Bobby Petersen, chairman of the Dealer Advisory Board, will summarize activities and accomplishments of the past year with the Idaho Transportation Board when it meets in Boise Thursday.
The Dealer Advisory Board (DAB) was established to assist and advise ITD in the administration of and activities related to motor vehicle dealers and salesmen licensing. The DAB is composed of eight members. Five represent new vehicle dealerships, two represent used vehicle dealerships and one represents the recreational vehicle industry.
During the past year the advisory board concurred with the department’s recommendations for denying a renewal of a dealer license in Hayden.
It considered two legislative proposals. The first concept was to change the DAB membership from eight to 10 by doubling representation of used vehicle dealerships. The proposal would included one member from northern Idaho and one from eastern Idaho. It also suggested adding a motorcycle dealer as a non-voting, ex-officio member until motorcycle dealers form their own association and then formally add an additional member to the DAB.
The second legislative proposal was to replace the current required open book test with an eight-hour pre-licensing class. The DAB generally favored the change, but ITD staff indicated it would like further review and discussion on roles and responsibilities under the new proposal.
Other board discussion
Annual report on outdoor advertising signs
Illegal signs that do not comply with state and federal law must be removed. Non-conforming signs at one time complied with the law, but because of subsequent changes (such as in roadway alignment or new rules), have lost their conforming status. Non-conforming signs are allowed to remain in place but cannot be improved.
Professional services agreements and term agreement work task report
In November, 13 new professional services agreements and work tasks were issued in the amount of $1.8 million. Seven of the agreements were issued because ITD did not have the resources in-house to do the work, consisting of design, surveying, planning, construction and environmental. One agreement issued because special expertise in the hydraulics field was needed. The other five agreements were for local agencies.