New California Traffic Laws That Might Affect You​

Everyone... get ready. There are a number of new laws that went into effect on January 1, 2020 for California drivers.

Starting October 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require a valid passport or other federally approved document, like a REAL ID driver license or identification card, to board flights within the United States and access secure federal facilities and military bases.  A valid passport will continued to be required for foreign travel.

We know the DMV calendar is booked.  This new law makes it illegal to sell or offer to sell a DMV appointment.

This law repeals the court’s authority to order the DMV to revoke, suspend, restrict or delay the issuance of a driver license for a person convicted of a non-driving offense including offenses relating to vandalism, controlled substance or alcohol use (possession, or related conduct), firearm use, or soliciting/engaging in prostitution or specified lewd or dissolute conduct, if the violation was committed within 1,000 feet of a private residence and with the use of a vehicle.

This law requires drivers to pull into an adjacent lane when approaching or passing a waste collection vehicle with amber lights flashing. If that is not possible, the driver must slow to “a safe and reasonable speed”.

Removes motorized scooters from the list of vehicles requiring a Class M2 driver license or permit, thus allowing a person with a valid driver license or permit of any class to operate a motorized scooter.  A motorized scooter is defined as follows: “a 2-wheeled device that has handlebars, has a floorboard that is designed to be stood upon when riding, and is powered by an electric motor or by a source other than electric power”.

Certain vehicles with white or green clean air vehicles stickers can receive an updated sticker valid through January 1, 2024.  To qualify, the vehicle must have a new owner who has an income that is 80% or less than the statewide median income.

This new law extends the validity of a driver license for a person in the United States Foreign Service or their spouse for the period of their service and up to 30 days following their return to California.  

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