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168.021 PLATES FOR PHYSICALLY DISABLED PERSONS.

Subdivision 1.Disability plates; application.

(a) When a motor vehicle registered under section 168.017, a motorcycle, a truck having a manufacturer's nominal rated capacity of one ton and resembling a pickup truck, or a self-propelled recreational vehicle is owned or primarily operated by a permanently physically disabled person or a custodial parent or guardian of a permanently physically disabled minor, the owner may apply for and secure from the commissioner (1) immediately, a temporary permit valid for 30 days if the applicant is eligible for the disability plates issued under this section and (2) two disability plates with attached emblems, one plate to be attached to the front, and one to the rear of the motor vehicle.

(b) The commissioner shall not issue more than one set of plates to any owner of a motor vehicle at the same time unless the state Council on Disability approves the issuance of a second set of plates to a motor vehicle owner.

(c) When the owner first applies for the disability plates, the owner must submit a medical statement in a format approved by the commissioner under section 169.345, or proof of physical disability provided for in that section.

(d) No medical statement or proof of disability is required when an owner of a motor vehicle applies for plates for one or more motor vehicles that are specially modified for and used exclusively by permanently physically disabled persons.

(e) The owner of a motor vehicle may apply for and secure (i) immediately, a permit valid for 30 days, if the applicant is eligible to receive the disability plates issued under this section, and (ii) a set of disability plates for a motor vehicle if:

(1) the owner employs a permanently physically disabled person who would qualify for disability plates under this section; and

(2) the owner furnishes the motor vehicle to the physically disabled person for the exclusive use of that person in the course of employment.

Subd. 1a.Scope of privilege.

If a physically disabled person parks a motor vehicle displaying the disability plates described in this section, or a permit valid for 30 days and issued to an eligible person awaiting receipt of the disability plates described in this section, or any person parks the motor vehicle for a physically disabled person, that person is entitled to park the motor vehicle as provided in section 169.345.

Subd. 2.Plate design; furnished by commissioner.

The commissioner shall design and furnish two disability plates with attached emblems to an eligible owner. The emblem must bear the internationally accepted wheelchair symbol, as designated in section 326B.106, subdivision 9, approximately three inches square. The emblem must be large enough to be visible plainly from a distance of 50 feet. An applicant eligible for disability plates shall pay the motor vehicle registration fee authorized by sections 168.013 and 168.09.

Subd. 2a.Plate transfer.

(a) When motor vehicle ownership is transferred, the owner of the motor vehicle shall remove the disability plates. The buyer of the motor vehicle is entitled to receive regular plates for the motor vehicle without further cost for the remainder of the registration period.

(b) Notwithstanding section 168.12, subdivision 1, the disability plates may be transferred to a replacement motor vehicle on notification to the commissioner. However, the disability plates may not be transferred unless the replacement motor vehicle (1) is listed under section 168.012, subdivision 1, and (2) is owned or primarily operated by the permanently physically disabled person.

Subd. 2b.When not eligible.

On becoming ineligible for the disability plates, the owner of the motor vehicle shall remove the disability plates. The owner may receive regular plates for the motor vehicle without further cost for the remainder of the registration period.

Subd. 3.Penalties for unauthorized use of plates.

(a) A person who uses the disability plates or permit provided under this section on a motor vehicle in violation of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, and is subject to a fine of $500. This subdivision does not preclude a person who is not physically disabled from operating a motor vehicle bearing the disability plates or permit if:

(1) the person is the owner of the motor vehicle and permits its operation by a physically disabled person;

(2) the person operates the motor vehicle with the consent of the owner who is physically disabled; or

(3) the person is the owner of the motor vehicle, is the custodial parent or guardian of a permanently physically disabled minor, and operates the motor vehicle to transport the minor.

(b) A driver who is not disabled is not entitled to the parking privileges provided in this section and in section 169.346 unless parking the motor vehicle for a physically disabled person.

Subd. 4.Fees; disposition.

All fees collected from the sale of disability plates under this section must be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the vehicle services operating account under section 299A.705, subdivision 1.

Subd. 5.Definitions.

For the purposes of this section, the term "physically disabled person" has the meaning given it in section 169.345, subdivision 2.

Subd. 6.Driver's license law not affected.

This section must not be construed to revoke, limit, or amend chapter 171.

Subd. 7.

[Repealed, 1987 c 355 s 10]