California Legalizes Automobile Cruising Starting January 1

By the SEMA Washington, D.C., office 

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed SEMA-supported Cruising legislation (AB 436) into law to allow automobile cruising activities to return statewide. Previously, local authorities were authorized to pass ordinances that regulated or prohibited cruising.  

Authored by Assembly Member David Alvarez (D-San Diego), this effort follows a resolution approved by the legislature last year to celebrate the history and culture of automobile cruising and encourage local officials and law enforcement to work with local car clubs to conduct safe cruising events. The new law will go into effect January 1, 2024. 

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