Bill Summary for S 201 (2021)

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May 25 2022

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View NCGA Bill Details2021
Senate Bill 201 (Public) Filed Monday, March 8, 2021
AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO MOTOR VEHICLE AND TRANSPORTATION LAWS.
Intro. by Sawyer, Johnson.

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Bill summary

House committee substitute replaces the content of the 2nd edition with the following.

Section 1

Enacts GS 14-164.1, making it a Class I felony to possess a catalytic converter that has been removed from a motor vehicle, unless the conduct has greater punishment under another law. Provides two exceptions: (1) for individuals, or employees or agents of a company, acting in their official duties for a licensed, permitted, or registered dealer, repair shop, secondary metals recycler, or salvage yard; and (2) for individuals possessing a registration documenting that the catalytic converter is the result of a replacement from a vehicle registered to that individual.

Amends GS 66-424 to allow secondary metals recyclers to purchase catalytic converters from persons described in the exceptions enacted in GS 14-164.1.

Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2022.

Section 2

Amends GS 20-13.2 to change the date by which revocation of a driving eligibility certificate is effective from the tenth to the thirtieth calendar day after the mailing of the revocation notice to the individual. Applies to revocation notices mailed on or after October 1, 2022.

Section 3

Establishes a United States Army Special Forces special registration plate under GS 20-79.4. Exempts the plate from the requirements of GS 20-79.3A and GS 20-79.8. Effective October 1, 2022.

Section 4

Enacts GS 20-79(b1) to require the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to provide a registration card with each dealer license plate issued that lists all valid dealer license plates issued to that dealer. Requires reissuance of registration cards as necessary. Applies to dealer plates issued on or after December 1, 2022.

Section 5

Amends GS 20-79(d) to specify that a dealer license plate displayed on a vehicle must match either (1) a copy of the registration card for the dealer plate issued to the dealer carried by the operator, or (2) when operating within the State, a registration card for the dealer plate issued to the dealer that is maintained on file at the dealer's address listed on the registration card and the card can be produced within 24 hours of law enforcement's request. Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2022. 

Section 6

Amends GS 20-157, which requires drivers to either change lanes or slow their speed when a listed authorized emergency vehicle or public service vehicle is parked or within 12 feet of a roadway and giving a warning signal by appropriate light. Expands the definition of public service vehicle to explicitly include a vehicle being used to install, maintain, or restore water or wastewater services. Makes technical and clarifying changes. Applies to offenses committed on or after July 1, 2022.

Section 7

Regarding temporary licenses issued to motor vehicle dealer renewal applicants under GS 20-295, requires the DMV to include a statement on temporary licenses issued under the statute noting that the license has been issued during a license renewal application review and is valid to engage in business in the State with all rights and privileges of a license. Makes additional clarifying changes. Applies to applications for license renewal submitted on or after October 1, 2022. 

Changes the act's titles.

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