Bill Summary for H 148 (2015-2016)

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Mar 4 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 148 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 3, 2015
AN ACT TO REQUIRE OWNERS OF MOPEDS TO HAVE IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT A POLICY OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND TO MAKE CLARIFYING CHANGES RELATED TO THE LAW REQUIRING THE REGISTRATION OF MOPEDS.
Intro. by Shepard, R. Brown, Carney.

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Amends GS 20-4.01(23), definitions for a motor vehicle for the Department of Motor Vehicles, providing that unless specifically provided otherwise, the term "motor vehicle" does not include mopeds as defined in GS 20-4.01(27)d1. 

Amends GS 20-279.1, definitions section for the Motor Vehicle Safety and Financial Responsibility Act of 1953, providing that the term "motor vehicle" for the purposes of this act does include mopeds as defined in GS 20-4.01. 

Amends GS 20-309(a), concerning  the Vehicle Financial Responsibility Act of 1957, which provides that owners of registered vehicles in North Carolina must provide proof of financial responsibility and establishes that for the purposes of this act the term "motor vehicle" includes mopeds as defined in GS 20-4.01.

Amends GS 58-36-3 to add that the NC Rate Bureau has no jurisdiction over liability insurance and theft or physical damage insurance on mopeds. Allows member companies writing moped liability insurance or theft and physical damage insurance to incorporate either or both types of insurance as an endorsement to liability and physical damage policies issued. 

Amends GS 58-37-1(6) and GS 58-40-10(1), adding language to the definitions of motor vehicle and private passenger motor vehicle, excluding mopeds from being included in either of these definitions or categorizing them as such.

Amends GS 58-40-15, concerning the regulations of insurance rates and the scope of application, making technical changes and clarifying that the provisions of GS Chapter 58, Article 40, do apply to motor vehicle liability insurance, automobile medical payments insurance, uninsured motorists' coverage, and theft or physical damage insurance on mopeds. Makes technical changes. 

Amends GS 20-183.2, concerning safety inspections and emission inspections, providing that mopeds as defined in GS 20-4.01 are subject to safety inspections as provided for in the statute. Further amends the statute to specifically exempt mopeds from required emissions inspections. 

Amends the definition for motor vehicle in GS 20-286 for the Motor Vehicle Dealers and Manufacturers Licensing Law act, providing that "motor vehicle" does not include mopeds.  Effective July 1, 2015. 

Amends GS 20-53.4, concerning registration of mopeds and certificate of title, providing that certificates of titles are not required for mopeds. Effective July 1, 2015. 

Unless otherwise provided, effective July 1, 2016, applying to offenses committed on or after that date. 

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