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Articles on Vehicle Code

Emergency Contact Database to be created. PA 095-0898

January
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Illinois Identification Card Act has been amended by adding section 11A, and the Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended by adding section 6-117.2. 15 ILCS 335/11A and 625 ILCS 5/6-117.2.

Illinois Vehicle Code amended. PA 095-0542

July
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 340
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Vehicle Code by adding two new sections dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign license plates. 625 ILCS 5/3-664, 3-665. New Section 3-664 titled "Iraq Campaign license plates" describes the procedure for applying for such plates. 

New rules governing the Illinois Graduated Driver’s License Program

March
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
The Secretary of State made a number of changes and added two new sections to Part 1040, Cancellation, Revocation or Suspension of Licenses or Permits. 92 Ill Adm Code 1040. 

Hearing to rescind a suspended driver’s license must occur within 30 days of filing

March
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
On December 21, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decisions of the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, and the Circuit Court of Kane County, and held the 30-day time limit within which a circuit court must hold a hearing on a petition to rescind the statutory suspension of a driver's license begins when the petition is filed with the circuit court, not when the state is served with the petition.

Information on financial identity theft must be provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles - PA 094-1001

February
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
In order to make Illinois residents more aware of the risks of financial identity theft, the Illinois General Assembly amended section 2-105 of the Illinois Vehicle Code by adding subsection (f). 625 ILCS 5/2-105(f). 

New rules enacted regarding engine braking signs

January
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
Effective October 23, 2006, the Illinois Department of Transportation (Department) has added new sections to 92 Ill Adm Code 547. 

Ban on secret compartments in vehicles unconstitutional

December
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 650
On September 26, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed the appellant's conviction in the Circuit Court of Cook County for violating section 12-612 of the Illinois Vehicle Code. 625 ILCS 5/12-612. 

Automated railroad crossing enforcement permitted. PA 094-0771

September
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 464
In an effort to increase safety at railroad crossings, Section 11-1201.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code was amended, and section 11-1201.5 was added. 625 ILCS 5/11-1201.1 and 1201.5.

Electronic recording of vehicle speeds permitted only in construction zones. PA 094-0814

September
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 464
In order to increase safety for construction and maintenance workers, Section 11-605.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (Code) was amended and section 11-612 was added. 625 ILCS 5/11-605.1 and 11-612. 

School zone speed limit now applies to park and recreation facilities PA 094-0808

August
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 404
Recently the Illinois General Assembly concluded that since lower speed limits near schools have protected children for years and since many children also use parks and recreation facilities near schools, the speed limits should be lower near the parks as well. 

Excessive engine braking noise prohibited in commercial vehicles : PA 094-0756

July
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 334
The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Illinois Vehicle Code (Code) by adding section 602.1. 625 ILCS 5/12-602.1.

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.

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