Sacramento, California cited the possibility that homeowners might use toxic chemicals to repair their vehicles or that inoperative vehicles might diminish property values (and taxes) as the basis for making a host of vehicle repairs illegal.
While virtually unenforceable, it provides a snapshot into the mind of the typical California bureaucrat.
The new law specifically outlaws repairs that require "specialized tools" like torque wrenches and air compressors. I suppose that means we cannot add air to our tires without visiting a licensed repair facility.
It also makes illegal repairs that might take more than 24 hours. In fairness, they should also make it illegal for an auto parts store to supply you, the repair person, with the wrong parts for your vehicle. Many of my +24 hour repairs involved "wrong-parts" and multiple trips to get it right
It also makes it illegal to repair a vehicle owned by somebody else. So a resident of Sacramento cannot replace a turn-indicator bulb on a neighbor's vehicle. The City of Sacramento presumably expects the owner to pay to have the vehicle towed (not legal to drive, don't you know) to an approved, tax-paying facility to have the bulb replaced.
While we have not reached peak insanity, we are approaching it.
Wouldn't it be interesting to know if any of the City Council members of Sacramento have family members or "partners" who profit from auto repair facilities?