New Laws for 2011 that Affect California Drivers

dmv.jpgAs an Oakland personal injury lawyer, I am constantly representing folks in car accidents and motorcycle accidents. The California legislature has passed new laws affecting drivers of motorcycles and regular vehicles that go into effect this year.

Effective January 2, 2011, the following laws become effective:

Motorcycle drivers under the age of twenty-one will be required to complete a special motorcycle safety course before receiving their driving permit.

There are changes for drivers of hybrids and other fuel efficient cars. The prior law that permitted certain fuel efficient vehicles to display HOV stickers will be extened until July 1, 2011. Fully electric and natural gas vehicles will have white stickers which will be valid until July 1, 2015.

Effective July 1, 2011, in an effort of ensuring that traffic convictions are recorded by the Department of Motor Vehicles, local authorities may not enact or enforce a local ordinance on any matter covered by the California Vehicle Code. In Alameda, the local traffic court often charged a traffic violation under a local ordinance so the ticket would not go on the driver’s record. This law will eliminate that practice.

Effective January 1, 2012, any drunk driver convicted of a third DUI can receive a ten year revocation of his license with possible reinstatement if certain conditions are met.

Hopefully, these new laws will make driving on our California roads a safer experience for all California drivers.


California Department of Motor Vehicles, California DMV Announces New 2011 Laws

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