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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

New Traffic Laws in California for 2011

12 Jan Blog | Comments

Hi everyone, it’s Steve Young, here with B Line Traffic Schools wishing you all a safe and happy new year! I thought I would take a moment to share with you a few interesting facts and some information about some new traffic laws in the State of California.

Three New Laws for January 2011

1: In 2011, a new law requires a person under the age of 21 to complete an approved motorcycle safety course before being issued an instruction permit to practice operating a motorcycle. It also requires the permit to be held for six months before being issued a class M motorcycle driver license. This also means that if you are under the age of 21 you must wait for six months before you are able to carry a passenger, ride a motorcycle at night or operate your motorcycle on a freeway.

2: A prior law that permitted certain fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles to display stickers allowing them to drive in HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle or Carpool) lanes with a single occupant expired on January 1, 2011. A new law extends the date of the yellow stickers for hybrid vehicles to July 1, 2011. The white stickers issued to fully-electric and compressed natural gas vehicles were extended to January 1, 2015. A new sticker for plug-in hybrid vehicles will be issued for January 1, 2012 to January 1, 2015.

3: You will no longer need to possess a Commercial endorsement to legally drive a fire engine in California.  There is a New Firefighter Endorsement in effect to simplify the proper licensing of firefighters.  This law makes operators of fire fighting vehicles exempt from the Commercial Driver License program and creates a new license endorsement process.

Two Laws That Go Into Effect in July 2011

1: Starting July 1, 2011, the DMV’s driver license application will offer applicants the option to register as a prospective organ donor in the organ donor program or to defer that decision to a later time. The check boxes will be marked (A) Yes, add my name to the donor registry or (B) I do not wish to register at this time, are added thus ensuring that the applicant’s failure to check the box is not an oversight.  In the past, applicants left the field blank if they did not want to be an organ donor.

2: In an effort to ensure that traffic convictions are recorded by the Department of Motor Vehicles, local authorities may no longer enact or enforce a local ordinance on any matter covered by the California Vehicle Code.  Some cities or counties enact local ordinances that duplicate vehicle code laws.  If a person is cited for a local ordinance, the city or county is not required to notify the DMV of the violation. This law will force local law enforcement officers to cite the vehicle code section of the law before citing a local ordinance.  It will also prevent cities or counties from enacting new ordinances that mirror California vehicle code laws.

And One Law That Goes Into Effect in January 2012

The state of California is taking steps to prevent drunk driving and will authorize courts to order a 10-year revocation of the driver’s license of any person convicted of a third or subsequent DUI violation.  It will only be possible to have the license reinstated after five years if the driver meets conditions set forth by the DMV.

For more information or to have any of your questions answered you should visit the California Department of Motor Vehicles at

We wish everyone a safe and productive 2011 and please remember to buckle up and keep your eyes on the road.

Steve Young

Retired CHP Officer

Director of Traffic School

B Line Traffic Schools

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