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Parking Violations Outlined in City

By Staff | Dec 31, 2014

Non-motorized equipment such as recreational equipment can only be parked on New Martinsville streets for less than eight consecutive hours.

The new law went into effect after the regular December city council meeting held Dec. 1. At that time council approved the second reading and adoption of an ordinance entitled “Roadway to be kept clear for vehicular traffic.”

Most of the ordinance was the same as previously written, but the major change came in the section titled “Non-motorized vehicles: It shall be unlawful for any person to park, or knowingly permit to be parked, any non-motorized vehicle or equipment such as, but not limited to campers, trailers, boats, or other recreational type equipment on any public street in the city for a period of time longer than eight hours consecutively.”

Other portions of the ordinance require clearance of at least 10 feet width of the roadway for free movement of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 8,000 pounds, more than eight feet in height, or 20 feet in length cannot be parked or left unattended for more than two hours. No vehicle of any type being used for the purpose of transporting any volatile, toxic, gaseous, explosive, or flammable material shall be parked or left unattended on any public street or public right-of-way for any period of time.

The exceptions are for the loading or unloading of passengers or when necessary in obedience to traffic regulations, traffic signs, or signals of a police officer. Another exception is when the vehicle is being used in connection with any work or service being performed within the immediate area.

Also, no one may use a public street or public right-of-way along the street, for the purposes of storing any item, except where otherwise lawfully provided.

The owner, occupant, or operator of any parked vehicle in violation is responsible for its immediate removal. In the event of removal and disposition by the city, the violator will be liable for any and all costs of removal. The city can also levy a fine of up to $200 for each offense; each day any violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.