CHAPTER 1
TRAFFIC

ARTICLE 1 - DEFINITIONS; GENERAL

The following words and phrases, when used in this Chapter, shall for the purpose of this Chapter, have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this Article:

61.1.1 GENERALLY.

All definitions contained in the Vehicle Code of this State are incorporated by reference.

61.1.2 BUS ZONE.

The space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of buses during the loading and unloading of passengers.

61.1.3 CONTROLLED HIGHWAY.

A controlled highway is a highway or portion thereof at the entrance to which signals, stop or yield signs have been placed.

61.1.4 LOADING ZONE.

The space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials.

61.1.5 MAIL DEPOSIT ZONE.

The space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of depositing mail from an automobile into an official snorkel collection box.

61.1.6 OFFICIAL TIME STANDARD.

Whenever certain hours are named herein, they shall mean standard time or daylight saving time as may be in current use by this City.

61.1.7 PARKWAY.

That portion of a street other than a roadway or a sidewalk.

61.1.8 PASSENGER LOADING ZONE.

The space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers.

61.1.9 PEDESTRIAN.

Any person afoot.

61.1.10 SERVICE ROAD.

That portion of the roadway within the highway right-of-way parallel with and adjacent to the main through highway and generally used as a buffer and a collector street for the abutting property.

61.1.11 TRUCK.

For the purpose of this Chapter "truck" is any vehicle designed or operated for the transportation of property, and whose combined body and load weight exceed 8,000 pounds (4 tons).

ARTICLE 2 - ADMINISTRATION

61.2.1 DUTIES OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT GENERALLY.

a)    Accident Reports. The Police Department shall maintain a suitable system of filing traffic accident reports. Such reports shall be available for the use and information of the Traffic Engineer.

b)    Annual Traffic Report. Information to be shown. The Police Department shall annually prepare a traffic report which shall be filed with the Clerk of the City Council. Such report shall contain information on traffic matters in this City as follows:

1)    The number of traffic accidents, the number of persons killed, the number of persons injured and other pertinent traffic accident data:

2)    The number of traffic accidents investigated and other pertinent data on the safety activities of the Police; and

3)    The plans and recommendations of this Traffic Division for future traffic safety activities.

61.2.2 THE TRAFFIC DIVISION.

a)    Establishment. The Traffic Division is hereby established in the Police Department of this City under the control of the Chief of Police.

b)    Duties of the Traffic Division. The Traffic Division shall with such aid as may be rendered by other members of the Police Department:

1)    Enforce the traffic regulations of this City, all State vehicle laws applicable to traffic in this City and all other vehicle laws applicable to traffic in this City;

2)    Make arrests for traffic violations, investigate traffic accidents and cooperate with the City Traffic Engineer and other officers of the City in the administration of the traffic laws and in developing ways and means to improve traffic conditions;

3)    Whenever the accidents at any particular location become numerous, cooperate with the City Traffic Engineer in conducting studies of such accidents and determining remedial measures; and

4)    Carry out those duties specially imposed upon said division by this Chapter and the traffic ordinances of this City.

61.2.3 CITY TRAFFIC ENGINEER.

a)    Establishment. The Office of City Traffic Engineer is hereby established.

b)    Duties of Traffic Engineer. The City Traffic Engineer shall:

1)    Determine the proper installation and maintenance of traffic control devices and signals;

2)    Conduct engineering analysis of traffic accidents and devise remedial measures:

3)    Conduct engineering and traffic investigations of traffic conditions;

4)    Cooperate with other City officials in the development of ways and means to improve traffic conditions; and

5)    Have the exclusive power and duty to place and maintain, or cause to be placed and maintained, official traffic control devices and signals when and as required or authorized by law.

ARTICLE 3 - ENFORCEMENT

61.3.1 ENFORCEMENT OF CITY TRAFFIC LAWS.

The officers of the Police Department or such officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police shall enforce all street traffic laws applicable to street traffic in this City.

61.3.2 DIRECTION OF TRAFFIC.

Officers of the Police Department, or such officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police, or any other City employee, in the performance of his official duties, are hereby authorized to direct all traffic by voice, hand or signal, in conformance with traffic laws; all other persons are expressly forbidden from such direction.

61.3.3 ENFORCEMENT OF PROVISIONS ON PRIVATELY OWNED AND MAINTAINED ROADS.

The City may, by resolution, declare that the provisions of this Chapter and the provisions of the California Vehicle Code apply to private roads; such resolution shall be passed pursuant to and expressly limited by the provisions of California Vehicle Code 21107.5 with respect to roads open to public use or California Vehicle Code 21107.7 with respect to roads not open to public use.

61.3.4 REMOVAL OF CHALK MARKS.

No person shall remove, obliterate or conceal any chalk mark or other distinguishing mark used by any police officer or other employee or officer of this City in connection with the enforcement of the parking regulations of this Chapter.

61.3.5 EXEMPTIONS AS TO EMERGENCY, ETC. VEHICLES.

The provisions of this Chapter regulating the operation, parking and standing of vehicles shall not apply to any vehicle of the Police or Fire Department, any public ambulance or any public utility vehicle or any private ambulance, which public utility vehicle or private ambulance has qualified as an authorized emergency vehicle, when any vehicle mentioned in this Section is operated in the manner specified in the Vehicle Code in response to an emergency call. The foregoing exemptions shall not, however, protect the driver of any such vehicle from the consequences of his willful disregard of the safety of others. The provisions of this Chapter regulating the parking or standing of vehicles shall not apply to any vehicle of a City department or public utility while necessarily in use for construction or repair work or any vehicle owned by the United States while in use for the collection, transportation or delivery of the United States Mail.

61.3.6 REPORTS OF DAMAGE TO CITY, ETC. PROPERTY.

a)    The driver of a vehicle or the person in charge of any animal involved in any accident resulting in damage to any property publicly owned or owned by a public utility, including, but not limited to any fire hydrant, ornamental lighting post, telephone pole, electric light or power pole, or resulting in damage to any ornamental shade tree, traffic control device or other property of a like nature located in or along any street, shall, without unnecessary delay, make a written report of such accident to the Police Department of this City.

b)    Every such report shall state the time when and the place where the accident took place, the name and address of the person owning and of the person driving or in charge of such vehicle or animal, the license number of every such vehicle, and shall briefly describe the property damaged in such accident.

61.3.7 DRIVING ON SIDEWALK AREA OR PARKWAYS.

Except as otherwise provided, the driver of a vehicle shall not drive within any sidewalk area or any parkway.

61.3.8 DRIVING ON NEW PAVEMENT OR FRESHLY PAINTED MARKING.

No person shall ride or drive any animal or any vehicle over or across any newly made pavement or freshly painted marking in any street or sidewalk when a barrier or sign is in place warning persons not to drive over or across such pavement, sidewalk or marking, or when a sign is in place stating that the street or any portion thereof is closed.

61.3.9 DRIVING ONTO OR FROM LIMITED ACCESS ROADWAYS.

No person shall drive a vehicle onto or from any limited access roadway except at such entrances and exits as are established by public authority.

61.3.10 CERTAIN LOADS PROHIBITED.

It shall be unlawful for any person to propel or cause to be propelled, any motor or other vehicle within the City which shall have any material attached thereto in such a manner as to allow the same to drag upon the street over which such vehicle passes.

61.3.11 VEHICLES USING PRIVATE DRIVEWAYS.

No person shall operate or drive a vehicle in, on or across any private driveway approach or sidewalk area or the driveway itself without the consent of the owner or occupant of the property, provided that where entry is for the purpose of doing business on the premises such consent shall be implied.

61.3.12 REPLACEMENT OF HIGHWAY FLARES.

(Added by O-1642)

Any member of the Police Department may give flares to any person as replacement for flares used by such person to warn traffic of an accident or any hazardous condition on a highway, provided that such person was not required by law to give such warning. The officer shall not replace such flares unless he is reasonably satisfied that such person in fact placed the flares for which replacement is requested. Replacement of flares shall be in lieu of any other reimbursement for said flares.

ARTICLE 4 - TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES

61.4.1 INSTALLATION OF TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES.

a)    Whenever the Vehicle Code of this State requires for the effectiveness of any provision thereof that traffic control devices be installed to give notice to the public of the application of such law, the City Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized to install the necessary devices subject to any limitations or restrictions set forth in the law applicable thereto.

b)    The City Traffic Engineer may also place and maintain such additional traffic control devices as he may deem necessary to regulate traffic or to guide or warn traffic, but he shall make such determination only upon the basis of traffic engineering principles and traffic investigations and in accordance with such standards, limitations and rules as may be set forth in the traffic ordinances of this City or as may be determined by ordinance or resolution of the City Council.

61.4.2 HOURS OF OPERATION.

The City Traffic Engineer shall determine the hours and days during which any traffic control device shall be in operation or be in effect, except in those cases where such hours or days are specified in this Chapter.

61.4.3 LANE MARKINGS ON ROADWAYS.

The City Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized to mark centerlines and lane lines upon the surface of the roadway to indicate the course to be traveled by vehicles and may place signs temporarily designating lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction, regardless of the centerline of the highway. Where authorized signs have been placed designating off-center traffic lanes, no person shall disobey the instructions given by such signs.

61.4.4 INSTALLATION OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS.

a)    The City Traffic Engineer shall install and maintain official traffic signals at those intersections and other places where traffic conditions require that the flow of traffic be alternately interrupted and released in order to prevent or relieve traffic congestion or to protect life or property from exceptional hazard.

b)    The City traffic Engineer shall ascertain and determine the locations where such signals are required by field observation, traffic counts, and other traffic information as may be pertinent; his determinations therefrom shall be made in accordance with those traffic, engineering and safety standards and instructions set forth in the California Maintenance Manual issued by the Division of Highways of the State Department of Public Works.

61.4.5 AUTHORITY TO REMOVE TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES.

The City Traffic Engineer may remove, relocate or discontinue the operation of any traffic control device not specifically required by State law, this Chapter or any other ordinance of the City whenever he shall determine in any particular case that the conditions which warranted or required the installation no longer exist or obtain.

61.4.6 ERECTION OF STOP SIGNS.

(Amended by O-2038)

Whenever the City Traffic Engineer determines upon the basis of a traffic study and engineering principles that mandatory stop control and right-of-way assignment is necessary, he may designate any City street or portion thereof as a through street and may erect stop signs at entrances thereto. He may designate any City intersection at which vehicles are required to stop and may erect stop signs at one or more entrances thereto.

61.4.7 SERVICE ROAD.

(Amended by O-1640)

a)    For the purpose of traffic control, a service road shall be a separate roadway and all control thereon shall be independent of the controlled highway.

b)    Whenever a service road intersects a street which in turn intersects that street which is parallel to the service road, the City Traffic Engineer shall cause to be placed, stop signs controlling the approaches of the service road.

61.4.8 ONE-WAY STREETS AND ALLEYS.

Whenever any ordinance or resolution of this City designates any one-way street or alley, the City Traffic Engineer shall place and maintain signs giving notice thereof, and no such regulations shall be effective unless such signs are in place. Signs indicating the direction of lawful traffic movement shall be placed at every intersection where movement of traffic in the opposite direction is prohibited.

61.4.9 TURNING SIGNS.

The City Traffic Engineer is authorized to place markers, buttons or signs within or adjacent to intersections indicating the course to be traveled by vehicles turning at such intersections, and such course to be traveled as so indicated may conform to or be other than as prescribed by this Code or any other law or ordinance.

61.4.10 OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC SIGNS.

When authorized markers, buttons or other indications are placed within an intersection indicating the course to be traveled by vehicles turning thereat, no driver of a vehicle shall disobey the directions of such indications.

61.4.11 RESTRICTED TURN SIGNS.

The City Traffic Engineer may determine those intersections at which drivers of vehicles shall not make a right, left or U-turn, and shall place proper signs at such intersections. The making of such turns may be prohibited between certain hours of any day and permitted at other hours, in which event the same shall be plainly indicated on the signs or they may be removed when such turns are permitted.

61.4.12 YIELD RIGHT-OF-WAY SIGNS.

(Added by O-1866)

The City Traffic Engineer is authorized to place Yield Right-Of-Way Signs at those intersections where it is determined by an engineering study that right-of-way control and assignment is necessary.

61.4.13 NO PARKING-STREET SWEEPING.

(Added by O-1899)

The City Traffic Engineer is authorized to place "No Parking Street Sweeping" signs on those streets where it is determined by an engineering study that such control is necessary to maintain proper sanitation standards in the public right-of-way.

ARTICLE 5 - PEDESTRIANS

61.5.1 ESTABLISHMENT OF CROSSWALKS.

a)    The City Traffic Engineer shall establish, designate and maintain marked crosswalks at intersections and other places by appropriate devices, marks or lines upon the surface of the roadway, as follows:

1)    Crosswalks shall be established and maintained at intersections and at other places, where the City Traffic Engineer determines that there is particular hazard to pedestrians crossing the roadway, subject to the limitation contained in subsection b) of this Section.

b)    Other than crosswalks at intersections, no crosswalk shall by established in any block which is less than four hundred (400) feet in length. Elsewhere, not more than one (1) additional crosswalk shall be established in any one (1) block and such crosswalk shall be located as nearly as practicable in mid-block.

61.5.2 USE OF CROSSWALKS IN BUSINESS DISTRICTS.

No pedestrian shall cross a roadway other than by a crosswalk except where access to crosswalks is limited so as to make crossing at a crosswalk unreasonable.

61.5.3 CROSSING ROADWAYS AT RIGHT ANGLES.

No pedestrian shall cross a roadway at any place other than by a route at right angles to the curb or by the shortest route to the opposite curb except in a marked crosswalk.

61.5.4 STANDING IN ROADWAYS.

Notwithstanding other provisions of this Code, when there is a sidewalk available, no person shall stand in any roadway, other than in a safety zone or in a crosswalk, if such action interferes with the lawful movement of traffic. Where there is no sidewalk available pedestrians must walk as close to the side of the roadway as is possible.

61.5.5 USE OF CENTER DIVIDER.

(Added by O-2682)

a)    No person shall use a painted or raised median or center divider of a publicly maintained roadway for sales of goods or services, advertising, solicitation, distribution of information or literature, picketing or any purpose other than those specified in subsection b) hereof.

b)    Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit any person who is otherwise lawfully engaged in crossing a publicly maintained roadway from temporarily stopping on a median or center divider to permit motor vehicles to pass.

ARTICLE 6 - STOPPING, STANDING AND PARKING

61.6.1 APPLICATION OF ARTICLE.

(Amended by O-2057)

a)    The provisions of this Article prohibiting the stopping, standing or parking of a vehicle shall apply at all times, or at those times herein specified, 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 traffic control device.

b)    The provisions of this Article imposing a time limit on standing or parking shall not relieve any person from the duty to observe other and more restrictive provisions of the State Vehicle Code or the ordinances of this City, prohibiting or limiting the standing or parking of vehicles in specified places or at specified times.

c)    Whenever the City Traffic Engineer determines upon the basis of a traffic study and engineering principles that the limiting or prohibiting of stopping, standing or parking of vehicles on any city street is necessary, he may designate any city street or portion thereof accordingly, and shall install appropriate signs giving notice thereof. He may designate any city street on which vehicles cannot stop and are subject to TOW AWAY for violation when appropriate signs are posted giving notice thereof.

61.6.2 STOPPING OR PARKING IN PARKWAYS.

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within any parkway.

61.6.3 AUTHORITY OF POLICE TO IMPOUND VEHICLES.

(Amended by O-2545)

a)    Any vehicle which has been parked or left standing upon any street or highway for seventy-two (72) hours may be removed by any police or services officer of the City by towage or otherwise and stored in a public garage in the City. The expense of towing and storing any vehicle found parked in violation of this Chapter shall be borne by the person violating this Chapter or the legal owner thereof.

b)    Whenever any police or services officer removes a vehicle as authorized in this Section, such officer shall give the notices thereof as provided in Section 22852 of the Vehicle Code of the State of California.

61.6.4 PARKING VEHICLES IN EXCESS OF SEVENTY-TWO (72) HOURS.

(Amended by 3226)

No person shall park or leave standing, or cause to have parked or left standing, any vehicle on any street in the City for seventy-two (72) or more consecutive hours. This provision shall not be construed to authorize parking in excess of the regulatory time period otherwise provided in this Chapter and all amendments thereto.

61.6.5 PARKING FOR PURPOSES OF DISPLAY OR REPAIR.

No person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of:

a)    Displaying such vehicle for sale;

b)    Washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle except repairs necessitated by an emergency.

61.6.6 PARKING ON LEFT-HAND SIDE OF ROADWAY

a)    Subject to other and more restrictive limitations, a vehicle may be stopped or parked within eighteen (18) inches on the left-hand curb facing in the direction of traffic movement upon any one-way street unless signs or markings or both are in place prohibiting such stopping or standing.

b)    In the event a highway includes two (2) or more separate roadways and traffic is restricted to one direction upon any such roadway, no person shall stand or park a vehicle upon the left-hand side of such one-way roadway unless signs are in place permitting such standing or parking.

c)    The City Traffic Engineer is authorized to determine when standing or parking shall be prohibited upon the left-hand side of any one-way street or when standing or parking may be permitted upon the left-hand side of any one-way roadway of a highway having two (2) or more separate roadways and shall erect signs giving notice thereof.

61.6.7 ANGLE PARKING.

Whenever any provisions of this Code or other ordinance of this City designates and describes any street or portion thereof upon which angle parking shall be permitted, the City Traffic Engineer shall mark or sign such street indicating the angle at which vehicles shall be parked.

61.6.8 METHOD OF PARKING IN PLACES WHERE PERMITTED.

a)    When signs or markings are in place indicating angle parking as herein provided, no person shall park or stand a vehicle other than at the angle to the curb or edge of the roadway indicated by such signs or markings.

b)    When signs or markings are in place indicating parallel parking, no person shall park or stand a vehicle other than as indicated by such signs or markings.

c)    No person driving, or in control of, or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand on any highway unattended when upon any grade exceeding three (3) percent within any business or residence district, without blocking the wheels of said vehicle by turning them against the curb or by other means.

61.6.9 PARKING ADJACENT TO SCHOOLS.

The City Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized to erect signs indicating no parking upon that side of any street adjacent to any school property when such parking would, in his opinion, interfere with traffic or create a hazardous situation.

61.6.10 PARKING ON NARROW STREETS.

(Amended by O-1618)

a)    The City Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized to place signs or markings indicating no parking upon any street when the width of the roadway is less than twenty-seven (27) feet, or upon one side of a street as indicated by such signs or markings when the width of the roadway is less than thirty-four (34) feet.

b)    When official signs or markings prohibiting parking are erected upon narrow streets as authorized herein, no person shall park a vehicle upon any such street in violation of any such sign or marking.

61.6.11 PARKING PROHIBITED IN SPECIFIED PLACES WHEN SIGNS, ETC. ERECTED.

The City Traffic Engineer shall appropriately sign or mark the following places and when so signed or marked no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle.

a)    At any place within twenty (20) feet of a point on the curb immediately opposite the mid-block end of a crosswalk.

b)    At any place within twenty-five (25) feet of an intersection in any business district except that a bus may stop at a designated bus stop.

c)    Within twenty-five (25) feet of the approach to any traffic signal, boulevard stop sign, or official electric flashing device.

d)    At any place where the City Traffic Engineer determines that it is necessary in order to eliminate unusual traffic hazard.

61.6.12 PARKING OF VEHICLES, CARTS, ETC. FROM WHICH FOODSTUFFS, ETC. ARE SOLD; REGULATIONS.

Except as otherwise provided in the following section, no person shall stand or park any vehicle, wagon or pushcart from which goods, wares, merchandise, fruits, vegetables or foodstuffs are sold, displayed, solicited or offered for sale, or bartered or exchanged, or any lunchwagon or eating cart or vehicle, on any portion of any street within this City, except that such vehicles, wagons or pushcarts may stand or park only at the request of a bona fide purchaser for a period of time not to exceed ten (10) minutes at any one place. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to persons delivering such article upon order of, or by agreement with a customer from a store or other fixed place of business or distribution.

61.6.13 EMERGENCY NO PARKING SIGNS.

a)    Whenever the City Traffic Engineer shall determine that an emergency traffic congestion is likely to result from the holding of public or private assemblages, gatherings or functions. or for other reasons, the City Traffic Engineer shall have power and authority to order temporary signs to be erected or posted indicating that the operation, parking or standing of vehicles is prohibited on such streets and alleys as the City Traffic Engineer shall direct during the time such temporary signs are in place. Such signs shall remain in place only during the existence of such emergency and the City Traffic Engineer shall cause such signs to be removed promptly thereafter.

b)    When signs authorized by the provisions of this Section are in place giving notice thereof, no person shall operate, park or stand any vehicle contrary to the directions and provisions of such signs.

c)    When any vehicle is illegally parked as herein above described, any police officer or other authorized person may remove said vehicle from said street or alley; provided, however, that said emergency no parking signs together with notice of removal of vehicle for violation thereof shall have been erected or placed at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to said removal.

61.6.14 PARKING IN FRONT OF ENTRANCES AND EXITS OF THEATRES, DANCE HALLS, PUBLIC HALLS OR ASSEMBLY ROOMS PROHIBITED; EXCEPTIONS.

It shall be unlawful for any person to park, or cause to be parked, any vehicle in front of the entrance to or exit from any theatre, dance hall, public hall or assembly room within the City where such entrance or exit opens directly on the public walk, provided, however, that the provisions of this Section shall not apply to a vehicle loading or unloading passengers when such passengers intend to enter any such theatre, dance hall, public hall or assembly room, or to pick up passengers directly in front of such theatre, dance hall, public hall or assembly room, who, at the time of the approach of such vehicle, are awaiting transportation from such position.

61.6.15 CURB MARKINGS TO INDICATE PARKING.

(Amended by O-2618)

The City Traffic Engineer is hereby 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. Such curb marking shall have the meanings as herein set forth.

a)    Red shall mean 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 shall mean no stopping, standing or parking at any time between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day except Sundays and legal holidays for any purpose other than the loading or unloading of passengers or materials; provided, that the loading or unloading of passengers shall not consume more than three (3) minutes nor the loading or unloading of materials more than twenty (20) minutes.

c)    White shall mean no stopping, standing or parking for any purpose other than loading or unloading of passengers, which shall not exceed three (3) minutes and such restrictions shall apply between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day except Sundays and legal holidays and except as follows:

1)    When such zone is in front of a hotel, the restrictions shall apply at all times;

2)    When such zone is in front of a theatre, the restrictions shall apply at all times except when such theatre is closed.

d)    Green shall mean no standing or parking for a period of time longer than twenty (20) minutes at any time between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day except Sundays and legal holidays.

e)    Blue shall mean parking limited exclusively to the vehicles of physically handicapped persons displaying specified distinguishing license plates.

61.6.16 UNAUTHORIZED PAINTING OF CURBS.

No person, unless authorized by the City Traffic Engineer shall paint any street or curb surface; provided, however, that this Section shall not apply to the painting of numbers on a curb surface by any person who has complied with the provisions of any resolution or ordinance of the City pertaining thereto.

61.6.17 PARKING IN VIOLATION OF PRECEDING SECTION.

When the City Traffic Engineer, as authorized under the provisions of the preceding Section, has caused curb markings to be placed, no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle adjacent to any such legible curb marking in violation of any of the provisions of the preceding Section.

61.6.18 LIMITED PARKING HOURS.

(Added by O-1090; Amended by O-1442)

When authorized signs are in place giving notice of limited parking hours, no person shall stop, stand or park any vehicle contrary to the directions and provisions of such signs.

61.6.19 RESTRICTED PARKING DUE TO WEIGHT.

It shall be unlawful for any person to park any motor or other vehicle on any roadway in the city for a greater period than one (1) hour if the total weight of such vehicle and load thereon exceeds eight thousand (8,000) pounds.

61.6.20 PERMIT FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING BY BACKING TO CURB.

The head of the Traffic Division is authorized to issue special permits to permit the backing of a vehicle to the curb for the purpose of loading or unloading merchandise or materials subject to the terms and conditions of such permit. Such permits may be issued either to the owner or lessee of real property or to the owner of the vehicle and shall grant to such person the privilege as therein stated and authorized herein, and it shall be unlawful for any permittee or other person to violate any of the special terms and conditions of any such permit.

61.6.21 AUTHORITY TO DETERMINE AND MARK ZONE.

a)    The City Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized to determine and to mark loading zones and passenger loading zones as follows:

1)    At any place in 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)    In no event shall more than one-half (1/2) of the total curb length in any block be reserved for loading zone purposes.

c)    Loading zones shall be indicated by a yellow paint line stenciled with black letters, LOADING ONLY, upon the top of all curbs within such zones.

d)    Passenger loading zones shall be indicated by a white line stenciled with black letters, PASSENGER LOADING ONLY, upon the top of all curbs in such zones.

e)    Handicapped persons parking zones shall be indicated by a blue curb marking within such zones.

61.6.22 RESTRICTIONS AND TIME LIMITS UPON PERMISSION TO LOAD OR UNLOAD.

a)    Permission granted under the provisions of this Chapter, to stop or stand a vehicle for purposes of loading or unloading of materials shall apply only to commercial vehicles and shall not extend beyond the time necessary therefor, and in no event for more than twenty (20) minutes.

b)    The loading or unloading of materials shall apply only to commercial deliveries, also the delivery or pickup of express and parcel post packages and United States Mail.

c)    Permission granted under the provisions of this Chapter to stop or park for purposes of loading or unloading passengers shall include the loading or unloading of personal baggage, but shall not extend beyond the time necessary therefor and in no event for more than three (3) minutes.

d)    Within the total time limits above specified, the provisions of this Section shall be enforced so as to accommodate necessary and reasonable loading or unloading but without permitting abuse of the privileges hereby granted.

61.6.23 STOPPING, ETC. IN YELLOW LOADING ZONES.

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

61.6.24 STOPPING, ETC. IN PASSENGER LOADING ZONES.

No person shall stop, stand or park in a passenger loading zone for any purpose other than the loading or unloading of passengers for such time as is specified in Section 61.6.22.

61.6.25 BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 8 P.M. FOR PERSONS ENGAGED IN WHOLESALE OR RETAIL BUSINESS PROHIBITED; EXCEPTIONS.

It shall be unlawful for any person, whether acting as principal, agent or employee, or in any other legal capacity, to load or unload from any motor vehicle between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8 p.m. of any day, any goods, wares or merchandise of any size or character received or shipped by any person engaged in any wholesale or retail business in the City, upon any public highway in the City, except the public alleys in the City where the building in which such business is being conducted has a rear entrance on such alley or alleys.

61.6.26 BUS ZONES.

a)    Authority to Establish. The City Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized to establish bus zones opposite curb space for the loading and unloading of buses or common carriers of passengers and to determine the location thereof subject to the directives and limitations set forth in this Section.

b)    Length. No bus zone shall exceed eighty (80) feet in length except that when satisfactory evidence has been presented to the City Traffic Engineer showing the necessity therefor, the City Traffic Engineer may extend bus zones not to exceed a total length of one hundred (100) feet.

c)    Location Near Intersections. Bus zones shall normally be established on the far side of an intersection.

d)    Curb Markings. The City Traffic Engineer shall cause to be painted, a red line stenciled with the words, BUS ZONE, upon the top or side of all curbs and places specified as a bus zone.

e)    Stopping, etc. in Zones. No person shall stop, stand or park any vehicle except a bus in a bus zone.

61.6.27 STOPPING IN ALLEYS.

(Added by O-1663)

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any alley for any purpose other than the loading or unloading of persons or materials.

61.6.28 PARKING ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY.

(Added by O-1968; Amended by O-3060)

a)    No person other than a public officer or employee acting within the scope of his employment in the performance of a duty imposed by law, shall park any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, in any private driveway or upon any public or private property, except a highway, without the express or implied consent of the owner or person in lawful possession of such driveway or property. This Section does not prohibit any act, either expressly authorized or expressly prohibited, by either Section 602 of the Penal Code or Section 21113 of the Vehicle Code of the State of California, or by any other State law.

b)    The signs prohibiting public parking and indicating that vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense, which signs are required by Vehicle Code Section 22658(a) to be displayed on private property prior to the removal of an illegally parked vehicle therefrom by the owner or person in lawful possession of such property, shall be not less than seventeen (17) inches by twenty-two (22) inches in size, with lettering not less than one (1) inch in height.

61.6.29 STOPPING, ETC. IN HANDICAPPED PERSON ZONE.

(Added by O-2618)

No person, other than a handicapped person whose vehicle displays specified distinguishing license plates, shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in a parking stall designated for handicapped persons only. Such designation shall be made by HANDICAPPED ONLY pavement markings, and/or a sign posted immediately adjacent to each stall or space which consists of a profile view of a wheel chair with occupant in white on a blue background and/or a blue painted curb.

61.6.30 STREET CLOSURES.

(Added by O-2743)

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle either upon any portion of roadway temporarily closed pursuant to Chapter 9 of Division 3 of this Code, or adjacent to either side of any barricade erected therefor; provided, however, that the provisions of this Section shall not apply to the loading or unloading of material.

61.6.31 REGULATING VEHICLE HABITATION ON PUBLIC STREETS.

(Added by O-3146)

No person shall use any vehicle parked or standing upon any public street, alley, right-of-way, public park or other public property for the purpose of living, sleeping, cooking, bathing or housekeeping; provided, however that no person shall be found in violation of this section who sleeps in a vehicle in an emergency for a period of time not to exceed twelve (12) hours in any thirty (30) day period where parking is not otherwise prohibited.

For purpose of this section the term "vehicle" shall include any boat and any device, operable or inoperable, with or without wheels, by which any person or property may be propelled, moved or drawn upon any street or highway including, but not limited to, automobiles, mobile homes, house trailers and camper trailers.

61.6.32 RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING.

(Added by O-3420; Amended by O-3559; O-3562; O-3663; O-3726)

Residential permit parking districts are hereby established within the City and are composed of:

a)    Those streets bounded by Maple Avenue on the west, including the east side of Maple Avenue, Maricopa Street on the north, including the south side of Maricopa Street, Crenshaw Boulevard on the east, including the west side of Crenshaw Boulevard and Torrance Boulevard on the south, including both sides of the service road. Within this residential permit parking district, there will be two (2) hour parking during the hours of 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., Monday through Friday excluding holidays.

b)    Pacific Coast Highway service road east of Crenshaw Boulevard, including the south side only. Within this residential permit parking district, there will be no stopping any time.

c)    Newton Street, including only the south side, between Loytan Street and Denny Road, Loytan Street, Bigelow Road, and Denny Road between Newton Street and Dalemead Street, Weston Road between Newton Street and Winlock Road, Dalemead Street between Tandem Way and Rolling Hills Way, Dahana Street north of Dalemead Street and Pacific Coast Highway service road west of Rolling Hills Way. Within this residential permit parking district, there will be no parking during the hours of 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday excluding holidays.

d)    Atkinson Avenue, Ardath Avenue and Wilkie Avenue between Redondo Beach Boulevard and 166th Street, Chanera Avenue between 164th Street and 166th Street, Casimir Avenue between 163rd Street and 164th Street, Redondo Beach Boulevard, including both sides of the service road between Atkinson Avenue and Wilkie Avenue, 162nd Street approximately 220-foot portion east of Wilkie Avenue, 163rd Street between Atkinson Avenue and Casimir Avenue, 164th Street between Crenshaw Boulevard and Casimir Avenue and 166th Street between Crenshaw Boulevard and Wilkie Avenue, Cherry Avenue, Delia Avenue (cul-de-sac portion north of Cherry Avenue and approximately 220-foot portion south of 168th Street), Ogram Avenue, Elgar Avenue (north of 168th Street) and 168th Street (between Cherry Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard). Within this residential permit parking district, there will be no parking during the hours of 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Monday through Friday excluding holidays.

Exempted from these limitations are the vehicles of those residents of the districts, or guests, which display a sign, sticker or other identification that has been issued by the City of Torrance.

The vehicles displaying a sign, sticker or other identification that has been issued by the City of Torrance will not be construed to be a permit of or approval of, any violation of any other provisions of this Code or any other law or regulation.

61.6.33 NO STOPPING—MARICOPA STREET.

(Added by O-3420)

There shall be no stopping any time along the north side of Maricopa Street, for west bound traffic, between Crenshaw Blvd. and Hawaii Ave.

61.6.34 STREET SWEEPING.

(Added by O-3838)

When authorized signs are in place giving notice that parking is prohibited during street sweeping hours, no person will stop, stand, or park any vehicle in violation of the hours, directions, and provisions of the street sweeping signs.

ARTICLE 7 - WIDTH OF VEHICLE AND LOAD

61.7.1 OUTSIDE WIDTH OF VEHICLE AND LOAD.

In accordance with the provisions of Section 35105 of the State Vehicle Code, a total outside width of vehicle and load in excess of the limits set forth in Section 35100 of said Code is hereby permitted when such vehicle is used exclusively within the boundary limits of the City, but such width shall not exceed one hundred eight (108) inches.

ARTICLE 8 - CLOSING OR RESTRICTING USE OF CITY STREETS

61.8.1 AUTHORITY TO CLOSE OR RESTRICT USE OF CITY STREETS.

(Amended by O-1949; O-2743)

The City Manager may restrict the use of, or close, any City street whenever he considers such closing or restriction of use necessary:

a)    For the protection of the public;

b)    For the protection of such streets from damage during storms or during construction, improvement or maintenance operations thereon.

61.8.2 PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF CLOSED OR RESTRICTED CITY STREETS.

To notify the public that a City street is closed or its use restricted, the City Manager may:

a)    Erect suitable barriers or obstructions upon such streets;

b)    Post warnings and notices of the condition of any such street;

c)    Post signs for the direction of traffic upon it, or to or upon any other street or detour open to public travel;

d)    Place warning devices on such street;

e)    Assign a flagman to warn, detour or direct traffic on such street.

ARTICLE 9 - TRUCK ROUTES

(Added by O-1441; Amended by O-1618; O-1804; O-1976; O-2335)

61.9.1 COMMERCIAL VEHICLES; LOAD LIMITS ON STREETS.

a)    Any commercial vehicle exceeding the maximum gross weight of eight thousand (8,000) pounds is hereby prohibited from using any street in the City of Torrance except as hereinafter provided.

b)    A commercial vehicle is a vehicle of a type required to be registered under the Vehicle Code of the State of California used or maintained for the transportation of persons for hire, compensation, or profit or designed, used and maintained primarily for the transportation of property.

c)    Passenger vehicles which are not used for the transportation of persons for hire, compensation, or profit and house cars are not commercial vehicles.

61.9.2 TRUCK ROUTES ESTABLISHED.

(Amended by O-3192; O-3759)

Any commercial vehicle exceeding the maximum gross weight of eight thousand (8,000) pounds may use the following:

a)    Anza Avenue between the northerly City limits and Sepulveda Boulevard;

b)    Arlington Avenue between the southerly City limits and Sepulveda Boulevard;

c)    Artesia Boulevard between the easterly and westerly City limits;

d)    Cabrillo Avenue between Torrance and Sepulveda Boulevards;

e)    Carson Street between the easterly City limits and Anza Avenue;

f)    Crenshaw Boulevard between the northerly and southerly City limits;

g)    Del Amo Boulevard between the westerly City limits and Hawthorne Boulevard;

h)    Hawthorne Boulevard between the northerly and southerly City limits;

i)    Lomita Boulevard between the easterly City limits and Hawthorne Boulevard;

j)    Pacific Coast Highway between the easterly and westerly City limits;

k)    Palos Verdes Boulevard between the southerly City limits and Sepulveda Boulevard;

l)    Redondo Beach Boulevard (eastbound only) between the easterly and westerly City limits;

m)    Sepulveda Boulevard between the easterly and westerly City limits;

n)    Torrance Boulevard between the easterly and westerly City limits;

o)    Van Ness Avenue between 190th Street and Torrance Boulevard;

p)    Western Avenue between the northerly and southerly City limits;

q)    182nd Street from Crenshaw Boulevard easterly to the San Diego Freeway;

r)    190th Street between the easterly and westerly City limits;

s)    Prairie Avenue between 190th Street and Del Amo Boulevard;

t)    Del Amo Boulevard between Prairie Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.

The intention of this Article is to provide passage routes in the City of Torrance for commercial vehicles exceeding eight thousand (8,000) pounds on the foregoing streets only. The City of Torrance shall cause to be erected and maintained appropriate signs within the City designating as truck routes those streets over which commercial vehicles exceeding eight thousand (8,000) gross pounds may be driven. This Article shall be effective at such time as said signs have been erected. The City Clerk shall keep and maintain accurate maps available to the public setting out streets upon which traffic is permitted by commercial vehicles exceeding eight thousand (8,000) gross pounds.

61.9.3 EXCEPTIONS.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Article, nothing herein shall be deemed to prohibit any vehicle from traveling on a restricted street if:

a)    The vehicle is operating as a public passenger carrier under a certificate of convenience and necessity issued under the authority of the Public Utilities Code.

b)    The street being driven upon is included in the national system of interstate or defense highways unless such restriction on said highway be approved by the California Highway Commission by a four-fifths vote.

c)    The street is a State highway and this Article has not been approved in writing by the State of California Department of Public Works.

d)    The vehicle involved is a vehicle coming from an unrestricted street having ingress and egress, by direct route, to and from a restricted street when necessary for the purpose of transporting its occupants or of making pickups and deliveries of goods, wares or merchandise from or to any building or structure located on the restricted street or for the purpose of delivering materials to be used in the actual and bona fide repair, alteration, remodeling or construction of any building or structure upon the restricted street, for which a building permit has previously been obtained.

e)    The vehicle is owned by a public utility or a licensed contractor while necessarily in use in the construction, installation or repair of any public utility.

f)    The vehicle involved is owned, leased, operated or controlled by any licensed contractor while necessarily in use in the construction, maintenance or repair of a public works project or by any highway carrier regulated by the Public Utilities Commission while transporting any materials to or from a public works project when the bids were opened prior to the adoption of this Article unless an alternate direct route is provided substantially within the City by the City of Torrance.

ARTICLE 10 - SPEED LIMITS

(Added by O-2265; Amended by O-2547; O-2651)

To provide for the orderly movement of vehicular traffic within the City, the prima facie speed limits shall be as follows:

61.10.1 TWENTY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR.

(Amended by O-2989; O-3098; O-3099; O-3176; O-3473; O-3506; O-3525; O-3553; O-3660; O-3669; O-3711)

The prima facie speed limit shall be twenty-five (25) miles per hour on the following streets:

a)    Paseo de la Playa between Palos Verdes Boulevard and Calle Miramar.

b)    Calle Miramar between Paseo de la Playa and Palos Verdes Boulevard.

c)    Flagler Lane between west City limits and Beryl Street.

d)    Victor Street between Del Amo Boulevard and Torrance Boulevard.

e)    Ocean Avenue between Torrance Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.

f)    Amie Avenue between Spencer Street and Torrance Boulevard.

g)    Maple Avenue between Torrance Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard.

h)    Yukon Avenue between Redondo Beach Boulevard and 190th Street.

i)    Arlington Avenue between Van Ness Avenue and Carson Street.

j)    Marcelina Avenue between Arlington Avenue and Cabrillo Avenue.

k)    164th Street between Crenshaw Boulevard and east City limits.

l)    166th Street between Crenshaw Boulevard and east City limits.

m)    168th Street between Yukon Avenue and Cherry Avenue.

n)    Cherry Avenue between 168th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard.

o)    171st Street between Prairie Avenue and Van Ness Avenue.

p)    186th Street between Kingsdale Avenue and Bailey Drive.

q)    Spencer Street between Victor Street and Madrona Avenue.

r)    Emerald Street between Henrietta Street and Madrona Avenue.

s)    Civic Center Drive between Madrona Avenue and Maple Avenue.

t)    Dominguez Street between Crenshaw Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue.

u)    235th Street between Crenshaw Boulevard and Western Avenue.

v)    Via Velmonte between Hawthorne Boulevard and south City limits.

w)    Newton Street between Hawthorne Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.

x)    Crest Road between Crenshaw Boulevard and Highross Drive.

61.10.2 THIRTY MILES PER HOUR.

(Added by O-3828)

The prima facie speed limit shall be thirty (30) miles per hour on the following streets:

a)    Palos Verdes Boulevard between Torrance Boulevard and west City limits.

b)    Earl Street between Del Amo Boulevard and Torrance Boulevard.

c)    Del Amo Circle Drive between Carson Street and Hawthorne Boulevard.

d)    Maple Avenue between California Street and Torrance Boulevard.

e)    Arlington Avenue between Carson Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.

f)    Cabrillo Avenue between Torrance Boulevard and south City limits.

g)    Calle Mayor between Palos Verdes Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.

h)    Beryl Street between 190th Street and Flagler Lane.

i)    Plaza Del Amo between Carson Street and Border Avenue.

61.10.3 THIRTY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR.

(Added by O-3828)

The prima facie speed limit shall be thirty-five (35) miles per hour on the following streets:

a)    Henrietta Avenue between Del Amo Boulevard and Torrance Boulevard.

b)    Anza Avenue between 190th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.

c)    Hawthorne Boulevard between Redondo Beach Boulevard and 190th Street.

d)    Prairie Avenue between Redondo Beach Boulevard and 190th Street.

e)    Madrona Avenue between Torrance Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard.

f)    Maple Avenue between Sepulveda Boulevard and Nadine Circle/235th Street.

g)    Van Ness Avenue between Redondo Beach Boulevard and 190th Street.

h)    Arlington Avenue between Sepulveda Boulevard and south City limits.

i)    182nd Street between Hawthorne Boulevard and Western Avenue.

j)    190th Street between west City limits and Inglewood Avenue.

k)    Del Amo Boulevard between Madrona Avenue and Maple Avenue.

l)    Del Amo Boulevard between Crenshaw Boulevard and Western Avenue.

m)    Maricopa Street between Maple Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.

n)    Torrance Boulevard between Madrona Avenue and Western Avenue.

o)    Carson Street between Palos Verdes Boulevard and Western Avenue.

p)    Plaza Del Amo between Madrona Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.

q)    223rd Street between Border Avenue and Western Avenue.

r)    235th Street between Nadine Circle and Crenshaw Boulevard.

s)    Calle Mayor between Pacific Coast Highway and Anza Avenue.

t)    Pacific Coast Highway between west City limits and Palos Verdes Boulevard.

u)    Vista Montana between Paseo De Las Tortugas and Newton Street.

v)    Rolling Hills Road between Hawthorne Boulevard and south City limits.

w)    Palos Verdes Boulevard between Pacific Coast Highway and south City limits.

x)    182nd Street between Hawthorne Boulevard and Kingsdale Avenue.

y)    Maple Avenue between Del Amo Boulevard and California Street.

61.10.4 FORTY MILES PER HOUR.

(Added by O-3828)

The prima facie speed limit shall be forty (40) miles per hour on the following streets:

a)    Hawthorne Boulevard between Pacific Coast Highway and 190th Street.

b)    Madison Street between Lomita Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.

c)    Prairie Avenue between 190th Street and Del Amo Boulevard.

d)    Madrona Avenue between Del Amo Boulevard and Torrance Boulevard.

e)    Crenshaw Boulevard between Redondo Beach Boulevard and 190th Street.

f)    Van Ness Avenue between Del Amo Boulevard and Torrance Boulevard.

g)    Western Avenue between Artesia Boulevard and 190th Street.

h)    Western Avenue between Del Amo Boulevard and south City limits.

i)    Redondo Beach Boulevard between Hawthorne Boulevard and Prairie Avenue.

j)    Redondo Beach Boulevard between Crenshaw Boulevard and east City limits.

k)    Artesia Boulevard between Hawthorne Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard.

l)    190th Street between Inglewood Avenue and Prairie Avenue.

m)    Del Amo Boulevard between west City limits and Madrona Avenue.

n)    Torrance Boulevard between west City limits and Madrona Avenue.

o)    Sepulveda Boulevard between west City limits and Maple Avenue.

p)    Sepulveda Boulevard between Arlington Avenue and Western Avenue.

q)    Lomita Boulevard between Anza Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard.

r)    Pacific Coast Highway between Palos Verdes Boulevard and Vista Del Parque.

s)    Pacific Coast Highway (northbound) between Calle Mayor and east City limits.

t)    Crenshaw Boulevard between Dominguez Street and Carson Street.

u)    Crenshaw Boulevard between Carson Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.

61.10.5 FORTY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR.

(Added by O-3828)

The prima facie speed limit shall be forty-five (45) miles per hour on the following streets:

a)    Hawthorne Boulevard between Pacific Coast Highway and south City limits.

b)    Crenshaw Boulevard between 190th Street and Dominguez Street.

c)    Crenshaw Boulevard between Sepulveda Boulevard and south City limits.

d)    Van Ness Avenue between 190th Street and Del Amo Boulevard.

e)    Western Avenue between 190th Street and Del Amo Boulevard.

f)    Artesia Boulevard between Crenshaw Boulevard and Western Avenue.

g)    190th Street between Prairie Avenue and Western Avenue.

h)    Sepulveda Boulevard between Maple Avenue and Arlington Avenue.

i)    Lomita Boulevard between Hawthorne Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard.

j)    Skypark Drive between Hawthorne Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard.

k)    Pacific Coast Highway between Vista Del Parque and Calle Mayor.

l)    Pacific Coast Highway (southbound) between Calle Mayor and east City limits.

61.10.6 FIFTY MILES PER HOUR.

The prima facie speed limit shall be fifty (50) miles per hour on the following streets:

a)    To be determined.

61.10.7 FIFTY-FIVE MILES PER HOUR.

The prima facie speed limit shall be fifty-five (55) miles per hour on the following streets:

a)    To be determined.

ARTICLE 11 - CIVIC CENTER PARKING

(Added by O-2347)

61.11.1 STOPPING, PARKING OR STANDING ON DRIVEWAYS, PATHS OR GROUND PROHIBITED.

No person shall drive any vehicle or animal nor shall any person stop, park or have standing any vehicle or animal, whether attended or unattended, upon the driveways, paths or grounds of the Civic Center of the City of Torrance in violation of the regulations imposed by this Article.

61.11.2 TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES; CITY TRAFFIC ENGINEER TO PLACE AND MAINTAIN.

The City Traffic Engineer shall have exclusive power and duty to place and maintain, or cause to be placed and maintained, official traffic control devices upon the Civic Center.

61.11.3 OTHER CODES SHALL APPLY.

All applicable sections of the California Vehicle Code and Torrance Municipal Code relating to vehicular movement upon public streets or highways shall apply to the Civic Center area.

61.11.4 MAPS TO BE ON FILE WITH CITY CLERK.

A map of the Civic Center showing all such restrictions and controls shall be kept on file in the Office of the City Clerk.

61.11.5 PARKING BY PERMIT ONLY; UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES.

No unauthorized vehicle shall be stopped, parked or left standing between the hours of 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday in any parking stall in the Civic Center marked and reserved for permit parking only.

61.11.6 PARKING STALLS RESERVED.

No unauthorized vehicle shall be stopped, parked or left standing at any time in a parking stall in the Civic Center marked and reserved for specific vehicles or persons.

61.11.7 SIGNS AND CURB MARKINGS TO INDICATE PARKING.

No vehicle shall be stopped, parked or left standing at any time along roadways, driveways, entrances or where specific signs or curb markings indicate the prohibition of said action in the Civic Center.

61.11.8 SPEED LIMIT.

No vehicle shall be operated in the Civic Center area at a speed in excess of fifteen (15) miles per hour.

61.11.9 AUTHORITY TO REMOVE UNLAWFUL VEHICLES.

(Amended by O-2545)

When any vehicle is parked or left standing in a manner which constitutes a violation of this Article, any police or services officer of the City of Torrance may cause the removal of such vehicle to any public garage.

ARTICLE 12 - OVERSIZED VEHICLES AND TRAILERS

(Added by O-3686)

61.12.010 DEFINITIONS.

The following definitions will govern the construction of the words and phrases used in this Article:

"Oversized Vehicle" shall mean any vehicle, as defined by Section 670 of the California Vehicle Code, or combination of vehicles, which exceeds twenty (20) feet in length, seven (7) feet in width, or eight (8) feet in height, exclusive of projecting lights or devices allowed by Section 35109 or 35110 of the California Vehicle Code, as may be amended. Oversized Vehicle does not include pickup trucks or sport utility vehicles, which are less than twenty-five (25) feet in length and eighty-two (82) inches in height.

"Trailer" shall mean a trailer, semitrailer, camp trailer (including tent trailers), unmounted camper, or trailer coach as defined in Sections 242, 243, 550, 630, 635, and 636 of the California Vehicle Code, or fifth-wheel travel trailer, as defined in Section 324 of the Vehicle Code.

61.12.020 PARKING OF OVERSIZED VEHICLES AND TRAILERS.

(Amended by O-3871)

a)     No person shall park or leave standing any oversized vehicle upon any public street or highway in the City.

b)    No person shall park or leave standing any trailer, regardless of length or width, upon any public street or highway in the City.

c)    No person shall park or leave standing any oversized vehicle upon any parking lot at any City park, airport, civic center or any other City-owned parking lot.

d)    No person shall park or leave standing any trailer, regardless of length or width, upon any parking lot at any City park, airport, civic center or any other City-owned parking lot.

61.12.030 EXCEPTIONS.

The prohibitions contained in Section 61.12.020 shall not apply to any of the following:

a)    Oversized Vehicles or Trailers for which an Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit has been issued for a resident or an out-of-town visitor, in accordance with Section 61.12.050

b)    Any Oversized Vehicle or Trailers displaying a valid Oversized Vehicle Handicap Parking Permit issued pursuant to Section 61.12.090

c)    Oversized Vehicles or Trailers parked or left standing as a result of a mechanical breakdown so as to allow the performance of emergency repairs on the vehicle for a period not to exceed seventy-two (72) hours;

d)    Commercial vehicles making pickups or delivery of goods, wares or merchandise, or while providing services to a residence, including, but not limited to, yard maintenance, pool care and maintenance, repair and construction services;

e)    Tow trucks and similar vehicles that are in the course of providing services;

f)    Public or utility vehicles and trailers that are in the course of providing services;

g)    Any public emergency vehicle.

61.12.035 REGISTRATION OF OVERSIZED VEHICLES OR TRAILERS.

a)    Each person registering an Oversized Vehicle or Trailer with the City must file with the City a completed application containing the following:

1)    The name, address, and phone number of the registered owner of designated Oversized Vehicle or Trailer;

2)    The name, address, and phone number of the applicant for the permit;

3)    Proof of residency:

a)    Acceptable proof of residency must be current and must include the following:

California Driver’s License or California Identification Card and one of the following:

Property Tax Bill or Public Utility Bill (telephone bills are not acceptable);

4)    The registration from the California Department of Motor Vehicles for the Oversized Vehicle or Trailer that shows the Oversized Vehicle or Trailer is registered in the City of Torrance;

5)    The license number, make, and model of designated Oversized Vehicle or Trailer;

6)    Additional information the Police Department may require;

The applicant must sign the application under penalty of perjury.

b)    The City will issue Oversized Vehicle Resident Registration Stickers to people who meet the requirements listed above. The Oversized Vehicle Resident Registration Stickers will be displayed on the street side of the bumper of an Oversized Vehicle or the bumper area of a Trailer so it is clearly visible from the street, which is usually the left side.

61.12.037 OVERSIZED VEHICLE RESIDENT REGISTRATION STICKERS - FEES.

Oversized Vehicle Resident Registration Stickers will be issued upon payment of a fee that will be set by resolution of the City Council.

61.12.040 OVERSIZED VEHICLE PARKING PERMITS.

a)    The purpose of authorizing the issuance of Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits is to give owners of Oversized Vehicles and Trailers the opportunity, for a limited time, to park the Oversized Vehicle or Trailer on a public street or highway directly in front of (or the side of the property if it is a corner lot) their residence, and to allow an out-of-town visitor who owns an Oversized Vehicle or Trailer to park on a public street or highway directly in front of (or the side of the property if it is a corner lot) the residence which the out-of-town visitor is visiting for a limited time period.

b)    A resident with an Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit who does not park their Oversized Vehicle or Trailer on a public street or highway directly in front of (or the side of the property if it is a corner lot) their residence will be subject to citation, towing, or both.

c)    An out-of-town visitor with an Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit who does not park their Oversized Vehicle or Trailer on a public street or highway directly in front of (or the side of the property if it is a corner lot) the residence which the out-of-town visitor is visiting will be subject to citation, towing, or both.

61.12.050 OVERSIZED VEHICLE PARKING PERMITS - ISSUANCE OF PERMITS.

a)    This subsection shall apply to Oversized Vehicles and Trailers that are registered with the City of Torrance.

1)    The Police Chief or designee, is authorized to issue Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits, pursuant to the following:

A)    Each person desiring an Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit shall file with the Torrance Police Department a completed City application form containing the following:

1.    The name, address, and phone number of the registered owner of designated Oversized Vehicle or Trailer;

2.    The name, address, and phone number of the applicant for the permit;

3.    Proof of residency:

1)    Acceptable proof of residency must be current and must include the following:

California Driver’s License or California Identification Card and one of the following:

Property Tax Bill or Public Utility Bill (telephone bills are not acceptable);

4.    The registration from the California Department of Motor Vehicles for the Oversized Vehicle or Trailer that shows the Oversized Vehicle or Trailer is registered in the City of Torrance;

5.    The license number, make, and model of designated Oversized Vehicle or Trailer;

6.    The dates for which the permit is requested;

7.    The dates and duration of any and all Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits issued to the applicant within the immediately preceding ninety (90) day period;

8.    Additional information the Police Department may require;

9.    The applicant must sign the application under penalty of perjury.

2)    Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits issued and approved by the Police Department shall include the license plate number of the designated Oversized Vehicle or Trailer, the date of issuance, and the day of its expiration.

3)    Permits shall be displayed in the lower driver’s side of the windshield or nearest window of the Oversized Vehicle for which it has been issued so that it is clearly visible from the exterior of the vehicle. Permits shall be displayed on the side of the Trailer for which it has been issued so that it is visible from the street, which is usually the left side of the Trailer.

4)    The Police Chief or his designee is authorized to set up an oversized vehicle parking permit call-in phone number or internet processing system.

b)    This subsection shall apply to Oversized Vehicles and Trailers that are not registered with the City (out-of-town visitor permits).

1)    The Police Chief or designee, is authorized to issue Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits, pursuant to the following:

2)    Each person desiring an Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit shall file with the Torrance Police Department a completed City application form containing the following:

A)    The name, address, and phone number of the registered owner of designated Oversized Vehicle or Trailer;

B)    The name, address, and phone number of the applicant for the permit;

C)    The registration from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, or equivalent agency in another state, for the Oversized Vehicle or Trailer;

D)    The name, address, and phone number of the resident that is being visited;

E)    The license number, make, and model of designated Oversized Vehicle or Trailer;

F)    The dates for which the permit is requested;

G)    The dates and duration of any and all Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits issued to the applicant during the current calendar year;

H)    The dates and duration of any and all Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits issued to the resident being visited during the current calendar year;

I)    Additional information the Police Department may require;

J)    The applicant must sign the application under penalty of perjury;

K)    Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits issued and approved by the Police Department shall include the license plate number of the designated Oversized Vehicle or Trailer, the date of issuance, and the day of its expiration.

3)    Permits shall be displayed in the lower driver’s side of the windshield or nearest window of the Oversized Vehicle for which it has been issued so that it is clearly visible from the exterior of the vehicle. Permits shall be displayed on the side of the Trailer for which it has been issued so that it is visible from the street, which is usually the left side of the Trailer.

4)    The Police Chief or his designee is authorized to set up an Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit call-in phone number or internet processing system.

61.12.060 OVERSIZED VEHICLE PARKING PERMITS - DURATION.

a)    For Oversized Vehicles and Trailers registered with the City:

1)    An Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit shall be valid for a period not to exceed twenty-four (24) hours. An Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit will be valid from 12:00 P.M. one (1) day until 11:59 A.M. the next day. Upon expiration of the permit, the applicant may apply for and be granted additional Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits if the applicant still qualifies under the conditions set forth in this Article. An applicant may request no more than three (3) consecutive Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits (a total of seventy-two (72) hours of parking to load and unload) at one time. In no event shall any person residence and/or designated Oversized Vehicle or Trailer be issued more than twenty-four (24) Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits within any ninety (90) day period and no more than ninety-six (96) Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits in any calendar year.

b)    For Oversized Vehicles and Trailers that are not registered with the City under subsection (a) above (Out-Of-Town Visitor Permits).

1)    An Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit shall be valid for a period not to exceed twenty-four (24) hours. An Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit will be valid from 12:00 P.M. one (1) day until 11:59 A.M. the next day. Upon expiration of the permit, the applicant may apply for and be granted additional Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits if the applicant still qualifies under the conditions set forth in this Article. The Oversized Vehicle Parking Permit (Out-Of-Town Visitor Permits) will be tied to the residence being visited. An applicant may request no more than fourteen (14) consecutive Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits at one time. In no event shall any person, residence and/or designated Oversized Vehicle or Trailer be issued more than thirty (30) Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits in any calendar year.

61.12.070 OVERSIZED VEHICLE PARKING ON PUBLIC STREETS.

No person shall run electrical cords, extension cords, hoses, cables, or other items across, above or on the parkway or sidewalk from a residential or commercial property to an Oversized Vehicle or Trailer parked on a public street.

61.12.080 OVERSIZED VEHICLE PARKING PERMITS - FEES.

Oversized Vehicle Parking Permits will be issued upon payment of a fee that will be set by Resolution of the City Council.

61.12.090 OVERSIZED VEHICLE HANDICAP PARKING PERMITS.

a)    Purpose. The purpose of authorizing the issuance of Oversized Vehicle Handicap Parking Permits is to allow a handicapped person to park a designated oversized vehicle on a street/highway directly in front of (or the side of the property if it is a corner lot) their residence.

b)    Requirements. In order to be eligible to receive an Oversized Vehicle Handicap Parking Permit, the following requirements must be met:

1)    The applicant must be entitled to receive a handicapped placard or license plate pursuant to the provisions of the California Vehicle Code;

2)    The oversized vehicle is the only vehicle owned by the resident and is required to meet the daily transportation needs of the resident.

61.12.100 OVERSIZED VEHICLE HANDICAP PARKING PERMITS - ISSUANCE OF PERMITS.

a)    The Police Chief or designee, is authorized to issue Oversized Vehicle Handicap Parking Permits, pursuant to the following:

1)    Each person desiring an Oversized Vehicle Handicap Parking Permit shall file with the Torrance Police Department a completed City application form containing the following:

A)    The name, address, and phone number of the registered owner and applicant of designated Oversized Vehicle;

B)    The license number, make, and model of designated oversized vehicle;

C)    The year for which the permit is requested;

D)    The years of any and all previous Oversized Vehicle Handicap Parking Permits issued to the applicant;

E)    Additional information the Police Department may require;

F)    The applicant must sign the application under penalty of perjury.

2)    Oversized Vehicle Handicap Parking Permits issued and approved by the Police Department shall include the license plate number of the designated Oversized Vehicle, the date of issuance and the day of its expiration.

3)    Permits shall be displayed in the lower driver’s side of the windshield or nearest window of the vehicle for which it has been issued so that it is clearly visible from the exterior of the vehicle.

61.12.110 OVERSIZED VEHICLE HANDICAP PARKING PERMITS - DURATION.

Oversized Vehicle Handicap Parking Permits shall be valid for a period of one (1) year, so long as the holder thereof meets the requirements of this section relating to such permits. Permits may be renewed on an annual basis.

61.12.120 OVERSIZED VEHICLE HANDICAP PARKING PERMITS - FEES.

Oversized Vehicle Handicap Permits shall be issued without any fees.

61.12.130 PERMIT DENIAL.

A permit must be denied if the Police Chief or designee finds that:

a)    The applicant or the person the applicant is visiting is not a bona fide City resident;

b)    The proposed location is not on a street directly in front of (or the side of the property if it is a corner lot) the residence of the applicant or the person the applicant is visiting;

c)    The out-of-town visitor is not a guest of the resident;

d)    Information submitted by the applicant is materially false; or

e)    If the application is for an Oversized Vehicle Handicap Permit:

1)    The applicant is not entitled to receive a handicap placard or license plate under the California Vehicle Code; or

2)    The Oversized Vehicle is not the applicant’s only vehicle.

61.12.140 VIOLATION OF ARTICLE.

(Amended by O-3871)

a)    Any person who violates any provision in this Article is guilty of an infraction and will be subject to citation, towing, or both.

b)    Every person who displays a fraudulent, forged, altered, or counterfeit oversized vehicle parking permit or permit number with the intent to avoid compliance with this Article is guilty of a misdemeanor.

c)    Every person who displays a fraudulent, forged, altered, or counterfeit oversized vehicle handicap parking permit or permit number with the intent to avoid compliance with this Article is guilty of a misdemeanor.

d)    Every person who displays a fraudulent, forged, altered, or counterfeit oversized vehicle resident registration sticker with the intent to avoid compliance with this Article is guilty of a misdemeanor.

e)    Every person who forges, alters, or counterfeits an oversized vehicle parking permit, an oversized vehicle handicap parking permit, or an oversized vehicle resident registration sticker is guilty of a misdemeanor.

f)    Every person who parks or leaves standing an oversized vehicle or trailer on a public street or highway without a valid oversized vehicle parking permit or a valid oversized vehicle handicap parking permit is guilty of an infraction and will be subject to citation, towing, or both.

g)    Every person who parks or leaves standing an oversized vehicle or trailer on a public street or highway without a valid City of Torrance resident registration sticker, except visitors with a valid oversized vehicle parking permit, is guilty of an infraction and will be subject to citation, towing, or both.

h)    Every person who parks or leaves standing an oversized vehicle or trailer upon any parking lot at any City park, airport, civic center or any other City-owned parking lot is guilty of an infraction and will be subject to citation, towing, or both.

61.12.150 STATE OF EMERGENCY.

The prohibitions in this Article shall not apply to the parking of any oversized vehicle during the pendency of any state of emergency declared to exist within the City of Torrance by the City Council.

61.12.160 APPLICATION OF REGULATIONS.

a)    The prohibitions in this Article will apply at all times, or at those times specified, except when it is necessary to stop a vehicle to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device.

b)    The time limitations on standing or parking in this Article will not relieve any person from the duty to observe other and more restrictive provisions of the California Vehicle Code or the Torrance Municipal Code prohibiting or limiting the standing or parking of vehicles in specified places or at specified times.

c)    Nothing in this Article will be construed to permit vehicle habitation on a public street as prohibited by Section 61.6.31 of the Torrance Municipal Code.