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Laws of Minnesota 1989 CHAPTER 323-S.F.No. 659 An act relating to motor vehicles; increasing and allocating fees and motor vehicle excise tax for dealer plates and in transit plates; restricting use of dealer plates; amending Minnesota Statutes 1988, sections 168.053, subdivision 1; and 168.27, subdivisions 16, 17, and 22. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 168.053, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. Any person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of transporting motor vehicles owned by another, by delivering, by drive-away or towing methods, either singly or by means of the full mount method, the saddle mount method, the tow bar method, or any other combination thereof, and under their own power, vehicles over the highways of the state from the manufacturer or any other point of origin, to any point of destination, within or without the state, shall make application to the registrar for a drive-away in transit license. This application for annual license shall be accompanied by a registration fee of $250 and contain such information as the registrar may require. Upon the filing of the application and the payment of the fee, the registrar shall issue to each drive-away operator a general distinguishing number, which number must be carried and displayed on the power unit consistent with section 169.79 and such number shall remain on the vehicle while being operated within the state. Additional plates bearing the same distinguishing number desired by any drive-away operator may be secured from the registrar of motor vehicles upon the payment of a fee of
$2$5 for each set of additional license plates. Any person, firm, or corporation engaging in the business as a drive-away operator, of transporting and delivering by means of full mount method, the saddle mount method, the tow bar method, or any combination thereof, and under their own power, motor vehicles, who fails or refuses to file or cause to be filed an application, as is required by law, and to pay the fees therefor as the law requires, shall be found guilty of violating the provisions of sections 168.053 to 168.057; and, upon conviction, fined not less than $50, and not more than $100, and all costs of court. Each day so operating without securing the license and plates as required therein shall constitute a separate offense within the meaning thereof. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 168.27, subdivision 16, is amended to read: Subd. 16. [PLATES, DISTINGUISHING NUMBERS.] (a) The registrar shall issue to every motor vehicle dealer, upon a request from the motor vehicle dealer licensed as provided in subdivision 2 or 3, one or more plates displaying a general distinguishing number upon the payment of $10 to the registrar. This subdivision does not apply to a scrap metal processor, a used vehicle parts dealer, or a vehicle salvage pool. In additionThe fee for each of the first four plates is $75, of which $60 must be paid to the registrar and the remaining $15 is payable as motor vehicle excise tax under section 297B.035. For each additional plate, the dealer shall pay the registrar a fee of $25 and a motor vehicle excise tax of $15 annually for each dealer plate purchased as required by section 297B.035. The registrar shall deposit the tax in the state treasury and it shall be credited as provided in section 297B.09. Motor vehicles, new or used, owned by the motor vehicle dealer and bearing the number plate, except vehicles leased to the user who is not an employee of the dealer during the term of the lease, held for hire, or customarily used by the dealer as a tow truck, service truck, or parts pickup truck, may be driven upon the streets and highways of this state as follows: (1) by the motor vehicle dealer or dealer's spouse, or any full-time employee of the motor vehicle dealer or by any member of the immediate family of the dealer or employeefor either private or business purposes; (2) by a part-time employee when the use is directly related to a particular business transaction of the dealer; (3) for demonstration purposes by any prospective buyer thereof for a period of 48 hours or in the case of a truck, truck-tractor, or semitrailer, for a period of seven days; or (3)(4) in a promotional event that lasts no longer than four days in which at least three motor vehicles are involved. (b) A new or used motor vehicle sold by the motor vehicle dealer and bearing the motor vehicle dealer's number plate may be driven upon the public streets and highways for a period of 72 hours by the buyer for either of the following purposes: (1) Removing the vehicle from this state for registration in another state, or (2) permitting the buyer to use the motor vehicle before the buyer receives number plates pursuant to registration. Use of a motor vehicle by the buyer under the provisions of clause (2) of the preceding sentence before the buyer receives number plates pursuant to registration constitutes a use of the public streets or highways for the purpose of the time requirements for registration of motor vehicles. Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 168.27, subdivision 17, is amended to read: Subd. 17. [APPLICATION.] Every licensed dealer in motor vehicles may make application upon a blank provided by the registrar for that purpose for a general distinguishing number for use upon all new or used motor vehicles being transported from the dealer's source of supply, or other place of storage, to the dealer's place of business, or to another place of storage, or from one dealer to another. A general distinguishing number shall be assigned by the registrar to the dealer for that purpose, and the registrar shall then issue to the dealer the number of plates as the dealer may request, upon the payment by the dealer to the registrar of the sum of $2$5 per plate. The plates shall be known as "in transit" plates. The registrar may issue "in transit" plates, upon the payment of the sum of $2$5 to the registrar, to dealers duly licensed in other states or provinces upon information furnished in the manner as the registrar may prescribe, and which satisfies the registrar that persons or companies applying therefor are duly licensed dealers under the laws of the states or provinces. Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 168.27, subdivision 22, is amended to read: Subd. 22. [MOTORIZED BICYCLES, BOAT AND SNOWMOBILE TRAILERS.] Any person, copartnership or corporation having a permanent enclosed commercial building or structure either owned in fee or leased and engaged in the business, either exclusively or in addition to any other occupation, of selling motorized bicycles, boat trailers, horse trailers or snowmobile trailers, may apply to the registrar for a dealer's license. Upon payment of a $10 fee the registrar shall license the applicant as a dealer for the remainder of the calendar year in which the application was received. Thereafter the license may be renewed on or before the second day of January of each year by payment of a fee of $10. The registrar shall issue to each dealer, upon request of the dealer, dealer plates as provided in subdivision 16 upon payment of $3$5 for each plate, and the plates may be used in the same manner and for the same purposes as is provided in subdivision 16. Except for motorized bicycle dealers, the registrar shall also issue to the dealer, upon request of the dealer, "in transit" plates as provided in subdivision 17 upon payment of a fee of $2$5 for each plate. This subdivision shall not be construed to abrogate any of the provisions of this section as the same relates to the duties, responsibilities and requirements of persons, copartnerships or corporations engaged in the business, either exclusively or in addition to other occupations, of selling motor vehicles or manufactured homes. Presented to the governor May 30, 1989 Signed by the governor June 1, 1989, 11:47 p.m.
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