No "Texting" While Driving
In an effort to reduce driver distractions, the General Assembly enacted a law which went into effect July
1, 2009 in reference to "texting" while driving. VA Code 46.2-1078.1 not only makes it unlawful to enter text on a phone while operating a motor vehicle, it also makes it unlawful to read
any e-mail or text messages transmitted to or stored within the phone. There a few exceptions..refer to the VA Code
PWC Decal Elimination and Solid Waste Disposal - Residential
On May 16, 2009, the Board of County Supervisors voted to adopt Ordinance
Number 09-29 which contains amendments to the Prince William County Code, Chapter 13, Article III, eliminating the requirement
to display a county motor vehicle decal.
After June 15, 2009, the county will no longer issue County decals for vehicles being moved into Prince
William County. The elimination of the requirement to display a County decal does not change the filing requirement
for vehicles, and vehicle owners must still report to the Tax Administration Division new vehicles moved into Prince William
County and vehicles sold or moved out. This can be done by using eXpress Tax or by calling 703-792-6710.
The County will still levy and collect an annual license fee of $24 for autos and trucks and $12 for motorcycles
along with the personal property tax due October 5 for all vehicles located in Prince William County on August 1 but will
no longer issue County decals.
UPDATED DECAL INFORMATION: Prince William County encourages regular residential users of the County Landfill or other solid
waste facilities to obtain and display the Solid Waste Disposal - Residential User Decal to facilitate entry into
the waste disposal site. The decal is "free" to county residents. The decal, however, is not required
and residency can still be established by showing your driver’s license or the top portion of your personal property
or real estate tax bill.
As a reminder, if you are a new
resident of the county or purchased a new/used vehicle, your vehicle must be registered with the county within sixty
VA Code 46.2.662 allows for a vehicle to be in the state for thirty (30) days before requiring it to be registered
with the Virginia Departmnet of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Once a vehicle exceeds the limit, it is subject to removal and
the owner is subject to being fined.
Home Security Systems....register online
In order to help reduce the false alarm burden, Prince William County has enacted, effective July 1, 2009,
the False Alarm Reduction Ordinance Sec 2.5-21 designed to reduce the false alarm problem.
Local Law Enforcement personnel respond to thousands of alarm calls each year, over 99% of them being false
alarms. These unnecessary responses resulted in an enormous burden in manpower and costs to the citizens. Every year hundreds
of thousands of dollars are expended responding to false alarm calls; which in turn reduces the time available to respond
to real emergencies.