|SB 0441||Auto Insurance; Confiscation of License Plates|
|Last Action:||02/27/95 - Referred S Transportation Committee|
|Effective Date:||August 28, 1995|
SB 441 - This act authorizes the confiscation of license plates for certain driving offenses and tightens the laws on motor vehicle financial responsibility.
CONFISCATION - Peace officers may take license plates from drivers arrested for a second offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI), for driving without the required minimum financial responsibility, or without a driver's license. The officer shall give the driver a receipt for the confiscated plates, notice of appeal rights and a temporary permit to drive the vehicle for 7 days.
RETURNED OR NEW PLATES - The license plates shall be returned if the charges are not filed or are dropped or if the driver is acquitted. The license plates shall be destroyed after 60 days. Unless returned, the vehicle owner cannot get new plates for either 60 days, 6 months or forever (for 1st, 2nd & 3rd offenses).
HEARING, APPEAL - Provisions are made for administrative hearing and trial de novo, similar to that under sections 302.530 to 302.535, except no temporary permits are authorized.
MISC. - The Department of Revenue shall keep records of all plates confiscated, returned and destroyed. The vehicle owner is not prevented from selling the vehicle.
INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS - Liability insurance is required for
the entire duration of the license plate. The insurance cannot
be cancelled unless the car is sold.