New Laws for California Motorists

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release regarding the new laws impacting California motorists. The new laws involve the regulation and inspection of Limousines and also driver’s license eligibility for undocumented residents.

Need to Know

The new laws will impact undocumented residents in California and business owners offering and operating limousine services.

Modified Limousine Safety Requirements

SB 611 has created a modified limousine inspection program. This inspection program must be enacted no later than July 1, 2016. Modified limo terminals will have to be inspected by CHP officials at least once every 13 months. Additionally, the new law also labels limos as any vehicles that seat not more than 10 passengers including the driver. Also, the vehicle has been modified, altered or extended in a manner that increases the wheelbase of the automobile to accommodate additional passenger space.

Additionally, two readily accessible and fully charged fire extinguishers must be made available during operation, and passengers must be notified of safety features including instructions for lower the partition between the driver and passengers and the location of the extinguishers.

Driver’s License Eligibility

Starting on January 2, 2015, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will issue original driver’s licenses to applicants who are unable to show satisfactory proof of legal residence. Under AB 60, undocumented residents, who were previously unable to apply for and get a driver’s license, will now be able to become licensed California drivers. They will be required to meet all other standards and qualifications for a driver’s license, including a driving test, knowledge and ability to have driving privileges.

Officials with the CHP are hoping to keep motorists abreast of any legal changes and informed about new laws impacting safe roadway navigation. Motorists who still have questions about the new legislation are encouraged to learn more at www.leginfo.ca.gov.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a limousine accident or by an undocumented resident motorist, you should consider contacting a skilled personal injury attorney about your case.

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