New Illinois Laws 2020: Transportation, Vehicle Regulation

New Illinois Laws 2020: Transportation, Vehicle Regulation


Illinois Vehicle Code-School Buses (HB 1873) – Raises the mandatory fines for illegally passing a school bus from $150 to $300 for an initial violation and $500 to $1,000 for a future violation.

Emergency Vehicles (HB 1876) – Allows a deputy and assistant fire chiefs to operate a vehicle with red or white oscillating lights.

Cold War License Plates (HB 2088) – Allows the Secretary of State (SOS) to issue Cold War license plates.

United Nations Protection Forces License Plates (HB 2119) – Allows the Secretary of State to issue United Nations Protection Forces license plates.

Bus Drivers Licenses (HB 2121) – Changes the eligibility standards for individuals with a criminal conviction applying for a bus driver license.

Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act (HB 2315) – An initiative of the Secretary of State which will bring the SOS into compliance with federal regulation, streamlines driver’s license services, and corrects prior drafting errors.

Non-Highway Vehicle-55 MPH (HB 2068) – Provides that a person may operate an all-terrain vehicle or recreational off-highway vehicle on a roadway with a speed limit of 55 MPH or less (rather than 35 miles per hour or less).

Farm Wagons (HB 2669) – Removes the registration requirements for specific farm wagons.

Electronic Title System (HB 2856) – Requires the Secretary of State to implement an Electronic Title System by July 1, 2021 that will permit a lien holder to perfect, assign, and release a lien.

“Developmental Disabilities Awareness” Decals (HB 3437) – Authorizes DHS to issue “Developmental Disabilities Awareness” decals for the universal special license plate.

EMS License Renewal (HB 3554) – Allows the state to send EMS license renewal notices via email in addition to regular mail.

Freight Train Crews (SB 24) – Requires freight trains to be operated by a crew of at least 2 people.

Vehicle Code-Use of Video Devices (SB 86) – Clarifies that people cannot stream videos on a cell phone while they are driving.

Vehicle Code-Tinted Lights (SB 87) – Bans tinted headlights from being installed on cars.

Scott’s Law Clarification (SB 1862) – Clarifies that vehicles need to slow down, change lanes and proceed with caution when approaching disabled vehicles or emergency vehicles on the side of the highway. Increases fines and penalties associated with breaking Scott’s Law.

Special Plates-Police/Firefighter (SB 1894) – Allows children and stepchildren of police officers or firefighters who have died in the line of duty to be issued deceased police officer or firefighter license plates.

DUI Prevention and Education Commission and Fund (SB 728) – Creates the DUI Prevention and Education Commission and Fund which will distribute grants to crash victims, impaired driving prevention programs, law enforcement support and other DUI programs.

Pediatric Cancer Awareness Decals (SB 946) – Allows the Illinois Department of Human Services to issue pediatric cancer awareness decals for universal special license plates.

Excessive Idling-Diesel (SB 1256) – Prohibits a diesel truck from idling for more than a total 10 minutes within an hour if the vehicle is within 200 feet of a residential area.

ISP-Motor Carrier Safety (SB 1343) – Allows an extreme heavy duty tow and recovery vehicle to travel to and from the scene of a disabled vehicle if the towing service has obtained a permit for the vehicle.

Highway Designations (SB 1381) – Removes the Class III highway designation from the Vehicle Code and requires local governments to report to IDOT any routes from which trucks are prohibited from traveling.

Construction Zone (SB 1496) – Increase the maximum penalty for hitting a construction worker to $25,000 (Currently $10,000).

Diesel Emission Inspections (SB 1993) – Removes language stating that 16,000 lb diesel-powered vehicles operating as an interstate carrier of property are subject to diesel emission inspections.

Zipper Merging (SB 2038) – Creates the Move Over Task Force and requires the Secretary of State to include “zipper merging” in the Illinois Rules of the Road.

Vehicle Code-Use of Video Devices (SB 86) – Clarifies that people cannot stream videos on a cell phone while they are driving.

Vehicle Code-Tinted Lights (SB 87) – Bans tinted headlights from being installed on cars.

Source: Illinois State Democrats


Transportation Services Jon Cartu

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