The following changes were bills that were passed by the Legislature
and signed into law by the Governor. These laws will go into affect in
- Financial Responsibility – AB 650 Speier – CH 1126
Vehicle Code 1680, 4000.37, 16020, 16028, 16029, 16030, 16033, 16070,
16071, 160457, 40611
Requires proof of financial responsibility when applying for a vehicle
renewal registration, and makes the failure to provide a peace officer
with proof of financial responsibilty an infraction rather than a
misdeameanor. Makes permissive the requirement for a court to impound a
vehicle if the driver is unable to produce evidence of finanical
responsibility, and provides that the vehicle may be released to either
the legal or registered owner under specified conditions. Sunsets
January 1, 2000.
See AB 650
- DUI: Failure to Appear – AB 1579 Leonard – CH 224
Vehicle Code 1822, 12807, 12808, 13365.2, 40509, 40509.5
Requires the court to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of
a failure to appear in specified driving-under-the-influence offenses.
Provides that the DMV, upon notification, shall immediately suspend the
driver’s license of a person who has failed to appear in specified DUI
- Driver’s License Suspension – AB 95 Bowler – CH 956
Vehicle Code 13202.3, 14907 Requires the court to notify the DMV of
convictions of specified controlled substance offenses.
- Speed Contest – AB 2288 Aguiar – CH 884
Permits a police offier who arrests a person involved in speed contest
to immediately seize and remove the vehicle used and to impound it for
- DUI Penalties – AB 2000 – Goldsmith – CH 690
Makes it a misdemeanor for a person under 21 to knowingly drive a
motor vehicle carrying any alcoholic beverages unless the person is
accompanied by a parent, responsible adult, relative, or other adult
designated by the parent.
- Amnesty Program – AB 3095 Villaraigosa – AB 3095
Authorizes any county on a one-time basis and for a minimum of 120
days to operate a traffic fine amnesty program for matters that are
delinquent at least six months prior to the program’s
- Weight Violations – AB 2345 Morrissey – CH 456
- Graffiti – AB 2331 Goldsmith – CH 918
- Unlawful Possession of Vehicle Documents – AB 95 Bowler – CH
- Fleeing a Peace Officer – AB 1999 – Knight – CH 420
- Disabled Persons License Plate – SB 1527 – CH 116
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