Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 9-13-2; IC 9-17-1-1; IC 9-18-1-2; IC 9-21-8-46.

Synopsis: Use of mini-trucks. Authorizes the use of mini-trucks on Indiana roads. Requires a mini-truck that is operated on an Indiana road to be titled and registered. Prohibits the operation of a mini-truck on an interstate or state highway. Requires a dealer of mini-trucks to register as a dealer. Makes conforming amendments.

Effective: Upon passage; July 1, 2010.

Wolkins, Grubb

    January 7, 2010, read first time and referred to Committee on Roads and Transportation.


Second Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2010)

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    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:

SOURCE: IC 9-13-2-42; (10)IN1175.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 9-13-2-42, AS AMENDED BY P.L.147-2009, SECTION 3, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 42. (a) "Dealer" means, except as otherwise provided in this section, a person who sells to the general public, including a person who sells directly by the Internet or other computer network, at least twelve (12) vehicles each year for delivery in Indiana. The term includes a person who sells off-road vehicles or mini-trucks. A dealer must have an established place of business that meets the minimum standards prescribed by the bureau under rules adopted under IC 4-22-2.
    (b) The term does not include the following:
        (1) A receiver, trustee, or other person appointed by or acting under the judgment or order of a court.
        (2) A public officer while performing official duties.
        (3) A person who is a dealer solely because of activities as a transfer dealer.
        (4) An automotive mobility dealer.
    (c) "Dealer", for purposes of IC 9-31, means a person that sells to the general public for delivery in Indiana at least six (6):
        (1) boats; or
        (2) trailers:
            (A) designed and used exclusively for the transportation of watercraft; and
            (B) sold in general association with the sale of watercraft;
per year.
SOURCE: IC 9-13-2-103.1; (10)IN1175.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 9-13-2-103.1 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 103.1. "Mini-truck" means a truck that:
        (1) is powered by an internal combustion engine with a piston or rotary displacement of not less than six hundred sixty (660) cubic centimeters;
        (2) is sixty (60) inches or less in width;
        (3) has an unladen dry weight of one thousand six hundred (1,600) pounds or less;
        (4) can achieve a top speed of not more than sixty (60) miles per hour;
        (5) is manufactured with a locking enclosed cab and a heated interior; and
        (6) is operated on a highway.

SOURCE: IC 9-17-1-1; (10)IN1175.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 9-17-1-1, AS AMENDED BY P.L.182-2009(ss), SECTION 284, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 1. (a) This article does not apply to farm wagons, a golf cart when operated in accordance with an ordinance adopted under IC 9-21-1-3(a)(14) or IC 9-21-1-3.3(a), or a motor vehicle that was designed to have a maximum design speed of not more than twenty-five (25) miles per hour and that was built, constructed, modified, or assembled by a person other than the manufacturer.
    (b) IC 9-17-2, IC 9-17-3, IC 9-17-4, IC 9-17-5, and IC 9-17-8 apply to a mini-truck.
SOURCE: IC 9-18-1-2; (10)IN1175.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 9-18-1-2 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 2. This article applies to a mini-truck with the exception of the following:
        (1) IC 9-18-7.
        (2) IC 9-18-9 through IC 9-18-11.
        (3) IC 9-18-13.
        (4) IC 9-18-27.

SOURCE: IC 9-21-8-46; (10)IN1175.1.5. -->     SECTION 5. IC 9-21-8-46, AS AMENDED BY P.L.210-2005, SECTION 34, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 46. (a) A person may not drive or operate:
        (1) an implement of agriculture designed to be operated primarily in a farm field or on farm premises; or
        (2) a piece of special machinery; or
        (3) a mini-truck;

upon any part of an interstate highway.
     (b) In addition to the prohibition set forth in subsection (a), a mini-truck may not be operated on a highway designated as a part of the state highway system under IC 8-23-4-2.
SOURCE: ; (10)IN1175.1.6. -->     SECTION 6. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] (a) As used in this SECTION, "bureau" refers to the bureau of motor vehicles created by IC 9-14-1-1.
    (b) As used in this SECTION, "mini-truck" has the meaning set forth in IC 9-13-2-103.1, as added by this act.
    (c) Before July 1, 2010, in accordance with IC 6-6-5-3(b), the bureau shall determine the true tax value for each make and model of mini-truck, subject to review and adjustment by the department of local government finance.

     (d) This SECTION expires December 31, 2011.
SOURCE: ; (10)IN1175.1.7. -->     SECTION 7. An emergency is declared for this act.