Citizens Now Charged with a Crime for Repairing Their Own Car in Their Own Garage

Free Thought Project – by Matt Agorist

Residents in Sacramento face fines upwards of $500 for repairing their own car in their own driveway thanks to a tyrannical law.

In the land of the free, every day, local governments and municipalities trample the rights of citizens to do with their own property what they wish. Over the years we’ve seen people face jail time for the length of their grass, arrested for windmills, and even ticketed for growing food. Now, we’ve discovered a law in Sacramento, California that makes it illegal to repair a vehicle in your own garage.

According to the Sacramento’s Zoning Code, it is illegal for residents of the city to conduct almost any repair to their cars while it is parked in their driveway.

According to the authoritarian words scribbled onto paper by the city’s bureaucrats, “minor vehicle repair” is legal and is defined as follows:

Brake part replacement

Minor tune-ups

Change of oil and filter

Repair of flat tires

Lubrication

Other similar operations

(See section 5.2.0.B of the Zoning Code)

While this may seem reasonable to some, when you read the next section, you are quick to learn that the restrictions make it all but impossible to meet the requirements to carry out any of the aforementioned repairs without breaking the “law.”

2. Is Minor Vehicle Repair Permitted at Residences?

Yes. However, it is unlawful for any person to engage in, or permit others to engage in, minor vehicle repair or maintenance in any agricultural, agricultural-residential, residential, interim estate and interim residential zones under any of the following circumstances:

1. Using tools not normally found in a residence;

2. Conducted on vehicles registered to persons, not currently residing on the lot or parcel;

3. Conducted outside a fully enclosed garage and resulting in any vehicle being inoperable for a period in excess of twenty-four hours.

As Jason Torchinsky asks in an oped for MSN, “How exactly do you define “tools not normally found in a residence?” A socket set? A torque wrench? A brake drum puller? This feels like a rule that’s dangerously open to interpretation with pretty minimal supporting evidence.”

Number two is clearly there to prevent people from running off-the-books repair shops, but what if you’re working on a friend’s car? And number three means you can’t do anything unless you have an actual garage, and whatever you’re doing you better get it all wrapped up inside of one day, which, as most of us who’ve dealt with one stubborn, time-sucking, hard-to-reach bolt know, is not always possible.

Of course, “Major Automotive Repair,” that is, anything not explicitly defined under “Minor Automotive Repair,” is not legal anywhere on your own property, even if you’re doing it in the sanctity of your own closed garage.

Just in case you are thinking that this is some fluke archaic law that is not enforced, think again. People are indeed receiving massive fines for it. A commenter on the Grassroots Motorsports forum says he received a ridiculously high fine for fixing his car in his own driveway.

nimblemotorsports said:

umm, I have not been left alone, they levied a $430 fine yesterday. You can request a hearing to review the code enforcement decision, that costs $700 to complain.

As frequent readers of TFTP know, citations are backed by the threat of violence for non-payment. If the above commenter chooses to ignore the ticket, eventually police will come to his house to kidnap him. If he resists said kidnapping, he will be killed.

But don’t worry, the fine bureaucrats in the Sacramento government office justify this tyranny to keep you safe. They explain it in the following section.

5. Why is Code Enforcement Concerned About Residential Automotive Repair?

The chemicals involved in major automobile repair can pollute our neighborhoods and endanger the health and wellbeing of our residents. Furthermore, this kind of activity increases vehicle traffic and the visual impact can negatively impact property values.​

This justification rings hollow however, because improperly disposing of chemicals is already illegal, and as Torchinsky points out, law equipment uses most all of the same chemicals. Oh, and don’t forget Round-Up!

Besides, lawn and garden care have plenty of very harmful chemicals associated with them—weed killers, pesticides, poisons for all manner of animals and insects—and nobody’s trying to outlaw home gardening.

Of course, no one wants to live next to a home who has a dozen junked cars parked in the front yard dumping oil all over the ground. But this law goes far beyond any reasonable property code and the insanely high fines levied against residents are little more than predatory in nature.

If someone is repairing their own car in their own garage, there is a good chance they don’t have the money to bring it to the shop. Now, instead of only struggling to pay to fix their car, they are now struggling with a $400 promise of government violence. Thanks, Sacramento.

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10 Responses to Citizens Now Charged with a Crime for Repairing Their Own Car in Their Own Garage

  1. galen says:

    This is what communism looks like.

    I remember when the garage was a kind of a sacred space, so to speak, with all manner of ourselves stuffed in there. We go there for so many reasons. It’s our multi-purpose room. No one should intrude, EVER.

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  2. freedom paluzza says:

    “—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it”

    The Declaration’s fourth and final self-evident truth is that when a government destroys rather than secures its individual’s unalienable rights; those affected have a right and duty to abolish it, laying new foundations to best effect their safety and happiness.

  3. Enemy of the State says:

    Just be sure to have your gun on you while you change your spark plugs

    Might as well dig the hole now
    It won’t be long before it will be needed

  4. DL. says:

    So either the auto repair industry titans cajoled Sacramento to force this crap, or the band of complete idots who hate the fact that many smart men and women as well have the skills to deal with any SHTF repair scenario that could come about when “auto repair shops” can no longer remain open cajoled ’em. Just like Big Ag reps cajole cities to ban veggie gardens. Just like “environmentalist” nosey neighbors report a property owner they don’t like to the city council because “the lawn is too high.” Just like HOAs “fine” a property owner for “too big a flag” or other nonsense. Just like POAs “fine” property owners if a slight part of their house or water well is on “POA-right-of-way.”

    When it comes to local govt. “enforcement” of garbage “laws” there are no excuses for not getting them tossed out or not upholding what is illegal, Bill-of-Rights-wise. I’d say local bureaucrats are a lot easier to deal with than Federal or State bureaucrats!

  5. KOYOTE says:

    “As frequent readers of TFTP know, citations are backed by the threat of violence for non-payment. If the above commenter chooses to ignore the ticket, eventually police will come to his house to kidnap him. If he resists said kidnapping, he will be killed.”
    SOMETIMES, YOU HAVE TO PULL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TOGETHER. IF YOU GO DOWN, GO DOWN FIGHTING!!

  6. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “Now, instead of only struggling to pay to fix their car, they are now struggling with a $400 promise of government violence.”

    SHOOT WHOEVER COMES TO COLLECT.

    THEN SHOOT THE SUIT THAT SENT THE BAST@RDS!!!

  7. NC says:

    Unfrigginbelievable………………

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