Substitute House Bill No. 5369
          Substitute House Bill No. 5369

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-91


AN ACT REVISING CERTAIN TRANSPORTATION LAWS.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  (NEW)  (a)  The  Commissioner  of
Transportation, or his  designee,  may  sit  as  a
member of the  board  of  a  consortium  or  trade
organization organized as  a  nonstock,  nonprofit
corporation pursuant to chapter 602 of the general
statutes or any  similar law of another state, for
the  purpose of  coordinating  public  or  private
sector transportation systems  to provide: (1) The
highest   possible   quality   of   transportation
services at the  lowest  practicable  cost  to all
persons  needing  such   services;  (2)  the  most
advanced   coordinated   programs    possible   in
transportation services; (3)  the  coordination of
transportation services to  eliminate  duplication
and incomplete coverage  in  the provision of such
services; (4) the  greatest  possible  state-wide,
regional or national integration of transportation
service programs; and  (5)  the  education  of the
public of the  transportation  needs  of the state
and  the  goals   of   the   consortium  or  trade
organization  which  address  such  transportation
needs.
    (b) The commissioner,  or  his  designee,  may
enter into such  contracts and other agreements to
further the purposes  of  each consortium or trade
organization   organized   in    accordance   with
subsection (a) of  this  section, and as contained
in  each  consortium's   or  trade  organization's
certificate  of  incorporation,  provided  nothing
contained in the  certificate  of incorporation of
each such consortium  or  trade organization shall
obligate  the  commissioner,   or   his  designee,
sitting as a member of the board of the consortium
or   trade   organization,    to   undertake,   or
participate   in,   any    activity    which   the
commissioner, or his  designee, acting in his sole
discretion, determines to  be  in violation of the
general statutes.
    Sec.  2.  Section   13a-124a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  As  used   in   this  section,  "specific
information sign" means  a  rectangular  sign with
the word GAS,  FOOD,  LODGING, or CAMPING and exit
directional   information   pertaining    to   the
designated motorist service  placed  at the top of
the sign and  upon  which  is  mounted  separately
attached business signs showing the brand, symbol,
trademark or name,  or  any  combination of these,
for  the  designated   service   available   on  a
crossroad   at   or   near   an   interchange   or
intersection.
    (b)  The Commissioner  of  Transportation  may
issue permits for  the erection and maintenance of
specific  information  signs  and  business  signs
within  the rights-of-way  of  any  portion  of  a
state-maintained limited access  highway, except a
parkway. The commissioner shall not issue any such
permit to any  person or company until such person
or company files  with  the commissioner a bond or
recognizance to the  state,  satisfactory  to  the
commissioner   and   in   such   amount   as   the
commissioner  determines,  subject  to  forfeiture
upon failure to  comply  with (1) the requirements
of this section,  (2) regulations adopted pursuant
to  this  section,   or  (3)  any  orders  of  the
commissioner   relating  to   the   erection   and
maintenance  of  specific  information  signs  and
business  signs. Any  such  bond  or  recognizance
shall remain in  full  force and effect so long as
such person or  company  is  subject  to  any such
requirements, regulations or orders as provided in
this section.
    (c) ANY PERSON  OR  COMPANY ISSUED A PERMIT IN
ACCORDANCE WITH SUBSECTION  (b)  OF  THIS  SECTION
SHALL BE REIMBURSED,  BY  SUBSEQUENT PERMITTEES ON
THE SAME SIGN, THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH SAID SIGN
DIVIDED BY THE  NUMBER OF OTHER PERMITTEES ON SAID
SIGN.
    [(c)]  (d)  The   commissioner   shall   adopt
regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to carry
out the purposes of this section. Such regulations
shall   include,   but    not   be   limited   to,
establishment of (1)  fees  for the permits issued
under subsection (b)  of  this  section, [and] (2)
REIMBURSEMENTS ISSUED PURSUANT  TO  SUBSECTION (c)
OF  THIS  SECTION,   AND  (3)  standards  for  the
location,  size  and   maintenance   of   specific
information signs and business signs.
    Sec.  3.  Section   14-261a   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) A commercial  vehicle  combination  may be
operated, by any  person who holds (1) an endorsed
commercial driver's license,  (2) a CDL equivalent
license, (3) an  endorsed  class 1 license, or (4)
an  operator's license  issued  by  another  state
authorizing such person  to  operate  a commercial
vehicle combination, together  with an endorsement
issued by the  Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles in
accordance with the  provisions  of subsection (b)
of this section, on highways which are part of the
National System of Interstate and Defense Highways
and  those sections  of  the  Federal-Aid  Primary
System which are  divided  highways  with  four or
more  lanes and  full  control  of  access,  which
highways  and  sections   are  designated  by  the
Secretary   of   the    federal    Department   of
Transportation    pursuant    to    the    Surface
Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, as amended,
provided the Commissioner  of Transportation shall
impose  reasonable  restrictions  consistent  with
federal law. The  Commissioner  of  Transportation
may permit the  operation  of a commercial vehicle
combination, defined as "specialized equipment" in
the Code of  Federal  Regulations  Title  23, Part
658, as amended,  by  any person holding a license
to operate a  commercial  vehicle  combination  as
provided  in this  section  AND  SEMITRAILERS,  AS
DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION  (c) OF SECTION 14-262, on
any other highway  in  order  to allow the vehicle
reasonable  access to  terminals,  facilities  for
food,  fuel,  repairs  and  rest,  and  points  of
loading   and  unloading   for   household   goods
carriers.  If  a  commercial  vehicle  combination
consists of two  semitrailers or a trailer drawing
a semitrailer, such trailers shall be coupled by a
converter dolly or a type of dolly approved by the
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
    (b) The Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles shall
establish  an  endorsement  for  persons  who  are
eligible   to   operate   a   commercial   vehicle
combination but do not hold an endorsed commercial
driver's license, a  CDL  equivalent license, or a
class 1 license.  To  obtain such endorsement, the
operator  shall  demonstrate   personally  to  the
commissioner,   his  deputy,   a   motor   vehicle
inspector or an  agent of the commissioner that he
(1) has held a license issued by another state for
at least three  years which permits him to operate
a commercial vehicle  combination, (2) has a level
of motor vehicle operating experience satisfactory
to the commissioner, including but not limited to,
passing a commercial  vehicle  combination driving
test conducted by  the  commissioner,  and (3) has
not violated any  of  the  provisions  of  section
14-219,  14-222  or   14-224,   AS   AMENDED,   or
subsection (a) of  section 14-227a, or any similar
provisions of the  laws  of any other state or any
territory, within a  three-year  period,  or  been
convicted of, or  forfeited  any  bond  taken  for
appearance  for,  or  had  his  case  nolled  upon
payment of any sum of money in connection with, or
received a suspended  judgment  or sentence for, a
violation  of any  of  said  provisions  within  a
three-year period, or  a second violation within a
twelve-month period of  the provisions of sections
14-230 to 14-249,  inclusive,  or  of  any similar
provisions of the  laws  of any other state or any
territory,  or  been   held  or  found  criminally
responsible in connection  with  any motor vehicle
accident resulting in  the  death  of  any person,
provided   the   commissioner    may   waive   the
requirement of a  driving  test  under subdivision
(2) of this  subsection  for  any applicant for an
endorsement who demonstrates  to  the commissioner
that he has had at least three years experience in
operating commercial vehicle  combinations or that
he held a  valid class 1A license on June 1, 1989.
Each person holding  a  valid  class 1A license on
June 1, 1989,  shall,  not later than December 31,
1989, surrender such  license  to the commissioner
who shall thereupon  issue  an endorsement to such
person.
    (c) (1) The  Commissioner  of  Motor  Vehicles
shall establish a  commercial  vehicle combination
safety  inspection  program   under   which   each
commercial vehicle combination  subject  to safety
inspection  shall  be   examined  or  tested  with
respect to the operation, condition or performance
of its brakes,  tires,  wheels, mirrors, operating
controls, glazing, lighting  devices,  suspension,
steering, exhaust system  and  electrical  system.
After the initial  inspection  of  each commercial
vehicle   combination,  the   commissioner   shall
provide  for  a   system   of   staggered   annual
inspections for such vehicles.
    (2) On and  after July 14, 1984, no commercial
vehicle combination shall be operated in the state
unless it displays  a  currently valid certificate
of inspection issued  under  this  section  or  an
equivalent certificate issued  by  another  state,
provided  (A) any  vehicle  which  is  subject  to
registration and inspection in the state and which
has been outside the state continuously for thirty
days or more  and which, at the time of reentering
the  state,  does   not  bear  a  currently  valid
certificate of inspection  may  be operated in the
state for a  period  of  ten days after reentering
the state, (B)  any vehicle may be operated in the
state for a  period  of ten days after its sale or
resale, and (C) the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
may  allow  commercial   combination  vehicles  to
operate   while  displaying   a   certificate   of
inspection on the  tractor portion of such vehicle
only, provided the  person,  firm,  corporation or
association  which  operates   such   vehicle  has
established  a  preventive   maintenance   program
approved by the commissioner.
    (d) The Commissioner  of  Motor Vehicles shall
adopt   regulations   in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter 54 to carry out the purposes
of this section.
    (e) Any person  operating a commercial vehicle
combination  OR A  SEMITRAILER,  AS  DESCRIBED  IN
SUBSECTION (c) OF  SECTION 14-262, in violation of
any provision of  subsection  (a),  (b)  or (c) of
this section or  any regulation adopted thereunder
shall be fined [five hundred] ONE THOUSAND dollars
for  each  offense.   The  Commissioner  of  Motor
Vehicles shall also  suspend,  for sixty days, the
motor vehicle registration  certificate, privilege
to  operate or  operator's  license  of  any  such
person.
    Sec. 4. The  segment  of  Route 9 running from
the junction of Interstate Route 91 in Cromwell in
a generally westerly  direction to the junction of
Route  571  in  Berlin  shall  be  designated  the
"Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway".
    Sec. 5. The  length of Route 571 in Berlin and
the segment of Route 372 running from Route 571 in
Berlin in a  generally  westerly  direction to the
junction of Route 72 in the Forestville section of
Plainville shall be  designated the "Polish Legion
of American Veterans Memorial Highway".
    Sec.  6.  Section   13b-96   of   the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section 22 of public act
97-304,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   Each   person,    association,   limited
liability  company  or   corporation   owning   or
operating a taxicab  is  declared a common carrier
and subject [as  such]  to the jurisdiction of the
Department   of   Transportation.   [,   and   the
department] THE COMMISSIONER  OF TRANSPORTATION is
authorized  to  prescribe   adequate  service  and
reasonable rates and  charges.  [and prescribe and
establish such reasonable regulations with respect
to] THE COMMISSIONER  MAY  ADOPT  REGULATIONS,  IN
ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER  54  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF
ESTABLISHING   fares,   service,   operation   and
equipment   as  it   deems   necessary   for   the
convenience, protection and  safety  of passengers
and the public.
    (b) THE RATES AND CHARGES ESTABLISHED PURSUANT
TO SUBSECTION (a)  OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY
TO ANY PERSON,  ASSOCIATION,  OR  CORPORATION  (1)
OPERATING A TAXICAB  ENGAGED IN THE TRANSPORTATION
OF PASSENGERS FOR  HIRE  PURSUANT  TO  A  CONTRACT
WITH, OR A  LOWER  TIER  CONTRACT FOR ANY FEDERAL,
STATE OR MUNICIPAL  AGENCY, (2) CERTIFIED PURSUANT
TO SECTION 13b-97  PRIOR  TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF
THIS ACT, AND  (3)  REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION
13b-99 PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ACT.
    Sec.   7.   (NEW)    The    Commissioner    of
Transportation shall, whenever possible, encourage
the   inclusion  of   areas   for   bicycles   and
pedestrians when (1)  creating a layout of a state
highway, in accordance  with section 13a-57 of the
general  statutes,  or   (2)  relocating  a  state
highway, in accordance  with section 13a-56 of the
general statutes.
    Sec. 8. The  bridge  located  at  Old  Highway
South and Goodwives  River on Route I-95 in Darien
shall be designated  the  "Military  Order  of the
Purple Heart Bridge".
    Sec. 9. This  act  shall  take effect from its
passage, except that  sections  2,  3  and 7 shall
take effect October 1, 1998.

Approved May 22, 1998