§ 12.44.180. Regulations pertaining to certain special situations  


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  • A. The traffic engineer is authorized to designate zones in which stopping, standing and parking shall be regulated or prohibited as herein set forth, and violations of the regulations established as provided in this section shall constitute a civil offense as provided in Section 12.84.010 A. Notice of such zones shall be given by signs or by marking on the street, stating the type of zone, and when notice is so given no person shall stop, stand or park in such zone in violation of the applicable regulations. In designating any such zone the traffic engineer shall base his determination upon such of these factors, guides or standards as are applicable: the safety of persons and vehicles, the prompt movement of traffic, the convenience of the public, and the need for the zone at the particular location.

    B. The regulations applicable to each such zone are as follows:

    1. Passenger loading zone: Vehicle may stop for not more than three minutes and only for the purpose of picking up or discharging passengers; and the driver must remain with the vehicle the entire time;

    2. Funeral zone: Must be adjacent to a mortuary, funeral home, or church. Vehicles of the mortuary or funeral home, while used in its business, may use the zone at any time; other vehicles may not park or stand in the zone except when part of a funeral procession;

    3. Reserved.

    4. Police zone: Parking, standing and stopping prohibited, except vehicles (whether marked or unmarked) of the police department, the sheriff's office, and other law enforcement agencies having authority to make arrests;

    5. Airport limousine zone: Parking and standing prohibited, except vehicles carrying passengers to or from the El Paso International Airport, and operating under a concession from the city;

    6. Inspection zone: Parking and standing prohibited, except vehicles undergoing inspection by the police department in connection with license plates or certificates of title;

    7. Police motorcycle zone: Parking and standing prohibited, except motorcycles of the police department;

    8. Reserved for mayor and aldermen: A total of seven parking spaces as near as practicable to the mayor's office for the use of the mayor and aldermen. When a sign is erected at such location reading substantially "No Parking or Standing, Reserved for Mayor and Aldermen, Tow-Away Zone," no vehicle shall stand or park in these spaces except the automobiles of the mayor and aldermen. The police department is directed to cause to be towed away any vehicle found parked or standing in violation of this subsection, and the owner of such vehicle shall be civilly liable to the person doing such towing for the reasonable cost thereof;

    9. Reserved for Mexican Consul and consular employees: Twenty-five parking spaces, convenient to the Mexican Consulate. No vehicles shall be parked in these spaces except the official car of the Consul General of Mexico and the cars of employees of the Mexican Consulate designated by the consul;

    10. News media zone: Parking and standing prohibited, except vehicles in official use by news media representatives of newspapers, magazines or radio and television stations. No vehicle shall be parked in the news media zones (which may be together or at different locations) except vehicles identified by a metal news media plate placed inside the vehicle on the driver's side of the dashboard so as to be visible at all times. The plate shall be issued by the city public information officer in the office of the mayor. A one-time charge of one dollar shall be required to cover fabrication and administrative costs, and a refundable deposit of ten dollars shall be required for each news media plate. In case news media plates are lost, the deposit shall be forfeited, and a new ten dollar deposit shall be required for a duplicate media plate. The city public information officer shall issue the news media plates in a restricted or unlimited amount according to available space in the news media zones. After reasonable notice and an opportunity to be heard, the city public information officer may revoke a news media plate and require such plate to be returned to him when such plate has been used in violation of the terms of this section;

    11. Reserved for the temporarily and permanently disabled:

    a. Parking, stopping or standing is prohibited and constitutes a violation except for vehicles displaying special license plates issued under Section 504.201, Texas Transportation Code or a disabled parking placard issued under Section 681.002, Texas Transportation Code, or is compliance with the requirements under Section 681.007, Texas Transportation Code,

    b. Parking, stopping or standing is prohibited and constitutes a violation if the vehicle blocks an architectural improvement designed to aid persons with disabilities, including an access aisle or curb ramp.

    c. A parking space shall be considered to be "reserved for the temporarily and permanently disabled" if it conforms to the rules promulgated by the statutorily-designated agency of the State of Texas pursuant to statutory authority, relating to the identification and dimensions of parking spaces for persons with disabilities,

    d. A parking space reserved for the temporarily and permanently disabled shall be identified and reserved for the disabled by a sign incorporating the symbol of accessibility and placed so that it will not be obscured by parked vehicles. The signage shall be of such size that it is legible from a distance that would be reasonable for the condition. Where conditions exist that preclude the use of vertical signage, suitable phrases or symbols sufficient in size, permanency, meaning and location so as to adequately serve the intent of this subparagraph may be accepted,

    e. Nothing herein shall be construed to affect any ordinance or regulation governing hours of parking, length of time vehicles are permitted to park, or parking meter requirements;

    12. Reserved for U.S. Marshal's Service: All parking spaces on the west side of Ochoa Street between Myrtle Avenue and Magoffin Avenue. No vehicle shall be parked in these spaces except vehicles of the U.S. Marshal's Service.

    13. Reserved for emergency medical vehicles: Six spaces on Florence Street between First Street and Overland Avenue. No vehicle shall be parked in these spaces except for emergency medical vehicles;

    14. Reserved for U.S. Immigration Service: One parking space as near as practicable to the Myrtle Street entrance to the U.S. Federal Courthouse. No vehicle shall be parked in this space, except vehicles of the U.S. Immigration Service.

    15.—17. Reserved.

    18. Reserved for Emergency Medical Services vehicles: Two spaces on the west side of the 200 block of South Campbell Street. No vehicles shall park in these spaces except Emergency Medical Services vehicles;

    19., 20. Reserved.

    21. Reserved for law enforcement vehicles loading and unloading prisoners only:

    a. All spaces on the east side of Campbell Street between Overland Avenue and San Antonio Avenue,

    b. All spaces on the west side of Florence Street between Overland Avenue and San Antonio Avenue,

    c. Three spaces within the curb setback on the north side of Overland between Campbell and Florence,

    No vehicle shall be parked in these spaces except for law enforcement vehicles loading and unloading prisoners at the El Paso County downtown detention facility;

    22. Reserved for city police department, officially marked vehicles:

    a. 100 block of South Campbell Street, west side, four spaces;

    b. Kansas Street between San Antonio Avenue and Overland Avenue, west side all spaces;

    c. Overland Avenue, from Kansas Street to a point approximately 80 feet east, nor side, four spaces;

    d. Campbell Street, from San Antonio Avenue to a point approximately 100 feet south, Westside, 6 spaces; and

    e. San Antonio Avenue, between Campbell Street and Florence Street, south side, eight spaces.

    23. Reserved.

    24. Reserved for Border Patrol prisoner unloading: Two spaces on the north side of the 500 block of East San Antonio Avenue. No vehicles shall park in these spaces except Border Patrol vehicles while loading and unloading prisoners.

    25.—27. Reserved.

    28. a. No parking at any time, fire lane (tow away) on access roadways as described under Chapter 19.16, Improvement Standards and Design Principles,

    b. No parking at any time, fire lane (tow away) at designated zones prohibiting parking. Notice of such zones shall be given by signs stating "No Parking At Any Time, Fire Lane,"

    c. Parking, stopping and standing is prohibited in any parking meter space where the meter has been covered with a red, orange or yellow parking meter cover by an agent or employee of the city, except that:

    i. In a meter space where the meter is covered by a red or orange cover, vehicles authorized by the department of transportation will be allowed to park and such authorization will be evidenced by a written document displayed in the window of the vehicle.

    ii. In a meter space where the meter is covered with a yellow cover, vehicles belonging to election judges will be allowed to park. Evidence of same to be a written document displayed in the window of the vehicle.

    iii. Fees for renting parking meters: When permitted, the established fees for renting parking meters shall be paid for renting parking meters.

    29., 30. Reserved.

    31. Reserved for Library Vehicles Only.

    a. Three spaces within the curb setback on the west side of Oregon Street, between Franklin Avenue and Missouri Avenue; and

    b. Two spaces on the north side of Franklin Avenue between Oregon Street and El Paso Street.

    No vehicle shall be parked in these spaces except for library vehicles.

    32. Reserved for Federal Law Enforcement Vehicles only:

    a. All spaces on the south side of Myrtle Avenue from Kansas Street to Campbell Street.

    b. All spaces on the north side of East San Antonio Avenue from Kansas Street to Campbell Street.

    c. All spaces on the east side of Florence Street from East San Antonio Avenue to East Overland Avenue.

    d. All spaces on the south side of East San Antonio Avenue from Florence Street to Ochoa Street.

    No vehicle shall be parked in these spaces, except Federal Law Enforcement vehicles.

(Ord. 16741 § 1, 2007; Ord. 16592 § 1, 2007; Ord. 16481 § 1, 2006; Ord. 16201, 2005; Ord. 15653, 2004; Ord. 15353 §§ 1, 2, 2003; Ord. 15230 § 1, 2002; Ord. 15143 §§ 1, 2, 2002; Ord. 15039 § 1, 2002; Ord. 14955 § 1, 2001; Ord. 14478 § 1, 2000; Ord. 14297 § 1, 1999; Ord. 13540, 1998; Ord. 13278 § 1, 1997; Ord. 13098 § 1, 1997; Ord. 13062 § 6, 1997; Ord. 12464, 1995; Ord. 10468 § 1, 1991; Ord. 10042 § 1, 1990; Ord. 9578 §§ 1, 2, 1989; Ord. 9330 § 1, 1988; Ord. 9220 §§ 1, 2, 3, 1987; Ord. 9111 § 1, 1987; prior code § 20-99.1)

(Ord. No. 17690, § 13, 12-6-2011; Ord. No. 17734, §§ 1—3, 2-21-2012; Ord. No. 17814, §§ 1—3, 6-5-2012; Ord. No. 17946, § 1, 2-5-2013; Ord. No. 17957, § 1, 2-19-2013)