New Laws in California in 2018 for Drivers

New Laws in California in 2018 for Drivers



The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of California has several new laws that every driver should be familiar with, that is unless anyone wants to be caught on the wrong side of a law and risk getting a ticket, severely fined and worse, getting their license revoked. Many of these laws have been in the making for quite some time so you may or may not be surprised. There is an official list available online. The DMV will also include these new laws in the motorcycle handbook, driver handbook and the official website.


  • California has legalized the cultivation, distribution, sale and consumption of recreational marijuana. However, you cannot consume marijuana while you are driving. The DMV has effectively banned smoking, vaporizing or ingesting cannabis in vehicles. Anyone not adhering to this law will be allotted negligent driver points. This new law also applies to co-passengers, including those in the rear seat.


  • All buses need to have seatbelts in compliance with the federal safety standards if they are being used to ferry kids aged sixteen or younger. Parents or anyone who drives a bus with a child or several children aged eight years or older will have to make special provisions to have the seatbelt if the vehicle doesn’t have one. All passengers aboard a bus that has seatbelts should use them throughout their journey. Violating either of these two laws will lead to a ticket.


  • The DMV mandates that anyone driving a car for commercial purposes should not have blood alcohol content of more than 0.4 when they are carrying paying passengers in the vehicles. This applies to all kinds of commercial cabs, be it Uber or Lyft and the usual taxis or limos. If drivers are found violating this law, then their license could be revoked.


  • Low income residents and immigrants in California can now declare that they would not be operating their vehicles if they have pending parking tickets. The law is aimed at making it easier for people to repay the fines for parking violations.


  • Vehicles that have green and white decals right now will not be able to access the carpool lanes. Only low emission vehicles can access carpool lanes and it is not influenced by the number of people riding in the vehicle. This law will be in force for four years after which there will be a review. Cars that would have their decals expire this year can have new decals issued in 2019, which will also grant those vehicles access to toll lanes that have high occupancy till the end of 2021.


  • Handicapped placards will be issued only after applicants have provided their date of birth and authentic full name, according to Yuba City DUI Defense Lawyers. A maximum of four replacement placards can be provided every two years. Renewals will not require any new medical certificate. Family members of deceased firefighters can apply for California Firefighter license plates. The new law enables spouses, partners and children to opt for such plates, replacing the old law that was confined to only one plate for the spouse of a fallen firefighter or to those serving and retired.


Are there new laws coming to California in 2015?

Each and every year, hundreds of new laws are introduced in California, and 2015 is no different. 900+ laws are being introduced this year, and while many of them are still being contested (by both sides) there is a good chance that many of them will be put into place this calendar year.


Will illegal immigrants be able to apply for California driver’s licenses in 2015?

Undocumented illegal immigrants in the state of California may have the opportunity to apply for a driver’s license by the end of 2015 if AB 60 passes. This is probably one of the most fought over pieces of legislation to hit the state government in the last 30 or 40 years, and lawyers from both sides are still trying to figure out whether or not this driver’s license would be eligible in just California or across the country.  San Diego Criminal Lawyer Michael Rehm states that undocumented immigrants are currently consistently driving without a license, which is a violation of Vehicle Code 12500, a potential misdemeanor. Many counties give probation for a misdemeanor offense, thereby delaying the ability to become a citizen through lawful means. The inability to have a valid drivers license has a tremendous effect on the ability to become legal in this country on a normal timetable (which is already lengthy enough).

Will plastic bags be outlawed in California in 2015?

Large grocery stores, supermarkets, and department stores all throughout California use plastic bags, but SB 270 would put an end to that by 2016. Individuals would still be able to bring their own plastic bags to a store and use them, which would likely be the consequence of this law passing as it would give businesses the ability to charge $.10 per bag for switching over to paper bags.


Will employees receive a set amount of mandated paid sick days from work in 2015?

AB 1522 is receiving a lot of noise and play all across the state of California, which is understandable considering the fact that it is going to impact more than 6.5 million employees statewide. This law would require that all California employers provide their employees a minimum of three paid sick days annually.

Will smartphones have to come from the factory with “kill switches” in 2015?

There is a potential bill in the legislature (SB 962) that acknowledges the fact that cell phone theft rates are sky high – and only climbing higher – and that something has to be done to deter theft from happening in the first place. This bill would require all cell phones manufactured and sold in California after July 1, 2015 to include some kind of “kill switch” that would render the device unusable after it had been stolen, according to Alameda DUI Attorneys.

Will contact sports (like football) be changed forever in 2015?

One of the most hotly contested bills jockeying to become a law in California in 2015 is AB 2127, a bill that will enforce serious restrictions on students that are allowed to play contact sports like football.


This bill proposes that students that have been diagnosed with a head injury will be required to wait at least seven days (and then receive a doctor’s note and clearance) before playing again. Other changes in the bill include teams only being able to have two full contact practices each week, with full contact practices prohibited during every off-season.