Hand-held new law

This last legislature session passed a new version of the state “distracted driver” law (Virginia Code Section 46.2-818.2) that applies to the whole state. The good news is that amateur radio is now exempt from the law. Here is a link to the new law.

While the law normally would have started July 1st the governor delayed it till 01/01/2021. Also be aware that the city of Richmond has their own law and it applies to amateur radio. It is unclear (I am not a lawyer) if the state law supersedes the city law or not. I’ll update this as we find out more information.