Commercial Drivers – Check Engine Light Provisions

Nov 27, 2020

Article by: Linda A. Iannelli, Traffic Ticket Attorney Services

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE COMMERCIAL DRIVERS OR DEAL WITH MATTERS FOR COMMERCIAL DRIVERS:

I talked with a CHP Commercial Inspector today,  He indicated that starting 1/1/2021 the CHP is going to start enforcing this provision regarding a Check Engine light illuminated on your dash.  They are also starting to cite for illuminated ABS warning lights.

CALIFORNIA VEHICLE CODE: 

24019. (a) A nongasoline heavy-duty onroad motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 14,000 pounds shall not be operated on a public road in this state if that vehicle has an illuminated malfunction indicator light (MIL) displaying the International Standards Organization (ISO) 2575 engine symbol F01, consistent with subdivision (d) of Section 1971.1 of Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations.
(b) A violation of this section shall be considered a mechanical violation under Section 40610. A peace officer shall not stop a vehicle solely on suspicion of a violation of this section.
(c) (1) A violation of this section is a correctable violation pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 40610) of Chapter 2 of Division 17. Except as provided in subdivision (d), an owner or operator of a vehicle found to be in violation of this section shall have 45 days to correct the violation and the vehicle shall not be prohibited from being used during this time.
(2) Except as provided in subdivision (d), an owner or operator of a vehicle that is used exclusively in the conduct of agricultural operations and that is found to be in violation of this section shall have a time period determined by the State Air Resources Board that is not less than 75 days from the date of the citation to correct the violation and the vehicle shall not be prohibited from being used during that time.
(d) Notwithstanding subdivision (c), a vehicle found to have willfully tampered emission controls, including the vehicle’s onboard diagnostics system, shall not be operated.
(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 298, Sec. 5. (SB 210) Effective January 1, 2020.)

Thank you for the opportunity to be of service.

Linda A. Iannelli
Traffic Ticket Attorney Services

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