VRU Protection Watered Down Further
The Vulnerable Road Users Protection Act, AB 2398, defines a vulnerable road user as a bicyclist, pedestrian, skateboarder, farm equipment driver, maintenance worker, and thanks to a recent amendment includes people in wheelchairs. This bill establishes fines for injuring the most vulnerable people using our public space, and imposes a point on the convicted motorist’s record. Authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine (Marin), this is a good statement on the importance of protecting vulnerable road users which we support and a step toward even stronger rules like the requirement for community service that’s included in Oregon’s Vulnerable Road Users’ Law.
The bill started out as a stronger statement. However, recent amendments lowered the maximum fine for causing injury or great bodily injury to $300. The maximum fine for littering remains at $1,000. An earlier amendment removed the provision to revoke a driver’s license if they committed two offenses in six months.
The legislature’s recent amendments are counterproductive to making cities in California more livable, despite the 2,000 supporters for our petition. However, we are excited to finally define a Vulnerable Road User in the state of California and assign a point to people who injure a VRU. Defining a VRU sets the stage for your city to pass an effective anti-harassment bill, or its own, more aggressive VRU bill. The legislature’s recent amendments reflect an absence of the ethical responsibility to protect its citizens. It’s a step forward.
View all the bills we are working to pass here: calbike.org/legislation