HB 1246

  • Indiana House Bill
  • 2021 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House
  • Passed House Feb 02, 2021
  • Senate
  • Governor

Auto dealer services.


Amends the definition of the term "manufacturer" to exclude off-road vehicle manufacturers. Amends the term "transport operator" to remove Indiana dealers. Adds transport operators to the term "dealer owner". Defines the term "watercraft dealer". Provides that certain restrictions of use and the required displays of license plates do not apply to tractors, dump trucks, trucks with a rear-mounted forklift, or trucks with a mechanism to carry a rear-mounted forklift or implement. Provides the manner in which transport operators are to replace license plates or registration cards. Reorganizes and amends the transport operator license plate statutes. Provides that the motor vehicle sales advisory board shall be made up of at least six but not more than 11 persons appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of the secretary of state. Establishes that the majority of the current members of the motor vehicle sales advisory board constitutes a quorum for doing business. Provides that offsite sales do not include: (1) manufactured homes within manufactured home communities; (2) manufactured homes already located within manufactured home communities or to be installed in a manufactured home community; and (3) sales made by a dealer that owns and operates a manufactured home community. Establishes that a franchisor is not considered to be competing unfairly or in violation of the law if operating: (1) a business for less than two years; (2) in a bona fide retail operation that is for sale to any qualified independent person at a fair and reasonable price; or (3) in a bona fide relationship in which an independent person has made a significant investment subject to loss in the business operation and can reasonably expect to acquire majority ownership or managerial control of the business on reasonable terms and conditions. Provides that the secretary of state may condition or limit a dealer license, transport operator, or endorsement application if it is in the best interest of the public. Establishes certain requirements for transport operators. Provides that a dealer that is injured by an unfair practice may file a request for declaratory judgment.

Bill Sponsors (4)



Feb 03, 2021


Referred to the Senate

Feb 02, 2021


Senate sponsor: Senator Crider


Third reading: passed; Roll Call 50: yeas 93, nays 1

Feb 01, 2021


Second reading: ordered engrossed


Representative Wesco added as coauthor

Jan 28, 2021


Committee report: do pass, adopted

Jan 14, 2021


Authored by Representative Sullivan


First reading: referred to Committee on Roads and Transportation

  • Reading-1
  • Referral-Committee
roads and transportation


Coauthored by Representative Austin

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Introduced House Bill (H) PDF
House Bill (H) PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note: HB1246.02.COMH.FN001 PDF
Fiscal Note: HB1246.02.COMH.FN002 PDF
Fiscal Note: HB1246.02.COMH.FN003 PDF
Committee Report: HB1246.01.INTR.CRH001 PDF
Fiscal Note: HB1246.01.INTR.FN001 PDF


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