September 13, 2011, Introduced by Senators KAHN, GREEN, SCHUITMAKER, BRANDENBURG and PAPPAGEORGE and referred to the Committee on Transportation.
A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled
"Michigan vehicle code,"
by amending section 224 (MCL 257.224), as amended by 2006 PA 177.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 224. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this act
regarding tabs or stickers, upon registering a vehicle, the
secretary of state shall issue to the owner 1 registration plate.
(2) A registration plate shall display the registration number
assigned to the vehicle for which the registration plate is issued;
the name of this state, which may be abbreviated; and when the
registration plate expires, which may be shown by a tab or sticker
furnished by the secretary of state.
(3) A registration plate issued for motor vehicles owned and
operated by this state; a state institution; a municipality; a
privately incorporated, nonprofit volunteer fire department; or a
nonpublic, nonprofit college or university of this state shall not
expire at any particular time but shall be renewed when the
registration plate is worn out or is illegible. This registration
plate shall be assigned upon proper application and payment of the
applicable fee and may be used on any eligible vehicle titled to
the applicant if a written record is kept of the vehicles upon
which the registration plate is used. The written record shall
state the time the registration plate is used on a particular
vehicle. The record shall be open to inspection by a law
enforcement officer or a representative of the secretary of state.
(4) A registration plate issued for a vehicle owned by the
air patrol as organized under 36 USC
201 to 208; 40301 to
40307; a vehicle owned by a nonprofit organization and used to
transport equipment for providing dialysis treatment to children at
camp; an emergency support vehicle used exclusively for emergencies
and owned and operated by a federally recognized nonprofit
charitable organization; a vehicle owned and operated by a
nonprofit veterans center; a motor vehicle having a truck chassis
a locomotive or ship's body
which is owned by a nonprofit
veterans organization and used exclusively in parades and civic
events; a vehicle owned and operated by a nonprofit recycling
center or a federally recognized nonprofit conservation
organization until December 31, 2000; a motor vehicle owned and
operated by a senior citizen center; and a registration plate
issued for buses including station wagons, carryalls, or similarly
constructed vehicles owned and operated by a nonprofit parents'
transportation corporation used for school purposes, parochial
school, society, church Sunday school, or other grammar school, or
by a nonprofit youth organization or nonprofit rehabilitation
facility shall be issued upon proper application and payment of the
applicable tax provided in section 801(1)(g) or (h) to the
applicant for the vehicle identified in the application. The
vehicle shall be used exclusively for activities of the school or
organization and shall be designated by proper signs showing the
school or organization operating the vehicle. The registration
plate shall expire on December 31 in the fifth year following the
date of issuance. The registration plate may be transferred to
another vehicle upon proper application and payment of a $10.00
Beginning January 1, 2007, the The department shall not issue
or transfer a standard design beads on paint registration plate
or issue a registration tab or sticker for that plate, but shall
offer a new standard design
registration plate that complies
with the requirements of this act and an "I Believe" registration
new standard design registration plate and the "I
Believe" registration plate shall be of a common color scheme and
design that is made of fully reflectorized material and shall be
visible at night.
The implementation of this subsection is contingent
upon appropriations sufficient to cover the costs to the department
of designing, manufacturing, distributing, and issuing the
new standard design registration plate. The secretary of state shall
file a written report with the secretary of the senate and the
clerk of the house of representatives of the costs incurred and revenue
expended to meet the requirements of this subsection within 30
days after all of the standard design beads on paint registration
plates to be replaced under this subsection have been replaced.
The A registration plate and the required letters and
numerals on the registration plate shall be of sufficient size to
be plainly readable from a distance of 100 feet during daylight.
The secretary of state may issue a tab or tabs designating the
month and year of expiration.
(7) The secretary of state shall issue for every passenger
vehicle rented without a driver the same
type types of
plate plates as the type types of registration plate
plates issued for private passenger vehicles.
(8) A person shall not operate a vehicle on the public
highways or streets of this state displaying a registration plate
other than the registration plate issued for the vehicle by the
secretary of state, except as provided in this chapter for
nonresidents, and by assignment provided in subsection (3).
(9) The registration plate displayed on a vehicle registered
on the basis of elected gross weight shall indicate the elected
gross weight for which the vehicle is registered.