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Public Utilities Code - PUC

DIVISION 4. LAWS RELATING TO UTILITY CORPORATIONS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES [7503 - 8286]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 1. Railroad Corporations [7503 - 7727]

  ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

ARTICLE 6. Fences [7626 - 7631]
  ( Article 6 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

7626.
  

Every railroad corporation shall make and maintain a good and sufficient fence on both sides of its track and property. If it does not and if its engine or cars kill or maim any cattle or other domestic animals upon its line of road, except where the road runs through or upon public land it shall pay to the owner of the cattle or other domestic animals a fair market price for them, unless the killing or maiming occurred through the neglect or fault of the owner of the animal.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

7627.
  

A railroad corporation that pays to the owner of the land through or along which its road is located an agreed price for making and maintaining a good and sufficient fence, or that pays the cost of such fence with the award of damages allowed for the right of way for the railroad, is relieved and exonerated from all claims for damages arising out of the killing or maiming of any animals of persons who thus fail to construct and maintain the fence. The owners of such animals are responsible for any damages or loss which may accrue to the corporation from the animals being upon its railroad track as a result of the nonconstruction of such fence, unless it is shown that the loss or damage occurred through the negligence or fault of the corporation, its officers, agents, or employees.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

7628.
  

The commission may require every railroad corporation operating any steam or electric railroad in this State to erect and maintain lawful fences on each or either side of the railroad where the railroad runs through or upon lands of the United States or of this State, at such places as the commission determines that such fences are necessary to protect cattle, horses, or mules, or any other domestic animal being ranged or grazed upon lands adjacent to the railroad from being maimed or killed by the operation or management of engines, cars, or other rolling stock upon or over the railroad, with necessary openings and gates in the fences, and crossings and cattle guards for such openings and gates.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

7629.
  

The authority of the commission to require such fences shall be exercised in each instance only when a verified application is filed with the commission by the person or persons owning cattle, horses, mules, or other domestic animals with the right or privilege to range or graze them upon the lands adjacent to the portion of the railroad sought to be fenced.

The application shall specify the ownership of the railroad sought to be fenced, and shall set forth a sufficient description of the lands to identify them, the agency or department of government administering the lands, and the nature of the right or privilege of each petitioner to range or graze domestic animals thereon.

Upon the filing of the application, notice thereof and of any hearing by the commission thereon shall be given by mail by the commission to the agency or department of government administering the land, and to the railroad corporation owning or operating the railroad. Such owners, agency or department, and the railroad may protest the granting of the application and may be heard thereon.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

7630.
  

Upon hearing the commission shall determine whether or not any fence or fences are necessary to protect cattle, horses, mules, or any other domestic animals being ranged or grazed upon the land designated in the application, from being maimed, or killed by the operation or management of engines, cars, or other rolling stock upon the railroad, and shall order that a fence or fences be constructed and maintained by the railroad corporation at such places along the railroad adjacent to the lands designated in the petition as the commission determines. The commission may fix the time within which the fence or fences shall be constructed and may designate the places for necessary openings and gates therein and crossings and cattle guards in connection therewith.

The commission may modify or revoke any such order when it determines that the necessity for any such fence has ceased to exist.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

7631.
  

The failure of any railroad corporation to comply with any order of the commission authorized by this article shall not subject it, or any of its officers, agents, or employees, to any penalty other than payment by the railroad corporation to the owner of the maimed or killed cattle, or other domestic animals of a fair market price for the animals.

Nothing in this article requires a railroad corporation to pay for the maiming or killing of any cattle or domestic animals where the maiming or killing resulted from the neglect or fault of the owner of the animals.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

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