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                            CHAPTER 536-H.F.No. 2508 
                  An act relating to motor vehicles; making technical 
                  corrections; exempting license plates on state lottery 
                  vehicles from registration tax when used for security 
                  or criminal investigation purposes; taxing commuter 
                  vans as buses for vehicle registration purposes; 
                  allowing holder of personalized license plates to have 
                  priority for those plates in next registration period 
                  as long as holder keeps registration current; 
                  providing for temporary 60-day permits while waiting 
                  for special ready reserve license plates or special 
                  collegiate license plates; requiring vehicle dealers 
                  to file information relating to temporary registration 
                  permits issued to new purchasers; requiring drive-away 
                  in transit license plates and insurance for 
                  transporting vehicles; regulating vehicle dealers; 
                  requiring that parking certificate for disabled person 
                  hang from rearview mirror; specifying parking 
                  certificate expiration times for persons with 
                  permanent and temporary disabilities; clarifying an 
                  exemption for towing authorities from four-hour 
                  waiting period; requiring district court agents to 
                  retain filing fee for receiving and forwarding 
                  drivers' license applications and fees; requiring 
                  secured parties to be notified when a dealer buys a 
                  late model or high value salvage vehicle; providing 
                  exemption from uniform fire code for dispensing 
                  certain flammable liquids; amending Minnesota Statutes 
                  1992, sections 168.011, subdivision 7; 168.012, by 
                  adding a subdivision; 168.013, subdivision 1f, and by 
                  adding a subdivision; 168.053, subdivision 1; 168.054; 
                  168.09, subdivision 7; 168.092, subdivision 2; 168.12, 
                  subdivision 2a; 168.126, subdivision 1; 168.27, 
                  subdivisions 1, 12, 13, 15, 16, and 17; 168A.11, 
                  subdivision 2; 168A.153, subdivision 2; 169.041, 
                  subdivision 4; 169.345, subdivision 1; and 325F.662, 
                  subdivision 3; Minnesota Statutes 1993 Supplement, 
                  sections 169.345, subdivision 3; and 171.06, 
                  subdivision 4; proposing coding for new law in 
                  Minnesota Statutes, chapter 299F. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.011, 
        subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 7.  [PASSENGER AUTOMOBILE.] "Passenger automobile" 
        means any motor vehicle designed and used for the carrying of 
        not more than 15 persons including the driver.  "Passenger 
        automobile" does not include motorcycles, motor scooters, and 
        buses described in subdivision 9, paragraph (a), clause (2). For 
        purposes of taxation only, "passenger automobile" includes 
        pickup trucks and vans, other than commuter vans as defined in 
        section 168.126. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.012, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 1d.  [STATE LOTTERY VEHICLES.] Unmarked passenger 
        vehicles used by the state lottery for the purpose of conducting 
        security or criminal investigations or ensuring that lottery 
        retailers are in compliance with law and with their contracts 
        are not required to display tax-exempt number plates, but must 
        be registered and must display passenger vehicle license 
        plates.  The registrar shall furnish the license plates to the 
        director of the state lottery at cost.  On applying for initial 
        registration or renewal of a registration under this 
        subdivision, the director of the state lottery must certify, on 
        a form prescribed by the registrar and signed by the director, 
        that the vehicles will be used exclusively for the purposes of 
        this subdivision. 
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.013, 
        subdivision 1f, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1f.  [BUSES.] On all intercity buses, the tax during 
        each the first two years of vehicle life shall be based on the 
        gross weight of the vehicle and graduated according to the 
        following schedule: 
           Gross Weight of Vehicle                        Tax
           Under 6,000 lbs. ............................ $125
            6,000 to  8,000 lbs., incl. ................  125
            8,001 to 10,000 lbs., incl. ................  125
           10,001 to 12,000 lbs., incl. ................  150
           12,001 to 14,000 lbs., incl. ................  190
           14,001 to 16,000 lbs., incl. ................  210
           16,001 to 18,000 lbs., incl. ................  225
           18,001 to 20,000 lbs., incl. ................  260
           20,001 to 22,000 lbs., incl. ................  300
           22,001 to 24,000 lbs., incl. ................  350
           24,001 to 26,000 lbs., incl. ................  400
           26,001 to 28,000 lbs., incl. ................  450
           28,001 to 30,000 lbs., incl. ................  500
           30,001 and over .............................  550
           During each of the third and fourth years of vehicle life, 
        the tax shall be 75 percent of the foregoing scheduled tax; 
        during the fifth year of vehicle life, the tax shall be 50 
        percent of the foregoing scheduled tax; during the sixth year of 
        vehicle life, the tax shall be 37-1/2 percent of the foregoing 
        scheduled tax; and during the seventh and each succeeding year 
        of vehicle life, the tax shall be 25 percent of the foregoing 
        scheduled tax; provided that the annual tax paid in any year of 
        its life for an intercity bus shall be not less than $175 for a 
        vehicle of over 25 passenger seating capacity and not less than 
        $125 for a vehicle of 25 passenger and less seating capacity. 
           On all intracity buses operated by an auto transportation 
        company in the business of transporting persons for compensation 
        as a common carrier and operating within the limits of cities 
        having populations in excess of 200,000 inhabitants, the tax 
        during each year of the vehicle life of each such bus shall be 
        $40; on all of such intracity buses operated in cities having a 
        population of less than 200,000 and more than 70,000 
        inhabitants, the tax during each year of vehicle life of each 
        bus shall be $10; and on all of such intracity buses operating 
        in cities having a population of less than 70,000 inhabitants, 
        the tax during each year of vehicle life of each bus shall be $2.
           On all other buses and commuter vans, as defined in section 
        168.126, the tax during each of the first three years of the 
        vehicle life shall be based on the gross weight of the vehicle 
        and graduated according to the following schedule:  Where the 
        gross weight of the vehicle is 6,000 pounds or less, $25.  Where 
        the gross weight of the vehicle is more than 6,000 pounds, and 
        not more than 8,000 pounds, the tax shall be $25 plus an 
        additional tax of $5 per ton for the ton or major portion in 
        excess of 6,000 pounds.  Where the gross weight of the vehicle 
        is more than 8,000 pounds, and not more than 20,000 pounds, the 
        tax shall be $30 plus an additional tax of $10 per ton for each 
        ton or major portion in excess of 8,000 pounds.  Where the gross 
        weight of the vehicle is more than 20,000 pounds and not more 
        than 24,000 pounds, the tax shall be $90 plus an additional tax 
        of $15 per ton for each ton or major portion in excess of 20,000 
        pounds.  Where the gross weight of the vehicle is more than 
        24,000 pounds and not more than 28,000 pounds, the tax shall be 
        $120 plus an additional tax of $25 per ton for each ton or major 
        portion in excess of 24,000 pounds.  Where the gross weight of 
        the vehicle is more than 28,000 pounds, the tax shall be $170 
        plus an additional tax of $30 per ton for each ton or major 
        portion in excess of 28,000 pounds. 
           During the fourth and succeeding years of vehicle life, the 
        tax shall be 80 percent of the foregoing scheduled tax but in no 
        event less than $20 per vehicle. 
           Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.013, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 1k.  [COMMUTER VAN.] A commuter van, as defined in 
        section 168.126, must be separately licensed and taxed annually 
        on the basis of total gross weight and the tax must be graduated 
        according to the schedule prescribed in subdivision 1f. 
           Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, 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 drive-away 
        in transit license plate, which number must be carried and 
        displayed on the power unit consistent with section 169.79 and 
        such number the plate shall remain on the vehicle while being 
        operated within the state.  Additional drive-away in transit 
        license 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 $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. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.054, is 
        amended to read: 
           168.054 [LIABILITY INSURANCE POLICY.] 
           Any person pulling or towing any vehicle as provided in 
        section 168.053 designed, equipped, or intended to operate under 
        its own power, the pulling or towing being accomplished by 
        another vehicle when operating upon any public highway of the 
        state, shall obtain, before such pulling or towing, file with 
        the registrar a liability insurance policy or bond covering 
        public liability and property damage, issued by some insurance 
        or bonding company, or insurance carrier authorized to do 
        business in the state, which policy or bond shall be approved by 
        the registrar and be in the amount of $10,000 because of bodily 
        injury to or death of one person in any one accident, and, 
        subject to said limit for one person, in the amount of $100,000 
        because of bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in 
        any one accident, and in the amount of $5,000 because of injury 
        to or destruction of property of others in any one accident.  
           Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.09, 
        subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 7.  [DISPLAY OF TEMPORARY PERMIT; SPECIAL PLATES.] A 
        vehicle that displays a special plate issued under section 
        168.021; 168.12, subdivision 2, 2a, 2b, or 2c, or 2d; 168.123; 
        168.124; 168.125; 168.126; or 168.128; or 168.129 may display a 
        temporary permit in conjunction with expired registration if: 
           (1) the current registration tax and all other fees have 
        been paid in full; and 
           (2) the plate requires replacement under section 168.12, 
        subdivision 1, paragraph (3). 
           The permit is valid for a period of 60 days.  The permit 
        must be in a form prescribed by the commissioner of public 
        safety and whenever practicable must be posted upon the driver's 
        side of the rear window on the inside of the vehicle.  The 
        permit is valid only for the vehicle for which it was issued to 
        allow a reasonable time for the new license plates to be 
        manufactured and delivered to the applicant. 
           Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.092, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  The registrar may issue a quantity of permits in 
        booklet form to licensed dealers.  When issuing a permit, the 
        dealer shall immediately forward to the registrar information on 
        forms supplied by the registrar showing to whom the permit was 
        issued, the vehicle description, date of issue and expiration, 
        and such other information as the registrar may require complete 
        the permit in the manner prescribed by the department.  One copy 
        of the permit shall be retained in sequential order in the 
        dealer's files. 
           Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.12, 
        subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2a.  [PERSONALIZED 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 as long as current registration is 
        maintained.  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. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.126, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [UNIQUE REGISTRATION CATEGORY.] A unique 
        vehicle registration category is established for vehicles known 
        as commuter vans, as defined in section 221.011, subdivision 
        27.  "Commuter van" means a vehicle having a capacity of seven 
        to 16 persons that meets the criteria set forth in section 
        221.011, subdivision 27. 
           Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.27, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITIONS.] For the purposes of this 
        section, the following terms have the meanings given them: 
           (1) "Leasing motor vehicles" means furnishing a motor 
        vehicle for a fee under a bailor-bailee relationship where no 
        incidences of ownership are intended to be transferred other 
        than the right to use the vehicle for a stated period of time. 
           (2) "Brokering motor vehicles" means arranging sales 
        between willing buyers and sellers of motor vehicles and 
        receiving a fee for said service. 
           (3) "Wholesaling motor vehicles" means selling new or used 
        motor vehicles to dealers for resale to the public. 
           (4) "Auctioning motor vehicles" means arranging for and 
        handling the sale of motor vehicles, not the property of the 
        auctioneer, to the highest bidder. 
           (5) "Dealer" includes licensed new motor vehicle dealers, 
        used motor vehicle dealers, wholesalers, auctioneers, lessors of 
        new or used motor vehicles, scrap metal processors, used vehicle 
        parts dealers, and salvage pools. 
           (6) "Commercial building" means a permanent, enclosed 
        building that is on a permanent foundation and connected to 
        local sewer and water facilities or otherwise complying with 
        local sanitary codes, is adapted to commercial use, and conforms 
        to local government zoning requirements.  "Commercial building" 
        may include strip office malls or garages if a separate entrance 
        and a separate address are maintained and the dealership is 
        clearly identified as a separate business. 
           (7) "Commercial office space" means office space occupying 
        all or part of a commercial building. 
           (8) "Horse trailer" is a trailer designed and used to carry 
        horses and other livestock, which has not more than three axles 
        and a maximum gross weight capacity of not more than 24,000 
        pounds. 
           (9) "Isolated or occasional sales or leases" means the sale 
        or lease of not more than five motor vehicles in a 12-month 
        period, exclusive of pioneer or classic motor vehicles as 
        defined in section 168.10, subdivisions 1a and 1b, or sales by a 
        licensed auctioneer selling motor vehicles at an auction if, in 
        the ordinary course of the auctioneer's business, the sale of 
        motor vehicles is incidental to the sale of other real or 
        personal property. 
           (10) "Used motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle for which 
        title has been transferred from the person who first acquired it 
        from the manufacturer, distributor, or dealer.  A new motor 
        vehicle will not be considered a used motor vehicle until it has 
        been placed in actual operation and not held for resale by an 
        owner who has been granted a certificate of title on the motor 
        vehicle and has registered the motor vehicle in accordance with 
        this chapter and chapters 168A and 297B, or the laws of the 
        residence of the owner.  
           (11) "New motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle other than 
        described in paragraph (10).  
           (12) "Junked vehicle" means a vehicle that is graded and 
        stamped as a "class D" total loss vehicle declared unrepairable 
        under section 168A.151. 
           (13) "Motor vehicle" has the meaning given it in section 
        168.011, subdivision 4, and also includes a park trailer as 
        defined in section 168.011, subdivision 8. 
           Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.27, 
        subdivision 12, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 12.  [GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION.] A 
        license may be suspended or revoked by the registrar of motor 
        vehicles upon proof satisfactory to the registrar of any of the 
        following: 
           (1) violations of any of the provisions of this chapter 
        168, 168A, 297B, 325E, or 325F; 
           (2) violation of or refusal to comply with the requests and 
        order of the registrar; 
           (3) failure to make or provide to the registrar all 
        listings, notices, and reports required by the registrar; 
           (4) failure to pay to the registrar all taxes, fees, and 
        arrears due from and by such dealer; 
           (5) failure to duly apply for renewal of license provided 
        for herein; 
           (6) revocation of previous license, of which the records of 
        the registrar relating thereto shall be prima facie evidence of 
        such previous revocation; 
           (7) failure of continued occupancy of an established place 
        of business; 
           (8) sale of a new and unused current model motor vehicle 
        other than the make of motor vehicle described in the franchise 
        or contract filed with the original application or renewal 
        thereof, without permission from the registrar; 
           (9) sale of a new and unused current model motor vehicle to 
        anyone except for consumer use, or to a dealer duly licensed to 
        sell the same make of motor vehicle; 
           (10) material misstatement or misrepresentation in 
        application for license or renewal thereof; 
           (11) having advertised, printed, displayed, published, 
        distributed, broadcast or televised or caused or permitted to be 
        advertised, printed, displayed, published, distributed, 
        broadcast or televised in any manner whatsoever, or having made 
        orally any statement or representation with regard to the sale, 
        lease or financing of motor vehicles which is false, deceptive 
        or misleading; 
           (12) having been convicted of violating section 325F.69, or 
        having been enjoined due to a violation of section 325F.69; 
           (13) having been convicted of violating the Minnesota 
        odometer law, section 325E.14, 325E.15, or 325E.16, or the 
        federal odometer law, United States Code, title 15, sections 
        1981 to 1991, as amended through December 31, 1984; 
           (14) having been convicted of violating the sale of motor 
        vehicles on Sunday law, section 168.275; or 
           (15) having been convicted under section 609.53 of 
        receiving or selling stolen vehicles. 
           With respect to clauses (12), (13), and (15), the registrar 
        may suspend or revoke a license immediately upon receiving 
        certification of conviction or permanent injunction.  A hearing 
        is required under subdivision 13 within 30 days following a 
        summary suspension or revocation under this paragraph, if a 
        hearing is requested by the licensee.  
           Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.27, 
        subdivision 13, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 13.  [SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION; HEARING.] The 
        registrar of motor vehicles, upon the registrar's own motion or 
        upon the complaint of another, shall prepare and cause to be 
        served upon the licensee complained of, a written notice or 
        complaint setting forth, in substance, the violations charged, a 
        statement of the deficiencies which exist and any corrective 
        action deemed appropriate.  Said notice shall include a 
        statement that in the event corrective action is deemed 
        appropriate and corrective action is not taken, the dealer's 
        license may be suspended or revoked.  The notice shall require 
        the licensee to appear at the time and place fixed therein 
        before the registrar or inspector, and show cause why the 
        license should not be suspended or revoked. 
           The registrar shall, at the time and place fixed in the 
        notice, proceed to hear and determine the matter on its merits.  
        All hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the 
        provisions of chapter 14, except that the provisions of section 
        14.50, shall not apply.  The registrar is authorized to subpoena 
        witnesses and administer oaths.  If the registrar shall find the 
        existence of any of the causes for suspension or revocation as 
        set forth in subdivision 12 and determine that corrective action 
        has not been taken or that corrective action will not prevent 
        repetition of the violations charged or that the public interest 
        will not be served by corrective action and the licensee's 
        license should be suspended or revoked, the registrar shall 
        issue a written order setting out the decision, and a copy of 
        such order shall be served upon such licensee in the manner 
        provided by law for the service of summons in a civil action.  
        On finding that the dealer has violated any of the provisions of 
        this section but that the nature of said violation or the 
        circumstances thereof are such that a suspension of the license 
        would be adequate, the registrar may, instead of revoking the 
        license suspend it for a period not exceeding 90 days.  On 
        finding that the violation does not justify a suspension only, 
        the registrar shall revoke the license.  Upon a suspension or 
        revocation, if it be a new or used motor vehicle dealer, said 
        licensee shall immediately return to the registrar all number 
        plates, including any "in transit" plates and temporary permits, 
        in its possession and its dealer's license certificate. 
           Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.27, 
        subdivision 15, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 15.  [ENFORCEMENT.] The registrar is hereby 
        authorized to enforce this section and is directed to appoint 
        under the registrar's hand not less than seven persons amongst 
        the registrar's several employees, as inspectors and 
        investigators and who when so appointed, shall have full 
        authority to enforce this section throughout the state.  Before 
        entering upon their official duties, the oath of appointment of 
        each of the additional employees shall be filed in the office of 
        the secretary of state.  The registrar, the registrar's 
        inspectors or investigators, when traveling or otherwise 
        pursuing their duties outside the office of the registrar, shall 
        be paid for their actual expenses incurred out of the same funds 
        as other employees of the registrar of motor vehicles.  The 
        inspectors shall assist licensees in compliance with laws 
        governing licensees and administered hereunder. 
           Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168.27, 
        subdivision 16, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 16.  [PLATES:  DISTINGUISHING NUMBERS, FEES, TAXES, 
        USES.] (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 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 dealership 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 vehicle, 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. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, 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 dealer in transit license plates 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. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168A.11, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [PURCHASE RECEIPT.] A dealer, on buying a vehicle 
        which is subject to an outstanding certificate of title, shall 
        at the time of taking delivery of the vehicle execute in 
        triplicate a purchase receipt for the vehicle in a form 
        designated by the department, and deliver one copy to the 
        seller.  Within 48 hours thereafter the dealer shall mail, 
        transmit, or deliver one copy of such receipt to the department. 
           Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 168A.153, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [LATE MODEL OR HIGH VALUE VEHICLES.] A dealer who 
        buys a late model or high value vehicle to be dismantled or 
        destroyed shall notify the secured party, if any, and then 
        surrender the certificate of title and a properly completed 
        application for a salvage certificate of title to the department 
        within ten days. 
           Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 169.041, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [TOWING ALLOWED.] A towing authority may tow a 
        motor vehicle without regard to the four-hour waiting period if: 
           (1) the vehicle is parked in violation of snow emergency 
        regulations; 
           (2) the vehicle is parked in a rush-hour restricted parking 
        area; 
           (3) the vehicle is blocking a driveway, alley, or fire 
        hydrant; 
           (4) the vehicle is parked in a bus lane, or at a bus stop, 
        during hours when parking is prohibited; 
           (5) the vehicle is parked within 30 feet of a stop sign and 
        visually blocking the stop sign; 
           (6) the vehicle is parked in a handicap transfer zone or 
        handicapped parking space without a handicapped parking 
        certificate or handicapped license plates; 
           (7) the vehicle is parked in an area that has been posted 
        for temporary restricted parking (i) at least 12 hours in 
        advance in a home rule charter or statutory city having a 
        population under 50,000, or (ii) at least 24 hours in advance in 
        another political subdivision; 
           (8) the vehicle is parked within the right-of-way of a 
        controlled access highway or within the traveled portion of a 
        public street when travel is allowed there; 
           (9) the vehicle is unlawfully parked in a zone that is 
        restricted by posted signs to use by fire, police, public 
        safety, or emergency vehicles; 
           (10) the vehicle is unlawfully parked on property at the 
        Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport owned by the 
        metropolitan airports commission; 
           (11) a law enforcement official has probable cause to 
        believe that the vehicle is stolen, or that the vehicle 
        constitutes or contains evidence of a crime and impoundment is 
        reasonably necessary to obtain or preserve the evidence; 
           (12) the driver, operator, or person in physical control of 
        the vehicle is taken into custody and the vehicle is impounded 
        for safekeeping; 
           (13) a law enforcement official has probable cause to 
        believe that the owner, operator, or person in physical control 
        of the vehicle has failed to respond to five or more citations 
        for parking or traffic offenses; 
           (14) the vehicle is unlawfully parked in a zone that is 
        restricted by posted signs to use by taxicabs; 
           (15) the vehicle is unlawfully parked and prevents egress 
        by a lawfully parked vehicle; or 
           (16) the vehicle is parked, on a school day during 
        prohibited hours, in a school zone on a public street where 
        official signs prohibit parking. 
           Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 169.345, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE OF PRIVILEGE.] A vehicle that 
        prominently displays the certificate authorized by this section 
        or that bears license plates issued under section 168.021, may 
        be parked by or for a physically disabled person: 
           (1) in a designated parking space for disabled persons, as 
        provided in section 169.346; and 
           (2) in a metered parking space without obligation to pay 
        the meter fee and without time restrictions unless time 
        restrictions are separately posted on official signs.  
           For purposes of this subdivision, a certificate is 
        prominently displayed if it is displayed on the dashboard in the 
        left-hand corner of the front windshield of the vehicle with so 
        that it may be viewed from the front and rear of the vehicle by 
        hanging it from the rearview mirror attached to the front 
        windshield of the vehicle.  If there is no rearview mirror, the 
        placard must be displayed on the dashboard.  No part of the 
        certificate may be obscured. 
           Notwithstanding clauses (1) and (2), this section does not 
        permit parking in areas prohibited by sections 169.32 and 
        169.34, in designated no parking spaces, or in parking spaces 
        reserved for specified purposes or vehicles.  A local 
        governmental unit may, by ordinance, prohibit parking on any 
        street or highway to create a fire lane, or to accommodate heavy 
        traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours and these 
        ordinances also apply to physically disabled persons. 
           Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1993 Supplement, section 
        169.345, subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [IDENTIFYING CERTIFICATE.] (a) The division of 
        driver and vehicle services in the department of public safety 
        shall issue (1) immediately, a temporary permit valid for 30 
        days, if the person is eligible for the certificate issued under 
        this paragraph, and (2) a special identifying certificate for a 
        motor vehicle when a physically disabled applicant submits proof 
        of physical disability under subdivision 2a.  The commissioner 
        shall design separate certificates for persons with permanent 
        and temporary disabilities that can be readily distinguished 
        from each other from outside a vehicle at a distance of 25 
        feet.  The certificate is valid for the duration of the person's 
        disability, as specified in the physician's or chiropractor's 
        statement, up to a maximum of six years.  A person with a 
        disability of longer duration will be required to renew the 
        certificate for additional periods of time, up to six years 
        each, as specified in the physician's or chiropractor's 
        statement six years, if the disability is specified in the 
        physician's or chiropractor's statement as permanent, and is 
        valid for a period not to exceed six months, if the disability 
        is specified as temporary. 
           (b) When the commissioner is satisfied that a motor vehicle 
        is used primarily for the purpose of transporting physically 
        disabled persons, the division may issue without charge (1) 
        immediately, a temporary permit valid for 30 days, if the 
        operator is eligible for the certificate issued under this 
        paragraph, and (2) a special identifying certificate for the 
        vehicle.  The operator of a vehicle displaying the certificate 
        or temporary permit has the parking privileges provided in 
        subdivision 1 while the vehicle is in use for transporting 
        physically disabled persons.  The certificate issued to a person 
        transporting physically disabled persons must be renewed every 
        third year.  On application and renewal, the person must present 
        evidence that the vehicle continues to be used for transporting 
        physically disabled persons. 
           (c) A certificate must be made of plastic or similar 
        durable material, must be distinct from certificates issued 
        before January 1, 1988, and must bear its expiration date 
        prominently on its face both sides.  A certificate issued to a 
        temporarily disabled person must display the date of expiration 
        of the duration of the disability, as determined under paragraph 
        (a).  Each certificate applicant must have printed on the back 
        be provided a summary of the parking privileges and restrictions 
        that apply to each vehicle in for which it the certificate is 
        used.  The commissioner may charge a fee of $5 for issuance or 
        renewal of a certificate or temporary permit, and a fee of $5 
        for a duplicate to replace a lost, stolen, or damaged 
        certificate or temporary permit.  The commissioner shall not 
        charge a fee for issuing a certificate to a person who has paid 
        a fee for issuance of a temporary permit. 
           Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1993 Supplement, section 
        171.06, subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [APPLICATION, FILING; FEE RETAINED FOR EXPENSES.] 
        Any applicant for an instruction permit, a driver's license, 
        restricted license, or duplicate license may file an application 
        with a court administrator of the district court or at a state 
        office.  The administrator 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 court administrator of the district 
        court may retain a county fee of $3.50 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 court administrator of the 
        district court shall be paid into the county treasury and 
        credited to the general revenue fund of the county.  Before the 
        end of the first working day following the final day of an 
        established reporting period, the court administrator shall 
        forward to the department all applications and fees collected 
        during the reporting period, less the amount herein allowed to 
        be retained for expenses.  The court administrators of the 
        district courts may appoint agents to assist in accepting 
        applications, but the administrators shall require every agent 
        to forward to the administrators by whom the agent is appointed 
        all applications accepted and fees collected by the agent, 
        except that an agent may shall retain the county fee to cover 
        the agent's expenses involved in receiving, accepting or 
        forwarding the applications and fees.  The court administrators 
        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. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 325F.662, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [EXCLUSIONS.] Notwithstanding the provisions of 
        subdivision 2, a dealer is not required to provide an express 
        warranty for the following a used motor vehicles vehicle: 
           (1) vehicles sold for a total cash sale price of less than 
        $3,000, including the trade-in value of any vehicle traded in by 
        the consumer, but excluding tax, license fees, registration 
        fees, and finance charges; 
           (2) vehicles with engines an engine designed to use diesel 
        fuel; 
           (3) vehicles with a gross weight, as defined in section 
        168.011, subdivision 16, in excess of 9,000 pounds; 
           (4) vehicles that have has been custom-built or modified 
        for show or for racing; 
           (5) vehicles that are is eight years of age or older, as 
        calculated from the first day in January of the designated model 
        year of the vehicle; 
           (6) vehicles that have has been produced by a manufacturer 
        which has never manufactured more than 10,000 motor vehicles in 
        any one year; 
           (7) vehicles having that has 75,000 miles or more at time 
        of sale; 
           (8) vehicles that are has not been manufactured in 
        compliance with applicable federal emission standards in force 
        at the time of manufacture as provided by the Clean Air Act, 
        United States Code, title 42, sections 7401 through 7642, and 
        regulations adopted pursuant thereto, and safety standards as 
        provided by the National Traffic and Motor Safety Act, United 
        States Code, title 15, sections 1381 through 1431, and 
        regulations adopted pursuant thereto; and or 
           (9) a vehicle which, when it is sold, is unrepaired and 
        would be classified as a class C total loss vehicle that has 
        been issued a salvage certificate of title under section 
        168A.151, or has unrepaired damage in excess of $5,000. 
           Sec. 24.  [299F.013] [FUEL DISPENSING.] 
           Any rule of the commissioner of public safety that adopts 
        provisions of the uniform fire code relating to flammable and 
        combustible liquids must permit the dispensing of class I and 
        class II liquids from a fuel-dispensing system supplied by 
        exterior aboveground tanks, for operations not open to the 
        public.  The following dispensing operations are permitted: 
           (1) dispensing of class I liquids from one tank having a 
        capacity of up to 560 gallons having the dispenser located on or 
        adjacent to the tank; 
           (2) dispensing of class II liquids from up to two tanks 
        having a capacity of up to 1,000 gallons each and having the 
        dispenser located on or adjacent to the tank. 
           Dispensing operations authorized under this section are 
        subject to all other applicable requirements of the uniform fire 
        code. 
           Presented to the governor April 26, 1994 
           Signed by the governor April 28, 1994, 2:22 p.m.

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