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Rs 32:1257 Establishment Of New Motor Vehicle Dealerships Or Relocations; Protests; Procedure

§1257. Establishment of new motor vehicle dealerships or relocations; protests; procedure

A.(1) Whenever the commission receives an application for a motor vehicle dealer's

license which would add a new motor vehicle dealership or authorize an existing motor

vehicle dealership to deal in a new or additional make of motor vehicle which would

establish an additional franchise in that area, or which would authorize an existing motor

vehicle dealership to deal in additional makes, models, or classifications of motor vehicles

designated in the franchise or any addendum thereto, it shall first notify the existing licensed

motor vehicle dealership or dealerships selling the same line makes, models, or

classifications within the community or territory in which the applicant proposes to conduct

business. Any same line makes, models, or classifications dealership whose assigned

community or territory includes the location of the proposed new motor vehicle dealership

may object to the granting of the license.

(2) The reopening or replacement of a dealership in a location where the same line

makes, models, or classifications has been sold by a licensed motor vehicle dealer within the

previous two years shall not be considered an additional motor vehicle dealer under

Paragraph (1) of this Subsection.

B.(1) Whenever the commission receives an application for a motor vehicle dealer's

license which would relocate an existing motor vehicle dealership, including the transfer of

a franchise and relocation to an existing motor vehicle dealership, it shall first notify the

existing licensed motor vehicle dealership or dealerships selling the same line makes,

models, or classifications within the community or territory in which the applicant proposes

to conduct business. The existing same line makes, models, or classifications dealership or

dealerships shall have the right to object to the granting of the license only if the proposed

relocation is within a radius of five miles of its facility. However, without regard to distance,

whenever the commission receives an application for the relocation of a motor vehicle

dealership which would add an additional franchise to an existing same line makes, models,

or classifications in dealership's community or territory, the affected dealership shall have

the right to object.

(2) Whenever the commission receives a protest pursuant to the provisions of

Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, the applicant and the manufacturer or distributor shall

show, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the existing same line makes, models, or

classifications motor vehicle dealership or dealerships will not be substantially harmed by

locating the dealership within the five-mile area. Notwithstanding the provisions of R.S.

32:1251 to the contrary, the commission shall consider the financial impact on both the

applicant and the existing dealership or dealerships.

C. The objection shall be in writing, and shall be received by the commission within

a fifteen-day period after receipt of the notice. The fifteen-day objection period shall be

waived upon written notification to the commission from all licensees, who are entitled to

object, that the licensees have no objections to the proposed change or addition for which the

notice of intent was issued. If timely objection is lodged, and prior to the issuance of the

license, the commission shall hold a hearing within thirty days after receipt of the objection,

or forty-five days after the request is made for the three-member panel, and issue its decision

within ninety days after date of the hearing. Notice of hearing, and an opportunity to

participate therein, shall be given to the manufacturer or distributor, to the applicant for the

license as a motor vehicle dealer, and to the protesting dealership or dealerships. The

absence of a timely protest shall not prevent the commission from considering the effect of

the issuance of a license on other motor vehicle dealerships, located either within or outside

the community or territory as part of its determination of whether or not the license sought

should be issued.

D.(1) Whenever the commission receives a protest pursuant to the provisions of this

Section, the commission shall consider the following in determining whether there is good

cause to issue a license:

(a) Whether the community or territory can support an additional dealership.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of R.S. 32:1251 to the contrary, the financial

impact on both the applicant and the existing dealership or dealerships.

(c) Whether the existing motor vehicle dealerships of the same line makes, models,

or classifications in the dealership's community or territory are providing adequate

representation and convenient consumer care for the motor vehicles of the same line makes,

models, or classifications located within that area.

(d) Whether the issuance of the license would increase competition or be in the

public interest, or both.

(2) The applicant and manufacturer or distributor shall have the burden of proof in

demonstrating good cause by a preponderance of the evidence.

Acts 1985, No. 911, §1; Acts 1987, No. 775, §1; Acts 1989, No. 262, §1; Acts 1989,

No. 634, §1; Acts 1991, No. 296, §1, eff. July 2, 1991; Acts 1995, No. 51, §1, eff. June 9,

1995; Acts 1999, No. 1100, §1; Acts 2001, No. 1067, §1; Acts 2005, No. 500, §1, eff. July

12, 2005; Acts 2015, No. 435, §1.

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Local Government
Louisiana
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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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