Counties and Cities Are Banning The DIY’s Right To Repair!!

Counties and Cities Are Banning The DIY’s Right To Repair!!


hello and welcome to gear heads my name is Jesse and today we’re going to talk about this new law that I’ve been hearing about and reading about online that’s going on up in Sacramento County in California now I’ve been I’ve seen a few videos on this there’s been some articles posted online and as a whole there’s definitely been some threads posted on various forums and all kinds of comments people are all up in an uproar and upset and angry saying California is is a hole you should build the wall around California and various other things like that everybody’s angry and understandably why I you know I agree with their sentiment but before just jumping on the bandwagon and getting all angry I decided let’s actually just read the law and see what it says so I did go online I went to the Sacramento County website they have a short little what code enforcement section to the website they have a small little breakdown of it and then in case that wasn’t enough I actually wanted to just go on the zoning regulation site which is a PDF that’s available and it’s on the sandy air not San Diego sorry I’m used to saying that because I live in San Diego but it’s on the Sacramento County net site land use regulation section and it’s got all the zoning laws there its section 5.20 B so if you want to go write it for yourself go read it maybe I’ll put a link down the description but without further ado let’s just go ahead and actually read through it’s actually not that long and and let’s see what it has to say and see what we think so here we are on the computer I am at section five two zero B and it is titled minor and major repair and maintenance of personal vehicles and this was amended Oh 407 2016 so by the way this is not a new law this has already been in place for over three years I guess people are just now starting to get in an uproar about it because somebody happened to stumble across it and and start talking about it online so here we are so let’s just read the first paragraph and see how much we can get through with that before you know wanting to anyway minor vehicle repair shall include brake part replacement ok that’s minor sure minor tune-up change of oil and filter repair a flat tire lubrication and other similar operations I mean you can tell already this is definitely not written by some you mean you just tell off the first sentence right away this is not written by anybody that really knows much about auto repair or working on anything because it’s already extremely vague just in the first sentence let’s read the next sentence though major automobile repair or maintenance shall include any vehicle repair and maintenance other than the listed operations including body or painting work of vehicle or vehicle parts so I guess from that you wouldn’t even be allowed to paint your brake calipers in your garage with your door shut if your neighbor heard you praying the paint can they could call you in so it says major automobile repair or maintenance shall include any vehicle repair and maintenance other than the listed operations which basically means anything other than what they said so the only things they said so far that you are allowed to do is like oil change brake job minor tune-up which depending on the vehicle you’re working on may or may not be a minor job and what else repaired a flat tire lubrication and other similar operations alright so then let’s go ahead and get to the next paragraph that was the first sentence I was just reading it again to have it fresh in my brain now the next paragraph says it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in or permit others to engage in so you know friends cars or no having a friend over to work on your car sorry where was I in yellow engage in minor vehicle repair or maintenance in any agricultural agricultural residential residential interim estate and interim residential zoning district under any of the circumstances described in Section 5 to Obi one through three so that already jumps not to me is strange and a little bit aggressive because agricultural or agricultural residential like what about all the people by the way up in Sacramento there’s a lot of rural areas up there in that County people that do farming and stuff what so it’s illegal to work on your farm equipment is that I mean maybe maybe because this has maintenance of personal vehicles maybe the farm equipment is exempt from that I don’t really know but it doesn’t really say right here at least but that’s something to think about too um you know that’s pretty much the normal thing on a farm people fix their old tractors and fix their own farm equipment that they have and obviously if they’re doing that they’re probably gonna be working on their own vehicles as well so alright so it goes into a little bit more detail it said what let’s see number one so it says it should be unlawful to engage in yada yada yada and I already read that part and then it says one using tools not normally found in a residence once again very vague what is normally or not normally found in a residence what’s what’s normal to be found in you know my uncle’s residence or my brother’s residence or my residents are all three very different things so what who gets to decide what is normally found in a residence I would consider and so what a lot of people an air-compressor normal but you know the kind of person that wrote this they probably wouldn’t because even consider an air-compressor normal conducted on vehicles registered to persons not currently currently residing on the lot or parcel and conducted outside of a fully enclosed garage so hold on before I continue so yeah like we saw before if the vehicles not registered you not allowed or you probably also not allowed to have any your friends over and have them on your house even working on their own car because it’s not their property I would assume that’s kind of how this works conducted outside a fully enclosed garage and resulting in any vehicle being in Opera for a period an excess of 24 hours what come on so if you’re working on your car and and you got you know you get in the middle of something you get stuck waiting for a part and and suddenly it’s gonna be more than 24 hours that’s illegal now that’s not legal if you’re in any of these zoning areas which basically you know it’s like residential is kind of the big one for a lot of people but but don’t even mention how about all the people who live in apartments I get it you know it’s already kind of not you know not according to the rules in most places to be working on your car on the parking lot in the apartment but a lot of people have been there you know you’ve got a problem with your car you’re too poor to take it to the mechanic so what the heck are you supposed to do if you can’t at least do some kind of simple thing or repair in the in the parking lot of the apartment or at nothing at least if you don’t have that you maybe have a friend with a house and a garage you can take your car too and work on it there like that prickly they at least people are still gonna do this either way I mean the law is not going to change what people have been doing for forever but that is now illegal which is you know really sad and kind of a bummer it’s like I you know whether you can get away with something or not doesn’t you know doesn’t really to me make it okay or make an excuse I don’t want to have to feel like something that’s normal is now an illegal activity so there’s one more paragraph let’s go ahead and finish finish up like I said it’s actually not that long the next paragraph it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in or permit others to engage in major repair or maintenance of vehicles in any agricultural agricultural residential residential interim agricultural holding interim estate for interim residential zone so and that’s the same zoning that it already said before now man this is crazy so first off I think that this is very this is written with a lot of gray areas and it’s not specific about a lot of things it’s like so who’s it going to be up to on who gets fined or whether or not somebody gets fined for repair and who gets to decide what is minor and what is major repair and what if it’s considered a minor repair but for some you know other reason it took you longer than 24 hours to have the job completed you know like it’s very vague they’re not really telling you exactly what you are an art allowed to do which just shows it was written by you know the government probably my assumption is they write this just because they want to keep people from running businesses out of their house that’s probably the biggest reason they did this and they probably will leave homeowners and people work on their projects alone but it’s the law so you know like even if they’re gonna leave you alone should you have to be not considered technically a criminal because you have a project car in your garage that you’re working on and even if you’re if you’re not using air tools and you’re not bothering your neighbors running your air tools at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning like what is it of a concern to them so that’s the actual site or the zoning you know code written there but they had another page on one of the Sacramento websites so those code enforcement then at the Sacramento County net that website let’s see here so it kind of goes over the same list I already gave you but it does add one paragraph at the end here and it says why is code enforcement concerned about residential automotive repair I would love to know why is cut you know why why do they want to tell us what to do the chemicals involved in major auto repair can pollute our neighborhoods and endanger the health and well-being of our residents furthermore this kind of activity increases vehicle traffic and can visually impact or oh and the visual impact can negatively impact property values all right first off that’s not an unreasonable way to feel for some people maybe like the chemicals involved should we have people out there pouring oil and pouring coolant and stuff in the grass or in the dirt in their yard no that’s not okay you shouldn’t do that nobody should be doing that but there’s other ways that you could control and handle that situation and they either way that’s so that’s one part of it so they’re saying it’s for health and then furthermore this kind of activity increases vehicle traffic how what how does this an increase or decrease traffic which is that cut in that sentence there kind of tells me that it is this lie is written with the intent of trying to keep people running businesses out of their house and stuff like that that could increase traffic a little bit but working on your own stuff ain’t gonna do squat and the visual impact can negatively impact property values okay yes I get it if you want to have an you know while you want to live in a nice area and a lot of people want to you know go buy a house in a nice area and they don’t want to look at other people’s lawn ornaments and ugly project cars or just dumps that the truth is a lot of people just leave dumps hanging around in their front yard and they’re saying that that’s illegal and not okay alright fine like I get where you’re coming from there but the problem for me is this is a this is the whole county this is not an HOA rule this is not a city rule or a town rule of some sort this is the whole county that’s kind of crazy to me so so first off like the hazardous waste part of it I I do understand that to an extent you don’t want people dumping things you don’t want people huh you know polluting the environment any more than it already is you know so proper waste removal there’s ways to do that and there’s ways to enforce that without just outlying auto-repair you know if somebody’s dumping stuff then make that illegal and if they’re caught then find them or you know they can get reported and find whatever you don’t have to make auto repair illegal all right so I think that’s enough on the computer we pretty much covered like what the laws actually said and what the the county website says so as far as like what what else do is there to think about it or what are other people saying what do I think first off I understand a lot of people are right off the bat just saying screw California don’t live there all it doesn’t affect me I don’t live there and you know what you’re right right now it doesn’t but the scary thing about laws like this is they spread and I’m sure there’s probably other cities with you know laws and their zoning rules and stuff around the country that have these in them too so if you live somewhere maybe it would be prudent of you you know somewhere else go and look up what your zoning laws are and see if you actually have law similar to this now as far as the laws the law itself goes and its intent I think like I said they’re trying to keep people from running businesses and people doing side work and stuff like that because first off then they’re not license they’re not paying the tax money to the government when they do that secondly you know they can blame they can say that it’s uh that it’s a liability problem or whatever else and then I don’t know my I’m just saying I think that probably has somewhat to do with the reason that they put this in there it’s just that by doing so you’re incriminating anybody that really you know works on their own car aside from just doing like a brake job in an oil change like anything passed that could potentially be considered criminal no and that’s not fair I don’t I don’t like that rule at all I also understand where they’re coming from when they’re trying to you know say on their that for the hazardous waste and stuff they don’t want you know people to be polluting more I get it but I don’t think this is the best way to go around you know go about it criminalizing anybody that’s working on the car is not the best way to do this and at the end of the day I understand where some of these things are coming from like the property values thing yeah I understand if you live in a nice area and people who are you know people are getting a little bit out of hand with all the stuff that they keep you know around their yard or whatever they’re always up late making noise being rude of their neighbors that can be a problem but I also still feel like there’s a better way to handle that situation I feel like there’s just got to be more compromises made that’s just it this law was written very lazily and is just kind of like a big blanket thrown out there to catch everything and then they can just pick out what they want and who they want to get in trouble problem is there’s a lot of people under that blanket and all it takes is one you know bad thing and suddenly you’re in trouble or something else happens and then they’re like oh hey we can ding you on that too you know that’s how these things work and it’s a it’s a bummer sadly so at the end of the day like I said I get it but personally that’s why I you know I don’t like living down in the city that’s part of the problem with this also though it’s a county look at you rule not a city rule it’s a county rule that’s a way bigger deal than just a city rule it’s easy to say oh I don’t live in the city I’m outside the zone of the city I you know I live in the wilderness or I live up in the boonies and do what I want and you know I think a lot of people up in Sacramento they probably have different zoning rules I don’t know what if you live in a rural area or a small suburb way away I don’t know what your zoning would be in that case so if you do live up there maybe it’s worth checking out and finding out what your actual zone you know where you live what is zoned for but in any case you know that’s why I personally don’t like living down in the city I hate the city I like living out you know out in the country got a little bit more freedom you can’t do what you want in IR if you know if I’m a homeowner and I have a garage why in God’s green earth should anybody be able to tell me what I can do in my garage with my door shut if I’m not polluting breaking the law in any other unreasonable way and you know if I’m being a jerk and being way too loud for neighbors you know that’s one thing but also that’s annoyed that could be a noise regulation not an auto-repair regulation so in any case you know the end of the day I don’t like it I don’t like I don’t like law has and stuff like this I’m a red white and blue blooded American and if I buy a house and I own property I want to be able to do what I want on it and I don’t want other people tell me what to do there’s already enough laws and everything else out there we don’t need to add more of them and you know especially add more and paint them with such a wide brush that catches so many people under it anyway I’m sure there’s probably a lot more opinions and maybe points that I did not consider that I didn’t discuss so if you guys have more to add other information to share drop a comment down below tell me what you think like I said I don’t live in Sacramento so it doesn’t directly affect me I haven’t even bothered reading what San Diego’s are yet but maybe I should do that at some point and maybe you should too you know maybe you should look up what the rules are for where you live in any case thank you guys so much for watching if you enjoy the video hit the like button and you know I get it there’s a lot of things about California that suck but it’s also a beautiful place a lot of the time and anyway not sure where I was going with that really but it’s just an extra thought I like it here but I hate it here at the same time and I know a lot of people are gonna be commenting about that as well so any case if you want see more videos like this hit that subscribe button and as always keep wrenching [Music] you [Music]


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