Senate File 2016 - Introduced SENATE FILE 2016 BY ZAUN A BILL FOR An Act relating to special interest motor vehicle registration 1 plates, and providing penalties. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 5163XS (3) 87 ns/rh
S.F. 2016 Section 1. Section 321.34, Code 2018, is amended by adding 1 the following new subsection: 2 NEW SUBSECTION . 11C. Special interest plates. 3 a. Upon application and payment of the proper fees, the 4 director may issue a special interest plate to the owner of a 5 motor vehicle subject to registration under section 321.109, 6 subsection 1, motor truck, motor home, or multipurpose vehicle, 7 if the vehicle is collected, preserved, restored, or maintained 8 by the owner as a leisure pursuit and the vehicle is not used 9 for general transportation of persons or property. 10 b. Special interest plates shall be designed by the 11 department. The plates shall contain the words “special 12 interest” and shall not include on the plate the name of the 13 county where the vehicle is registered. 14 c. The special fee for a letter-number designated special 15 interest plate is fifty dollars. The fee for a personalized 16 special interest plate is twenty-five dollars which shall be 17 paid in addition to the special fee of fifty dollars. The fees 18 collected by the director under this subsection shall be paid 19 monthly to the treasurer of state and deposited in the road use 20 tax fund. 21 d. Upon receipt of the special interest plate, the applicant 22 shall surrender the applicant’s current registration plates 23 to the county treasurer. The county treasurer shall validate 24 the special interest plate in the same manner as regular 25 registration plates are validated under this section. The 26 annual special fee for a letter-number designated special 27 interest plate is fifty dollars, which shall be paid in 28 addition to the regular annual registration fee. The annual 29 fee for a personalized special interest plate is five dollars, 30 which shall be paid in addition to the annual special fee and 31 the regular annual registration fee. The annual special fees 32 shall be credited as provided under paragraph “c” . 33 Sec. 2. NEW SECTION . 321.36 Vehicles displaying special 34 interest plate. 35 -1- LSB 5163XS (3) 87 ns/rh 1/ 4
S.F. 2016 A person shall not operate a motor vehicle displaying a 1 special interest plate issued pursuant to section 321.34, 2 subsection 11C, on the public streets or highways of this state 3 other than for public displays, parades, related pleasure or 4 hobby activities, or occasional transportation not related to 5 the person’s business or occupation. 6 Sec. 3. Section 321.37, subsection 1, Code 2018, is amended 7 to read as follows: 8 1. Registration plates issued for a motor vehicle other 9 than an autocycle, motorcycle, motorized bicycle, motor vehicle 10 issued a special interest plate pursuant to section 321.34, 11 subsection 11C, or truck tractor shall be attached to the 12 motor vehicle, one in the front and the other in the rear. 13 The registration plate issued for an autocycle, motorcycle, 14 motor vehicle issued a special interest plate pursuant to 15 section 321.34, subsection 11C, or other vehicle required to 16 be registered hereunder shall be attached to the rear of the 17 vehicle. The registration plate issued for a truck tractor 18 shall be attached to the front of the truck tractor. The 19 special plate issued to a dealer shall be attached on the rear 20 of the vehicle when operated on the highways of this state. 21 Sec. 4. Section 321.166, subsections 2 and 9, Code 2018, are 22 amended to read as follows: 23 2. Every registration plate or pair of plates shall display 24 a registration plate number which shall consist of alphabetical 25 or numerical characters or a combination thereof and the name 26 of this state, which may be abbreviated. Every registration 27 plate issued by the county treasurer shall display the name 28 of the county, including any plate issued pursuant to section 29 321.34 , except Pearl Harbor and purple heart registration 30 plates issued prior to January 1, 1997; special interest plates 31 issued pursuant to section 321.34, subsection 11C; registration 32 plates issued pursuant to section 321.34, subsection 13 , 33 paragraph “d” ; and collegiate, fire fighter, and medal of honor 34 registration plates. Special truck registration plates shall 35 -2- LSB 5163XS (3) 87 ns/rh 2/ 4
S.F. 2016 display the word “special”. The department may adopt rules to 1 implement this subsection . 2 9. Special registration plates issued pursuant to section 3 321.34 , other than gold star, medal of honor, collegiate, fire 4 fighter, special interest, and natural resources registration 5 plates, shall be consistent with the design and color of 6 regular registration plates but shall provide a space on a 7 portion of the plate for the purpose of allowing the placement 8 of a distinguishing processed emblem or an organization 9 decal. Special registration plates shall also comply with 10 the requirements for regular registration plates as provided 11 in this section to the extent the requirements are consistent 12 with the section authorizing a particular special vehicle 13 registration plate. 14 EXPLANATION 15 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 16 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 17 This bill provides that the department of transportation 18 (DOT) may issue a special interest motor vehicle registration 19 plate to the owner of a motor vehicle subject to registration 20 under Code section 321.109(1), motor truck, motor home, or 21 multipurpose vehicle, if the vehicle is collected, preserved, 22 restored, or maintained by the owner as a leisure pursuit and 23 the vehicle is not used for general transportation of persons 24 or property. The bill requires special interest plates to be 25 designed by the DOT, to contain the words “special interest”, 26 and to exclude from the plate the name of the county where the 27 vehicle is registered. 28 The special fee for a letter-number designated special 29 interest plate is $50. The fee for a personalized special 30 interest plate is $25 which must be paid in addition to the 31 special fee of $50. The annual special fee for a letter-number 32 designated special interest plate is $50, which must be paid in 33 addition to the regular annual registration fee. The annual 34 fee for a personalized special interest plate is $5, which must 35 -3- LSB 5163XS (3) 87 ns/rh 3/ 4
S.F. 2016 be paid in addition to the annual special fee and the regular 1 annual registration fee. The bill requires the special fees 2 collected by the DOT under the bill to be paid monthly to the 3 treasurer of state and deposited in the road use tax fund. 4 The bill provides that upon receipt of the special interest 5 plate, the applicant must surrender the applicant’s current 6 registration plates to the county treasurer. The county 7 treasurer must validate the special interest plate in the same 8 manner as regular registration plates are validated. 9 The bill prohibits a person from operating a motor vehicle 10 displaying a special interest plate on the public streets 11 or highways of this state other than for public displays, 12 parades, related pleasure or hobby activities, or occasional 13 transportation not related to the person’s business or 14 occupation. By operation of law, a violation of this provision 15 is a simple misdemeanor (Code section 321.482). A simple 16 misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of at least $65 but not to 17 exceed $625 and imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. 18 The bill requires the special interest plate issued for a 19 vehicle to be displayed on the rear of the vehicle. 20 The bill also provides that special interest plates need not 21 be consistent with the design and color of regular registration 22 plates. 23 -4- LSB 5163XS (3) 87 ns/rh 4/ 4