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Articles on Vehicle Code

Increased security authorized at railroad terminals PA 094-0736 July 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 334 Due to increasing security concerns regarding public transportation after Sept. 11, 2001, section 18c-7503 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/18c-7503, has been amended to provide for terminal security on railroad property by adding section 2.5 and amending subsection 3.
Commercial vehicles may tow two vehicles PA 094-0713 May 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 In an effort to ensure highway safety, section 15-107 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, 625 ILCS 5/15-107, has been amended.
Court Supervision in Traffic Cases: New Strategies for Amended Laws By Theodore J. Harvatin April 2006 Article, Page 192 What impact does supervision really have on your clients, especially commercial drivers? Make sure you're up to date.
New requirements for motor vehicle rentals PA 094-0717 March 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 118 Effective December 19, 2005, the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5) was amended by modifying section 6-305(f) and adding sections 6-305(l) and (m), respectively. Accordingly, subsection (f) is limited by the language of subsection (l); subsection (f) now provides that "[s]ubject to subsection (l), any person who rents a motor vehicle to another shall only advertise.
The Illinois Criminal and Vehicle Codes are amended to include motor fuel theft - PA 094-700 February 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 Due to Illinois' strong public policy to protect its citizens from the economic effects of motor fuel theft, the Illinois General Assembly has added Article 16J to the Criminal Code of 1961, 720 ILCS 5/Art. 16J, et seq, in order to protect the people "in their health, safety and welfare from the effects of this crime." 
Pre-conviction suspension or revocation of driver’s licenses and permits clarified November 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 564 The Illinois Secretary of State has amended Part 1040 of Title 92, 92 Ill Adm Code 1040. 
Individuals may elect to reduce automobile insurance coverage P.A. 093-0762 September 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 456 Effective immediately, any named insured person or applicant has the right to reject additional uninsured motorist coverage. 
Illinois’ “zero tolerance law” does not deny equal protection or due process July 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 340 On April 15, 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the "zero tolerance law," finding that it does not deny equal protection or due process. 
Lienholders Must Surrender Title Within 21 Days P.A. 93-0621 February 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 70 The Illinois Vehicle Code was recently amended to require that persons holding a security interest in a vehicle, who are in possession of the certificate of title, must release the security interest within 21 days after receiving payment in satisfaction. 
Making UIM arbitration awards binding in more cases By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2003 Lawpulse, Page 544 Effective January 1, an ISBA-backed bill more than doubles the statutory limits on binding arbitration awards in UIM cases, reducing the incentive for insurers to reject them.
Temporary registration plate program expanded May 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 226 On February 27, 2003, the Illinois Secretary of State's Office adopted amendments to its Temporary Registration Permit vehicle registration program in title 92 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
Highway hire-back to be funded by additional fines P.A. 92-0619 February 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 62 Recent legislation amended the Illinois Vehicle Code and the State Finance Act.
Amendment to Vehicle Code requires proof financial responsibility from three-time offenders P.A. 92-0775 January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 A recent amendment to the Illinois Vehicle Code provides that a person convicted a third or subsequent time of driving without liability insurance must provide proof financial responsibility to the secretary of state for at least one year.
Stricter traffic penalties adopted November 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 584 On September 3, 2002, the Illinois Secretary of State's Office adopted amendments to the Vehicle Code imposing tougher penalties for a violation of the laws governing emergency vehicles and reporting of vehicle accidents.
Eligibility for restricted driving permits and minimum sentence requirements for DUI convictions P.A. 92-0418 June 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 288 On August 17, 2001, Gov. Ryan signed House Bill 2265, which amended the Illinois Vehicle Code and the Unified Code of Corrections concerning the eligibility for restricted driving permits and minimum sentence requirements for drivers convicted of DUI offenses.
Every Lawyer’s Guide to DUI By Donald J. Ramsell June 2002 Article, Page 311 An overview for lawyers who don't practice DUI law.
Representing DUI Revoked or Suspended Drivers Before the Secretary of State By Larry A. Davis June 2002 Article, Page 292 A step-by-step guide to helping clients seek restoration of their driving privileges.
Correspondence from Our Readers April 2002 Column, Page 162 Must the author of a "certificate of merit" be disclosed?
It’s Time to Repeal Illinois’ Seat-Belt Gag Rule By Richard B. Foster and Charles E. Harper February 2002 Article, Page 88 The authors recommend repeal of the law that prohibits admission of evidence of seat belt non-use.
Legislation eliminates sentencing limit for first-time DUI offenses and increases possible sentence for DUI convictions involving bodily harm P.A. 92-420 February 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 66 In August, legislation amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by eliminating the three-year limit on a prison sentence for a first-time DUI offense.
Legislation makes people with four or more DUI convictions ineligible for probation P.A. 92-183 February 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 66 In July, new legislation amended the Unified Code of Corrections making drivers who are convicted of a fourth or subsequent DUI offense ineligible for probation.
General Assembly approves changes to the Illinois Vehicle Code August 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 Before adjourning, the General Assembly sent a number of bills to Gov. Ryan to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code.
Drivers failing to yield may face stiffer penalties ; H.B. 0180 March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Representative Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, hopes a new proposal will cut down on the number of "rubbernecking" drivers who fail to yield to emergency vehicles.
Leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle may soon be illegal; S.B. 0028 March 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Senate Bill 28, sponsored by Senator John Cullerton, D-Chicago, would make leaving a child under the age of 11 unattended in a motor vehicle a misdemeanor.
Tailgates on certain vehicles must be in good repair - P.A. 91-858 January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 A law requiring motorists on Illinois highways to use tarpaulins or covers in some instances will now require many of those same vehicles to have effective tailgates.
Vehicular noise statute constitutional once again; P.A. 91-919 January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 Drivers operating amplified stereo systems that can be heard for more than 75 feet outside the vehicle are once again subject to punishment by state law.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath December 2000 Column, Page 686 Extra protection against self-incrimination; grandparents get their (bad) day in court; and more.
Neighborhood Services Act compromise finally reached June 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 310 During one of the briefest legislative sessions in recent memory, the General Assembly ended a four-month controversy over whether illegally transporting firearms should be considered a felony or misdemeanor in Illinois.
Excessive speeders slowed by Class A misdemeanor penalty ; P.A. 91-469 April 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 196 Pursuant to Public Act 91-469, "[a] person who drives a vehicle ... at a speed that is 40 miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit" commits a Class A misdemeanor.
Illinois attempts to keep drugs out of state January 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 As of January 1, 2000, Illinois drivers who own or operate vehicles containing hidden compartments may be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. Public Act 91-359 amends the Vehicle Code by making it illegal to own or operate a motor vehicle when a person knows the vehicle contains a false or secret compartment.