Chapter 8.45


8.45.010    Motorized scooter – Defined.

8.45.020    License – Required.

8.45.030    License – Issuance.

8.45.040    Records.

8.45.050    Recordation of transfer.

8.45.060    Tampering, destruction or similar acts – Unlawful.

8.45.070    Duplicate license or registration – Conditions.

8.45.080    Notification – Change of address.

8.45.090    License fees – Adopted by resolution.

8.45.100    Violation – Impoundment – Impoundment fees adopted by resolution.

8.45.110    Retail vendors.

8.45.120    Operation.

8.45.130    Helmet – Required.

8.45.010 Motorized scooter – Defined.

The term “motorized scooter” shall have the meaning ascribed to it in the provisions of Sections 407.5(a) and (b) of the California Vehicle Code. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.020 License – Required.

No person shall operate a motorized scooter on any street, road or highway, or other public property within the city unless such scooter is licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.030 License – Issuance.

(1) The chief of police shall issue a license plate or other appropriate decal to a motorized scooter license applicant, following the filing of an application for such by the applicant and payment of the license fee.

(2) The license plate or decal, together with the registration form, shall be numbered in numerical order, beginning with number “one” and indicating the year for which the same are issued. Each license plate or decal shall be suitable for attachment upon the frame of the scooter and the scooter owner shall immediately attach it to the frame of the scooter and it shall remain attached at all times until renewal. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.040 Records.

The chief of police shall maintain the records of each scooter registered. Such registration records shall include, but not be limited to, the license number, the serial number of the scooter, the make and type of the scooter and the name, address and telephone number of the licensee. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.050 Recordation of transfer.

(1) Whenever any person sells or otherwise disposes of a scooter, he or she shall endorse upon the registration certificate for such scooter a written transfer of same, setting forth the name, address and telephone number of the transferee, the date of the transfer and the signature of the transferrer, and shall deliver the registration certificate, so endorsed, to the city within 10 days of such transfer.

(2) Any person who purchases or otherwise acquires possession of a scooter shall, within 10 days of taking possession, apply for the transfer of the scooter license to his or her name. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.060 Tampering, destruction or similar acts – Unlawful.

(1) It is unlawful for any person to tamper with, destroy, mutilate or alter any motorized scooter license or registration form, or to remove, alter or mutilate the serial number, or any identifying marks of the city on any scooter frame licensed under the provisions of this chapter.

(2) Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit the chief of police from stamping numbers on the frames of scooters for which no serial number can be found, or on which said number is illegible or insufficient for identification purposes. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.070 Duplicate license or registration – Conditions.

In the event any scooter license or registration form issued pursuant to the provisions of this chapter is lost, stolen or mutilated, the licensee of such scooter shall immediately notify the chief of police, and within 10 days after such notification, shall apply for a duplicate license and/or registration form and pay the appropriate license fee. Thereupon, a replacement license and/or registration form shall be issued to such licensee. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.080 Notification – Change of address.

Whenever the owner of a scooter licensed pursuant to this chapter changes his or her address, he or she shall within 10 days notify the chief of police of such change. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.090 License fees – Adopted by resolution.

Fees for the initial issuance, transfer, replacement and renewal of motorized scooter licenses shall be established by resolution of the city council. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.100 Violation – Impoundment – Impoundment fees adopted by resolution.

(1) The police department may impound and retain possession of any motorized scooter operated in violation of the provisions of this chapter, and retain possession of it until an impound fee has been paid and the violation or violations are corrected.

(2) The amount of the fee for impoundment shall be established by resolution of the city council. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.110 Retail vendors.

Retail vendors that sell motorized scooters shall deliver to the person purchasing a scooter a document prepared by the chief of police setting forth the rules and regulations for the operation of motorized scooters as set forth in the California Vehicle Code and the provisions of this chapter. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.120 Operation.

(1) No person under the age of 16 years shall be allowed to operate a motorized scooter upon any street, road, highway or other public property within the city.

(2) Motorized scooters shall be operated at all times in compliance with the provisions relating to their operation as contained in the Vehicle Code. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]

8.45.130 Helmet – Required.

All persons operating a motorized scooter shall wear a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet. [Ord. 353 § 1, 2005]