Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Minnesota Legislature

Office of the Revisor of Statutes

Key: (1) language to be deleted (2) new language

                            CHAPTER 188-H.F.No. 708 
                  An act relating to motor vehicles; clarifying 
                  exemption from registration taxes for certain well 
                  drilling machines, pump hoists, and other equipment; 
                  amending Minnesota Statutes 2000, sections 168.012, 
                  subdivision 5; 169.781, subdivisions 2, 5.  
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 168.012, 
        subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [CARRIER OF CERTAIN EQUIPMENT.] Motor vehicles, 
        which are used only primarily for the purpose of carrying sawing 
        machines; well drilling machines, pump hoists, and other 
        equipment registered under chapter 103I; barn sprayers or corn 
        shellers permanently attached to them, shall not be subject to 
        the registration tax as herein provided, but shall be listed for 
        taxation as personal property as provided by law.  The exemption 
        in this subdivision for well drilling machines, pump hoists, and 
        other equipment registered under chapter 103I applies regardless 
        of whether the well drilling machine, pump hoist, or other 
        equipment is also carrying materials related to its operation. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 169.781, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [INSPECTION REQUIRED.] It is unlawful for a 
        person to operate or permit the operation of: 
           (1) a commercial motor vehicle registered in Minnesota; or 
           (2) special mobile equipment as defined in section 168.011, 
        subdivision 22, if it is mounted on a commercial motor vehicle 
        chassis, including, but not limited to, a mobile crane, a water 
        well-drilling rig, and a concrete placement pumper, 
        unless the vehicle displays a valid safety inspection decal 
        issued by an inspector certified by the commissioner, or the 
        vehicle carries (1) proof that the vehicle complies with federal 
        motor vehicle inspection requirements for vehicles in interstate 
        commerce, and (2) a certificate of compliance with federal 
        requirements issued by the commissioner under subdivision 9. 
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 169.781, 
        subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [INSPECTION DECAL.] (a) A person inspecting a 
        commercial motor vehicle shall issue an inspection decal for the 
        vehicle if each inspected component of the vehicle complies with 
        federal motor carrier safety regulations.  The decal must state 
        that in the month specified on the decal the vehicle was 
        inspected and each inspected component complied with federal 
        motor carrier safety regulations.  The decal is valid for 12 
        months after the month specified on the decal.  The 
        commissioners of public safety and transportation shall make 
        decals available, at a fee of not more than $2 for each decal, 
        to persons certified to perform inspections under subdivision 3, 
        paragraph (b). 
           (b) Minnesota inspection decals may be affixed only to: 
           (1) commercial motor vehicles bearing Minnesota-based 
        license plates; or 
           (2) special mobile equipment, within the meaning of 
        subdivision 2, clause (2). 
           (c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), a person inspecting (1) 
        a vehicle of less than 57,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and 
        registered as a farm truck, (2) a storage semitrailer, or (3) a 
        building mover vehicle must issue an inspection decal to the 
        vehicle unless the vehicle has one or more defects that would 
        result in the vehicle being declared out of service under the 
        North American Uniform Driver, Vehicle, and Hazardous Materials 
        Out-of-Service Criteria issued by the federal highway 
        administration and the commercial motor vehicle safety 
        alliance.  A decal issued to a vehicle described in clause (1), 
        (2), or (3) is valid for two years from the date of issuance.  A 
        decal issued to such a vehicle must clearly indicate that it is 
        valid for two years from the date of issuance. 
           (d) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), a commercial motor 
        vehicle that (1) is registered as a farm truck, (2) is not 
        operated more than 75 miles from the owner's home post office, 
        and (3) was manufactured before 1979 that has a dual 
        transmission system, is not required to comply with a 
        requirement in an inspection standard that requires that the 
        service brake system and parking brake system be separate 
        systems in the motor vehicle. 
           Sec. 4.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Sections 1 to 3 are effective the day following final 
        enactment. 
           Presented to the governor May 23, 2001 
           Signed by the governor May 24, 2001, 2:03 p.m.