Both new laws are consequential, both for vastly different reasons, and both affect Realtors (and consumers) in Virginia.
Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; disclosure of stormwater detention facilities. Provides that an owner of real property makes no representations with respect to the presence of any stormwater detention facilities located on the property and that purchasers are advised to exercise whatever due diligence they deem necessary to determine the presence of any stormwater detention facilities on the property, in accordance with terms and conditions as may be contained in the real estate purchase contract, but in any event, prior to settlement pursuant to that contract. Â
The bill in its entirety. Frankly, I do not see this as being particularly relevant (yet) to the Charlottesville area market, but it is something that I will discuss with my clients.
Second, and infinitely more likely to irritate some people:
Text messaging and emailing while driving. Prohibits operation of a motor vehicle, bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped on the highways in the Commonwealth while using any wireless telecommunications device for the purpose of composing or sending any text message or email. This bill provides exemptions for the use of global positioning systems (GPS) and using a wireless telecommunications device to report an emergency. The provisions of this bill do not apply to operators of emergency vehicles. Â
1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 46.2-1078.1 as follows:
Â§ 46.2-1078.1. Use of handheld personal communications devices in certain motor vehicles; exceptions; penalty.
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a moving motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth while using any handheld personal communications device to:
1. Manually enter multiple letters or text in the device as a means of communicating with another person; or
2. Read any email or text message transmitted to the device or stored within the device, provided that this prohibition shall not apply to any name or number stored in the device nor to any caller identification information.
C. No citation for a violation of this section shall be issued unless the officer issuing such citation has cause to stop or arrest the driver of such motor vehicle for the violation of some other provision of this Code or local ordinance relating to the operation, ownership, or maintenance of a motor vehicle or any criminal statute.
D. A violation of any provision of this section shall constitute a traffic infraction punishable, for a first offense, by a fine of $20 and, for a second or subsequent offense, by a fine of $50.
1 – Is typing a phone number "texting"?
2 – Will this decrease Twitter traffic?
3 – Managing expectations … my response time will be slower once this law comes into effect today, and I foresee that I will be talking to people more. Whereas before I might bang out a quick email while at a stop light, now I will be more inclined to call someone.
4 – Per Section C – So …. they can’t pull us over solely for texting, right?