OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6495

AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE STATUTES.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Department of Motor Vehicles

TF - Revenue Gain

1,478,300

2,854,000

Department of Motor Vehicles

TF - Revenue Loss

217,250

428,500

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

29,000

29,000

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Various Municipalities

Potential Revenue Gain

See Below

See Below

Explanation

A section by section fiscal impact is presented below. The other sections of the bill have no fiscal impact because they make technical, clarifying, or conforming changes to current practice or federal regulations.

Section 8 requires blanket insurance coverage on all vehicles for leasing companies and results in an infraction for any company that violates the provisions of the bill. The full impact is indeterminate as this is a new offense.

Sections 9 and 10 make technical changes to municipal reporting requirements to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) concerning delinquent taxpayers; and includes all-terrain vehicles and vessels to the list of vehicles that DMV can decide not to register if a person is delinquent on their property taxes. This may result in a minimal revenue loss to the Transportation Fund in lost registration fees from vehicles that have outstanding delinquent property taxes due. To the extent that this provision results in the payment of delinquent taxes then municipalities would experience a revenue gain.

Section 12 allows DMV to have the option to use a non-color photograph on a motor vehicle license and does not result in a fiscal impact.

Section 14 is anticipated to result in a potential revenue loss up to $1,000 in FY 14 and FY 15 to the Transportation Fund due to exempting certain active duty military members from a motor cycle knowledge and vision test. The fee for this test is $40 and it is anticipated that a minimal amount of exemptions will occur.

Section 15 eliminates a $12 motor vehicle license fee for up to a year when the license does not expire until more than six years after it is obtained. It is anticipated to result in a revenue loss to the Transportation Fund of $211,250 in FY 14 and $422,500 in FY 15.

Section 16 increases the fee for renewing a two-year license for people age 65 or older from $22 to $24 and is anticipated to result in a revenue gain to the Transportation Fund of $50,000 in FY 14 and FY 15.

Section 17 increases the renewal fee for a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) from $60 to $70 which is anticipated to result in a revenue gain to the Transportation Fund of $227,300 in FY 14 and $303,000 in FY 15.

Section 20 requires electric motor vehicles to be registered biennial and changes the registration fee from $19 to $36. This is anticipated to result in a revenue loss to the Transportation Fund of up to $1,000 in FY 14 and FY 15.

Section 21 increases a motor vehicle license renewal fee from $65 to $72 for a six year period and is anticipated to result in revenue gain to the Transportation Fund of $1.2 million in FY 14 and $2.5 million in FY 15.

Section 23 will result in a potential revenue gain to the General Fund of $10,000 by establishing a fine if a licensed dealer sells a car without a valid certificate of title. It is anticipated that relatively few offenses will occur or be charged.

Section 25 imposes fines on auctioneers who sell a vehicle at their auction house whose odometer was changed and is anticipated to result in a General Fund revenue gain of up to $1,000. It is anticipated that relatively few offenses will occur or be charged.

Section 26 establishes an infraction for an operator of a wrecker who violates the provisions of CGS 14-66, which is anticipated to result in a revenue gain of $5,000 to the General Fund. The bill also exempts additional vehicles from registration requirements, which will result in a revenue loss of $5,000 to the Special Transportation Fund because of fewer vehicles that would pay the $125 biennial fee.

Section 27 will result in a potential revenue gain to the Transportation Fund of $1,000 for establishing a fee of $88 for any driving school that opens an additional school within the timeframe of a two year license. It is anticipated that relatively few cases will occur.

Section 36 expands the statute pertaining to illegal towing to include all vehicles not designed to be towed such as motor-driven cycles and is anticipated to result in a revenue gain to the General Fund of up to $1,000. It is anticipated that relatively few offenses will occur.

Section 37 requires a driver of a motor-driven cycle to wear eye protection and imposes an infraction which is anticipated to result in a revenue gain to the General Fund of up to $1,000. It is anticipated that relatively few offenses will occur.

Sections 46-50 establish violations for motor vehicle repair shops and are anticipated to result in a revenue gain to the General Fund of up to $10,000 in FY 14 and FY 15.

Section 55 establishes an infraction for disobeying a fire police officer directing traffic which may result in a potential revenue gain to the General Fund of up to $1,000. It is anticipated that relatively few offenses will occur.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.