Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 1022Primary Sponsor: GieseCommittee Number: 15Type of Legislation: GBSubject: License plates, dealer and transporterResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: TransportationComputer Document Number: DKA/3145AL.94Introduced Date: 19940112Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: 19940112Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: GieseType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 1022 Senate 19940112 Introduced, read first time, 15 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-2320, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEALER LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SALES TO THIRTY BEFORE DEALER LICENSE PLATES MAY BE ISSUED AND TO ABOLISH THE THREE HUNDRED DOLLAR FEE; AND TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-2350, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO TRANSPORTER LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR USE OF TRANSPORTER LICENSE PLATES TO TRANSPORT A MOTOR VEHICLE FOR REPAIR AND TO ALLOW FOR STOPPING FOR BODILY FUNCTIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 56-3-2320(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Section 105B., Part II, Act 164 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"(A) Upon application being made and the required fee being paid to the department, the department may issue dealer license plates to a licensed motor vehicle dealer. The license plates, notwithstanding any provision of this chapter to the contrary, may be used exclusively on motor vehicles owned by, or assigned to the dealer when operated on the highways of this State by the dealer, its corporate officers, its employees, or a prospective purchaser of the motor vehicle. The use by a prospective purchaser is limited to seven days and the dealer must provide the prospective purchaser with a dated demonstration certificate. The certificate must be approved by the department. Dealer plates may not be used to operate wreckers or service vehicles in use by the dealer, nor to operate vehicles owned by the dealer that are leased or rented by the public. No dealer plates may be issued by the department unless the dealer furnishes proof in a form acceptable to the department that he has a retail business license as required by Chapter 36 of Title 12 and has made at least fifty thirty sales of motor vehicles in the twelve months preceding his application for a dealer plate. The sales requirement may be waived by the department if the dealer has been licensed for less than one year. However, a dealer that sells less than fifty thirty but more than ten vehicles in the twelve months preceding his application for a dealer plate is eligible to obtain one dealer license plate. The cost of this plate is three hundred dollars. Twenty dollars of this fee must be remitted to the department and the balance of this fee must be remitted to the treasury of the county in which the dealer is licensed.
A dealer may be issued plates at a rate of one for every twenty vehicles sold during the preceding year. For good cause shown, the department in its discretion may issue extra plates. If the dealer has been licensed less than one year, the department shall issue a number of license plates based on an estimated number of sales for the coming year. The department may increase or decrease the number of plates issued based on actual sales made.
The cost of each dealer plate issued is twenty dollars.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, a dealer franchised exclusively for the sale of heavy duty trucks is eligible to obtain dealer license plates for exclusive use on the heavy duty trucks regardless of the number of trucks sold by him during the preceding required number of months. These dealer license plates for trucks must be noted with a distinct and separate identification and used only on heavy duty trucks."
SECTION 2. Section 56-3-2350(B) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Section 105C, Part II, Act 164 of 1993, is further amended to read:
"(B) A motor vehicle dealer or wholesaler duly licensed under Section 56-15-310 may purchase transporter license plates and use them solely for transporting motor vehicles and heavy duty trucks from one place of sale to another place of sale and for repairs to be completed. A person transporting a motor vehicle or heavy duty truck pursuant to this section may stop for normal bodily functions, including functions relating to eating and personal hygiene. Any other use of a transporter license plate by a duly licensed dealer or wholesaler is subject to a three hundred dollar fine and loss of the license plate."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.