Bills Of Interest

Senate

Prohibits any individual from operating a motor vehicle with a gross weight of 6,500 pounds or less with an exhaust system that emits noise in excess of 85 decibels. The bill also allows the governing body of any county, city, or town located within the Northern Virginia Planning District to provide by ordinance that no person shall operate any motor vehicle on a highway or on public or private property within 500 feet of any residential district unless such motor vehicle is equipped with an exhaust system of a type installed as standard equipment, or comparable to that designed for use on that particular vehicle or device as standard factory equipment, in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive noise.

Bill Number: SB 180

Introduced by Senator Richard Saslaw

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Opposing

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House of Delegates

Provides that in any locality in which the Commissioner of Revenue or other assessing official adjusts the valuation of automobiles to account for the amount of mileage on a vehicle, such adjustment shall also be provided for motorcycles.

Bill Number: HB 1231

Introduced by Delegate Roxane Robinson

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Supporting

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Authorizes the operator of a two-wheeled motorcycle to pass another vehicle that is stopped or traveling at no more than 10 miles per hour in the same lane, provided that there are at least two lanes of travel in each direction, such motorcycle does not exceed a speed of 20 miles per hour, and the operator executes such passing safely.

Bill Number: HB 838

Introduced by Delegate Tony Wilt

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Supporting

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This bill establishes a minimum fine of $500 for a violation of the requirement for drivers to make a lane change or proceed with caution when approaching stationary vehicles displaying certain warning lights, commonly known as the “Move Over” law. The bill requires a driver who cannot change lanes safely to pass the stationary vehicle at no more than 10 miles per hour.

Bill Number: HB 637

Introduced by Delegate Betsy Carr

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Opposing

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This bill prohibits any individual from operating a motor vehicle with a gross weight of 6,500 pounds or less with an exhaust system that emits noise in excess of 85 decibels. The bill also allows the governing body of any county, city, or town located within the Northern Virginia Planning District or Richmond Regional Planning District to provide by ordinance that no person shall operate any motor vehicle on a highway or on public or private property within 500 feet of any residential district unless such motor vehicle is equipped with an exhaust system of a type installed as standard equipment, or comparable to that designed for use on that particular vehicle or device as standard factory equipment, in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive noise.

Bill Number: HB 632

Introduced by Delegate Betsy Carr

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Opposing

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This bill prohibits any individual from operating a motor vehicle with a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or less with an exhaust system that emits noise equivalent to noise in excess of 85 decibels measured from a distance of 50 feet. The bill also allows the governing body of any county, city, or town located within the Northern Virginia Planning District to provide by ordinance that no person shall operate any motor vehicle on a highway or on public or private property within 500 feet of any residential district unless such motor vehicle is equipped with an exhaust system of a type installed as standard equipment, or comparable to that designed for use on that particular vehicle or device as standard factory equipment, in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive noise. The bill also requires the Superintendent of State Police to promulgate regulations for the inspection of motor vehicles to ensure that no motor vehicle is equipped with a gutted muffler, muffler cutout, or straight exhaust or any mechanical or electronic device that creates or amplifies noise emitted by the motor vehicle that is louder than the noise emitted by such motor vehicle as originally manufactured.

Bill Number: HB 367

Introduced by Delegate Vivian Watts

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Opposing

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This bill seeks to allow police to charge for improper driving rather than reckless driving when the conduct is of the kind that constitutes reckless driving, but when his degree of culpability is slight. Currently only a judge may do this.

Bill Number: HB 42

Introduced by Delegate Tim Anderson

VCOM’s Position on this Bill: Supporting

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