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2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
February 13, 2012 - Introduced by Senators Grothman, Erpenbach and
Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Wynn, Petrowski, Strachota,
Thiesfeldt, Endsley, Kestell, Kerkman, Stroebel, Marklein, A. Ott
and
Krug. Referred to Committee on Transportation and Elections.
SB462,1,5 1An Act to repeal 341.10 (6) and (6m) and 341.266 (1) (c) 1.; to renumber and
2amend
341.266 (1) (am); to consolidate, renumber and amend 341.266 (1)
3(c) (intro.) and 2.; to amend 341.266 (2) (a), 341.266 (2) (e) 2. and 341.269 (5);
4and to create 341.068 and 341.266 (1) (ag) of the statutes; relating to:
5registration of motor vehicles by the Department of Transportation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Transportation (DOT) must refuse
registration of a vehicle under specified circumstances, including all of the following:
1) the applicant for registration has not paid the applicable registration fees; 2) with
an exception for leased vehicles, the applicant has not been issued, and is not entitled
to, a valid certificate of title for the vehicle; 3) the vehicle is exempt from registration
and is not eligible for optional registration; 4) with an exception for former military
vehicles eligible for a specific type of registration, the vehicle is originally designed
and manufactured for off-highway operation unless the vehicle meets the provisions
of a certain section of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, as
amended; 5) with an exception for former military vehicles eligible for a specific type
of registration, the vehicle was manufactured for use in any country's military forces
and does not meet federal motor vehicle safety standards; and 6) the applicant has
failed to furnish information or documents required by law or by DOT under
authority of law.
Under current law, as created by 2009 Wisconsin Act 135, there is a special
category of vehicle registration for former military vehicles, which may be registered

but are subject to operating restrictions. Under this registration category, a "former
military vehicle" is a vehicle that was manufactured for use in any country's military
forces and is maintained to accurately represent its military design and markings,
regardless of the vehicle's size or weight. A former military vehicle may be registered
as a "historic military vehicle" if it is at least 25 years old and has been imported into
the United States from another country or if it has not been imported and is of any
age. DOT must issue for the vehicle special plates showing it is registered as a
historic military vehicle. It is the applicant's burden to show that a vehicle is eligible
for registration as a historic military vehicle. A vehicle may be registered as a
historic military vehicle even if the vehicle was originally designed and
manufactured for off-highway operation and does not meet federal motor vehicle
safety standards. A vehicle registered as a historic military vehicle may only be used
for special occasions such as display and parade purposes, including traveling to and
from such events, and for necessary testing, maintenance, and storage purposes.
Also under current law, as created by 2009 Wisconsin Act 225, DOT may
register specific types of former military vehicles as special interest ("collector")
vehicles, which are subject to only very limited operating restrictions, most notably
that they cannot be operated on the highways in January. For purposes of collector
vehicle registration, the term "former military vehicle" has a different definition, and
means all of the following: 1) a Pinzgauer that is at least 25 years old; 2) a Kaiser
Jeep M715 that is at least 25 years old; 3) a Humvee that is at least 22 years old; and
4) a Duck that is at least 25 years old.
This bill requires DOT to register any motor vehicle for which DOT receives a
complete and proper application, unless registration of the vehicle is specifically
prohibited by statute or the vehicle is a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or electric
personal assistive mobility device (commonly referred to by the tradename
"Segway"). The bill eliminates the statutory provision requiring DOT to refuse
registration of a vehicle that was manufactured for use in any country's military
forces and that does not meet federal motor vehicle safety standards. The bill also
eliminates the statutory provision requiring DOT to refuse registration of a vehicle
that is originally designed and manufactured for off-highway operation unless the
vehicle meets the provisions of a certain section of the National Traffic and Motor
Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, as amended. In addition, if DOT refuses registration of
a vehicle based on vehicle requirements, including equipment or condition of the
vehicle or documentation relating to the vehicle, the applicant for registration may
have the vehicle inspected by any person authorized by DOT to conduct salvage
vehicle inspections. If the inspector determines that the vehicle meets state vehicle
equipment standards for the vehicle's year of original manufacture, the inspector
must issue a certificate of inspection so stating and DOT must accept this certificate
and register the vehicle.
This bill also changes the eligibility requirements for registering former
military vehicles as collector vehicles. Instead of limiting registration to the four
specific types of military vehicles listed in 1) to 4) above, the bill allows any former
military vehicle to be registered as a collector vehicle, subject to the same
requirements applicable to other collector vehicles. For purposes of collector vehicle

registration, the bill defines a "former military vehicle" as a motor vehicle, including
a motorcycle but excluding a tracked vehicle, that was manufactured for use in any
country's military forces.
The bill also modifies an eligibility requirement for registering any collector
vehicle, whether it is a former military vehicle or not. Under current law, a motor
vehicle, other than a former military vehicle, may only be registered as a collector
vehicle if it has not been altered or modified from original manufacturers
specifications. Under this bill, a motor vehicle, including a former military vehicle,
may only be registered as a collector vehicle if it has not been substantially altered
or modified from original manufacturers specifications.
This bill does not change the authorization provided in 2009 Wisconsin Act 135
to register former military vehicles under the special registration category of historic
military vehicles.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB462, s. 1 1Section 1. 341.068 of the statutes is created to read:
SB462,3,8 2341.068 Requirement that department register vehicles; vehicle
3inspections.
(1) The department shall register any motor vehicle for which the
4department receives a complete and proper application, unless registration of the
5vehicle is prohibited for any reason specified in s. 341.10 or the vehicle is identified
6in ss. 341.055 to 341.058. Registration shall be appropriate to the vehicle class and
7type and may not include any operating or special use restrictions except as
8specifically authorized and described in this chapter.
SB462,4,2 9(2) If the department refuses registration of a vehicle based on vehicle
10requirements, including equipment or condition of the vehicle or documentation
11relating to the vehicle, the applicant for registration may have the vehicle inspected
12by any person authorized to conduct inspections under s. 342.07. If the inspector
13determines that the vehicle meets vehicle equipment standards under ch. 347 and
14rules promulgated under ch. 347 for the vehicle's year of original manufacture, the

1inspector shall issue a certificate of inspection so stating and the department shall
2accept this certificate and register the vehicle.
SB462, s. 2 3Section 2. 341.10 (6) and (6m) of the statutes are repealed.
SB462, s. 3 4Section 3. 341.266 (1) (ag) of the statutes is created to read:
SB462,4,75 341.266 (1) (ag) "Former military vehicle" means a motor vehicle, including a
6motorcycle but excluding a tracked vehicle, that was manufactured for use in any
7country's military forces.
SB462, s. 4 8Section 4. 341.266 (1) (am) of the statutes is renumbered 341.266 (1) (d) and
9341.266 (1) (d) (intro.) and 3., as renumbered, are amended to read:
SB462,4,1210 341.266 (1) (d) (intro.) "Former Specially exempted former military vehicle"
11means any of the following former military vehicles if the vehicle is at least 25 years
12old:
SB462,4,1513 3. A high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle originally manufactured for
14use by the U.S. military forces and commonly known by the name of "Humvee" that,
15notwithstanding par. (am) (d) (intro.), is at least 22 years old.
SB462, s. 5 16Section 5. 341.266 (1) (c) (intro.) and 2. of the statutes are consolidated,
17renumbered 341.266 (1) (c) and amended to read:
SB462,4,2118 341.266 (1) (c) "Special interest vehicle" means any of the following: 2. A a
19motor vehicle, including a former military vehicle, of any age which has not been
20substantially altered or modified from original manufacturers specifications and,
21because of its historic interest, is being preserved by hobbyists.
SB462, s. 6 22Section 6. 341.266 (1) (c) 1. of the statutes is repealed.
SB462, s. 7 23Section 7. 341.266 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB462,5,724 341.266 (2) (a) Any person who is the owner of a special interest vehicle that
25is a former military vehicle, or that is not a former military vehicle and is 20 or more

1years old at the time of making application for registration or transfer of title of the
2vehicle, and who, unless the owner is an historical society that is exempt from federal
3income taxes, owns, has registered in this state, and uses for regular transportation
4at least one vehicle that has regular registration plates may upon application
5register the vehicle as a special interest vehicle upon payment of a fee under par. (b).
6 A former military vehicle may be registered under this paragraph notwithstanding
7s. 341.10 (6).
SB462, s. 8 8Section 8. 341.266 (2) (e) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB462,5,129 341.266 (2) (e) 2. Trucks may not haul material weighing more than 500
10pounds, not including the weight of a camper, lid or cap that is mounted on the truck
11or the weight of any persons or pets riding within the driver's compartment, unless
12the truck is a specially exempted former military vehicle.
SB462, s. 9 13Section 9. 341.269 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB462,5,1614 341.269 (5) Unless inconsistent with this section or s. 341.10 (6), the provisions
15applicable to other motor vehicles apply to vehicles registered under this section as
16historic military vehicles.
SB462, s. 10 17Section 10. Initial applicability.
SB462,5,1918 (1) This act first applies to applications for registration received by the
19department of transportation on the effective date of this subsection.
SB462, s. 11 20Section 11. Effective date.
SB462,5,2221 (1) This act takes effect on the first day of the 3rd month beginning after
22publication.
SB462,5,2323 (End)
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