Monday Oct 01 2012
Speed limit for alleyways
By: George Valverde – Director, California Department of Motor Vehicles
Ask George” Expert Answers to Common DMV Questions
Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registration and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. Save Time. Go Online at www.DMV.ca.gov. Q: I live downtown where all of the streets have back alleyways. Motorists are always speeding through the alley. Is there a speed limit for alleyways? A: Yes. There is an enforced speed limit of 15 mph when driving through alleyways. You can find this information and more in the California Driver Handbook on the DMV website at www.DMV.ca.gov. Q: I am a recent college graduate and looking to purchase my first car. Do you have any advice on what I should look for when purchasing a used vehicle? A: That is a great question. Buying a used vehicle can be tricky. There are many things you should consider. The most important thing is to make sure the vehicle is certified, which means that the vehicle meets certain requirements, which are: · Odometer indicates the actual mileage of the vehicle · The vehicle was not purchased under state or federal warranty law (repurchased by the manufacturer or dealer) · The vehicle was not damaged by accident, fire, or flood unless repaired to safe operational condition prior to sale · The title was not branded as a Lemon Law Buyback, manufacturer repurchase, salvage, junk, non-repairable, flood, or similar designation · The vehicle does not have frame damage or was sold "as is" · The seller should provide the buyer with a complete inspection report of all components inspected You should be able to receive a copy of the inspection from the dealership stating that the vehicle is certified and meets the above requirements. As a car buyer you have a car buyer’s bill of rights. To learn more about the car buyer’s bill of rights, visit www.DMV.ca.gov. Q: Are there any online tests I can take that would assess my driving skills? I consider myself to be a pretty cautious driver, but I would still like to find out if there are ways I can develop better driving skills. A:Glad to know you are looking for ways to improve your driving. If you visit the DMV website www.DMV.ca.gov, you can find an online driver self-assessment test that will help you take an active role in making choices, manage your personal safety and the safety of others. You can also read through a copy of the latest version of the California Driver Handbook to brush up on your driving skills. The DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Acting Undersecretary Traci Stevens. The DMV licenses drivers, maintains driving records, registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels, investigates auto and identity-related fraud, and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools. For more information about the DMV, visit www.DMV.ca.gov.