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AB-984 Vehicle identification and registration: alternative devices.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/07/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 07, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 984


Introduced by Assembly Members Luz Rivas and Gipson
(Coauthor: Senator Hueso)

February 18, 2021


An act to add Section 4854 to the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 984, as amended, Luz Rivas. Vehicle identification and registration: alternative devices.
Existing law requires a vehicle to display a license plate, issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, with tabs that indicate the month and year the vehicle registration expires. Existing law authorizes the department to conduct a pilot program, until January 1, 2023, if certain conditions are met, to evaluate the use of alternatives to stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards.
This bill would authorize the use of alternative devices intended to serve in lieu of license plates authorized by the department pursuant to the pilot program, as specified. The bill would require the department to establish a program authorizing an entity to issue alternatives to stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards under specified conditions that include, among others, approval of the alternative devices by the Department of the California Highway Patrol. The bill would require an entity seeking approval to issue alternative devices to submit a business plan to the Department of Motor Vehicles, as specified. The bill would authorize the department to adopt regulations to carry out the program, including establishing reasonable fees to reimburse the department for the costs of implementing the program.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 4854 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

4854.
 (a) The department shall establish a program authorizing an entity to issue devices as alternatives to the conventional license plates, stickers, tabs, and registration cards authorized by this code, subject to all of the following requirements:
(1) The alternative device is subject to the approval of the department and the Department of the California Highway Patrol and shall not be used in lieu of a device issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles until that approval has been granted.
(2) Data exchanged between the department and the device, or the provider of the device, is limited to that data deemed necessary by the department to display evidence of registration compliance.
(3) The department shall not receive or retain any electronic information regarding the movement, location, or use of a vehicle or person with an alternative device.
(4) Except if the physical differences between the stickers, tabs, or devices and license plates by their nature render the provisions of this code inapplicable, all provisions of this code relating to license plates shall apply to the devices.
(b) (1) An alternative device intended to serve in lieu of a license plate is shall be subject to all of the following requirements:
(A) Be limited to an electronic device in lieu of a rear license plate or a decal in lieu of a front license plate.
(B) Have a minimum effective viewable area that meets the size specifications of Section 4852.
(C) Provide legibility and visibility according to standards consistent with those applied to license plates.
(D) Be displayed in a manner consistent with Article 9 (commencing with Section 5200).
(E) Display only information and images approved by the department or deemed necessary by the department.
(F) Be readable by automated license plate readers used by the Department of the California Highway Patrol and any other automated enforcement system.
(G) Be readable during daylight hours at a distance of no less than 75 feet.
(2) An alternative device intended to serve in lieu of a registration card is subject to both of the following requirements:
(A) Meet the requirements of Section 4453.
(B) May be used to comply with Section 4462.
(3) The department may establish additional requirements it deems necessary to implement this subdivision.
(c) An entity seeking approval to issue an alternative device under this section shall submit a business plan for the device to the department for approval that includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) An administrative oversight plan.
(2) A product support plan.
(3) Information technology security, privacy, and cybersecurity evaluations and measures to protect against unauthorized access to information and the device, if the device provides electronic communications or location-based services.
(4) Procedures to comply with applicable privacy and security requirements, including, but not limited to, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (Title 1.81.5 (commencing with Section 1798.100) of Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code).
(d) The department may adopt regulations to carry out this program, including establishing reasonable fees to reimburse the department for the costs to implement the program.
(e) An alternative device intended to serve in lieu of a license plate issued by the department pursuant to the pilot program established in Section 4853 is authorized for continued use until the device authorized under this section is approved or disapproved by the department.