Substitute Senate Bill No. 1405

Public Act No. 99-287

An Act Concerning Safety Inspections of Motor Vehicles and Vision Screening of Operators.

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

Section 1. Subsection (g) of section 14-12 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(g) The commissioner shall not register any motor vehicle which is ten or more model years old and which has not been previously registered in this state [, except a new motor vehicle or a motor vehicle which has affixed to it a current, valid safety inspection decal issued by any other state that conducts a safety inspection program which meets the approval of the commissioner,] until the same has been presented, [during business hours] as directed by the commissioner, at the main office or a branch office of the Department of Motor Vehicles or to any designated official emissions inspection station or other [facility] business or firm, except a licensee of the department, authorized by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to conduct safety inspections, and has passed the inspection as to its safety features as required by the commissioner. When a motor vehicle owned by a resident of this state is garaged in another jurisdiction and cannot be conveniently presented at an office of the Department of Motor Vehicles, an authorized emissions inspection station or other facility, the commissioner may accept an inspection made by authorities in such other jurisdiction or by appropriate military authorities, provided [he] the commissioner determines that such inspection is comparable to that conducted by [his department. The owner of any motor vehicle presented for such inspection shall make application therefor on forms provided by the commissioner and shall pay a fee of twenty-five dollars for each 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 Department of Motor Vehicles. If the commissioner authorizes the contractor that operates the system of official emissions inspection stations or other business or firm to conduct the safety inspections required by this subsection, the commissioner may authorize the contractor or other business or firm to charge a fee, not to exceed fifteen dollars, for each such inspection. The commissioner may authorize any motor vehicle dealer or repairer, licensed in accordance with section 14-52 and meeting qualifications established by the commissioner, to make repairs to any motor vehicle that has failed an initial safety inspection and to certify to the commissioner that the motor vehicle is in compliance with the safety and equipment standards for registration. No such authorized dealer or repairer shall charge any additional fee to make such certification to the commissioner. The provisions of this section shall not preclude the commissioner from issuing a temporary registration or more than one such registration for a period not to exceed ten days for each such temporary registration for any motor vehicle without regard to the inspection requirements of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. 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, within thirty days before transfer of ownership or upon such transfer, be presented for inspection, as directed by the commissioner, 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.] If the commissioner authorizes the contractor that operates the system of official emissions inspection stations or other business or firm, except a licensee of the department, to conduct the safety inspections required by this subsection, the commissioner may authorize the contractor or other business or firm to charge a fee, not to exceed fifteen dollars, for each such inspection. The commissioner may authorize any motor vehicle dealer or repairer, licensed in accordance with section 14-52 and meeting qualifications established by the commissioner, to make repairs to any motor vehicle that has failed an initial safety inspection and to certify to the commissioner that the motor vehicle is in compliance with the safety and equipment standards for registration. No such authorized dealer or repairer shall charge any additional fee to make such certification to the commissioner.

(b) The following vehicles, upon transfer of ownership, shall be presented for inspection, as directed by the commissioner, 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.] If the commissioner authorizes the contractor that operates the system of official emissions inspection stations or other business or firm, except a licensee of the department, to conduct the safety inspections required by this subsection, the commissioner may authorize the contractor or other business or firm to charge a fee, not to exceed fifteen dollars, for each such inspection. The commissioner may authorize any motor vehicle dealer or repairer, licensed in accordance with section 14-52 and meeting qualifications established by the commissioner, make repairs to any motor vehicle that has failed an initial safety inspection and to certify to the commissioner that the motor vehicle is in compliance with the safety and equipment standards for registration. No such authorized dealer or repairer shall charge any additional fee to make such certification to the commissioner.

Sec. 3. (NEW) Before issuing registration for any motor vehicle that has not been previously registered in this state, except a new motor vehicle, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may require an inspection of the manufacturer's vehicle identification number. Such an inspection may be performed at any designated official emissions inspection station or by any other business or firm authorized by the commissioner to perform safety inspections in accordance with section 14-12 and 14-16a of the general statutes, as amended by this act, or by any motor vehicle dealer or repairer, licensed in accordance with section 14-52 of the general statutes and meeting qualifications established by the commissioner. If the inspection is performed by a licensed dealer or repairer, an affidavit shall be furnished to the commissioner in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of section 14-99h of the general statutes.

Sec. 4. (NEW) For the registration of each motor vehicle that has passed an inspection in accordance with the requirements of subsection (g) of section 14-12 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, or section 14-16a of the general statutes, as amended by this act, or that has passed an inspection of its manufacturer's vehicle identification number, the commissioner shall charge an administrative fee of ten dollars, in addition to the fee or fees prescribed for such registration.

Sec. 5. 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, section 4 of 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, 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, 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. 6. The commissioner may adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes to implement the provisions of this act. The regulations shall include the qualifications to be met by any dealer or repairer authorized by the commissioner to conduct inspections in accordance with sections 1 to 3, inclusive, of this act.

Sec. 7. Subsection (a) of section 14-41 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Except as provided in section 14-41a, each motor vehicle or motorcycle operator's license shall be renewed quadrennially on the date of the operator's birthday. On and after July 1, [1999] 2001, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall screen the vision of each motor vehicle operator prior to every other renewal of his operator's license in accordance with a schedule adopted by the commissioner. Such screening requirement shall apply to every other renewal following the initial screening. In lieu of the vision screening by the commissioner, such operator may submit the results of a vision screening conducted by a licensed health care professional qualified to conduct such screening on a form prescribed by the commissioner during the [three] twelve months preceding such renewal. No motor vehicle operator's license may be renewed unless the operator passes such vision screening. The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to implement the provisions of this subsection relative to the administration of vision screening.

Sec. 8. Section 14-164j of the general statutes is repealed.

Sec. 9. This act shall take effect July 1, 1999.

Approved June 15, 1999

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