Bill Summaries: all (2015-2016 Session)

  • Summary date: Apr 7 2015 - View summary

    Amends GS Chapter 20 by adding a new statute GS 20-28.10 (Seizure, impoundment, forfeiture of motor vehicles for driving without insurance), providing that the vehicle of an individual that violates GS 20-313 (Operation of motor vehicle without financial responsibility a misdemeanor) is subject to seizure, impoundment, and forfeiture. Establishes one exception to the above provision, providing that when the underlying offense is a violation of GS 20-313 and the defendant tenders proof of financial responsibility that meets specified requirements, then the vehicle will no longer be subject to an order of forfeiture. Sets out the governing law for seizure, impoundment, and forfeiture under this statute, providing it is the same as found in GS 20-28.2 through GS 20-28.9. Adds clarifying language in regards to the applicability of those provisions to this new statute.

    Amends GS 20-313 (Operation of motor vehicle without financial responsibility a misdemeanor), which provides that a violation of this statute is a Class 3 misdemeanor and adds language which provides that such a violation also subjects the motor vehicle operated during the violation to forfeiture in accordance with the provisions found in GS 20-28.2 through GS 20-28.9 (previously, did not provide for forfeiture or seizure). 

    Effective December 1, 2015, applying to offenses committed on or after that date.