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AB-159 Vehicles: commercial inspection facilities and platform scales.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/07/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 159


Introduced by Assembly Member Voepel

January 07, 2019


An act to amend Section 2802 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 159, as introduced, Voepel. Vehicles: commercial inspection facilities and platform scales.
Existing law authorizes the Department of the California Highway Patrol to operate vehicle inspection facilities and platform scales for the purpose of determining whether vehicles are safely loaded or that the height, width, length, or weight of those vehicles is lawful. Existing law requires every driver of a commercial vehicle to stop and submit the vehicle to an inspection of the size, weight, equipment, and smoke emissions of the vehicle at any location where members of the Department of the California Highway Patrol are conducting tests and inspections of commercial vehicles and when signs are displayed requiring the stop. Existing law provides that every driver who fails or refuses to stop and submit the commercial vehicle to an inspection when signs are displayed requiring that stop is guilty of a misdemeanor.
This bill would require, if the department or other state or local agencies provide information to drivers, including signage, on the hours of operation of a commercial inspection facility or platform scale, or whether a facility or scale is open or closed, that the department or agency update that information as soon as it changes to enhance driver awareness of when they are required to stop, pursuant to the above-described provision.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 2802 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

2802.
 (a) Any traffic officer having reason to believe that a vehicle is not safely loaded or that the height, width, length, or weight of a vehicle and load is unlawful may require the driver to stop and submit to an inspection, measurement, or weighing of the vehicle. The weighing may be done either by means of portable or stationary scales and the officer may require that the vehicle be driven to the nearest scale facility, in the event the scales are within five road miles.
(b) Selected inspection facilities and platform scales operated by the Department of the California Highway Patrol may, at the discretion of the commissioner, be open for extended hours, up to and including 24 hours every day. The primary purpose of the extended hours is to assist in the detection of overweight vehicles. These inspection facilities and platform scales shall be located near primary border route points of entry into the state and key routes within the state.
(c) If the department, or other state or local agency, provides information to drivers, including signage, on the hours of operation of a commercial inspection facility or platform scale, or whether a facility or scale is open or closed, the department or agency shall update that information as soon as it changes, including any signage, to enhance driver awareness of when they are required to stop pursuant to Section 2813.

(c)

(d) An amount not to exceed one million dollars ($1,000,000) shall be available annually from the Motor Vehicle Account in the State Transportation Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for the expanded operation of the scale facilities, as specified in subdivision (b). It is the intent of the Legislature that the funds made available pursuant to this subdivision shall be the only funds available for purposes of this section.