NEW LAWS FOR CALIFORNIA DRIVERS IN 2018

NEW LAWS FOR CALIFORNIA DRIVERS IN 2018

The coming new year means that new laws will also take effect. While it will be legal to partake of marijuana as of Monday, residents should be aware that it will still be illegal to smoke or consume marijuana while driving or riding in a vehicle.

Another new law requires bus riders to buckle up if seat belts are provided in the bus.

Taxi drivers—including Uber and Lyft drivers—will be held to a lower standard of driving under the influence—.04, instead of .08—when they are transporting passengers.

The DMV will accept certificates of completion from motorcycle training programs in lieu of a DMV test. Riders under age 21 will still be required to complete a motorcycle training program to get their motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license.

As of January 1, the DMV will start collecting a transportation improvement fee when vehicles are registered. The fee will range from $25 to $175; the exact amount depends on the vehicle’s current value.

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