Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 512

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 9-18-2 ; IC 9-29-5-42 ; IC 20-9.1-4-8 ; IC 20-9.1-4-9.

Synopsis: Registration of nonpublic school buses. Modifies the registration cycle for school buses not owned by a school corporation. Requires that a school bus not owned by a school corporation must be registered before August 1 each year. Permits a school bus not owned by a school corporation that is registered after January 31 for the prior calendar year to be registered at one-half the regular rate. Provides that a license plate for a school bus not owned by a school corporation properly issued before March 1, 2000, may be displayed until July 31, 2001. Makes conforming amendments.

Effective: Upon passage; July 1, 2000.





Simpson




    January 11, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Transportation and Interstate Cooperation.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 111th General Assembly (2000)


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SENATE BILL No. 512



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning motor vehicles.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 9-18-2-7 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 7. (a) A person who owns a vehicle subject to registration shall register each vehicle owned by the person as follows:
        (1) A vehicle subject to section 8 of this chapter shall be registered under section 8 of this chapter.
        (2) A vehicle not subject to section 8 or 8.5 of this chapter, or to the International Registration Plan shall be registered before:
            (A) March 1 of each year; or
            (B) an earlier date subsequent to January 1 of each year as set by the bureau.
        (3) School buses owned by a school corporation are exempt from annual registration but are subject to registration under IC 20-9.1-4.
        (4) School buses not owned by a school corporation shall be registered subject to section 8.5 of this chapter.
         (5) Subject to subsection (f), a vehicle subject to the International

Registration Plan shall be registered before April 1 of each year.
    (b) Registrations and re-registrations under this section are for the calendar year. Registration and re-registration for school buses owned by a school corporation may be for more than a calendar year.
    (c) License plates for a vehicle subject to this section may be displayed during:
        (1) the calendar year for which the vehicle is registered; and
        (2) the period of time:
            (A) subsequent to the calendar year; and
            (B) before the date that the vehicle must be re-registered.
    (d) A person who owns or operates a vehicle may not operate or permit the operation of a vehicle that:
        (1) is required to be registered under this chapter; and
        (2) has expired license plates.
    (e) If a vehicle that is required to be registered under this chapter has:
        (1) been operated on the highways; and
        (2) not been properly registered under this chapter;
the bureau shall, before the vehicle is re-registered, collect the registration fee that the owner of the vehicle would have paid if the vehicle had been properly registered.
    (f) The department of state revenue may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to issue staggered registration to motor vehicles subject to the International Registration Plan.
    SECTION 2. IC 9-18-2-8.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 8.5. (a) Notwithstanding section 8 of this chapter, a school bus owned by a person other than a school corporation shall be registered before August 1.
    (b) Registration and re-registration for a school bus under this section is for one (1) year.
    (c) A certificate of inspection and safety issued under IC 20-9.1-4-5 must accompany a registration and re-registration application of a school bus under this section.
    (d) A person registering a school bus under this section shall pay the annual registration fee required under IC 9-29-5-8.
    (e) Upon registration of a school bus under this section, the bureau shall issue a semipermanent license plate under section 30 of this chapter, or:
        (1) an annual renewal tag; or
        (2) other indicia;
to be attached on the semipermanent plate.


    (f) A license plate issued under this section may be displayed during:
        (1) the calendar year for which the school bus is registered; and
        (2) the period:
            (A) subsequent to the calendar year; and
            (B) before August 1 of the subsequent year.

    SECTION 3. IC 9-29-5-42 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 42. (a) Except as provided in subsection (c), vehicles not subject to IC 9-18-2-8 or IC 9-18-2-8.5 shall be registered at one-half (1/2) of the regular rate, subject to IC 9-18-2-7 , if the vehicle is registered after July 31 of any year. This subsection does not apply to the following:
        (1) A farm tractor used in transportation.
        (2) Special farm machinery.
        (3) Semitrailers registered on a five (5) year or permanent basis under IC 9-18-10-2.
    (b) Except as provided in subsection (c), subsection (a) and IC 9-18-2-7 determine the registration fee for the registration of a vehicle subject to registration under IC 9-18-2-8 (c), IC 9-18-2-8 (d), and IC 9-18-2-8 (e) and acquired by an owner subsequent to the date required for the annual registration of vehicles by an owner set forth in IC 9-18-2-8.
    (c) Subject to subsection (d), a vehicle subject to the International Registration Plan that is registered after September 30 shall be registered at a rate determined by the following formula:
        STEP ONE: Determine the number of months before April 1 of the following year beginning with the date of registration. A partial month shall be rounded to one (1) month.
        STEP TWO: Multiply the STEP ONE result by one-twelfth (1/12).
        STEP THREE: Multiply the annual registration fee for the vehicle by the STEP TWO result.
    (d) If the department of state revenue adopts rules under IC 9-18-2-7 to implement staggered registration for motor vehicles subject to the International Registration Plan, a motor vehicle subject to the International Registration Plan that is registered after the date designated for registration of the motor vehicle in rules adopted under IC 9-17-2-7 shall be registered at a rate determined by the following formula:
        STEP ONE: Determine the number of months before the motor vehicle must be re-registered. A partial month shall be rounded to

one (1) month.
        STEP TWO: Multiply the STEP ONE result by one-twelfth (1/12).
        STEP THREE: Multiply the annual registration fee for the vehicle by the STEP TWO result.
     (e) A school bus subject to registration under IC 9-18-2-8.5 that is registered after January 31 for the prior calendar year shall be registered at one-half (1/2) the regular rate.
    SECTION 4. IC 20-9.1-4-8 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 8. Registration Plates, Application. When the owner of a school bus applies for a registration plate under IC 9-18-2-8.5, he shall submit, with his application, a certificate of inspection and safety issued under section 5 of this chapter. If the certificate does not accompany an owner's application, the bureau of motor vehicles shall not issue a registration plate.
    SECTION 5. IC 20-9.1-4-9 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 9. Registration Plates. (a) A school corporation, which owns a school bus or a special purpose bus and uses it to transport school children, is exempt from the payment of the annual registration fee for the bus. On application by a school corporation, the commissioner of motor vehicles shall furnish registration number plates for exempted vehicles without charge. Application for registration of exempted vehicles shall be:
        (1) made whenever a newly acquired bus requires a registration number plate;
        (2) made whenever a registration number plate is transferred from one (1) school bus or special purpose bus owned by the school corporation to another school bus or special purpose bus owned by the school corporation;
        (3) made in the name of the school corporation which owns the vehicle to be registered; and
        (4) signed by the proper official of the school corporation.
    (b) An owner other than a school corporation, which owns a school bus or a special purpose bus and uses it to transport school children, is not exempt from annual registration, as provided in IC 9-18-2-8.5 , or payment of the annual registration fee for school buses.
    SECTION 6. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] (a) A person who has registered a school bus owned by a person other than a school corporation before March 1, 2000, in compliance with IC 9-18-2-7, before its amendment by this act, may display the license plates issued in 2000 until July 31, 2001.
     (b) This SECTION expires August 1, 2001.


    SECTION 7. An emergency is declared for this act.