The commissioner shall establish a statewide course in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. The commissioner must develop an educational course and testing program that address identification of aquatic invasive species and best practices to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species when moving water-related equipment, as defined under section 84D.01, subdivision 18a.
A person who is convicted of or subject to a final order for a violation of chapter 84D involving water-related equipment must successfully complete the training course in subdivision 1 before continuing operation or use of water-related equipment.
The commissioner shall issue an aquatic invasive species trailer decal for each trailer owned by a person that satisfactorily completes the required course of instruction.
The commissioner may contract for services to provide training and testing services under this section.
(a) A person may not transport watercraft or water-related equipment, as defined under section 84D.01, subdivision 18a, with a trailer unless the person has an aquatic invasive species trailer decal issued under this section. Temporary authorizations valid for seven days can be requested by persons that have not completed the required course of instruction.
(b) Aquatic invasive species trailer decals are valid for three years.
(c) The aquatic invasive species trailer decal must be adhered to the side of the trailer frame tongue near the hitch in a manner that it is readily visible and does not interfere with the display of any registration requirements under section 169.79.
(d) Aquatic invasive species trailer decals are not transferable.
(e) Violation of this section shall not result in a penalty, but is punishable only by a warning.
NOTE: Subdivision 4, as added by Laws 2012, chapter 272, section 21, is effective July 1, 2015. Laws 2012, chapter 272, section 21, the effective date.
NOTE: Subdivision 1a, as added by Laws 2013, chapter 121, section 24, is effective July 1, 2015. Laws 2013, chapter 121, section 24, the effective date.
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