TITLE 31
Motor and Other vehicles

CHAPTER 31-3
Registration of Vehicles

SECTION 31-3-20.1


§ 31-3-20.1 Operation with auto body repair shop plates.

(a)(1) An auto body repair shop, officially licensed by the department of business regulations, may loan a motor vehicle to a client/customer whose registered motor vehicle is undergoing auto body repair on the premises of the respective auto body repair shop, and may affix to the loaned motor vehicle number plates registered to the motor vehicle undergoing auto body repair when the number plates are of the same classification. The licensed auto body repair shop may issue a temporary certificate of registration to the loaned motor vehicle under which the loaned vehicle may be operated upon the public highways for a period of twenty (20) days from the date of issuance. The certificate shall be issued on a form obtained from the division of motor vehicles and shall be titled "agreement – temporary loan of motor vehicle".

(2) The certificate shall be issued under any conditions that the division of motor vehicles may impose. The certificate shall be carried in the loaned vehicle for which it is issued and the operator or person in control of the loaned vehicle shall display the certificate for examination upon demand of any proper officer. The client/customer shall furnish proof to the auto body repair shop that he or she has liability and property damage insurance which will cover any damage to any person or property caused by the operation of the loaned vehicle for which the client/customer would have been liable if he or she had been the owner.

(3) This proof of insurance shall be set forth on the certificate issued by the division of motor vehicles and shall be subject to any conditions that the division of motor vehicles may impose. In the event the client/customer to whom the vehicle is loaned shall not have proper insurance in effect, then any liability or property damage shall be covered by the auto body repair shop's insurance policy. Section 31-47-12(d) shall apply to loaned motor vehicles, and the acceptable evidence of financial responsibility as filed in the rules and regulations relative to compulsory insurance or financial responsibility shall apply.

(b) An auto body repair shop may not extend the use of "agreement – temporary loan of motor vehicle" certificates to anyone who is not a client/customer whose registered motor vehicle is undergoing auto body repair on the premises of the respective auto body repair shop. This legislation does not apply to any motor vehicle owned by a dealer, manufacturer, or operator of an auto body repair shop which is rented or leased for compensation to any person for any purpose.

(c) Every auto body repair shop shall keep a record of each loaned vehicle showing the date loaned, date returned, name, address, and operator's license number of the client/customer, the number plate transferred to the loaned vehicle, and the number of the certificate issued. This record shall be available during business hours for examination by any police officer or inspector designated by the administrator of the division of motor vehicles. This legislation does not apply to any motor vehicle owned by a dealer, manufacturer, or operator of an auto body repair shop which is rented or leased for compensation to any person for any purpose.

(d) Penalties. Any owner and/or employee of any auto body repair shop or customer who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a violation and subject to a fine of two hundred dollars ($200) and have the authority to issue "agreement – temporary loan of motor vehicle" certificates revoked.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 373, § 1.)