Chapter 5
TRAFFIC

Sections:

Article 1. Definitions

4-5.101    Scope of article provisions.

4-5.102    Alley.

4-5.103    Business district.

4-5.104    Loading zone.

4-5.105    Official time standard.

4-5.106    Official traffic control devices.

4-5.107    Official traffic signal.

4-5.108    Park.

4-5.109    Parkway.

4-5.110    Passenger loading zone.

4-5.111    Pedestrian.

4-5.112    Police officer.

4-5.113    Stop: Stop or stand.

4-5.114    Traffic.

Article 2. Traffic Administration

4-5.201    Traffic Division: Establishment.

4-5.202    Traffic Division: Duties.

4-5.203    Accident studies.

4-5.204    Accident reports.

4-5.205    Annual traffic safety report.

4-5.206    City Engineer: Traffic duties.

Article 3. Enforcement and Obedience to Traffic Regulations

4-5.301    Authority of Police and Fire Department officials.

4-5.302    Violations of provisions.

4-5.303    Obedience to Police and Fire Department officials.

4-5.304    Persons other than officials shall not direct traffic.

4-5.305    Public employees to obey traffic regulations.

4-5.306    Exemptions to certain vehicles.

4-5.307    Report of damage to certain property.

Article 4. Traffic Control Devices

4-5.401    Authority to install.

4-5.402    Signs.

4-5.403    Obedience required.

4-5.404    Installation.

4-5.405    Lane markings.

4-5.406    Removal, relocation, and discontinuation.

4-5.407    Hours of operation.

Article 5. Turning Movements

4-5.501    Turning markers.

4-5.502    Restricted turn signs.

4-5.503    No-turn signs.

4-5.504    Right turns at signal controlled intersections.

Article 6. One-Way Streets and Alleys

4-5.601    Signs required.

4-5.602    Obedience to signs.

4-5.603    One-way couplet and prohibition of parking.

Article 7. Special Stops Required

4-5.701    Stop signs: Installation.

4-5.702    Obedience to stop signs.

4-5.703    Emerging from alleys and driveways.

Article 8. Miscellaneous Driving Rules

4-5.801    Crossing fire hoses.

4-5.802    Driving through funeral processions.

4-5.803    Clinging to moving vehicles.

4-5.804    Driving on sidewalks.

4-5.805    Driving on new pavement and fresh paint.

4-5.806    Parking on grades.

Article 9. Pedestrians

4-5.901    Crosswalks: Establishment.

4-5.902    Use of crosswalks required.

4-5.903    Crossing at right angles.

4-5.904    Standing in roadways.

Article 10. Stopping, Standing, and Parking

4-5.1001    Application of regulations.

4-5.1002    Parkways.

4-5.1003    Removal of parked and abandoned vehicles.

4-5.1004    Parking for certain purposes prohibited.

4-5.1005    Parallel parking on one-way streets.

4-5.1006    Parking in business districts: Hours restricted.

4-5.1007    Night parking.

4-5.1008    Parallel parking.

4-5.1009    Angle parking.

4-5.1010    Signs and markings indicating angle parking.

4-5.1011    Loading and unloading at angles to curbs: Permit required.

4-5.1012    Parking adjacent to schools.

4-5.1013    Parking on narrow streets.

4-5.1014    Prohibited stopping and parking.

4-5.1015    Parking by peddlers, vendors, and mobile caterers.

4-5.1016    Emergency parking signs.

4-5.1017    Display of warning devices from disabled commercial vehicles.

4-5.1018    Parking space markings.

4-5.1019    Parking for vehicles of handicapped persons.

4-5.1020    Removal of unauthorized vehicles from designated parking areas for handicapped persons.

Article 11. Stopping for Loading or Unloading Only

4-5.1101    Authority to establish loading zones.

4-5.1102    Curb marking to indicate no stopping and parking regulations.

4-5.1103    Effect of permission to load or unload.

4-5.1104    Standing for loading or unloading only.

4-5.1105    Standing in passenger loading zones.

4-5.1106    Parking in alleys.

4-5.1107    Bus zones.

Article 12. Stopping Standing, or Parking Restricted or Prohibited on Certain Streets

4-5.1201    Parking time limited.

4-5.1202    Parking prohibited.

4-5.1203    Parking prohibited on certain streets.

4-5.1204    Parking prohibited for street cleaning and garbage and recycling collection.

Article 13. Restricted Use of Certain Streets

4-5.1301    Certain vehicles prohibited in business districts.

4-5.1302    Advertising vehicles.

4-5.1303    Animal-drawn vehicles.

4-5.1304    Truck traffic routes.

4-5.1305    Prohibition of parking commercial vehicles.

Article 14. Trains

4-5.1401    Safety zones: Establishment.

4-5.1402    Railway gates.

4-5.1403    Blocking streets.

4-5.1404    Speed limits.

4-5.1405    Switching.

Article 15. Special Speed Zones

4-5.1501    Regulation of speed by traffic signals.

Article 16. Schedules of Designated Streets

4-5.1601    One-way streets.

4-5.1602    Through streets.

4-5.1603    Stop intersections.

4-5.1604    Railroad stops.

4-5.1605    Angle parking on certain streets.

4-5.1606    Parking time limited on certain streets.

4-5.1607    Parking prohibited on certain streets.

4-5.1608    Designation of truck routes.

Article 17. Cruising.

4-5.1701    Definitions.

4-5.1702    Cruising prohibited.

4-5.1703    Exclusions.

4-5.1704    Violations: Penalties.

Article 18. Speed Limits

4-5.1801    Limits effective when signs erected.

4-5.1802    Fifteen miles per hour.

4-5.1803    Twenty miles per hour.

4-5.1804    Twenty-five miles per hour.

4-5.1805    Thirty miles per hour.

4-5.1806    Thirty-five miles per hour.

4-5.1807    Forty miles per hour.

4-5.1808    Forty-five miles per hour.

4-5.1809    Fifty miles per hour.

4-5.1810    Fifty-five miles per hour.

4-5.1811    Violation of Article: Penalty.

Article 19. Parking Permits

4-5.1901    Permits—Issuance and display.

4-5.1903    Parking by permit.

Article 1. Definitions

4-5.101 Scope of article provisions.

(a)    The words and phrases used in this chapter shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this article.

(b)    Whenever any words or phrases used in this chapter are not defined herein, but are now or hereafter defined in the Vehicle Code of the State, such definitions are incorporated herein and shall be deemed to apply to such words and phrases used herein as though set forth herein in full.

(§ 1, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.102 Alley.

“Alley” shall mean any unnamed street less than twenty-five (25') feet in width between property lines.

(§ 2, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.103 Business district.

“Business district” shall mean and include all streets and portions of streets as defined in Section 235 of the Vehicle Code of the State.

(§ 3, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

4-5.104 Loading zone.

“Loading zone” shall mean the space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials.

(§ 4, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.105 Official time standard.

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

(§ 5, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.106 Official traffic control devices.

“Official traffic control devices” shall mean all signs, signals, markings, and devices not inconsistent with this chapter placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning, or guiding traffic.

(§ 6, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.107 Official traffic signal.

“Official traffic signal” shall mean any device, whether manually, electrically, or mechanically operated, by which traffic is alternately directed to stop and proceed and which is erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction.

(§ 7, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.108 Park.

“Park” shall mean to stand or leave standing any vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading passengers or materials.

(§ 8, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.109 Parkway.

“Parkway” shall mean that portion of a street other than a roadway or a sidewalk.

(§ 9, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.110 Passenger loading zone.

“Passenger loading zone” shall mean the space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers.

(§ 10, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.111 Pedestrian.

“Pedestrian” shall mean any person afoot.

(§ 11, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.112 Police officer.

“Police officer” shall mean every officer of the Police Department of the City.

(§ 13, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.113 Stop: Stop or stand.

(a)    “Stop”, when required, shall mean the complete cessation of movement.

(b)    “Stop or stand”, when prohibited, shall mean any stopping or standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device.

(§ 14, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.114 Traffic.

“Traffic” shall mean pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using any street for the purpose of travel.

(§ 15, Art. I, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

Article 2. Traffic Administration

4-5.201 Traffic Division: Establishment.

There is hereby established in the Police Department a Traffic Division to be under the control of an officer of police appointed by and directly responsible to the Chief of Police.

(§ 1, Art II, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.202 Traffic Division: Duties.

It shall be the duty of the Traffic Division, with such aid as may be rendered by other members of the Police Department, to enforce the street traffic regulations of the City and all of the State vehicle laws applicable to street traffic in the City, to make arrests for traffic violations, to investigate traffic accidents, and to cooperate with the City Engineer and other officers of the City in the administration of the traffic laws and in developing ways and means to improve traffic conditions, and to carry out those duties specially imposed upon the Traffic Division by this chapter and the traffic laws of the City.

(§ 2, Art. II, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.203 Accident studies.

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

(§ 3, Art. II, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.204 Accident reports.

The Traffic Division shall maintain a suitable system of filing traffic accident reports. Accident reports, or cards referring to them, shall be filed alphabetically by location. Such reports shall be available for the use and information of the City Engineer.

(§ 4, Art. II, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.205 Annual traffic safety report.

The Traffic Division shall annually prepare a traffic report which shall be filed with the Council. Such report shall contain information on traffic matters in the City as follows:

(a)    The number of traffic accidents, the number of persons killed, the number of persons injured, and other pertinent traffic accident data;

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

(c)    The plans and recommendations of the division for future traffic safety activities.

(§ 5, Art. II, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.206 City Engineer: Traffic duties.

The general traffic duties of the City Engineer shall be as follows:

(a)    To determine the installation and proper timing and maintenance of traffic control devices and signals;

(b)    To conduct engineering analyses of traffic accidents and to device remedial measures;

(c)    To conduct engineering investigations of traffic conditions and to cooperate with other City officials in the development of ways and means to improve traffic conditions; and

(d)    To carry out the additional powers and duties imposed by the laws of the City.

(§ 6, Art. II, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

Article 3. Enforcement and Obedience to Traffic Regulations

4-5.301 Authority of Police and Fire Department officials.

(a)    It shall be the duty of the officers of the Police Department, or such officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police, to enforce all street traffic laws of the City and all of the State vehicle laws applicable to street traffic in the City.

(b)    Officers of the Police Department, or such officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police, are hereby authorized to direct all traffic by voice, hand, or signal in conformance with traffic laws; provided, however, in the event of a fire or other emergency, or to expedite traffic or safeguard pedestrians, officers of the Police Department may direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the provisions of the traffic laws.

(c)    Officers of the Fire Department, when at the scene of a fire, may direct or assist police officers in directing traffic thereat or in the immediate vicinity.

(§ 1, Art. III, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.302 Violations of provisions.

It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to do any act forbidden or to fail to perform any act required by the provisions of this chapter.

(§ 2, Art. III, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.303 Obedience to Police and Fire Department officials.

No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order of a police officer or Fire Department official when directing traffic.

(§ 3, Art. III, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

4-5.304 Persons other than officials shall not direct traffic.

No person, other than an officer of the Police Department or a person deputized by the Chief of Police or person authorized by law, shall direct, or attempt to direct, traffic by voice, hand, or other signal, except that persons may operate when and as provided in this chapter any mechanical pushbutton signal erected by order of the City Engineer.

(§ 4, Art. III, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.305 Public employees to obey traffic regulations.

The provisions of this chapter shall apply to the driver of any vehicle owned by or used in the service of the United States government, the State, or any county or city, and it shall be unlawful for any such driver to violate any of the provisions of this chapter except as otherwise permitted in this chapter or by State statute.

(§ 5, Art. III, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.306 Exemptions to certain vehicles.

(a)    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, 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 of the State in response to an emergency call.

(b)    The exemptions set forth in subsection (a) of this section shall not, however, protect the driver of any such vehicle from the consequences of his willful disregard of the safety of others.

(c)    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 to any vehicle owned by the United States while in use for the collection, transportation, or delivery of United States mail.

(§ 6, Art. III, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.307 Report of damage to certain 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, or 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, within twenty-four (24) hours after such accident, make a written report of such accident to the Police Department.

(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 a brief description of the property damaged in such accident.

(c)    A driver involved in an accident shall not be subject to the requirements or penalties of this section if and during the time such driver is physically incapable of making a report, but in such event such driver shall make a report as required in subsections (a) and (b) of this section within twenty-four (24) hours after regaining ability to make such report.

(§ 7, Art. III, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

Article 4. Traffic Control Devices

4-5.401 Authority to install.

(a)    The City Engineer shall have the exclusive power and duty to place and maintain, or cause to be placed and maintained, official traffic control devices when and as required by the traffic laws of the City to make effective the provisions of such laws.

(b)    Whenever the Vehicle Code of the 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 Engineer is hereby authorized to install the necessary devices, subject to any limitations or restrictions set forth in the laws applicable thereto.

(c)    The City 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 laws of the City or as may be determined by ordinance or resolution of the Council.

(§ 1, Art. IV, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.402 Signs.

No provision of the Vehicle Code or of this chapter for which signs are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator unless appropriate signs are in place, and sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person, giving notice of such provisions of the traffic laws.

(§ 2, Art. IV, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.403 Obedience required.

The driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the traffic laws of the City, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle when responding to emergency calls.

(§ 3, Art. IV, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.404 Installation.

(a)    The City Engineer is hereby directed to install and maintain official traffic signals at those intersections and other places where traffic conditions are such as to 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 Engineer shall ascertain and determine the locations where such signals are required by use of field observations, traffic counts and other traffic information as may be pertinent, and said Engineer’s determinations therefrom shall be made in accordance with those traffic engineering and safety standards and instructions set forth in the most current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), as amended by the California supplement, Part 4 — Highway Traffic Signals.

(§ 4, Art. IV, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by Ord. 575 N.C.S., § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

4-5.405 Lane markings.

The City Engineer is hereby authorized to mark center lines 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 center line of the highway. When authorized signs have been placed designating off-center traffic lanes, no person shall disobey the instructions given by such signs.

(§ 5, Art. IV, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.406 Removal, relocation, and discontinuation.

The City Engineer is hereby authorized to remove, relocate, or discontinue the operation of any traffic control device not specifically required by State law or this chapter whenever he shall determine any particular case that the conditions which warranted or required the installation no longer exist or obtain.

(§ 6, Art. IV, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.407 Hours of operation.

The City 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 by the provisions of this chapter.

(§ 7, Art. IV, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

Article 5. Turning Movements

4-5.501 Turning markers.

(a)    The City Engineer is hereby 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 law or ordinance.

(b)    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.

(§ 1, Art. V, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.502 Restricted turn signs.

The City Engineer is hereby authorized to 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.

(§ 2, Art. V, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.503 No-turn signs.

Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right, left, or U turn is permitted, no driver of a vehicle shall disobey the directions of any such signs.

(§ 3, Art. V, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.504 Right turns at signal controlled intersections.

No driver of a vehicle shall make a right turn against a red or stop signal at any intersection which is sign posted giving notice of such restriction.

(§ 4, Art. V, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

Article 6. One-Way Streets and Alleys

4-5.601 Signs required.

Whenever any ordinance or resolution of the City designates any one-way street or alley, the City 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.

(§ 1, Art. VI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.602 Obedience to signs.

When signs are erected on any one-way street or alley giving notice thereof, no person shall drive any vehicle in a direction contrary thereto.

(§ 2, Art. VI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.603 One-way couplet and prohibition of parking.

(a)    East Lake Avenue and West Lake Avenue are hereby declared one-way streets for traffic from the intersection of East Lake Avenue with the centerline of Lincoln Street traveling in a general southwesterly direction upon and along East Lake Avenue and West Lake Avenue to the intersection of West Lake Avenue with the centerline of Rodriguez Street.

(b)    East Beach Street is hereby declared a one-way street for traffic from the intersection of West Beach Street with the centerline Main traveling in a generally northeasterly direction upon and along East Beach Street with the centerline of Lincoln Street.

(c)    East Fifth Street is hereby declared a one-way street for traffic in the centerline of Brennan Street traveling in a generally northeasterly direction upon and along East Fifth Street to the centerline of Sudden Street.

(d)    Parking by any person or vehicle on Lincoln Street from its intersection with East Beach Street to its intersection with East Lake Avenue is hereby prohibited.

(§ 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

Article 7. Special Stops Required

4-5.701 Stop signs: Installation.

Whenever any ordinance or resolution of the City designates and describes any street or portion thereof as a through street, or any intersection at which vehicles are required to stop at one or more entrances thereto, or any railroad grade crossing at which vehicles are required to stop, the City Engineer shall erect and maintain stop signs as follows:

A stop sign shall be erected on each and every street intersecting such through street, or portion thereof, so designated and at those entrances of other intersections where a stop is required and at any railroad grade crossing so designated. Every such sign shall conform with, and be placed as provided in, Section 471 of the Vehicle Code of the State.

(§ 1, Art. VII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.702 Obedience to stop signs.

(a)    When stop signs are erected as provided in this chapter at the entrance to any intersection or at any railway grade crossing, every driver of a vehicle shall stop as required by the Vehicle Code of the State.

(b)    Those streets and parts of streets described in Section 4-5.1602 of this chapter are hereby declared to be through streets for the purposes of this section.

(c)    The provisions of this section shall apply at one or more entrances to the intersections as such entrances and intersections are described in Section 4-5.1603 of this chapter.

(d)    The provisions of this section shall apply at those highway railway grade crossings as described in Section 4-5.1604.

(§ 2, Art. VII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.703 Emerging from alleys and driveways.

The driver of a vehicle emerging from an alley, driveway, or building shall stop such vehicle immediately prior to driving onto a sidewalk or into the sidewalk area extending across any alley way.

(§ 3, Art. VII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

Article 8. Miscellaneous Driving Rules

4-5.801 Crossing fire hoses.

No vehicle shall be driven over any unprotected hose of the Fire Department when laid down on any street or private driveway to be used at any fire or alarm of fire without the consent of the Fire Department official in command.

(§ 1, Art. VIII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.802 Driving through funeral processions.

No driver of a vehicle shall drive between vehicles comprising a funeral procession while they are in motion and when the vehicles in such processions are conspicuously so designated.

(§ 2, Art. VIII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.803 Clinging to moving vehicles.

Any person riding upon any bicycle, motorcycle, coaster, roller skates, or toy vehicle shall not attach the same or himself to any moving vehicle upon any roadway.

(§ 3, Art. VIII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.804 Driving on sidewalks.

The driver of a vehicle shall not drive within any sidewalk area or any parkway except at a permanent or temporary driveway.

(§ 4, Art. VIII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.805 Driving on new pavement and fresh paint.

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

(§ 5, Art. VIII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.806 Parking on grades.

It shall be unlawful for the operator of a vehicle to park or leave standing such vehicle upon any grade exceeding six (6%) percent without effectively setting the brakes and blocking the wheels of such vehicle by turning them against the curb or by other means.

(§ 6, Art. VIII, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 1257-10 (CM), eff. May 27, 2010)

Article 9. Pedestrians

4-5.901 Crosswalks: Establishment.

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

Crosswalks shall be established and maintained at all intersections where the City Engineer determines 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 be established in any block which is less than 400 feet in length. Elsewhere not more than one additional crosswalk shall be established in any one block, and such crosswalk shall be located as nearly as practicable at mid-block.

(§ 1, Art. IX, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.902 Use of crosswalks required.

No pedestrian shall cross a roadway in any business district other than by a crosswalk.

(§ 2, Art. IX, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.903 Crossing 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.

(§ 3, Art. IX, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.904 Standing in roadways.

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. This provision shall not apply to any public officer or employee or employee of a public utility when necessarily upon a street in the line of duty.

(§ 4, Art. IX, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

Article 10. Stopping, Standing, and Parking.

4-5.1001 Application of regulations.

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

(b)    The provisions of this chapter 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 Vehicle Code of the State or the laws of the City prohibiting or limiting the standing or parking of vehicles in specified places or at specified times.

(§ 1, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1002 Parkways.

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

(§ 2, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1003 Removal of parked and abandoned vehicles.

(a)    It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or has the possession, custody, or control of any vehicle to park such vehicle upon any public street or alley for more than a consecutive period of seventy-two (72) hours.

(b)    In the event a vehicle is parked or left standing upon a public street in excess of a consecutive period of seventy-two (72) hours, any peace officer of the City is hereby empowered to remove such vehicle from the public street in the manner and subject to the requirements of the Vehicle Code of the State.

(§ 3, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 589-83 C-M, eff. March 24, 1983)

4-5.1004 Parking for certain purposes prohibited.

(a)    No person shall stop a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of:

(1)    Washing, greasing, or repairing such vehicle, except for repairs necessitated by an emergency; or

(2)    Selling any character of merchandise therefrom, provided that this section shall not prohibit a seller or merchandise from stopping temporarily to deliver any product or commodity from a vehicle parked on a roadway to the premises of the purchaser.

(b)    No person shall park or place a motor vehicle upon any portion of Airport Boulevard, Freedom Boulevard, Green Valley Road, Harkins Slough Road, Main Street, West Beach Street, East Beach Street, West Lake Avenue, East Lake Avenue, Ohlone Parkway, Martinelli Street, Ford Street, Lee Road, Lincoln Street, Loma Prieta Avenue, Pennsylvania Drive, Rodriguez Street, Union Street, and Walker Street, for the principal purpose of displaying such vehicle for rent, lease, sublease, and/or sale:

(1)    The parking or placing of any vehicle with a sign or other advertising device thereon or proximate thereto, indicating such vehicle is for rent, lease, sublease, and/or sale shall constitute prima facie evidence that such vehicle was parked or placed for the principal purpose of displaying the vehicle for rent, lease, sublease and/or sale.

(2)    This section is intended to protect and preserve the public welfare by reducing visual distractions to operator of motor vehicle and reduce distortion likely to cause or contribute to traffic accidents or congestion and promote pedestrian safety on arterial roads.

(§ 1, Ord. 1234-08 (CM), eff. April 25, 2008)

4-5.1005 Parallel parking on one-way streets.

(a)    Subject to other and more restrictive limitations, a vehicle may be stopped or parked within eighteen (18") inches of the left-hand curb facing in the direction of traffic movement upon any one-way street, unless signs 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 Engineer is hereby authorized to determine where standing or parking shall be prohibited upon the left-hand side of any one-way street or where 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.

(§ 5, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1006 Parking in business districts: Hours restricted.

(a)    The operator of a vehicle shall not park such vehicle for longer than the time duration set by the Council by resolution within any business district between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. of any day except Sundays and holidays.

(b)    Signs shall be erected and maintained not more than 150 feet apart in each block designating the provisions of this section.

(c)    The operator of a vehicle shall not park such vehicle for longer than the time specified by signs erected under the direction of the City Engineer in any parking lot owned, operated, or controlled by the City.

(§ 6, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by Ord. 588 N.C.S., § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

4-5.1007 Night parking.

(§ 7, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 529 N.C.S., and § 1, Ord. 410 C-M, eff. November 10, 1977: repealed by § 1, Ord. 809-89 C-M, eff. July 27, 1989)

4-5.1008 Parallel parking.

The operator of a vehicle shall not stop, stand, or park such vehicle in a roadway other than parallel with the curb and with the two (2) right-hand wheels of the vehicle within eighteen (18") inches of the regularly established curb line, except on one-way streets and/or upon streets marked for angle parking as provided in this chapter.

(§ 8, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1009 Angle parking.

(a)    The City Engineer is hereby authorized to determine upon what streets angle parking shall be permitted and to indicate such places by the painting of white or yellow lines upon the surface of the roadway to indicate the proper angle for parking; provided, however, such lines shall not be placed upon, nor shall angle parking be permitted upon, any street where such parking would diminish the width of the roadway available for travel to less than fifteen (15') feet, nor upon any street where there are less than thirty (30') feet between the curb and the nearest rail of any street car track, nor upon any street which is a continuation of, or part of, a County trunk line highway or a State highway unless a clear width of twenty (20') feet is left for the movement of vehicles when angle parking is permitted.

(b)    The City Engineer is hereby authorized to prohibit the parking of vehicles, provided appropriate signs are placed and maintained to give notice thereof, on one side of a street in any block where angle parking is permitted on the opposite side of the street in such block.

(§ 9, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1010 Signs and markings indicating angle parking.

(a)    Whenever any ordinance of the City designates and describes any street or portion thereof upon which angle parking shall be permitted, the City Engineer shall mark or sign such street indicating the angle at which vehicles shall be parked.

(b)    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.

(c)    Angle parking shall be permitted upon those streets and parts of streets described in Section 4-5.1605 of this chapter.

(§ 10, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1011 Loading and unloading at angles to curbs: Permit required.

The City Engineer is hereby 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 by the provisions of this section, and it shall be unlawful for any permittee or other person to violate any of the special terms or conditions of any such permit.

(§ 11, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1012 Parking adjacent to schools.

(a)    The City 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.

(b)    When official signs are erected indicating no parking upon that side of a street adjacent to any school property, no person shall park a vehicle in any such designated place.

(§ 12, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1013 Parking on narrow streets.

(a)    The City Engineer is hereby authorized to place signs or markings indicating no parking upon any street where the width of the roadway does not exceed twenty (20') feet or upon one side of a street as indicated by such signs or markings where the width of the roadway does not exceed thirty (30') feet.

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

(§ 13, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1014 Prohibited stopping and parking.

The City Engineer shall appropriately sign or mark the following places, and, when so signed or marked, no person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle in any of such places:

(a)    At any place within twenty (20') feet of a point on the curb immediately opposite the mid-block end of a safety zone;

(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; or

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

(§ 14, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1015 Parking by peddlers, vendors, and mobile caterers.

(a)    It shall be unlawful for any person to stand or park any vehicle, motorized or non-motorized, from which goods, wares, merchandise, fruits, vegetables, or foodstuffs are sold, displayed, solicited, offered for sale, bartered, or exchanged, or any lunch wagon, eating car, or vehicle on any portion of any private property or public street within the City, except that such vehicles may stand or park on private property or public streets in a noncommercial district, as established by Chapter 14-16 of Title 14 of this Code, only at the request of a bona fide purchaser for a period of time not to exceed ten (10) minutes at any one place.

(b)    It shall be unlawful for any property owner or tenant of a property owner to permit or consent to any person standing or parking a vehicle in violation of this section.

(c)    The provisions of this section shall not apply to persons delivering such articles upon order of, or by agreement with, a customer from a store or other fixed place of business or distribution, or to persons engaged in a delivery or courier service of documents or packages, or to persons who have obtained a special event permit for the use of public property from the City Council which specifically allows for the standing or parking of a vehicle otherwise in violation of this section, provided that such persons comply with the parking conditions imposed in such a permit.

(§ 15, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 564-82 C-M, eff. September 23, 1982, and § 1, Ord. 840-90 C-M, eff. July 12, 1990)

4-5.1016 Emergency parking signs.

(a)    Whenever the City 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 Engineer shall have the 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 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 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.

(§ 16, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1017 Display of warning devices from disabled commercial vehicles.

Every motor truck having an unladen weight of 4,000 pounds or more and every truck tractor, irrespective of weight, when operated upon any street or highway during the time specified in Section 618 of the Vehicle Code of the State shall be equipped with and carry at least two (2) flares, two (2) red lanterns, or two (2) warning lights or reflectors, which reflectors shall be of a type approved by the State Highway Patrol. When any such vehicle or any trailer or semitrailer is disabled upon streets or highways outside any business or residence district within the City, and upon which streets or highways there is insufficient street lighting to reveal a vehicle at a distance of 200 feet during any time mentioned in Section 618 of the Vehicle Code of the State, a warning signal of the character indicated by the provisions of this section shall be immediately placed at a distance approximately 100 feet in advance of and 100 feet to the rear of such disabled vehicle by the driver thereof. Such warning signals shall be displayed continuously during the time mentioned in said Section 618 while such vehicle remains disabled upon such street or highway.

(§ 17, Art. X, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1018 Parking space markings.

The City Engineer is hereby authorized to determine the streets, or portions of streets, to be marked for parking spaces, and thereupon he shall have lines or markings painted or placed on the curb or street adjacent to such spaces designating the parking space in which each vehicle shall park, and vehicles shall park within the lines or markings so established. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle across any such line or marking or to park a vehicle in such a position that the vehicle shall not be entirely within the space designated by such lines or markings.

(§ 8, Art. XI, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as added by Ord. 557 N.C.S.)

4-5.1019 Parking for vehicles of handicapped persons.

(a)    No person shall park any vehicle in a space designated and marked pursuant to this section as reserved for handicapped persons’ vehicles unless such vehicle displays a valid license plate or placard issued for such vehicle by the Department of Motor Vehicles of the State pursuant to the provisions of Section 22511.5 or Section 9105 of the Vehicle Code of the State, or any other section of said Vehicle Code providing for the issuance of such plates or placards, whether such provision is now in effect or hereafter enacted.

(b)    The Council, by resolution, shall designate the public and private parking spaces, in accordance with the appropriate State laws and at the property owner’s request, reserved for vehicles which are used by handicapped persons and which display the required license plate or placard. Such resolution shall generally describe the location of each parking space so designated.

(c)    Parking spaces designated pursuant to this section shall be marked in either or both of the following ways:

(1)    With blue paint along the curb or the edge of the pavement immediately adjacent to the parking space; or

(2)    With a sign consisting of a profile view of a wheelchair with the occupant in white on a blue background.

(§ 1, Ord. 500 C-M, eff. May 22, 1980)

4-5.1020 Removal of unauthorized vehicles from designated parking areas for handicapped persons.

Any regularly employed and salaried officer of the Police Department may remove, or cause to be removed, from an on-street or off-street parking space designated and marked pursuant to subsection (2) of subsection (c) of Section 4-5.1019 of this article any vehicle not displaying one of the distinguishing placards or license plates specified in said section if there is posted immediately adjacent to, and visible from, such stall or space, or if there is posted in a conspicuous place at each entrance to the off-street parking facility in which such stall or space is located, not less than seventeen (17") inches by twenty-two (22") inches in size with lettering not less than one inch in height, a sign which clearly and conspicuously states the following: “Unauthorized vehicles not displaying distinguishing placards or license plates issued for physically handicapped persons will be towed away at the owner’s expense. Towed vehicles may be reclaimed at the Watsonville Police Department.

The Council shall designate by resolution those parking spaces from which the removal of illegally parked vehicles shall be authorized.

(§ 1, Ord. 500 C-M, eff. May 22, 1980, as amended by § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

Article 11. Stopping for Loading or Unloading Only

4-5.1101 Authority to establish loading zones.

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

(1)    At any place in any business district; and

(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 within such zones.

(§ 1, Art. XI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1102 Curb marking to indicate no stopping and parking regulations.

(a)    The City Engineer is hereby authorized, subject to the provisions and limitations of this chapter, to place, and when required shall place, the following curb markings to indicate parking or standing regulations, and such curb markings shall have the meanings as set forth in this section:

(1)    Red shall mean no stopping, standing, or parking at any time except as permitted by the Vehicle Code of the State and except that a bus may stop in a red zone marked or signed as a bus zone.

(2)    Yellow shall means no stopping, standing, or parking at any time between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day except Sundays and holidays for any purpose other than the loading or unloading of passengers or materials; provided, however, the loading or unloading of passengers shall not consume more than three (3) minutes, and the loading or unloading of materials shall not consume more than twenty (20) minutes.

(3)    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 the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day except Sundays and holidays and except as follows:

(i)    When such zone is in front of a hotel, the restrictions shall apply at all times.

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

(4)    Green shall mean no standing or parking for longer than twenty (20) minutes at any time between the hours of 7:00 am. and 6:00 p.m. of any day except Sundays and holidays.

(b)    When the City Engineer has caused curb markings to be so 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 this section.

(§ 2, Art. XI, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

4-5.1103 Effect of permission to load or unload.

(a)    Permission granted 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 therefore, and in no event for more than twenty (20) minutes.

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

(c)    Permission granted 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 therefore and in no event for more than three (3) minutes.

(d)    The provisions of this section shall be enforced as to the total time limits specified so as to accommodate necessary and reasonable loading or unloading but without permitting abuses of the privileges granted.

(§ 3, Art. XI, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

4-5.1104 Standing for loading or unloading only.

No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle in any yellow loading zone for any purpose other than loading or unloading passengers or materials for such time as is permitted in Section 4-5.1103 of this article.

(§ 3, Art. XI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1105 Standing in passenger loading zones.

No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle in any passenger loading zone for any purpose other than the loading or unloading of passengers for such time as is specified in Section 4-5.1103 of this article.

(§ 5, Art. XI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1106 Parking in alleys.

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.

(§ 6, Art. XI, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

4-5.1107 Bus zones.

(a)    The City Engineer is hereby authorized to establish bus zones opposite curb spaces for the loading and unloading of buses of common carriers of passengers and to determine the location thereof subject to the directives and limitations set forth in this section.

(b)    “Bus”, as used in this section, shall mean any motor bus, motor coach, trackless trolley coach, or passenger stage used as a common carrier of passengers.

(c)    No bus zone shall exceed eighty (80') feet in length; provided, however, when satisfactory evidence has been presented to the City Engineer showing the necessity therefore, the City Engineer may extend bus zones not to exceed a total length of 125 feet.

(d)    Bus zones shall normally be established on the far side of an intersection.

(e)    No bus zone shall be established opposite and to the right of a safety zone.

(f)    The City Engineer shall paint a red line stenciled with white letters, “No Standing”, together with the words, “Bus Zone”, upon the top or side of all curbs and places specified as a bus zone.

(g)    No person shall stop, stand, or park any vehicle except a bus in a bus zone.

(§ 7, Art. XI, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

Article 12. Stopping Standing, or Parking Restricted or Prohibited on Certain Streets

4-5.1201 Parking time limited.

When authorized signs are in place giving notice thereof no person shall stop, stand, or park any vehicle within a business district between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. of any day, except Sundays and holidays, for a period of time longer than the time period designated by the Council by resolution.

(§ 1, Art. XII, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

4-5.1202 Parking prohibited.

When authorized signs are in place giving notice thereof, no person shall stop, stand, or park any vehicle upon any street between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day, except Sundays and holidays.

(§ 2, Art. XII, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

4-5.1203 Parking prohibited on certain streets.

When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any of the streets described in Section 4-5.1607 of Article 16 of this chapter.

(§ 3, Art, XII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1204 Parking prohibited for street cleaning and garbage and recycling collection.

It shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle on that side of any street on the days, and between the hours, designated by resolution of the Council for street cleaning, garbage and recycling collection purposes. Each side of each street shall be posted with signs giving notice of the days, and the hours, of the parking prohibition effective on that side of the street. Any person violating this section shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 2 of Title 1 of this Code, and such vehicle shall be subject to being towed away as authorized by subsection (1) of Section 22651 of the State of California Vehicle Code.

(§ 1, Ord. 721-86 C-M, eff. January 8, 1987, as amended by § 1, Ord. 1098 C-M, eff. October 23, 2000)

Article 13. Restricted Use of Certain Streets

4-5.1301 Certain vehicles prohibited in business districts.

(a)    No person shall operate any of the following vehicles in the business district between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day:

(1)    Any freight vehicle more than eight and one-half (8 1/2') feet in width with load or any freight vehicle so loaded that any part of its load extends more than twenty (20') feet to the front or rear of such vehicle;

(2)    Any vehicle carrying building materials which have not been loaded or are not to be unloaded at some point within the business district;

(3)    Any freight vehicle with a trailer; or

(4)    Any vehicle carrying crude or fuel oil.

(b)    The Chief of Police, by written permit, may authorize the operation of such vehicles for the purpose of making necessary emergency deliveries to or from points within the business district.

(§ 1, Art. XIII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1302 Advertising vehicles.

No person shall operate or drive any vehicle used for advertising purposes or any advertising vehicle equipped with a sound-amplifying or loud-speaking device upon any street or alley without the payment of the City license tax.

(§ 2, Art. XIII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1303 Animal-drawn vehicles.

No person shall drive any animal-drawn vehicle into or within the business district between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day.

(§ 3, Art. XIII, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1304 Truck traffic routes.

(a)    The streets and parts of streets described in Section 4-5.1608 of Article 16 of this chapter are hereby declared to be truck traffic routes for the movement of commercial vehicles exceeding a maximum gross weight of five (5) tons, and any commercial vehicle exceeding a maximum gross weight of five (5) tons shall be prohibited from using any other street, or parts of streets, in a residential or commercial district, with exceptions as follows:

(1)    Any commercial vehicle coming from any unrestricted street having ingress and egress by direct route to and from a restricted street when necessary for the purpose of making pickups and deliveries of goods, wares, and 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 file repair, alteration, remodeling, or construction of any building or structure upon the restricted street for which a building permit has previously been obtained;

(2)    Any commercial vehicle owned by a public utility or a licensed contractor while necessarily in use in the construction, installation, or repair of any public utility;

(3)    Any commercial vehicle traveling along a State highway which is included in the national system of interstate and defense highways; and

(4)    Any school bus or transit company bus or commercial vehicle which is subject to the provisions of Sections 1031 through 1036 of the Public Utilities Code of the State regarding passenger stages.

(b)    Whenever any ordinance of the City designates and describes any street, or portion thereof, as a street the use of which is permitted by any vehicle exceeding a maximum gross weight limit of five (5) tons, the City Engineer is hereby authorized to designate such streets by appropriate signs as “Truck Routes” for the movement of vehicles exceeding a maximum gross weight limit of five (5) tons.

(c)    For the purposes of this section, a “commercial vehicle” shall mean a vehicle of a type used or maintained for the transportation of persons for hire, compensation, or profit or designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property and shall not mean a passenger vehicle or house car.

(d)    For the purposes of this section, the “gross weight” of a commercial vehicle shall mean the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating which is the weight in pounds of the chassis of a truck or truck tractor with lubricants, the radiator full of water, and full fuel tank or tanks, plus the weight of the cab or driver’s compartment, body, special chassis and body equipment, and payload as authorized by the chassis manufacturer. In the event a vehicle is equipped with an identification plate or marker bearing the manufacturer’s name and manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating, the rating stated thereon shall be prima facie evidence of the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating.

(§ 4, Art. XIII, Ord. 486 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 569-82 C-M, eff. October 28, 1982)

4-5.1305 Prohibition of parking commercial vehicles.

(a)    It shall be unlawful to park or stand on any public street, or portion thereof, in a residential district any commercial motor vehicle having a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand (10,000) pounds or more.

(b)    It shall be unlawful for a person or business which as part of its business operation maintains and operates a fleet of vehicles comprised of three (3) or more vehicles to use City streets, in lieu of private property, to store or park those vehicles when not in use by the business. Pursuant to this subsection, a vehicle shall not be considered to be in use by the business during those hours of the day when the business is not open to the public, including those hours when the business may only be contacted by a voice mail telephone answering system, a telephone answering service, email or facsimile. Pursuant to this subsection a vehicle shall not be considered to be in use by the business between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. This subsection shall not prohibit a person from parking a single business-owned vehicle on a City street within one (1) block of his or her residence when that person is an employee of the business and the business requires that person to drive a business-owned vehicle to and from that person’s place of employment.

(c)    The provisions of this section shall not apply to:

(1)    Commercial vehicles making pickups or deliveries of goods, wares, or merchandise from or to any building or structure located on the restricted streets 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 streets for which a building permit has previously been obtained; and

(2)    Authorized emergency vehicles as defined by the Vehicle Code of the State or commercial vehicles owned and operated by a public utility company of the City when parked for the purpose of responding to emergency calls; and

(3)    “Commercial vehicle,” as the term is used in this section, shall mean a vehicle of a type required to be registered under the California Vehicle Code used or maintained for the transportation of persons for hire, compensation or profit, or designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property. Passenger vehicles which are not used for the transportation of persons for hire, compensation or profit, housecars, and vanpool vehicles are not commercial vehicles.

(§ 1, Ord. 1343-16 (CM), eff. December 29, 2016)

Article 14. Trains

4-5.1401 Safety zones: Establishment.

The City Engineer is hereby authorized to establish safety zones of such kind and character consistent with the Vehicle Code of the State as he may deem advisable or necessary.

(§ 1, Art. XIV, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1402 Railway gates.

No person shall drive any vehicle through, around, or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad grade crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.

(§ 2, Art. XIV, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1403 Blocking streets.

No person shall operate any train or train of cars, or permit the same to remain standing, so as to block the movement of traffic upon any street for a period of time longer than five (5) minutes.

(§ 3, Art. XIV, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1404 Speed limits.

It shall be unlawful for any person having control of any steam locomotive or railroad engine to permit such engine to attain a speed greater than twenty (20) miles an hour within the City.

(§ 32, Ord. 9 N.C.S., as amended by § 1, Ord. 154 N.C.S.)

4-5.1405 Switching.

It shall be unlawful for any person to lay or maintain any railway switch or side track in or across any street of the City without having permission so to do from the Council. No conductor, engineer, brakeman, or other person in charge of, or having control of, any locomotive railway car or train shall switch or side track such locomotive railway car or train in or across any street, or any switch, or any side track not laid and maintained pursuant to permission granted by ordinance or resolution.

(§ 5, Ord. 9 N.C.S.)

Article 15. Special Speed Zones

4-5.1501 Regulation of speed by traffic signals.

The City Engineer is hereby authorized to regulate the timing of traffic signals so as to permit the movement of traffic in an orderly and safe manner at speeds slightly at variance from the speeds otherwise applicable within the district or at intersections and shall erect appropriate signs giving notice thereof. The City Engineer may also increase or decrease the speed permitted by State law upon streets in the business and residence districts of the City upon resolution of the Council and after the erection of appropriate signs giving notice thereof.

(§ 1, Art. XV, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

Article 16. Schedules of Designated Streets

4-5.1601 One-way streets.

In accordance with the provisions of Article 6 of this chapter and when properly signposted, traffic shall move only in the direction indicated.

(§ 1, Art. XVI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1602 Through streets.

In accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of Section 4-5.702 of this chapter and when signs are erected giving notice thereof, drivers of vehicles shall stop at the entrances to such intersections.

(§ 2, Art. XVI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1603 Stop intersections.

In accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 4-5.702 of this chapter and when signs are erected giving notice thereof, drivers of vehicles shall stop at the entrances to such intersections.

(§ 3, Art. XVI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1604 Railroad stops.

In accordance with the provisions of subsection (d) of Section 4-5.702 of this chapter and when signs are erected giving notice thereof, drivers of vehicles shall stop before crossing the railroad tracks at such highway railway grade crossings.

(§ 4, Art. XVI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1605 Angle parking on certain streets.

In accordance with Section 4-5.1010 of this chapter and when signs or markings are in place giving notice thereof, drivers of vehicles may stand or park a vehicle only as indicated by such marks or signs.

(§ 5, Art. XVI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1606 Parking time limited on certain streets.

In accordance with Section 4-5.1201 of this chapter, parking is hereby limited to one hour between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. of every day, except Sundays and holidays.

(§ 6, Art. XVI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1607 Parking prohibited on certain streets.

In accordance with Section 4-5.1203 of Article 12 of this chapter and when signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall at any time park a vehicle upon such streets.

(§ 7, Art. XVI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.)

4-5.1608 Designation of truck routes.

It shall be unlawful, in accordance with Section 4-5.1304 of Article 13 of this chapter as authorized by the Vehicle Code of the State of California, when signs are erected giving notice thereof, to drive, park, or operate any motor vehicle exceeding a maximum gross weight of five (5) tons on any City street within a residential district or commercial district, except for those streets or portions thereof which are hereby established and designated as truck routes, as follows:

(a)    All City streets within the General Industrial District and Industrial Park District as established pursuant to Title 14 of this Code.

(b)    State Route 1 in its entirety.

(c)    State Route 152 in its entirety, which includes:

(1)    East Lake Avenue from Main Street to the northeastern City limits.

(2)    East Beach Street from Main Street to Lincoln Street.

(3)    Lincoln Street between East Beach Street and East Lake Avenue (northbound traffic only).

(4)    Main Street from State Route 1 to East Beach Street.

(d)    State Route 129 (Riverside Drive) in its entirety.

(e)    Main Street from the Pajaro River Bridge to East Beach Street.

(f)    Walker Street from Ford Street to West Front Street.

(g)    West Lake Avenue from Main Street to Walker Street.

(h)    West Beach Street from Walker Street to Main Street.

(i)    West Beach Street east bound from Walker Street to Main Street.

(j)    South Green Valley Road from State Route 1 to Main Street.

(k)    Industrial Road in its entirety.

(l)    Harvest Drive in its entirety.

(m)    Airport Boulevard from Ranport Road to the City limits.

(n)    Lee Road between the northern City limit boundary and the southern City limit boundary.

(o)    Ford Street from Walker Street to Kearney Street.

(p)    Kearney Street from Walker Street to Ford Street.

(q)    Ohlone Parkway (between West Beach Street and Slough Road West), Slough Road West from Ohlone Parkway to its western limit and portion of Business Park Road North that is north of Slough Road West and within Assessor Parcel Numbers 018-711-24 and 018-711-28.

(§ 8, Art. XVI, Ord. 486 N.C.S.; as amended by § 1, Ord. 571-82 C-M, eff. December 1, 1982, § 1, Ord. 774-88 C-M, eff. April 21, 1988, § 1, Ord. 1097-00 C-M, eff. October 26, 2000, and § 1, Ord. 1321-15 (CM), eff. August 6, 2015)

Article 17. Cruising

4-5.1701 Definitions.

For the purposes of this article, unless otherwise apparent from the context, certain words and phrases used in this article are defined as follows:

(a)    “Watsonville High School area” shall mean the area bordered by and including Lincoln Street from Riverside Drive to East Beach Street; East Beach Street from Carr Street to Blackburn Street; Blackburn Street from East Beach Street to Riverside Drive; Riverside Drive from Lincoln Street to Blackburn Street; Marchant Street from East Beach Street to Riverside Drive; and Maple Avenue from Marchant Street to Blackburn Street. Such area shall be clearly identified by signs which briefly and clearly state the appropriate provisions of the Vehicle Code of the State and this article.

(b)    “Cruising” shall mean driving a motor vehicle on a highway past a traffic-control point, designated by a peace officer or person given temporary or permanent appointment by resolution of the Council for such duty, three (3) or more times within a three (3) hour period after having driven past the control point two (2) times within the same period and having been given adequate written notice after the second passing that passing the control point a third time under the same conditions stated in this subsection shall constitute a violation of this article.

(c)    “Highway” and “motor vehicle” shall have the meanings set forth in Sections 360 and 415, respectively, of the Vehicle Code of the State.

(§ 2, Ord. 696-86 C-M, eff. April 10, 1986)

4-5.1702 Cruising prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to cruise or be a passenger in a cruising motor vehicle within the Watsonville High School area.

(§ 2, Ord. 696-86 C-M, eff. April 10, 1986)

4-5.1703 Exclusions.

This article shall not apply to the following vehicles:

(a)    In-service vehicles;

(b)    Taxicabs for hire; and

(c)    Buses and other vehicles being driven for business purposes.

(§ 2, Ord. 696-86 C-M, eff. April 10, 1986)

4-5.1704 Violations: Penalties.

Any person who violates this article shall be guilty of an infraction as provided in Chapter 2 of Title 1 of this Code. Any person who violates this article, and who is cited for such violation, and who, within forty-eight (48) hours after receiving such citation, again violates this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

(§ 2, Ord. 696-86 C-M, eff. April 10, 1986)

Article 18. Speed Limits*

*    Article 18, codified from Ordinance No. 891-92 C-M, repealed and replaced in its entirety by Ordinance No. 944-94 C-M.

4-5.1801 Limits effective when signs erected.

Upon the basis of an engineering and traffic survey, the prima facie speed limits set forth in this article shall be effective when appropriate signs giving notice thereof are erected upon such street or public park.

(§ 1, Ord. 944-94 C-M, eff. April 21, 1994)

4-5.1802 Fifteen miles per hour.

There is determined and declared a prima facie speed limit of fifteen (15) miles per hour in a business or residence district or in a public park on roadways not exceeding twenty-five (25') feet in width on the following named streets or public parks: (none).

(§ 1, Ord. 944-94 C-M, eff. April 21, 1994)

4-5.1803 Twenty miles per hour.

There is determined and declared a prima facie speed limit of twenty (20) miles per hour in a business or residence district or in a public park on roadways not exceeding twenty-five (25') feet in width on the following named streets or public parks: (none).

(§ 1, Ord. 944-94 C-M, eff. April 21, 1994)

4-5.1804 Twenty-five miles per hour.

There is determined and declared a prima facie speed limit of twenty-five (25) miles per hour, when not in a business or residence district, on the following named streets:

(a)    Clifford Avenue between Main Street and Pennsylvania Drive.

(b)    Hammer Drive between Pennsylvania Drive and Arthur Road.

(c)    Loma Prieta Avenue between South Green Valley Road and Airport Boulevard.

(§ 1, Ord. 944-94 C-M, eff. April 21, 1994, as amended by § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004, and § 1, Ord. 1348-17 (CM), eff. March 16, 2017)

4-5.1805 Thirty miles per hour.

There is determined and declared a prima facie speed limit of thirty (30) miles per hour on the following named streets:

(a)    Crestview Drive between Freedom Boulevard and Broadview Drive.

(b)    Freedom Boulevard between Lincoln Street and north to City limits.

(c)    South Green Valley Road between Harkins Slough Road and Main Street.

(d)    Walker Street from Harkins Slough Road to West Beach Street.

(e)    Walker Street from West Beach Street to Riverside Drive (SR 129).

(f)    West Beach Street from six hundred fifty (650') feet west of Harvest Drive to Walker Street.

(§ 1, Ord. 944-94 C-M, eff. April 21, 1994, as amended by § 1, Ord. 1348-17 (CM), eff. March 16, 2017)

4-5.1806 Thirty-five miles per hour.

There is determined and declared a prima facie speed limit of thirty-five (35) miles per hour on the following named streets:

(a)    Airport Boulevard from Freedom Boulevard to 0.22 miles east, County line.

(b)    Green Valley Road from Freedom Boulevard then east to County line.

(c)    Harkins Slough Road between Green Valley Road and Walker Street.

(d)    Ohlone Parkway from Harkins Slough Road to West Beach Street.

(§ 1, Ord. 944-94 C-M, eff. April 21, 1994, as amended by § 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004, and § 1, Ord. 1348-17 (CM), eff. March 16, 2017)

4-5.1807 Forty miles per hour.

There is determined and declared a prima facie speed limit of forty (40) miles per hour on the following named streets:

(a)    Airport Boulevard from Holm Road to Freedom Boulevard.

(b)    Green Valley Road from Loma Prieta/Pennsylvania Drive to Freedom Boulevard.

(c)    Pennsylvania Drive between Clifford Avenue and South Green Valley Road.

(§ 1, Ord. 944-94 C-M, eff. April 21, 1994, as amended by § 1, Ord. 1348-17 (CM), eff. March 16, 2017)

4-5.1808 Forty-five miles per hour.

There is determined and declared a prima facie speed limit of forty-five (45) miles per hour on the following named streets:

(a)    Airport Boulevard from Highway 1 to Holm Road.

(b)    West Beach Street from Lee Road to eight hundred sixty (860') feet east of Industrial Road.

(c)    South Green Valley Road between Main Street and Loma Prieta Avenue/Pennsylvania Drive.

(§ 1, Ord. 944-94 C-M, eff. April 21, 1994, as amended by § 1, Ord. 1348-17 (CM), eff. March 16, 2017)

4-5.1809 Fifty miles per hour.

There is determined and declared a prima facie speed limit of fifty (50) miles per hour on the following named streets: (none).

(§ 1, Ord. 944-94 C-M, eff. April 21, 1994)

4-5.1810 Fifty-five miles per hour.

There is determined and declared a prima facie speed limit of fifty-five (55) miles per hour on the following named streets: (none).

(§ 1, Ord. 944-94 C-M, eff. April 21, 1994)

4-5.1811 Violation of Article: Penalty.

It shall be unlawful and constitute an infraction for the operator of any motor vehicle to violate or fail to comply with any provision of this article.

(§ 1, Ord. 944-94 C-M, eff. April 21, 1994)

Article 19. Parking Permits

4-5.1901 Permits—Issuance and display.

The parking permits provided for in this Title 4 shall be issued by the Department of Finance upon application, if an applicant provides satisfactory evidence that he or she qualifies for such permit and providing the Department of Finance determines that there are sufficient City Parking Permits to issue.

(a)    Payment must be made in advance, of a fee to be established by the Council from time to time by resolution. The City Manager, or his/her designee, shall report to the City Council once every three years regarding these permit parking rates.

(b)    Persons shall be issued a parking permit in a form to be prepared by the City Administrative Services Director. The permit shall be displayed in a vehicle so as to be readily observable by parking enforcement officers and in compliance with instructions on the permit and regulations to be approved by the Council from time to time.

(§ 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)

4-5.1903 Parking by permit.

Upon the issuance and proper display of such parking permit, a vehicle may be parked at any legally designated parking space in any City owned, operated or leased public parking lot despite the durational time limits set forth in Article 2 of Chapter 4 and Article 10 of Chapter 5 of this Title 4, except that the following restrictions shall apply:

(a)    Parking permits shall be valid at such designated spaces from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. daily except Sundays and holidays.

(b)    The parking permit for such vehicle shall have been properly and lawfully obtained and properly displayed in or on such vehicle so that it is readily observable by Parking Enforcement Officers, in compliance with the display instruction on the permit and in compliance with parking permit regulations that may be established by the Council from time to time.

(§ 1, Ord. 1180-04 C-M, eff. November 26, 2004)