AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS OF THE STATE.
House amendments make the following additions to the 3rd edition.
Amendment #1 amends GS 20-140.4(a)(2), which requires the operator and all passengers to wear safety helmets in order to operate a motorcycle or moped on a highway or public vehicular area. Now specifies that the requirement does not apply to an operator of or any passengers within an autocycle (previously, exemption more specifically applied to an autocycle that has completely enclosed seating). Effective July 1, 2019. Provides a savings clause for prosecutions for offenses committed before the effective date.
Amendment #2 enacts GS 20-24.1(f) to provide for a person whose license is revoked for failure to pay court-ordered fines, penalties, or court costs regarding a motor vehicle offense, and for no other reason, to apply to the court for a limited driving privilege. Specifies that the privilege is valid for up to one year or until any fine, penalty, or court costs ordered by the court are paid. Limits eligibility to persons who have not had a limited driving privilege granted under the provision within the three years prior to application. Provides for the court to grant the privilege in the same manner and under the same terms and conditions prescribed in GS 20-16.1 (which provides for limited driving permits for first offenders under the mandatory suspension of driver's licenses upon conviction of excessive speeding provisions). Applies to revocation orders entered on or after October 1, 2019.
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