Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy,
The voters have spoken, so besides a tax increase, which became effective April 1, many other changes in the law are also in store for motorists. Here are just a few of them:
Use of Electronic Wireless Devices (AB 1785):
Driving a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or a wireless electronic communications device is prohibited. People commonly held their phones in their hands in order to use their GPS, and used this excuse to fight tickets. This new law eliminates that excuse and now the phone must be mounted to the dashboard or placed in either the lower right or lower left corner of the windshield.
The new rule also keeps drivers from mounting or hanging their phones in the center of the windshield. According to the Hemet Police Department, “[a handheld device] cannot obstruct your clear view of the windshield.”
Child Safety Seats (AB 53):
This law requires a parent, legal guardian, or driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child who is younger than 2 years of age in an appropriate rear-facing child passenger restraint system. The only exceptions are if the child is 40 inches tall or weighs more than 40 pounds before their second birthday.
Pay attention to the road, and don’t drive distracted. Arrive alive and ensure others do as well.”
The Hemet Car Guy, Richard Perry.
Motorcycle Lane Splitting (AB 51):
This law defines “lane splitting” as driving a two-wheeled motorcycle between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane. And while lane splitting by motorcycles wasn’t previously illegal, it wasn’t defined as legal either. The new law ensures lane splitting is done safely. CHP said it would work with motorcycle organizations to define what is and isn’t proper when riding between cars. “If traffic is stopped at a standstill, you can’t have a motorcycle that is traveling at 50 to 60 mph as it’s dangerous for both the motorcyclist and the vehicles around as well,” according to CHP.
Vehicle Registration Fee (SB 838):
This law increases the vehicle registration fee on every vehicle or trailer coach from $43 to $53.
Accident Reporting (SB 491):
This law increases the minimum financial threshold for property damage resulting from a motor vehicle collision that is required to be reported to the DMV from $750 to $1,000.
Vehicle Safety Recalls (AB 287):
This law enacts the Consumer Automotive Recall Safety (CARS) Act, and requires the DMV to include a general advisory regarding vehicle recalls and needed repairs on each vehicle registration renewal notice. This law prohibits a dealer or a rental car company from renting or loaning a vehicle with a manufacturer’s recall no later than 48 hours after receiving the notice—and remains in effect until the vehicle has been repaired. This law gives a limited exception for a licensed dealer or a rental car company with a fleet of 34 or fewer loaner or rental vehicles. The law authorizes the DMV to suspend or revoke a vehicle dealer’s license if they violate the CARS Act.
Background Checks of Drivers of Transportation Network Companies (AB 1289):
A transportation network company will be required to perform a comprehensive background check of all their drivers.
Installing Counterfeit or Nonfunctional Air Bags (AB 2387):
This law prohibits knowingly and intentionally manufacturing, importing, installing, reinstalling, distributing, or selling any device intended to replace an airbag system in any motor vehicle if the device is counterfeit, nonfunctional, or does not meet federal safety requirements. The law also prohibits selling, installing or reinstalling any device that would cause a vehicle’s diagnostic system to fail to warn when the vehicle is equipped with a counterfeit, nonfunctional, or a case in which no airbag was installed. This violation is a misdemeanor punishable by a $5,000 fine and/or up to one year in county jail.
Keep these new laws in mind when you get behind the wheel in our valley. Pay attention to the road, and don’t drive distracted. Arrive alive and ensure others do as well.
The Hemet Car Guy