Fresno legalizes cruising after three decades

People can drive their lowriders around Fresno as the city moved to comply with a new state law.

Cruising is once again legal in Fresno after being banned for over 30 years. 

The Fresno City Council unanimously supported lifting the ban on Thursday, a move which puts the city in compliance with a new state law that removes the ability of local governments to regulate cruising. 


The backstory: Nearly 34 years ago Fresno enacted a cruising ban on the premise of keeping communities safe and addressing concerns involving traffic, noise and crime. 

  • Last year Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 436 into law to repeal all cruising bans, which had strong bipartisan support in the Legislature. 

The big picture: Now people in Fresno can modify their cars to sit lower to the ground and can drive them around town without being in trouble with the law. 

  • Councilman Luis Chavez penned the ordinance, which had been introduced to the council last month and was officially adopted on Thursday. 
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