§ 31-3-17.4. Firefighter plates.
(a) The administrator of the division of motor vehicles is empowered and authorized to make available to all active firefighters and retired firefighters a special motor vehicle registration plate for any motor vehicle eligible for registration as an automobile, or commercial vehicle having a gross weight of ten thousand pounds (10,000 lbs.) or less, or vehicle eligible for a combination registration plate, pursuant to § 31-3-64.
(b) The special motor vehicle registration plate shall carry on it the designation "Firefighter" and a Maltese cross with the design provided by the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs.
(c) The administrator of the division of motor vehicles shall issue the plate upon payment of a service charge of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and a transfer charge of five dollars ($5.00) for the plate, of which fifteen dollars ($15.00) shall be deposited to the division of motor vehicles manufacturing account.
(d) For the purpose of this section, an active or retired member of any fire department shall be defined as any person certified by the chief of the fire department as currently a member of said department with at least one year active service or retired under honorable condition as a firefighter.
(e) In a state of emergency, any active member of a fire department driving a vehicle bearing the special motor vehicle registration plate shall be authorized and empowered to travel upon the highways of the state notwithstanding any driving ban imposed by the state or municipal authority in accordance with their official duties.
(P.L. 2004, ch. 605, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 188, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 220, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 378, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 394, § 1.)