Bill Text: NC S271 | 2011-2012 | Regular Session | Amended
North Carolina Senate Bill 271 (Prior Session Legislation)
Bill Title: Commercial and Other M/V Law Changes.-AB [Track Bill]
Status: 2011-05-19 - Ref To Com On Transportation [S271 Detail]
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SENATE BILL 271
Transportation Committee Substitute Adopted 5/4/11
Short Title: Commercial and Other M/V Law Changes.‑AB
March 9, 2011
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT to modify window tinting restrictions for motor carriers subject to the provisions of title 49 of the federal code, to clarify texting for motor carriers subject to title 49 of the federal code, to require redaction of certain VEHICLES crash report information, and to provide for civilian employees to manage or operate permanent weigh stations for the state highway patrol.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 20‑127 reads as rewritten:
"§ 20‑127. Windows and windshield wipers.
(b) Window Tinting Restrictions. – A window of a vehicle that is operated on a highway or a public vehicular area shall comply with this subsection. The windshield of the vehicle may be tinted only along the top of the windshield and the tinting may not extend more than five inches below the top of the windshield or below the AS1 line of the windshield, whichever measurement is longer. Provided, however, an untinted clear film which does not obstruct vision but which reduces or eliminates ultraviolet radiation from entering a vehicle may be applied to the windshield. Any other window of the vehicle may be tinted in accordance with the following restrictions:
(1) The total light transmission of the tinted window shall be at least thirty‑five percent (35%). A vehicle window that, by use of a light meter approved by the Commissioner, measures a total light transmission of more than thirty‑two percent (32%) is conclusively presumed to meet this restriction.
(2) The light reflectance of the tinted window shall be twenty percent (20%) or less.
(3) Tinted film or another material used to tint the window shall be nonreflective and shall not be red, yellow, or amber.
(b1) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section, a window of a vehicle that is operated on a public street or highway and which is subject to the provisions of Part 393 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations shall comply with the provisions of that Part.
(c) Tinting Exceptions. – The window tinting restrictions in subsection (b) of this section apply without exception to the windshield of a vehicle. The window tinting restrictions in subdivisions (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this section do not apply to any of the following vehicle windows:
(1) A window of an excursion passenger vehicle, as defined in G.S. 20‑4.01(27)a.
(2) A window of a for‑hire passenger
vehicle, as defined in G.S. 20‑4.01(27)b. (3) A window of a common carrier of
passengers, as defined in G.S. 20‑4.01(27)c.
(4) A window of a motor home, as defined in G.S. 20‑4.01(27)d2.
(5) A window of an ambulance, as defined in G.S. 20‑4.01(27)f.
(6) The rear window of a property‑hauling vehicle, as defined in G.S. 20‑4.01(31).
(7) A window of a limousine.
(8) A window of a law enforcement vehicle.
(9) A window of a multipurpose vehicle that is behind the driver of the vehicle. A multipurpose vehicle is a passenger vehicle that is designed to carry 10 or fewer passengers and either is constructed on a truck chassis or has special features designed for occasional off‑road operation. A minivan and a pickup truck are multipurpose vehicles.
(10) A window of a vehicle that is registered in another state and meets the requirements of the state in which it is registered.
(11) A window of a vehicle for which the Division has issued a medical exception permit under subsection (f) of this section.
SECTION 2. G.S. 20‑137.4A is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
"(a1) Motor Carrier Offense. – It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a commercial motor vehicle subject to Parts 390 or 392 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations on a public street or highway or public vehicular area while using a mobile telephone or other electronic device in violation of those Parts. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit the use of hands‑free technology."
SECTION 3. G.S. 20‑166.1(i) reads as rewritten:
"(i) Effect of Report. – A report of an accident made under this section by a person who is not a law enforcement officer is without prejudice, is for the use of the Division, and shall not be used in any manner as evidence, or for any other purpose in any trial, civil or criminal, arising out of the accident. Any other report of an accident made under this section may be used in any manner as evidence, or for any other purpose, in any trial, civil or criminal, as permitted under the rules of evidence. At the demand of a court, the Division must give the court a properly executed certificate stating that a particular accident report has or has not been filed with the Division solely to prove a compliance with this section.
The reports made
by persons who are not law enforcement
officers or medical examiners are not public records. The reports made by law
enforcement officers and medical examiners are public records and are open to
inspection by the general public at all reasonable times. pursuant to
this section are public records within the meaning of G.S. 132‑1.
Reports made pursuant to this section may not be released to any person making
a request unless and until personal identifying information has been redacted
from the report in compliance with the provisions of the federal Drivers
Privacy Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2721(b)(11) and (12), and G.S. 20‑43.1.
The Division must give a certified copy of one of these reports to a
member of the general public who requests a copy any person entitled to
a copy of such report and who pays the fee set in G.S. 20‑42."
SECTION 4. G.S. 20‑383 reads as rewritten:
"§ 20‑383. Inspectors and officers given enforcement authority.
inspectors and officers inspectors,
officers, and personnel of the Department of Crime Control and Public
Safety shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this Article and
provisions of Chapter 62 applicable to motor transportation, and they are
empowered to make complaint for the issue of appropriate warrants,
informations, presentments or other lawful process for the enforcement and
prosecution of violations of the transportation laws against all offenders,
whether they be regulated motor carriers or not, and to appear in court or
before the North Carolina Utilities Commission and offer evidence at the trial
pursuant to such processes."
SECTION 5. Sections 3 and 4 of this act are effective when this act becomes law. Sections 1 and 2 of this act become effective December 1, 2011, and apply to offenses committed on or after that date.