Motor vehicle doors; operator to wait for a reasonable opportunity to open. (SB117)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Opening and closing motor vehicle doors. Requires drivers and passengers to wait for a reasonable opportunity to open vehicle doors on the side adjacent to moving traffic. A violation constitutes a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $100. Read the Bill »

Status

04/01/2016: signed by governor

History

DateAction
12/28/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100874D
12/28/2015Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/18/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB117)
01/27/2016Reported from Transportation with substitute (10-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/27/2016Committee substitute printed 16104851D-S1
01/29/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB117S1)
01/29/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2016Read second time
02/01/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/01/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104851D-S1
02/01/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB117S1
02/02/2016Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Placed on Calendar
02/05/2016Read first time
02/05/2016Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/12/2016Assigned Tansportation sub: Subcommittee #1
02/12/2016Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #1
02/22/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
02/25/2016Assigned App. sub: Criminal Law
02/25/2016Referred from Transportation
02/25/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/29/2016Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/29/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 3-N)
03/02/2016Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2016Read second time
03/07/2016Read third time
03/07/2016Passed House (70-Y 25-N)
03/07/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (70-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Enrolled
03/08/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB117ER)
03/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB117ER)
03/08/2016Signed by Speaker
03/10/2016Signed by President
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/11/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/11/16
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 607 (effective 7/1/16)
04/01/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0607)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.



Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 26, NOS 14. AYES 26, NOS 14. THE BILL PASSES. SENATE BILL 117, A BILL RELATING TO OPENING OF MOTOR VEHICLE DOORS. THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX CITY, SENATOR PETERSEN.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS AND SPEAK TO THE MOTION.

[Unknown]: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): MR. PRESIDENT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE SENATE, THIS IS A BILL THAT'S COME ON THIS FLOOR MANY, MANY TIMES AND I KNOW THAT IT'S HAD ITS OPPONENT AND PROPONENTS. BUT BASICALLY, WITH THE AMENDMENTS THAT WE MADE IN COMMITTEE, I THINK WE MADE THIS BILL MORE PRECISE AND SHARP AND BASICALLY WHAT IT HAS TO DO WITH, SOMEONE WHO OPENS A CAR DOOR IN INCOMING TRAFFIC SO AS TO CAUSE AN ACCIDENT WILL BE ASSESSED A MINOR CIVIL PENALTY, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS IN A CASE WHERE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES GET INVOLVED, IT WOULD ASSIGN LIABILITY SO THE INSURANCE COMPANY OF THE PERSON THAT OPENS THE DOOR AND CAUSES THE ACCIDENT WILL PICK UP THE ACCIDENT. IT'S AN IMPORTANT BILL FOR OUR BICYCLE COMMUNITY AND ALSO FOR MOTORCYCLISTS WHO BOTH TESTIFIED IN FAVOR OF THE BILL AND I PRERNT YOUR PEACING THE BILL.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 117 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO.


Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem): WORK FOR AN INSURANCE CLAIM. SENATE BILLS 117 HAVE NOT PASSED IN THE PAST. THIS IS A NARROWER VERSION OF THAT AND I MOVE PASSAGE OF THE BILL.

[Unknown]: SHALL THE BILL PASS? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem): AYE, 70, NO, 25. THE BILL IS PASSED.

Comments

John writes:

Threescore years ago (so, in 1956) the Uniform Vehicle Code introduced recommended language on opening doors to the Uniform Vehicle Code (UVC) as section § 11-1105. That language was then slightly revised in 1975. https://books.google.com/books?id=f3xPAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA302#v=onepage&q&f=false

At least 40 states have now passed dooring legislation, according to the League of American Bicyclists http://www.bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/dooring_BLU.pdf

Maybe it is time for Virginia to join the majority of other states?