H. B. 2625

(By Delegates Anderson, Stalnaker, Border,
Warner, Everson, Williams and Clements)

[Introduced January 14, 1998; referred to the

Committee on Roads and Transportation.]

A BILL to amend and reenact section three, article thirteen, chapter seventeen-c of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to stopping, standing and parking in specified places.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three, article thirteen, chapter seventeen-c of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§17C-13-3. Stopping, standing or parking prohibited in specified places.
(a) No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic-control device, in any of the following places:
(1) On a sidewalk;
(2) In front of a public or private driveway;
(3) Within an intersection;
(4) Within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant;
(5) In a properly designated fire lane;
(6) On a crosswalk;
(7) Within twenty feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
(8) Within thirty feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic-control signal located at the side of a roadway;
(9) Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless a different length is indicated by signs or markings;
(10) Within fifty feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;
(11) Within twenty 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 feet of the entrance (when properly signposted);
(12) Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic;
(13) On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;
(14) On any bridge or other elevated structure on a highway or within a highway tunnel;
(15) At any place where official signs prohibit stopping;
(16) Within twenty feet of any mail receptacle served regularly by a carrier using a motor vehicle for daily deliveries, if the parking interferes with or causes delay in the carrier's schedule;
(17) On any controlled-access highway;
(18) At any place on any highway where the safety and convenience of the traveling public is thereby endangered;
(19) In front of a sidewalk designed having an accessible curb cut or ramp for use by individuals in wheelchairs and the general public.
(b) No person shall move a vehicle not lawfully under his or her control into any prohibited area or away from a curb such distance as is unlawful.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit parking in front of wheelchair ramps on sidewalks for the handicap.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.


On page three, section three, line thirteen, following the word "a", by striking out the remainder of subdivision (19) and inserting in lieu thereof the words "wheelchair accessible ramp or curb cut which is part of a sidewalk designed for use by the general public."