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Raised Bill No. 5507

February Session, 2012

 

LCO No. 2223

 

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Referred to Committee on Judiciary

 

Introduced by:

 

(JUD)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING OPERATION OF A TRUCK IN VIOLATION OF A TRAFFIC CONTROL REGULATION AND THE ISSUANCE OF ENHANCED RECOGNITION NUMBER PLATES.

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

Section 1. Section 14-314 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) Any person, firm or corporation [failing] that fails to comply with any order made pursuant to any provision of this chapter shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both, and shall be subject to the provisions of section 14-111. [Any]

(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, any person, firm or corporation [failing] that fails to comply with any traffic control signal, sign, marking or other device placed and maintained upon the highway, or with any regulation adopted pursuant to any provision of this chapter, by the State Traffic Commission or the traffic authority of any city, town or borough shall be deemed to have committed an infraction, if no other penalty is provided by law.

(c) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (b) of this section while operating a truck, as defined in section 14-1, shall be deemed to have committed an infraction, if no other penalty is provided by law, unless such person (1) has obtained a permit pursuant to section 14-270 which permits the operation of such truck on such highway, or (2) presents evidence of an origin or destination of such truck within a municipality through which such highway passes.

(d) Traveling at a greater rate of speed than is reasonable as provided in section 14-218a shall not be deemed to be a failure to comply with the provisions of this section but shall be deemed to be the commission of an infraction within the provisions of said section 14-218a.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (74) of section 14-1 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes, as amended by section 37 of public act 10-110 and section 61 of public act 11-213, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2013):

(74) "Registration number" means the identifying number, symbol or letters, or [both] combination of such number, symbol or letters, assigned by the commissioner to a motor vehicle;

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) (a) For the purposes of this section and section 4 of this act:

(1) "Enhanced recognition number plate" means a general distinguishing number plate on which is displayed a registration number which contains a commonly recognized symbol that is randomly assigned, which symbol may include, but need not be limited to, a star, diamond or triangle;

(2) "Number plate" has the meaning provided in section 14-1 of the general statutes, as amended by this act; and

(3) "Registration number" has the meaning provided in section 14-1 of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

(b) Not later than November 1, 2012, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall design an enhanced recognition number plate, after consultation with the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, to improve the ability of children and other individuals to recall and describe to a law enforcement agency pursuant to an investigation the registration number displayed on a number plate observed by the child or individual. The commissioner shall issue such enhanced recognition number plates pursuant to section 4 of this act.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2013) (a) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall issue enhanced recognition number plates for new registrations and renewal registrations issued on and after January 2, 2013, in accordance with a schedule established by the commissioner in such quantities as the commissioner deems feasible within the funds and personnel available. The commissioner shall issue such enhanced recognition number plates for passenger, combination and commercial registrations and other registrations for which general distinguishing number plates are issued. Each enhanced recognition number plate shall bear the words "Constitution State" and "Connecticut". The commissioner shall issue two enhanced recognition number plates for each registration. No enhanced recognition number plates shall be required for any registration for which special number plates are issued.

(b) No additional charge shall be made for the issuance of such new or replacement enhanced recognition number plates pursuant to this section.

(c) The owner or lessee of each registered motor vehicle who is issued two enhanced recognition number plates by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall display such plates on such motor vehicle as provided in section 14-18 of the general statutes. A violation of this subsection shall be an infraction.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2012

14-314

Sec. 2

January 1, 2013

14-1(74)

Sec. 3

from passage

New section

Sec. 4

January 1, 2013

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To: (1) Clarify that operation of a truck on a highway where truck passage is prohibited constitutes an infraction, and establish a defense for such operation if the operator has a permit for such use or presents evidence of a destination or origin related to such highway, and (2) provide for the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to design and issue enhanced recognition number plates to replace existing number plates, other than special number plates, to enhance the ability of children and other individuals to assist in a law enforcement investigation of an abduction or other crime by better enabling the child or other individual to recall and describe the number plate of a suspect motor vehicle.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]