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DIVISION 1. REGULATION OF PUBLIC UTILITIES [201 - 3260]

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

PART 1. PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT [201 - 2120]

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

CHAPTER 3. Rights and Obligations of Public Utilities [451 - 651]

  ( Chapter 3 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

ARTICLE 4. Facilities [556 - 562]
  ( Article 4 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

556.
  

Every common carrier shall afford all reasonable, proper, and equal facilities for the prompt and efficient interchange and transfer of passengers between the lines owned, operated, controlled, or leased by it and the lines of every other common carrier, and shall make such interchange and transfer promptly without discrimination between passengers or carriers as to compensation charged, service rendered, or facilities afforded.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 1005, Sec. 29. Effective January 1, 2000.)

558.
  

Every telephone corporation and telegraph corporation operating in this State shall receive, transmit, and deliver, without discrimination or delay, the conversations and messages of every other such corporation with whose line a physical connection has been made.

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

559.
  

(a) Nothing in Sections 556 to 558, inclusive, shall limit or modify the duty of a common carrier to establish joint rates, fares, and charges for the transportation of passengers and property over the lines owned, operated, controlled, or leased by it and the lines of other common carriers, or the power of the commission to require the establishment of such joint rates, fares, and charges.

(b) Subdivision (a) is not applicable to network railroad transportation.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 1005, Sec. 31. Effective January 1, 2000.)

560.
  

Upon the application of any shipper or receiver or contemplated shipper or receiver of freight for a connection between the railroad of a railroad corporation and its existing or contemplated private track or railroad, the railroad corporation shall make the connection, provide such switches and tracks as may be necessary for that purpose, and deliver and receive cars thereover, if the connection is reasonably practicable and can be installed and used without materially increasing the hazard of the operation of the railroad with which the connection is sought, and if the business which may reasonably be expected to be received by the railroad corporation over the connection is sufficient to justify the expense of the connection to the railroad corporation.

Upon the same conditions, every railroad corporation, upon the application of any shipper or receiver or contemplated shipper or receiver of freight, shall construct upon its right of way a spur or spurs for the purpose of receiving and delivering freight thereby, and shall receive and deliver freight thereby.

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

561.
  

(a) Every railroad corporation, passenger stage corporation, passenger air carrier, and street railroad corporation providing departures originating in this state shall prohibit the smoking of a tobacco product in the passenger seating area of every passenger car, passenger stage, aircraft, or other vehicle.

(b) Every such corporation and carrier shall display in the passenger seating area of every passenger car, passenger stage, aircraft, or other vehicle, notices sufficient in number, posted in such locations as to be readily seen by boarding passengers, advising passengers of the no smoking requirements pursuant to subdivision (a). Words on such notices which state “No Smoking” or an equivalent phrase shall be at least three-quarters of one inch high, and any other explanatory words on the notices shall be at least one-quarter of one inch high.

(c) No person shall smoke a tobacco product in a space known by him or her to be designated for nonsmoking passengers. A violation of this subdivision is not a crime.

(d) As used in this section, “passenger air carrier” shall have the same meaning as provided in Sections 2741 and 2743.

(e) For purposes of this section, “smoke” and “smoking” have the same meaning as in subdivision (c) of Section 22950.5 of the Business and Professions Code.

(f) For purposes of this section, “tobacco product” means a product or device as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 22950.5 of the Business and Professions Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, 2nd Ex. Sess., Ch. 7, Sec. 25. (SB 5 2x) Effective June 9, 2016.)

562.
  

(a) Whenever the commission, on its own motion or upon the complaint of a public utility, finds that public convenience and necessity require the use by a public utility of all, or any part, of the passenger vessel terminal facilities operated or controlled by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, and the district and the public utility are unable to agree upon the use or the terms and conditions or compensation therefor, the commission shall by order direct that the use by the public utility be permitted, and prescribe a reasonable compensation and reasonable terms and conditions to be charged and observed, including, but not limited to, all related costs of construction, capital improvement, leasing or rental, and maintenance.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 27280 of the Streets and Highways Code or any other provision of law, and for purposes of this section only, the passenger vessel service of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is subject to the jurisdiction of the commission and the provisions of this part. The commission shall have no jurisdiction over the operation of passenger vessels by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District or any other operation of the district except as specifically provided in this section.

(c) The commission shall require that any public utility which provides passenger-ferry or other transportation service for the district first obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing such operations.

(d) Any public utility which initiates any complaint pursuant to this section shall reimburse the commission for its reasonable expenses in hearing and determining the complaint.

(e) The commission may establish such rules as it determines necessary to carry out this section.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 717, Sec. 1.)

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