California DMV Audit Ordered for Long Wait Times

California DMV Audit Ordered for Long Wait Times

A California DMV audit has been ordered by the governor for the ridiculous wait times reported by motorists at numerous DMV field offices across the state.

Based on a law practice that deals with DMV offices across California every day, we could add our own observations that we hope the audit addresses. First, the Mandatory Actions Unit frequently does not even answer its phone, dumping callers after navigating the long … Read More

Rodney Gould wins San Francisco DMV Appeal

Rodney Gould wins San Francisco DMV Appeal

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco just overturned a DMV suspension for one of Mr. Gould’s motorist clients. In Miller v. Department of Motor Vehicles (May 2, 2018; A147050), a unanimous appellate panel agreed with Mr. Gould that the motorist’s arrest was illegal and that therefore, so was the suspension of his license.

In the wee hours of the morning of  July 31, 2014, CHP Officer Christopher … Read More

U.S. House Passes Sweeping Autonomous Car Bill

U.S. House Passes Sweeping Autonomous Car Bill

The U.S. House today unanimously approved a sweeping proposal to speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles.

The bill now goes to the Senate and would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year, a cap that would rise to 100,000 vehicles annually over three years.… Read More

Veterans Commercial License Bill Advances in U.S. Senate

Veterans Commercial License Bill Advances in U.S. Senate

Veterans Commercial License application process is one step closer to being streamlined. The Jobs for Our Heroes Act passed the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation last week. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

Senators Laud the Bill

“Many servicemen and women [drove] large military vehicles and want to carry over that expertise into their civilian careers,” said Sen. Cornyn. “This legislation makes it easier

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Commercial Drivers’ California Residency Now Required

Commercial Drivers’ California Residency Now Required

Commercial drivers’ California residency is now required before a commercial license may be issued or renewed by the California DMV.

The new requirement became effective May 10, 2017, and came in the form of two regulations promulgated by the California DMV. Section 26.01 and 26.02 of Title 13 now require all commercial licensees to provide proof of American citizenship or lawful residency as well as domicile in California before DMV … Read More

California Traffic Tickets Won’t Suspend Licenses

California Traffic Tickets Won’t Suspend Licenses

Traffic tickets will no trigger a license suspension if unpaid, according to a new California law.  Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday ending the practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of motorists with unpaid traffic fines. Suspensions have not helped collection efforts in the state, and Governor Brown said they can actually send low-income people into a cycle of job losses and more poverty.

Senate Bill 185 was sponsored by … Read More

Driverless Car Coalition to Push Feds for Regs

Driverless Car Coalition to Push Feds for Regs

Google’s self-driving car division has formed a coalition with automakers and ride-share companies to push the federal government to adopt a uniform set of laws governing autonomous vehicles. The group includes Google, Lyft, Uber, Ford and Volvo.

David Strickland, the Coalition’s counsel and spokesperson, said, “The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards, and the Coalition will work with policymakers to find the … Read More

Google Seeks Special Driverless Car Agency

Google Seeks Special Driverless Car Agency

Instead of waiting for new regulations that will make way for self-driving cars on US roads, Google wants the government to create a new Federal-level authority that could review the company’s self-driving cars and give it special permissions for deployment.

Google’s self-driving car, which is designed without pedals or a steering wheel, has had difficulties with current safety regulations that dictate a vehicle must allow a person to actually drive … Read More

Driverless Cars Clear Major U.S. Hurdle

Driverless Cars Clear Major U.S. Hurdle

Reuters is reporting that U.S. regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have concluded that the artificial intelligence behind autonomous vehicles may be considered a “driver” for purposes of United States law. In a letter to Google from NHTSA’s Chief Counsel Paul Hemmersbaugh advised, “NHTSA will interpret ‘driver’ in the context of Google’s described motor vehicle design as referring to the (self-driving system), and not to any of the … Read More

Half of California Driver’s Licenses Issued to Undocumented Residents

Half of California Driver’s Licenses Issued to Undocumented Residents

According to the Los Angeles Times, an estimated 605,000 licenses were issued last year under Assembly Bill 60, the measure passed last year that grants the right to a California driver’s license to people in the country illegally. The figure accounts for almost half of all licenses issued in California last year.

Officer Josh Nelson, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, suggested the measure likely improved highway safety in California. … Read More

Feds: “One Drink” Legal Limit and No Cell Phones

Feds: “One Drink” Legal Limit and No Cell Phones

The National Transportation Safety Board would like to decrease the legal driving limit to one drink, lowering the legal limit on blood-alcohol content to 0.05 “or even lower.”

The agency released its “most wanted list” on Wednesday, an annual wish list of changes it would make it would make across America if it could. Two of these proposals certain to stir controversy are the lowering of the legal … Read More