City of Washington, PA
Washington County
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[Added 8-7-2008 by Ord. No. 1803]
General rule. No resident, household or building owner along any public street located within the City of Washington shall be permitted to park more than two vehicles upon any public roadway, unless otherwise feasible to do so and permitted by the City of Washington Code Enforcement Officer. All other vehicles must be parked and/or stored using off-street parking on property owned by the owner or on private property with permission from the owner of said property.
A. 
General rule. Outside a business or residential district, no person shall stop, park or stand any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the roadway when it is practicable to stop, park or stand the vehicle off the roadway. In the event it is necessary to stop, park or stand the vehicle on the roadway or any part of the roadway, an unobstructed width of the highway opposite the vehicle shall be left for the free passage of other vehicles, and the vehicle shall be visible from a distance of 500 feet in each direction upon the highway.
B. 
Exception for disabled vehicles. This section and § 335-45 (relating to prohibitions in specified places) and § 335-46 (relating to additional parking regulations) do not apply to the driver of any vehicle which is disabled in such a manner and to such an extent that it is impossible to avoid stopping and temporarily leaving the vehicle in that position.
Except when necessary to avoid a conflict with other traffic or to protect the safety of any person or vehicle, or in compliance with law or the direction of a police officer or official traffic control device, the following prohibitions shall be in effect:
A. 
Stopping, standing or parking a vehicle is expressly prohibited under the following circumstances:
(1) 
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of the street.
(2) 
On any sidewalk.
(3) 
Within any intersection.
(4) 
On any crosswalk.
(5) 
Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction which would obstruct traffic.
(6) 
Upon any bridge or other elevated structure.
(7) 
On public or private property which is expressly reserved for handicapped persons or disabled veterans, where said property has been posted in accordance with the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
(8) 
At any place where official signs prohibit same.
B. 
Standing and parking vehicles are expressly prohibited under the following circumstances:
(1) 
In front of a public or private driveway.
(2) 
Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
(3) 
Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.
(4) 
Within 30 feet of any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic control signal located at the site of a roadway.
(5) 
Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station or when properly posted, on the side of a street opposite the entrance of any fire station within 75 feet of the entrance, unless otherwise permitted.
(6) 
At any place where official signs prohibit same.
A. 
No person shall park or leave unattended a vehicle on private property without the consent of the owner or other person in control of possession of the property, except in the case of an emergency or disablement of the vehicle; in which case the operator shall arrange for the removal of the vehicle as soon as possible.
B. 
The provisions of Subsection A of this section shall not apply to private parking lots unless such lots are posted to notify the public of any parking restrictions; in which case the operator of a vehicle should not violate said posted restrictions. For the purpose of this section, "private parking lot" means a parking lot open to the public and used for parking with or without charge.
A. 
Every vehicle which is standing or parked on a two-way highway shall be positioned parallel to either the curb or the edge of the highway and in all cases in the direction of authorized traffic movement. The vehicle shall be parked such that the right-hand wheels are within 12 inches of the right-hand curb, or in the absence of a curb, the vehicle shall be parked such that the left-hand wheels are at least 12 inches from the edge of the highway.
B. 
Every vehicle which is standing or parked on a one-way highway shall be positioned parallel to the curb or edge of the highway in the direction of authorized traffic movement. Said vehicle shall be parked so that its wheels are within 12 inches from the curb, or in the absence of a curb, as close as practicable to the shoulder of the road.
C. 
No person or entity shall be permitted to park any boat, trailer, camper, motor home, recreational vehicle, or any other similar vehicle or personal property that has or would typically be required to be registered and licensed through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, or any other unnatural item or object, on the public streets located within the City of Washington. Additionally, no more than two recreational vehicles may be stored or maintained outside of an enclosed structure on a lot except in approved and properly permitted recreational parks. For purposes of this section, contiguous lots owned by the same persons shall be considered one lot. Recreational vehicles shall be stored only in side or rear yards. The City Council may grant a variance from this restriction if it is determined that storage is not possible or practical in side or rear yards.
A. 
No commercial equipment, including, but not limited to, trucks, tandems (in excess of one-ton capacity), tractor trailers, tractors or other commercial construction or cargo-moving vehicles or equipment shall be parked upon the roads within the City of Washington after completion of the normal working day. No truck or vehicle weighing in excess of 21,000 pounds or more than eight feet high shall be permitted to park on any City street, alley or thoroughfare, except for those limited exceptions enumerated in Subsection B.
B. 
Exceptions. The following are exceptions to the restrictions set forth in Subsection A of this section:
(1) 
Any commercial equipment described in this section may legally park for the purpose of delivering goods or rendering services during the normal course of business, provided that such vehicle does not substantially impede the flow of vehicular traffic.
(2) 
Vehicles being used for the purpose of road construction shall be permitted to park, stand or stop on any highway or street within the City of Washington when construction is in progress upon said highway or street.
A. 
Violations of this article shall be building of a summary offense and, upon conviction before a Magisterial District Judge, shall be fined no less than $25 but not more than $300 per day, plus costs of prosecution. In the event of a default of the payment of any fine due hereunder, such persons shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree and shall pay a fine of not less than $750, but not more than $1,000, or imprisonment of not more than 90 days in the Washington County Correctional Facility, or both.
B. 
Reduced penalty. In any case where a police officer of the City of Washington shall first give notice of the offense by handing to the offending operator or affixing securely to the motor vehicle illegally parked hereunder a ticket on which he has noted the time and place of the offense, the nature of the offense, and the license registration of the vehicle and bearing the statement that no prosecution shall be instituted for 72 hours hereafter and if during the said seventy-two-hour period, the offending operator shall voluntarily appear at the office of the City Police and voluntarily enter a plea of guilty, and pay the appropriate fine payable to the appropriate authority responsible for collecting parking violations within the City, then no further prosecution for said offense shall thereafter be brought. In the alternative, said offender may forward to the office of the Parking Authority for the City of Washington by regular mail the appropriate fine, and no prosecution for the offense shall be thereafter brought so long as the envelope is postmarked within 72 hours of the violation.
C. 
The City Council is hereby authorized from time to time to amend and/or modify by resolution the penalties imposed by this section.
A. 
In addition to the penalties herein provided, whenever any police officer finds an attended vehicle in violation of any provisions of this article, the officer may move the vehicle, or cause the vehicle to be moved, or require the driver or other person in charge of the vehicle to move the vehicle.
B. 
In addition to the penalties herein provided, whenever any police officer finds an unattended vehicle in violation of any provision of this article, the officer may remove or cause to be removed to the place of business of the operator of a wrecker or to a nearby garage or other place of safety selected by the City; that said owner of said vehicle, if known, together with the address, shall be notified in writing of the fact of said removal and the place of deposit of said vehicle; that said vehicle may be reclaimed and surrendered upon payment of towing and storing charges.