State Bill Special Report: Transportation & Motor Vehicles

Bill # Short Title Bill Summary
HB24-1012 Front Range Passenger Rail District Efficiency To improve the operational efficiency of the front range passenger rail district.
HB24-1030 Railroad Safety Requirements The bill imposes safety requirements on railroads operating trains in the state. The bill specifies that: The length of a train must not exceed 8,500 feet; With certain exceptions, on or before July 1, 2026, and thereafter, railroads must operate, maintain, and report the location of wayside detector systems.
HB24-1051 Towing Carrier Regulation The bill requires a driver of tow trucks to undergo a fingerprint-based criminal history record check. If the check produces a criminal history that the public utilities commission determines is inappropriate to drive a tow truck, the driver will not be permitted to drive the tow truck.
HB24-1055 Child Passenger Safety & Education The bill creates the child passenger safety education and distribution grant program within the department of transportation. The department is required to promulgate rules specifying the time frames for applying for grants, the form of the grant program application, the criteria for determining who is eligible for the grant program, the criteria the department shall consider in awarding grants, and the deadlines for distributing grant money.
HB24-1089 Vehicle Electronic Notifications Section 1 of the bill requires the department of revenue to create a process for a vehicle owner to request to receive and for the department to provide electronic communications and notifications, instead of written notifications, concerning vehicle transactions, including electronic notifications for regarding driver’s licenses, vehicle registration renewals , and issuance of license plates. The department is not permitted, however, to provide electronic notifications for the revocation of a vehicle registration or license plate.
HB24-1135 Offenses Related to Operating a Vehicle Under existing law, it is a class A traffic infraction to operate a commercial motor vehicle without a commercial driver’s license, to operate a commercial motor vehicle if the operator is under 21 years of age, or to drive a commercial motor vehicle if the person has more than one driver’s license. The bill makes each a class 1 misdemeanor; except that, if a person presents a valid commercial driver’s license to the court within 30 days, the offense is a class A traffic infraction. The bill creates the offense of unlawful direction to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
HB24-1161 Motor Vehicle Access Individuals with Disabilities Section 1 of the bill requires a car sharing program operating in the state to ensure, on and after January 1, 2028, that for each shared car available through the program, the program shall indicate the car’s accessibility modifications. A car sharing program that makes a reasonable effort to obtain accurate information from the shared car owner regarding any modification for accessibility is not liable for incorrect or false information provided by the shared car owner.
HB24-1165 Denver Airport Accessibility The bill imposes a set of duties on the Denver airport authority by established times for accessibility-related functions at Denver international airport. The authority is encouraged to monitor the completion and ongoing upkeep of the duties and functions.
HB24-1173 Electric Vehicle Charging System Permits The bill establishes an expedited permitting process for the approval of electric motor vehicle charging systems for counties and municipalities. A board of county commissioners or the governing body of a municipality must adopt an application procedure for an applicant to apply for an EV charger permit to install an EV motor vehicle charging system.
HB24-1235 Reduce Aviation Impacts on Communities Section 3 of the bill creates a state income tax credit for owners of aircraft that incur qualified expenses to enable an aircraft that is powered by leaded aviation gasoline to be certified to instead be powered by unleaded aviation gasoline. Sections 4 and 8 provide explicit authority in the existing state aviation grant program for aviation fund grants to general aviation airports and commercial airports at which there is significant general aviation activity to fund the design, engineering, construction, installation, acquisition, and inspection of infrastructure, including equipment, that allows the sale of unleaded aviation gasoline at such airports and to subsidize purchases of unleaded aviation gasoline at such airports.
HB24-1250 Driving Improvement Course Driver’s License Points The bill allows an individual who has been convicted of a traffic infraction to attend a driving improvement course for the purpose of waiving license suspension points for the conviction.
HB24-1366 Sustainable Local Government Community Planning Section 1 of the bill requires state agencies to prioritize awarding grants that satisfy a list of criteria described in the bill. Sections 2 and 3 require, beginning January 1, 2025, upon updating a county or municipal master plan, a county or municipality to include a climate action element in its master plan.
HB24-1447 Transit Reform The bill makes modifications to several aspects of the regional transportation district, including modifications to increase transit ridership and to promote district transparency and accountability.
HB24-1452 Airport Accessibility Requirements The bill imposes a set of duties on each large hub airport, as defined by federal law, in Colorado for accessibility-related functions at the airports.
HJR24-1023 Resolution Forced Labor Electric Vehicles Concerning government procurement of electric vehicles with forced labor components.
SB24-032 Methods to Increase the Use of Transit Section 1 of the bill creates the statewide transit pass exploratory committee within the department of transportation to produce a viable proposal for the creation, implementation, and administration of a statewide transit pass. The committee is required to meet as necessary to produce a viable proposal by July 1, 2026, with the goal of implementing a statewide transit pass by January 1, 2028.
SB24-065 Mobile Electronic Devices & Motor Vehicle Driving Current law prohibits an individual who is under 18 years of age from using a mobile electronic device when driving. The bill applies the prohibition to an individual who is 18 years of age or older unless the individual is using a hands-free accessory.
SB24-075 Transportation Network Company Transparency The bill requires a transportation network company operating in the state to provide various disclosures to the TNC’s drivers regarding payments that a consumer makes to the TNC and the amount that the TNC then pays to a driver. On or before May 1, 2025, a TNC is required to develop a driver deactivation policy describing the TNC’s procedures for deactivating a driver from the TNC’s digital platform.
SB24-079 Motorcycle Lane Filtering & Passing The bill authorizes a 2-wheeled motorcycle to overtake or pass another motor vehicle in the same lane if: The other motor vehicle is stopped; or moving in the same direction of travel as the motorcycle; The road has lanes wide enough to pass safely; The motorcycle is moving at 20 15 miles per hour or less; and Conditions permit prudent operation of the motorcycle while overtaking or passing.
SB24-090 Possess Identification While Driving Under existing law, a driver must be in immediate possession of the driver’s driver’s license or instruction permit while driving. The bill allows a driver who is not in possession of the person’s physical driver’s license or permit to possess and present a digital license or permit instead.
SB24-100 Commercial Vehicle Highway Safety Measures Section 1 of the bill changes the geographic location where the department has authority to require certain equipment to interstate 25 and any interstate, U.S. highway, and state highway west of I-25 the following corridors located on the western slope from September 1 through May 31 of each year during any conditions that exist on the highway for any commercial vehicle with a declared gross vehicle weight rating of 16,001 pounds or more: Interstate 70 west of milepost 259; Colorado state highway 9 from milepost 63 to milepost 97; U.S. Route 40 west of milepost 256; U.S. Route 50 west of milepost 225; U.S. Route 160 west of milepost 304; U.S. Route 285 west of milepost 250; and U.S. Route 550 from milepost 0 to 130.
SB24-182 Immigrant Identification Document Issuance The bill changes the requirements of the “Colorado Road and Community Safety Act” by: Repealing the requirement that the applicant have filed a Colorado resident income tax return; Repealing the requirement that the applicant demonstrate being a resident of the state for the immediately preceding 2 years; Repealing the requirement that the applicant provide a documented social security number or individual taxpayer identification number; and Adding the following documents to the list of acceptable identification documents: A photocopy of a passport issued by the applicant’s country of origin; A voter identification card with a photograph issued by the applicant’s country of origin; A driver’s license, instruction permit, or identification card issued by the applicant’s country of origin; An identifying document issued by the United States department of homeland security, or its contractors or subcontractors, or the United States department of justice; An identification card issued under the intensive supervision appearance program by the United States immigration and customs enforcement agency; and A verification-of-release identification card issued by the office of refugee resettlement in the United States department of health and human services.
SB24-184 Support Surface Transportation Infrastructure Development The bill clarifies the scope of the high-performance transportation enterprise’s powers and duties to expand its capacity to execute its charge and more explicitly prioritize mitigation of traffic congestion and traffic-related pollution through the completion of multimodal surface transportation infrastructure projects.
SB24-190 Rail & Coal Transition Community Economic Measures Section 2 of the bill expands the duties of the rural opportunity office in relation to coal transition communities by requiring the rural opportunity office, in coordination with county commissioners, municipal officials, local chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, institutions of higher education, private industry, and any local organizations dedicated to increased rail usage, to pursue opportunities for new, early state, and existing businesses and support business and industry development and economic diversification in coordination with workforce training opportunities and existing state and federal programs that are designed for coal transition communities.
SB24-192 Motor Vehicle Lemon Law The bill: Expands the lemon law to cover motor vehicles affected by safety-based nonconformities; Expands the notification time to include the earlier of the first 36,000 miles or 3 years after original delivery of the motor vehicle; Clarifies that, for any claim a consumer raises against a manufacturer, the lemon law is not an affirmative defense against the consumer’s claim when the statute of limitations is tolled for a period of time after the consumer has presented a claim and submitted the motor vehicle for repair but before the threshold for cure has been met; Lowers the number of out-of-service business days from 30 to 21; and Lowers the number of required attempts to repair from 4 to 3.
SB24-195 Protect Vulnerable Road Users Section 1 of the bill amends the statute that governs the use of automated vehicle identification systems on roadways other than toll highways operated by a public highway authority or the high-performance transportation enterprise in the department of transportation to: Clarify that CDOT and the Colorado state patrol have authority to use AVIS to detect traffic violations on any portion of a highway that is part of the state highway system, which generally includes federal interstate highways, U.S. highways, highways that are not part of any federal system but are declared by the transportation commission to be part of the state highway system, and other federal-aid highways; Clarify that the state has final authority to authorize the use of AVIS by a local government on a state highway; and Authorize CDOT, in consultation with the CSP, to promulgate rules, including rules governing the process by which use of AVIS is approved or disapproved, rules governing the AVIS enforcement process, and rules setting the amount of civil penalties, including increased civil penalties for traffic violations detected by AVIS that occur in work zones or school zones, for traffic violation detected by AVIS used by the state.
SB24-208 Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Regulate Electricity for Electric Vehicles The bill creates the electric vehicle enterprise in the department of labor and employment. The business purpose of the enterprise is to synchronize electric vehicle charging protocols to create consistency and transparency for electric vehicle charging consumers. The enterprise constitutes an enterprise for purposes of section 20 of article X of the state constitution so long as it retains the authority to issue revenue bonds and receives less than 10% of its total annual revenue in grants from all Colorado state and local governments combined. So long as it constitutes an enterprise, the enterprise is not subject to section 20 of article X of the state constitution.

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