Motor and Other vehicles
Registration of Vehicles
§ 31-3-16 General assembly plates.
(a) The administrator of the division of motor vehicles is directed to make
available to each duly elected member of the senate and of the house of
representatives of the general assembly of the state of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations, so long as the member is serving during the term for
which he or she has been elected as a member of the general assembly and no
longer, two (2) special motor vehicle registration plates carrying on the first
plate as a courtesy the word "senate" in the case of the senate, and the word
"house" in the case of the house of representatives. On the second set of
plates, in addition to the wording above, the letter "a" denoting auxiliary
shall be placed on the plates. The plates are to have special identifying
numbers corresponding to the number of the senatorial or representative
district from which the member was elected.
(b) The special motor vehicle registration plates shall carry
thereon the design and the seal of the state of Rhode Island and Providence
Plantations and shall be designed, sold, and attached to the motor vehicle
without cost to the state.
(c) Each member of any general assembly, at the expiration of
his or her term as member, unless reelected, may retain the special motor
vehicle registration plates in his or her own keeping, provided he or she does
not display the plates upon any motor vehicle or any other form of
transportation owned or operated by the member.
(d) Any violation of the provisions of subsection (c) of this
section shall be deemed a civil violation, and any person displaying a special
motor vehicle registration plate upon any vehicle shall, upon conviction, be
fined ten dollars ($10.00) for each offense.
(e) The administrator of the division of motor vehicles shall
reserve for the future use of each member of the general assembly the private
registration plates which he or she turns into the division of motor vehicles
in return for legislator's plates. The administrator of the division of motor
vehicles shall annually, during the month of January, submit a written notice
to each member of the general assembly notifying him or her of the private
registration plates which are being reserved for his or her future use. The
notice shall indicate the registration plate designation and the legislator for
which it is being reserved.
(f) In a state of emergency, any member of the general
assembly driving a vehicle bearing a special motor vehicle registration plate
shall be authorized and empowered to travel upon the highways of the state
notwithstanding any driving ban imposed by any state or municipal authority.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, art. 3, § 8; P.L. 1951, ch. 2826, § 7; G.L.
1956, § 31-3-16; P.L. 1967, ch. 6, § 1; P.L. 1969, ch. 13, § 1;
P.L. 1978, ch. 381, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 310, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 218,
art. 6, § 1.)