NEW NC STATUTES

Two bills were signed into law by Gov. McCrory in the last couple weeks. Both are effective immediately.
The first one changes the language regarding dealer tags, to include independent dealers in the provision that previously only allowed franchised dealers general use of a dealer plate. you might want to print this out and have it in the car with you or your family member in case you get pulled over:

ALLOW DEALER PLATES FOR EMPLOYEES OF INDEPENDENT DEALERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS SECTION 13.5. G.S. 20-79(d)(5)f. reads as rewritten: “(d) Restrictions on Use. – A dealer license plate may be displayed only on a motor vehicle that meets all of the following requirements: … (5) Is driven on a highway by a person who meets one of the following descriptions: … f. Is an officer, sales representative, or other employee of a an independent or franchised motor vehicle dealer or is an immediate family member of an officer, sales representative, or other employee of a an independent or franchised motor vehicle dealer.”

The second one addresses record storage and retention, and may need a bit of interpretation by DMV:

AN ACT TO MODIFY THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MOTOR VEHICLE DEALER RECORDS RETENTION, AVAILABILITY FOR INSPECTION BY THE DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES, AND FORMAT. The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: SECTION 1. G.S. 20-297 reads as rewritten: “§ 20-297. Retention and inspection of certain records. (a) Vehicles. – A dealer must keep a record of all vehicles received by the dealer and all vehicles sold by the dealer. The records must contain the information that the Division requires. requires and be made available for inspection by the Division within a reasonable period of time after being requested by the Division. A dealer may keep satisfy the record-keeping requirements contained in this subsection either by (i) keeping and maintain maintaining written or paper records at the dealership facility where the vehicles were sold or at another established office located site within this State provided that the location and the name of a designated contact agent are provided to the Division and the records can be made available for inspection by the Division within a reasonable period of time after being requested by the Division. Division or (ii) maintaining electronic copies of the records required by this subsection, provided that the Division shall have access to these electronic records from a location within this State. For purposes of this section, the location where dealership written or electronic records are kept and maintained may be owned and operated by a party other than the dealer. (b) Inspection. – The Division may inspect the pertinent books, records, letters, and contracts of a licensee relating to any written complaint made to the Division against the licensee. (c) Records Format. – Any record required to be kept and maintained under this section may be converted to electronic form and retained by a dealer in electronic form without retention of the original or any copies of the record in paper or other nonelectronic form.” SECTION 2. The Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles, shall adopt rules consistent with the provisions of this act. Rules adopted pursuant to this section shall not be subject to G.S. 150B-19.1(e), 150B-19.1(f), and 150B-21.4.

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