Updated Information On US Auto Laws

  • Over the years, the automobile market in the US has expanded and the sales of automobiles has been on the high side. From time to time, Laws have been created to guide and regulate the automobile industries and the use of their products.

The auto law covers all the aspects of registering and the titling motor vehicles, and licensing drivers. It also covers highways, driver and vehicle safety laws. The associated laws and regulations are governed by both federal and individual State laws. The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) within the U.S Department of Transportation sets and enforces safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicles and motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, such as regulating fuel economy standards. NHTSA also conducts local highway safety programs. The Federal Highway Administration, also under the umbrella of the US Department of Transport, administers federal highway programs in partnership with state and local agencies, to promote highway safety and technological excellence.

Motor vehicle laws vary from state to state, there are some basic doctrines that are enforced nationwide: most motor vehicles may not be driven legally if they have never been registered with the state of residence’s department of motor vehicles, or if the registration has expired; and in order to operate a motor vehicle, there must be some form of licensing of the driver.

In USA, these auto laws vary from state to state. With each state having jurisdiction over its territory. States like California have recently released a list of new laws which are set to go into effect. The laws govern everything from the use of electronic of electronic wireless device in cars, to child safety seats and motorcycle lane splitting, according to a DMV news release. These laws are set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. These laws cover the following areas

  • Child safety Seats: This law extends a requirement that children under 2 years old must sit in an appropriate rear-facing child passenger restraint system, unless he or she is more than 40 pounds, or is taller than 40 inches, according to Assembly Bill 53.


  • Motorcycle Lane Splitting: This law was first enacted in California when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Assembly Bill in August, according to the Los Angeles Times. The law which goes into effect Jan 1. Defines the practice as a motorist driving a two-wheeled motorcycle between rows of stopped or moving vehicles. It also authorizes the California Highway Patrol to develop educational guidelines on lane splitting to help ensure the safety of all motorists.


  • Vehicle Safety Recalls: This law would enact the the Consumer Automatic Recall Safety (CARS) Act, which would prohibit dealers and rental car companies from loaning or renting a vehicle that is under a manufacturer’s recall no later than 48 hours after receiving such notice, and until the vehicle has been repaired, according to Assembly Bill 1289. The legislation allows for a limited number of exceptions. Also, under the bill, the DMV will be required to issue a recall disclosure statement with every vehicle registration renewal notice. The agency will also have the power to suspend or revoke the license of any dealer that violates the CARS Act.

Also, a lot of law firms/attorneys abound in California that handle and arbitrate in various cases ranging from vehicle and train accidents, motorcycle and bicycle accidents, pedestrian’s accidents etc. These include but not limited to

  1. Stammer, McKnight, Barnum & Bailey LLP

Fresno, CA 93711

Fresno, California Business Litigation and Insurance Defense Attorneys

Tel: (559) 449-0571

  1. Law Offices of Edward A. Smith

Sacramento, CA 95815

Sacramento, CA Personal Injury Lawyers

Tel: (916) 921-6400 0r (800) 404-5400

  1. Law Office of Tawni Takagi

Canon Park, CA 91303

Personal Injury & Workers’ Comp Lawyer in Los Angeles

Tel: (310) 954-7248