32-10-38 Unladen vehicle permits--Restrictions--Violation as misdemeanor.
Unladen vehicle permits--Restrictions--Violation as misdemeanor.
If a motor
vehicle is proportionally registered in South Dakota with the department and the vehicle may not be
operated on highways of this state because of a lease cancellation, the owner of the vehicle, upon
proof of ownership, may obtain an unladen vehicle permit from the Department of Public Safety in
lieu of the payment of other registration fees for the vehicle. The permit authorizes the operation of
the vehicle on the highways of this state and the highways of all member jurisdictions of the
international registration plan for a period not to exceed thirty days.
Any vehicle operated under an unladen vehicle permit issued pursuant to this section may only
be operated while empty and may only be operated for the purpose of securing a new lease to another
carrier or until the owner of the vehicle registers the vehicle in the owner's name under which proper
registration may be obtained. No vehicle may be operated on the highways of this state if the
registration of the vehicle has been cancelled, unless the vehicle owner has been issued an unladen
vehicle permit for that vehicle pursuant to this section.
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No owner operating a vehicle without proper registration or an unladen vehicle permit may
operate the vehicle until the owner has purchased an unladen vehicle permit or otherwise obtained
proper registration. Notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, no vehicle operated on
an unladen vehicle permit is subject to the laws of this state relating to motor vehicle titles during
the time of operation on the unladen vehicle permit. The operation of any vehicle on the highways
of this state without proper registration or an unladen vehicle permit is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Source: SL 2018, ch 189, § 1.
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