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                         Laws of Minnesota 1991 

                        CHAPTER 333-S.F.No. 208 
           An act relating to transportation; allowing 
          personalized license plates for classic, pioneer, 
          collector, and street rod vehicles; providing for 
          seven-year, in transit license plates for motor 
          vehicle dealers; making technical changes in driver's 
          license law; clarifying procedure for review of 
          driver's license revocation or disqualification under 
          implied consent law; establishing maximum height for 
          rear bumpers of certain semitrailers; allowing certain 
          equipment to be excluded from computing the maximum 
          allowable length of a semitrailer or trailer used in a 
          three-vehicle combination; providing an exception to 
          the length limitation on certain vehicle combinations; 
          limiting maximum weight allowed on certain vehicle 
          tires; conforming state highway weight limitations to 
          federal requirements; imposing a cost-per-mile fee on 
          certain overweight vehicles; defining hazardous 
          materials, commercial motor vehicle, and farm truck; 
          allowing class C driver's license holder to tow when 
          the gross weight of the vehicles is 26,000 pounds or 
          less; restricting exemption for drivers of certain 
          federal vehicles from requirement to possess 
          commercial driver's license; clarifying offenses for 
          which driver may be disqualified from holding 
          commercial driver's license; requiring person whose 
          driver's license has been revoked to pass examination 
          under certain circumstances; permitting qualified 
          driver to obtain limited license following revocation 
          for failure to have vehicle insurance; adding an 
          exemption to the motor carrier act; authorizing a 
          variance for small cargo tanks; establishing the 
          initial motor carrier contact program; adopting 
          federal out-of-service criteria for motor vehicles; 
          authorizing temporary charter carrier permit; amending 
          Minnesota Statutes 1990, sections 168.10, subdivisions 
          1a, 1b, 1c, and 1d; 168.105, subdivision 3; 168.12, 
          subdivisions 1 and 2a; 168.27, subdivisions 16 and 17; 
          169.01, subdivision 75, and by adding a subdivision; 
          169.121, subdivision 8; 169.123, subdivisions 5c and 
          8; 169.73, subdivision 4a; 169.81, subdivisions 2 and 
          3; 169.825, subdivisions 8 and 10; 169.86, subdivision 
          5; 171.01, subdivision 22, and by adding subdivisions; 
          171.02, subdivisions 1, 2, and by adding a 
          subdivision; 171.03; 171.07, subdivision 3; 171.165, 
          subdivision 3; 171.29, subdivision 1; 171.30, 
          subdivision 1; 221.025; 221.031, by adding a 
          subdivision; 221.033, by adding a subdivision; 
          221.605, by adding a subdivision; and 297B.035, 
          subdivision 2; proposing coding for new law in 
          Minnesota Statutes, chapter 221; repealing Minnesota 
          Statutes 1990, section 169.825, subdivision 10, 
          paragraph (d). 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
     Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 168.10, 
subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 1a.  [COLLECTOR'S VEHICLES, PIONEER LICENSE.] Any 
motor vehicle manufactured prior to 1936 and owned and operated 
solely as a collector's item shall be listed for taxation and 
registration as follows:  An affidavit shall be executed stating 
the name and address of the owner, the name and address of the 
person from whom purchased, the make of the motor vehicle, year 
and number of the model, the manufacturer's identification 
number and that the vehicle is owned and operated solely as a 
collector's item and not for general transportation purposes.  
If the registrar is satisfied that the affidavit is true and 
correct and the owner pays a $25 tax, the registrar shall list 
such vehicle for taxation and registration and shall issue 
number plates. 
    The number plates so issued shall bear the inscription 
"Pioneer," "Minnesota" and the registration number or other 
combination of characters authorized under section 168.12, 
subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates are valid 
without renewal as long as the vehicle is in existence and shall 
be issued for the applicant's use only for such vehicle.  The 
registrar has the power to revoke said plates for failure to 
comply with this subdivision. 
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 168.10, 
subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 1b.  [COLLECTOR'S VEHICLE, CLASSIC CAR LICENSE.] Any 
motor vehicle manufactured between and including the years 1925 
and 1948, and designated by the registrar of motor vehicles as a 
classic car because of its fine design, high engineering 
standards, and superior workmanship, and owned and operated 
solely as a collector's item shall be listed for taxation and 
registration as follows:  An affidavit shall be executed stating 
the name and address of the owner, the name and address of the 
person from whom purchased, the make of the motor vehicle, year 
and number of the model, the manufacturer's identification 
number and that the vehicle is owned and operated solely as a 
collector's item and not for general transportation purposes.  
If the registrar is satisfied that the affidavit is true and 
correct and that the motor vehicle qualifies to be classified as 
a classic car, and the owner pays a $25 tax, the registrar shall 
list such vehicle for taxation and registration and shall issue 
number plates. 
    The number plates so issued shall bear the inscription 
"Classic Car," "Minnesota," and the registration number or other 
combination of characters authorized under section 168.12, 
subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates are valid 
without renewal as long as the vehicle is in existence and shall 
be issued for the applicant's use only for such vehicle.  The 
registrar has the power to revoke said plates for failure to 
comply with this subdivision. 
    The following cars built between and including 1925 and 
1948 are classic: 
  A.C.
  Adler
  Alfa Romeo
  Alvis               Speed 20, 25, and 4.3 litre.
  Amilcar
  Aston Martin
  Auburn              All 8-cylinder and 12-cylinder
                      models.
  Audi
  Austro-Daimler
  Avions Voisin 12
  Bentley
  Blackhawk
  B.M.W.              Models 327, 328, and 335 only.
  Brewster
   (Heart-front Ford)
  Bugatti
  Buick               1931 through 1942:  series 90 only.
  Cadillac            All 1925 through 1935.
                      1936-1948:  Series 67, 70, 72, 75, 80,
                      85 and 90 only.
                      1938-1941:  60 special only.
  Chrysler            1926 through 1930:  Imperial 80.
                      1931:  Imperial 8 Series CG.
                      1932:  Series CG, CH and CL.
                      1933:  Series CL.
                      1934:  Series CW.
                      1935:  Series CW.
                      All Newports and Thunderbolts.
  Cord
  Cunningham
  Dagmar              Model 25-70 only.
  Daimler
  Delage
  Delahaye
  Doble
  Dorris
  Duesenberg
  du Pont
  Franklin            All models except 1933-34 Olympic
                      Sixes.
  Frazer Nash
  Hispano Suiza
  Horch
  Hotchkiss
  Invicta
  Isotta Fraschini
  Jaguar
  Jordan              Speedway Series 'Z' only.
  Kissel              1925, 1926 and 1927:  Model 8-75.
                      1928:  Model 8-90, and 8-90 White
                      Eagle.
                      1929:  Model 8-126, and 8-90 White
                      Eagle.
                      1930:  Model 8-126.
                      1931:  Model 8-126.
  Lagonda
  Lancia
  La Salle            1927 through 1933 only.
  Lincoln             All models K, L, KA, and KB.
                      1941:  Model 168H.
                      1942:  Model 268H.
  Lincoln
   Continental        1939 through 1948.
  Locomobile          All models 48 and 90.
                      1927:  Model 8-80.
                      1928:  Model 8-80.
                      1929:  Models 8-80 and 8-88.
  Marmon              All 16-cylinder models.
                      1925:  Model 74.
                      1926:  Model 74.
                      1927:  Model 75.
                      1928:  Model E75.
                      1930:  Big 8 model.
                      1931:  Model 88, and Big 8.
  Maybach
  McFarlan
  Mercedes Benz       All models 2.2 litres and up.
  Mercer
  M.G.                6-cylinder models only.
  Minerva
  Packard             1925 through 1934:  All models.
                      1935 through 1942:  Models 1200,
                      1201, 1202, 1203, 1204, 1205, 1207,
                      1208, 1400, 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404,
                      1405, 1407, 1408, 1500, 1501, 1502,
                      1506, 1507, 1508, 1603, 1604, 1605,
                      1607, 1608, 1705, 1707, 1708, 1806,
                      1807, 1808, 1906, 1907, 1908, 2006,
                      2007, and 2008 only.
                      1946 and 1947:  Models 2106 and
                      2126 only.
  Peerless            1926 through 1928:  Series 69.
                      1930-1931:  Custom 8.
                      1932:  Deluxe Custom 8.
  Pierce Arrow
  Railton
  Renault             Grand Sport model only.
  Reo                 1930-1931:  Royale Custom 8, and
                      Series 8-35 and 8-52 Elite 8.
                      1933:  Royale Custom 8.
  Revere
  Roamer              1925:  Series 8-88, 6-54e, and 4-75.
                      1926:  Series 4-75e, and 8-88.
                      1927-1928:  Series 8-88.
                      1929:  Series 8-88, and 8-125.
                      1930:  Series 8-125.
  Rohr
  Rolls Royce
  Ruxton
  Salmson
  Squire
  Stearns Knight
  Stevens Duryea
  Steyr
  Stutz
  Sunbeam
  Talbot
  Vauxhall           Series 30-98 only.
  Wills Saint Claire
      No commercial vehicles such as hearses, ambulances, or 
trucks are considered to be classic cars. 
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 168.10, 
subdivision 1c, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 1c.  [COLLECTOR'S VEHICLE, COLLECTOR LICENSE.] Any 
motor vehicle, including any truck, that is at least 20 model 
years old and manufactured after 1935, or any motor vehicle of a 
defunct make defined as any car or truck originally licensed as 
a separate identifiable make as designated by the division of 
motor vehicles, and owned and operated solely as a collector's 
vehicle, shall be listed for taxation and registration as 
follows:  An affidavit shall be executed stating the name and 
address of the person from whom purchased and of the new owner, 
the make of the motor vehicle, year and number of the model, the 
manufacturer's identification number and that the vehicle is 
owned and operated solely as a collector's item and not for 
general transportation purposes.  The owner must also prove that 
the owner also has one or more vehicles with regular license 
plates.  If the registrar is satisfied that the affidavit is 
true and correct and the owner pays a $25 tax, the registrar 
shall list the vehicle for taxation and registration and shall 
issue number plates. 
    The number plates issued shall bear the inscription 
"Collector," "Minnesota" and the registration number or other 
combination of characters authorized under section 168.12, 
subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates are valid 
without renewal as long as the vehicle is in existence and shall 
be issued for the applicant's use only for the vehicle.  The 
registrar has the power to revoke the plates for failure to 
comply with this subdivision. 
    Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 168.10, 
subdivision 1d, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 1d.  [COLLECTORS VEHICLES, STREET ROD LICENSE.] Any 
modernized motor vehicle manufactured prior to the year 1949 or 
designed and manufactured to resemble such vehicle shall be 
listed for taxation and registration as follows:  
    An affidavit shall be executed stating the name and address 
of the person from whom purchased and of the new owner, the make 
of the motor vehicle, year number of model, and the 
manufacturer's identification number.  The affidavit shall 
further state that the vehicle is owned and operated solely as a 
street rod and not for general transportation purposes.  The 
owner must also prove that the owner has one or more vehicles 
with regular license plates.  If the registrar is satisfied that 
the affidavit is true and correct and the owner pays a $25 tax, 
the registrar shall list such vehicle for taxation and 
registration and shall issue number plates.  
    The number plates issued shall bear the inscription "Street 
Rod", "Minnesota" and the registration number or other 
combination of characters authorized under section 168.12, 
subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates are valid 
without renewal as long as the vehicle is in existence and shall 
be issued for the applicant's use only for such vehicle.  The 
registrar has the power to revoke such plates for failure to 
comply with this subdivision.  
    Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 168.105, 
subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 3.  [LICENSE PLATES.] The registrar shall issue 
number plates of the same size as standard motorcycle license 
plates and inscribed "collector" and "Minnesota" with the 
registration number or other combination of characters 
authorized under section 168.12, subdivision 2a, but without a 
date.  The plates are valid without renewal as long as the 
classic motorcycle exists and may be issued for the applicant's 
use only for the classic motorcycle.  The registrar may revoke 
the plates for noncompliance with this subdivision.  
    Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 168.12, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [NUMBER PLATES; VISIBILITY, PERIODS OF 
ISSUANCE.] The registrar, upon the approval and payment, shall 
issue to the applicant the number plates required by law, 
bearing the state name and the number assigned.  The number 
assigned may be a combination of a letter or sign with figures.  
The color of the plates and the color of the abbreviation of the 
state name and the number assigned shall be in marked contrast.  
The plates shall be lettered, spaced, or distinguished to 
suitably indicate the registration of the vehicle according to 
the rules of the registrar, and when a vehicle is registered on 
the basis of total gross weight, the plates issued shall clearly 
indicate by letters or other suitable insignia the maximum gross 
weight for which the tax has been paid.  These number plates 
shall be so treated as to be at least 100 times brighter than 
the conventional painted number plates.  When properly mounted 
on an unlighted vehicle, these number plates, when viewed from a 
vehicle equipped with standard headlights, shall be visible for 
a distance of not less than 1,500 feet and readable for a 
distance of not less than 110 feet.  The registrar shall issue 
these number plates for the following periods: 
    (1) Number plates issued pursuant to sections 168.27, 
subdivisions 16 and 17, and 168.053 shall be for a one-year 
period.  
    (2) New number plates issued pursuant to section 168.012, 
subdivision 1, shall be issued to a vehicle for as long as it is 
owned by the exempt agency and shall not be transferable from 
one vehicle to another but may be transferred with the vehicle 
from one tax exempt agency to another.  
    (3) (2) Plates issued for passenger automobiles as defined 
in section 168.011, subdivision 7, shall be issued for a 
seven-year period.  All plates issued under this paragraph must 
be replaced if they are seven years old or older at the time of 
annual registration or will become so during the registration 
period. 
    (4) (3) Number plates issued under sections 168.053 and 
168.27, subdivisions 16 and 17, shall be for a seven-year period.
    (4) Plates for any vehicle not specified in clauses (1), 
(2) and (3) to (3), except for trailers as hereafter provided, 
shall be issued for the life of the vehicle.  Beginning with 
number plates issued for the year 1981, plates issued for 
trailers with a total gross weight of 3,000 pounds or less shall 
be issued for the life of the trailer and shall be not more than 
seven inches in length and four inches in width. 
    In a year in which plates are not issued, the registrar 
shall issue for each registration a tab or sticker to designate 
the year of registration.  This tab or sticker shall show the 
calendar year or years for which issued, and is valid only for 
that period.  The number plates, number tabs, or stickers issued 
for a motor vehicle may not be transferred to another motor 
vehicle during the period for which it is issued. 
     Notwithstanding any other provision of this subdivision, 
number plates issued to a vehicle which is used for 
behind-the-wheel instruction in a driver education course in a 
public school may be transferred to another vehicle used for the 
same purpose without payment of any additional fee.  The 
registrar shall be notified of each transfer of number plates 
under this paragraph and may prescribe a form for notification. 
    Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 168.12, 
subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2a.  [PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATES.] Personalized 
license plates must be issued to an applicant for registration 
of a passenger automobile, including a passenger automobile 
registered as a classic car, pioneer car, collector car, or 
street rod; van,; pickup truck,; motorcycle, including a 
classic motorcycle; or self-propelled recreational vehicle, upon 
compliance with the laws of this state relating to registration 
of the vehicle and upon payment of a one-time fee of $100 in 
addition to the registration tax required by law for the 
vehicle.  The registrar shall designate a replacement fee for 
personalized license plates that is calculated to cover the cost 
of replacement.  This fee must be paid by the applicant whenever 
the personalized license plates are required to be replaced by 
law.  In lieu of the numbers assigned as provided in subdivision 
1, personalized license plates must have imprinted on them a 
series of not more than seven numbers and letters in any 
combination.  When an applicant has once obtained personalized 
plates, the applicant shall have a prior claim for similar 
personalized plates in the next succeeding year that plates are 
issued if application is made for them at least 30 days before 
the first date that registration can be renewed.  The 
commissioner of public safety shall adopt rules in the manner 
provided by chapter 14, regulating the issuance and transfer of 
personalized license plates.  No words or combination of letters 
placed on personalized license plates may be used for commercial 
advertising, be of an obscene, indecent, or immoral nature, or 
be of a nature that would offend public morals or decency.  The 
call signals or letters of a radio or television station are not 
commercial advertising for the purposes of this subdivision. 
    Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 1, 
personalized license plates issued under this subdivision may be 
transferred to another motor vehicle owned or jointly owned by 
the applicant, upon the payment of a fee of $5, which must be 
paid into the state treasury and credited to the highway user 
tax distribution fund.  The registrar may by rule provide a form 
for notification.  A personalized license plate issued for a 
classic car, pioneer car, collector car, street rod, or classic 
motorcycle may not be transferred to a vehicle not eligible for 
such a license plate. 
    Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, if the 
personalized license plates are lost, stolen, or destroyed, the 
applicant may apply and shall receive duplicate license plates 
bearing the same combination of letters and numbers as the 
former personalized plates upon the payment of the fee required 
by section 168.29.  
    Fees from the sale of permanent and duplicate personalized 
license plates must be paid into the state treasury and credited 
to the highway user tax distribution fund. 
    Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, 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.  This subdivision does not apply to a 
scrap metal processor, a used vehicle parts dealer, or a vehicle 
salvage pool.  The fee for each of the first four plates is 
$75 per calendar year, 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 per calendar year.  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: 
    (1) by the motor vehicle dealer or dealer's spouse, or any 
full-time employee of the motor vehicle dealer for 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 
     (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. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 168.27, 
subdivision 17, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 17.  [APPLICATION FOR IN TRANSIT PLATES.] 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 $5 per plate per calendar year.  The plates shall be 
known as "in transit" plates.  The registrar may issue "in 
transit" plates, upon the payment of the sum of $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. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.01, 
subdivision 75, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 75.  [COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE.] (a) "Commercial 
motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle or combination of motor 
vehicles used to transport passengers or property if the motor 
vehicle: 
    (1) has a gross vehicle weight of 26,001 or more than 
26,000 pounds; 
    (2) has a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight of more 
than 10,000 pounds and the combination of vehicles has a 
combined gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds; 
    (3) is a bus; 
    (4) is of any size and is used in the transportation of 
hazardous materials defined in section 221.033, except for those 
vehicles having a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or less 
while carrying in bulk tanks a total of not more than 200 
gallons of petroleum products and liquid fertilizer; or 
    (5) is outwardly equipped and identified as a school bus, 
except for school buses defined in section 169.44, subdivision 
15. 
    (b) For purposes of sections 169.1211, 169.1215, and 
169.123, subdivisions 2 and 4, a commercial motor vehicle does 
not include a farm truck, firefighting equipment, or 
recreational equipment being operated by a person within the 
scope of section 171.02, subdivision 2, paragraph (a). 
    Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.01, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 76.  [HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.] "Hazardous materials" 
means those materials found to be hazardous for the purposes of 
the federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and that 
require the motor vehicle to be placarded under Code of Federal 
Regulations, title 49, part 172, subpart F. 
    Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.121, 
subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 8.  [ALCOHOL CHEMICAL USE ASSESSMENT.] When the 
evidentiary test shows an alcohol concentration of 0.07 or more, 
that result shall be reported to the commissioner of public 
safety.  The commissioner shall record that fact on the driver's 
record.  When the driver's record shows a second or subsequent 
report of an alcohol concentration of 0.07 or more within two 
years of a recorded report, the commissioner may require that 
the driver have an alcohol problem a chemical use assessment 
meeting the commissioner's requirements.  The assessment shall 
be at the driver's expense. In no event shall the commissioner 
deny the license of a person who refuses to take the assessment 
or to undertake treatment, if treatment is indicated by the 
assessment, for longer than 90 days.  If an assessment is made 
pursuant to this section, the commissioner may waive the 
assessment required by section 169.126.  
    Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.123, 
subdivision 5c, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 5c.  [PETITION FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW.] Within 30 days 
following receipt of a notice and order of revocation or 
disqualification pursuant to this section, a person may petition 
the court for review, unless the person is entitled to review 
under section 171.166.  The petition shall be filed with the 
district court administrator in the county where the alleged 
offense occurred, together with proof of service of a copy on 
the commissioner of public safety, and accompanied by the 
standard filing fee for civil actions.  No responsive pleading 
shall be required of the commissioner of public safety, and no 
court fees shall be charged for the appearance of the 
commissioner of public safety in the matter.  
    The petition shall be captioned in the full name of the 
person making the petition as petitioner and the commissioner of 
public safety as respondent.  The petition must include the 
petitioner's date of birth, driver's license number, and date of 
the offense.  The petition shall state with specificity the 
grounds upon which the petitioner seeks rescission of the order 
of revocation, disqualification, or denial and state the facts 
underlying each claim asserted. 
    The filing of the petition shall not stay the revocation, 
disqualification, or denial.  The reviewing court may order a 
stay of the balance of the revocation or disqualification if the 
hearing has not been conducted within 60 days after filing of 
the petition upon terms the court deems proper.  Judicial 
reviews shall be conducted according to the rules of civil 
procedure. 
    Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.123, 
subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 8.  [NOTICE OF ACTION TO OTHER STATES.] When it has 
been finally determined that a nonresident's privilege to 
operate a motor vehicle in this state has been revoked or 
denied, the commissioner of public safety shall give information 
in writing of the action taken to the official in charge of 
traffic control or public safety of the state of the person's 
residence and of any state in which the person has a license. 
    Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.73, 
subdivision 4a, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 4a.  [REAR-END PROTECTION FOR OTHER VEHICLES.] (a) 
Vehicles other than private passenger vehicles, collector 
vehicles, collector military vehicles, and other vehicles 
specifically exempted by law from such requirements must meet 
the rear-end protection requirements of federal motor carrier 
regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, section 
393.86.  
    (b) Notwithstanding contrary regulations cited in paragraph 
(a), a truck tractor and semitrailer combination with a 
semitrailer length longer than 50 feet whose frame or body 
extends more than 36 inches beyond the rear of its rearmost axle 
must not be operated on the highways of this state unless 
equipped with a bumper or underride guard on the extreme rear of 
the frame or body.  The bumper or underride guard must: 
    (1) provide a continuous horizontal beam having a maximum 
ground clearance of 22 inches, as measured with the vehicle 
empty and on level ground; and 
    (2) extend to within four inches of the lateral extremities 
of the semitrailer on both left and right sides. 
    Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.81, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [LENGTH OF VEHICLES.] (a) No single unit motor 
vehicle, except mobile cranes which may not exceed 48 feet, 
unladen or with load may exceed a length of 40 feet extreme 
overall dimensions inclusive of front and rear bumpers, except 
that the governing body of a city is authorized by permit to 
provide for the maximum length of a motor vehicle, or 
combination of motor vehicles, or the number of vehicles that 
may be fastened together, and which may be operated upon the 
streets or highways of a city; provided, that the permit may not 
prescribe a length less than that permitted by state law.  A 
motor vehicle operated in compliance with the permit on the 
streets or highways of the city is not in violation of this 
chapter.  
      (b) No single semitrailer may have an overall length, 
exclusive of non-cargo-carrying accessory equipment, including 
refrigeration units or air compressors, necessary for safe and 
efficient operation mounted or located on the end of the 
semitrailer adjacent to the truck or truck-tractor, in excess of 
48 feet, except that a single semitrailer may have an overall 
length in excess of 48 feet but not greater than 53 feet if the 
distance from the kingpin to the centerline of the rear axle 
group of the semitrailer does not exceed 41 feet.  No single 
trailer may have an overall length inclusive of tow bar assembly 
and exclusive of rear protective bumpers which do not increase 
the overall length by more than six inches, in excess of 45 feet.
For determining compliance with the provisions of this 
subdivision, the length of the semitrailer or trailer must be 
determined separately from the overall length of the combination 
of vehicles.  
    (c) No semitrailer or trailer used in a three-vehicle 
combination may have an overall length in excess of 28-1/2 feet, 
exclusive of: 
    (1) non-cargo-carrying accessory equipment, including 
refrigeration units or air compressors and upper coupler plates, 
necessary for safe and efficient operation, mounted or located 
on the end of the semitrailer or trailer adjacent to the truck 
or truck-tractor, and further exclusive of; 
    (2) the tow bar assembly, in excess of 28-1/2 feet; and 
    (3) lower coupler equipment that is a fixed part of the 
rear end of the first trailer.  
     The commissioner may not grant a permit authorizing the 
movement, in a three-vehicle combination, of a semitrailer or 
trailer that exceeds 28-1/2 feet, except that the commissioner 
may renew a permit that was granted before April 16, 1984, for 
the movement of a semitrailer or trailer that exceeds the length 
limitation in this paragraph. 
    Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.81, 
subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 3.  [LENGTH OF VEHICLE COMBINATIONS.] (a) Statewide, 
except as provided in paragraph (b), no combination of vehicles 
coupled together, including truck-tractor and semitrailer, may 
consist of more than two units and no combination of vehicles, 
unladen or with load, may exceed a total length of 65 feet.  The 
length limitation does not apply to the transportation of 
telegraph poles, telephone poles, electric light and power 
poles, piling, or pole length pulpwood, and is subject to the 
following further exceptions:  the length limitations do not 
apply to vehicles transporting pipe or other objects by a public 
utility when required for emergency or repair of public service 
facilities or when operated under special permits as provided in 
this subdivision, but with respect to night transportation, a 
vehicle and the load must be equipped with a sufficient number 
of clearance lamps and marker lamps on both sides and upon the 
extreme ends of a projecting load to clearly mark the dimensions 
of the load.  Mount combinations may be drawn but the 
combinations may not exceed 65 feet in length.  The limitation 
on the number of units does not apply to vehicles used for 
transporting milk from point of production to point of first 
processing, in which case no combination of vehicles coupled 
together unladen or with load, including truck-tractor and 
semitrailers, may consist of more than three units and no 
combination of those vehicles may exceed a total length of 65 
feet.  Notwithstanding other provisions of this section, and 
except as provided in paragraph (b), no combination of vehicles 
consisting of a truck-tractor and semitrailer designed and used 
exclusively for the transportation of motor vehicles or boats 
may exceed 65 feet in length.  The load may extend a total of 
seven feet, but may not extend more than three feet beyond the 
front or four feet beyond the rear, and in no case may the 
overall length of the combination of vehicles, unladen or with 
load, exceed 65 feet.  For the purpose of registration, trailers 
coupled with a truck-tractor, semitrailer combination are 
semitrailers.  The state as to state trunk highways, and a city 
or town as to roads or streets located within the city or town, 
may issue permits authorizing the transportation of combinations 
of vehicles exceeding the limitations in this subdivision over 
highways, roads, or streets within their boundaries.  
Combinations of vehicles authorized by this subdivision may be 
restricted as to the use of highways by the commissioner as to 
state trunk highways, and a road authority as to highways or 
streets subject to its jurisdiction.  Nothing in this 
subdivision alters or changes the authority vested in local 
authorities under the provisions of section 169.04.  
     (b) The following combination of vehicles regularly engaged 
in the transportation of commodities may operate only on divided 
highways having four or more lanes of travel, and on other 
highways as may be designated by the commissioner of 
transportation subject to section 169.87, subdivision 1, and 
subject to the approval of the authority having jurisdiction 
over the highway, for the purpose of providing reasonable access 
between the divided highways of four or more lanes of travel and 
terminals, facilities for food, fuel, repair, and rest, and 
points of loading and unloading for household goods carriers, 
livestock carriers, or for the purpose of providing continuity 
of route:  
    (1) a truck-tractor and semitrailer exceeding 65 feet in 
length; 
    (2) a combination of vehicles with an overall length 
exceeding 55 feet and including a truck-tractor and semitrailer 
drawing one additional semitrailer which may be equipped with an 
auxiliary dolly; 
    (3) a combination of vehicles with an overall length 
exceeding 55 feet and including a truck-tractor and semitrailer 
drawing one full trailer; and 
    (4) a truck-tractor and semitrailer designed and used 
exclusively for the transportation of motor vehicles or boats 
and exceeding an overall length of 65 feet including the load 
except as restricted by applicable federal law.; and 
    (5) a truck or truck-tractor transporting similar vehicles 
by having the front axle of the transported vehicle mounted onto 
the center or rear part of the preceding vehicle, defined in 
Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, sections 390.5 and 393.5 
as drive-away saddlemount combinations or drive-away saddlemount 
vehicle transporter combinations, when the overall length 
exceeds 65 feet.  
    Vehicles operated under the provisions of this section must 
conform to the standards for those vehicles prescribed by the 
United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway 
Administration, Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety, as amended. 
    Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.825, 
subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 8.  [PNEUMATIC-TIRED VEHICLES.] No vehicle or 
combination of vehicles equipped with pneumatic tires shall be 
operated upon the highways of this state:  
    (a) Where the gross weight on any wheel exceeds 9,000 
pounds, except that on designated local routes and state trunk 
highways the gross weight on any single wheel shall not exceed 
10,000 pounds; 
    (b) Where the gross weight on any single axle exceeds 
18,000 pounds, except that on designated local routes and state 
trunk highways the gross weight on any single axle shall not 
exceed 20,000 pounds; 
    (c) Where the maximum wheel load: 
    (1) on the foremost and rearmost steering axles, exceeds 
600 pounds per inch of tire width or the manufacturer's 
recommended load, whichever is less; or 
    (2) on other axles, exceeds 500 pounds per inch of tire 
width or the manufacturer's recommended load, whichever is less; 
     Clause (2) applies to new vehicles manufactured after 
August 1, 1991, and after August 1, 1996, to all vehicles. 
    (d) Where the gross weight on any axle of a tridem exceeds 
15,000 pounds, except that for vehicles to which an additional 
axle has been added prior to June 1, 1981, the maximum gross 
weight on any axle of a tridem may be up to 16,000 pounds 
provided the gross weight of the tridem combination does not 
exceed 37,000 pounds where the first and third axles of the 
tridem are spaced seven feet apart; 38,500 pounds where the 
first and third axles of the tridem are spaced eight feet apart; 
and 39,900 pounds where the first and third axles of the tridem 
are spaced nine feet apart.  
    (e) Where the gross weight on any group of axles exceeds 
the weights permitted under this section with any or all of the 
interior axles disregarded and their gross weights subtracted 
from the gross weight of all axles of the group under 
consideration. 
    Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.825, 
subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 10.  [GROSS WEIGHT SCHEDULE.] (a) No vehicle or 
combination of vehicles equipped with pneumatic tires shall be 
operated upon the highways of this state where the total gross 
weight on any group of two or more consecutive axles of any 
vehicle or combination of vehicles exceeds that given in the 
following table for the distance between the centers of the 
first and last axles of any group of two or more consecutive 
axles under consideration; unless otherwise noted, the distance 
between axles being measured longitudinally to the nearest even 
foot, and when the measurement is a fraction of exactly one-half 
foot the next largest whole number in feet shall be used, except 
that when the distance between axles is more than three feet 
four inches and less than three feet six inches the distance of 
four feet shall be used:  
             Maximum gross weight in pounds on a group of 
                   2                 3                 4  
Distances     consecutive       consecutive       consecutive  
in feet       axles of          axles of          axles of 
between       a 2-axle          a 3-axle          a 4-axle 
centers       vehicle           vehicle           vehicle 
of fore-      or of any         or of any         or any com- 
most and      vehicle or        vehicle or        bination of 
rearmost      combination       combination       vehicles 
axles of      of vehicles       of vehicles       having a 
a group       having a          having a          total of 4 
              total of 2        total of 3        or more axles 
              or more axles     or more axles 
   4          34,000 
   5          34,000 
   6          34,000 
   7          34,000            41,500 39,000
   8          34,000            42,000 39,000
   8 plus     34,000            42,000 
   9          35,000            43,000 
             (39,000) 
  10          36,000            43,500            49,000
             (40,000)
  11          36,000            44,500            49,500
  12                            45,000            50,000 
  13                            46,000            51,000 
  14                            46,500            51,500 
  15                            47,500            52,000 
  16                            48,000            53,000 
  17                            49,000            53,500 
  18                            49,500            54,000 
  19                            50,500            55,000 
  20                            51,000            55,500 
  21                            52,000            56,000 
  22                            52,500            57,000 
  23                            53,500            57,500 
  24                            54,000            58,000 
  25                           (55,000)           59,000 
  26                           (55,500)           59,500 
  27                           (56,500)           60,000 
  28                           (57,000)           61,000 
  29                           (58,000)           61,500 
  30                           (58,500)           62,000 
  31                           (59,500)           63,000 
  32                           (60,000)           63,500 
  33                                              64,000 
  34                                              65,000 
  35                                              65,500 
  36                                              66,000 
  37                                              67,000 
  38                                              67,500 
  39                                              68,000 
  40                                              69,000 
  41                                              69,500 
  42                                              70,000 
  43                                              71,000 
  44                                              71,500 
  45                                              72,000 
  46                                              72,500 
  47                                             (73,500)
  48                                             (74,000)
  49                                             (74,500)
  50                                             (75,500)
  51                                             (76,000)
     The maximum gross weight on a group of three consecutive 
axles where the distance between centers of foremost and 
rearmost axles is listed as seven feet or eight feet applies 
only to vehicles manufactured before August 1, 1991. 
"8 plus" refers to any distance greater than eight feet but less 
than nine feet.  
        Maximum gross weight in pounds on a group of 
                  5                 6                 7 
Distances     consecutive       consecutive       consecutive 
in feet       axles of a        axles of          axles of  
between       5-axle vehicle    a combination     a combination 
centers       or any com-       of vehicles       of vehicles 
of fore-      bination of       having a total    having a total 
most and      vehicles          of 6 or more      of 7 or more 
rearmost      having a total    axles             axles 
axles of      of 5 or more 
a group       axles 
  14          57,000
  15          57,500
  16          58,000 
  17          59,000 
  18          59,500 
  19          60,000 
  20          60,500            66,000            72,000 
  21          61,500            67,000            72,500 
  22          62,000            67,500            73,000 
  23          62,500            68,000            73,500 
  24          63,000            68,500            74,000 
  25          64,000            69,000            75,000 
  26          64,500            70,000            75,500 
  27          65,000            70,500            76,000 
  28          65,500            71,000            76,500 
  29          66,500            71,500            77,000 
  30          67,000            72,000            77,500 
  31          67,500            73,000            78,500 
  32          68,000            73,500            79,000 
  33          69,000            74,000            79,500 
  34          69,500            74,500            80,000 
  35          70,000            75,000 
  36          70,500            76,000 
  37          71,500            76,500 
  38          72,000            77,000 
  39          72,500            77,500 
  40          73,000            78,000 
  41          (74,000)          79,000 
  42          (74,500)          79,500 
  43          (75,000)          80,000 
  44          (75,500) 
  45          (76,500) 
  46          (77,000) 
  47          (77,500) 
  48          (78,000) 
  49          (79,000) 
  50          (79,500) 
  51          (80,000) 
    The gross weights shown in parentheses in this clause are 
permitted only on state trunk highways and routes designated 
under section 169.832, subdivision 11.  
     (b) Notwithstanding any lesser weight in pounds shown in 
this table but subject to the restrictions on gross vehicle 
weights in clause (c), two consecutive sets of tandem axles may 
carry a gross load of 34,000 pounds each and a combined gross 
load of 68,000 pounds provided the overall distance between the 
first and last axles of the consecutive sets of tandem axles is 
36 feet or more.  
     (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 169.85, the 
gross vehicle weight of all axles of a vehicle or combination of 
vehicles shall not exceed:  
     (1) 80,000 pounds for any vehicle or combination of 
vehicles on all state trunk highways as defined in section 
160.02, subdivision 2, and for all routes designated under 
section 169.832, subdivision 11; and 
     (2) 73,280 pounds for any vehicle or combination of 
vehicles with five axles or less on all routes, other than state 
trunk highways and routes that are designated under section 
169.832, subdivision 11; and 
    (3) 80,000 pounds for any vehicle or combination of 
vehicles with six or more axles on all routes, other than state 
trunk highways and routes that are designated under section 
169.832, subdivision 11.  
    (d) The maximum weights specified in this subdivision for 
five consecutive axles shall not apply to a combination of 
vehicles that includes a three axle semitrailer first registered 
before August 1, 1981.  All other weight limitations in this 
section are applicable.  
    (e) The maximum weights specified in this subdivision for 
five consecutive axles shall not apply to a four axle ready mix 
concrete truck which was equipped with a fifth axle prior to 
June 1, 1981.  The maximum gross weight on four or fewer 
consecutive axles of vehicles excepted by this clause shall not 
exceed any maximum weight specified for four or fewer 
consecutive axles in this subdivision. 
    Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.86, 
subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 5.  [FEES.] The commissioner, with respect to 
highways under the commissioner's jurisdiction, may charge a fee 
for each permit issued.  All such fees for permits issued by the 
commissioner of transportation shall be deposited in the state 
treasury and credited to the trunk highway fund.  Except for 
those annual permits for which the permit fees are specified 
elsewhere in this chapter, the fees shall be: 
    (a) $15 for each single trip permit. 
    (b) $36 for each job permit.  A job permit may be issued 
for like loads carried on a specific route for a period not to 
exceed two months.  "Like loads" means loads of the same 
product, weight, and dimension. 
    (c) $60 for an annual permit to be issued for a period not 
to exceed 12 consecutive months.  Annual permits may be issued 
for: 
    (1) refuse compactor vehicles that carry a gross weight up 
to but not in excess of 22,000 pounds on a single rear axle and 
not in excess of 38,000 pounds on a tandem rear axle; 
     (2) motor vehicles used to alleviate a temporary crisis 
adversely affecting the safety or well-being of the public; 
     (3) motor vehicles which travel on interstate highways and 
carry loads authorized under subdivision 1a; 
     (4) motor vehicles operating with gross weights authorized 
under section 169.825, subdivision 11, paragraph (a), clause 
(3); and 
     (5) special pulpwood vehicles described in section 169.863. 
     (d) $120 for an oversize annual permit to be issued for a 
period not to exceed 12 consecutive months.  Annual permits may 
be issued for:  
     (1) mobile cranes; 
     (2) construction equipment, machinery, and supplies; 
      (3) manufactured homes; 
      (4) farm equipment when the movement is not made according 
to the provisions of section 169.80, subdivision 1, paragraphs 
(a) to (f); 
      (5) double-deck buses; 
      (6) commercial boat hauling.  
     (e) For vehicles which have axle weights exceeding the 
weight limitations of section 169.825, an additional cost added 
to the fees listed above.  The additional cost is equal to the 
product of the distance traveled times the sum of the overweight 
axle group cost factors shown in the following chart:  

                   Overweight Axle Group Cost Factors 
Weight (pounds)          Cost Per Mile For Each Group Of:
 exceeding         Two consec-    Three consec-   Four consec-
 weight limi-      utive axles    utive axles     utive axles
 tations on        spaced within  spaced within   spaced with- 
 axles             8 feet or      9 feet or       in 14 feet 
                   less           less            or less
      0-2,000      .100           .040            .036
  2,001-4,000      .124           .050            .044
  4,001-6,000      .150           .062            .050
  6,001-8,000      Not permitted  .078            .056
  8,001-10,000     Not permitted  .094            .070
 10,001-12,000     Not permitted  .116            .078
 12,001-14,000     Not permitted  .140            .094
 14,001-16,000     Not permitted  .168            .106
 16,001-18,000     Not permitted  .200            .128
 18,001-20,000     Not permitted  Not permitted   .140
 20,001-22,000     Not permitted  Not permitted   .168
    The amounts added are rounded to the nearest cent for each 
axle or axle group.  The additional cost does not apply to 
paragraph (c), clauses (1) and (3).  
     For a vehicle found to exceed the appropriate maximum 
permitted weight, a cost-per-mile fee of 22 cents per ton, or 
fraction of a ton, over the permitted maximum weight is imposed 
in addition to the normal permit fee.  Miles must be calculated 
based on the distance already traveled in the state plus the 
distance from the point of detection to a transportation loading 
site or unloading site within the state or to the point of exit 
from the state. 
    (f) As an alternative to paragraph (e), an annual permit 
may be issued for overweight, or oversize and overweight, 
construction equipment, machinery, and supplies.  The fees for 
the permit are as follows:  
Gross Weight (pounds) of vehicle          Annual Permit Fee
     90,000 or less                             $200
     90,001 - 100,000                           $300
    100,001 - 110,000                           $400
    110,001 - 120,000                           $500
    120,001 - 130,000                           $600
    130,001 - 140,000                           $700
    140,001 - 145,000                           $800
    If the gross weight of the vehicle is more than 145,000 
pounds the permit fee is determined under paragraph (e). 
    (g) For vehicles which exceed the width limitations set 
forth in section 169.80 by more than 72 inches, an additional 
cost equal to $120 added to the amount in paragraph (a) when the 
permit is issued while seasonal load restrictions pursuant to 
section 169.87 are in effect. 
    Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.01, 
subdivision 22, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 22.  [COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE.] "Commercial motor 
vehicle" means a motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles 
used to transport passengers or property if the motor vehicle: 
    (1) has a gross vehicle weight of 26,001 or more than 
26,000 pounds; 
    (2) has a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight of more 
than 10,000 pounds and the combination of vehicles has a 
combined gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds; 
    (3) is a bus; 
    (4) is of any size and is used in the transportation of 
hazardous materials defined in section 221.033, except for those 
vehicles having a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or less 
and carrying in bulk tanks a total of not more than 200 gallons 
of liquid fertilizer and petroleum products; or 
    (5) is outwardly equipped and identified as a school bus, 
except for school buses defined in section 169.44, subdivision 
15. 
    Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.01, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 25.  [FARM TRUCK.] For purposes of this chapter only, 
"farm truck" means a single-unit truck, including a pickup truck 
as defined in section 168.011; truck-tractor; tractor; 
semitrailer; or trailer, used by its owner: 
    (1) to transport from the farm to the market agricultural, 
horticultural, dairy, or other farm products, including 
livestock, produced or finished by the owner of the farm truck; 
    (2) to transport the owner's other personal property from 
the farm to market; or 
    (3) to transport property and supplies to the farm of the 
owner. 
    Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.01, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 26.  [HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.] "Hazardous materials" 
means those materials found to be hazardous for the purposes of 
the federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and that 
require the motor vehicle to be placarded under Code of Federal 
Regulations, title 49, part 172, subpart F. 
    Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.02, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  No person, except those hereinafter 
expressly exempted, shall drive any motor vehicle upon any 
street or highway in this state unless such person has a license 
valid under the provisions of this chapter for the type or class 
of vehicle being driven.  No person shall receive a driver's 
license unless and until the person surrenders to the department 
all valid driver's licenses in possession issued to the person 
by any other jurisdiction.  All surrendered licenses shall be 
returned by the department to the issuing department together 
with information that licensee is now licensed in new 
jurisdiction.  No person shall be permitted to have more than 
one valid driver's license at any time.  No person may receive a 
driver's license, other than an instruction permit or a limited 
license, unless the person surrenders to the department any 
Minnesota identification card issued to the person under section 
171.07, subdivision 3. 
    Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.02, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [DRIVER'S LICENSE CLASSIFICATIONS, ENDORSEMENTS, 
EXEMPTIONS.] 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, school bus, tank vehicle, 
double-trailer or triple-trailer combination, vehicle 
transporting hazardous materials, or bus, unless so endorsed.  
There shall be four general classes of licenses as follows: 
    (a) Class C; valid for: 
    (1) all farm trucks as defined in section 168.011, 
subdivision 17, operated by (i) the owner, (ii) an immediate 
family member of the owner, (iii) an employee of the owner not 
primarily employed to operate the farm truck, within 150 miles 
of the farm, or (iv) an employee of the owner employed during 
harvest to operate the farm truck for the first, continuous 
transportation of agricultural products from the production site 
or on-farm storage site to any other location within 50 miles of 
that site; 
    (2) fire trucks and emergency fire equipment, whether or 
not in excess of 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, operated by 
a firefighter while on duty, or a tiller operator employed by a 
fire department who drives the rear portion of a midmount aerial 
ladder truck; 
    (3) recreational equipment as defined in section 168.011, 
subdivision 25, that is operated for personal use; and 
    (4) all single unit vehicles except vehicles with a gross 
vehicle weight of 26,001 or more than 26,000 pounds, vehicles 
designed to carry more than 15 passengers including the driver, 
and vehicles that carry hazardous materials. 
    The holder of a class C license may also tow vehicles under 
10,000 pounds if the combination of vehicles has a gross vehicle 
weight of 26,000 pounds or less. 
    (b) Class CC; valid for:  
    (1) operating class C vehicles; 
    (2) with a hazardous materials endorsement, transporting 
hazardous materials in class C vehicles; and 
    (3) with a school bus endorsement, operating school buses 
designed to transport 15 or fewer passengers, including the 
driver. 
    (c) Class B; valid for all vehicles in class C, class CC, 
and all other single unit vehicles including, with a passenger 
endorsement, buses. 
    (d) Class A; valid for any vehicle or combination thereof. 
    Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.02, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 2b.  [EXCEPTION.] Notwithstanding subdivision 2, a 
hazardous materials endorsement is not required to operate a 
vehicle having a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or less 
while carrying in bulk tanks a total of not more than 200 
gallons of petroleum products and liquid fertilizer. 
    Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.03, is 
amended to read: 
    171.03 [PERSONS EXEMPT.] 
    The following persons are exempt from license hereunder: 
    (1) any a person in the employ or service of the United 
States federal government while driving or operating a motor 
vehicle owned by or leased to the United States federal 
government, except that only a noncivilian operator of a 
commercial motor vehicle owned or leased by the United States 
Department of Defense or the Minnesota national guard is exempt 
from the requirement to possess a valid commercial motor vehicle 
driver's license; 
    (2) any person while driving or operating any farm tractor, 
or implement of husbandry temporarily operated or moved on a 
highway, and for purposes of this section an all-terrain 
vehicle, as defined in section 84.92, subdivision 8, is not an 
implement of husbandry; 
    (3) a nonresident who is at least 15 years of age and who 
has in immediate possession a valid driver's license issued to 
the nonresident in the home state or country may operate a motor 
vehicle in this state only as a driver; 
    (4) a nonresident who has in immediate possession a valid 
commercial driver's license issued by a state in compliance with 
the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, United States 
Code, title 49, sections 521, 2304, and 2701 to 2716, and who is 
operating in Minnesota the class of commercial motor vehicle 
authorized by the issuing state; 
    (5) any nonresident who is at least 18 years of age, whose 
home state or country does not require the licensing of drivers 
may operate a motor vehicle as a driver, only for a period of 
not more than 90 days in any calendar year if the motor vehicle 
so operated is duly registered for the current calendar year in 
the home state or country of such nonresident; 
     (6) any person who becomes a resident of the state of 
Minnesota and who has in possession a valid driver's license 
issued to the person under and pursuant to the laws of some 
other state or province or by military authorities of the United 
States may operate a motor vehicle as a driver, only for a 
period of not more than 60 days after becoming a resident of 
this state without being required to have a Minnesota driver's 
license as provided in this chapter; 
     (7) any person who becomes a resident of the state of 
Minnesota and who has in possession a valid commercial driver's 
license issued by another state in compliance with the 
Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, United States Code, 
title 49, sections 521, 2304, and 2701 to 2716, for not more 
than 30 days after becoming a resident of this state; and 
     (8) any person operating a snowmobile, as defined in 
section 84.81.  
     Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.07, 
subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 3.  Upon payment of the required fee, the department 
shall issue to every applicant therefor a Minnesota 
identification card.  The department may not issue a Minnesota 
identification card to a person who has a driver's license, 
other than an instruction permit or a limited license.  The card 
must bear a distinguishing number assigned to the applicant, a 
colored photograph or an electronically produced image, the full 
name, date of birth, residence address, a description of the 
applicant in the manner as the commissioner deems necessary, and 
a space upon which the applicant shall write the usual signature 
and the date of birth of the applicant with pen and ink. 
    Each Minnesota identification card must be plainly marked 
"Minnesota identification card - not a driver's license."  The 
fee for a Minnesota identification card issued to a person who 
is mentally retarded, as defined in section 252A.02, subdivision 
2, is 50 cents. 
    Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.165, 
subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 3.  [GRAVE OR MULTIPLE OFFENSES.] Subject to section 
171.166, the commissioner shall disqualify a person from 
operating commercial motor vehicles for: 
    (1) not less than three years, for a conviction or 
revocation set forth in subdivision 1 or 2 committed during the 
transportation of hazardous materials; 
    (2) not less than ten years, if the person is convicted a 
second or subsequent time of an offense set forth in subdivision 
1 or if the person's license is revoked more than once under 
section 169.123 or 2, a statute of another state or ordinance in 
conformity with it, or any combination of them those offenses; 
or 
    (3) life, if the person is convicted under chapter 152 of a 
felony involving the manufacture, sale, or distribution of a 
controlled substance, or involving the possession of a 
controlled substance with intent to manufacture, sell, or 
distribute it, and the person is found to have used a commercial 
motor vehicle in the commission of the felony. 
    Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.29, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  No person whose drivers driver's license 
has been revoked by reason of conviction, plea of guilty, or 
forfeiture of bail not vacated, under section 171.17 or 65B.67, 
or revoked under section 169.123 or 169.792 shall be issued 
another license unless and until that person shall have 
successfully passed an examination as required for an initial 
license. 
    Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 171.30, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [ISSUANCE.] In any case where a person's 
license has been suspended under section 171.18 or revoked under 
section 65B.67, 169.121, 169.123, 169.792, or 171.17, the 
commissioner may issue a limited license to the driver including 
under the following conditions:  
    (1) if the driver's livelihood or attendance at a chemical 
dependency treatment or counseling program depends upon the use 
of the driver's license; 
    (2) if the use of a driver's license by a homemaker is 
necessary to prevent the substantial disruption of the 
education, medical, or nutritional needs of the family of the 
homemaker; or 
    (3) if attendance at a post-secondary institution of 
education by an enrolled student of that institution depends 
upon the use of the driver's license.  
    The commissioner in issuing a limited license may impose 
such conditions and limitations as in the commissioner's 
judgment are necessary to the interests of the public safety and 
welfare including reexamination as to the driver's 
qualifications.  The license may be limited to the operation of 
particular vehicles, to particular classes and times of 
operation and to particular conditions of traffic.  The 
commissioner may require that an applicant for a limited license 
affirmatively demonstrate that use of public transportation or 
carpooling as an alternative to a limited license would be a 
significant hardship.  
    For purposes of this subdivision, "homemaker" refers to the 
person primarily performing the domestic tasks in a household of 
residents consisting of at least the person and the person's 
dependent child or other dependents. 
    The limited license issued by the commissioner shall 
clearly indicate the limitations imposed and the driver 
operating under the limited license shall have the license in 
possession at all times when operating as a driver. 
    In determining whether to issue a limited license, the 
commissioner shall consider the number and the seriousness of 
prior convictions and the entire driving record of the driver 
and shall consider the number of miles driven by the driver 
annually. 
    If the person's driver's license or permit to drive, or 
nonresident operating privileges, have been revoked under 
section 65B.67 or 169.792, the commissioner may only issue a 
limited license to the person after the person has presented an 
insurance identification card, policy, or written statement 
indicating that the driver or owner has insurance coverage 
satisfactory to the commissioner of public safety.  The 
commissioner of public safety may require the insurance 
identification card provided to satisfy this subdivision be 
certified by the insurance company to be noncancelable for a 
period not to exceed 12 months. 
     Sec. 32.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 221.025, is 
amended to read: 
    221.025 [EXEMPTIONS.] 
    Except as provided in sections 221.031 and 221.033, the 
provisions of this chapter do not apply to the intrastate 
transportation described below:  
    (a) the transportation of students to or from school or 
school activities in a school bus inspected and certified under 
section 169.451; 
    (b) the transportation of rubbish as defined in section 
443.27; 
    (c) a commuter van as defined in section 221.011, 
subdivision 27; 
    (d) authorized emergency vehicles as defined in section 
169.01, subdivision 5, including ambulances, and tow trucks when 
picking up and transporting disabled or wrecked motor vehicles 
and when carrying proper and legal warning devices; 
    (e) the transportation of grain samples under conditions 
prescribed by the board; 
    (f) the delivery of agricultural lime; 
    (g) the transportation of dirt and sod within an area 
having a 50-mile radius from the home post office of the person 
performing the transportation; 
    (h) a person while exclusively engaged in the 
transportation of sand, gravel, bituminous asphalt mix, concrete 
ready mix, concrete blocks or tile and the mortar mix to be used 
with the concrete blocks or tile, or crushed rock to or from the 
point of loading or a place of gathering within an area having a 
50-mile radius from that person's home post office or a 50-mile 
radius from the site of construction or maintenance of public 
roads and streets; 
    (i) the transportation of pulpwood, cordwood, mining 
timber, poles, posts, decorator evergreens, wood chips, sawdust, 
shavings, and bark from the place where the products are 
produced to the point where they are to be used or shipped; 
    (j) a person while engaged exclusively in transporting 
fresh vegetables from farms to canneries or viner stations, from 
viner stations to canneries, or from canneries to canneries 
during the harvesting, canning, or packing season, or 
transporting potatoes, sugar beets, wild rice, or rutabagas from 
the field of production to the first place of delivery or 
unloading, including a processing plant, warehouse, or railroad 
siding; 
      (k) a person engaged in transporting property or freight, 
other than household goods and petroleum products in bulk, 
entirely within the corporate limits of a city or between 
contiguous cities except as provided in section 221.296; 
      (l) the transportation of unprocessed dairy products in 
bulk within an area having a 100-mile radius from the home post 
office of the person providing the transportation; 
      (m) a person engaged in transporting agricultural, 
horticultural, dairy, livestock, or other farm products within 
an area having a 25-mile radius from the person's home post 
office and the carrier may transport other commodities within 
the 25-mile radius if the destination of each haul is a farm; 
     (n) a person providing limousine service that is not 
regular route service in a passenger automobile that is not a 
van, and that has a seating capacity, excluding the driver, of 
not more than 12 persons; 
     (o) passenger transportation service that is not charter 
service and that is under contract to and with operating 
assistance from the department or the regional transit board. 
    Sec. 33.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 221.031, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read:  
    Subd. 9.  [OUT-OF-SERVICE CRITERIA ADOPTED BY 
REFERENCE.] The North American Uniform Driver, Vehicle, and 
Hazardous Materials Out-Of-Service Criteria developed and 
adopted by the federal highway administration and the commercial 
vehicle safety alliance are adopted in Minnesota. 
    Sec. 34.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 221.033, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read:  
    Subd. 4.  [VARIANCE.] The commissioner may adopt rules to 
provide a procedure to grant variances from regulations adopted 
under subdivision 1, and contained in Code of Federal 
Regulations, title 49, part 180.  The variances must apply only 
to cargo tanks with a capacity of 3,000 gallons or less that 
transport gasoline in intrastate commerce in Minnesota and were 
first used in transportation before August 1, 1991.  The 
commissioner shall establish inspection, testing, and 
registration requirements to ensure the safety of cargo tanks 
operated under a variance granted under this subdivision.  
    Sec. 35.  [221.124] [INITIAL MOTOR CARRIER CONTACT 
PROGRAM.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [INITIAL MOTOR CARRIER CONTACT.] The 
initial motor carrier contact program consists of an initial 
contact, for educational purposes, between a motor carrier 
required to participate and representatives of the department of 
transportation.  The initial contact may be through an 
educational seminar or at the discretion of the department 
through a personal meeting with a representative of the 
department.  The initial contact must consist of a discussion of 
the statutes, rules, and regulations that apply to motor 
carriers.  Topics discussed must include:  carrier authority; 
the leasing of drivers and vehicles; insurance requirements; 
tariffs; annual reports; accident reporting; identification of 
vehicles; driver qualifications; maximum hours of service of 
drivers; the safe operation of vehicles; equipment, parts, and 
accessories; and inspection, repair, and maintenance.  The 
department shall provide written documentation of proof of 
compliance with the requirements of subdivision 2 and shall give 
a copy of the document to the motor carrier. 
    Subd. 2.  [PARTICIPATION REQUIRED.] A motor carrier that 
receives a certificate or permit from the board for new 
authority on or after September 1, 1991, shall participate in 
the initial motor carrier contact program.  A motor carrier 
required to participate in the program must have in attendance 
at least one motor carrier official having a substantial 
interest or control, directly or indirectly, in or over the 
operations conducted or to be conducted under the certificate or 
permit. 
    Subd. 3.  [TIME FOR COMPLIANCE.] A motor carrier required 
by subdivision 2 to participate in the program must do so within 
90 days of the service date of the order granting the 
certificate or permit.  Failure to comply with the requirement 
of subdivision 2 makes the order granting the certificate or 
permit void upon expiration of the time for compliance. 
    Sec. 36.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 221.605, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read:  
    Subd. 3.  [OUT-OF-SERVICE CRITERIA ADOPTED BY 
REFERENCE.] The North American Uniform Driver, Vehicle, and 
Hazardous Materials Out-Of-Service Criteria developed and 
adopted by the federal highway administration and the commercial 
vehicle safety alliance are adopted in Minnesota. 
    Sec. 37.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 297B.035, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 2.  [ANNUAL TAX FOR DEALER PLATE.] Motor vehicles 
which satisfy the definitions of subdivision 1, shall be taxed 
at a yearly rate of $15 per dealer plate.  This tax shall be 
paid when dealer plates, tabs, or stickers are purchased and 
shall be deposited in the state treasury and credited as 
provided in section 297B.09.  This tax shall be in lieu of any 
other state sales, excise, or use tax. 
    Sec. 38.  [TEMPORARY AUTHORITY; CHARTER CARRIERS OF 
PASSENGERS.] 
    (a) The transportation regulation board may issue a 
temporary permit to a motor carrier to operate as a charter 
carrier of passengers if the board finds that: 
    (1) the service to be provided under the temporary 
certificate will be provided during the month of January 1992 in 
connection with or related to the 1992 National Football League 
championship game or during the last week in March through the 
second week in April 1992 in connection with or related to the 
1992 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four Tournament; 
    (2) the petitioner for the temporary permit is fit and able 
to conduct the proposed operations; and 
    (3) the petitioner's vehicles meet the applicable safety 
standards of the commissioner of transportation. 
    (b) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 221.121, 
subdivision 2, a holder of a temporary permit under this section 
is not required to seek a permanent permit from the board.  The 
board may charge a registration fee of not more than $10 for 
each vehicle that will be operated under authority of the 
permit.  All permits issued by the board under this section 
expire on a date specified in the permit, but not later than 
January 31, 1992. 
    (c) All provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 221, not 
inconsistent with this section, apply to permits issued under 
this section. 
    (d) In granting temporary permits under this section, the 
board shall, to the maximum feasible extent, give priority to 
Minnesota-based carriers. 
    Sec. 39.  [REPEALER.] 
    Section 38 is repealed, effective April 15, 1992.  
Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 169.825, subdivision 10, 
paragraph (d), is repealed, effective July 1, 1992. 
    Sec. 40.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Sections 24 and 28 are effective the day following final 
enactment.  Sections 6, 8, 9, and 37 are effective July 1, 1991, 
for dealer plates, tabs, and stickers bought on and after that 
date.  Section 15 is effective July 1, 1992. 
    Presented to the governor May 31, 1991 
    Signed by the governor June 4, 1991, 8:57 p.m.