There's an interesting article over on Slate titled California's SUV Ban: The Golden State has outlawed big SUVs on many of its roads but doesn't seem to know it. Andy Bowers does a good job of explaining how the largest SUVs often weigh more then 6,000 pounds, the traditional cutoff between light and heavy trucks.
It turns out every big SUV and pickup is too heavy for my street. Here's just a sampling: The Chevy Suburban and Tahoe, the Range Rover, the GMC Yukon, the Toyota Land Cruiser and Sequoia, the Lincoln Navigator, the Mercedes M Class, the Porsche Cayenne S, and the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup (with optional Hemi). What about the Hummer, you ask? Hasta la vista, baby!
The article does a good job of explaining how infrequently the restrictions are enforced. But I came away wondering what would happen if we started calling to police to report these illegally parked and/or moving vehicles? Would the police refuse to ticket someone. If so, can we sue the police for not enforcing the law?
It makes me wonder just a bit...
Disclosure: Yes, I own an SUV. It weighs less than 6,000 pounds. I use it 95% of the time for towing my glider (example), hauling glider gear to and from the airport, and when people visit from out of town once or twice a year and we don't fit into my normal day-to-day car (pics). In other words, I try not to waste gas by driving it only when needed. Heck, I even get an insurance break from driving it infrequently.
Posted by jzawodn at August 04, 2004 05:12 PM