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File No. 387

    January Session, 2017

Substitute House Bill No. 6059

House of Representatives, April 4, 2017

The Committee on Transportation reported through REP. GUERRERA of the 29th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.


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

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 14-12 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2017):

(a) No motor vehicle shall be operated or towed on any highway or parked in any parking area as defined in section 14-212, except as otherwise expressly provided, unless it is registered with the commissioner, provided any motor vehicle may be towed for repairs or necessary work if it bears the markers of a licensed and registered dealer, manufacturer or repairer and provided any motor vehicle which is validly registered in another state may, for a period of sixty days following establishment by the owner of residence in this state, be operated on any highway or parked in any parking area without first being registered with the commissioner. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, (1) a person commits an infraction if such person registers a motor vehicle he or she does not own or if such person operates, or allows the operation of, an unregistered motor vehicle on a public highway or parks, or allows the parking of, an unregistered motor vehicle in a parking area, or (2) a resident of this state who operates or parks a motor vehicle he or she owns with marker plates issued by another state shall be fined one thousand dollars. If the owner of a motor vehicle previously registered on an annual or biennial basis, the registration of which expired not more than thirty days previously, operates, [or] allows the operation of, parks or allows the parking of such a motor vehicle, such owner shall be fined the amount designated for the infraction of failure to renew a registration, but the right to retain his or her operator's license shall not be affected. No operator other than the owner shall be subject to penalty for the operation or parking of such a previously registered motor vehicle. As used in this subsection, the term "unregistered motor vehicle" includes any vehicle that is not eligible for registration by the commissioner due to the absence of necessary equipment or other characteristics of the vehicle that make it unsuitable for highway operation, unless the operation of such vehicle is expressly permitted by another provision of this chapter or chapter 248.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2017


Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In the third sentence, "or" was bracketed and "or" was deleted for clarity.


Joint Favorable Subst. -LCO


The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected


FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Motor Vehicle Dept.

TF - Revenue Gain

See Below

See Below

Resources of the General Fund

GF - Potential Revenue Gain



Note: TF=Transportation Fund; GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:



FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Various Municipalities

Revenue Gain




The bill prohibits a person from parking an improperly registered vehicle in a public parking area. To the extent that this 1) increases the number of offenses related to improper vehicle registration, and 2) increases the number of motor vehicle registrations in the state, there is a revenue gain to the state and municipalities.

The bill will result in a revenue gain of up to $80,0001 to the Special Transportation Fund due to increased motor vehicles registrations dependent on the enforcement of the provisions of the bill.

While the bill will result in an increased number of offenses, it is anticipated that this will result in potential minimal revenue gain to the General Fund from fines, as most offenders comply with the registration changes within the 60 day grace period. In FY 16, there were 187 offenses but only one resulted in a fine of $1,000.

There is a revenue gain to municipalities, as vehicles that become registered in state as a result of the bill will begin to pay property taxes. The revenue gain will vary based on the number of motor vehicles that register, the assessed value of those vehicles, and municipal mill rates.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of offenses committed, the number of resulting motor vehicle registrations, and municipal grand lists and mill rates.

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6059



Existing law generally prohibits a person from operating or towing a motor vehicle on a highway unless it is properly registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The bill additionally prohibits a person from parking an improperly registered vehicle in a parking area, defined as lots, areas, or other accommodations (1) used to park vehicles off-street and (2) open for public use with or without charge.

Under current law, a person who establishes residency in the state has a 60-day grace period during which he or she may operate a vehicle registered out-of-state without registering it with DMV. The bill additionally allows such a person to park in a parking area during the grace period.

Under the bill, (1) a person who parks an unregistered vehicle as prohibited commits an infraction and (2) a state resident who parks a vehicle he or she owns with an out-of-state license plate after the grace period faces a $1,000 fine. The same penalties apply under existing law to people who operate or allow the operation of unregistered or improperly registered vehicles.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017


Transportation Committee

Joint Favorable







1 According to the Maine Secretary of the State, 900 vehicles registered in Maine have a mailing address in Connecticut.