2021 Georgia Code
Title 40 - Motor Vehicles and Traffic

Cross references.

- Regulation of retail installment sales of motor vehicles, § 10-1-30 et seq.

Regulation of sales of gasoline and other petroleum products generally, § 10-1-140 et seq.

Size and weight restrictions pertaining to motor vehicles and loads, § 32-6-20 et seq.

Motor vehicle accident insurance, § 33-7-11 and T. 33, C. 34.

Regulation of operation of self-service motor fuel dispensing pumps, § 36-60-1.

Adoption of ordinances and authority to contract for removal of junked motor vehicles, § 36-60-4.

Installation of road grates to accommodate bicycles, § 36-60-5.

Regulation of activities of driver training schools and instructors, T. 43, C. 13.

Regulation of motor vehicle racetracks, T. 43, C. 25.

Regulation of used car and car parts dealers, T. 43, C. 47.

Penalty for unauthorized display of sign, tag, or other documents on motor vehicle so as to convey impression that owner of motor vehicle is member of Governor's staff, § 45-1-3.

Motor carriers, T. 46, C. 7.

Motor fuel taxes, § 48-9-1 et seq.


Law on motor vehicles and traffic must be strictly construed. O'Steen v. Boone, 117 Ga. App. 174, 160 S.E.2d 229 (1968).

Applicability of title to motorcycles.

- Motorcycle is subject to the provisions of the law on motor vehicles and traffic (see now O.C.G.A. T. 40) in general and to those of O.C.G.A. § 40-2-20 in particular. Grange Mut. Cas. Co. v. King, 174 Ga. App. 716, 331 S.E.2d 41 (1985).

Motorcycles taxed separately.

- General Assembly, in providing license taxes, separated motorcycles from the general class of motor vehicles. Bullard v. Life & Cas. Ins. Co., 178 Ga. 673, 173 S.E. 855, answer conformed to, 49 Ga. App. 27, 174 S.E. 256 (1934).

Cited in Seaboard Air Line Ry. v. Benton, 175 Ga. 491, 165 S.E. 593 (1932).


Purpose of motor vehicle and traffic law.

- Overall primary purpose of the law on motor vehicles and traffic is to provide for the registration and licensing of motor vehicles, including providing dealers with the convenience of a special tag, transferable at will from vehicle to vehicle. 1954-56 Op. Att'y Gen. p. 473.



- Liability of owner or operator of motor vehicle for injury caused thereby while it is being repaired or serviced, 15 A.L.R.3d 1387.

Criminal liability based on violation of statute or ordinance specifically regulating operation of snowmobile, 45 A.L.R.3d 1438.

Search and seizure: lawfulness of demand for driver's license, vehicle registration, or proof of insurance, pursuant to police stop to assist motorist, 19 A.L.R.5th 884.

Integration or Merger Clause in Vehicle Purchase Agreement or Installment Contract as Affecting Enforceability of Separately Executed Arbitration Clause, 52 A.L.R.7th 3.

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