Chapter 14.12


14.12.010    General requirements.

14.12.020    Insurance.

14.12.030    Speed.

14.12.040    Operation rules.

14.12.050    Reporting of accidents.

14.12.060    Restrictions.

14.12.070    Parking.

14.12.010 General requirements.

A. No person shall operate any motor vehicle on the airport contrary to the provisions of this chapter.

B. All signs, speed limits, and conditions set forth in this chapter are to be obeyed.

C. The provisions of Chapter 10.04 SMC Model Traffic Ordinance, SMC 10.04.010 through 10.04.070, shall apply to all motor vehicles operated on the airport. Violations are subject to the jurisdiction of the Sunnyside Municipal Court.

D. Any violation of this chapter that is not a violation covered by the provisions of Sunnyside’s Model Traffic Ordinance shall be deemed a traffic infraction and be subject to all the provisions of Chapter 46.63 RCW. [Ord. 2016-14 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016.]

14.12.020 Insurance.

All persons who operate any motor vehicle on the airport shall comply with the liability insurance requirements of RCW Title 46, as adopted by Sunnyside’s Model Traffic Ordinance. [Ord. 2016-14 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016.]

14.12.030 Speed.

No person shall operate a motor vehicle of any kind on the airport in excess of the speed limit posted at the entrances to the airport; except that the speed limit shall be 10 miles per hour in ramp, apron, aircraft parking areas, hangar or service areas. Posted airport speed limits shall not exceed 25 miles per hour. [Ord. 2016-14 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016.]

14.12.040 Operation rules.

The following operation rules shall be in addition to rules governing motor vehicles included within Sunnyside’s Model Traffic Ordinance:

A. Pedestrians, when walking in lanes or areas on the airport authorized for pedestrian use, shall at all times have right-of way over vehicular traffic.

B. No person shall operate a motor vehicle on the airport contrary to the directions of posted traffic signs or markings.

C. No person under the influence of liquor or narcotic drugs shall operate a motor vehicle or aircraft on the airport.

D. No person shall operate on the airport any motor vehicle which is overloaded or carrying more passengers than the number for which the vehicle was designed. No person shall ride on the running board, stand up in the body of a moving vehicle, or ride on the outside of the body of a vehicle or with arms or legs protruding from the body of a motor vehicle.

E. The driver of any vehicle operated on the airport must at all times comply with the lawful order, signal, or directive of an authorized representative of the Airport Manager.

F. All vehicles shall pass to the rear of taxiing aircraft, and no vehicle shall approach closer than 50 feet from any aircraft when aircraft engines or propellers are in motion.

G. When parking adjacent to a runway, all vehicles must park parallel to the runway at least 100 feet to the outside of the runway lights and drivers shall face in the direction from which aircraft are landing and taking off.

H. All vehicles within the movement area shall display an amber beacon or such warning lights as shall be designated by the Airport Manager.

I. Vehicles not equipped as specified above, but permitted within the movement area, must be operated by or under direct control of an airport employee or authorized representative of the Airport Manager and, if permitted to be operated by other than airport personnel, shall be accompanied in person or by a vehicle driven by an authorized airport employee at a distance of not more than 50 feet.

J. Under emergency conditions, drivers of authorized vehicles will operate according to emergency procedures published by the Airport Manager and in no case shall operate within the movement area unless specifically cleared by the control tower (when in operation) or Airport Manager or a designated emergency representative.

K. No person shall abandon or store any motor vehicle or trailer on the airport, nor shall any person park a motor vehicle on the airport for a period in excess of 24 hours unless express approval for such parking is obtained from the Airport Manager or his representative.

L. No person shall park a motor vehicle in an area requiring payment for parking thereon without paying the required parking fee.

M. Any person directed to remove a vehicle shall comply with such order and the Airport Manager, or his or her representative, shall have authority to remove vehicles illegally and improperly parked without liability for any claim for damages of any kind occasioned thereby, and the owner of such vehicle shall be held liable for all costs in connection with such removal.

N. No person shall tamper with, enter into, or use any vehicle, either privately or publicly owned, upon the airport without the express permission of the owner or lessee of the same. [Ord. 2016-14 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016.]

14.12.050 Reporting of accidents.

Any persons involved in an accident on the airport grounds, or witnesses thereto, shall report the accident within 24 hours to the office of the Airport Manager. Persons involved in motor vehicle accidents shall also comply with the reporting provisions of Chapter 46.52 RCW. [Ord. 2016-14 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016.]

14.12.060 Restrictions.

A. Loading and Unloading. The Airport Manager may designate areas for loading and unloading.

B. Runways and Taxiways. No vehicles are permitted within the movement area except those operated by the City or its agents or FAA personnel, or those persons specifically authorized by the Airport Manager, such as certain fixed base operators and contractors.

C. Apron/Ramp Areas. Vehicle traffic on apron/ramp areas is restricted to aircraft owners or operators driving to their tie-down area or hangar for loading and unloading, deliveries to aircraft owners or tenants whose aircraft or business fronts an apron area, or vehicle specifically authorized by the Airport Manager. All vehicles on apron/ramp areas are restricted to a speed of 10 miles per hour. Taxiing aircraft on apron/ramp areas have the right-of-way over motor vehicles.

D. Designation of Areas. It is the motor vehicle operator’s responsibility to inform himself or herself which airport areas are designated runways, taxiways, aprons, ramps, and parking. [Ord. 2016-14 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016.]

14.12.070 Parking.

A. General Conditions. All motor vehicles on the airport are to be parked only in designated parking lots or in a manner and place prescribed by the Airport Manager. All airport roadways are areas of restricted parking. Parking on grass or sod areas is not permitted except with special permission of the Airport Manager (during special events such as air shows, etc.).

B. Prohibited Parking Areas. It shall be unlawful for the operator of a vehicle to park such vehicle in or on any of the following places, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with other provisions of this code or with the direction of a public safety officer or traffic control sign or signal:

1. Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop sign, traffic control signal, or traffic devices located at the side of the roadway;

2. In front of or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or standpipes;

3. On a sidewalk or parking strip;

4. Within any space marked as a fire exit;

5. On that portion of any street contiguous to or opposite any outside court, corridor, passage, fire escape, exit or entrance door, or any other place adjacent to any door opening in any outer wall of any building containing, in whole or in part, any place of public assembly through which the public must pass to leave such building while such building is being utilized for public gatherings. It shall be incumbent upon and the duty of the owner or agent of the business used for the purpose herein specified to designate such prohibited areas by the placement of stanchions, signs, or curb markings of the form and type satisfactory to the Airport Manager;

6. At any place where official traffic signs have been erected prohibiting parking; and

7. In front of or adjacent to hangars, except while making deliveries (not to exceed 15 minutes). Tenants of hangars may park their cars in their hangars while operating their aircraft.

C. Identification of No Parking and Restricted Parking Areas. Except where this section provides otherwise, the Airport Manager shall identify designated “No Parking” and “Restricted Parking” areas by using appropriate signing and/or curb painting or lettering. It shall be unlawful for any person, company, or private organization to paint curbs or paint on parking signs without the permission of the Airport Manager. No regulations imposing parking time limits or prohibiting parking shall be effective unless the signs and/or curb markings authorized herein are in place at the time of any alleged violation or infraction.

1. “NO PARKING AREAS” shall be so identified either by a yellow painted curb or appropriate signing.

2. “FIRE ZONES” shall be so identified either by a red painted curb or appropriate signing.

3. “HANDICAPPED PARKING STALLS” shall be designated as such by appropriate markings.

4. “RESTRICTED PARKING ZONES” and other restricted parking areas shall be so identified by appropriate signing.

D. Restricted Parking Zones.

1. Thirty Minutes Parking Zones. No person shall park a vehicle for a longer continuous time than 30 minutes of any day in areas marked with signs advising of such restrictions.

2. Loading Zones. No person shall park for any reason other than loading and unloading of passengers, products, or packages, in areas marked as loading zones with signs and white curb paint advising of such restrictions.

3. Handicapped Zones. No person shall park a vehicle in marked handicapped parking zones on public or private property without an appropriate permit or license being displayed by the vehicle.

4. Fire Zones. No person shall park a vehicle in fire zones marked by red curb paint or signs advising of such restrictions.

E. Parking for Certain Purposes Unlawful. No person shall park any vehicle upon any street or parking area for the principal purpose of:

1. Displaying advertising and/or campaigning.

2. Displaying such vehicle for sale.

3. Selling merchandise from such vehicle except when authorized.

4. Loitering.

F. One Vehicle – One Space. No person shall park in such a way as to occupy parts of more than one parking space or parking a vehicle other than at the angle to the curb indicated by such markings.

G. Parking on Aircraft Tie-down Locations. Tenants with aircraft tied down on the airport may park their vehicles on the aircraft tie-down while operating their aircraft.

H. Right to Move Vehicles. The City reserves the right to move any vehicles for purposes of sweeping, snow removal, or for reasons of safety or convenience, or by reason of violation of rules or regulations applicable to the airport.

I. Authority. The parking regulations set forth in this chapter shall be enforced by the Airport Manager by and through law enforcement officers of the City and such other employees of the City as are designated by the Airport Manager. The Airport Manager shall post signs as required by RCW 46.55.070 near the public entrances to the airport and at not less than four other spots within the airport in clearly conspicuous locations visible to those who park on airport property. [Ord. 2016-14 § 1 (Exh. A), 2016.]