Weights and measures
Gasoline and Petroleum Products
§ 47-8-7 Liability insurance
Marking of vehicles.
(a) The owner of land or facilities used to store petroleum products or who
owns or leases vehicles used to transport petroleum products for purposes of
resale shall maintain a liability insurance policy which includes pollution
liability broad form coverage of no less than two million dollars ($2,000,000).
The insurance policy shall be comprehensive in nature and include coverage for
underground or aboveground contamination due to leakage from any kind of a
petroleum product stored on the land or facility or which may be discharged
from a vehicle transporting the petroleum product for purposes of resale. The
provisions of this section shall apply to owners of facilities that are engaged
in the business of selling petroleum products at wholesale or retail, and shall
not apply to leasing companies engaged in the business of leasing or renting
vehicles used to transport petroleum products.
(b) Any petroleum delivery vehicle carrying petroleum
products must have certification, on Rhode Island form GU-1338A or Rhode Island
form DMU-1, of a two million dollar ($2,000,000) liability insurance policy
which includes pollution liability broad form coverage prior to registration of
the vehicle in the state of Rhode Island. Proof of certification of the
insurance must be on file with wholesale suppliers and/or petroleum distributor
terminals for vehicles to obtain petroleum products in Rhode Island for
marketing. A state of Rhode Island resale certificate number must also be on
file with the supplier and distributing terminal. The provisions of this
section relating to liability insurance do not apply in those cases where an
owner certifies that he or she is self insured, to at least the required
amount, and provides certification of the self insurance.
(c)(1) Any petroleum delivery vehicle carrying petroleum
products must comply with section 397.21 of the federal Motor Carriers Safety
Regulations for the Transportation of Hazardous Materials, entitled "Marking of
Vehicles Operated by Private Carriers", prior to registration of the vehicle,
and maintain the registration of the vehicle by the motor vehicle division of
the department of administration of the state of Rhode Island. The marking
shall include the following:
(i) Placarding in accordance with federal requirements.
(ii) The name of the enterprise, and the city or town in
which the enterprise maintains its principal office or in which the vehicle or
vehicles are customarily based.
(2) The markings must appear on both sides of the vehicle, be
in letters that contrast sharply in color with the background, be readily
legible during daylight hours from a distance of fifty feet (50') while the
vehicle is stationary, and be kept and maintained in a manner that retains the
legibility required. The marking may consist of a removable device if that
device meets the identification and legibility requirements of this subsection,
for a period not to exceed three (3) months after registration of said vehicle.
(d) The director of the department of administration is
authorized and empowered to promulgate rules and regulations for the
enforcement and administration of the provisions of this section.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1983, ch. 266, § 4; P.L. 1984, ch. 288, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 84,
§ 119; P.L. 1992, ch. 150, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 209, § 1; P.L.
1999, ch. 426, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 340, § 67.)