Chapter 10.44
STOPPING FOR LOADING OR UNLOADING ONLY

Sections:

10.44.010    Loading zones—Marking—Authority.

10.44.020    Curb markings—Meanings—Authority to place.

10.44.030    Yellow loading zone—Time restrictions for loading and unloading.

10.44.040    White zones—Time restrictions for loading and unloading.

10.44.050    Standing in any alley.

10.44.060    Bus zones—Establishment—Authority.

10.44.070    Handicapped parking.

10.44.080    Violation—Penalty.

10.44.010 Loading zones—Marking—Authority.

A. The public works director or their designee(s) is authorized to determine and to mark loading zones and passenger loading zones as follows:

1. At any place in the central traffic district or any business district;

2. Elsewhere in front of the entrance to any place of business or in front of any hall or place used for the purpose of public assembly.

B. Loading zones shall be indicated by yellow paint upon the top of all curbs in the zones.

C. Passenger loading zones shall be indicated by white paint upon the top of all curbs in the zones. (Ord. 1628 § 30, 2016; prior code § 3211)

10.44.020 Curb markings—Meanings—Authority to place.

The public works director or their designee(s) is authorized, subject to the provisions and limitations of this chapter, to place, and when required herein shall place, the following curb markings to indicate parking or standing regulations, and the curb markings shall have the meanings as set forth in this section.

A. “Red” means no stopping, standing or parking at any time except as permitted by the Vehicle Code, and except that a bus may stop in a red zone marked or signed as a bus zone.

B. “Yellow” means no stopping, standing or parking at any time between seven a.m. and six p.m. every Monday to Saturday, and between one p.m. and six p.m. every Sunday, for any purpose other than the commercial loading or unloading of materials by a commercially registered and licensed vehicle or a professionally signed passenger vehicle that displays an authorized commercial loading zone permit. The commercial loading zone permit requirements and fee shall be established by resolution.

C. “White” means no stopping, standing or parking for any purpose other than loading or unloading of passengers, or for the purpose of depositing mail in an adjacent mailbox, which shall be from three minutes to a maximum of ten minutes, and such restrictions shall apply between seven a.m. and six p.m. every Monday to Saturday, and between one p.m. and six p.m. every Sunday, and except as follows:

1. When such zone is in front of a hotel or in front of a mailbox the restrictions shall apply at all times.

2. When such zone is in front of a theater the restrictions shall apply at all times.

D. When the public works director or their designee(s) as authorized under this chapter has caused curb markings to be placed, no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle adjacent to any such legible curb markings in violation of any of the provisions of this section. (Ord. 1628 § 31, 2016: Ord. 1567 § 1, 2011: Ord. 1343 § 1, 1998: Ord. 1331 § 5, 1998: Ord. 1096 § 1, 1987; Ord. 927 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 3211.1)

10.44.030 Yellow loading zone—Time restrictions for loading and unloading.

A. No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any yellow loading zone for any purpose other than loading or unloading material for such time as is permitted in this section.

B. The loading or unloading of materials shall be allowed only for those deliveries made by commercially registered and licensed vehicles or professionally signed passenger vehicles displaying an authorized commercial loading zone permit that is used for commercial business deliveries; also, the delivery or pickup of express and parcel post packages and United States mail. All other passenger vehicles not meeting the sign and permit requirements may not use a loading zone for any purpose except when the zone is not effective.

C. Permission herein granted to stop or stand a vehicle for the purpose of loading or unloading materials shall not extend beyond the time necessary therefor, and in no event for more than thirty minutes. Evidence that there was no activity involving the loading or unloading of materials into or from a vehicle during any continuous period of time of eight minutes or longer shall constitute prima facie evidence that the vehicle was parked longer than the time necessary for loading or unloading. The council may, by resolution, temporarily extend the time for unloading and loading of materials at select locations when it is deemed in the best interest of the public due to temporary conditions such as construction, street or public parking lot closures. (Ord. 1447 § 1, 2004; Ord. 1343 § 2, 1998: Ord. 1331 § 6, 1998: Ord. 927 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 3211.2)

10.44.040 White zones—Time restrictions for loading and unloading.

A. No person shall stop, stand or park any vehicle in any passenger loading zone or any vehicle other than a taxicab in a specially marked loading zone for any purpose other than the loading or unloading of passengers for such time as is specified in this section.

B. Permission herein granted to stop or park for purposes of loading or unloading passengers shall include the loading or unloading of personal baggage and shall not extend beyond the time necessary therefor and in no event for more than three minutes.

C. The council may, by resolution, allow taxicabs to stand in specially marked passenger loading zones and regular parking spaces for extended periods of time providing the driver is present in the cab.

D. Within the total time limits specified in this section the provisions of this section and Section 10.44.030 shall be enforced so as to accommodate necessary and reasonable loading or unloading, but without permitting abuse of the privileges hereby granted. (Ord. 927 § 1 (part), 1982: prior code § 3211.3)

10.44.050 Standing in any alley.

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle for any purpose other than the loading or unloading of persons or materials in any alley. Time limits for loading shall be as established in Sections 10.44.020, 10.44.030 and 10.44.040, except that these limitations shall apply twenty-four hours per day seven days a week, including Sundays and holidays. (Prior code § 3211.5)

10.44.060 Bus zones—Establishment—Authority.

A. The public works director or their designee(s) is authorized to establish bus zones for the loading and unloading of buses and common carriers or passengers, and to determine the location thereof.

B. Bus zones shall normally be established on the far side of an intersection. (Ord. 1628 § 32, 2016: prior code § 3211.6)

10.44.070 Handicapped parking.

No person other than a person described in Vehicle Code Section 22511.5 shall stop, stand or park in a parking space designated expressly for the use of handicapped persons.

A. The public works director or their designee(s) shall designate special “blue curb” parking spaces for the purpose of providing on-street parking for exclusive use by disabled persons.

B. The public works director or their designee(s) shall designate parking stalls or spaces in publicly owned, leased or controlled off-street parking facilities for exclusive use by disabled persons.

C. The city declares that there are privately owned and operated parking facilities which may reserve parking space for exclusive use by disabled persons.

D. Designation of parking spaces for disabled persons shall be made by posting immediately adjacent to and visible from same a sign consisting of the international symbol of access; on-street spaces shall be designated by blue paint on the curb or edge of the paved portion of the street adjacent to the space.

All off-street parking facilities shall display a white on blue sign not less than seventeen inches by twenty-two inches in size with lettering not less than one inch in height, which clearly states:

This facility is subject to public traffic regulations and control. Unauthorized vehicles not displaying distinguishing license plates or placards issued for physically handicapped persons will be issued citations and towed away at owners expense.

This sign shall also display the international symbol of access, and shall be posted at the entrance to the parking facility or immediately adjacent to and visible from the reserved space(s).

E. No person shall park or stand any vehicle in a disabled persons parking space designated as required in subsection D of this section, unless the vehicle bears a special license or displays a special placard issued under the provisions of Section 9105 or Section 22511.5 of the California Vehicle Code.

F. Blue curb on-street parking spaces shall be operative twenty-four hours a day, Sundays and holidays included; off-street disabled persons parking spaces shall be operative at all times the parking facilities in which they are located are open.

G. Parking zones for disabled persons are subject to any temporary parking prohibitions established by the city including daily prohibitions necessary for traffic control, construction and street maintenance.

H. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 10.64.030, fines for violation of this section shall be as set out in Vehicle Code Section 42001(a). (Ord. 1628 §§ 33, 34, 2016; prior code § 3211.7)

10.44.080 Violation—Penalty.

Every person convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punished by a fine for each separate offense as provided in Section 10.64.030. (Prior code § 3211.99)