Transportation Committee – Week 10, 2021


SF 234 – Secondary road reclassification

SF 234 states when county supervisors and county engineers classify a road as an area service C classification (Level C), it must apply to the entire portion of the road between the roads access points. It prohibits only a portion of the road or a bridge being classified as an area service C classification. This does not apply to roads that end in dead ends. Current Level C roads not in compliance with this bill have until January 1, 2022, to meet the requirements.
[3/17: 47-0 (Excused: Hogg, Goodwin, Nunn)]

SF 444 – Transfer of registration plates

SSB 1206 allows a person to surrender their registration card and plates to a county treasurer of any county in Iowa, rather than the county treasurer of the county where the vehicle is registered. It keeps the documentary fee for the preparation of documents for application of registration, certification of title and related services at $180. It strikes the requirement that the maximum documentary fee be reduced by $25 after a statewide electronic system for titling, registration and related services has been implemented. The bill also addresses warranty services, and states that a motor vehicle franchiser (automaker) must provide a franchisee (auto dealer) a list of time allowances for the performance of warranty services.
[3/17: 47-0 (Excused: Hogg, Goodwin, Nunn)]

SF 448 – Weigh station preclearance program

SF 448 allows the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) to run a preclearance program with the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Network (CVISN), which is authorized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The Iowa Department of Transportation must determine which weigh stations will participate in the preclearance program, and all preclearance systems and platforms must be treated uniformly.
[3/17: 47-0 (Excused: Hogg, Goodwin, Nunn)]

SF 551 – Firefighters responding to an emergency

SF 551 allows a driver with firefighter or emergency medical service plates to reasonably exceed the speed limit when responding to a fire alarm or emergency call. The driver must have received emergency vehicle operations training and make use of a blue light. It does not relieve the driver from the duty to drive with regard for the safety of others and does not protect from reckless disregard for the safety of others. It requires the court to dismiss and expunge any citation issued when the driver complied with the bill and presents to the court a signed statement from the applicable fire chief who provides details about the driver’s operation of the vehicle while responding.
[3/17: 47-0 (Excused: Hogg, Goodwin, Nunn)]