Substitute Senate Bill No. 1041
         Substitute Senate Bill No. 1041

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 95-325

AN ACT REVISING CERTAIN TRANSPORTATION LAWS.


    Section 1. (NEW)  Not  later  than February 1,
1996,  the commissioner  of  transportation  shall
adopt   regulations   in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter  54  of the general statutes
to  establish  minimum  requirements  relative  to
traffic safety for any car wash facility for which
a building permit  is  issued on or after February
1, 1996. Such  regulations  shall include, but not
be limited to,  provisions  which establish: (1) A
minimum distance from the entrance and exit of the
car wash building to the public highway; and (2) a
minimum distance from  the  car  wash  site  to  a
highway intersection.
    Sec.  2.  (NEW)   At   the   request   of  any
municipality which is  undertaking  a  project  to
rehabilitate, replace or  demolish  a bridge which
supports a municipal  road  using state or federal
highway funds, the  commissioner of transportation
may enter into an agreement with such municipality
which  sets  forth  the  responsibilities  of  the
parties in connection with the acquisition of real
property, as defined  in subsection (a) of section
13a-73  of the  general  statutes,  or  rights  of
ingress to and egress from land, which is required
for such project.  The commissioner shall exercise
his authority pursuant to this section in the same
manner  as  authorized   and   exercised   by  the
commissioner in acquiring  real property for state
highway  purposes subject  to  the  terms  of  the
agreement  between  the   commissioner   and   the
municipality.
    Sec. 3. Section 13b-46 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) The commissioner  [is  authorized  to] MAY
approve  airports, heliports,  restricted  landing
areas, and other  air  navigation  facilities. [in
accordance with regulations  adopted  by him.] Any
municipality or person  acquiring property for the
purpose  of  constructing   or   establishing   an
airport,  heliport  or   restricted  landing  area
shall, prior to  such  acquisition,  apply  to the
commissioner for a  certificate of approval of the
site selected and  the general purpose or purposes
for which the  property  is  to  be  acquired,  to
insure that the property and its use shall conform
to minimum standards of safety and shall serve the
public interest. Any  proposed  airport, heliport,
restricted landing area  or  other  air navigation
facility at which  more  than  thirty-six landings
and takeoffs are  expected  to be made by aircraft
in any year  shall be approved by the commissioner
before  it  shall   be  licensed  to  be  used  or
operated. [for such  year.] The commissioner shall
make  no  charge   for  approval  certificates  of
proposed   property   acquisition   for   airport,
heliport or restricted landing area purposes.
    (b) The commissioner  [is  authorized  to] MAY
license  airports, heliports,  restricted  landing
areas  and other  air  navigation  facilities  [in
accordance  with  regulations   adopted   by   the
commissioner, and to]  AND  renew  such  licenses.
[Licenses granted under  this  subsection or under
any  prior law  shall  be  annually  renewed  upon
payment of the  fee  therefor.] When a certificate
of approval of  an airport, heliport or restricted
landing area has  been issued by the commissioner,
he may grant a license for operation and use. [The
commissioner may charge  for  the issuance of each
original  license  for  an  airport,  heliport  or
restricted landing area  not more than twenty-five
dollars  and, for  each  annual  renewal  of  such
license, not more  than ten dollars.] ON AND AFTER
JULY 1, 1995,  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CHARGE A FEE
OF ONE HUNDRED  FIFTY  DOLLARS FOR EACH LICENSE OR
RENEWAL  THEREOF.  EACH   SUCH  LICENSE  SHALL  BE
EFFECTIVE FOR A  PERIOD  OF  THREE  YEARS FROM THE
DATE OF ISSUANCE.  EACH LICENSEE SHALL CERTIFY, ON
A FORM PROVIDED  BY  THE  COMMISSIONER,  THAT  THE
LICENSED FACILITY SHALL COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE
FEDERAL,  STATE AND  LOCAL  LAWS  AND  REGULATIONS
DURING THE LICENSE PERIOD. Municipalities shall be
exempt from the  payment  of  any  license  fee in
connection with airports owned or operated by such
municipalities.
    (c) No municipality  or  officer  or  employee
thereof and no  person  shall  operate an airport,
heliport, restricted landing  area  or  other  air
navigation facility for  which  approval  has  not
been granted, and  [an  annual]  A license has not
been issued, by  the  commissioner. The provisions
of this section  shall  not  apply to any airport,
heliport, restricted landing  area  or  other  air
navigation   facility   owned   by   the   federal
government within this state.
    (d) Any heliport in operation prior to October
1, 1985, shall  be  deemed  licensed for operation
and  use  and  the  commissioner  shall  issue  an
original license for  any  such  heliport upon the
written request of  the  person  who  controls and
operates such heliport.  Such  heliports  shall be
subject  to  the   provisions   of   this  chapter
concerning the renewal  or revocation of licenses,
inspection and review of air navigation facilities
and any other  provision  of  this  chapter except
those concerning the initial approval or licensing
of  such  facilities.   Such  heliports  shall  be
subject  to  any   regulation   adopted   by   the
commissioner of transportation  in accordance with
the  provisions  of   this  chapter  except  those
concerning the initial  approval  or  licensing of
any air navigation facility.
    Sec. 4. Section  14-24 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    The commissioner may,  if in his opinion it is
equitable,  grant  a   special   registration  and
furnish a special set of number plates or markers,
limited or unlimited  as  he  deems advisable, for
the  operation of  heavy  duty  trailers  for  the
transportation of heavy construction equipment, of
cranes or other  heavy construction equipment upon
the streets and  highways  of  this state from the
railroad  station  or  the  storage  yard  to  the
construction job, or  from one construction job to
another.  Each  movement  of  such  trailer,  when
loaded,   crane  or   other   heavy   construction
equipment shall require  a  limited  or  unlimited
written   permit   from    the   commissioner   of
transportation, [and each  permit  shall provide a
temporary  marker  which  shall  give  the  permit
number, the date  of issue and date of expiration.
Such temporary marker] UNLESS IT IS OPERATING WITH
AN OVERSIZE-OVERWEIGHT ACCOUNT  CODE NUMBER, AND A
CONFIRMATION    NUMBER    FURNISHED     BY    SAID
COMMISSIONER. THE COMMISSIONER  OF  TRANSPORTATION
SHALL ISSUE FOR  EACH  SUCH VEHICLE OPERATING WITH
SUCH  AN ACCOUNT  CODE  NUMBER  A  DOCUMENT  WHICH
IDENTIFIES THE VEHICLE  AND  STATES  THE  DATE  OF
ISSUE  AND  DATE   OF   EXPIRATION.  THE  ORIGINAL
DOCUMENT,  as furnished  by  the  commissioner  of
transportation, shall be [displayed in a prominent
place on] CARRIED  IN  the vehicle. [, in addition
to the] THE  markers or NUMBER plates furnished by
the  commissioner  of   motor  vehicles  SHALL  BE
DISPLAYED IN A  PROMINENT  PLACE  ON  THE VEHICLE.
Such registration may  be  revoked or suspended at
the discretion of  the  commissioner.  Nothing  in
this section shall  be  construed  to  prevent the
commissioner from issuing  temporary registrations
for vehicles of  this class. The commissioner may,
upon receipt of  a  certified  copy  of  a  permit
granted under the  provisions  of section 13a-117,
grant to the  person named in the permit a special
registration and furnish  a  special set of number
plates  or  markers,   limited  or  unlimited,  as
specified in the  permit,  which permit shall be a
part of such  registration.  The  registered gross
weight  of any  tractor-trailer  unit,  where  the
trailer is registered  as  a  heavy  duty trailer,
shall be the  light weight of the tractor plus the
gross weight of the heavy duty trailer.
    Sec. 5. Subsection  (b)  of  section 32-426 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b) The authority shall be governed by a board
of  directors  consisting  of  the  [commissioner]
COMMISSIONERS  of  transportation   AND   ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT,   SERVING  EX   OFFICIO;   ONE   PORT
PROFESSIONAL  FROM  EACH  OF  THE  PORT  AREAS  OF
BRIDGEPORT, NEW HAVEN AND NEW LONDON DESIGNATED BY
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BRIDGEPORT PORT AUTHORITY, THE
CHAIRMAN OF THE  NEW  HAVEN HARBOR COOPERATIVE AND
THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE  OFFICER  OF  THE  CITY OF NEW
LONDON, RESPECTIVELY, PROVIDED  IN  NO EVENT SHALL
THERE  BE MORE  THAN  ONE  REPRESENTATIVE  FROM  A
SINGLE BUSINESS ENTITY, EACH serving AS ex-officio
NONVOTING MEMBERS; six  members  appointed  by the
governor, one of  whom  shall be a resident of the
city  of New  London,  one  of  whom  shall  be  a
resident of the  city of New Haven and one of whom
shall be a resident of the city of Bridgeport; and
six  members appointed  as  follows:  One  by  the
president pro tempore  of  the  senate, one by the
majority leader of the senate, one by the minority
leader of the  senate,  one  by the speaker of the
house  of representatives,  one  by  the  majority
leader of the  house of representatives and one by
the   minority   leader    of    the    house   of
representatives.      The     commissioner      of
transportation  OR THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT may designate his deputy or any member
of his staff  to  represent him at meetings of the
authority, with full  power to act and vote in his
behalf. The term of each member of the board shall
be coterminous with  the  term  of  the appointing
authority for such  member or until a successor is
chosen, whichever is  later.  The  governor  shall
fill any vacancy  for  the  unexpired  term  of  a
member appointed by  the governor. The appropriate
appointing authority shall  fill  any  vacancy for
the unexpired term  of  a  member appointed by the
authority. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "PORT
PROFESSIONAL" MEANS AN INDIVIDUAL ACTIVELY ENGAGED
IN PORT OPERATIONS.
    Sec. 6. Notwithstanding  any  provision of the
general  statutes,  any   special   act   or   any
regulation, the department  of  transportation may
replace the Old  Clinton  Road Highway Bridge over
railroad tracks in Westbrook, bridge number 03894,
with a new  bridge  which  will  provide a minimum
overhead clearance from  the railroad tracks which
will  equal  or   exceed   the  existing  overhead
clearance of seventeen feet, seven inches.
    Sec.  7.  The   viaduct  on  Alpha  Avenue  in
Stonington  designated  by   the   department   of
transportation as bridge  number  03906  shall  be
named the Frank Turek Viaduct.
    Sec. 8. The  bridge  over  the Naugatuck River
and Route 8  on  Route  68  in  Naugatuck shall be
named  the  General  Tadeusz  Kosciuszko  Memorial
Bridge.
    Sec. 9. The  bridge  over the Quinnipiac River
on Interstate Route 95 in New Haven shall be named
the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge.
    Sec. 10. Interstate  Route  291 shall be named
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.
    Sec. 11. The  pond  on  the  West River in New
Haven  and  Woodbridge  known  as  Lily  Pond  and
designated  by  the  department  of  environmental
protection as lake number 11530 shall be named the
John Willsher Pond.
    Sec. 12. Subsection  (f) of section 14-253a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (f) Only those  motor  vehicles  displaying  a
plate or placard  issued  pursuant to this section
shall be authorized  to  park in public or private
areas reserved for  exclusive use by blind persons
or  persons with  disabilities,  EXCEPT  THAT  ANY
AMBULANCE, AS DEFINED IN SECTION 19a-175, WHICH IS
TRANSPORTING A PATIENT MAY PARK IN SUCH AREA FOR A
PERIOD  NOT  TO   EXCEED   FIFTEEN  MINUTES  WHILE
ASSISTING SUCH PATIENT.  Any  motor vehicle parked
in violation of  the provisions of this subsection
for the third  or subsequent time shall be subject
to being towed  from  such  designated  area. Such
vehicle shall be  impounded  until  payment of any
fines incurred is  received.  No  person,  firm or
corporation engaged in  the business of leasing or
renting motor vehicles  without  drivers  in  this
state may be  held  liable  for  any  acts  of the
lessee constituting a  violation of the provisions
of this subsection.
    Sec. 13. Subsection  (a)  of  section 14-26 of
the general statutes,  as amended by section 15 of
public act 95-260,  is  repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) Each owner  or  lessee  of  a  motor  bus,
service bus, taxicab,  school bus or motor vehicle
in livery service  shall file in the office of the
commissioner a special application, containing his
name,  residence and  post-office  address  and  a
description of the  motor  vehicle owned or leased
by him, which  shall include the name of the maker
and such other information as the commissioner may
require. The commissioner  may register such motor
vehicle as a motor bus or as a service bus or as a
taxicab or as  a  school bus or as a motor vehicle
in livery service  or as a school bus used in part
in livery service;  but no such registration shall
be issued to the owner or lessee of any such motor
vehicle unless it  is  in  suitable  condition for
carrying passengers and is equipped as required by
law. The registration  number  and  certificate of
registration  of  each   such   vehicle  shall  be
special,  and  such  certificate  of  registration
shall contain such information as the commissioner
may require. No  registration  shall  be issued to
the owner or  lessee  of  a  motor bus who has not
obtained a certificate  of  public convenience and
necessity from the  department  of transportation,
in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  section
13b-80. No registration  shall  be  issued  to the
owner or lessee  of a taxicab who has not obtained
a certificate of  public convenience and necessity
from   the   department   of   transportation   in
accordance with the  provisions of section 13b-97.
No such vehicle  shall  be  registered  unless the
owner thereof has  complied with the provisions of
section  14-29,  and  no  such  vehicle  shall  be
operated  upon any  highway  without  first  being
registered in accordance  with  the  provisions of
section 14-49. The  commissioner  may issue, to an
applicant for registration  of more than one motor
bus, a certificate or certificates of registration
containing  a general  distinguishing  number  and
mark assigned to  such  applicant upon application
to him therefor,  which  application shall be made
in such form  and  contain such information as the
commissioner  may  determine.   Each   motor   bus
included in such registration shall be regarded as
registered under and  having  assigned  to it such
general  distinguishing  number   and   mark.  The
commissioner may impose  upon the issuance and use
of each such general registration such conditions,
limitations and restrictions  as he may determine.
Such motor bus  owners  shall  not  be required to
carry   such  certificates   upon   the   vehicles
registered under the  provisions  of this section,
but shall keep  a  record of each person operating
any motor bus  so  registered in sufficient detail
to promptly identify  such person at any specified
time,  which  record   shall  be  subject  to  the
inspection  of  any   officer  designated  by  the
commissioner. If any such registrant fails to keep
such record or  to  produce  it  for inspection as
hereinbefore  provided,  such   failure  shall  be
sufficient cause for the commissioner to cancel or
suspend such registration.  The  commissioner  may
require of such  registrant a bond satisfactory to
him  in an  amount  not  to  exceed  ten  thousand
dollars, conditioned upon compliance with the laws
of  the  state   and   the   regulations   of  the
commissioner   concerning   the    use   of   such
registration,  number  and   mark,   or  otherwise
conditioned as he  may direct, which bond shall be
forfeited  for any  violation  of  the  conditions
thereof. The commissioner  may issue to the holder
of  any  such  general  motor  bus  or  interstate
registration one or  more registrations and number
plates for motor  vehicles in livery service which
may be used interchangeably with such motor bus or
interstate registration in  accordance  with  such
conditions  and  regulations  as  he  may  impose,
PROVIDED THE NUMBER  OF  INTERSTATE  REGISTRATIONS
AND NUMBER PLATES  ISSUED  SHALL  NOT  EXCEED  THE
NUMBER  OF  INTRASTATE  REGISTRATIONS  AND  NUMBER
PLATES   AUTHORIZED   BY    THE    DEPARTMENT   OF
TRANSPORTATION.
    Sec.  14.  Section   12-217s  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section 34 of public act
95-160,  is  repealed   and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    There shall be allowed as a credit against the
tax imposed on any corporation under this chapter,
except  corporations  employing   fewer  than  one
hundred employees, with  respect  to  any  taxable
year of such  corporation  commencing  on or after
January 1, 1997, an amount equal to fifty per cent
of the amount  spent  by  such  corporation, ON OR
AFTER JANUARY 1,  1995,  for  the  direct costs of
transportation  management programs  and  services
related thereto instituted  by such corporation in
response to the  provisions of sections 13b-38o to
13b-38y,  inclusive, not  to  exceed  two  hundred
fifty dollars annually  per employee participating
in  alternative means  of  commuting  pursuant  to
transportation  management  programs.   The  total
amount of credits  available  under the provisions
of this section  shall not exceed one million five
hundred  thousand  dollars.   The   department  of
transportation   shall   adopt    regulations   in
accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 which
shall include, but not be limited to, establishing
procedures for a corporation to obtain and qualify
for the tax credit.
    Sec.  15.  Section   14-314a  of  the  general
statutes is repealed.
    Sec. 16. This  act  shall take effect from its
passage, except that  sections  3,  5 and 13 shall
take effect July  1,  1995,  and sections 4 and 15
shall take effect October 1, 1995.

Approved July 13, 1995