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                         Laws of Minnesota 1985 

                        CHAPTER 291-S.F.No. 930 
           An act relating to public safety; motor vehicles; 
          clarifying penalties for failure to provide security 
          for basic reparation benefits; defining terms; 
          requiring certification procedure to obtain tax-exempt 
          passenger vehicle license plates for unmarked vehicle 
          of law enforcement agency; reducing 2,000-pound weight 
          limitation to three-fourths ton for motor vehicles in 
          certain situations; exempting certain returned motor 
          vehicle registration documents from filing fee; 
          regulating format of certain license plates; 
          increasing weight of vehicles which may be operated 
          with class "C" driver's license; prescribing filing 
          period for clerk of district court to forward drivers 
          license applications and fees to department of public 
          safety; requiring revocation of driver's license upon 
          conviction of crime of fleeing from peace officer; 
          expanding definition of misdemeanor for purpose of 
          driver's license revocation; authorizing prima facie 
          evidentiary status for certified department driver 
          records; authorizing commissioner of public safety to 
          promulgate school bus driver qualification rules; 
          authorizing access to certain private vehicle tax 
          information under certain conditions; prescribing fees;
          providing for a traffic accident reconstruction system;
          appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 1984, 
          sections 65B.67, subdivision 4; 168.011, subdivisions 
          4, 28, and 29; 168.012, subdivision 1, and by adding 
          subdivisions; 168.013, subdivisions 1c, 1e, 1g, and 16;
          168.021, subdivision 1; 168.09, by adding a 
          subdivision; 168.27, subdivision 11; 168.29; 168.31, 
          subdivision 4; 168.33, subdivision 7; 169.79; 171.02, 
          subdivision 2; 171.06, subdivision 4; 171.17; 171.20, 
          by adding a subdivision; 171.21; 171.321, subdivision 
          2; 297B.12; and Laws 1982, chapter 639, section 10; 
          repealing Minnesota Statutes 1984, sections 168.013, 
          subdivision 1i; and 168.105, subdivision 4. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 65B.67, 
subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4.  [PENALTY.] Any operator of a motor vehicle or 
motorcycle who is convicted of a misdemeanor under the terms of 
this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be sentenced 
as provided in section 609.03, clause (3), and shall have his 
driver's license revoked for not more than 12 months.  If the 
operator is also an owner of the motor vehicle or motorcycle, 
the registration of the motor vehicle or motorcycle shall also 
be revoked for not more than 12 months.  Before reinstatement of 
a driver's license or registration, the operator shall file with 
the commissioner of public safety the written certificate of an 
insurance carrier authorized to do business in this state 
stating that security has been provided by the operator as 
required by section 65B.48.  The commissioner shall include a 
notice of the penalties contained in this section on all forms 
for registration of motor vehicles or motorcycles required to 
maintain a plan of reparation security. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.011, 
subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4.  [MOTOR VEHICLE.] "Motor vehicle" means any 
self-propelled vehicle not operated exclusively upon railroad 
tracks and any vehicle propelled or drawn by a self-propelled 
vehicle and includes vehicles known as trackless trolleys which 
are propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley 
wires but not operated upon rails, except snowmobiles and 
manufactured homes.  Motor vehicle does not include a 
three-wheel off-road vehicle as defined in section 84.92, 
subdivision 8. 
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.011, 
subdivision 28, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 28.  [VAN.] "Van" means any vehicle of box-like 
design with no barrier or separation between the operator's area 
and the remainder of the passenger-carrying or cargo-carrying 
area, and with a manufacturer's nominal rated carrying capacity 
of 2,000 pounds three-fourths ton or less and commonly known as 
a van.  
    Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.011, 
subdivision 29, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 29.  [PICKUP TRUCKS.] "Pickup truck" means any truck 
with a manufacturer's nominal rated carrying capacity of 2,000 
pounds three-fourths ton or less and commonly known as a pickup 
truck.  
    Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.012, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  Vehicles owned and used solely in the 
transaction of official business by representatives of foreign 
powers, by the federal government, the state, or any political 
subdivision thereof, or vehicles owned and used exclusively by 
educational institutions and used solely in the transportation 
of pupils to and from such institutions, shall be exempt from 
the provision of this chapter requiring payment of tax or 
registration fees, except as provided in section 6.  
    Vehicles owned by the federal government, municipal fire 
apparatus, police patrols and ambulances, the general appearance 
of which is unmistakable, shall not be required to register or 
display number plates.  
    Unmarked vehicles used in general police work, arson 
investigations, and passenger vehicles, station wagons, and 
buses owned or operated by the department of corrections shall 
be registered and shall display passenger vehicle classification 
license number plates which shall be furnished by the registrar 
at cost.  Original and renewal applications for these passenger 
vehicle license plates authorized for use in general police work 
and for use by the department of corrections must be accompanied 
by a certification signed by the appropriate chief of police if 
issued to a police vehicle, the appropriate sheriff if issued to 
a sheriff's vehicle, the commissioner of corrections if issued 
to a department of corrections vehicle, or the appropriate 
officer in charge if issued to a vehicle of any other law 
enforcement agency.  The certification must be on a form 
prescribed by the commissioner and state that the vehicle will 
be used exclusively for a purpose authorized by this section.  
     All other motor vehicles shall be registered and display 
tax exempt number plates which shall be furnished by the 
registrar at cost, except as provided in section 6. 
     All vehicles required to display tax exempt number plates 
shall have the name of the state department or public 
subdivision on the vehicle plainly printed on both sides thereof 
in letters not less than 2-1/2 inches high, one inch wide and of 
a three-eighths inch stroke; except that each state hospital and 
institution for the mentally ill and mentally retarded may have 
one vehicle without the required printing on the sides of the 
vehicle.  Such printing shall be in a color giving a marked 
contrast with that of the part of the vehicle on which it is 
placed and shall be done with a good quality of paint that will 
endure throughout the term of the registration.  The printing 
must be on a part of the vehicle itself and not on a removable 
plate or placard of any kind and shall be kept clean and visible 
at all times; except that a removable plate or placard may be 
utilized on vehicles leased or loaned to a political subdivision.
The owner of any such vehicle desiring to come under the 
foregoing exemption provisions shall first notify the chief of 
the state patrol who shall provide suitable seals and cause the 
same to be affixed to any such vehicle. 
    Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.012, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 1c.  (a) The annual fee for trailer license plates 
issued to a tax-exempt vehicle under this section is $5 for each 
plate.  
    (b) The annual fee for license plates issued to all other 
tax-exempt vehicles is a $5 administrative handling fee and $10 
for two plates per vehicle.  
    (c) On and after March 1, 1986, the registration period for 
a tax-exempt vehicle is biennial and new plates will be issued 
for the life of the vehicle.  Fees are due on March 1 biennially 
and payable the preceding January 1, with validating stickers 
issued at time of payment.  If the tax-exempt vehicle is newly 
registered for less than the two-year period, the fee must be 
apportioned by six-month increments, but in no event may the fee 
be less than $5 per vehicle. 
    Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.012, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read:  
    Subd. 11.  Semitrailers as defined in section 168.011, 
subdivision 14, shall not be taxed as a motor vehicle using the 
public streets and highways and shall display a number plate for 
identification purposes only.  
    Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.013, 
subdivision 1c, is amended to read:  
    Subd. 1c.  [FARM TRUCKS.] (1) On farm trucks having a gross 
weight of not more than 57,000 pounds, the tax shall be based on 
total gross weight and shall be 45 percent of the Minnesota base 
rate prescribed by subdivision 1e during each of the first eight 
years of vehicle life, but in no event less than $35, and during 
the ninth and succeeding years of vehicle life the tax shall be 
27 percent of the Minnesota base rate prescribed by subdivision 
1e, but in no event less than $21, except as otherwise provided 
in this subdivision.  On farm trucks having a gross weight of 
not more than 57,000 pounds during each of the first eight years 
of vehicle life, the tax shall be: 
    (a) for the registration year 1982, 34 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (b) for the registration year 1983, 38 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (c) for the registration year 1984, 42 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (d) for the registration year 1985, and each succeeding 
year, 45 percent of the tax imposed in the Minnesota base rate 
schedule. 
    On farm trucks having a gross weight of not more than 
57,000 pounds during the ninth and succeeding years of vehicle 
life, the tax shall be: 
    (a) for the 1982 registration year, 20 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (b) for the 1983 registration year, 22 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (c) for the 1984 registration year, 24 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (d) for the 1985 registration year, and each succeeding 
year, 27 percent of the Minnesota base rate schedule. 
    (2) On farm trucks having a gross weight of more than 
57,000 pounds, the tax shall be 60 percent of the Minnesota base 
rate during the first eight years of vehicle life and 36 percent 
of the Minnesota base rate during the ninth and succeeding 
years, except as otherwise provided in this subdivision.  On 
farm trucks having a gross weight of more than 57,000 pounds 
during the first eight years of vehicle life, the tax shall be: 
    (a) for the registration year 1982, 38 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (b) for the registration year 1983, 45 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (c) for the registration year 1984, 53 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (d) for the registration year 1985, and each succeeding 
year, 60 percent of the tax imposed in the Minnesota base rate 
schedule. 
    On farm trucks having a gross weight of more than 57,000 
pounds, during the ninth and succeeding years of vehicle life, 
the tax shall be: 
    (a) for the 1982 registration year, 23 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (b) for the 1983 registration year, 27 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (c) for the 1984 registration year, 31 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (d) for the 1985 registration year, and each succeeding 
year, 36 percent of the tax imposed in the Minnesota base rate 
schedule. 
    In addition to the gross weight tax imposed on a 
truck-tractor or truck used as a truck-tractor, each semitrailer 
shall be taxed a fee of $10 for a one year period or $50 for a 
five year period whichever the applicant elects. 
    Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.013, 
subdivision 1e, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 1e.  [TRUCKS; TRACTORS; COMBINATIONS; EXCEPTIONS.] On 
trucks and tractors except those in this chapter defined as farm 
trucks, and urban trucks, and on truck-tractor and semitrailer 
combinations except those defined as farm combinations and urban 
combinations, and on commercial zone vehicles, the tax based on 
total gross weight shall be graduated according to the Minnesota 
base rate schedule prescribed in this subdivision, but in no 
event less than $120. 

                     Minnesota Base Rate Schedule 
          Scheduled taxes include five percent
          surtax provided for in subdivision 14
          TOTAL GROSS WEIGHT
              IN POUNDS                    TAX
          A       0 -  1,500             $  15
          B   1,501 -  3,000                20
          C   3,001 -  4,500                25
          D   4,501 -  6,000                35
          E   6,001 -  9,000                45
          F   9,001 - 12,000                70
          G  12,001 - 15,000               105
          H  15,001 - 18,000               145
          I  18,001 - 21,000               190
          J  21,001 - 26,000               270
          K  26,001 - 33,000               360
          L  33,001 - 39,000               470   475
          M  39,001 - 45,000               590   595
          N  45,001 - 51,000               710   715
          O  51,001 - 57,000               860   865
          P  57,001 - 63,000              1010  1015
          Q  63,001 - 69,000              1180  1185
          R  69,001 - 73,280              1320  1325
          S  73,281 - 78,000              1520  1525
          T  78,001 - 81,000              1620  1625
    For each vehicle with a gross weight in excess of 81,000 
pounds an additional tax of $50 is imposed for each ton or 
fraction thereof in excess of 81,000 pounds, subject to 
subdivision 12. 
    Truck-tractors except those herein defined as farm and 
urban truck-tractors and commercial zone vehicles shall be taxed 
in accord with the foregoing gross weight tax schedule on the 
basis of the combined gross weight of the truck-tractor and any 
semitrailer or semitrailers which the applicant proposes to 
combine with the truck-tractor.  In addition, to the gross 
weight tax imposed on the truck-tractor, each semitrailer shall 
be taxed a fee of $10 for a one-year period or $50 for a 
five-year period whichever the applicant elects. 
    Commercial zone trucks include only trucks, truck-tractors, 
and semitrailer combinations which are: 
    (1) used by an authorized local cartage carrier operating 
under a permit issued under section 221.296 and whose gross 
transportation revenue consists of at least 60 percent obtained 
solely from local cartage carriage, and are operated solely 
within an area composed of two contiguous cities of the first 
class and municipalities contiguous thereto as defined by 
section 221.011, subdivision 17; or, 
     (2) operated by an interstate carrier registered under 
section 221.61 or 221.62, or by an authorized local cartage 
carrier or other carrier receiving operating authority under 
chapter 221, and operated solely within a zone exempt from 
regulation by the interstate commerce commission pursuant to 
United States Code, title 49, section 10526(b). 
      The license plates issued for commercial zone vehicles 
shall be plainly marked.  A person operating a commercial zone 
vehicle outside the zone or area in which its operation is 
authorized is guilty of a misdemeanor and, in addition to the 
penalty therefor, shall have the registration of the vehicle as 
a commercial zone vehicle revoked by the registrar and shall be 
required to reregister the vehicle at 100 percent of the full 
annual tax prescribed in the Minnesota base rate schedule, and 
no part of this tax shall be refunded during the balance of the 
registration year. 
      On commercial zone trucks the tax shall be based on the 
total gross weight of the vehicle and during the first eight 
years of vehicle life shall be 75 percent of the Minnesota base 
rate schedule.  During the ninth and succeeding years of vehicle 
life the tax shall be 50 percent of the Minnesota base rate 
schedule, except as otherwise provided in this subdivision.  On 
commercial zone trucks, during the ninth and succeeding years of 
vehicle life, the tax shall be: 
    (a) for the 1982 registration year, 35 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (b) for the 1983 registration year, 40 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (c) for the 1984 registration year, 45 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (d) for the 1985 registration year, and each succeeding 
year, 50 percent of the tax imposed in the Minnesota base rate 
schedule. 
    On trucks, truck-tractors and semitrailer combinations, 
except those defined as farm trucks and farm combinations, and 
except for those urban trucks and combinations and commercial 
zone vehicles specifically provided for in this subdivision, the 
tax for the first eight years of vehicle life shall be 100 
percent of the tax imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule, 
and during the ninth and succeeding years of vehicle life, the 
tax shall be 75 percent of the Minnesota base rate prescribed by 
this subdivision, except as otherwise provided in this 
subdivision. 
    On trucks, truck-tractors and semitrailer combinations, 
except those defined as farm trucks and farm combinations, and 
except for those urban trucks and combinations and commercial 
zone vehicles specifically provided for in this subdivision, 
during each of the first eight years of vehicle life the tax 
shall be: 
    (a) for the registration year 1982, 83 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (b) for the registration year 1983, 89 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (c) for the registration year 1984, 95 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule; 
    (d) for the registration year 1985, and each succeeding 
year, 100 percent of the tax imposed in the Minnesota base rate 
schedule. 
    Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.013, 
subdivision 1g, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 1g.  [RECREATIONAL VEHICLES.] Self-propelled 
recreational vehicles shall be separately licensed and taxed 
annually on the basis of total gross weight and the tax shall be 
graduated according to the Minnesota base rate schedule 
prescribed in subdivision 1e, but in no event less than $20, 
except as otherwise provided in this subdivision.  
    For all self-propelled recreational vehicles, the tax for 
the ninth and succeeding years of vehicle life shall be:  
    (a) for the 1982 registration year, 64 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule;  
    (b) for the 1983 registration year, 68 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule;  
    (c) for the 1984 registration year, 72 percent of the tax 
imposed in the Minnesota base rate schedule;  
    (d) for the 1985 registration year and each succeeding 
year, 75 percent of the tax imposed in the Minnesota base rate 
schedule.  
    Towed recreational vehicles shall be separately licensed 
and taxed annually on the basis of total gross weight at 30 
percent of the Minnesota base rate prescribed in subdivision 1e 
but in no event less than $5. 
    Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, all trailers and 
semitrailers taxed pursuant to this section shall be exempt from 
any wheelage tax now or hereafter imposed by any political 
subdivision or political subdivisions. 
    Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.013, 
subdivision 16, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 16.  [REPAIR AND SERVICING PERMIT.] Upon the written 
application of the owner of a motor vehicle registered and taxed 
as a commercial zone truck, an urban truck, a truck tractor, a 
semitrailer, or any combination thereof in accordance with this 
section, the registrar may grant permission in writing to such 
owner to operate such vehicle to and from a repair shop or 
service station outside of its licensed zone of operation for 
the limited purpose of repair or servicing. The application and 
any permit issued under this subdivision shall state the 
location of the repair or servicing facility, together with such 
other information and subject to such conditions as the 
registrar may specify.  Any motor vehicle operated under such a 
permit shall carry no load. 
    Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.021, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [SPECIAL PLATES; APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE.] 
When a motor vehicle registered under section 168.017, or a 
self-propelled motor vehicle with a manufacturer's rated 
capacity of 2,000 pounds or less, or a self-propelled 
recreational vehicle, is owned or primarily operated by a 
physically handicapped person, the owner may apply for and 
secure from the registrar of motor vehicles two license number 
plates with attached emblems, one plate to be attached to the 
front, and one to the rear of the vehicle.  Application for 
issuance of these plates must be made at the time of renewal or 
first application for registration. 
    Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.09, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 6.  On semitrailers as defined in section 168.011, 
subdivision 14, a number plate must be assigned to the 
registered owner as identification for the vehicle and correlate 
with the certificate of title documentation on file with the 
department.  This number plate shall not display a year 
designator.  The registration card must indicate the number 
plate for the number plate to be valid. 
    Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.27, 
subdivision 11, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 11.  [LICENSES.] Upon the filing of an application 
for a license and the proper fee, the registrar is authorized, 
unless the application on its face appears to be invalid, to 
grant a 90 day temporary license and during said 90 day period 
shall investigate the fitness of the applicant, inspect the site 
and make such other investigation as is necessary to insure 
compliance with the licensing law.  The registrar may extend the 
temporary license 30 days.  At the end of the period of 
investigation the license shall either be granted or denied.  If 
the application is approved, the registrar shall license the 
applicant as a motor vehicle dealer for the remainder of the 
calendar year, and issue a certificate of license therefor as 
the registrar may provide upon which shall be placed a 
distinguishing number of identification of such dealer.  Each 
initial application for a license shall be accompanied by a fee 
of $50 in addition to the annual fee.  The annual fee shall 
be $76 $100.  All initial fees and annual fees which shall be 
paid into the state treasury and credited to the general fund.  
If the initial application is received by the registrar after 
July 1 of any year, the first annual fee shall be reduced by 
one-half. 
    Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.29, is 
amended to read: 
     168.29 [DUPLICATE PLATES.] 
    In the event of the defacement, loss or destruction of any 
number plates, the registrar, upon receiving and filing a sworn 
statement of the vehicle owner, setting forth the circumstances 
of the defacement, loss, destruction or theft of the number 
plates, together with any defaced plates and the payment of the 
fee of $5 shall issue a new set of plates, provided that if the 
$5 fee exceeds the annual tax, the fee shall be the same as the 
annual tax.  Duplicate plates for tax-exempt vehicles licensed 
under section 168.012, subdivision 1, are furnished by the 
registrar at cost.  The registrar shall then note on his records 
the issue of such new number plates and shall proceed in such 
manner as he may deem advisable to cancel and call in the 
original plates so as to insure against their use on another 
motor vehicle.  Duplicate registration certificates plainly 
marked as duplicates may be issued in like cases upon the 
payment of a $1 fee. 
    Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.31, 
subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4.  [INSTALLMENTS.] If the tax for a vehicle assessed 
under section 168.013 or 168.187 amounts to more than $400, the 
owner may pay such tax by installments.  The owner shall tender 
with his application for registration one-third of the annual 
tax due or $400, whichever is greater, plus any penalties or 
arrears, plus a fee of $10.  Instead of this fee, the applicant 
may furnish a bond, bank letter of credit, or certificate of 
deposit approved by the registrar of motor vehicles, for the 
total of the tax still due.  The amount of the bond, letter of 
credit, or certificate of deposit may include any penalties 
which are assessed.  The bond, letter of credit, or certificate 
of deposit shall be for the benefit of the state for monetary 
loss caused by failure of the vehicle owner to pay delinquent 
license fees and penalties.  The remainder of the tax due shall 
be paid in two equal installments; the due date of the first 
installment shall be the first day of the fifth month of the 
registration period for which the tax is assessed and the second 
installment shall be due on the first day of the ninth month of 
the registration period for which the tax is assessed.  The 
registrar shall issue no registration certificate until the full 
amount of the tax has been paid.  In lieu of such registration 
certificate, the registrar shall issue to the owner a receipt 
for installments paid, which receipt shall be displayed upon the 
windshield of the vehicle as evidence that under the provisions 
of this section the vehicle may be operated on the streets and 
highways of this state.  When the applicant elects to pay the 
administrative fee, the registrar shall issue to the applicant 
validation stickers for the installment paid.  When the 
applicant elects to furnish a bond, bank letter, or letter of 
deposit, the registrar shall issue validation stickers for the 
registration year.  If an owner of a vehicle fails to pay an 
installment on or before the due date thereof, the vehicle shall 
not use the public streets or highways in this state until the 
installment or installments of the tax remaining due on such 
vehicle shall have been paid in full for the licensed year 
together with a penalty at the rate of $1 per day for the 
remainder of the month in which the balance of the tax becomes 
due and $4 a month for each succeeding month or fraction thereof 
during which the balance of the tax remains unpaid.  Upon the 
payment of the balance of the tax and the penalties, the 
registrar shall issue a registration certificate to the owner of 
the vehicle in the manner provided by law.  The registrar shall 
deny installment payment privileges provided in this subdivision 
in the subsequent year to any owner on any or all vehicles of 
such owner who during the current year fails to pay any 
installment due within one month after the due date. 
    Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.33, 
subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 7.  [FEES.] In addition to all other statutory fees 
and taxes, a filing fee of $3.25 is imposed on every application 
.  The filing fee shall be $2.50 effective August 1, 1981, and 
3.25 effective January 1, 1983; except that a filing fee may not 
be charged for a document returned for a refund or for a 
correction of an error made by the department or a deputy 
registrar.  The filing fee shall be shown as a separate item on 
all registration renewal notices sent out by the department of 
public safety. 
    Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 169.79, is 
amended to read: 
    169.79 [VEHICLE REGISTRATION.] 
    No person shall operate, drive or park a motor vehicle on 
any highway unless the vehicle is registered in accordance with 
the laws of this state and has the number plates for the current 
year only, as assigned to it by the commissioner of public 
safety, conspicuously displayed thereon in a manner that the 
view of any plate is not obstructed.  If the vehicle is a 
semitrailer, the number plate displayed must be assigned to the 
registered owner and correlate to the certificate of title 
documentation on file with the department and shall not display 
a year indicator.  If the vehicle is a motorcycle, motor 
scooter, motorized bicycle, motorcycle sidecar, trailer, 
semitrailer, or vehicle displaying a dealer plate, one plate 
shall be displayed on the rear thereof; if the vehicle is a 
truck-tractor, road-tractor or farm truck, as defined in section 
168.011, subdivision 17, but excluding from that definition 
semitrailers and trailers, one plate shall be displayed on the 
front thereof; if it is any other kind of motor vehicle, one 
plate shall be displayed on the front and one on the rear 
thereof.  All plates shall be securely fastened so as to prevent 
them from swinging.  The person driving the motor vehicle shall 
keep the plate legible and unobstructed and free from grease, 
dust, or other blurring material so that the lettering shall be 
plainly visible at all times.  License plates issued to vehicles 
registered under section 168.017 must display the month of 
expiration in the lower left corner as viewed facing the plate 
and the year of expiration in the lower right corner as viewed 
facing the plate. 
    Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 171.02, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS; TRUCKS AND EMERGENCY 
EQUIPMENT; MIDMOUNT AERIAL LADDER TRUCK.] Drivers' licenses 
shall be classified according to the types of vehicles which may 
be driven by the holder of each type or class of license.  The 
commissioner may, as appropriate, subdivide the classes listed 
in this subdivision and issue licenses classified accordingly.  
No class of license shall be valid to operate a motorcycle or 
school bus unless so endorsed.  There shall be three general 
classes of licenses as follows: 
    (a) Class C; valid for all farm trucks as defined in 
section 168.011, subdivision 17, operated by the owner or an 
immediate member of his family or an employee not primarily 
employed for the purpose of operating the farm truck or employed 
for the purpose of operating the farm truck during harvest for 
the first, continuous transportation of agricultural products 
from the place of production or on farm storage site to any 
other location within 50 miles of the place of the production or 
on farm storage site, fire trucks and emergency fire equipment, 
regardless of the number of axles, and whether or not in excess 
of 24,000 26,000 pounds GVW, driven or operated by volunteer 
firefighters while on duty, and all single unit two-axle 
vehicles not in excess of 24,000 26,000 pounds GVW including 
vehicles with a temporary auxiliary axle as defined in section 
169.67, subdivision 4.  Holder may also tow trailers under 
10,000 pounds GVW including house trailers.  Buses as defined 
under this chapter may not be driven by a holder of a class C 
license.  A person employed as a tillerman by a fire department 
may drive the rear portion of a midmount aerial ladder truck 
with a class C license. 
    (b) Class B; valid for all vehicles in class C and all 
other single unit vehicles including buses. 
    (c) Class A; valid for any vehicle or combination thereof. 
    Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 171.06, 
subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4.  [APPLICATION, FILING.] Any applicant for an 
instruction permit, a driver's license, restricted license, or 
duplicate license may file an application with a clerk of the 
district court or at a state office.  The clerk or state office 
shall receive and accept the application.  To cover all expenses 
involved in receiving, accepting, or forwarding to the 
department applications and fees, the clerk of the district 
court may retain a county fee of $1 for each application for a 
Minnesota identification card, instruction permit, duplicate 
license, driver license, or restricted license.  The amount 
allowed to be retained by the clerk of the district court shall 
be paid into the county treasury and credited to the general 
revenue fund of the county.  The clerk of court shall forward 
all applications and fees, less the amount herein allowed to be 
retained for expense, to the department within ten days of the 
receipt by him 72 hours of the final day of any established 
reporting period.  The clerks of the district courts may appoint 
agents to assist in accepting applications, but the clerks shall 
require every agent to forward to the clerk by whom he is 
appointed all applications accepted and fees collected by him, 
except that an agent may retain one-half of the $1 county fee to 
cover his expenses involved in receiving, accepting or 
forwarding the applications and fees.  The clerks of court shall 
be responsible for the acts of agents appointed by them and for 
the forwarding to the department of all applications accepted 
and those fees collected by agents and by themselves as are 
required to be forwarded to the department. 
    Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 171.17, is 
amended to read: 
    171.17 [REVOCATION.] 
    The department shall forthwith revoke the license of any 
driver upon receiving a record of such driver's conviction of 
any of the following offenses: 
    (1) Manslaughter or criminal negligence vehicular operation 
resulting from the operating operation of a motor vehicle; 
    (2) Any violation of section 169.121 or 609.487; 
    (3) Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle 
was used; 
    (4) Failure to stop and disclose identity and render aid, 
as required under the laws of this state, in the event of a 
motor vehicle accident resulting in the death or personal injury 
of another; 
    (5) Perjury or the making of a false affidavit or statement 
to the department under any law relating to the ownership or 
operation of a motor vehicle; 
    (6) Except as this section otherwise provides, conviction, 
plea of guilty, or forfeiture of bail not vacated, upon three 
charges of violating, within a period of 12 months any of the 
provisions of chapter 169, or of the rules, regulations, or 
municipal ordinances enacted in conformance therewith for which 
the accused may be punished upon conviction by imprisonment; 
    (7) Conviction of an offense in another state which, if 
committed in this state, would be grounds for the revocation of 
the driver's license. 
    When any judge of a juvenile court, or any of its duly 
authorized agents, shall determine, formally or informally, that 
any person under the age of 18 years has committed any offense 
defined in this section, such judge, or duly authorized agent, 
shall immediately report such determination to the department, 
and the commissioner shall immediately revoke the license of 
that person. 
    Upon revoking the license of any person, as hereinbefore in 
this chapter authorized, the department shall immediately notify 
the licensee, in writing, by depositing in the United States 
post-office a notice addressed to the licensee at his last known 
address, with postage prepaid thereon. 
    Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 171.20, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 4.  [REINSTATEMENT FEE.] A person whose drivers 
license has been suspended under section 171.18 or 171.182 must 
pay a $20 fee before the license is reinstated, except that a 
suspension may be rescinded without fee for good cause. 
    Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 171.321, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  The state board of education and the 
commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of 
education, shall jointly prescribe rules governing the 
qualifications of individuals to drive school buses.  
    Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 297B.12, is 
amended to read: 
    297B.12 [CONFIDENTIAL PRIVATE NATURE OF INFORMATION.] 
    It shall be unlawful for the motor vehicle registrar, 
deputy registrars or any other public official or employee to 
divulge or otherwise make known in any manner any particulars 
disclosed in any purchaser's certificate or any information 
concerning affairs of any person making such certificate 
acquired from his records, officers or employees except in 
connection with the proceeding involving taxes due under Laws 
1971, Chapter 853 state or federal tax proceedings or upon 
request of the person named on the certificate.  Nothing herein 
contained should be construed to prohibit the publishing of 
statistics so classified as not to disclose the identity of 
particular purchasers' certificates and the contents thereof.  
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be 
guilty of a gross misdemeanor. 
    Sec. 25.  Laws 1982, chapter 639, section 10, is amended to 
read: 
    Sec. 10.  PUBLIC SAFETY.                 100,000 200,000
 To the commissioner of public safety to 
establish and equip a decentralized 
animated audio-visual traffic accident 
reconstruction system.  This money 
shall be used in conjunction with 
federal grants or private 
contributions.  This appropriation is 
from the trunk highway fund.  
    Sec. 26.  [STUDY.] 
    The transportation committees of the house of 
representatives and the senate shall study and report to the 
legislature on which state agency should enforce laws relating 
to motor carriers and transportation of hazardous materials.  
The report shall recommend placing enforcement responsibility 
for these laws in one agency.  The report must be submitted 
before January 1, 1986, and shall include proposed legislation 
necessary to implement the recommendations. 
    Sec. 27.  [REPEALER.] 
    Minnesota Statutes 1984, section 168.013, subdivision 1i; 
and 168.105, subdivision 4, are repealed. 
    Approved June 4, 1985