AN ACT TO CLARIFY THE APPLICATION OF THE HIGHWAY USE TAX TO OUT-OF-STATE VEHICLES TITLED IN THIS STATE, TO IMPROVE THE VEHICLE TITLING PROCESS BY ELIMINATING DUPLICATIVE REQUIREMENTS, AND TO DIRECT DMV TO TITLE AND REGISTER HIGH-MOBILITY MULTIPURPOSE VEHICLES.
Conference report makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Amends proposed definition ofhigh-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) in GS 20-4.01 to refer to a four-wheel drive vehicle, as specified, rather than a four-wheel drive light truck.
Replaces proposed provisions of GS 20-50(c), authorizing the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a title and registration to an HMMWV, with new GS 20-53.5 (Titling and Registration of HMMWV). Directs the DMV to register and issue a certificate of title for an HMMWV if two listed conditions are met: (1) the applicant provides a sworn affidavit from a manufacturer, motor vehicle dealer, or seller of the HMMWV (3rd edition required the manufacturer or dealer to provide the affidavit) that the vehicle complies with all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards for vehicles designed for highway use (3rd addition required the affidavit to further certify that the vehicle was safe for highway use) and (2) the vehicle has a vehicle identification number that matches the ownership documents, as verified by the License and Theft Bureau of the Division prior to titling, or to have a vehicle identification number assigned to the vehicle prior to registration, if the vehicle does not have one. Applies all provisions of GS Chapter 20 to an HMMWV, including Articles 3A (Safety and Emissions Inspection Program) and 9A (Motor Vehicle Safety and Financial Responsibility Act of 1953) as they would to any other registered motor vehicle. Applies registration fees for property-hauling vehicles to the registration of an HMMWV. Shields the State and its commission contract agents from liability for injury or damages resulting form the operation of an HMMWV registered or titled under this statute.
Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.
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