“Coasting” Downhill in Neutral - Vehicle Code § 21710


“Coasting” Downhill in Neutral

What counts as a violation of Vehicle Code § 21710?

Vehicle Code § 21710 states, “The driver of a motor vehicle when traveling on down grade upon any highway shall not coast with the gears of such vehicle in neutral.” 

To avoid a conviction under Vehicle Code § 21710, a vehicle must be in neutral while the vehicle is proceeding downhill on a public roadway or highway. 

What is the punishment for a violation of Vehicle Code § 21710?

A violation of Vehicle Code § 21710 is an infraction punishable by a fine of $238.

What defenses are available to Vehicle Code § 21710?

  1. You were not driving downhill 
  2. Your vehicle was not in neutral 
  3. You were driving on private property