Motor Vehicles & Transportation

CCS/HCS/SB 23 - (See Taxation Law)

CCS/HCS/SB 43
- Modifies various provisions relating to transportation. 

Commercial Motor Vehicles - Under the act, the Department of Revenue shall have until July 8, 2015, to comply with the federal regulations pertaining to commercial driver's license testing and commercial learners permit standards. 

Under current law, texting while driving is limited to persons under the age of 21 and excludes the majority of commercial driver's license holders. Under this act, a person convicted of texting while operating a commercial motor vehicle or convicted of using a hand-held mobile telephone while driving a commercial motor vehicle, may have his or her commercial driver's license disqualified. Under the act, texting while driving and using a hand-held mobile telephone while driving a commercial motor vehicle has been defined as a serious traffic violation under § 302.700. The disqualification provisions for such violations may be found under § 302.755.5. In addition, this act makes it an infraction for a person to use a hand-held mobile telephone or engage in texting while operating a commercial motor vehicle. 

Creates the crimes of assault of an employee of a mass transit system while in the scope of his or her duties in the first, second, and third degree. Mass transit employees include those working for public bus and light rail companies. The penalties for such crimes are a Class B felony, C felony, or Class B misdemeanor, respectively. 

Designates a portion of Interstate 70 within Montgomery County as the "Graham's Picnic Rock Highway". 

Includes provisions relating to idle reduction technology, issuance of driver's licenses to certain DWI offenders, an online driver improvement program, restricted driving privileges and ignition interlock devices, limited driving privilege ("hardship licenses"), administrative suspensions for alcohol-related enforcement contacts, and refusal to submit to chemical tests. (Vetoed 7/11/13) 

CCS/HCS/SB 51 - Modifies several provisions of law relating to the regulation of motor vehicles. 

License Plate Tabs - Modifies the process for obtaining free license plate tabs. A person may receive up to two sets of license plate tabs per year when the application for the replacement tab is accompanied by a notarized affidavit verifying that the tab or tabs were stolen. 

Fee Office Fee Increases - This act increases the fees that fee offices may charge for issuing driver's licenses, registering motor vehicles, and other motor vehicle related services. 

Reimbursement of Fee Office Fees by the Department of Revenue - Requires the Department of Revenue to reimburse reasonable costs incurred associated with the transactions required in contract license offices. License Office Bidding Procedure - Requires the Department of Revenue to comply with state purchasing requirements for bidding when awarding license office contracts. No points are to be awarded on a request for proposal that has a return-to-the-state provision offer. 

Compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations - Modifies several commercial motor vehicle provisions in an effort to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. 

The act modifies several definitions contained in the "Uniform Commercial Driver's License Act". Most notably, the act provides definitions for the terms "electronic device", "mobile telephone", and "texting". In addition, the act modifies the definition of the term "serious traffic violation" to include violating a state or local law or ordinance on motor vehicle traffic control prohibiting texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle and violating a state or local law or ordinance on motor vehicle traffic control restricting or prohibiting the use of a hand-held mobile telephone while driving a commercial motor vehicle. The act also modifies the term "disqualification" so that commercial driver's instruction permit holders are held to the same standards and disqualification penalties as commercial driver's license holders. 

Under this act, the Department of Revenue shall have until July 8, 2015, to comply with certain federal regulations pertaining to commercial driver's license testing and commercial learner's permit standards. 

Minimum Standards for Towing Companies - Requires certain towing companies to comply with additional regulations. 

Includes provisions relating to texting and commercial motor vehicles, temporary permit for salvage vehicles, regulation of alternative fuels and motor cycle permit renewals and emergency utility permits. 

College License Plate Fix - Under current law, only a Missouri college may authorize the use of its school's official emblem to be affixed to special license plates. The effect of this law is to ban the issuance of out-of-state college specialty license plates. This act allows any out-of-state college which has authorized the use of its official emblem to be affixed to license plates and has had its application for a specialty license plate approved by the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight prior to August 28, 2012, to continue authorizing the use of its official emblem on the plates. 

Information Management Products - Under this act, any quasi-government entity created to provide information management products and services to criminal justice, municipal and county courts and other government agencies whose originating agency identifier was terminated by the FBI shall provide integration access to the contracted data for the political subdivision or its agency in a web service or file transfer protocol format on line in a timely manner upon written request at no additional charge as is required by the political subdivision or its agency. (Vetoed 6/26/13) 

SB 72 - Designates the month of May as "Motorcycle Awareness Month". 

HCS/SB 73 - This act modifies various provisions relating to the judicial process. 

Prohibits law enforcement agencies from establishing roadside checkpoint or road block patterns based upon a particular vehicle type, including the establishment of motorcycle-only checkpoints. Law enforcement agencies may establish roadside checkpoint patterns that only stop and check commercial motor vehicles. The provisions of the act shall not be construed to restrict any other type of checkpoint or road block which is lawful and is established and operated in accordance with the provisions of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Missouri. 

Allows a motorcycle to be equipped with a means of varying the brightness of its brake light for a duration of not more than 5 seconds upon application of the vehicle's brakes. (See also Judicial Administration) (Vetoed 7/3/13) 

HCS/SB 99 - Modifies various provisions relating elections, the official state manual, and sale tax ballot issues. 

Eliminates both state and local use taxes on the storage, use or consumption of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, or outboard motors. The act specifies that a sales tax is to be collected for the titling of such property. The rate of tax associated with titling will be the sum of state sales tax and the local sales tax rate in effect at the address of the owner of the property.  (See summary of similar provisions under HCS/SCS/SB 182 under Taxation Law, infra). (Signed 7/5/13) 

HCS/SB 148 - Modifies various provisions relating to the regulation of salvage motor vehicles. 

Allows the Director of the Department of Revenue to issue temporary permits to individuals who possess motor vehicles that require law enforcement examinations. 

Under the current law, any insurer which purchases a vehicle that is currently titled in Missouri through the claims adjustment process for which the insurer is unable to obtain a negotiable title, may make application to the Department of Revenue for a salvage certificate of title or junking certificate. This act adds additional consumer protection language to the current law by providing that if the Director of Revenue identifies any additional owner or lienholder who has not been notified by the insurer, the director must inform the insurer of such additional owner or lienholder and the insurer shall notify the additional owner or lienholder of the insured's intent to obtain title as prescribed by law. 

Under the terms of this act, an insurer that purchases a motor vehicle through the claims adjustment process which is subject to a lien may apply for a salvage title or junking certificate without obtaining a lien release. The insurer may request a letter of guarantee indicating the amount of the lien from each lien holder and pay the amount indicated within 10 days of receipt of the letter. Prior to applying for a salvage title or junking certificate, the insurer must provide to each lien holder a copy of the letter of guarantee and proof of payment from the claim file as proof of satisfaction for the lien or encumbrance. The insurer may then submit copies of all letters of guarantee, proof of payment and title for the vehicle or trailer to the Department of Revenue in lieu of a lien release for processing of the application. 

The assessed valuation of any tractor or trailer owned by an individual, partner, or member and used in interstate commerce must be apportioned to Missouri based on the ratio of miles traveled in this state to miles traveled in the United States in interstate commerce during the preceding tax year or on the basis of the most recent annual mileage figures available. (Signed 6/26/13) 

HCS/SCS/SB 182 - Eliminates both state and local use taxes on the storage, use or consumption of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, or outboard motors. This act specifies that a sales tax is to be collected for the titling of such property. (See Taxation Law, infra). (Vetoed 4/19/13) 

SB 236 - Makes changes to the Highway Patrol's Motor Vehicle, Aircraft, and Watercraft Revolving Fund. Requires the fund to include money received for the purchase and maintenance of vehicles, watercraft, and aircraft and provides that the fund be used for the purchase and maintenance of such items. (Effective pursuant to Article 3, Section 31 of the Missouri Constitution, 7/14/13) 

HCS/SS/SB 282 - Modifies various provisions relating to the regulation of motor vehicles. 

Endangerment of Emergency Workers - Increases penalties for moving violations and traffic offenses occurring within an active emergency zone. 

The act provides for the assessment of 4 points for endangerment of an emergency responder and 12 points for aggravated endangerment of an emergency responder. 

If a person commits endangerment or aggravated endangerment of an emergency responder as a result of a vehicle's mechanical failure or the negligence of another person, then the person shall not be cited for, or convicted of, such offenses.

Collegiate Regulation of Vehicular Traffic - Allows the governing body of any state college or university to establish regulations to control vehicular traffic on campus. Any such regulations must be consistent with state law. The governing body of any state college or university may also enforce any such regulations and general motor vehicle laws of Missouri through college or university police officers. Any regulations adopted must be codified, printed, and distributed for public use. There must be adequate signs displaying the speed limit on thoroughfares. Violations will have the same effect as a municipal ordinance, as well as penalty provisions and points. 

Removal of Certain Driver's License Suspensions - Under current Missouri law, a person's driver's license may be suspended for failing to timely dispose of traffic tickets. The suspension will be removed if the person pays the traffic ticket fine, court costs, and a reinstatement fee. The removal of the suspension from the individual's driving record will only occur if the individual was not operating a commercial motor vehicle or was a commercial driver's license holder at the time of the offense. This act deletes the provision that requires the director to return the person's license and remove the suspension from the individual's driving record. 

Motorcycle Checkpoints and Motorcycle Brake Lights - (See summary of similar provisions under HCS/SB 73, supra)

Emergency Medical Technicians - This act adds emergency medical technicians to the list of health care professionals who may report incompetent or unqualified drivers to the Department of Revenue. (Signed 6/27/13) 

CCS/SCS/HB 103 - Modifies various provisions of law relating to transportation. 

CAMPUS ENFORCEMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS - (See summary of similar provisions under HCS/ SS/SB 282, supra). 

COLLEGE LICENSE PLATE FIX - Under current law, only a Missouri college may authorize the use of its school's official emblem to be affixed to special license plates. The effect of this law is to ban the issuance of out-of-state college specialty license plates. This act allows any out-of-state college which has authorized the use of its official emblem to be affixed to license plates and has had its application for a specialty license plate approved by the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight prior to August 28, 2012, to continue authorizing the use of its official emblem on the plates. This portion of the act is subject to an emergency clause. 

Compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations - Modifies several commercial motor vehicle provisions in an effort to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The act modifies several definitions contained in the "Uniform Commercial Driver's License Act". Most notably, the act provides definitions for the terms "electronic device", "mobile telephone", and "texting". In addition, the act modifies the definition of the term "serious traffic violation" to include violating a state or local law or ordinance on motor vehicle traffic control prohibiting texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle and violating a state or local law or ordinance on motor vehicle traffic control restricting or prohibiting the use of a hand-held mobile telephone while driving a commercial motor vehicle. The act also modifies the term "disqualification" so that commercial driver's instruction permit holders are held to the same standards and disqualification penalties as commercial driver's license holders. 

Under current law, the commercial motor vehicle driving skills test may be waived under certain circumstances for members of the military. An applicant must be regularly employed "within the last 90 days in a military position" in order to obtain the skills test waiver. 

In compliance with federal amended regulations, the act specifically requires all CDL applicants to maintain the appropriate class of commercial driver's instruction permit issued by this state or another state for a minimum of 14 calendar days prior to the date of taking a skills test. Federal guidance requires that a state prohibit issuing a CDL unless the applicant has first obtained a learner's permit and held it for a minimum of 14 days. 

Modifies the provisions pertaining to nonresident commercial drivers licenses. Under the act, the term "nonresident" is changed to "nondomiciled" and the provisions for obtaining a nondomiciled commercial driver's license are changed to reflect that such applicants can obtain commercial driver's instruction permits as well. 

Provides that disqualification periods must be in addition to any other previous periods of disqualification in a manner consistent with federal law, except when the major or serious violations are a result of the same incident. 

Texting and Commercial Motor Vehicles - Under this act, a person convicted of texting while operating a commercial motor vehicle or convicted of using a hand-held mobile telephone while driving a commercial motor vehicle, may have his or her commercial driver's license disqualified. Under the act, texting while driving and using a hand- held mobile telephone while driving a commercial motor vehicle has been defined as a serious traffic violation under § 302.700. The disqualification provisions for such violations may be found under § 302.755.5. In addition, this act makes it an infraction for a person to use a hand-held mobile telephone or engage in texting while operating a commercial motor vehicle. 

Permissive Yellow-Light Intervals - Under this act, no ordinance shall prohibit the operator of a motor vehicle from being in an intersection while a red signal is being displayed if the operator of the motor vehicle entered the intersection during a yellow signal interval. The provisions of this act shall supersede any local laws, ordinances, orders, rules, or regulations enacted by a county, municipality, or other political subdivision that are to the contrary. 

Operation of All-Terrain Vehicles and Utility Vehicles on City Streets - Allows municipalities to adopt ordinances or resolutions that allow all-terrain vehicles or utility vehicles to operate on streets and highways under their jurisdiction. 

Covered Farm Vehicles - Includes provisions that exempt commercial motor vehicles operating as "covered farm vehicles" from certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. 

Since Missouri's exemption regarding hours of service is inconsistent with the federal law, this act repeals the provision to be consistent with MAP-21. 

Revises current Missouri law, which provides that certain federal regulations regarding the equipment and operation of motor vehicles do not apply to commercial motor vehicles that transport property in intrastate commerce if such vehicles have a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 26,000 pounds or less. Under this act, covered farm vehicles placarded for hazardous materials will no longer be exempted. 

License Plate Tabs - Modifies the process for obtaining free license plate tabs. Provides that a person may receive up to two sets of license plate tabs per year when the application for the replacement tab is accompanied by a notarized affidavit verifying that the tab or tabs were stolen. 

Idle Reduction Technology - Increases the weight limit for idle reduction technology to 550 pounds to reflect the new maximum federal limit. 

Catalytic Converters - Adds catalytic converters to the types of metal requiring documentation by scrap dealers. Records for transactions involving catalytic converters must be kept regardless of the dollar value of the scrap. 

Endangerment of Emergency Workers - Increases penalties for moving violations and traffic offenses occurring within an active emergency zone. (See summary of similar provisions under HCS/SS/SB 282, supra). (Signed 7/10/13) 

SCS/HB 322 - Allows proof of financial responsibility and other insurance-related documents to be provided or presented through electronic means. (See Insurance Law

HB 339 - Under the terms of this act, uninsured motorists forfeit their ability to collect noneconomic damages from insured motorists due to motor vehicle accidents in which the insured motorists are alleged to be at fault. The statutory "no pay, no play" waiver or forfeiture shall not apply if the accident is caused by tortfeasor who operated a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or is caused by a person convicted of second degree manslaughter or second degree assault. The act shall not apply to uninsured motorists whose immediately previous insurance policy was terminated or nonrenewed for failure to pay the premium unless notice of termination or nonrenweal for failure to pay such premium was provided by the insurer at least 6 months prior to the accident. Under the act, the jury shall not be informed that the uninsured tort victim is forfeiting noneconomic damages. The terms of the act shall not apply to the passengers in an uninsured motor vehicle. (Vetoed 7/3/13) 

HCS/HB 349 - Allows property-carrying commercial motor vehicles registered at a gross weight in excess of 12,000 pounds to be issued two license plates. The plates shall distinguishing marks of them indicating which plate is for the front of the vehicle and which plate is for the rear of the vehicle. The Director of the Department of Revenue may assess and collect an additional fee for the second plate. (Signed 6/27/13) 

SS/SCS/HB 428 - Modifies provisions relating to the issuance of salvage titles and the registration of motor vehicles. (See summary of similar provisions under HCS/ SB 148, supra). 

Under current law, a public school or college shall be considered the temporary owner of a vehicle acquired from a new motor vehicle franchised dealer which is used as a courtesy vehicle or driving training vehicle. This act allows dealers to choose whether to give school districts new or used vehicles for universities or high school drivers education. The act allows for title or manufacturer's statement of origin for proof of ownership in the transaction. (Signed 6/26/13)