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NEW STATE LAWS TO TAKE EFFECT OCTOBER 1
Changes to Administrative Sanctions for Alcohol-Related Offenses
GLEN BURNIE, MD (September 30, 2015) – On Wednesday, October 1, 2015, several new motor vehicle laws will take effect, including one that alters the administrative sanctions for some alcohol-related offenses.
The law (House Bill 0430) alters the administrative penalties imposed for breath or blood test results showing an alcohol concentration of .08 or greater, where the driver tested was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of another person. For a test result of .08 or higher, the driver’s license shall be suspended for 6 months for a first offense and 1 year for a second or subsequent offense. The driver’s license shall be suspended for 1 year for a first offense and revoked for a second or subsequent offense for a test result of .15 or higher.
Other motor vehicle laws passed in the last General Assembly session and taking effect October 1, 2015 include:
House Bill 0846 Motor Vehicle Administration - Commercial Driver's License - Program for Veterans and Service Members (Troops to Trucks) – This bill waives the commercial drivers’ skills test for veterans and members of the military who are transitioning out of military service to obtain a commercial driver’s license, who meet certain criteria established by the MVA. For additional information see: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/drivers/apply/cdl/commercial.htm
House Bill 0235 Vehicle Laws - Manufacturers and Distributors - Sale of Electric or Nonfossil-Fuel Burning Vehicles - This bill authorizes a manufacturer or distributor to obtain no more than four licenses as a vehicle dealer if the manufacturer or distributor deals only in electric or nonfossil-fuel burning vehicles, no dealer in the State holds a franchise from the manufacturer or distributor, and the manufacturer or distributor does not have a controlling-interest relationship with any other manufacturer or distributor licensed as a dealer under the bill.
Senate Bill 0415 State Donor Registry – Information and Methods of Registration - Clerks of Circuit Courts, Registers of Wills, and Motor Vehicle Administration (Enhancing Organ Donation Rates Act) - This bill requires the MVA to offer customers the choice of whether or not to have a donor designation (heart) indicator on their license if they decide to become a donor during the driver licensing and identification card application processes.
For a complete list of all the new laws taking effect in 2015 log onto the MVA’s website: www.mva.maryland.gov/about-mva/legislation/2015.htm.