House Bill No. 6297

Public Act No. 01-191

AN ACT CONCERNING REGISTRATION STICKERS ON MOTOR VEHICLES AND CONCERNING SPECIAL NUMBER PLATES AND IDENTIFICATION CARDS FOR DISABLED VETERANS WHO HAVE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 14-18 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) (1) Each motor vehicle for which one number plate has been issued shall, while in use or operation upon any public highway, display in a conspicuous place at the rear of such vehicle the number plate. Each such motor vehicle shall also display a sticker on the number plate or elsewhere on the vehicle, as the commissioner may direct, denoting the expiration date of the registration. [,] Such sticker may contain the corresponding letters and numbers of the registration and number plate, as assigned by the commissioner.

(2) Each motor vehicle for which two number plates have been issued shall, while in use or operation upon any public highway, display in a conspicuous place at the front and the rear of such vehicle the number plates. Each such motor vehicle shall also display a sticker on the rear number plate or elsewhere on the vehicle, as the commissioner may direct, denoting the expiration date of the registration, which may contain the corresponding letters and numbers of the number plate, as assigned by the commissioner.

Sec. 2. Subsection (b) of section 14-20 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, section 14-18 and section 14-21b, the owner of an antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle may be authorized by the commissioner to display a number plate originally issued by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles corresponding to the year of manufacture of such antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle. The commissioner shall issue a certificate of registration, as provided in section 14-12. Such registration shall be valid, subject to renewal, so long as the commissioner permits. Thereafter, the registration number and number plates, if any, which were assigned to such motor vehicle before such registration and number plates were issued under this section, shall be in effect. Each such number plate authorized for use by the commissioner shall be displayed in a conspicuous place at the rear of such motor vehicle at all times while the vehicle is in use or operation upon any public highway. A sticker shall be affixed to each such number plate to denote the expiration date of the registration, unless the commissioner authorizes the sticker, or other evidence of the period of the registration, to be placed elsewhere or carried in such motor vehicle. Such sticker may contain the corresponding letters and numbers of the registration and number plate. The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this subsection.

Sec. 3. Section 14-254 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

"Disabled veteran", as used in this section, means any veteran who served in time of war, as defined by section 27-103, and one or both of whose legs or arms or parts thereof have been amputated or the use of which has been lost or who is blind, or who have traumatic brain injury, or paraplegic or hemiplegic, such disability being certified as service-connected by the Veterans' Administration. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, upon application of any disabled veteran accompanied by such certificate of the Veterans' Administration, shall issue without charge a special number plate or set of plates in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 14-21b to be attached to a passenger motor vehicle owned or operated by such veteran and an identification card to be used in connection therewith. The card shall identify the veteran and the motor vehicle and shall state that [he] such veteran is a disabled veteran qualified to receive the card, that the card, plate or plates shall be returned to the commissioner if the registration of the motor vehicle is cancelled or transferred, that the card is for the exclusive use of the person to whom it is issued, is not transferable and will be revoked if presented by any other person or if any privilege granted under this section is abused. If not so revoked, the card shall be renewable every four years at the time of registration of motor vehicles. No penalty shall be imposed for the overtime parking of any motor vehicle bearing a number plate issued under this section when it has been so parked by the disabled veteran to whom the plate and an identification card were issued or by any person operating such vehicle when accompanied by such veteran, provided the length of time for which such vehicle may remain parked at any one location shall not exceed twenty-four hours. The surviving spouse of a disabled veteran issued such special registration may retain any such registration and number plates without charge for his or her lifetime or until such time as he or she remarries.

Approved July 11, 2001