Motor and Other Vehicles
Definitions and General Code Provisions
R.I. Gen. Laws § 31-1-6
§ 31-1-6. Specially constructed and reconstructed vehicles.
(a) "Essential parts" means all integral and body parts of a vehicle of a type that must be registered under chapters 3 — 9 of this title, the removal, alteration, or substitution of which would tend to conceal the identity of the vehicle or substantially alter its appearance, model, type, or mode of operation.
(b) "Reconstructed vehicle" means every vehicle of a type that must be registered under chapters 3 — 9 of this title, which has been materially altered from its original construction by the removal, addition, or substitution of essential parts, new or used.
(c) "Specially constructed vehicle" means every vehicle of a type that must be registered under chapters 3 — 9 of this title, but not originally constructed under a distinctive name, make, model, or type by a generally recognized manufacturer of vehicles; provided, that specially constructed vehicles shall include hand-built, home-built, and one-off cars that do not resemble any production car. Specially constructed vehicles shall be entitled to standard passenger automobile plates; provided, that all safety and emissions standards applied to reconstructed vehicles are met.
History of Section.
P.L. 1950, ch. 2595, art. 1, § 5; P.L. 1951, ch. 2826, § 2; G.L. 1956, § 31-1-6; P.L. 2013, ch. 188, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 203, § 1.