SECTION 1. Chapter 29, of the General Laws as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after subsection (d) in section 2ZZZ, a new subsection:
(f)Notwithstanding the provisions under subsection (a), all fees collected by the registrar of motor vehicles for each replacement registration plate introduced after 2014 shall be deposited into a retained revenue account to be administered by the registrar of motor vehicles and such collected funds shall be available for expenditure without further appropriation to help defray the costs of any registration plate production program introduced after 2014.
SECTION 2. Section 1 of Chapter 90 of the General Laws as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by deleting the definition of “Number plate” and inserting in place thereof, the following:- “Number plate”, the sign or marker furnished by the registrar on which is displayed the register number of a motor vehicle or trailer assigned to such vehicle by the registrar to identify ownership of the vehicle and notwithstanding that such number plate may also contain additional information required by the registrar and be referred to as a registration plate or license plate.
Section 1 of Chapter 90 as so appearing is hereby further amended by deleting the definition of “Register number” and inserting in place thereof the following: - “Register number”, the word or words, letter or letters, mark or marks, character or characters, Arabic numeral or numerals, or combinations thereof assigned by the registrar to a motor vehicle or trailer.
SECTION 3. Section 6 of Chapter 90 of the General Laws as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by deleting the second sentence and inserting in place thereof the following: Said number plates shall be mounted horizontally, shall be kept clean and the register number, the word “Massachusetts,” and any other word, letter, character, abbreviation, symbol, sticker or decal required to be displayed on the plates by the registrar shall be legible and shall not be obscured in any manner by the installation of any device, protective covering, coating or plate frame that in any way obscures said register number or any other item required to be displayed by the registrar on the plate and no number plate may be altered unless authorized in writing by the registrar, and provided that during the period when the vehicle is required to display lights the entire rear number plate shall be illuminated so as to be plainly visible at a distance of 60 feet and provided further that the registrar may issue a registration validation decal upon initial issuance and upon each renewal of the registration which decal shall be mounted on the rear number plate, as required by the registrar, and such decal shall display the month and year or year alone that the vehicle registration is to expire.
SECTION 4. Section 6 of Chapter 90, as so appearing is hereby amended by inserting after section 6C the following new section:-
Section 6D. Replacement Number Plates; By December 31, 2020, the registrar shall initiate a process to replace all issued plates at least every 10 years. The registrar shall issue new number plates of suitable design, color or type, on a schedule to be determined by the registrar. The registrar may utilize a “rolling” replacement cycle provided that the initial replacement cycle shall be completed no later than 10 years after the date the process is implemented. The registrar may impose a “plate replacement fee” as authorized in section 33, in addition to the established registration fee in that section, to defray the costs incurred with the issuance of plates in a new replacement number series.
SECTION 5. Said chapter 90, as so appearing, is hereby further amended in the first subsection of section (33) by changing the title “commissioner of administration” to the “secretary of administration and finance”.
SECTION 6. Said chapter 90, as so appearing, is hereby further amended in section 33 by inserting after subsection (37) the following:-
(38) For the issuance of each replacement plate as identified in section 6D of this chapter, the registrar may charge a plate replacement fee.
SECTION 7. Said chapter 90, as so appearing, is hereby further amended in section 34 by removing the period at the end thereof and inserting the following:- “; except that (iv) the fee collected for each replacement registration plate issued under authority of section 6D of this chapter shall be deposited into a retained revenue fund established pursuant to chapter 29, section 2ZZZ (f) to be administered by the registrar of motor vehicles in the department of transportation, and such collected funds shall be available for expenditure without further appropriation to help defray the costs of the registration plate production program.
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