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New California Law AB 256 Introduces Grace Period for Vehicle Registration Enforcement

In a significant update to California’s vehicle registration laws, Assembly Bill 256 (AB 256) has been passed, introducing a grace period for enforcement actions related to expired vehicle registration tabs. This new law, effective from July 1, 2024, to January 1, 2030, aims to provide vehicle owners with additional time to renew their registrations without immediate penalty.

Key Provisions of AB 256

A balanced approach to vehicle registration enforcement in California. By providing a two-month grace period for expired registration tabs, the law offers leniency to vehicle owners while still maintaining the integrity of traffic regulations. As this new law comes into effect on July 1, 2024, vehicle owners should stay informed about their registration status and take advantage of the additional time provided to ensure compliance.

One of the most notable changes introduced by AB 256 is the implementation of a grace period for expired vehicle registration tabs. Under this new provision, law enforcement officers will not be able to use the sole basis of expired registration tabs for enforcement actions until two months after the registration expiration month. This means that vehicle owners have an additional two months to renew their registrations without the fear of immediate penalties or citations solely for expired tabs.

While the grace period provides a buffer for vehicle owners, AB 256 also includes a conditional enforcement clause. If a vehicle is stopped for any other violation of the Vehicle Code, enforcement action for expired registration tabs can still be taken before the end of the two-month grace period. This ensures that while leniency is provided, compliance with other traffic laws is still maintained.

AB 256 amends several sections of the Vehicle Code, specifically Sections 4000, 5204, and 40225. These amendments outline the specifics of the grace period and the conditions under which enforcement actions can be taken. The amendments also detail the responsibilities of law enforcement officers in verifying vehicle registration status before issuing citations.

The introduction of AB 256 is expected to have a positive impact on vehicle owners in California. The grace period allows additional time for individuals to renew their registrations, which can be particularly beneficial in cases of financial hardship or logistical delays. However, vehicle owners are still encouraged to renew their registrations promptly to avoid any potential issues, especially if they are stopped for other violations.

For more information on AB 256 and its implications, vehicle owners can visit the California State Legislature’s website or contact their local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.

One Comment

  1. The Native American

    They would fix the majority of these issues by lowering car registration/renewal fees and not increasing them.

    Most vehicles on the road today are already paying a gas tax/surcharge to pave and maintain the roads, and electric vehicles aren’t doing their part. They are trying to change/pass legislation so electric vehicles/owners would now have to pay for their share.

    A broken system will get few updates and fix a one thing, but damage and break many more in the process.

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