Cart Ordinances

Colton, CA

Colton, CA
CHAPTER 6.18: REGULATION OF SHOPPING CARTS AND LAUNDRY CARTS
Section 6.18.050: Unauthorized removal or possession--Prohibited.
a) It is unlawful for any person to do any of the following acts:
1) To remove or cause to be removed any cart from a parking facility without the prior written consent of the owner of such cart.
2) To possess any cart that has been removed from a parking facility without the prior written consent of the owner of such cart, with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of possession.
3) To alter, convert, or tamper with any cart, or remove any part or portion thereof, or to remove, obliterate, or alter temporarily or permanently deprive the owner or retailer of possession of the cart.
(Ord. 0-6-99 § 1 (part), 1999)
Section 6.18.060: Identification--Required.
a) Each cart shall have a sign permanently affixed to it with the following information:
1) Identification of the owner of the cart or the business furnishing the cart for use, or both.
2) The procedure required for authorized removal of the cart from the parking facility.
3) Notification that the unauthorized removal of the cart from the parking facility, or unauthorized possession of the cart, is a violation of law.
4) A valid telephone number or address for returning the cart removed from the parking facility to the owner of the cart.
(Ord. 0-6-99 § 1 (part), 1999)
Section 6.18.070: Removal from parking facilities--Posting of notice.
a) All business establishments furnishing a cart shall post a sign not less than eighteen inches in width and twenty-four inches in height with block lettering not less than a one-half inch in width and two inches in height in a conspicuous place within 10 feet of all customer entrances and exits stating, in substantial form, the following:
1) REMOVAL OF SHOPPING CARTS (or laundry carts, if applicable) FROM THE PARKING FACILITIES WITHOUT THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE MANAGER IS PROHIBITED BY LAW. Colton Municipal Code Section 6.18.050.
(Ord. 0-6-99 § 1 (part), 1999)
Section 6.18.090: Abandoned—Abatement and storage.
a) Except as provided in Section 6.18.100, the director shall have the authority to remove any abandoned cart on public or private property under the following conditions:
1) If the abandoned cart is affixed with the identification required under Section 6.18.060, removal may occur three business days after the director gives the owner of the cart actual notice of the cart’s discovery and location. An owner is deemed to have actual notice three days after the deposit of written notice in the United States mail, posted first-class to the address indicated on the cart or the owner’s last known address. If actual notice is provided by telephone, the director shall maintain a record of the time, date, and name of the person notified.
2) If the abandoned cart is not affixed with the identification required under Section 6.18.060, removal may occur pursuant to the procedures set forth in Sections 6.18.100 and 6.18.110. The director shall maintain a record of the time, date, and name of the person notified or attempted to be notified.
3) Any abandoned cart removed from public or private property by the director shall be stored for thirty days at the department of public works in the city, or at a location designated by the director which is reasonably convenient to the owner of the cart and open for business at least six hours of each business day.
4) Any abandoned cart removed from public or private property and stored pursuant to this section shall be released to the lawful owner of the cart if claimed within thirty days after such removal and upon payment of reasonable redemption fees.
5) Redemption fees for the removal and storage of any abandoned cart under this section shall be established by city council resolution and shall cover all costs of removal, storage, and related administrative procedures.
(Ord. 0-08-05 § 1, 2005)
Section 6.18.100: Abandoned—Immediate impoundment.
a) Notwithstanding Section 6.18.090(A), a city may impound an abandoned cart that otherwise meets the criteria set forth in Section 6.18.090(A) without complying with the three business day advance notice requirement provided that:
1) The owner of the abandoned cart is provided actual notice within twenty-four hours following the impound and that notice informs the owner as to the location where the cart may be claimed.
2) Any cart so impounded shall be held at a location in compliance with Section 6.18.090(C).
3) Any cart reclaimed by the owner within three business days following the date of actual notice as provided pursuant to this section, shall be released and surrendered to the owner at no charge whatsoever, including the waiver of any redemption fees that would otherwise be applicable pursuant to Section 6.18.090(D).
4) Any cart not reclaimed by the owner within three business days following the date of actual notice as provided pursuant to this section, shall be subject to any applicable fee or fine imposed pursuant to Section 6.18.090(D) commencing on the fourth business day following the date of notice.
5) Any cart not reclaimed by the owner within thirty days of receipt following the date of actual notice as provided pursuant to this section, may be sold or disposed of in accordance with Section 6.18.120.
(Ord. 0-08-05 §§ 4, 5, 2005; Ord. 0-6-99 § 1 (part), 1999)
Section 6.18.130: Infraction.
a) Any person violating Section 6.18.050, 6.18.060 or 6.18.070 shall be guilty of an infraction.
(Ord. 0-6-99 § 1 (part), 1999)
Section 6.18.140: Fine for each occurrence.
a) Pursuant to California Business and Profession Code Section 22435.7, subdivision (f), the city may fine the owner of a shopping cart in an amount not to exceed fifty dollars for each occurrence in excess of three during a specified six-month period for failure to retrieve shopping or laundry carts in accordance with this chapter. An occurrence includes all shopping or laundry carts impounded in accordance with this chapter during a one-day period.
(Ord. 0-08-05 § 8, 2005)

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