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                            CHAPTER 456-H.F.No. 2152 
                  An act relating to transportation; allowing highway 
                  service signs for gasoline service stations and other 
                  retail motor fuel businesses; eliminating limitation 
                  on funding advances for completing county state-aid 
                  highways in cities; prohibiting motor vehicle from 
                  closely following authorized emergency vehicle 
                  responding to emergency; authorizing use of 
                  alternative warning lights at traffic accidents; 
                  allowing limited exemption from federal 
                  hours-of-service regulation for transporting 
                  agricultural products; providing for turnbacks to 
                  local governments of legislative routes Nos. 232, 261, 
                  300, 326, and 385; making technical and conforming 
                  changes; amending Minnesota Statutes 1994, sections 
                  160.292, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, and by adding 
                  subdivisions; 160.293, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, and 4; 
                  160.294, subdivisions 1, 2, and by adding a 
                  subdivision; 160.295, subdivision 2; 160.296, 
                  subdivision 1; 160.297; 162.08, subdivision 5; 169.18, 
                  subdivision 8; 169.59, subdivision 4; 221.0314, by 
                  adding a subdivision; and 221.033, subdivision 2a. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.292, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [SCOPE.] For the purposes of sections 
        160.292 to 160.296, the terms defined in this section have the 
        meanings given them. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.292, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [SPECIFIC SERVICE SIGN.] "Specific service sign" 
        means a rectangular sign panel not greater than 1-1/2 feet by 
        six feet displaying the name or optional business panel, or 
        both, of a rural agricultural or tourist-oriented business, 
        place of worship, motel, restaurant, resort, or recreational 
        camping area, or gasoline service station or other retail motor 
        fuel business and, where appropriate, the direction to and 
        distance to the rural agricultural or tourist-oriented business, 
        place of worship, recreational camping area, motel, 
        restaurant, or resort, or gasoline service station or other 
        retail motor fuel business. 
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.292, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [SPECIFIC SERVICE SIGN ASSEMBLY.] "Specific 
        service sign assembly" means a combination of specific service 
        sign panels not to exceed four panels to be placed within the 
        right-of-way on appropriate approaches to an intersection or 
        interchange. 
           Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.292, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [SPECIFIC SERVICE SIGN CLUSTER.] "Specific 
        service sign cluster" means a grouping of specific service sign 
        assemblies on appropriate approaches to an intersection or 
        interchange. 
           Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.292, 
        subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [NONFREEWAY TYPE TRUNK HIGHWAY.] "Nonfreeway type 
        trunk highway" means all (1) roadways with that are not 
        designated freeways and that have crossing traffic at grade 
        intersections except the roadway may have an isolated 
        interchange and (2) bypasses of outstate municipalities that 
        have interchanges at intersections of trunk highways with local 
        roads. 
           Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.292, 
        subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 10.  [SPECIFIC SERVICE.] "Specific service" means 
        restaurants,; rural agricultural or tourist-oriented 
        businesses,; places of worship,; gasoline service stations and 
        other retail motor fuel businesses; and motels, resorts, or 
        recreational camping areas that provide sleeping accommodations 
        for the traveling public.  "Tourist-oriented business" means a 
        business, service, or activity that receives the major portion 
        of its income or visitors during the normal business season from 
        motorists not residing in the immediate area of the business or 
        activity.  "Tourist-oriented business" includes, but is not 
        limited to:  (1) a greenhouse or nursery, (2) a bait and tackle 
        shop, (3) a marina, and (4) a gift or antique shop. 
           Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.292, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 11.  [GASOLINE SERVICE STATION; RETAIL MOTOR FUEL 
        BUSINESS.] "Gasoline service station" or "retail motor fuel 
        business" means a business that provides vehicle services 
        including fuel and oil; provides restroom facilities and 
        drinking water; provides staff for continuous operation at least 
        12 hours per day, seven days per week; and provides public 
        access to a telephone.  
           Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.292, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 12.  [BUSINESS PANEL.] "Business panel" means a 
        separately attached sign panel that shows, either individually 
        or in combination, the brand, symbol, trademark, or logo of the 
        business service. 
           Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.293, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [PURPOSE.] Specific service signs are to be 
        used to create and implement a system of signing for the purpose 
        of displaying specific service information to the traveling 
        public on nonfreeway type trunk highways in rural areas.  
           Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.293, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [SIGNS AT INTERSECTIONS AND INTERCHANGES.] A 
        specific service sign may be erected at the intersection or 
        interchange of a trunk highway with an interstate highway, a 
        controlled access road, or a local road, on bypasses of outstate 
        municipalities, and at the intersection or interchange of two 
        trunk highways.  A specific service sign may not be erected if 
        the place of business is readily visible, if effective 
        directional advertising is visible, or if the an advertising 
        sign can be legally and effectively located near the 
        intersection or interchange.  
           Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.293, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [NUMBER OF TRUNK HIGHWAY INTERSECTIONS OR 
        INTERCHANGES.] A specific service sign for a rural agricultural 
        or tourist-oriented business, place of worship, restaurant, 
        motel, resort, or recreational camping area, or gasoline service 
        station or other retail motor fuel business is limited to one 
        intersection or interchange on the trunk highway system.  
        Additional signing may be considered when the place of business 
        is located between, or approximately an equal distance from, two 
        or more trunk highways. 
           Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.293, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [TRAILBLAZING.] Appropriate signing on local 
        roads between a trunk highway intersection or interchange and a 
        specific service shall be the responsibility of the specific 
        service and the local road authority.  
           Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.294, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [CONSTRUCTION OF SIGN.] Specific service 
        sign panels shall be made of reflective sheeting and shall be on 
        blue background with white letters, arrows and border.  The 
        directional arrow and mileage shall be displayed on the same 
        side of the panel as the direction of turn on specific service 
        sign panels located on nonfreeway trunk highways at grade 
        intersections and on exit ramps at interchanges located on 
        bypasses of outstate municipalities.  The specific service sign 
        panel shall display only the name or optional business panel, or 
        both, when installed on nonfreeway trunk highways at 
        interchanges located on bypasses of outstate 
        municipalities.  Signing for straight ahead movement shall not 
        be permitted.  
           Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.294, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 1a.  [BUSINESS PANELS.] Business panels shall be made 
        of reflective sheeting and shall not resemble a traffic sign, 
        signal, or device.  The business' trademark, symbol, or logo 
        shall be consistent on all business panels for a specific 
        business.  The business panel shall not include any supplemental 
        messages or additional verbiage. 
           Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.294, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [SPECIFIC SERVICE SIGN ASSEMBLIES.] Left 
        directional panels shall be placed on top of the right 
        directional panels.  A gap shall separate a left panel from the 
        right panel.  An assembly shall be spaced preferably 300 feet, 
        but a minimum of 200 feet from other required signing.  If no 
        other signing is located at an intersection, the assembly shall 
        be placed 300 feet in advance of the intersection.  Assemblies 
        within a cluster shall not be placed closer than 300 feet.  No 
        specific service sign or assembly shall be placed at a location 
        that will interfere with other necessary signing as determined 
        by the commissioner of transportation.  
           Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.295, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [DISTANCE TO SPECIFIC SERVICE.] A specific 
        service sign may be placed on a nonfreeway type road trunk 
        highway if the specific service is located within 15 miles of 
        the qualifying site.  
           Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.296, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [PROCEDURE.] (a) A person who desires a 
        specific service sign panel shall request the commissioner of 
        transportation to install the sign.  The commissioner of 
        transportation may grant the request if the applicant qualifies 
        for the sign panel and if space is available.  All signs shall 
        be fabricated, installed, maintained, replaced and removed by 
        the commissioner of transportation.  The applicant shall pay a 
        fee to the commissioner of transportation to cover all costs for 
        fabricating, installing, maintaining, replacing and removing.  
        The requests for specific service sign panels shall be renewed 
        every three years. 
           (b) If the applicant desires to display a business panel, 
        the business panel for each specific service sign panel shall be 
        supplied by the applicant.  All costs to fabricate business 
        panels shall be paid by the applicant.  All business panels 
        shall be installed and removed by the appropriate road 
        authority.  The costs for installing and removing business sign 
        panels on specific service signs located on nonfreeway trunk 
        highways are included in the fee specified in paragraph (a).  If 
        a business panel is stolen or damaged beyond repair, the 
        applicant shall supply a new business panel paid for by the 
        applicant. 
           Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 160.297, is 
        amended to read: 
           160.297 [OTHER LAWS.] 
           Sections 160.292 to 160.296 provide additional authority to 
        erect signs on nonfreeway type trunk highways and do not limit 
        the authority to erect highway signs provided by other law or 
        rule. 
           Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 162.08, 
        subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [ADVANCES TO MUNICIPAL ACCOUNT.] Any county may 
        make advances from any available funds, including funds made 
        available by a city pursuant to subdivision 6 to the municipal 
        account for the purpose of completing work on any portion of its 
        county state-aid highway system within cities having a 
        population of less than 5,000.  The total of such advances made 
        by any county to the municipal account shall never exceed 30 
        percent of the county's last apportionment preceding the first 
        advance.  Any advances shall be repaid by deducting an amount 
        equal thereto from money accruing to the municipal account.  
        Advances heretofore made shall be repaid in like manner. 
           Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 169.18, 
        subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 8.  [FOLLOWING VEHICLE TOO CLOSELY.] (a) The driver 
        of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely 
        than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed 
        of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the conditions of the 
        highway. 
           (b) The driver of any motor vehicle drawing another 
        vehicle, or the driver of any motor truck or bus, when traveling 
        upon a roadway outside of a business or residence district, 
        shall not follow within 500 feet of another vehicle.  The 
        provisions of this clause shall not be construed to prevent 
        overtaking and passing nor shall the same apply upon any lane 
        specially designated for use by motor trucks. 
           (c) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow within 
        500 feet of an authorized emergency vehicle that is traveling in 
        response to an emergency. 
           Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 169.59, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [FLASHING WARNING LIGHTS.] Any vehicle may be 
        equipped with lamps which may be used for the purpose of warning 
        the operators of other vehicles of the presence of a vehicular 
        traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in 
        approaching, overtaking, or passing, and when so equipped may 
        display such warning in addition to any other warning signals 
        required by this act.  The lamps used to display such warnings 
        to the front shall be mounted at the same level and as widely 
        spaced laterally as practicable, and shall display simultaneous 
        flashing white or amber lights, or any shade of color between 
        white and amber.  The lamps used to display such warnings to the 
        rear shall be mounted at the same level and as widely spaced 
        laterally as practicable, and shall show simultaneously flashing 
        amber or red lights, or any shade of color between amber and 
        red.  Instead of a pair of lamps that flash simultaneously, 
        either one or two strobe lights or rotating beacon lights with 
        an amber or yellow lens may be used both to the front and rear 
        of the vehicle.  These warning lights shall be visible from a 
        distance of not less than 500 feet under normal atmospheric 
        conditions at night.  
           Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 221.0314, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 9a.  [HOURS OF SERVICE EXEMPTION.] The federal 
        regulations incorporated in subdivision 9 for maximum driving 
        and on-duty time do not apply to drivers engaged in the 
        interstate or intrastate transportation of agricultural 
        commodities or farm supplies for agricultural purposes in 
        Minnesota during the planting and harvesting seasons from March 
        15 to December 15 of each year if the transportation is limited 
        to an area within a 100-air-mile radius from the source of the 
        commodities or the distribution point for the farm supplies. 
           Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 221.033, 
        subdivision 2a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2a.  [AGRICULTURALLY RELATED EXEMPTION.] (a) This 
        subdivision applies to persons engaged in intrastate commerce. 
           (b) Fertilizer and agricultural chemical retailers or their 
        employees are exempt from the rule in section 221.0314, 
        subdivision 4, requiring that drivers must be at least 21 years 
        of age when: 
           (1) the retailer or its employee is transporting fertilizer 
        or agricultural chemicals directly to a farm for on-farm use 
        within a radius of 50 miles of the retailer's business location; 
        and 
           (2) the driver employed by the retailer is at least 18 
        years of age. 
           (c) A fertilizer or agricultural chemical retailer, or a 
        driver employed by a fertilizer or agricultural chemical 
        retailer, is exempt from the rule in Code of Federal 
        Regulations, title 49, section 395.3, paragraph (b), relating to 
        hours of service of drivers, and section 395.8, requiring a 
        driver's record of duty status, while exclusively engaged in the 
        transportation of fertilizer or agricultural chemicals between 
        April 1 and July 1 of each year when: 
           (1) the transportation is from the retailer's place of 
        business directly to a farm within a 50-mile radius of the 
        retailer's place of business; 
           (2) the fertilizer or agricultural chemicals are for use on 
        the farm to which they are transported; and 
           (3) the employer maintains a daily record for each driver 
        showing the time a driver reports for duty, the total number of 
        hours a driver is on duty, and the time a driver is released 
        from duty. 
           Sec. 24.  [TRUNK HIGHWAY SYSTEM; ROUTES DISCONTINUED; 
        REPEALER; EFFECTIVE DATES.] 
           (a) Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 161.115, subdivision 
        163, is repealed effective when the transfer of jurisdiction of 
        legislative route No. 232 is agreed to by the commissioner of 
        transportation and Aitkin county and a copy of the agreement, 
        signed by the commissioner and the chair of the Aitkin county 
        board, has been filed in the office of the commissioner. 
           (b) Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 161.115, subdivision 
        192, is repealed effective when the transfer of jurisdiction of 
        legislative route No. 261 is agreed to by the commissioner of 
        transportation and McLeod county and a copy of the agreement, 
        signed by the commissioner and the chair of the McLeod county 
        board, has been filed in the office of the commissioner. 
           (c) Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 161.115, subdivision 
        231, is repealed effective when the transfer of jurisdiction of 
        legislative route No. 300 is agreed to by the commissioner of 
        transportation and the city of Shakopee and a copy of the 
        agreement, signed by the commissioner and the mayor of the city 
        of Shakopee, has been filed in the office of the commissioner. 
           (d) Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 161.115, subdivision 
        257, is repealed effective when the transfer of jurisdiction of 
        legislative route No. 326 is agreed to by the commissioner of 
        transportation, Anoka county, and the city of Lino Lakes and a 
        copy of the agreement, signed by the commissioner, the chair of 
        the Anoka county board, and the mayor of the city of Lino Lakes, 
        has been filed in the office of the commissioner. 
           (e) Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 161.117, subdivision 
        6, is repealed effective when the transfer of jurisdiction of 
        legislative route No. 385 is agreed to by the commissioner of 
        transportation and Hennepin county and a copy of the agreement, 
        signed by the commissioner and the chair of the Hennepin county 
        board, has been filed in the office of the commissioner. 
           (f) The revisor of statutes shall delete each route 
        identified in paragraphs (a) to (e) in the next publication of 
        Minnesota Statutes unless the commissioner of transportation 
        informs the revisor that the conditions required to transfer a 
        particular route were not satisfied. 
           Presented to the governor April 4, 1996 
           Signed by the governor April 11, 1996, 11:42 a.m.

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