New California Laws Coming to the Roadways in 2023


With the new year comes new laws that go into effect on January 1st; here are some you can expect while on the road.

In the new year, you will be required to change into another available lane when possible to pass a bicyclist, and if you are on an e-bike, you can cross an intersection legally when a walk sign is on.

Certain veterans can now cross road tolls free of charge with a specialized veteran license plate, which can also be obtained for verified veterans. This includes tolls at bridges, highways, vehicle crossings, and other toll collection facilities. The exemption applies only to vehicles with license plates issued to a disabled veteran, Pearl Harbor survivor, prisoner of war, or to veterans who have received distinctions such as the Purple Heart or the Congressional Medal of Honor.

And from January 1st, failure to appear in court will not result in suspending your driver’s license. Starting January 1st, California courts will no longer be able to send notices to the DMV for suspensions. The DMV will be required to stop suspending licenses for failure to appear starting at the start of the new year in 2027 to allow time for computer programming changes.

These are just a few of the new laws taking effect in 2023, more to follow in upcoming newscasts throughout the week.