as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/07/2019 04:30pm
A bill for an act
relating to motor vehicles; authorizing seasonal use of studded tires; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 169.72, subdivision 4; repealing Minnesota
Statutes 2018, section 169.72, subdivision 5.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 169.72, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
deleted text beginNotwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 1deleted text endnew text beginnew text end,
a persondeleted text begin, operating a motor vehicle properly licensed and registered in another state or
province of a foreign country which authorizes the use of tires with metal studs or wire
embedded tires on its highways,deleted text end may operate deleted text beginthedeleted text end new text beginnew text endmotor vehicle with tires having metal
type studs or with tires having wire embedded therein on the highways of this state deleted text beginwhile
occasionally within the state, and such use while occasionally within the state is not unlawfuldeleted text end;
provided that, the metal type studs shall not exceed 5/16 of an inch in diameter inclusive
of the stud casing with an average protrusion beyond the tread surface of not more than
7/64 of an inch, and the number of studs in a tire shall not exceed two percent of the total
net contact area. deleted text beginUse of a vehicle in this state on more than 30 days in any consecutive
six-month period is not occasionally. Except, a person whose regular place of employment
is within the state or who is a student at an educational institution located within the state,
shall not operate a vehicle, regardless of its place of registration, upon any highway within
the state if such vehicle is equipped with tires which would be unauthorized were the vehicle
registered in this state.
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Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 19-3933
(a) A rural mail carrier of the United States Postal Service may apply to the commissioner for a permit to operate a rural mail delivery vehicle with tires having metal studs. An applicant must submit with the application for the permit (1) verification that the applicant is employed as a United States postal carrier, (2) a map showing the applicant's mail delivery route, and (3) identification of the vehicle the applicant uses on that mail delivery route.
(b) If the commissioner determines that (1) the applicant is employed as a United States postal carrier, and (2) less than 25 percent of the total mileage on the applicant's mail delivery route is paved, the commissioner may issue the permit. A permit under this subdivision is valid beginning November 1 of a calendar year and expires on April 15 of the following calendar year.
(c) A permit under this subdivision authorizes the permit holder to operate a motor vehicle equipped with tires having metal studs that meet the limitations in subdivision 4, while (1) traveling between the permit holder's residence and a mail pickup station, and (2) delivering United States mail on the permit holder's delivery route as shown in the map accompanying the permit application. The permit is valid only for the vehicle identified in the permit.
(d) The commissioner may amend a permit under this subdivision when (1) the permit holder submits evidence of a change in the permit holder's mail delivery route, or (2) the permit holder changes vehicles used in the route.
(e) The commissioner may revoke a permit when the commissioner determines that (1) the vehicle named in the permit is or has been operated in violation of this subdivision or the terms of the permit, or (2) the commissioner determines that more than 25 percent of the total mileage of the permit holder's mail delivery route is paved.
(f) Operation of a motor vehicle identified in a permit in violation of this subdivision or the terms of a permit issued under this subdivision is a misdemeanor.
(g) A permit holder under this subdivision must remove tires having metal studs from the vehicle identified in the permit (1) by 12:01 a.m. on April 16 of each year, and (2) whenever the permit holder transfers ownership of the vehicle or ceases employment as a United States postal carrier.