V C Section 40247 Automated Parking Enforcement System: Street-sweeping Parking Violations

Automated Parking Enforcement System: Street-sweeping Parking Violations

40247.  (a) A local public agency may install and operate an automated parking enforcement system on local public agency-owned or local public agency operated streetsweepers for the purpose of digital photographing of street-sweeping parking violations occurring in street-sweeping parking lanes. The equipment shall be angled and focused so as to capture digital photographs of license plates on vehicles violating designated street-sweeping regulations and shall not unnecessarily capture identifying photographs of other drivers, vehicles, or pedestrians. The equipment shall only capture digital photographs when the automated parking enforcement system detects the occurrence of a parking infraction. The equipment shall record the date and time the violation was captured onto the photograph. Any information read from a license plate at a location or at a time not designated for streetsweeping shall be destroyed by the close of the next business day. Notwithstanding subdivision (e) of Section 40248, only a local public agency may operate an automated parking enforcement system.

(1) A citation shall be issued only for violations captured during the designated hours of operation for a street-sweeping parking lane.

(2) A citation shall not be issued, under the provisions of this article, for a vehicle that is parked on the street during the designated hours of operation for a street-sweeping parking lane when the vehicle is parked on the street after the street has been cleaned by a streetsweeper.

(b) At least 30 days prior to issuing notices of parking violations pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 40248, a local public agency utilizing an automated parking enforcement system pursuant to this article shall make a public announcement of the automated parking enforcement system and shall only issue warning notices during this 30-day period. This subdivision does not affect the authority of a local public agency to issue notices of parking violations through a manual system before, during, or after the 30-day warning period in this subdivision.

(c) A designated employee for the local public agency, who is qualified by the local public agency to issue parking citations, shall review digital photographs for the purpose of determining whether a parking violation occurred in a street-sweeping parking lane. A violation of a statute, regulation, or ordinance governing parking under this code, under a federal or state statute or regulation, or under an ordinance enacted by the local public agency occurring in a street-sweeping parking lane observed by the designated employee in the photographs is subject to a civil penalty.

(d) (1) Except as it may be included in court records described in Section 68152 of the Government Code, or as provided in paragraph (2), the digital photograph evidence may be retained for up to six months from the date the information was first obtained, or 90 days after final disposition of the citation, whichever date is sooner, after which time the information shall be destroyed in a manner that shall preserve the confidentiality of any person included in the record or information.

(2) Notwithstanding Section 26202.6 of the Government Code, digital photographs from automated parking enforcement systems that do not contain evidence of a parking violation occurring in a street-sweeping parking lane shall be destroyed within 15 days after the information was first obtained in a manner that shall preserve the confidentiality of any person included in the information.

(e) Notwithstanding Section 6253 of the Government Code, or any other provision of law, the digital photographs made, and any information read from license plates, by an automated parking enforcement system shall be confidential. Local public agencies shall use and allow access to these photographs and license plate readings only for the purposes authorized by this article.

Added and repealed Sec. 3, Ch. 471, Stats. 2010. Effective January 1, 2011. Repeal operative January 1, 2016.

NOTE: The preceding section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2016, and as of that date is repealed.