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History of the California Vehicle Code

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History of the California Vehicle Code

The California Vehicle Act of 1914 created the laws pertaining to vehicles and driving. The thin booklet slowly grew as laws were amended and added to manage the growing number of vehicles hitting California roads each year.  

In 1923, the Act was amended to create the California Highway Patrol. It authorized the chief of the Division of Motor Vehicles to appoint state inspectors and traffic officers to enforce the law.  

In 1935, the Act was “codified” and officially became the California Vehicle Code.

In 1959, the California Vehicle Code was re-codified and re-enacted by legislation. This is how the California Vehicle Code remains today.

The California Vehicle Code now fills several hundred pages. It sets the rules and regulations for licensing drivers and registering and selling vehicles, as well as establishing the rules of the road and penalties for not obeying these laws.  

The California Legislature continues to amend and add new laws to the Vehicle Code every year.

 

 
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