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New DMV Laws in 2014

With 2014 just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding motorists of some of the new laws that will become effective in the New Year.

AB 1371 known as the Three Feet for Safety Act, will require a motor vehicle driver passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction to pass with no less than 3 feet between any part of the vehicle and any part of the bicycle or driver. Failing to do so can incur a fine, regardless of a collision or not. This law will take effect September 16, 2014.

AB 266 and SB 286 together extend sunset dates for low emission, zero emission vehicles to operate in high occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV)  without meeting occupancy requirements to January 1, 2019.

The DMV will begin a pilot program in the New Year. SB 806 authorizes DMV to establish a pilot program to evaluate the use of alternatives to stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards, subject to certain requirements. It will also enable the DMV to experiment with electronic license plates, as well as facilitate DMV’s ability to explore cost-effective alternatives to California’s traditional metal license plate, plastic-coated registration stickers, and paper registration cards.

Teen Drivers. SB 194 (Galgiani) will prohibit a person who is under 18 years of age from using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication while driving, even if it is equipped with a hands-free device.

Learn more about new DMV laws at dmv.ca.gov.

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