Southern California is often renowned as the birthplace of lowrider culture and cruising. It’s safe to say that Californians and the lowrider community are celebrating this new year. As of January 1, 2024, cruising is now legal.
“As we’ve always said, cruising isn’t a crime,” Jovita Arellano, the president of the United Lowriders Coalition, shared with CBS8 in a recenter interview. “We’re really happy that the state assembly members, the senators, and the governor have embraced our culture that is really important to us.”
Authored by California Assemblymember David Alvarez and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom back in October 2023 — Assembly Bill 436, prohibits lowrider bans and anti-cruising ordinances across the state. It has now taken into effect this 2024.
“It is an honor to introduce this bill to acknowledge classic cars and cruising which is an expression of art and a cultural identity for many of us,” stated Assemblymember Alvarez back in February 2023 when he first introduced the bill.
This law has reversed a decades-old ban on cruising. You can read more on Assembly Bill 436 here.