New year brings new laws for North Carolina drivers

In an effort to raise awareness and keep Carolina drivers current with updates to state driving laws, our Charlotte car accident attorneys have summarized a handful of changes to current North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle regulations rolling into effect during 2010-2011.

~ TRIP PERMITS (as of July 1, 2010): These are temporary tags issued to drivers whose inspection has expired prior to renewing their vehicle registration. Drivers cannot register their vehicles without a current inspection. These tags permit vehicle owners to legally drive during the interim. Requires proof of insurance for issuance. Previously the permits were for three days, now they are issued for 10.

~ LICENSE PLATES (as of Dec. 1, 2010): If your license plate frame blocks a number or letter on your plate, the number or month on your registration tag, or the State name, you can be issued a fine up to $100.

~ DRIVER LICENSES (as of Jan. 1, 2011): For drivers between the ages of 18 and 65, the time between renewal increases to every eight years. North Carolina DMV previously required all drivers aged 55 and older to renew their license every five years. As of Jan. 1, that rule only applies to drivers 66 and older.

The Garner News reports that AAA Carolina is non-plussed with NCDOT’s handling of the re-alignment of inspection dates. Calls the process confusing and notes “changes now require a vehicle to be inspected before it is registered.”

According to the Wilmington Star News, since going into effect on Dec. 1, 2010, there have been less than 10 citations issued to people in violation of the license plate frame law. The Keene Sentinel reports that at least 14 states have put in place restrictions – either on renewal windows, physical driving limits, or both – on older drivers. North Carolina and Tennessee are the only two states that are relaxing restrictions.

The North Carolina car accident lawyers with Lee & Smith know that being involved in a serious or fatal car accident, or losing a loved one to a fatal car crash, can be among the most trying times in your life. We hope that if you are involved in a serious car accident you will call us at 1-800-887-1965 or email our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights. Our service areas span Asheville to Wilkesboro and all points in between.

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