Assembly Bill 629 (Luckel – 1949)
Chapter 629, Statutes of 1949, AB 629
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As enacted in 1949, Assembly Bill 629 amended sections 700.5 and 709, and added section 604.5, to the Vehicle Code; it also amended section 731 of the Streets and Highways Code. (See Exhibit #1f) Assembly Bill 629 was introduced by Assembly member Frank Luckel on January 17, 1949. (See Exhibit #1a)
Assembly Bill 629 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Transportation and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Transportation where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #2) Four amendments were made to Assembly Bill 629, two in each House. (See Exhibits #1b through #1e and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Earl Warren signed the bill on July 27 1949, and it was recorded as Chapter 1273 of the Statutes of 1949. (See Exhibits #1f and #2)
The Summary Digest of Statutes Enacted provides the following digest of Assembly Bill 629:
Amends Secs. 700.5 and 709, adds Sec. 604.5, Veh. C., and amends Sec. 731, S & H. C., re use and damage to highways.
Makes person damaging highway or appurtenance liable for cost of removing debris as well as repair or replacement.
Authorizes peace officer to stop vehicle to check height, width, or length, as well as load, of vehicle and to require reduction of load to permitted limits.
Authorizes restriction of use of freeways by pedestrians, bicycles, motor-driven cycles and non-motorized traffic if appropriate signs are erected on freeway and approaches.
Provides local regulation shall not apply to state highway until approved by Department of Public Works.
Makes vehicle or stand on state highway for selling service, as well as articles, public nuisance.
Makes storing, servicing, or working on vehicle on state highway a misdemeanor, but excepts work on vehicle unavoidably stopped.
(See Exhibit #4, page 111)