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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC

DIVISION 2. OTHER TAXES [6001 - 61045]

  ( Heading of Division 2 amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 279. )

PART 5. VEHICLE LICENSE FEE [10701 - 11053]

  ( Part 5 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 40. )

CHAPTER 6. Transportation Improvement Fee [11050 - 11053]
  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 5, Sec. 31. )

11050.
  

For purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:

(a) “Transportation purposes” means both of the following:

(1) The research, planning, construction, improvement, maintenance, and operation of public streets and highways (and their related public facilities for nonmotorized traffic), including the mitigation of their environmental effects, the payment for property taken or damaged for the foregoing purposes, and the administrative costs necessarily incurred in the foregoing purposes.

(2) The research, planning, construction, improvement, maintenance, and operation of public transportation systems (and their related equipment and fixed facilities), including the mitigation of their environmental effects, the payment for property taken or damaged for the foregoing purposes, and the administrative costs necessarily incurred in the foregoing purposes.

(b) “Transportation improvement fee” means a supplemental charge added to the fee imposed pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 10751).

(c) “Vehicle” means every vehicle that is subject to the fee in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 10751), except the following:

(1) A commercial vehicle with an unladen weight of more than 10,000 pounds.

(2) A vehicle exempted pursuant to the Vehicle Code from the payment of registration fees.

(3) A vehicle for which a certificate of nonoperation has been filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles pursuant to Section 4604 of the Vehicle Code, during the period of time covered by the certificate.

(4) A vehicle described in Section 5004 of the Vehicle Code.

(5) A vehicle issued apportioned registration pursuant to the International Registration Plan.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 20, Sec. 11. (AB 115) Effective June 27, 2017.)

11051.
  

(a) In addition to any other fee imposed on a vehicle by this code or the Vehicle Code, a transportation improvement fee is hereby imposed on each vehicle as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 11050 effective on January 1, 2018, or as soon after that date as the department is able to commence collection of the fee. The transportation improvement fee shall be in the amounts specified in Section 11052.

(b) The department shall collect the fee at the same time and in the same manner as the department collects the vehicle registration fee pursuant to Section 9250 of the Vehicle Code.

(c) The fee imposed pursuant to this chapter is imposed for the privilege of a resident of California to operate upon the public highways a vehicle or trailer coach, the registrant of which is subject to the fee under Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 10751).

(d) The revenues from the transportation improvement fee imposed by this chapter shall be available for expenditure only on transportation purposes as provided in Section 11053.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 20, Sec. 12. (AB 115) Effective June 27, 2017.)

11052.
  

(a) The annual amount of the transportation improvement fee shall be based on the market value of the vehicle, as determined by the department pursuant to Sections 10753, 10753.2, and 10753.5, using the following schedule:

(1) Vehicles with a vehicle market value range between zero dollars ($0) and four thousand nine hundred ninety-nine dollars ($4,999), a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25).

(2) Vehicles with a vehicle market value range between five thousand dollars ($5,000) and twenty-four thousand nine hundred ninety-nine dollars ($24,999), a fee of fifty dollars ($50).

(3) Vehicles with a vehicle market value range between twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) and thirty-four thousand nine hundred ninety-nine dollars ($34,999), a fee of one hundred dollars ($100).

(4) Vehicles with a vehicle market value range between thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000) and fifty-nine thousand nine hundred ninety-nine dollars ($59,999), a fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150).

(5) Vehicles with a vehicle market value range of sixty thousand dollars ($60,000) and higher, a fee of one hundred seventy-five dollars ($175).

(b) On January 1, 2020, and every January 1 thereafter, the department shall adjust the transportation improvement fee imposed under subdivision (a) by increasing the fee for each vehicle market range in an amount equal to the increase in the California Consumer Price Index for the prior year, except the first adjustment shall cover the prior two years, as calculated by the Department of Finance, with amounts equal to or greater than fifty cents ($0.50) rounded to the highest whole dollar. The incremental change shall be added to the associated fee rate for that year.

(c) Any changes to the transportation improvement fee imposed in subdivision (a) that are enacted by the Legislature subsequent to January 1, 2018, shall be deemed to be changes to the base fee for purposes of the California Consumer Price Index calculation and adjustment performed pursuant to subdivision (b).

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 5, Sec. 31. (SB 1) Effective April 28, 2017.)

11053.
  

Revenues from the transportation improvement fee, after deduction of the department’s administrative costs related to this chapter, shall be transferred by the department to the Controller for deposit as follows:

(a) Commencing with the 2017–18 fiscal year, three hundred fifty million dollars ($350,000,000), plus an annual increase for inflation as determined in subdivision (b) of Section 11052 for this proportional share, shall annually be deposited into the Public Transportation Account. The Controller shall, each month, transfer one-twelfth of this amount, except in the 2017–18 fiscal year, when the Controller shall transfer one-sixth of this amount, to accumulate a total of three hundred fifty million dollars ($350,000,000) plus the inflation adjustment amount in each fiscal year. The Controller may adjust the amount transferred in the final month or months of each fiscal year if necessary to achieve the annual amount specified in this subdivision. For each fiscal year commencing with the 2017–18 fiscal year, the annual Budget Act shall include an appropriation for 70 percent of these revenues to be allocated to the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (Part 2 (commencing with Section 75220) of Division 44 of the Public Resources Code), pursuant to Section 99312.4 of the Public Utilities Code. The remaining 30 percent of these revenues shall be continuously appropriated to the Controller for allocation under the State Transit Assistance Program, pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 99312.1 of the Public Utilities Code.

(b) Commencing with the 2017–18 fiscal year, two hundred fifty million dollars ($250,000,000) shall annually be deposited into the State Highway Account for appropriation by the annual Budget Act to the Solutions for Congested Corridor Program created pursuant to Section 2391 of the Streets and Highways Code. The Controller shall, each month, transfer one-twelfth of this amount, except in the 2017–18 fiscal year, when the Controller shall transfer one-sixth of this amount, to accumulate a total of two hundred fifty million dollars ($250,000,000) in each fiscal year. The Controller may adjust the amount transferred in the final month or months of each fiscal year if necessary to achieve the annual amount specified in this subdivision.

(c) The remaining revenues after the transfers made in subdivisions (a) and (b) shall be deposited into the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account created pursuant to Section 2031 of the Streets and Highway Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 92, Sec. 189. (SB 1289) Effective January 1, 2019.)

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