OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5507

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ISSUANCE OF ENHANCED RECOGNITION NUMBER PLATES.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the motor vehicles commissioner to design and issue license plates including symbols, as well as numbers and letters (“enhanced recognition number plates”). It prohibits the commissioner from charging an additional fee for these plates and exempts special number plates (e. g. , plates issued to disabled veterans or special interest plates) from this requirement. It makes failure to display the enhanced plates an infraction, conforming the penalty to current law for improperly displaying license plates, and makes other conforming changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2013, except the requirement that the commissioner design the plates is effective on passage.

ENHANCED RECOGNITION NUMBER PLATES

Under the bill, an enhanced recognition number plate is a “general distinguishing number plate” displaying a registration number that contains a randomly assigned, commonly recognized symbol, such as a star, diamond, or triangle. (Although the bill requires the commissioner to issue these plates for passenger, combination, and commercial vehicle registrations, by law, “general distinguishing number plates” are number plates typically issued, instead of individual plates, to motor vehicle dealers, repairers, and others to register all the vehicles they own or have in their custody. )

The bill requires the commissioner, by November 1, 2012, to design these enhanced plates to improve the ability of children and others to recall and describe the plates to law enforcement agencies. She must consult with the emergency services and public protection commissioner in doing so.

The commissioner must issue the enhanced plates for new and renewed registrations starting January 2, 2013, according to a schedule she establishes, and in a quantity she deems feasible using available funds and staff. She must issue the plates for passenger, combination, and commercial registrations, and other registrations for which general distinguishing number plates are issued (e. g. , dealers and repairers, municipalities).

She must issue two enhanced plates per registration, and each such plate must bear the words “Constitution State,” and “Connecticut. ” Owners or lessees of registered vehicles who receive these plates must display them according to law.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

42

Nay

0

(04/02/2012)