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Section 22. Any person may, but only for his own use and that of his family and guests, transport alcoholic beverages or alcohol, without any license or permit, but not exceeding in amount, at any one time, twenty gallons of malt beverages, three gallons of any other alcoholic beverage, or one gallon of alcohol, or their measured equivalent; provided, that any person may, without any license or permit, transport from his place of residence to a new place of residence established by him alcoholic beverages manufactured by him for his own private use.

Licensees for the sale of alcoholic beverages or alcohol, as the case may be, may transport and deliver anywhere in the commonwealth alcoholic beverages or alcohol lawfully bought or sold by them, in vehicles owned or leased by them or their employees, if each vehicle used for such transportation and delivery is covered by a permit issued by the commission; provided, however, that vehicles owned or leased by holders of permits under section nineteen A may be used only for the transportation of samples or of no more than twenty-four gallons of alcoholic beverages or alcohol; provided, further, that the salesperson possesses the proper invoice and that a record of these deliveries is kept available by the wholesaler for commission inspection. The permit fee for each vehicle shall be $150.

Any railroad or car corporation or the owner or operator of any vessel or shipping company or any common carrier by air may, if authorized by a permit issued by the commission, transport and deliver alcoholic beverages or alcohol; and the fee for such a permit covering all the cars, vessels or aircraft thereof shall be $1,500.

Any individual, partnership or corporation regularly and lawfully conducting a general express or trucking business or regularly and lawfully engaged in the business of leasing trucks for hire, with or without drivers, may, if authorized by a permit issued by the commission, transport and deliver alcoholic beverages or alcohol. The fee for such a permit shall be $150. No holder of such a permit shall be granted a permit under section nineteen A.

Certified copies of any permit issued under this section shall be furnished at $50 each.

The commission may make and enforce rules and regulations governing the transportation and delivery of alcoholic beverages and alcohol under permits granted under this section.

Every person operating a vehicle when engaged in such transportation or delivery shall carry the vehicle permit or a certified copy thereof; provided, however, that no permit shall be required if during such transportation there has not been a pickup or delivery of such beverages within the commonwealth and shall, upon demand of any constable, policeman, member of the state police or any investigator of the commission produce such permit or copy for inspection; and failure to produce such permit or copy shall be prima facie evidence of unlawful transportation and shall, in the discretion of the commission, be sufficient cause for the suspension, cancellation, revocation or forfeiture of such permit.

Whoever knowingly transports within the commonwealth any alcoholic beverages or alcohol except as authorized by this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than two thousand five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, any individual, partnership, or corporation, regularly and lawfully conducting a parcel delivery service, or a general express or trucking business, or regularly and lawfully engaged in the business of leasing trucks for hire, with or without drivers, may, if authorized by a permit issued by the commission, transport or deliver the products sold at retail by licensees under section 19F, or farmer-brewery licensees under section nineteen E to the ultimate consumers of such products. There shall be a fee for such permit, and persons operating a vehicle when engaged in such transportation or delivery shall be required to carry such permit or certified copy thereof. Parcels transported or delivered under this paragraph shall be clearly labeled with the words “CONTAINS ALCOHOL: REQUIRES SIGNATURE OF AND PERSONAL DELIVERY TO A PERSON LEGALLY AUTHORIZED TO CONSUME ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IN THE COMMONWEALTH” and with a seal of licensure attached thereto as provided by the commission. Receipts for delivery of such parcels shall contain a check box next to the recipient’s signature where he shall certify that he is not under 21 years of age and a check box where the delivery person shall certify that valid identification showing that the recipient is not under 21 years of age was presented by the recipient upon delivery. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a delivery company may use an electronic device to receive the signature of a person accepting delivery of a parcel under this section and to certify that the person has displayed a valid identification as so required. No such delivery shall exceed twenty liters.

Upon application by an operator of a catering business, the commission is authorized to issue and may issue a permit, to be renewed annually, to such operator to receive alcoholic beverages or alcohol on behalf of, and transport and deliver such alcoholic beverages or alcohol to, any of such operator’s customers if such receipt, transportation and delivery is in the ordinary course of such operator’s business.

Any such operator of a catering business may store such alcoholic beverage or alcohol if such storage is reasonably incidental to such receipt, transportation and delivery. Said permit shall not authorize the resale of such beverages.

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