CCS/SB 611 - This act modifies various provisions relating to the regulation of transportation.
MINIMAL YELLOW LIGHT STANDARDS - This act requires the Department of Transportation to establish minimal yellow light change interval times for traffic-control devices. The minimal yellow light change interval time shall be established in accordance with nationally recognized engineering standards set forth in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and any such established time shall not be less than the recognized national standard. This portion of the act is identical to SB 212 (2011) (Section 304.289). This provision is also contained in the truly agreed to version of HB 1402 (2012).
MOVE OVER LAW - This act amends Missouri's move over law so that drivers of motor vehicles approaching stationary emergency vehicles or vehicles owned by the commission and operated by Department of Transportation employees displaying amber or amber and white lights shall proceed with caution by making a lane change away from the stationary vehicle, if possible. The act further modifies the definition of "emergency vehicle" to include any vehicle owned by the commission and operated by a Department of Transportation employee that is marked as an emergency response or motorist assistance vehicle (Section 304.022). This provision is contained in the truly agreed to versions of SB 470 and SB 568 (2012). This provision is also contained in HB 1040 (2012) (Section 304.022).
TEMPORARY PERMIT TAGS - This act modifies the process for issuing temporary permits to motor vehicle owners. Under the terms of the act, the Director of Revenue is authorized to allow others to produce weather resistant, nontearing temporary permits that allow buyers of motor vehicle or trailers to operate such vehicles for a 30 day period. The temporary permit may be purchased by the motor vehicle buyer from the central office or from an authorized agent of the department. A motor vehicle buyer may also purchase a temporary permit from a motor vehicle dealer. The price paid by a registered dealer for a temporary permit shall not exceed $5.00 per permit (current law sets the amount at $7.50). The director shall direct motor vehicle dealers and authorized agents to obtain temporary permits from an authorized producer. Under the act, amounts received by the director for temporary permits shall constitute state revenue while amounts received by an authorized producer shall not constitute state revenue. Amounts received by motor vehicle dealers or authorized agents for temporary permits purchased from an authorized producer shall not constitute state revenue. The act specifically provides that general revenue funds or other state funds shall not be used to compensate motor vehicle dealers and other producers for their role in producing temporary permits. Dealers may not charge more than $5.00 for each permit it issues (down from $7.50). Under the act, each temporary permit issued shall be fastened to the rear of the motor vehicle in a manner and place on the motor vehicle consistent with placement of regular registration plates. The act allows the director to reissue and extend the use of a temporary permit during the time period a title and registration are being obtained. Under the terms of the act, upon the issuance of a temporary permit, the director shall make the temporary permit information immediately available to the law enforcement community of the state of Missouri (Section 301.140). This portion of the act shall become effective on the date the Department of Revenue or a producer authorized by the director of the Department of Revenue begins producing temporary permits described in subsection 4 of such section, or on July 1, 2013, whichever occurs first (Section B). The temporary permit provisions (subsections 4, 5, and 6 of section 301.140) shall expire on July 1, 2019. This provision is also contained in the truly agreed to versions of SB 470, SB 568, and HB 1329 (2012). A similar provision is contained in SB 818 (2012).