SB 543 Modifies various provisions relating to license plates and exempts certain motor vehicles from state safety inspection
Sponsor: Stouffer
LR Number: 2371L.03C Fiscal Note: 2371-03
Committee: Transportation
Last Action: 5/18/2007 - H Calendar S Bills for Third Reading Journal Page:
Title: HCS SB 543 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2007
House Handler: St. Onge

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Current Bill Summary

HCS/SB 543 - This act modifies provisions relating to motor vehicles.

LICENSE PLATE COVERS - This act provides that license plates may be encased in transparent covers so long as the plates are plainly visible and their reflective qualities are not impaired.

This act is identical to SB 105 (2007) and SB 752 (2006)(section 301.130). This provision is also contained in SS/SCS/SB 239 et al (2007).

HANDICAPPED PARKING SIGNS - This act requires all new signs erected after August 28, 2007, relating to disabled parking to contain the words "Accessible Parking" instead of "Handicap Parking." This provision is contained in SB 464 (2007)(Section 301.147).

MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY INSPECTION - Beginning January 1, 2008, this act exempts motor vehicle owners who are renewing their registration plates from undergoing a safety inspection provided the motor vehicle has less than 50,000 miles. In order to qualify for the exemption, the owner must submit to the director an affidavit, sworn to under the penalty of perjury, stating that the motor vehicle has fewer than one 50,000 miles. Motor vehicles with 50,000 or more miles will still be subject to the safety inspection program (since the exemption is not applicable to those vehicles). In addition, the act provides that safety inspections shall still be required for initial registrations and titling of a vehicle (sections 307.357 and 301.147).

REISSUANCE OF LICENSE PLATES - This act modifies the law regarding the reissuance of license plates. The current law provides that reissuance must occur beginning January 1, 2009. This act modifies the reissuance provision by granting the director more discretion when to begin reissuance so long as it occurs no later than January 1, 2009 (Section 301.130.9).