2024 brings with it a variety of new California laws aimed at improving public safety and upholding the rights of citizens. Below, we provide a summary of some of the most significant pieces of legislation that are now in effect as we begin this new year.
Catalytic Converter Theft Legislation (AB 641): Addressing the surge in catalytic converter thefts, California has implemented AB 641. This legislation makes it illegal for individuals, other than licensed auto dismantlers, to possess nine or more used catalytic converters detached from vehicles. Violators of this law may incur misdemeanor charges and face fines from $250 to $1,000 for each offense.
Restoring Lowrider Vehicle Rights (AB 436): In a significant shift, AB 436 overturns previous restrictions that targeted the lowrider community. This new law recognizes the cultural significance of lowriding and cruising by preventing local governments from enforcing bans on these activities. As a result, lowrider vehicle owners can now legally operate their vehicles on public roads, free from the constraints of former local anti-cruising ordinances.
Bicycle Safety Data Research (SB 381): To enhance bicycle safety, SB 381 authorizes the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University to conduct comprehensive research on bicycle-related incidents. This research will examine various aspects, including injuries, crashes, emergency room visits, and fatalities, for both electric and traditional bicycles.
Pedestrian Safety and Parking Regulations (AB 413): Aimed at diminishing pedestrian accidents, AB 413 prohibits parking vehicles within 20 feet of the entry side of crosswalks. While the primary focus is on improving pedestrian safety, the legislation also allows local authorities to grant exceptions for commercial vehicles to load or unload in these zones under specified conditions.
Speed Camera Implementation in Select Cities (AB 645): AB 645 permits the installation of speed cameras in major cities such as Glendale, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Long Beach. These cameras will monitor locations including school zones, high-injury areas, and regions known for illegal street racing, but will exclude freeways and expressways. The legislation establishes a tiered fine system for speeding offenses.
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