New California laws to go into effect |

New California laws to go into effect

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) issued a reminder Tuesday regarding two laws that will go into effect during the first days of 2015 and will affect California drivers.

AB 60, which grants undocumented residents the opportunity to obtain a driver license, will go into effect Friday. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will issue an original driver license to an applicant who is unable to submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United States, the press release states.

Applicants are required to provide satisfactory proof of identity and California residency and must meet all other qualifications for licensure, which includes demonstration of the basic knowledge, skills and ability to have the privilege of driving. The law was adopted during the 2013 legislative year. It does not change the day-to-day operations of the CHP.

The press release also covered SB 611, which focuses on modified limousine safety requirements and goes into effect Thursday. The law creates a modified limousine inspection program, which must be implemented no later than July 1, according to the press release.

Through this program, modified limousine terminals will be inspected once every 13 months by the CHP. The new law also defines a modified limousine as a vehicle that seats no more than 10 passengers, including the driver, and has been modified, altered, or extended in a manner that increases the wheelbase of the vehicle, sufficient to accommodate additional passengers.

SB 611 also requires modified limousines to be equipped with two readily accessible and fully charged fire extinguishers. The driver or operator of the modified limousine must notify the passengers of the safety features of the vehicle including instructions for lowering the partition between the driver and passengers, and the location of the fire extinguishers.

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