Chapter 10.20


10.20.010    Definitions.

10.20.020    Truck, trailer and recreational vehicle parking on residential streets prohibited.

10.20.030    Truck and trailer parking on residential streets prohibited – Exceptions.

10.20.035    Recreational vehicles – Exemption.

10.20.040    Commercial vehicles – Signs restricting travel.

10.20.050    Truck routes.

10.20.060    Vehicles using certain streets – Load restrictions.

10.20.065    Presumption.

10.20.070    Violation – Penalty.

10.20.010 Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall be defined as follows, unless a different meaning is expressly provided:

A.    “Commercial vehicle” means and includes any vehicle the principal use of which is the transportation of commodities, merchandise, produce, freight, animals or passengers for hire.

B.    “Residential area” means those areas in the city designated as residential zone districts pursuant to TMC Title 18.

C.    “Trailer” means and includes every vehicle without motor power designated for being drawn by or used in conjunction with a motor vehicle; provided, that the term shall not include recreational vehicles such as travel trailers.

D.    “Truck” means and includes any motor vehicle designed primarily for the transportation of property.

E.    “Motor vehicle” means every vehicle which is self propelled.

F.    “Vehicle” includes every device capable of being moved upon a street or public highway and in, upon, or by which any persons or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a public highway.

G.    “Recreational vehicle (RV)” means a motor vehicle used for recreational purposes, which is self-contained.

(Ord. O95-003, Amended, 08/15/1995; Ord. 1111, Amended, 07/07/1987; Ord. 1051, Added, 12/02/1985)

10.20.020 Truck, trailer and recreational vehicle parking on residential streets prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to park or leave standing on any street within a residential area or on that portion of a street abutting a residential area, any of the following:

A.    A truck with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) in excess of twelve thousand pounds, or being in excess of twenty-two feet in length;

B.    A trailer having a GVWR in excess of ten thousand pounds or being in excess of twenty feet in length;

C.    A commercial vehicle having a width of eighty inches or more;

D.    Any truck or trailer not having a current and valid truck or trailer license;

E.    Any truck, trailer or other motor vehicle which constitutes a street or driveway sight distance obstruction or impairs the movement of emergency vehicles along the street;

F.    Any unlicensed recreational vehicles or licensed recreational vehicles in excess of twelve thousand GVWR or being greater than twenty-eight feet in length regardless of GVWR, except as provided in TMC 10.20.035. Provided, however, notwithstanding TMC 10.20.035, RVs exceeding eight feet six inches in width, fourteen feet in height and thirty-two feet in length shall be prohibited from parking on residential streets.

(Ord. O95-003, Amended, 08/15/1995; Ord. 1051, Added, 12/02/1985)

10.20.030 Truck and trailer parking on residential streets prohibited – Exceptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any motor vehicle, trailer or truck parked or left standing for the purpose of loading or unloading persons or property, provided such parking or standing shall not extend beyond the time necessary for the loading or unloading.

(Ord. O95-003, Amended, 08/15/1995; Ord. 1051, Added, 12/02/1985)

10.20.035 Recreational vehicles – Exemption.

Recreation vehicles in excess of the weight and/or length provisions set forth in TMC 10.20.020(F) may be parked on residential city streets for a period not to exceed seven days whether continuous or not in any three-month period if the following circumstances exist:

A.    The RV is parked on the street frontage immediately adjacent to a residential dwelling and the parking or use of the RV in question is related to the occupancy of the residential dwelling.

1.    The occupants of the residential dwelling either own, rent or lease the RV in question.

2.    The RV is not owned, rented or leased by the occupants of the dwelling, but the owner, renter, lessor or user of the RV is visiting the occupants of the residential dwelling.

B.    In no event shall power cords, extension cords, garden hoses, or other like devices be run from the RV across the public right-of-way or sidewalk to a residential dwelling or like source.

(Ord. O95-003, Added, 08/15/1995)

10.20.040 Commercial vehicles – Signs restricting travel.

When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall operate any commercial vehicle exceeding fourteen thousand pounds gross weight at any time upon any of the streets or parts of streets not described in this chapter under TMC 10.20.050, except that such vehicle may be operated thereon for the purpose of delivering or picking up materials or merchandise and then only by entering such street at the intersection nearest the destination of the vehicle and proceeding thereon no farther than the nearest intersection thereafter.

(Ord. 1051, Added, 12/02/1985)

10.20.050 Truck routes.

Any and all commercial vehicles with a maximum gross weight of fourteen thousand pounds or more shall restrict their operation to the following routes or areas while in the city:

1.    Airdustrial Way from Littlerock Road to Capitol Boulevard;

2.    New Market Street SW from Airdustrial Way to 73rd Avenue SW;

3.    Black Lake Boulevard from south city limits to north city limits;

4.    Capitol Boulevard from north city limits to Old Highway 99;

5.    Center Street from Airdustrial Way to 83rd Avenue;

6.    Cleveland Avenue from Capitol Boulevard to Delta Lane;

7.    Custer Way from Cleveland Avenue to 2nd Avenue;

8.    Deschutes Way from “E” Street to I-5 overpass;

9.    E Street from Deschutes Parkway to Capitol Boulevard;

10.    Henderson Boulevard from Yelm Highway to the south city limits;

11.    Israel Road from Littlerock Road to Capitol Boulevard;

12.    Linderson Way from West Lee Street to Bonneville Power Lines;

13.    Linwood Avenue from 2nd Avenue to Capitol Boulevard;

14.    Littlerock Road from Trosper Road to the south city limits;

15.    Mottman Road from the west city limits to Crosby Boulevard;

16.    Old Highway 99 from Capitol Boulevard to the south city limits;

17.    R.W. Johnson Boulevard from Mottman Road to 37th Avenue;

18.    2nd Avenue from Desoto to Custer Way;

19.    2nd Avenue from Trosper Road to Linwood Avenue;

20.    Trosper Road from Capitol Boulevard to the west city limits;

21.    West Lee Street from Capitol Boulevard to Linderson Way;

22.    Yelm Highway from Delta Lane to Henderson Boulevard;

23.    25th Avenue from R.W. Johnson Boulevard to Mottman Road.

(Ord. O97-001, Amended, 02/04/1997; Ord. O94-013, Amended, 04/19/1994; Ord. 1203, Amended, 07/18/1989; Ord. 1131, Amended, 07/07/1987; Ord. 1051, Added, 12/02/1985)

10.20.060 Vehicles using certain streets – Load restrictions.

When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall operate any vehicle with a gross weight in excess of the amounts specified in this section at any time upon any of the following streets or parts of streets:

A.    Eleventh Avenue S.W. from Israel Road to the south city limits – three tons.

(Ord. 1051, Added, 12/02/1985)

10.20.065 Presumption.

There is hereby created a rebuttable presumption that the registered owner of any such motor vehicle or trailer committed the violation in question for which the infraction citation in question was issued.

(Ord. O95-003, Added, 08/15/1995)

10.20.070 Violation – Penalty.

Violation of any of the provisions enumerated above constitutes a civil infraction. As provided by law, the Tumwater municipal court is hereby vested with jurisdiction to hear civil infraction cases under this chapter. Said cases shall be heard by the court without jury and upon a finding that the infraction has been committed by a preponderance of the evidence, the defendant shall be subject to civil penalties at the discretion of the court not to exceed $250.00 for each such separately charged violation. Each day that the violation continues shall be deemed a separate and distinct violation.

(Ord. O95-003, Amended, 08/15/1995; Ord. 596, Added, 10/05/1971)