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The DC Code: § 50-2209.02 Liability for fines; notice of infraction; hearing.

Index50 Motor and Non-Motor Vehicles and Traffic. (Refs & Annos)
a
Absent an intervening criminal or fraudulent act, the owner of a vehicle issued a notice of infraction shall be liable for payment of the fine assessed for the infraction.
b
When a violation is detected by an automated traffic enforcement system, the Mayor shall mail a summons and a notice of infraction to the name and address of the registered owner of the vehicle on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles or the appropriate state motor vehicle agency. The notice shall include the date, time, and location of the violation, the type of violation detected, the license plate number, and state of issuance of the vehicle detected, and a copy of the photo or digitized image of the violation.
c
An owner or operator who receives a citation may request a hearing which shall be adjudicated pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 23 of this title.
d
The owner or operator of a vehicle shall not be presumed liable for violations in the vehicle recorded by an automated traffic enforcement system when yielding the right of way to an emergency vehicle, when the vehicle or tags have been reported stolen prior to the citation, when part of a funeral procession, or at the direction of a law enforcement officer.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 40-752. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 15-307, in subsec. (a), substituted "the name, driver's license number, and address of the person who leased, rented, or otherwise had care, custody, or control of the vehicle; except that if the vehicle was in the temporary care, custody, or control of a business, the owner need only provide the name and address of that business" for "the name and address of the person who leased, rented, or otherwise had care, custody, or control of the vehicle". D.C. Law 19-187 rewrote subsec. (a); and, in subsec. (b), substituted "Department of Motor Vehicles" for "Bureau of Motor Vehicle Services". Prior to amendment, subsec. (a) read as follow: "(a) The owner of a vehicle issued a notice of infraction shall be liable for payment of the fine assessed for the infraction, unless the owner can furnish evidence that the vehicle was, at the time of the infraction, in the custody, care, or control of another person. In the event that the registered owner claims that the vehicle was in the custody, care, or control of another person, the registered owner of the vehicle shall provide evidence in a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, setting forth the name, driver's license number, and address of the person who leased, rented, or otherwise had care, custody, or control of the vehicle; except that if the vehicle was in the temporary care, custody, or control of a business, the owner need only provide the name and address of that business." Temporary Amendments of Section For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 902 of Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Support Temporary Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Law 11-226, April 9, 1997, law notification 44 DCR 2584). Emergency Act Amendments For temporary amendment of section, see § 903 of the Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Support Emergency Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-302, July 25, 1996, 43 DCR 4181), § 903 of the Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Support Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-429, October 29, 1996, 43 DCR 6151), and § 903 of the Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Support Congressional Adjournment Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-2, February 19, 1997, 44 DCR 1590). Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 11-198, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 50-2209.01. Law 12-81, the "Technical Amendments Act of 1998," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 12-408, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on November 4, 1997, and December 4, 1997, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on December 22, 1997, it was assigned Act No. 12-246 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 12-81 became effective on March 24, 1998. For Law 15-307, see notes following § 50-1331.01. For history of Law 19-187, see notes under § 50-2209.01. DC CODE § 50-2209.02 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-198, § 902, 43 DCR 4569; Mar. 24, 1998, D.C. Law 12-81, § 51, 45 DCR 745; Apr. 8, 2005, D.C. Law 15-307, § 206, 52 DCR 1700; Oct. 23, 2012, D.C. Law 19-187, § 2(b), 59 DCR 10149.)