Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How Did Section 40202 Come About?

Ever wonder why SFMTA is required to enter your vehicle license plate information (if visible) AND vehicle identification number (if readable through the windshield) on your citations?

In 1986, AB 942 became Chapter 939 of Statutes of 1986.

It essentially repealed sections of 41103, 41103.2 and 41103.5 of the Vehicle Code, relating to parking violations. In place thereof, sections 40200 et seq., were added to Chapter One (1) of Division Seventeen (17) of the Vehicle Code.

The primary reason for this bill was to re-direct the management of parking violation processing to local agencies instead of municipal courts. This was because of the high number of vehicle drivers who were receiving excessive tickets and/or getting their vehicles towed erroneously. In essence, the bill was created to protect the rights of California citizens.

In 1990, AB 3261 became Chapter 1004 of Statutes of 1990. This bill was introduced primarily to amend 40202(a) and to specifically require:

“…..the notice to set forth the last 4 digits of the vehicle identification number, if that number is visible through the windshield. By imposing this requirement on local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.”

The intent behind this second bill was to provide citizens more rights and even more legal protection by ensuring that the notice of parking violation SUBSTANTIALLY matches the corresponding information on the registration card of the vehicle and with the Department of Motor Vehicles.


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