Dems: Transportation – week of March 28, 2016

April 1, 2016
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HF 2437 – Annual Department of Transportation policy bill

 

COMMITTEE ACTION:

HF 2437 is the Department of Transportation’s annual policy bill. It is identical to SF 2248, which passed the Senate on March 9, but died in the House.

 

DIVISION I creates a new category of vehicle called an autocyle. The bill:

  • Defines autocycles as having two front wheels and one rear wheel, a steering wheel, one or more permanent seats that are not straddled, and foot pedals that control the brakes, acceleration and clutch.
  • Establishes a motor vehicle category for autocycles in the Iowa Code.
  • Under Iowa law, Autocycles:
    • Must be registered and display one license plate.
    • Must operate with two front headlamps.
    • Must be operated under a class C driver’s license.
    • Must adhere to lighting equipment requirements.
    • Must adhere to brake requirements for motor vehicles.
    • Must adhere to safety belt and child restraint requirements for motor vehicles.
    • Must be permitted to transport packages in the vehicle.

 

DIVISION II simplifies the process for out-of-state salvage vehicles to be titled in Iowa. The bill allows a repaired vehicle to obtain an Iowa title indicating it was previously titled as salvage in another state by surrendering the out-of-state salvage title and salvage theft exam certificate. Current law requires repaired vehicles with salvage title from another state to apply for and be issued an Iowa salvage title before applying for and being issued an Iowa title indicating prior salvage.

 

This division increases to $50 the fee for a salvage theft exam and makes it due when the exam is scheduled. Under current law, a $30 fee for a salvage theft exam is due upon completion of the exam. The increase in fee is necessary to ensure appropriate compensation to keep people in the business of conducting the exams.

 

DIVISION IV puts Iowa on equal footing with 37 other states by allowing vehicles of excessive size and weight to have a weight of 46,000 pounds on a single tandem axle of the truck tractor and 46,000 pounds on a single tandem axle of the trailer, as long as each axle of each tandem group has at least four tires. Current law limits the weight to 20,000 pounds per axle, or 40,000 pounds per tandem axle.

 

DIVISION V makes registration fees for aerial applicators fairer by prohibiting them from receiving a registration refund. Currently, nonresident owners of aerial applicators are prohibited from receiving a refund, but some are getting around the system by becoming Iowa residents for short periods of time and receiving a refund when they leave the state. This allows them to operate more cheaply than legitimate Iowans who are aerial applicators.

[3/29: 12-0 (Feenstra absent)]

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