July 19, 2018
New traffic safety laws enforceable
SACRAMENTO (INT) - Three news laws designed to improve traffic safety have gone into effect.

Private Carriers of Passengers: This law transfers regulatory authority over the Private Carrier of Passengers Program from the California Public Utilities Commission to the DMV. A private carrier offers not-for-hire transportation services. Examples include a church bus and an employee shuttle. The DMV and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will administer this program jointly.

Buses and Seatbelts: This law requires passengers in a bus equipped with seat belts to be properly restrained. Children between the ages of 8 and 15 traveling on a bus must wear a seat belt or be in an appropriate restraint that meets federal safety standards.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Passenger for Hire: This law prohibits a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04 percent or more from transporting a passenger for hire. This lowers the legal limit from 0.08 to the same BAC standard for commercial drivers. The DMV wants to ensure the public understands drivers of passengers for hire will be held to a higher standard of safety while transporting people.
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