AN ACT PROHIBITING CERTAIN MODIFICATIONS TO PASSENGER VEHICLES OPERATING ON HIGHWAYS OR PUBLIC VEHICULAR AREAS.
Amends GS 20-135.4 (Certain automobile safety standards) to change the definition of "private passenger automobile" to remove the multipurpose passenger vehicle exception. Changes prohibitions on height modifications made to private passenger automobiles operated on highways or public vehicle areas to now prohibit modifying or altering a private passenger automobile by (1) elevating the automobile more than 3 inches from the manufacturer's specified height in the front and (2) lowering the automobile more than 2 inches from the manufacturer's specified height in the rear. No longer provides exceptions for those with written approval from the Commissioner. Amends GS 20-17 (offenses for which the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) must revoke license) to include a third or subsequent conviction for violating the prohibition on height modifications in GS 20-135.4(d) as one of the offenses for which the DMV must revoke an individual’s license. Amends GS 20-19 (period of license revocation and conditions of restoration) to require that the license revocation be for at least one year. Effective December 1, 2021, and applies to offenses on or after that date.
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