New Legislation 2023
HB 62 – Driving Under the Influence Modifications – Effective May 3, this bill:
- Prohibits the DLD from suspending a driver license unless the person fails to complete certain requirements as an ignition interlock-restricted driver.
- Amends oﬀenses eligible for the 24-7 sobriety program.
- Imposes certain monitoring requirements for an ignition interlock system.
- Provides procedures for a person to petition to remove an ignition interlock restriction due to a medical condition.
- Amends the revocation period for a refusal to submit to a chemical test under certain circumstances.
HB 141 – Driver License Test Amendments – Effective July 1, this bill:
- Allows the DLD to begin administering certain examinations in languages other than English.
- Allows an individual to take certain driver license examinations in the individual’s preferred language, subject to availability, for the individual’s initial application and ﬁrst renewal (regular & limited-term applicants.)
- Allows a translator for certain driver license examinations in certain circumstances.
HB 192 – Traffic Violation Amendments – Effective May 3, this bill:
- Expands the availability of deferred prosecution for certain traﬃc infractions to certain individuals if the individual completes a traﬃc school course as part of the deferred prosecution agreement.
- Requires an applicant for deferred prosecution to complete a traﬃc school course in certain circumstances.
- Requires DPS to contract with one or more traﬃc school providers to create a traﬃc school program.
- Grants rulemaking authority to DPS to make rules related to the establishment of a traﬃc school program.
HB 258 – Motor Vehicle Light Amendments – Effective May 3, this bill:
- Requires a vehicle operator to ensure the vehicle headlights are illuminated while the vehicle is being operated on a highway at any time.
- From sunset to sunrise.
- When persons and vehicles are not clearly discernible at 1,000 feet ahead.
HB 369 – DUI Amendments – Effective May 3, this bill:
- Combines separate sections that include the elements of driving under the inﬂuence oﬀense into a single section.
- Combines separate sections that include the elements of a refusal of a chemical test oﬀense into a single section.
HB 440 – Intrastate Commercial Vehicle Amendments – Effective May 3, this bill:
- Amends the deﬁnition of an interstate and intrastate commercial vehicle by increasing the gross vehicle weight rating and gross vehicle weight from 26,000 or more pounds to 26,001 or more pounds.
- Amends the gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight requirement for a vehicle to stop at a port-of-entry from 10,001 or more pounds to 26,001 or more pounds.
SB 27 – Transportation Revisions – Effective May 3, this bill:
- Prohibits an individual from passing a snowplow on the side where the snowplow blade is deployed.
- Prohibits an individual from passing three or more snowplows operating in echelon formation.
- Requires an individual operating a motor vehicle to move over to avoid a vehicle stopped on the side of a highway.
SB 80 – Driver License Suspension and Revocation – Effective May 3, this bill:
- Provides for the shortening of the driver license suspension or revocation period required for certain traﬃc violations if an individual participates in a problem-solving court program and meets speciﬁed probationary requirements.
- Limits the types of oﬀenses for which a court is authorized to shorten an individual’s driver license suspension or revocation period.
SB 95 – Foreign Driver License Reciprocity Amendments – Effective May 3, this bill:
- Allows DLD to negotiate and enter into a driver license reciprocity agreement with a foreign jurisdiction.
- Grants rulemaking authority to DLD to establish the reciprocity program.
SB 132 – Driving Privilege Card Fingerprinting – Effective May 3, this bill:
- Allows a private ﬁngerprint vendor to request approval from the DLD to take digital ﬁngerprint scans of an applicant for purposes of a driving privilege card application.
- Requires the DLD to review a request from a private vendor and authorize the vendor to provide ﬁngerprinting services for driving privilege card application purposes.
- Allows an approved ﬁngerprint vendor to take digital ﬁngerprint scans and a photograph and submit the scans to BCI for purposes of a driving privilege card application.
- Requires DLD to create and maintain a list of approved ﬁngerprint vendors on the DLD website.
SB 244 – Driver License Hearing Amendments – Effective May 3, this bill allows DLD to hold administrative hearings in a county designated by DLD if all parties and witnesses have requested to testify or attend by telephone or live audiovisual means.
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