SB 359

Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Motor vehicles, mandatory liability insurance, second or subsequent violation, time period decreased for increased penalty, min. suspension period removed, Sec. 32-7A-12 am'd.
Description

Under existing law, when the Department of Revenue is unable to verify that liability insurance coverage exists for a motor vehicle registered or required to be registered in this state, the department is required to suspend the registrant's registration unless the registrant provides proof of continuous liability insurance coverage for the vehicle during the period specified by the department

This bill would limit the time period for which the registrant would be required to provide proof of continuous liability insurance coverage for the vehicle to the preceding 24 months

Relating to mandatory liability insurance; to amend Section 32-7A-11, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide a limitation on the time period for which a person may be penalized for having a lapse in liability insurance coverage.

Subjects
Motor Vehicles
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Under existing law, when the Department of Revenue is unable to verify that liability insurance coverage exists for a motor vehicle registered or required to be registered in this state, the department is required to suspend the registrant's registration unless the registrant provides proof of continuous liability insurance coverage for the vehicle during the period specified by the department

This bill would limit the time period for which the registrant would be required to provide proof of continuous liability insurance coverage for the vehicle to the preceding 24 months

Relating to mandatory liability insurance; to amend Section 32-7A-11, Code of Alabama 1975, to provide a limitation on the time period for which a person may be penalized for having a lapse in liability insurance coverage.

Section 1

Section 32-7A-11, Code of Alabama 1975, is amended to read as follows:

§32-7A-11.

(a) When the department is unable to verify that liability insurance coverage exists for a motor vehicle registered or required to be registered in this state, the department shall send the registrant notice via USPS mail at the last known address as reflected on the department's motor vehicle registration records. The notice shall require that the registrant, within 30 calendar days of the date of the notice, provide evidence of continuous liability insurance coverage for the vehicle for the period specified by the department. The registration will be suspended unless either:

(1) The registrant responds within the required time frame and the response establishes that the registrant has not had a lapse in liability insurance coverage within the preceding 24 months. The department shall then indicate in its records that the insured is in compliance with this chapter.

(2) The registrant responds within the required time frame that, after the registration date, he or she did not operate the vehicle during the lapse in coverage due to the motor vehicle being stored, inoperable, or otherwise unused as prescribed by the department. The current registration shall then be revoked and the department shall update its records to reflect that the registration is revoked for the remainder of the registration period. In the event the motor vehicle for which the registration has been revoked is no longer stored, inoperable, or otherwise unused as prescribed by the department, a new registration and license plate must be obtained prior to operating the vehicle.

(b) If the registrant subsequently provides, in a manner as prescribed by the department, proof of subsequent liability insurance coverage for the vehicle during the current registration period then the registration shall be reinstated.

(c) Any operator of a motor vehicle for which the registration has been revoked shall be subject to citation by law enforcement in accordance with Section 32-7A-16."

Section 2

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 15, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security
March 15, 2018SEngrossed
March 15, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 877
March 15, 2018SChambliss motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 876
March 15, 2018SChambliss first Substitute Offered
March 15, 2018SThird Reading Passed
March 6, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
March 1, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Governmental Affairs
2018-03-15
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-03-15
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed