement with an owner or operator of a fleet of diesel-powered commercial motor vehicles licensed by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (f) of section 14-164c, as amended by this act, or (2) by any licensed motor vehicle dealer or repairer authorized by the commissioner, pursuant to this section, to establish a diesel-powered commercial motor vehicle inspection station. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall design a sticker to be affixed to the windshield of a diesel-powered commercial motor vehicle which shall bear the date of inspection.

[(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,]

(c) The owner of a vehicle which fails to pass an inspection under subsection (b) of this section shall 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] emissions-related repairs of such vehicle in such form as the commissioner shall require. The commissioner shall issue a two-year intrastate waiver from compliance with emissions standards to any such vehicle failing to meet such standards but complying with the minimum repair requirements. For purposes of this section, the minimum repair requirements for diesel-powered commercial motor vehicles shall be the expenditure of one thousand dollars towards emissions-related repairs of such vehicle. 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] vehicle for which no proof of emissions-related repairs has been submitted within such forty-five-day period.

[(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 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.]

(d) When a diesel-powered commercial motor vehicle fails to stop and submit to [such a test] an emissions inspection performed in conjunction with any safety or weight inspection at any official weighing area or other location designated by the commissioner, or fails to comply with any provision of this [subsection] section, 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 committed within one year after a previous violation.

(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. 22. 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 motor vehicles which are subject to emissions inspection pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or section 14-164i, 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. 23. 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 (A) wreckers registered pursuant to section 14-66, as amended by this act, or (B) 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] the operator 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] such commissioner's 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. 24. Subsection (b) of section 14-253a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall accept applications and renewal applications for special license plates and removable windshield placards upon receipt of a fee of five dollars from (1) any person who is blind, as defined in section 1-1f; (2) any person with disabilities which limit or impair the ability to walk, as defined in 23 CFR Part 1235.2; (3) any parent or guardian of any blind person or person with disabilities who is under eighteen years of age at the time of application; and (4) any organization which meets criteria established by the commissioner and which certifies to the commissioner's satisfaction that the vehicle for which a plate or placard is requested is primarily used to transport blind persons or persons with disabilities which limit or impair their ability to walk. Such applications shall be on a form prescribed by the commissioner and shall include certification of disability from a licensed physician or of blindness from an ophthalmologist or an optometrist. In the case of persons with disabilities which limit or impair the ability to walk, the application shall also include certification from a licensed physician or a member of the handicapped driver training unit established pursuant to section 14-11b, that the applicant meets the definition of persons with disabilities which limit or impair the ability to walk, as defined in 23 CFR Section 1235.2. The commissioner, in said commissioner's discretion, may accept the discharge papers of a disabled veteran, as defined in section 14-254, in lieu of such certification. The commissioner may require additional certification at the time of the original application or at any time thereafter. If a person who has been requested to submit additional certification fails to do so within thirty days of the request, or if such additional certification is deemed by the commissioner to be unfavorable to the applicant, the commissioner may refuse to issue or, if already issued, suspend or revoke such special license plate or removable windshield placard. Any person whose application has been denied or whose special license plate or removable windshield placard has been suspended or revoked shall be afforded an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

Sec. 25. Subsection (h) of section 14-253a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(h) Parking spaces designated for the handicapped on or after October 1, 1979, shall be as near as possible to a building entrance or walkway and shall be [fifteen] sixteen feet wide including [three] seven feet of cross hatch, or parallel to a sidewalk on a public highway. Such spaces shall be designated by above grade signs with white lettering against a blue background and shall bear the words "handicapped parking permit required" and "violators will be fined". Such sign shall also bear the international symbol of access. When such a sign is replaced, repaired or erected it shall indicate the minimum fine for a violation of subsection (f) of this section. Such indicator may be in the form of a notice affixed to such a sign.

Sec. 26. Subdivision (8) of section 42-133cc of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(8) Unfairly compete with a dealer in the same line make operating under an agreement or franchise from such manufacturer or distributor in the relevant market area. A manufacturer or distributor shall not, however, be deemed to be competing when operating a dealership [either temporarily for a reasonable period] for a temporary period not to exceed one year, or in a bona fide retail operation which is for sale to any qualified person at a fair and reasonable price, or in a bona fide relationship in which an independent person has made a significant investment subject to loss in the dealership and can reasonably expect to acquire full ownership of such dealership on reasonable terms and conditions.

Sec. 27. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall study the feasibility of revising the systems of operator license classifications, endorsements and restrictions, including commercial driver's licenses. On or before January 1, 2000, the commissioner shall submit the findings and recommendations of said study to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to transportation.

Sec. 28. Section 14-10 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "Disclose" means to engage in any practice or conduct to make available and make known, by any means of communication, personal information contained in a motor vehicle record pertaining to an individual to any other individual, organization or entity;

(2) "Motor vehicle record" means any record which pertains to an operator's license, learner's permit, identity card, registration, certificate of title or any other document issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles;

(3) "Personal information" means information which identifies an individual and includes an individual's photograph or computerized image, Social Security number, operator's license number, name, address other than the zip code, telephone number, or medical or disability information, but does not include information on motor vehicle accidents or violations, or information relative to the status of an operator's license, registration or insurance coverage; and

(4) "Consent" means a written authorization signed by the individual who is the subject of personal information which specifically grants permission to the department to release such information to the requesting party.

(b) A number shall be assigned to each motor vehicle registration and operator's license and a record of all applications for motor vehicle registrations and operators' licenses issued shall be kept by the commissioner at the main office of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Not later than July 1, 1998, each form for the issuance or renewal of a motor vehicle registration, operator's license or identity card shall contain a conspicuous statement as follows:

"NOTICE:

Personal information collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles may not be disclosed to any person making a request for a motor vehicle record in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) or (d) of section 14-10 of the general statutes unless you indicate your consent to disclosure. Do you wish to allow disclosure under such circumstances? Yes ( ) No ( )"

(c) (1) All records of the Department of Motor Vehicles pertaining to the application for registration, and the registration, of motor vehicles of the current or previous three years shall be maintained by the commissioner at the main office of the department. Any such records over three years old may be destroyed at the discretion of the commissioner. (2) Before disclosing personal information pertaining to an applicant or registrant from such motor vehicle records or allowing the inspection of any such record containing such personal information in the course of any transaction conducted at such main office, the commissioner shall ascertain whether the individual who is the subject of the request has elected to allow disclosure and require the person or entity making the request to (A) complete an application which shall be on a form prescribed by the commissioner, (B) provide two forms of acceptable identification and (C) pay a fee of fifteen dollars to the commissioner in addition to any fee required under section 14-50a. An attorney-at-law admitted to practice in this state may provide his juris number to the commissioner in lieu of the requirements of subparagraph (B) of this subdivision. The commissioner may disclose such personal information or permit the inspection of such record containing such information only if the individual who is the subject of the request has elected to allow disclosure.

(d) The commissioner may disclose personal information from a motor vehicle record pertaining to an operator's license or a driving history or permit the inspection or copying of any such record or history containing such information in the course of any transaction conducted at the main office of the department only if the individual who is the subject of the request has elected to allow disclosure. Any such records over five years old may be destroyed at the discretion of the commissioner.

(e) In the event (1) a federal court judge, federal court magistrate or judge of the Superior Court, Appellate Court or Supreme Court of the state, (2) a member of a municipal police department or a member of the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety, (3) an employee of the Department of Correction, or (4) an attorney-at-law who represents or has represented the state in a criminal prosecution submits a written request and furnishes his business address to the commissioner, such business address only shall be disclosed or available for public inspection to the extent authorized by this section.

(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (c) and (d) of this section, the commissioner or any person contracting with the department may disclose personal information from a motor vehicle record to (1) any federal, state or local government agency in carrying out its functions or to any individual or entity acting on behalf of any such agency, or (2) any individual, organization or entity which signs and files with the commissioner, under penalty of false statement as provided in section 53a-157b, a statement on a form approved by the commissioner, together with such supporting documentation or information as the commissioner may require, that such information will be used for any of the following purposes:

(A) In connection with matters of motor vehicle or driver safety and theft, motor vehicle emissions, motor vehicle product alterations, recalls or advisories, performance monitoring of motor vehicles and dealers by motor vehicle manufacturers and removal of nonowner records from the original owner records of motor vehicle manufacturers to implement the provisions of the federal Automobile Information Disclosure Act, 15 USC 1231 et seq., the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Saving Act, 15 USC 1901 et seq., the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, 15 USC 1381 et seq., Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992, 15 USC 2021 et seq., and the Clean Air Act, 42 USC 7401 et seq., as amended from time to time, and any provision of the general statutes enacted to attain compliance with said federal acts;

(B) In the normal course of business by the requesting party, but only to confirm the accuracy of personal information submitted by the individual to the requesting party;

(C) In connection with any civil, criminal, administrative or arbitral proceeding in any court or government agency or before any self-regulatory body, including the service of process, an investigation in anticipation of litigation and the execution or enforcement of judgments and orders, or pursuant to an order of any court provided the requesting party is a party in interest to such proceeding;

(D) In connection with matters of motor vehicle or driver safety and theft, motor vehicle emissions, motor vehicle product alterations, recalls or advisories, performance monitoring of motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts and dealers, motor vehicle market research activities including survey research, and removal of nonowner records from the original owner records of motor vehicle manufacturers, provided the personal information is not published, disclosed or used to contact individuals except as permitted under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision;

(E) By any insurer or insurance support organization or by a self-insured entity or its agents, employees or contractors, in connection with the investigation of claims arising under insurance policies, antifraud activities, rating or underwriting;

(F) In providing any notice required by law to owners or lienholders named in the certificate of title of towed, abandoned or impounded motor vehicles;

(G) By an employer or its agent or insurer to obtain or verify information relating to a holder of a passenger endorsement or commercial driver's license required under the federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, 49 USC 2304 et seq., and sections 14-44 to 14-44m, inclusive;

(H) In connection with any lawful purpose of a labor organization, as defined in section 31-77, provided (i) such organization has entered into a contract with the commissioner, on such terms and conditions as the commissioner may require, and (ii) the information will be used only for the purposes specified in the contract other than campaign or political purposes;

(I) For bulk distribution for surveys, marketing or solicitations provided the commissioner has entered into a contract with the requesting individual, organization or entity under the provisions of subsection (b) of section 14-50a and the Department of Motor Vehicles has implemented methods and procedures which ensure that (i) individuals are provided an opportunity, in a clear and conspicuous manner, to prohibit such uses, and (ii) the information will be used only for the purposes specified in the contract, and such surveys, marketing and solicitations will not be directed to any individual who has requested in a timely manner that such material not be directed to him.

(g) Any person receiving personal information from a motor vehicle record pursuant to subsection (f) of this section shall be entitled to use such information for any of the purposes set forth in said subsection.

(h) Notwithstanding any provision of this section, the disclosure of personal information from a motor vehicle record pursuant to subsection (f) of this section shall be subject to the provisions of section 14-50a concerning (1) the fees which shall be charged for copies of or information pertaining to motor vehicle records and (2) the authority of the commissioner to establish fees for information furnished on a volume basis in accordance with such terms and conditions regarding the use and distribution of such information as the commissioner may prescribe.

(i) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the commissioner shall not, on or before June 30, 2000, offer for sale or sell individual photographs or computerized images collected for the purpose of producing motor vehicle operator licenses.

[(i)] (j) Notwithstanding any provision of this section which restricts or prohibits the disclosure of personal information from a motor vehicle record, the commissioner may disclose personal information contained in any such record to any individual who is the subject of such personal information or to any person who certifies under penalty of false statement that he has obtained the consent of the subject of such personal information.

[(j)] (k) The commissioner may adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to implement the provisions of this section.

Sec. 29. Subdivision (71) of subsection (a) of section 14-1 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(71) "Serious traffic violation" means a conviction, when operating a commercial motor vehicle, of any violation (A) of section 14-218a or 14-219, if the speed was fifteen miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, (B) of section 14-222, (C) of section 14-240 or 14-240a, (D) of [sections 14-230 to 14-237, inclusive] section 14-236, or (E) arising in connection with an accident related to the operation of a commercial motor vehicle and which resulted in the death of any person.

Sec. 30. Subsection (a) of section 14-168a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of any section of the general statutes to the contrary, a used car dealer licensed in accordance with the provisions of section 14-52 who enters into a contract with a manufacturer of equipment or parts used in the assembly of a wrecker, including a flatbed wrecker, as defined in subdivision (65) of section 14-1, [to distribute such equipment or parts] or used in the assembly of a special purpose body to a cab and chassis, including a body for a refuse compactor, transit mixer, dump truck, tank truck or other vehicle designed for the transportation of bulk materials or to which machinery is attached, and who purchases from a new car dealer licensed in accordance with the provisions of section 14-52 any new chassis, cab or other portion of an incomplete motor vehicle for [the purpose of installing a new body on a wrecker or completing a wrecker, including any flat bed wrecker, with new parts] such purpose, may sell or offer for sale such wrecker or other motor vehicle as a new motor vehicle provided all parts of any such wrecker or other motor vehicle are new.

Sec. 31. Subsection (b) of section 51-164n of the general statutes 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, 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, subsection (c) of section 14-100a, section 14-100b, 14-103a, 14-106a, 14-106c, 14-146, 14-152, 14-153, 14-163b, a first violation as specified in subsection (f) of section 14-164i, 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 14-267a, 14-269, 14-270, 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-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, 22-123, 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. 32. Subsection (g) of section 13b-59 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(g) "Motor vehicle related fines, penalties or other charges" means all fines, penalties or other charges required by, or levied pursuant to subsection (a) of section 14-12, sections 14-13, 14-16, 14-17, 14-18, 14-26, 14-27 and 14-29, subsection (d) of section 14-35 and sections 14-36, 14-39, 14-43, 14-45, 14-64, 14-80, 14-81, 14-82, 14-97, 14-98, 14-99, 14-101, 14-102, 14-103, 14-104, 14-105, 14-106, 14-110, 14-111, 14-112, 14-137a, 14-140, 14-145, 14-146, 14-147, 14-148, 14-149, 14-150, 14-151, 14-152, 14-161, subsection (f) of section 14-164i, 14-196, 14-197, 14-198, 14-213, 14-214, 14-215, 14-216, 14-217, 14-218a, 14-219, 14-220, 14-221, 14-222, 14-223, 14-224, 14-225, 14-226, 14-228, 14-230, 14-231, 14-232, 14-233, 14-234, 14-235, 14-236, 14-237, 14-238, 14-239, 14-240, 14-241, 14-242, 14-243, 14-244, 14-245, 14-246a, 14-247, 14-249, 14-250, 14-257, 14-260, 14-261, 14-262, 14-264, 14-267a, 14-269, subsection (f) of section 14-270, sections 14-271, 14-273, 14-274, 14-275, 14-276, 14-277, 14-279, 14-280, 14-281, 14-282, 14-283, 14-285, 14-286, 14-295, 14-296, 14-300, 14-314, 14-329, 14-331, 14-342, 14-386, 14-386a, 14-387, 15-7, 15-8, 15-9, 15-16, 15-25 and 15-33.

Sec. 33. Subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of section 14-44d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(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 than ten 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.

Sec. 34. Subsection (e) of section 14-253a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(e) Vehicles displaying a special license plate or a removable windshield placard issued pursuant to this section or by authorities of other states or countries for the purpose of identifying vehicles permitted to utilize parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities which limit or impair their ability to walk or blind persons, shall be allowed to park [, without limitation as to time, in areas where parking is legally permissible, and no penalty may be imposed for the overtime parking of any such motor vehicle] in an area where parking is legally permissible, for an unlimited period of time without penalty, notwithstanding the period of time indicated as lawful by any (1) parking meter, or (2) sign erected and maintained in accordance with the provisions of chapter 249, provided the operator of or a passenger in such motor vehicle is a blind person or a person with disabilities. A removable windshield placard shall not be displayed on any motor vehicle when such vehicle is not being operated by or carrying as a passenger the blind person or a person with disabilities to whom the removable windshield placard was issued. Vehicles bearing a special license plate shall not utilize parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities when such vehicles are not being operated by or carrying as a passenger the blind person or a person with disabilities to whom such special license plate was issued.

Sec. 35. Subsection (c) of section 14-307 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) No person shall park any vehicle in any place where parking is prohibited or park any vehicle for a longer period than that indicated as lawful by any sign erected and maintained in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, except: [that a] (1) A person operating an armored car vehicle may, while in the performance of [his] such person's duties, park for a period not to exceed ten minutes in a place where parking is prohibited, provided such vehicle does not obstruct or impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, or (2) a vehicle displaying a special license plate or a removable windshield placard issued pursuant to section 14-253a, as amended by this act, or by authorities of other states or countries for the purpose of identifying vehicles permitted to utilize parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities which limit or impair their ability to walk or blind persons, may park in an area where parking is legally permissible, for an unlimited period of time without penalty, notwithstanding the period of time indicated as lawful by any (A) parking meter, or (B) sign erected and maintained in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

Sec. 36. (NEW) (a) On and after January 1, 2000, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall issue Olympic Spirit commemorative number plates. The design of the number plates shall be determined by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in consultation with the Connecticut membership of the United States Olympic Committee. No use shall be made of such plates except as official registration marker plates.

(b) A fee of seventy dollars shall be charged for Olympic Spirit commemorative number plates, in addition to the regular fee or fees prescribed for the registration of a motor vehicle. Fifteen dollars of such fee shall be deposited in an account controlled by the Department of Motor Vehicles to be used for administrative costs of carrying out the provisions of this subsection. No additional fee shall be charged in connection with the renewal of such number plates. No transfer fee shall be charged for the transfer of an existing registration to or from a registration with Olympic Spirit commemorative number plates. Such number plates shall have letters and numbers selected by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may establish a higher fee for: (1) 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 registration under said section; and (2) number plates which are low number plates, issued in accordance with section 14-160 of the general statutes, in addition to the fee or fees prescribed for registration under said section. All fees established and collected pursuant to this section, except moneys designated for administrative costs of the Department of Motor Vehicles, shall be deposited in the Olympic Spirit commemorative account established pursuant to section 36 of this act.

Sec. 37. (a) There is established an account to be known as the "Olympic Spirit commemorative account" which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account.

(b) The moneys in said account shall be distributed quarterly by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to the United States' Olympic Committee, a nonprofit entity. Said moneys shall be expended by the United States' Olympic Committee on efforts dedicated to providing athletes with support and training, and preparing athletes for sports competition.

(c) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management may receive private donations to said account and any such receipts shall be deposited in said account.

Sec. 38. Section 51-222a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Annually, upon the request of the Jury Administrator, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall supply the Jury Administrator with the latest updated file of licensed motor vehicle operators for the state. Upon the request of the Jury Administrator, the Commissioner of Revenue Services shall supply the Jury Administrator with the most recent updated list of residents of this state who have a permanent place of abode in this state and who filed a return on personal income under chapter 229 in the last tax year, and the Labor Commissioner shall supply the Jury Administrator with the most recent updated list of residents of this state who are recipients of unemployment compensation under chapter 567. In addition, upon the request of the Jury Administrator, the [registrar] registrars of voters of each town shall supply a list of all electors from their town, except that in lieu of such list from the [registrar] registrars of voters, the Jury Administrator may obtain the list of all electors from a central repository, or if such list is not available, may contract for the creation and purchase of such list. The registrars of voters shall provide lists of electors to the contractor at the request of the Jury Administrator. The lists supplied to the Jury Administrator under this subsection shall be in the format prescribed by the Jury Administrator and shall include, at a minimum, the name, address and, if available, [the federal Social Security number and] date of birth of each person on such list or the reason for the unavailability. The lists supplied by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, the Commissioner of Revenue Services and the Labor Commissioner to the Jury Administrator under this subsection shall also include the federal Social Security number of each person on such list or the reason for the unavailability. The lists of electors supplied to the Jury Administrator by registrars of voters or the Secretary of the State under this subsection shall not include federal Social Security numbers of persons on such lists.

(b) The Jury Administrator shall compile a list of names of electors, residents of this state appearing on the most recent updated list of operators of motor vehicles licensed pursuant to chapter 246, residents who filed a return on personal income under chapter 229 in the last tax year and recipients of unemployment compensation under chapter 567.

(c) Annually the Jury Administrator shall combine the names from the lists compiled under subsection (b) of this section. The Jury Administrator shall delete, where possible, duplicate names in order to insure that names occurring on any list are given only a single chance to be selected.

(d) The Jury Administrator shall select, by random from the list compiled as provided in subsection (c) of this section, the number of names required by section 51-220. These names for each town in the state and the names of persons whose jury service was continued from the previous jury year shall constitute such town's final list of prospective jurors for service starting the next succeeding September. The final list for each town shall contain the name and street address of each prospective juror.

(e) If the Jury Administrator determines at any time that there is a need to supplement the number of names on the final list of jurors for each town within a judicial district, the Jury Administrator, so far as he or she is able, shall select in proportion to the population of each town, by random, from the names not selected pursuant to subsection (d) of this section such number of prospective jurors as [he] the Jury Administrator determines is necessary.

Sec. 39. Section 9-19h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) The Department of Social Services, the Labor Department and the Department of Motor Vehicles shall make voter registration information and materials available to the public. Such information and materials shall be placed in public areas of the offices of such departments. The State Library and the libraries of the state's public institutions of higher education shall also make such information and materials available to users of the libraries. The Secretary of the State shall provide such departments, such libraries and any libraries open to the public with suitable nonpartisan literature, materials and voter registration application forms authorized under sections 9-23g and 9-23h. The secretary shall also provide to the Department of Social Services, the Labor Department and the Department of Motor Vehicles any furniture needed to display such literature, materials and forms.

(b) In addition to the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, not later than January 1, 1994, shall include an application for the admission of an elector with each application form provided for a motor vehicle operator's license and a motor vehicle operator's license renewal, which are issued under subpart (B) of part III of chapter 246, and with each application form provided for an identity card issued under section 1-1h. Such application form for the admission of an elector (1) shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of the State, (2) shall not include any provisions for the witnessing of the application and (3) shall contain a statement that (A) specifies each eligibility requirement, (B) contains an attestation that the applicant meets each such requirement and (C) requires the signature of the applicant under penalty of perjury. On and after January 1, 1994, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall accept in person any such completed application for admission. The applicant shall state on such form, under penalty of perjury, his name, bona fide residence address, date of birth, whether he is a United States citizen, party enrolment, if any, prior voting address, if registered previously, and that his privileges as an elector are not forfeited by reason of conviction of a felony. [The form shall also include a request for the applicant to voluntarily furnish his Social Security number. The commissioner shall comply with the federal Privacy Act, P.L. 93-579, as from time to time amended, with regard to such request, and no public agency, as defined in section 1-200, may disclose any such Social Security number to the public. No application shall be rejected for failure to provide such number.] No Social Security number on any such application form for the admission of an elector filed prior to the effective date of this section may be disclosed to the public or to any governmental agency. The commissioner shall indicate on each such form the date of receipt of such application to ensure that any eligible applicant is registered to vote in an election if it is received by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles by the last day for registration to vote in an election. The commissioner shall forthwith transmit the application to the registrars of voters of the applicant's town of residence. If a registration application is accepted within five days before the last day for registration to vote in a regular election, the application shall be transmitted to the registrars of voters of the town of voting residence of the applicant not later than five days after the date of acceptance. The procedures in subsections (c), (d), (f) and (g) of section 9-23g which are not inconsistent with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, P.L. 103-31, as amended from time to time, shall apply to applications made under this section. The commissioner is not an admitting official and may not restore, under the provisions of section 9-46a, electoral privileges of persons convicted of a felony. Not later than January 15, 1993, the commissioner and secretary shall submit a report to the General Assembly concerning the status of the implementation of the provisions of this subsection, including an estimate of the cost of such implementation.

Sec. 40. Section 9-20 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each person who applies for admission as an elector in person to an admitting official shall, upon a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State and signed by the applicant, state under penalties of perjury, his name, bona fide residence by street and number, date of birth, whether he is a United States citizen, whether his privileges as an elector are forfeited by reason of conviction of crime, and whether he has previously been admitted as an elector in any town in this or any other state. Each such applicant shall present his birth certificate, drivers' license or Social Security card to the admitting official for inspection at the time of application. Notwithstanding the provisions of any special act or charter to the contrary, the application form shall also, in a manner prescribed by the Secretary of the State, provide for application for enrolment in any political party. The form shall indicate that such enrolment is not mandatory. [The form shall also include a request for the applicant to voluntarily furnish his Social Security number. The admitting official shall comply with the federal Privacy Act, P.L. 93-579, as from time to time amended, with regard to such request and, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, no public agency, as defined in section 1-200, may disclose any such Social Security number to the public. No application shall be rejected for failure to provide such number.]

(b) The applicant's statement shall be delivered to the registrars immediately and shall be kept by the registrars as a public record in a safe depository, except that [any] no Social Security number obtained by the registrars prior to the effective date of this section may be disclosed to the public or to any governmental agency. Any such statement of an elector whose name has been removed from the registry list for a period of at least five years may be placed on microfilm, destroyed or otherwise disposed of by such registrars, in the manner provided in section 7-109. Upon the request of any elector, or if the applicant does not present a birth certificate, drivers' license or Social Security card as required by subsection (a) of this section, at the time an application is made in person to an admitting official or prior to the approval of such an application, any admitting official shall require the applicant to prove his identity, place of birth, age and bona fide residence by the testimony under oath of at least one elector or by the presentation of proof satisfactory to such admitting official. Each person found qualified shall thereupon be admitted as an elector, except as provided in sections 9-12, 9-19e, 9-19g and 9-30. The registrars may request an elector whose date of birth is missing from their records to voluntarily furnish his date of birth. Any admitting official may administer oaths in any matter coming before him under section 9-12, 9-17, 9-19b, subsection (a) of section 9-19c, section 9-19e, 9-19g, 9-23, 9-23a, 9-25, 9-31a, 9-31b, 9-31l, 9-40a or this section. Said admitting official shall prohibit any activity which interferes with the orderly process of admission of electors.

(c) The application for admission as an elector shall include a statement that (1) specifies each eligibility requirement, (2) contains an attestation that the applicant meets each such requirement and (3) requires the signature of the applicant under penalty of perjury. Each registrar of voters and town clerk shall maintain a copy of such statement in braille, large print and audio form. The Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired shall produce a videotape presenting such statement in voice and sign language and provide the videotape to the Secretary of the State who shall make copies of the videotape and provide a copy to the registrars of voters of any municipality, upon request and at a cost equal to the cost of making the copy. If a person applies for admission as an elector in person to an admitting official, such admitting official shall, upon the request of the applicant, administer the elector's oath.

Sec. 41. Section 9-23h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The application provided for in section 9-23g shall provide spaces for the following information for each applicant: (1) Name, (2) bona fide residence, including street number, street address, apartment number if applicable, town and zip code, (3) telephone number, (4) date of birth, (5) whether the applicant is registered as an elector in any other town in the state of Connecticut or in any other state, and if so, the applicant's last previous voting residence, (6) whether he is a United States citizen, (7) party affiliation, if any, [(8) Social Security number, and (9)] and (8) the applicant's signature and date of signature. The spaces for the applicant's telephone number [,] and party affiliation [and Social Security number] shall indicate that such information does not have to be provided. [The Secretary of the State and the registrars of voters shall comply with the federal Privacy Act, P.L. 93-579, as from time to time amended, with regard to the request for a Social Security number and no public agency, as defined in section 1-200, may disclose any such Social Security number to the public.] No Social Security number on any such form filed prior to the effective date of this section may be disclosed to the public or to any governmental agency. The application shall also contain any other information, questions or instructions prescribed by the Secretary of the State.

Sec. 42. Section 9-26 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Any person who, because of service in the armed forces, membership in the United States merchant marine, membership in a religious or welfare group or agency attached to and serving with the armed forces or civilian employment with the United States or because he is a spouse or dependent of any such person, and any person who because of temporary residence outside the territorial limits of the several states of the United States and the District of Columbia, may, at any time, in the manner and upon a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, make application, in person or by mail, to the town clerk of such town for such examination and for admission as an elector. Upon such form, signed by the applicant, he shall state under penalties of perjury, his name, bona fide residence by street and number, if any, in such town and date of birth, and that he is, at the time of making such application, a citizen of the United States. He shall also state that he is (1) a member of the armed forces, of the merchant marine or of a religious or welfare group or agency attached to and serving with the armed forces, (2) a civilian employee of the United States, (3) a spouse or dependent of any person described in subdivision (1) or (2), or (4) a person temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the several states of the United States and the District of Columbia. The person shall also state the date of his induction into such armed forces or the date of his joining the merchant marine or such religious or welfare group or agency or of his entering United States employment or moving temporarily outside the territorial limits of the several states of the United States and the District of Columbia; whether his privileges as an elector are forfeited by reason of conviction of crime; and whether he is, at the time of making such application, registered as an elector in any other town in this or any other state. The application form shall provide for application for enrolment in any political party and shall indicate that such enrolment is optional. [The form shall also include a request for the applicant to voluntarily furnish his Social Security number. The town clerk shall comply with the federal Privacy Act, P.L. 93-579, as from time to time amended, with regard to such request and no public agency, as defined in section 1-200, may disclose any such Social Security number to the public. No application shall be rejected for failure to provide such number.] No Social Security number on any such form filed prior to the effective date of this section may be disclosed to the public or to any governmental agency. The town clerk may accept such fully completed form as evidence of the qualifications of the applicant to be admitted as an elector. The application for admission as an elector shall include a statement that (A) specifies each eligibility requirement, (B) contains an attestation that the applicant meets each such requirement and (C) requires the signature of the applicant under penalty of perjury. In lieu of the application form prescribed by the secretary under this section, any such person may apply for registration and enrolment on the federal postcard application form provided pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 100 Stat. 924, 42 USC 1973ff et seq., as amended from time to time, or any other applicable law.

Sec. 43. Section 9-32 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

In each municipality the registrars, between January first and May first, annually, shall cause either (1) a complete house to house canvass to be made in person of each residence on each street, avenue or road within such municipality, (2) a complete canvass to be made by mail of each residence located on each street, avenue or road within such municipality, provided, upon agreement of both registrars, the National Change of Address System of the United States Postal Service may be used instead of such mailing, (3) a complete canvass to be made by telephone of each residence located on each street, avenue or road within such municipality, or (4) a complete canvass of each residence within such municipality by any combination of such methods, for the purpose of ascertaining the name of any elector formerly residing on such street, avenue or road who has removed therefrom; provided in the odd-numbered years, no canvass need be conducted by the registrars in a town which holds its regular municipal election on the first Monday of May in odd-numbered years. The Secretary of the State shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 setting forth the procedure to be followed in conducting any such canvass by either mail or telephone. No elector's name shall be removed from the registry list, pursuant to section 9-35, unless (A) the elector confirms in writing that he has moved out of the municipality or (B) the elector has been sent, by forwardable mail, a notice and a postage prepaid preaddressed return card in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, P.L. 103-31, as amended from time to time, four years prior to removal from the registry list and such elector has failed to respond and has not restored his name to the active registry list under section 9-42 or voted in an election or primary in the municipality during the period beginning on the date of the notice and ending four years later. If a registrar or his designee conducts a telephone canvass, a telephone call by any such person shall constitute an attempt to contact the elector only if the elector's household has a published telephone number and the telephone is in operating order. If a registrar, or his designee, during a telephone canvass contacts a telecommunication device for the deaf in an elector's household, such call shall not constitute an attempt to contact the elector unless the registrar, or his designee, uses a similar device or uses a message relay center. No elector's name shall be removed from the active registry list pursuant to section 9-35 as a result of information obtained during a telephone canvass, unless the registrar believes such information is reliable and sufficient to enable him to determine if the elector is entitled to remain on the list under the provisions of this chapter. During any such canvass, a canvasser may distribute nonpartisan literature, prescribed by the Secretary of the State, which describes opportunities for voter registration. [During the canvass, the registrars shall request the elector to voluntarily provide his Social Security number. The registrars shall comply with the federal Privacy Act, P.L. 93-579, as from time to time amended, with regard to such request and no public agency, as defined in section 1-200, may disclose any such Social Security number to the public. No elector's name shall be removed from the list for failure to provide his Social Security number.] No Social Security number obtained by the registrars during the canvass prior to the effective date of this section may be disclosed to the public or to any governmental agency. Each municipality shall provide its registrars of voters with funds sufficient to conduct the annual canvass in accordance with the requirements of this section. Not later than the thirtieth day following each regular election held in a municipality, the registrars of the municipality shall file with the Secretary of the State a certificate that the canvass was conducted prior to the election in accordance with the requirements of this section. The certificate shall be on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, shall specify the method or methods by which, and the date or dates on which, the canvass was conducted, and shall be signed under penalty of false statement by all registrars of voters of the municipality.

Sec. 44. Subsection (h) of section 14-253a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(h) Parking spaces designated for the handicapped on or after October 1, 1979, shall be as near as possible to a building entrance or walkway and shall be fifteen feet wide including three feet of cross hatch, or parallel to a sidewalk on a public highway. Such spaces shall be designated by above grade signs with white lettering against a blue background and shall bear the words "handicapped parking permit required" and "violators will be fined". Such sign shall also bear the international symbol of access. When such a sign is replaced, repaired or erected it shall indicate the minimum fine for a violation of subsection (f) of this section. Such indicator may be in the form of a notice affixed to such a sign.

Sec. 45. Sections 14-82, 14-96h, 14-96v, 14-96w and 14-96bb of the general statutes are repealed.

Sec. 46. This act shall take effect from its passage, except that sections 21, 31 and 32 shall take effect July 1, 1999, sections 1 to 13, inclusive, 15 to 30, inclusive, 33 to 37, inclusive, 44 and 45 shall take effect October 1, 1999, and sections 14 and 39 to 43, inclusive, shall take effect January 1, 2000.

Approved June 29, 1999

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