The long-standing ban on lowriders ‘cruising’ on public roads in California cities will finally be lifted starting on January 1, 2024. This decision comes after years of criticism and controversy surrounding the prohibition of low-and-slow classic cars from driving in groups.
The ban on cruising, which was implemented in the 1980s and 1990s, was initially justified due to concerns about gang violence. However, opponents of the law argued that it unfairly targeted Hispanic and Black communities, and that the activity of cruising was an integral part of the lowrider culture.
The repeal of the ban was made possible by a bill signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. This new legislation not only allows lowriders to cruise in groups, but it also permits specific modifications such as the use of ‘kerb feelers’ that extend beyond the rims.
While many individuals in the lowrider community are celebrating this development, there are still opponents who associate cruising with illegal activities such as narcotics, DUIs, assaults, and gang violence. However, these concerns will not be relevant until 2024.
There is also some worry among lowrider enthusiasts about potential profiling and targeting by law enforcement. However, it remains to be seen how these situations will play out once the ban is officially lifted.
It’s worth noting that in countries like Australia, the use of hydraulic suspension systems, similar to those found in lowriders, is legal as long as they are installed by an approved mechanic. However, the vehicle still needs to comply with minimum height regulations.
Overall, the lifting of the cruising ban in California cities marks a significant moment for lowrider culture and provides an opportunity for these iconic vehicles to once again grace the streets in all their low-and-slow glory.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a lowrider?
A lowrider is a type of customized vehicle, often a classic car, that has been modified to have a lowered height and unique aesthetic features.
2. What is cruising?
Cruising refers to the act of driving slowly in a group, typically with lowriders, to showcase the cars and the culture associated with them.
3. What are ‘kerb feelers’?
Kerb feelers are extensions that protrude from the bodywork of a vehicle and hang below the bottom of the rims. They were traditionally used to help drivers navigate tight spaces without damaging the rims.
4. When will the cruising bans be lifted?
Starting from January 1, 2024, the bans on lowrider cruising will be lifted in all California cities that previously prohibited the activity.
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