2018 is well under way, and with the new year come new driving laws that California drivers should be aware of. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has issued the following list of new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Make sure you become familiar with them before you get behind the wheel this year in the Golden State.
Cannabis Use in Vehicles (SB 65)
This law states that drivers and passengers may not smoke or consume marijuana products while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. The California DMV will put negligent driver points on your license if you violate this law. The DMV is also going to update the DMV website, Motorcycle Handbook and California Driver Handbook about this new law.
Seatbelts in Buses (SB 20)
Starting in 2018, this law mandates bus passengers to use seatbelts in buses that have them. The law also forbids legal guardians, parents and anyone operating a bus from driving a child who is at least eight years old or less than 16 years old, or allowing them to be driven in a bus, unless the child is wearing a seatbelt. You could receive a ticket for violating this law.
DUI – Passenger for Hire (AB 2687)
Staring July 1, 2018, anyone who is compensated to drive passengers in their personal vehicles – Uber and Lyft drivers – may not have a blood alcohol level of .04% or more when with a passenger. This means drivers transporting passengers in their personal vehicles must maintain elevated safety standards when driving passengers. Your license will be suspended by DMV if you violate this law. Commercial drivers, such as taxi operators, will be disqualified from driving if they violate AB 2687.
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Parking Violations for Registration or Driver License Renewal (AB 503)
This new California law is designed to benefit people with low incomes by devising a process for them to pay fines for parking violations before the violations are reported to DMV. The law further allows the vehicle’s registered owner to file Planned Non-Operation status when there are unpaid parking violations on the record of the vehicle.
Disabled Person Parking Placards and Plates (SB 611)
This law changes how handicapped parking placards and license plates are administered. It includes requiring applicants to give proof of their birthdate and full name. The law also will limit the number of replacement placards you can receive without getting a medical certification from your physician – four in two years. Further, DMV will set up a renewal process that requires drivers to send in a renewal notice by mail every six years.
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