Bills Of Interest

Senate

This Bill authorizes the use of any color auxiliary lighting, other than blue, on motorcycles and autocycles. Current law limits the color of any auxiliary lighting to red or amber.

Bill Number: SB 1347

Introduced by Senator Bryce Reeves

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Supporting

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This bill imposes an additional $4 vehicle registration fee to be deposited into the Public Safety Trust Fund, established by the bill. The moneys in the Public Safety Trust Fund are to be used to eliminate barriers to an inclusive, diverse, and well-qualified workforce by addressing compensation issues related to staffing, retention, and pay compression at the Department of State Police.

Bill Number: SB 1211

Introduced by Senator John Edwards

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Opposing

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This Bill provides that a towing company or other entity acting at the direction of law enforcement or the Department of Transportation to remove a vehicle or cargo after an accident shall not be liable for damages to property unless they acted with gross negligence. Current law provides protection from liability if acting in good faith.

Bill Number: SB 1160

Introduced by Senator David Suetterlein

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Opposing

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House of Delegates

This bill permits operators of bicycles to treat a stop sign as a yield sign in certain situations. The bill requires the driver of a motor vehicle to change lanes when overtaking a bicycle or certain other vehicles when the lane of travel is not wide enough for the overtaking motor vehicle to pass at least three feet to the left of the overtaken vehicle. The bill also removes the limitations on riding bicycles and certain other vehicles two abreast when faster moving traffic is approaching from the rear. Current law states that bicycles riding two abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, and shall move into a single file formation as quickly as is practicable when being overtaken from the rear by a faster moving vehicle. This bill removes that requirement.

Bill Number: HB 2262

Introduced by Delegate Chris Hurst

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Opposing

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This bill states that it is the policy of the Commonwealth that revenues dedicated to transportation purposes shall not be used or redirected for any non-transportation-related purpose. Any attempt to repurpose funds dedicated to transportation as of July 1, 2020, shall be deemed invalid and shall not be effectuated.

Bill Number: HB 2245

Introduced by Delegate Dave LaRock

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Supporting

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This bill excludes from the sale price for determining motor vehicle sales and use tax the amount of any credit given by the seller for any motor vehicle taken as a trade-in. Current law considers the amount of the trade in as part of the sales price in determining the sales and use tax.

Bill Number: HB 2076

Introduced by Delegate Marshall

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Supporting

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This bill adopts measures aimed at improving student driver safety. The bill requires curriculum for tenth grade health at public schools to include instruction on the dangers of distracted driving and speeding, to be developed by the Department of Education.

Bill Number: HB 1918

Introduced by Delegate Martha Mugler

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Supporting

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This bill seeks to remove the prohibitions on the police that were put in place during last year’s special session. It would once again allow the police to stop people for offenses such as loud exhausts, expired registration, defective and unsafe equipment, no headlights, not brake lights, no tail lights and no inspection sticker.

Bill Number: HB 1840

Introduced by Delegate Scott Wyatt

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Supporting at this time

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