HCS/SB 640 - This act modifies provisions relating to vehicles.
PERMANENT TRAILER REGISTRATION (Section 301.067) - This act removes the requirement that a trailer or semitrailer must be coupled to a towing vehicle in a particular manner in order to be eligible for permanent registration. Further, this act changes the supervising department for such registration from the Motor Carrier and Railroad Safety Division within the Department of Economic Development to the Highways and Transportation Commission within the Department of Transportation.
This provision is identical to a provision contained in SS/SCS/HCS/HB 2380 (2016), SS/HB 1733 (2016), SCS/HB 1745 (2016), HCS/HB 2757 (2016), and HCS/SS/SCS/SB 278 (2015).
ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE (Section 301.125) - This act establishes an advisory committee for the Department of Revenue to develop uniform designs and common colors for license plates, including a design that commemorates the bicentennial of Missouri. The advisory committee shall be composed of the Director of Revenue or his or her designee, the Superintendent of the Highway Patrol, the Correctional Enterprises Supervisor, the Director of the Department of Transportation, the Executive Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, and the chairs of the House and Senate transportation committees. The committee shall perform certain functions as set forth in this act, including implementing its final design of uniform license plates by January 1, 2017, at which time the committee shall dissolve. The Director of Revenue shall have the final design of the uniform license plate available for issuance to all license fee offices by January 1, 2019.
This provision is substantially similar to a provision contained in HCS/HB 2757 (2016), SCS/HCS/HB 2380 (2016), and HCS/SB 899 (2016).
PERMANENT CAMPING & FIFTH-WHEEL TRAILER REGISTRATION (Section 301.136) - This act allows for the permanent registration of any camping or fifth-wheel trailer that is more than 25 years old upon payment of a $25 registration fee. Upon the transfer of the title to the trailer, the registration must be canceled and the license plates must be returned to the Department of Revenue.
Under this act, any person possessing license plates issued by the state of Missouri that are over 25 years old, in which the year of issuance of such plates is consistent with the year of the manufacture of the camping or fifth-wheel trailer, may register the plates as historic trailer plates.
This provision is identical to a provision contained in the perfected HBs 1400 & 1425 (2016), SCS/HB 1745 (2016), and HCS/HB 2757 (2016).
INSPECTION OF BOAT MANUFACTURERS AND DEALERS (Sections 301.560 & 301.564) - This act modifies certification procedures for licensing and inspection of boat manufacturers and boat dealers by removing officers of the Water Patrol Division from those permitted to complete the certification and inspection, and adds authorized or designated employees of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
This provision is identical to SB 970 (2016) and HB 1761 (2016), and provisions contained in SCS/HB 1745 (2016), HCS/HB 2757 (2016), and HCS/SS/SCS/SB 278 (2015).
TOWING COMPANIES (Sections 304.153-304.154) - This act authorizes a towing company to perform services for a patrol officer or law enforcement officer within the officer's jurisdiction, or a Missouri Department of Transportation employee, provided that the Missouri State Highway Patrol shall not be obligated to retain the company in any contract. Any motor vehicle owner's request for a specific towing company shall be honored by the Missouri State Highway Patrol unless certain circumstances exist as set forth in this act. This act further specifies that a patrol officer shall not use a towing company located outside of Missouri except under certain circumstances. Under this act, a towing company shall not tow a vehicle to a location outside of Missouri without the consent of the owner or driver, or the owner or driver's motor club.
Under this act, any towing company arriving at the scene of an accident that has not been called shall be prohibited from towing the vehicle unless the towing company is rendering emergency aid or operating during a declared state of emergency. Further, any tow truck operator that tows a vehicle from an accident that has not been called shall be guilty of a Class D misdemeanor for the first violation, a Class A misdemeanor for the second violation, and a Class D Felony for the third and any subsequent violation.
Under this act, a towing company shall take certain actions in order to operate under certain provisions of law as set forth in this act. Any initial tow performed under certain provisions of law shall remain in the state of Missouri unless authorized by the vehicle owner or owner's motor club. Counties may adopt ordinances with respect to towing company standards under this act. Further, storage lot facilities and towing companies shall allow insurance adjusters access to motor vehicle inspection without charge unless such vehicle is being preserved as evidence. When a motor vehicle has been transferred to a towing company storage lot, the vehicle shall not be transferred from the lot without providing the motor vehicle owner 24 hour advance notice.
These provisions are identical to SCS/HCS/HB 1976 (2016), and are similar to SB 1043 (2016) and HCS/HB 2320 (2016).
BUS LENGTH LIMITS (Section 304.170) - Currently, no bus may exceed 45 feet in length except with safety bumpers. This act allows articulated buses, or buses having two or more sections connected by a joint, to be up to 60 feet in length not including safety bumpers which may extend 1 foot in both the front and rear.
This provision is substantially similar to a provision contained in SCS/HB 1745 (2016), HCS/HB 1732 (2016), SS/HB 1733 (2016), and HCS/SS/SB 659 (2016).
HA 1 - THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES TOWING COMPANIES TO BE OPEN OR AVAILABLE FOR A MINIMUM OF 8 HOURS PER DAY, RATHER THAN 12 HOURS PER DAY.
HA 2 - THIS AMENDMENT ADDS A SECTION RELATING TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE ON ESTABLISHING A UNIFORM LICENSE PLATE DESIGN, AND CHANGES THE WEIGHT THRESHOLD FOR OWNERS OF MOTOR VEHICLES WITH PERSONALIZED AND SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES FOR DISABLED VETERANS AND NATIONAL GUARD FROM 18,000 POUNDS TO 24,000 POUNDS.
HA 3 - THIS AMENDMENT ADDS INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS AND OTHER REGULATIONS FOR TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES AND DRIVERS.
HA 1 TO HA 3 - THIS AMENDMENT ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO REQUIRE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES TO CONDUCT A FINGERPRINT BACKGROUND CHECK ON TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANY DRIVERS AFTER AUGUST 28, 2019, AND REQUIRES TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES TO HAVE A WRITTEN CONTRACT STATING WHETHER ITS DRIVERS ARE CONSIDERED INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS OR EMPLOYEES.
HA 4 - THIS AMENDMENT ADDS A PENALTY PROVISION OF AN INFRACTION AND $25 FINE FOR ANY WATERCRAFT OPERATOR NOT HAVING REQUISITE LIFESAVING DEVICES.
HA 1 TO HA 4 - THIS AMENDMENT EXEMPTS OUTBOARD JET MOTORS, OR VESSELS NOT ORIGINALLY MANUFACTURED WITH ADEQUATE GUARDS OR RAILING FROM THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE OPERATOR OF A MOTORBOAT SHALL NOT ALLOW ANY PERSON TO RIDE OR SIT ON CERTAIN AREAS OF A BOAT.
HA 2 TO HA 4 - THIS AMENDMENT ADS A PENALTY PROVISION OF AN INFRACTION AND $25 FINE FOR OPERATING A VESSEL WITHIN 100 FEET OF ANY DOCK, PIER, OCCUPIED ANCHORED BOAT, OR RESTRICTED AREA IN EXCESS OF SLOW-NO WAKE SPEED.
HA 5 - THIS AMENDMENT ADDS A PROVISION BECOMING EFFECTIVE ON MARCH 1, 2017, ALLOWING A PERSON FOUND GUILTY OF AN INTOXICATION-RELATED TRAFFIC OFFENSE THAT IS REQUIRED TO USE AN IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE TO APPLY FOR A VARIANCE TO DRIVE AN EMPLOYER-OWNED VEHICLE WITHOUT SUCH DEVICE. FURTHER, THIS AMENDMENT EXTENDS THE COMMERCIAL ZONE OF KANSAS CITY TO INCLUDE THE CITIES OF LONE JACK AND STRASBURG. THIS AMENDMENT ALSO ADDS THE "ALEXANDRA AND BRAYDEN ANDERSON ELECTRIC SHOCK DROWNING PREVENTION ACT".