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City Attorney

Roger Baker
Tooele City Attorney

90 North Main Street
Tooele, UT 84074

Phone: 435.843.2120
Fax: 435.843.2129

Title 10. Chapter 3. Stopping, Standing and Parking

10-3-1. Regulation of parking.

The chief of police may prohibit, restrict or regulate the parking, stopping and standing of vehicles on any off-street parking facility or property which Tooele City owns or operates.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-2. Signs and color markings.

The city is authorized, subject to provisions and limitations of this title, to place and when required herein shall place and maintain appropriate signs or traffic markings to indicate stopping, standing or parking regulations. The following traffic markings shall designate zones and have the following meanings:

(1) Red curb means no stopping, standing or parking at any time.

(2) Yellow curb means no stopping, standing or parking except as designated by appropriate signs or traffic markings.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-3. Angle Parking.

The chief of police shall determine on what roadways angle parking shall be permitted and shall mark or sign such roadways. Angle parking shall not be permitted upon any federal-aid or state highway unless the Utah Department of Transportation has determined that the roadway is of sufficient width to permit angle parking without interfering with the free movement of traffic.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-4. Parallel parking.

No person shall stand or park a vehicle in a roadway provided with curb other than parallel with the edge of the roadway, headed in the direction of lawful traffic movement, and with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle within eighteen inches of the curb or edge of the roadway, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-5. Parking not to obstruct traffic.

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle upon a street in such a manner as to leave available less than ten feet of the width of the roadway for the free movement of vehicular traffic.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-6. All night parking.

No person shall park a vehicle on any street between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day from November 1 through March 31. This provision does not apply to authorized emergency vehicles.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-7. Parking for certain purposes prohibited.

No person shall park a vehicle upon any street for any of the following purposes:

(1) displaying such vehicle for sale;

(2) washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle except repairs necessitated by an emergency;

(3) displaying advertising;

(4) selling food or other merchandise in any commercial district.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-8. Parking at Tooele High School.

The parking regulations of the current Student-Parent Manual of Tooele High School are hereby adopted and shall be enforced upon the premises of Tooele High School only.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-9. Application of provisions.

The provisions of this chapter shall apply at all times, or at those times specified in this chapter, or as indicated on official signs, except when it is necessary to stop a vehicle to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or a official traffic-control device.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-10. Provisions not exclusive.

The provisions of this chapter imposing a time limit on parking shall not relieve any person from the duty to observe other and more restrictive provisions prohibiting or limiting the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles in specified places or at specified times.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-11. Vehicles - Registration and plates.

(1) Every vehicle at all times while standing or being stopped or parked upon the streets or alleys of this city shall:

(a) be registered in the name of the owner thereof in accordance with the laws of the state, unless such vehicle is not required by the laws of Utah to be registered in this state;

(b) display in proper position two valid, unexpired registration plates, one on the front and one on the rear of such vehicle; (c) when required, bear current validation or indicia of registration attached to the rear plate and in a manner complying with the laws of the state of Utah, which registration shall be free from defacement, mutilation, grease and other obscuring matters, so as to be plainly visible and legible at all times.

(2) If such vehicle is not required to be registered in this state, and the indicia of registration issued by another state, territory, possession or district of the United States, or of a foreign country, substantially complies with the provisions hereof, such registration shall be considered as in compliance with this section.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-12. Parking signs required.

(1) When the City desires to implement any site specific parking regulation that imposes a parking time limit or parking prohibition in a specific location, the City shall install and maintain appropriate signs and/or pavement markings that provide notice of the regulation at the location where enforcement is sought. This section shall not apply to the following:

(a) general parking regulations that apply citywide;

(b) general parking regulations that apply under specified circumstances or to places in general that meet specified criteria without identifying specific places by address, street name, or other specific place description;

(c) any provision of the Tooele City Code listed below:

i. §10-3-6

ii. §10-3-11

iii. §10-3-14

iv. §10-3-22

v. §10-3-23

vi. §10-3-24

vii. §10-3-25(1)

viii. §10-3-26

ix. 10-3-27; and,

(d) any State Code parking regulation of general application.

(3)When signs or pavement markings are erected or placed by direction of the city, it shall be a violation for any person to park a vehicle or allow such vehicle to remain parked upon any street for longer than the time specified or contrary to the signs or markings.

(Ord. 2007-31, 12-19-2007); (Ord. 1990-08, 06-14- 1990)

10-3-13. Approaching a parking space.

(1) No person shall move a vehicle in any manner or leave a parking space and then reenter it to avoid the intent of this chapter.

(2) Every driver about to enter a parking space being vacated shall stop the vehicle and wait to the rear of the vehicle in the actual process of vacating the parking space, and having so waited shall have prior right to the parking space over all other drivers.

(3) No driver shall stop a vehicle ahead of a parking space being vacated and attempt to interfere with a driver who has waited properly to the rear of a parking space being vacated.

(4) No driver shall stop and wait for a parking space unless the vehicle vacating the space is actually in motion in the process of vacating.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-14. Procedure for leaving vehicle unattended.

No driver or person in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition and removing the key and, when such motor vehicle is standing upon any perceptible grade, without effectively setting the brakes thereon and turning of the front wheels to the curb or side of the street.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-15. Lights on parked vehicles.

(1) Whenever a vehicle is lawfully parked upon any street, no lights need be displayed upon such parked vehicle.

(2) Any lighted headlamp upon a parked vehicle, except official emergency vehicles while in official use, shall be depressed or dimmed.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-16. Handicap parking - Public property.

(1) Handicap Parking in Restricted Areas.

(a) A handicapped person whose automobile has affixed thereto, as provided by law, the handicap license plate or a transferable motor vehicle identification card issued by the state of Utah, shall be entitled to park in the following identified restricted parking areas without charge, notwithstanding any other state or municipal parking restriction: freight loading zones, passenger loading zones and time-limited parking zones.

(b) It is unlawful for such handicapped person to park for longer than the maximum designated time at restricted parking areas.

(2) Designated Handicap Parking. The city is hereby authorized, at its discretion to reserve by appropriate signing, various public areas or property for handicap parking. It is unlawful for:

(a) any handicapped person to park longer than the time shown on the sign designating the area as “handicap parking”; or

(b) any vehicle to be parked in an area designated as handicapped parking, unless such vehicle has displayed upon it the handicap parking plate or transferable identification card issued by the state.

(3) Unlawful Use of Handicap License Plate. It is unlawful for any person using a vehicle with a handicap license plate or transferable motor vehicle identification card who is not handicapped to use handicap parking.

(4) Restricted Areas Not Authorized for Special Handicap Parking. Nothing herein shall be construed to permit parking by any individual, contrary to or as an exception to the limited purpose of any of the following designated areas:

(a) any area where official signs or traffic markings absolutely prohibit stopping, standing or parking;

(b) areas reserved for emergency use. “Emergency use”, as used herein, means and shall include, but not be limited to, those areas designated by red curb markings, also known as “red zones” designated as ambulance zones, fire hydrant zones, or fire lanes, whether on public or private property; or any other designated area of the city posted as restricted for emergency vehicles or emergency use;

(c) on a sidewalk area;

(d) in front or within five feet of a private driveway;

(e) within five feet of a fire hydrant, as measured in both directions along the street or highway curbline, from a line extending from the center of the hydrant to the curbline at its nearest point;

(f) within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;

(g) within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon or traffic-control device located at the side of a roadway;

(h) between a safety zone and the adjacent curb, or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless authorized signs or markings indicate a different length;

(i) within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;

(j) within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station, and on the side of a street opposite the entrance when properly signposted;

(k) alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing, or parking would obstruct or be hazardous to traffic;

(l) upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a street;

(m) at any place in any public park, playground or grounds of any public building other than on the roads or parking lots provided for public parking in accordance with provisions of any officially installed signs;

(n) on any footpath in any park or playground;

(o) taxi and bus stands or stops.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-17. Handicap parking - Private property.

Only those vehicles displaying a handicap license plate or transferable identification card issued by the state may park in any parking spot designated for the parking of handicapped persons. This restriction shall apply to and be enforceable upon public property and private property where parking is open to the general public, whether parking is provided to the general public for free or for a fee.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-18. Parking lots owned by the city.

(1) No person, on the premises of any parking lot owned by the city where a sign or signs are posted designating such parking lot as a parking lot of Tooele City, shall do any of the following:

(a) park any vehicle continuously in excess of 72 hours;

(b) park any boat, trailer or motor home;

(c) park any vehicle over 18 feet in length or eight feet wide;

(d) abandon any vehicle;

(e) make repairs on any vehicle;

(f) park any vehicle thereon which does not bear a valid license plate.

(2) Any vehicle found in violation of Subsection (1) is hereby declared to be a nuisance and may be summarily abated by removing any such vehicle by, or under the direction of, or at the request of a police officer or other officer charged with enforcing the parking laws of the city to a place of storage within the city by means of towing.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-19. Loading zones and restricted parking - Designation and signs.

The city is hereby authorized to determine the location of passenger and freight curb loading zones and restricted parking zones. The city shall place and maintain appropriate signs or markings indicating the same and stating the hours during which the provisions of this section are applicable.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-20. Freight curb loading zones.

(1) No person shall stop a vehicle or permit the same to remain stopped for any purpose or length of time other than for the expeditious loading or unloading of materials in any place marked as a freight curb loading zone during  the hours when the provisions applicable to such zones are in effect. In no case shall the stop for loading or unloading of materials exceed 30 minutes.

(2) The driver of a passenger vehicle may stop at a place marked as a freight curb loading zone for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading passengers provided that the driver must remain with the vehicle.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-21. Restricted parking zones.

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle for any purpose or length of time in any restricted parking zone other than for the purpose to which parking in such zone is restricted, except that a driver of a passenger vehicle may stop temporarily in such zone for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading of passengers when such stopping does not interfere with any vehicle which is waiting to enter or about to enter the zone for the purpose of parking in accordance with the  purposes to which parking is restricted. The driver must remain in the car.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-22. Parking in alleys.

No person shall park a vehicle within an alley except during the necessary and expeditious loading and  unloading of merchandise. No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within an alley in such a position as to block the driveway entrance or any abutting property, or interfere with the free movement of traffic through the alley.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-23. Double parking, standing or stopping.

No person shall park, stand or stop a vehicle upon the roadway side of another vehicle which is parked, standing or stopped except while actually engaged in loading or unloading passengers, or in compliance with directions of a police officer or traffic-control device, or when necessary to avoid other traffic.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-24. Stopping or parking - Roadways without curb.

(1) No person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon any roadway constructed without a curb, when it is practical to stop, park or so leave such vehicle off such roadway. In every event, such parked vehicle shall be parked in the direction of lawful traffic movement with an unobstructed width of the roadway opposite the standing vehicle left for the free passage of other vehicles, and a clear view of such stopped vehicles shall be available.

(2) This section shall not apply to the driver of any vehicle which is disabled while on the main traveled portion of a street in such manner and to such an extent that it is impossible to avoid stopping and temporarily leaving such disabled vehicle in such position.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-25. Stopping standing or parking prohibited in certain areas.

(1) No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic-control device, in any of the following places:

(a) on a sidewalk area;

(b) in front or within five feet of a private driveway;

(c) within an intersection;

(d) within five feet of a fire hydrant, as measured in both directions along the street or highway curbline from the line extending from the center of the hydrant to the curbline at its nearest point;

(e) on a crosswalk;

(f) within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;

(g) within 30 feet upon the approach of any flashing beacon or traffic-control device located at the side of a roadway;

(h) between a safety zone and the adjacent curb, or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless authorized signs or markings indicate a different length;

(i) within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;

(j) within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station, and on the side of a street opposite the entrance when properly signposted;

(k) alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction, when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct or be hazardous to traffic;

(l) upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a street;

(m) where official signs or traffic markings prohibit stopping, standing or parking;

(n) in any public park, playground or grounds of any public buildings other than on the roads or parking lots provided for public parking and then only in accordance with provisions of any signs, officially installed by direction of the city;

(o) on any footpath in any park or playground;

(p) within a fire lane, as designated by Tooele City, whether on public or private property;

(q) on any median or island, or on any dividing section of a roadway;

(r) on any public street or alley where the width of the roadway is less than 20 feet;

(s) on the south or east side of any public street or alley where the width of the roadway is over 20 feet, but less than 30 feet, unless otherwise directed by traffic control devices.

(2) No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any manner or position contrary to any sign or marking officially placed by direction of the city.

(3) No person shall move a vehicle under such person’s control into any such prohibited area, or upon any area not designated for vehicular travel or parking.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-26. Parking between curb and property line prohibited.

No person shall leave or cause to be left, or parked, any vehicle upon any portion of a street or highway between the curb lines or the later lines of a roadway and the adjacent property lines.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-27. Using streets for storage prohibited.

No person shall park a vehicle, boat, trailer, motor home, camper, motorcycle or other item upon any street for a period of time longer than 48 hours.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-28. Presumption of liability.

The fact that an automobile which is illegally parked is registered in the name of a person shall be sufficient to constitute a presumption that such person was in control of the automobile at the time of such parking.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-29. Parking violation - Owner's responsibility.

Whenever any vehicle shall have been parked in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, the person in whose name such vehicle is registered shall be prima facie responsible and strictly liable for such violation and the penalty therefor.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-30. Moving illegally parked vehicles - Police authority.

Whenever any police officer finds a vehicle parked or standing upon a street and such vehicle is creating a danger to persons or property, such officer is hereby authorized to move such vehicle or require the driver or other person in charge of the vehicle to move the same, to a position off the main-traveled part of such street.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-31. Violations - Penalties.

(1) Any person violating a provision of this chapter shall be liable for a $25 civil penalty. Any penalty assessed under this chapter may be in addition to such other penalties as may be provided in this title.

(2) Any penalty that is paid within 20 days from the date of receipt of notice shall be reduced by $10.

(3) Any penalty that remains unpaid beyond 30 days from date of receipt of notice shall be increased by $10.

(4) Any penalty that remains unpaid beyond 60 days from the date of receipt of notice shall be increased by an additional $15.

(5) As used in this chapter, “receipt of notice” means the affixing of a notice to the vehicle alleged to have been employed in such violation, or by delivery of such notice to the owner or driver thereof.

(Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-32. Parking Violations - Appeal procedure.

Appeal of civil penalties imposed under this Chapter shall be to the Administrative Hearing Officer.

(Ord. 2013-07, 04-17-2013); (Ord. 2006-02, 01-04-2006); (Ord. 1990-08, 06-14-1990)

10-3-33. Using parking lots and vacant lots to display used vehicles for sale.

(1) It shall be unlawful for the owner of a motor vehicle, trailer or boat, or any other person, to park, cause to be parked or allow to be parked the motor vehicle, trailer or boat on a vacant lot or parking lot owned by another person for the purpose of displaying the motor vehicle, trailer or boat for sale unless the owner or lessee of the property on which it is parked has a city business license to sell motor vehicles, trailers or boats at that location.

(2) It shall be unlawful for the owner or lessee of real property to allow another person to park a motor vehicle, trailer or boat on the property for the purpose of displaying the motor vehicle, trailer or boat for sale unless the owner or lessee of the real property is duly licensed to engage in the business of selling motor vehicles, trailers or boats at that location.

(3) Law enforcement personnel shall cause a notice of violation to be placed upon vehicles, trailers or boats parked in violation of this Section. If the vehicle, trailer or boat is not removed within 24 hours thereafter, and if the property owner or lessee indicates that the vehicle was left on the property without permission of the owner or lessee, the vehicle shall be impounded as a nuisance to be released to the owner or responsible party.

(Ord. 1994-29, 07-06-1994)

 

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