Regional Transit Police Services
Public Utilities Code
Prohibited Acts Committed In or On Public Transportation
Vehicles and Facilities
(a) PUC No person shall do
any of the following with respect to the property, facilities, or
vehicles of a transit district:
- Operate, interfere with, enter into, or climb on or in, the
property, facilities, or vehicles owned or operated by the transit
district without the permission or approval of the transit
- Interfere with the operator or operation of a transit vehicle,
or impede the safe boarding or alighting of passengers.
- Extend any portion of the body through any window opening of a
transit vehicle in a manner that may cause harm or injury.
- Throw any object from a transit vehicle.
- Commit any act or engage in any behavior that may, with
reasonable foreseeability, cause harm or injury to any person or
- Violate a notice, prohibition, instruction, or direction on
any sign that is intended to provide for the safety and security
of transit passengers, or the safe and secure operation of the
- Knowingly give false information to a district employee, or
contracted security officer, engaged in the enforcement of a
district ordinance or a state law, or otherwise obstruct the
issuance of a citation for the violation of a district ordinance
or a state law.
- Violate any of the conditions established by a transit
district ordinance under which a passenger may board a transit
vehicle with a bicycle and where that bicycle may be stowed on
the transit vehicle.
For purposes of
this section, "transit district" means an entity that qualifies as
a claimant, as defined in Section 99203, eligible to receive
allocations under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 99200).
A violation of this section is an infraction under Section 19.8 of
the Penal Code punishable by a fine not exceeding
seventy-five dollars ($75), and that a violation by a person after
a second conviction is punishable by a fine not exceeding two
hundred fifty dollars ($250) or by community service that does not
conflict with the violator's hours of school attendance or
employment for a total time not to exceed 48 hours over a period
not to exceed 60 days.
A transit district shall provide reasonable notification to the
public of the activities prohibited by this section and the
penalties for violations of those prohibitions.
This section does not prohibit any
person from engaging in activities that are protected under the
laws of the United States or of this state, including, but not
limited to, picketing, demonstrating, or distributing handbills.
Transit districts shall maintain records of violations and the
number of citations issued with respect to the actions prohibited
under this section until January 1, 2005. The transit districts
shall prepare a summary report of these actions and related
findings with respect to the implementation and operation of this
section and shall submit the report to the Legislature on or
before January 1, 2006.
No revenue from fines imposed pursuant to subdivision (c) shall be
distributed or allocated to the transit agency issuing citations
under this section. Fine revenue instead shall be allocated to the
other entities eligible to receive those funds under existing law.
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