City of Mount Vernon, MO
Lawrence County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Cross Reference: See also Schedule I, Parking Restrictions, included at the end of Title III.
A. 
Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a Police Officer or official traffic control device, no person shall:
1. 
Stop, stand or park a vehicle:
a. 
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;
b. 
On a sidewalk;
c. 
Within an intersection;
d. 
On a crosswalk;
e. 
Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty (30) feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the Traffic Authority indicates a different length by signs or markings;
f. 
Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic;
g. 
Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel;
h. 
At any place where official signs prohibit stopping.
2. 
Stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers:
a. 
In front of a public or private driveway;
b. 
Within thirty (30) feet of an intersection;
c. 
Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant;
d. 
Within twenty (20) feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
e. 
Within thirty (30) feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway;
f. 
Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of said entrance (when properly signposted);
g. 
At any place where official signs prohibit standing.
3. 
Park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers:
a. 
At any place where official signs prohibit parking.
B. 
No person shall move a vehicle not lawfully under his/her control into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such a distance as is unlawful.
No person shall park any vehicle upon a street, other than an alley, in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than ten (10) feet of the width of the roadway for free movement of vehicular traffic.
[R.O. 2004 § 355.025; Ord. No. 12.29A §§ 1 — 2, 9-13-1983]
It shall be unlawful for any person to park any automobile, truck or other vehicle in or upon or otherwise obstruct any utility easement in the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri; provided, however, that any truck or other vehicle may be stopped in or upon any utility easement for such reasonable time as may be required for loading or unloading freight.
[R.O. 2004 § 355.030; Ord. No. 12.21 § 2, 11-14-1978]
A. 
No person shall park a vehicle within an alley in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than ten (10) feet of the width of the roadway for the free movement of vehicular traffic, and no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within an alley in such position as to block the driveway entrance to any abutting property.
B. 
The City Superintendent is hereby authorized to issue thirty-minute alley parking permits to be used for commercial vehicles only when in his/her discretion it is necessary for such vehicles to be permitted to use such alley in the process of loading and unloading.
A. 
No person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of:
1. 
Displaying such vehicle for sale; or
2. 
Repair of such vehicle except repairs necessitated by an emergency.
A. 
The City Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized to erect signs indicating no parking upon either or both sides of any street adjacent to any school property when such parking would, in his/her opinion, interfere with traffic or create a hazardous situation.
B. 
When official signs are erected indicating no parking upon either side of a street adjacent to any school property as authorized herein, no person shall park a vehicle in any such designated place.
A. 
The City Traffic Engineer is authorized to erect signs indicating no parking upon any street when the width of the roadway does not exceed twenty (20) feet or upon one (1) side of a street as indicated by such signs when the width of the roadway does not exceed thirty (30) feet.
B. 
When official signs prohibiting parking are erected upon narrow streets as authorized herein, no person shall park a vehicle upon any such street in violation of any such sign.
The City Traffic Engineer is authorized to erect signs upon the left-hand side of any one-way street to prohibit the standing or parking of vehicles, and when such signs are in place, no person shall stand or park a vehicle upon such left-hand side in violation of any such sign.
In the event a highway includes two (2) or more separate roadways and traffic is restricted to one (1) 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 erected to permit such standing or parking. The City Traffic Engineer is authorized to determine when standing or parking may be permitted upon the left-hand side of any such one-way roadway and to erect signs giving notice thereof.
A. 
The City Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized to determine and designate by proper signs placed not exceeding one hundred (100) feet in length in which the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles would create an especially hazardous condition or would cause unusual delay to traffic.
B. 
When official signs are erected at hazardous or congested places as authorized herein, no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any such designated place.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park or stand any vehicle in any stall or space designated or reserved for physically disabled persons, as defined in Section 301.142, RSMo., as amended, whether upon public or private property open to public use, unless the vehicle bears the State of Missouri license plate or placard for the disabled as provided for in Section 301.071 or 301.142, RSMo., as amended. The space shall be indicated by an upright sign whether on a pole or attached to a building upon which shall be inscribed the international symbol of accessibility and may also include any appropriate wording such as "Accessible Parking" to indicate that the space is reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles which display a distinguishing license plate or card. The sign described in this Subsection shall also state, or an additional sign shall be posted below or adjacent to the sign stating, the following: "$50 to $300 fine." Beginning August 28, 2011, when any political subdivision or owner of private property restripes a parking lot or constructs a new parking lot, one (1) in every four (4) accessible spaces, but not fewer than one (1), shall be served by an access aisle a minimum of ninety-six (96) inches wide and shall be designated "lift van accessible only" with signs that meet the requirements of the Federal Americans With Disabilities Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq., and any rules and regulations established pursuant thereto.
B. 
Any vehicle operator who is not physically disabled shall not use the handicapped parking space unless there is a physically disabled person in the vehicle or while the vehicle is being used to transport a physically disabled person.
C. 
Any person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of an offense and shall be subject to a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than three hundred dollars ($300.00). Every day upon which such violation occurs shall constitute a separate offense.
[R.O. 2004 § 355.110; Ord. No. 12.38 §§ 1 — 3, 12-12-1989]
A. 
No person shall drive any self-propelled vehicle or bicycle upon a parking lot or into a parking lot carelessly and imprudently in a willful or wanton disregard of the rights and safety of others or without due caution and care and in a speed or in a manner so as to endanger any person or property. No person shall park on a parking lot if the business is closed.
B. 
The term "parking lot," as used in this Section, shall mean any building or parcel of land regularly used, in whole or in part, for the storing or parking of more than five (5) motor vehicles and which is open to the general public, including, but not limited to, drive-in facilities, commercial courtesy lots and lots for which a fee is charged. The term "parking lot" shall not include lots owned by a person and operated for the exclusive use of such person or his/her employees.
C. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation and, upon conviction, shall be fined a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisoned for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
[R.O. 2004 § 355.120; Ord. No. 12.21 § 5, 11-14-1978]
No person shall park a truck, tractor or trailer with a license weight in excess of twenty-four thousand (24,000) pounds on any residential street within the City limits of Mount Vernon, Missouri, between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M., except for loading and unloading where the same does not exceed thirty (30) minutes or otherwise violate the ordinances of the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, pertaining to parking; nor shall any person use any street for the purpose of repairing or reconditioning any such truck, tractor, trailer or any common carrier or any part thereof except when such repairs shall be necessitated by an emergency.
[R.O. 2004 § 355.140; Ord. No. 8.10 §§ 1 — 5, 5-8-1984]
A. 
No person shall park, cause to be parked or allow to be parked, any vehicle within and upon the parking lots for the parks of the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, after closing time for said parks.
B. 
The closing time for the parks of the City of Mount Vernon, Missouri, is 11:00 P.M. or the time at which the park functions, as supervised by proper officials, shall cease, whichever time is sooner.
C. 
Impounding of automobiles for violations of this Section will be governed by the provisions of Chapters 217 and 385 of the City Code of Mount Vernon, Missouri.