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PSA: Assembly Bills 503 and 1685 will affect CA Enforcement Agencies.

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

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Attention to any California Agencies who conduct Parking Enforcement, and any agencies outside the state who may be affected. Familiarize yourself with Assembly Bill 503 and Assembly Bill 1685 as it will directly impact your enforcement policies and practices.

What is AB 503?

In a nutshell, Assembly Bill 503, or AB 503 states that indigent persons as defined in CA Vehicle Code § 40220 can pay unpaid parking fines and fees in monthly installments of no more than twenty-five dollars ($25) for total amounts due that are three hundred dollars ($300) or less.

What is AB 1685?

In 2022 alone, there have been four amendments to Assembly Bill 1685 and will require a processing agency to forgive at least $1,500 in parking fines and fees annually for a qualified homeless person, as specified. The bill will also require a processing agency to provide certain information regarding the parking citation forgiveness program, as specified, including on its internet website. The bill would also require each processing agency that receives an application for the citation forgiveness program to annually report specified information to the California Interagency Council on Homelessness and would require the council to compile and publish this data in a publicly accessible page on its departmental internet website.

Things to consider:

  1. You may need to modify your required payments and payment schedule accordingly to meet the new requirements.

  2. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the California Interagency Council on Homelessness here as there are new annual reporting requirements as stated above.

  3. Check the “Today’s Law as Amended” tab for the amendment in proper context.

  4. Check your local legislation or consult with a licensed attorney for more questions.

How iParq can help

iParq is one of the first Parking Software providers that has had a Payment Plan module available for use since AB503 was established. It has been used for several years by many of our clients. At the moment, this only affects the State of California, but similar bills may be enacted in other states as well. It is especially important that all California Agencies who conduct parking enforcement fully understand these two Bills, as this does affect you immediately. If you are in need of this service in order to abide by the new legislation, reach out, let’s chat.

NOTE: iParq offers no opinion on this matter and provides the payment plan feature only as an optional service to our qualified clients.

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