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July 7, 1997

In accordance with the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws § 43-1-4, I am transmitting herewith, with my disapproval, 97-H 6931, As Amended, "An Act Relating To Registration of Motor Vehicles."

This Act provides that auto body repair shops may provide customers whose vehicles are under repair with a leaner vehicle with a temporary certificate of registration for a period of twenty days. The auto body shop providing the leaner vehicle would utilize the "Temporary Loan of Motor Vehicle" agreement issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Under current law, auto dealers, have the authority to provide their customers with a leaner vehicle, however, the law prohibits auto body repair shops from having such authority. The law providing for twenty day temporary registrations was intended to apply to new and used automobile dealers as they are in the business of selling automobiles. As auto body repair shops may register and loan vehicles that they own to customers, the proposed expansion of temporary registrations for use on vehicles owned by auto body shops is not needed. Lastly, and more importantly, the State Police is opposed to this Act because it may exacerbate the misuse associated with dealer plates.

For the foregoing reasons, I disapprove of this legislation and respectfully urge your support of this veto.


Lincoln Almond