Code Section

Food and Agricultural Code - FAC

DIVISION 4. PLANT QUARANTINE AND PEST CONTROL [5001 - 8808]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )
  

PART 1. GENERALLY [5001 - 6299]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )
  

CHAPTER 5. Quarantine Regulations and InspectionStations [5301 - 5353]

  ( Chapter 5 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )
  

ARTICLE 3. Plant Quarantine Inspection Stations [5341 - 5353]
  ( Article 3 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

  
5341.5.  

(a) Every operator of a motor vehicle entering the state with a shipment of any agricultural commodity shall cause the vehicle and the shipment to be inspected, and shall obtain a certificate of inspection, at the plant quarantine inspection station nearest the point of entry into the state.

(b) Failure to obtain the required certificate of inspection shall subject the operator of the vehicle and the registered owner of the vehicle, if a different person or legal entity, to separate civil penalties of not more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) for each violation. In determining the severity of the penalty to be imposed, the court shall consider any prior violations of the same nature within the preceding 24 months, the commodity being transported, and any evidence, including deviation from normal and usual routes, that the operator of the vehicle intentionally avoided inspection.

(c) Inspection shall not be required when the operator of the vehicle would be required to travel a distance of 15 miles or more from normal and usual routes for the particular trip to obtain the required inspection and certification, or when weather conditions or road closures on normal and usual routes prevent travel to the nearest plant quarantine inspection station.

(d) Violation of this section is a separate offense from violation of any other provision of this code and proceedings under this section shall not be deemed to prevent separate proceedings for any other offense.

(e) Proceedings under this section may be brought by the secretary or, with the secretary’s concurrence, by the district attorney of the county in which the violation occurred. The civil penalty shall be awarded to the agency which brings the enforcement action for use by that agency in enforcing the provisions of this code.

(f) The secretary may, by regulation or executive order, as the secretary deems advisable, permit exceptions for certain commodities, areas, and times consistent with the purposes of this division, patterns of local traffic near border areas, and availability of inspection stations.

(g) Persons holding a valid permit to transport cattle pursuant to Section 21067 are exempt from this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 344, Sec. 2. (AB 219) Effective January 1, 2011.)