The new year brings new legislation enacted by the state of California to keep drivers and passengers safer on our roads. All drivers are responsible for knowing the laws governing the highways, freeways, and local roads of our state. Remember, if you get pulled over or cause an accident, claiming ignorance of a law will not be accepted as an excuse.
In this blog post, we share recent updates and new laws that are going into effect this year. Read on so you will be fully informed!
Online Driver’s License Renewal Change
As of January 1, 2023, drivers 70 and older must renew their licenses at a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office in person again. Back in October 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom waived this requirement and allowed senior citizens to renew their licenses online or by mail due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, this temporary waiver has now expired, so older drivers should plan to make appointments with their local DMVs for renewals.
Semiautonomous Vehicle Notices
California car dealers and manufacturers who sell cars equipped with a partial driving automation feature or provide any update to software or vehicular upgrade that adds this feature, must provide consumers with a clear description of function and limitations. Dealers and manufacturers are prohibited from deceptively marketing these features, as well.
Safe Driving Around Bicyclists
To enhance the safety of bike riders in California, all drivers are now required to shift into another available lane to pass a bicyclist (when possible). The law still requires drivers to maintain a minimum of three feet of passing space around bicycles. Additionally, Class 3 e-bike riders are now allowed to use approved bike paths, trails, and lanes.
Sideshows at Parking Facilities Banned
Joining public roads as locations where street racing is illegal, parking lots in California are now also off-limits for racing or other “sideshow” activities. This ban will become stricter in two years (2025) when the courts will begin suspending individual driver’s licenses for violations of this ban.
License Suspension Law Reform
As of the beginning of 2023, state courts in California stopped sending notices to the DMV for license suspensions due to a failure to appear. Note the courts will continue the actual license suspensions if someone fails to appear in court until January 2027.
When Someone Ignores the Law and Causes an Accident, Contact Us
Laws are enacted to protect all of us out on the roads. Sadly, some people ignore them, to the detriment of innocent drivers and passengers. If you or someone you love is seriously injured in a car accident caused by a careless, reckless, or negligent driver, please call our law firm for assistance. Our attorney, Scott J. Corwin, will see to it that they are held accountable for their dangerous actions.
Contact our office today by calling (310) 683-2300 or filling out the online contact form to discuss the details of your case and learn more about how we can help you. We offer free consultations, so there’s no reason not to reach out to someone from our team right away.