This topic is directed for Tow Operators in California who do Private Property Impounds.
Has anyone had any legal challenges pertaining to the One hour rule of parking before they can be towed?
C.V.C. 22658a refers to Vehicle Code 22953 which mentions waiting one hour before towing if the parking or any discernable portion thereof is held open to the public for parking at no fee.
If the signs at the entrances to the property meet the Vehicle code guidelines such as, OPEN Public Parking is Prohibited and Unauthorized Vehicles will be towed away at vehicle owners expense.
If the signs further state that, Customers and Non-Customers who leave the shopping center will have their vehicles towed, will all those prohibitions negate the one hour of parking in CVC 22953?
Did the legislators in California who drafted this vehicle code article realize that they were giving inconsiderate motorists the apparent permission to trespass on Private Property?
It would be wonderful if someone knows or could get us the contact info for the Authors of CVC 22953. We really would like to talk to them and ask them, what really were your INTENTIONS in drafting that vehicle code article in the way you did? I'd also ask them, Did you really mean to allow some one to trespass on private property for one hour by allowing someone to park their vehicle and leave the property to shop or do business somewhere else?
Most likely they would say it was their intent to allow someone to park their vehicle, and shop or do business WHILE STILL ON THE PROPERTY in some of the stores, and not be worried about parking and shopping on the property for one hour?
Various Police officers have been asked to interpret that vehicle code provision and all refused, by saying, "We do not interpret the law we only enforce it".
The highest lawyer in the state of California essentially said the same thing. The Attorney General when asked refused to respond with any clarification or interpretation claiming he only could give legal advise to Law Enforcement agencies and City attorneys.
So if anyone has any first hand knowledge of how this vehicle code article in California is being Interpreted and enforced let me know.
Has anyone had any first hand issues with Law Enforcement on this issue? Thanks