Current Status Bill Number:
1173Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19960222Primary Sponsor: BoanAll Sponsors: Boan and MartinDrafted Document Number: dka\3539cm.96Residing Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Education and Public Works Committee 21 HEPWDate of Last Amendment: 19960429Subject: Motor vehicle license plate, noncurrent; display of
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19960430 Introduced, read first time, 21 HEPW referred to Committee Senate 19960429 Amended, read third time, sent to House Senate 19960425 Read second time, notice of general amendments Senate 19960424 Recalled from Committee, 15 ST placed on the Calendar Senate 19960222 Introduced, read first time, 15 ST referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
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AS PASSED BY THE SENATE
April 29, 1996
S. Printed 4/29/96--S.
Read the first time February 22, 1996.
TO AMEND SECTION 56-3-1240, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DISPLAY OF LICENSE PLATES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A NONCURRENT LICENSE PLATE FROM THIS STATE OR ANOTHER STATE MUST NOT BE ATTACHED TO THE OUTSIDE FRONT OF A VEHICLE, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 56-3-1240 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 46 of 1991, is further amended to read:
"Section 56-3-1240. (A) License plates issued for motor vehicles must be attached to the outside rear of the vehicle, open to view., except that However, on truck tractors and road tractors, the plates must be attached to the outside front of the vehicle. Every A license plate, at all times, must be fastened securely in a horizontal and upright position to the vehicle for which it was issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging. The bottom of the plate must be at a height of not less than twelve inches from the ground in a place and position clearly visible as provided in Section 56-5-4530, and it must be maintained free from foreign materials and in a clearly legible condition. No other license plate, lighting equipment, except as permitted in Section 56-5-4530, tag, sign, monogram, tinted cover, or inscription of metal or other material may be displayed above, around, or upon the plate other than that which is authorized and issued by the department for the purpose of validating the plate. It is not unlawful to place a decal on the license plate if it does not obscure any letters or numbers. A motor vehicle owner may attach a trailer hitch to a motor vehicle provided the hitch does not obscure more than two inches of the license plate issued to the motor vehicle. It is unlawful to operate or drive a motor vehicle with the license plate missing and a person who is convicted for violating this section must be punished as provided by Section 56-3-2520.
(B) A person may not attach a non-current license plate issued by this State or another state to the outside front of a vehicle, unless the vehicle is classified by the department as an antique pursuant to Section 56-3-2210.
(C) A person who violates a provision of this section, upon convictions must be punished pursuant to Section 56-3-2520."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.