Transport Committee – Summary of all 2021 bills


FS 230 – Recovered vehicles

FS 230 increases the threshold from 50% to 70% of fair market value before a vehicle is considered a damaged or salvaged vehicle.
[2/3: 46-0 (Excused: Hogg, Lykam, Nunn; one vacancy)]

SF 231– Special operating permit for minors

SF 231 allows the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue a Class C or M driver’s license to people between the ages of 14 and 18 who live on a farm or are employed on a farm. It restricts the license to drive a motor vehicle with more than two axles or to tow another vehicle. The licensee can operate from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., is limited to 50 miles from point of origin to destination, and is limited to one unrelated minor passenger in the vehicle. The permit holder may stop to refuel at a service station closest to the route traveled.

Current laws state that special permits for minors will not be issued if the applicant resides within one mile of their school. However, if the applicant resides on a farm or is employed for pay on a farm, the distance between residence and enrollment school will not apply. The special permit for minors is subject to suspension or revocation for the same reasons and in the same way as any other driver’s license.
[2/3: 46-0 (Excused: Hogg, Lykam, Nunn; one vacancy)]

SF 232 – Abandoned vehicles

SF 232 eliminates the requirement that a law enforcement agency or private entity that takes charge of an abandoned vehicle describe all personal property found in the vehicle. It also requires proof of insurance and a valid driver’s license from the person who received the notice of an abandoned vehicle, or the person claiming on their behalf, if the vehicle is to be driven from the premises. places.
[2/3: 46-0 (Excused: Hogg, Lykam, Nunn; one vacancy)]

SF 234– Reclassification of secondary roads

SF 234 states that when county supervisors and county engineers classify a road as C level, the classification shall apply to the entire part of the road between the access points to the roads. It prohibits a portion of a road or a bridge from being classified under regional service classification C, but does not apply to roads that end in dead ends. Current Level C roads that do not comply with this law have until January 1, 2022 to meet the requirements.
[3/17: 47-0 (Excused: Goodwin, Hogg, Nunn)]

FS 444 – Transfer of license plates

FS 444 allows a person to turn over their registration card and plates to a county treasurer in any county in Iowa, rather than the treasurer of the county where the vehicle is registered. It removes the requirement that the maximum documentary fee be reduced by $ 25 after the implementation of a statewide electronic system for titling, registration and related services. The bill also deals with warranty services and stipulates that a franchisor of motor vehicles (car manufacturer) must provide a franchisee (car dealership) with a list of deadlines for the performance of warranty services.
[3/17: 47-0 (Excused: Goodwin, Hogg, Nunn)]

FS 548 – Regulation of motorway advertising devices

FS 548 amends Iowa billboard control laws to avoid discrimination based on content. A recent Supreme Court case ruled that the government’s application of different standards for different types of signs depending on the content of the sign violates the First Amendment right to free speech. Failure to comply could result in a loss of $ 53 million in federal funding. Signs will be either regulated or unregulated, depending on whether they meet the definition of “advertising devices”. This definition encompasses all signs that exist in exchange for any kind of compensation, monetary or otherwise (defined as “remuneration”).
[3/8: 48-0 (Excused: Hogg, Nunn)]

SF 551 -Firefighters intervene in case of emergency

SF 551 Allows a driver with fire brigade or emergency medical service plates to reasonably exceed the speed limit when responding to a fire alarm or emergency call. The driver must be trained in the operation of emergency vehicles and use a blue light. It does not relieve the driver of his obligation to drive with the safety of others in mind and does not protect him from a reckless disregard for the safety of others. It requires the court to reject and erase any citation issued when the driver has complied with the invoice and which presents the court with a signed statement from the applicable fire chief with details of the driver’s operation while responding.
[3/17: 47-0 (Excused: Goodwin, Hogg, Nunn)]

HF 280 – Online CDL renewal

HF 280 is a DOT bill allowing many commercial drivers to renew their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) online every two renewal periods. During the pandemic, the federal government allowed CDL holders to renew online unless they hold a hazardous material approval. This will provide greater flexibility and convenience, and reduce unnecessary in-person appointments by 28,000, freeing up appointment hours for those looking for other DOT services.
[3/29: 45-0 (Excused: Driscoll, Hogg, Kraayenbrink, Nunn. Sweeney)]

HF 380 – Distracted driving instruction

HF 380 states that of the 30 hours student drivers are required to complete in an approved driving course, at least four hours must include programs on drug addiction and distracted driving, and raise awareness of sharing the road with bicycles and motorcycles .
[4/7: 44-0 (Excused: Brown, Carlin, Dawson, Hogg, Nunn, Schultz)]

HF 382 – Weight limits in case of national emergency

HF 382 – The Iowa code did not allow the state DOT to issue a special permit to apply to multiple vehicles with divisible overweight loads on the highway when those vehicles are all operating under the same US DOT number of the same truck driver. This bill corrects that problem.
[3/29: 45-0 (Excused: Driscoll, Hogg, Kraayenbrink, Nunn. Sweeney)]

HF 389 – Driver’s license exemption

HF 389 exempts all volunteer firefighters, volunteer ambulance drivers and attendants of rescue teams from being considered drivers.
[3/22: 48-0 (Excused: Kinney, Nunn)]

HF 493 – Electric bikes at low speed

HF 493 defines “low-speed electric bicycle” and establishes three different classes of low-speed electric bicycles and where these bicycles can operate.

The criteria for each class of low-speed electric bicycle are:

• Class 1: Low-speed electric bicycle equipped with a motor which can only be used when the cyclist is pedaling and which stops when the speed of the bicycle reaches 20 miles per hour or more.

• Class 2: Low-speed electric bicycle equipped with a motor that can be used to exclusively propel the bicycle and which is not usable when the speed of the bicycle reaches 20 miles per hour or more.

• Class 3: Low-speed electric bicycle equipped with a motor which can only be used when the cyclist is pedaling and which stops when the speed of the bicycle reaches 20 miles per hour or more.

The bill excludes low-speed electric bicycles from the definition of “vehicle”, thereby excluding them from licensing and permit requirements; requires manufacturers or distributors of low-speed electric bicycles to permanently affix a label to those manufactured or distributed after January 1, 2022, indicating the class number of the bicycle, the maximum assisted speed and engine power; limits the ability to modify a low-speed electric bicycle in a way that would disqualify it from the definition set out in the bill, and whether the modification would change a bicycle from one low-speed electric bicycle classification to another, the bike must be labeled as the new classification; prohibits the bicycle from exceeding posted or applicable speed limits, and if not posted, will not exceed 20 miles per hour; provides certain manufacturing requirements; and prohibits a person 16 years of age or under from riding a low-speed Class 3 electric bicycle. The offenses are punishable by a fine of $ 25.
[4/12: 46-0 (Excused: Hogg, Lofgren, Nunn, Rozenboom)]

HF 495– Dates of declaration on the funds of the road use tax

HF 495 changes the reporting date for cities from September 30 to December 1 of each year for amounts received from the Road Use Tax Fund. It also changes from December 31 to March 1 the reversion of all money in the street construction fund.
[3/22: 48-0 (Excused: Kinney, Nunn)]

HF 524 – Exit from the scene of an accident

HF 524 enforces the compulsory license revocation provision under the Iowa section of the code 321,209 to a driver who knows or has reason to believe that his vehicle has been involved in an accident causing injury or death to a person. It provides that the driver must immediately stop his vehicle at the scene. If the driver leaves the scene and later finds out that his vehicle has been involved in such an accident, he must make a good faith effort to contact emergency services immediately.

HF 524 expands applicable penalties under the Iowa section of the code 321,261 include:

  • Anyone who does not stop or does not comply with the stopping requirements under this section, who causes an accident resulting in serious injury to any person, is guilty of a Class D felony.
  • A person who does not stop or do not comply with the requirements of this section, who causes an accident resulting in the death of a person, is guilty of a Class C felony.
    [5/5: 48-0 (Excused: Hogg, Nunn)]

HF 654 – Lights on authorized emergency vehicles

HF 654 permits the types of lights that can be fitted on emergency vehicles owned by the state or any political subdivision of the state. It authorizes emergency vehicles to be equipped with flashing headlights, red and blue lights, fixed flashing or white lights, red and blue fixed or flashing lights or red and blue and light bars containing one or more yellow rear zone lights or arrows. directional yellow. In addition, an incident command vehicle may be equipped with one or more fixed or flashing green lights. Towing or recovery vehicles, unless they are owned by the State or a municipality, are prohibited from having red and blue lights or a siren. Any emergency vehicle purchased on or after July 1, 2021 must be equipped with a master warning switch to activate all emergency lights on the vehicle.
[3/29: 45-0 (Excused: Driscoll, Hogg, Kraayenbrink, Nunn. Sweeney)]

HF 655 – Interference with the transport of farm animals

HF 655 creates an aggravated tort offense for knowingly interfering with a motor vehicle transporting a farm animal or interfering with a farm animal confined in the motor vehicle. A second offense becomes a Class “D” crime. In addition, a defendant charged with the offense may make an affirmative defense that the person acted with the consent of any of the following: (1) a person actually or apparently transporting the farm animal or (2) a person having actual or apparent control of the farm animal.
[3/22: 48-0 (Excused: Kinney, Nunn)]



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