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SB-750 Vehicles: license plate pilot programs.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/28/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 28, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  June 19, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  May 03, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  April 17, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 750


Introduced by Senator Hueso

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 4853 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 750, as amended, Hueso. Vehicles: license plate pilot programs.
Existing law requires a vehicle to display a license plate issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles on the rear of the vehicle. Existing law requires a vehicle to display tabs upon the license plate indicating the month and year of expiration of the vehicle registration and makes it a crime to display expired tabs. Existing law authorizes the department to conduct a pilot program, to be completed no later than January 1, 2019, to evaluate the use of alternatives to stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards, subject to certain requirements, and to report the results of the pilot program, as specified, to the Legislature no later than July 1, 2020. Existing law also authorizes the department to enter into contracts with qualified private industry partners to provide specified service relating to the registration of vehicles. Existing law regulates the licensing of persons engaged in the business of a registration service.
This bill would specify that the authorization to establish the above-mentioned pilot program includes the authority to establish a pilot program to evaluate alternative methods of collecting fees related to the registration of a motor vehicle or the purchase purchase, renewal, or transfer of license plates.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 4853 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

4853.
 (a) The department may issue one or more stickers, tabs, or other suitable devices in lieu of the license plates provided for under this code. Except when the physical differences between the stickers, tabs, or devices and license plates by their nature render the provisions of this code inapplicable, all provisions of this code relating to license plates may apply to stickers, tabs, or devices.
(b) The department may establish a pilot program to evaluate the use of alternatives to the stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards authorized by this code, subject to all of the following requirements:
(1) The alternative products shall be approved by the Department of the California Highway Patrol.
(2) The pilot program shall be limited to no more than 0.5 percent of registered vehicles for the purpose of road testing and evaluation.
(3) The alternative products to be evaluated shall be provided at no cost to the state.
(4) Any pilot program established by the department pursuant to this subdivision shall be completed no later than January 1, 2019.
(5) Any pilot program established by the department pursuant to this subdivision shall be limited to vehicle owners who have voluntarily chosen to participate in the pilot program.
(6) The pilot program may include an evaluation of alternative methods of collecting fees related to the registration of a motor vehicle, or the purchase purchase, renewal, or transfer of license plates, and the appropriate disbursement of those fees.
(c) In the conduct of any pilot program pursuant to this section, any data exchanged between the department and any electronic device or the provider of any electronic device shall be limited to those data necessary to display evidence of registration compliance. The department shall not receive or retain any information generated during the pilot program regarding the movement, location, or use of a vehicle participating in the pilot program.
(d) If the department conducts a pilot program authorized in subdivision (b), the department shall, no later than July 1, 2020, submit a report of the results of the pilot program to the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, to include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) An evaluation of the cost effectiveness cost-effectiveness of the alternatives used in the pilot program when compared to the department’s current use of stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards.
(2) A review of all products evaluated in the pilot program and of the features of those products. The report shall note if the devices evaluated in the pilot program are available with the ability to transmit and retain information relating to the movement, location, or use of a vehicle, and if a product contains that feature, the report shall also note if the product includes any security features to protect against unauthorized access to information.
(3) Recommendations for subsequent actions, if any, that should be taken with regard to alternatives evaluated in the pilot program.