BILL NUMBER: AB 2067	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal

                        FEBRUARY 18, 2010

   An act to amend Section 22502 of the Vehicle Code, relating to
vehicles.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 2067, as introduced, Bonnie Lowenthal. Vehicles: parking.
   Existing law generally requires a vehicle, stopped or parked upon
a roadway where there are adjacent curbs, to be stopped or parked
with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle parallel with and within 18
inches of the right-hand curb, with specified exceptions, including
authorizing a vehicle to be stopped or parked with the left-hand
wheels parallel to and within 18 inches of the left-hand curb on a
one-way roadway.
   This bill would authorize the City of Long Beach to permit
vehicles to park on the left-hand side of the roadway parallel to and
within 18 inches of the left-hand curb on a two-way local
residential street that dead-ends with no designated area in which to
turn around provided that the city makes a finding, supported by a
professional engineering study, that the ordinance or resolution is
justified by the need to facilitate the safe and orderly movement of
vehicles, and the applicable streets are demarcated with signs or
markings giving adequate notice of the parking allowances.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 22502 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
   22502.  (a) Except as otherwise provided in this  chapter
every   chapter, a  vehicle stopped or parked upon
a roadway where there are adjacent curbs shall be stopped or parked
with the right-hand wheels of  such   the 
vehicle parallel with and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb,
except that  motorcycles   a motorcycle 
shall be parked with at least one wheel or fender touching the
right-hand curb. Where no curbs or barriers bound  any
  a  two-way roadway, right-hand parallel parking
is required unless otherwise indicated.
   (b)  (1)    The provisions of subdivision (a) or
(e) do not apply to a commercial vehicle if a variation from the
requirements of subdivision (a) or (e) is reasonably necessary to
accomplish the loading or unloading of merchandise or passengers on,
or from,  such   a  vehicle and while
anything connected with  such   the 
loading, or unloading, is being executed. 
   This 
    (2)     This  subdivision 
shall not be construed to   does not  permit
 any   a  vehicle to stop or park upon a
roadway in a direction opposite to that in which traffic normally
moves upon that half of the roadway on which  such 
 the  vehicle is stopped or parked.
   (c) Notwithstanding  the provisions of 
subdivision (b), local authorities   a local
authority  may, by ordinance, prohibit  a  commercial
 vehicles   vehicle  from stopping,
parking, or standing on one side of a roadway in a business district
with the wheels of  such   the  vehicle
more than 18 inches from the curb. The ordinance shall be effective
only if signs are placed in the areas to which it is applicable
clearly indicating the prohibition.
   (d) This section does not apply to vehicles of a public utility
when  such   the  vehicles are being used
in connection with the operation, maintenance, or repair of
facilities of the public utility or are being used in connection with
providing public utility service.
   (e)  (1)    Upon a one-way roadway, 
vehicles   a vehicle  may be stopped or parked as
provided in subdivision (a) or with the left-hand wheels parallel to
and within 18 inches of the left-hand curb, except that 
motorcycles   a motorcycle  , if parked on the
left-hand side, shall have either one wheel or one fender touching
 such   the  curb. Where no curb or
barriers bound  any such   a  one-way
roadway, parallel parking on either side is required unless otherwise
indicated. 
   The provision of this 
    (2)     This  subdivision 
shall   does  not apply upon  the roadways
  a roadway  of a divided highway. 
   (f) The City of Long Beach may, by ordinance or resolution,
authorize vehicles to park on the left-hand side of the roadway
parallel to and within 18 inches of the left-hand curb on two-way
local residential streets that dead-end with no cul-de-sac or other
designated area in which to turn around, if the City of Long Beach
has first made a finding, supported by a professional engineering
study, that the ordinance or resolution is justified by the need to
facilitate the safe and orderly movement of vehicles on the roadways
affected by the resolution or ordinance. The ordinance or resolution
may designate certain streets or portions of streets on which the
permission applies. The ordinance or resolution permitting that
parking shall not apply until signs or markings giving adequate
notice have been placed near the designated roadways. 
  SEC. 2.  The Legislature finds and declares that a special law is
necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable within the
meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution
because Long Beach residents require safer access into and out of the
uniquely impacted streets, to decrease the potential for "fender
benders" and to give residents better access to their homes and
apartments.