2016 Legislative Issues
Bills passed in 2015
In addition, a change in the law now allows a Virginia resident convicted in federal court of an offense substantially similar to Virginia's DUI laws to petition the Virginia general district court in the jurisdiction in which he resides for restricted driving privileges. Previously, only residents convicted of DUI in Virginia courts or other states’ courts could petition.
A restricted driver’s license allows a DUI offender to drive for limited purposes, such as going to work or church, while his license is suspended. In Virginia, a conviction of first-offense DUI is punishable by a mandatory fine and a one-year license revocation. The installation of an ignition interlock device is a condition of receiving a restricted driver’s license. The interlock condition has also now been extended to Virginia residents who have been convicted of a substantially similar DUI offense under the laws of another state or the United States. The DUI-related changes went into effect immediately after passage earlier this year.
Download the full 2015 DMV Legislative Summary (PDF)
Following are recent Virginia bills impacting motorcycling. Refer to the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists, or Virginia State Legislators for more information.
HB 1700 -- Allows for enhanced lighting on motorcycles (modified for continuous flashing brake light only).
HB 752 -- Allows motorcyclists to treat a red light as a stop sign after two minutes. Signed by the Governor! Effective July 1 2011.
HB 97 -- Eliminate the riding two-abreast law. Signed by the Governor! Effective July 1 2012.
HB 187 -- Prohibit Motorcycle only check points in VA. Signed by the Governor! Effective July 1 2012.
An ongoing initiative is to get the helmet bill modified to allow adult riders the option of not wearing a helmet.
Contact your local legislator to voice your opinion on proposed bills.
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