JANUARY 2021 ASSEMBLY BILL 2285

ASSEMBLY BILL 2285

PURPOSE
The purpose of this Notice is to notify Department employees of the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 2285. This Bill will extend the vehicle licensing pilot program and revise the California Vehicle Code (VC) to improve safety for stopped emergency vehicles.

SUMMARY
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) initiated a pilot program to evaluate the use of alternatives to stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards. The pilot program was to be completed by January 1, 2021. However, this legislation has authorized the DMV to continue testing alternative methods until January 1,2023. As new alternative methods are implemented, the Department will provide future updates to ensure personnel are aware of any changes.

Additionally, this Bill revises existing language delineated in Section 21809 of the VC that was exclusive to freeways to now include highways (streets). This section provides safety measures for stationary authorized emergency vehicle(s) displaying emergency lights, stationary tow truck(s) displaying flashing amber warning lights, or stationary marked Department of Transportation vehicle(s) displaying flashing amber warning lights. Drivers are required to change lanes, if practicable, and approach with due caution. In the event a motorist is unable to change lanes, the motorist shall slow to a reasonable speed for the existing weather, road, and vehicular or pedestrian traffic conditions. This revision will now allow Section 21809 VC to be enforced on City streets.

If you have any questions, please contact Traffic Group, at (213) 486-0690.

Approved by:
BLAKE H. CHOW, Deputy Chief (Department Traffic Coordinator – Transit Services Bureau)
DOMINIC CHOI, Deputy Chief (Chief of Staff – Office of the Chief of Police)

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ASSEMBLY BILL 2285