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Connecticut Laws | Title 14 Motor Vehicles. Use Of The Highway By Vehicles. Gasoline
CHAPTER 246* MOTOR VEHICLES
Sec. 14-151a. Report by owner or person in lawful possession of theft of motor vehicle. Regulations re uniform procedure. Report as condition precedent to settling insurance claim.

Sec. 14-151a. Report by owner or person in lawful possession of theft of motor vehicle. Regulations re uniform procedure. Report as condition precedent to settling insurance claim. (1688)(Text)

(a) The owner or person in lawful possession of any motor vehicle which is stolen in this state shall make a report in writing to the office of the local police department in the municipality in which the theft occurred or to the office of the state police troop having jurisdiction over the municipality in which the theft occurred. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 which provide a standard, uniform procedure for reporting the theft of a motor vehicle to any state or local law enforcement officer. (1689)

(b) Each insurance company which issues in this state automobile theft insurance shall, as a condition precedent to settling any claim, require the insured to file a report in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section. (1690)

Sec. 14-152. Report by law enforcement agencies of theft or recovery of motor vehicle. (1691)(Text)

The Commissioner of Public Safety, each municipal police department and each constable of any town, within one week from the receipt of any complaint of the theft within or without this state of any Connecticut motor vehicle or the theft of any other registered motor vehicle within this state, or within one week from the recovery or notification of the recovery of any stolen motor vehicle, shall report such complaint, recovery or notification of recovery to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and the National Automobile Theft Bureau, upon a blank prepared and furnished by him. Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars. (1692)

Sec. 14-153. Renting of motor vehicles. (1693)(Text)

Any person, firm or corporation which rents a motor vehicle without a driver for a period of thirty days or less shall inspect or cause to be inspected the motor vehicle operator's license of the person initially operating such motor vehicle, shall compare the signature on such license with that of the alleged licensee written in his presence and shall keep and retain for a period of one year a record of the name of such licensee, the number of his license and the date of issue thereof, the registration number of the motor vehicle so rented and the mileage reading displayed by the odometer of such vehicle at the time such vehicle leaves and returns to the lessor's place of business, which record shall be subject to the inspection of any police officer, any Department of Motor Vehicles inspector or any Department of Motor Vehicles employee designated by the commissioner; provided no person shall rent or lease any motor vehicle without a driver to a minor without the written consent of a parent or guardian of such minor. (1694)

Sec. 14-153a. Exemption. Penalty. (1695)(Text)

(a) Section 14-153 shall not apply to any person, firm or corporation which, incidental to the conduct of its principal business, leases or rents any motor vehicle without a driver to other persons, firms or corporations whose principal business is the same as that of the lessor. (1696)

(b) Any person who violates any provision of section 14-153 shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars. (1697)

Sec. 14-153b. Proof of credit. (1698)(Text)

No person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of renting or leasing passenger motor vehicles without drivers, for periods of thirty days or less, shall require any customer to show proof that he or she holds a card provided by a credit card issuer as a condition to the rental of a passenger motor vehicle; provided such person, firm or corporation may require that a customer, seeking to rent for cash, apply for approval to rent up to three business days before the expected rental and that such customer provide both suitable identification and a reasonable deposit. (1699)

Sec. 14-154. Liability of owner for damage caused by rented or leased car. (1700)(Text)

Section 14-154 is repealed. (1701)

Sec. 14-154a. Liability of owner for damage caused by rented or leased motor vehicle. Exceptions. (1702)(Text)

(a) Any person renting or leasing to another any motor vehicle owned by him shall be liable for any damage to any person or property caused by the operation of such motor vehicle while so rented or leased, to the same extent as the operator would have been liable if he had also been the owner. (1703)

(b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to: (1704)

(1) Any person, with respect to the person's lease to another of a private passenger motor vehicle, if the total lease term is for one year or more and if, at the time damages are incurred, the leased vehicle is insured for bodily injury liability in amounts of not less than one hundred thousand dollars per person and three hundred thousand dollars per occurrence and the vehicle is not subject to subdivision (2) of this subsection. As used in this section, "private passenger motor vehicle" means a: (A) Private passenger type automobile; (B) station-wagon-type automobile; (C) camper-type motor vehicle; (D) truck-type motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than ten thousand pounds, registered as a passenger motor vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, or as a passenger and commercial motor vehicle, as defined in said section, or used for farming purposes; or (E) a vehicle with a commercial registration, as defined in subdivision (12) of said section. Private passenger motor vehicle does not include a motorcycle or motor vehicle used as a public or livery conveyance. (1705)

(2) Any person, with respect to the person's lease to another of a truck, tractor trailer or tractor-trailer unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand pounds or more if the total lease term is for one year or more, or the applicable contract term is one year or more, and if, at the time damages are incurred, the loss or claim is insured by any combination of coverage through an insurer, as defined in section 38a-363, in an amount of not less than two million dollars. (1706)

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