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325E.0951 Motor vehicle air pollution control systems.

Subdivision 1. Definitions. The definitions in this subdivision apply to this section.

(a) Motor vehicle. "Motor vehicle" means any self-propelled vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine and designed for use on the public highways, such as automobiles, trucks, and buses.

(b) Person. "Person" means an individual, firm, partnership, incorporated and unincorporated association, or any other legal or commercial entity.

(c) Air pollution control system. "Air pollution control system" means any device or element of design installed on or in a motor vehicle or motor vehicle engine in order to comply with pollutant emission restrictions established for the motor vehicle or motor vehicle engine by federal statute or regulation.

Subd. 2. Prohibited acts. (a) A person may not knowingly tamper with, adjust, alter, change, or disconnect any air pollution control system on a motor vehicle or on a motor vehicle engine.

(b) A person may not manufacture, advertise, offer for sale, sell, use, or install a device that causes any air pollution control system not to be functional as designed.

(c) A person may not sell or transfer a motor vehicle with knowledge that any air pollution control system is either not in place or is not functional.

Subd. 3. Repairs. This section does not prevent the service, repair, or replacement of any air pollution control system.

Subd. 3a. Disclosure. No person may transfer a motor vehicle that was required to be manufactured with an air pollution control system without certifying in writing to the transferee that to the best of the person's knowledge, the air pollution control systems, including the restricted gasoline fill pipe, have not been removed, altered, or rendered inoperative. The registrar of motor vehicles shall prescribe the manner and form in which this written disclosure must be made. No transferor may knowingly give a false statement to a transferee in making a disclosure required by this subdivision.

Subd. 4. Penalty. A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Subd. 5. Repealed, 1995 c 220 s 141

Subd. 6. Nonapplication. This section does not apply to a sale or transfer of a motor vehicle for the purpose of scrapping, dismantling, or destroying it.

HIST: 1Sp1985 c 14 art 19 s 36; 1988 c 487 s 1; 1988 c 634 s 11; 1990 c 446 s 4; 1995 c 247 art 1 s 44

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