City of Harrisburg, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 138-1959. Amendments noted where applicable.]
CROSS-REFERENCES
Abandonment: see Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3712.
Leaving ignition keys in unattended vehicles: see § 3-121.9.
Parking on river walk: see § 3-121.4.
Parking on sidewalk: see § 3-121.3.
Parking on snow emergency route: see § 3-107.5.
Power to regulate: see Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 6109(a)(1).
Prohibited stopping, standing and parking: see Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3353.
Removal and impounding of vehicles: see Ch. 3-135.
Street vendors: see Ch. 6-505.
Unattended vehicle: see Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3701.

§ 3-131.1 Parking in prohibited areas.

[Ord. No. 2-1991]
A. 
When signs are erected lawfully giving notice thereof, no person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any of the streets or parts of streets or parking facilities designated as prohibited parking areas by the traffic control maps or by temporary regulations in conformity with Chapter 3-107, Temporary Traffic Regulations.
[Amended 11-12-2014 by Ord. No. 13-2014]
B. 
Except for persons parking vehicles lawfully bearing a handicapped or severely disabled veteran registration plate, or displaying a handicapped or severely disabled veteran parking placard, when such vehicles are being operated by or for the transportation of a handicapped person or a severely disabled veteran, no person shall park a vehicle on public or private property reserved for a handicapped person or severely disabled veteran, which property has been so posted.

§ 3-131.2 Parking limited in designated areas.

When signs are erected lawfully giving notice thereof, no person shall park a vehicle longer than the time permitted, nor during specified hours when parking is prohibited, upon any street or parts of streets designated as limited parking areas by the traffic control maps or by temporary regulations in conformity with Chapter 3-107, Temporary Traffic Regulations.

§ 3-131.3 Street cleaning.

[Ord. No. 24-1994]
A. 
The Director of the Department of Public Works shall develop a schedule of four-hour routes to sweep, remove snow or otherwise clean each City street twice per month.
B. 
Said schedule shall be filed with the City Clerk and the City Engineer and will be available for inspection during normal business hours.
C. 
The four-hour periods during which street cleaning is to be effected shall be clearly posted at intervals along each City street.
D. 
No parking shall be permitted on the side of the street scheduled for cleaning during such four-hour period.
E. 
Any vehicle parking in a restricted area shall be subject to towing and impoundment pursuant to Chapter 3-135, Removing and Impounding of Motor Vehicles, in addition to the fines and penalties for unlawful parking to which the owner may be subject.

§ 3-131.4 Blocking garage entrance.

No person shall park a vehicle at any time in front of, opposite, or in such a position as to block entrance to or exit by a vehicle from a garage.

§ 3-131.5 Greasing or repair work.

[Ord. No. 33-1978]
No vehicle shall stand on any street or sidewalk for the purpose of greasing or repair work except in case of emergency repairs.

§ 3-131.6 Unlicensed vehicles.

No vehicle shall stand on or be parked upon any street unless the same bears a license evidencing that it is currently registered as required under the Vehicle Code.

§ 3-131.7 Displaying or advertising vehicles for sale.

No vehicle shall be displayed or advertised for sale while parked or stored upon any street.

§ 3-131.8 Parking trucks and trailers.

[Ord. No. 19-1992; amended 11-10-1998 by Ord. No. 16-1998; 9-28-2004 by Ord. No. 35-2004]
A. 
No person shall stand or park a tractor-trailer truck, motor home, utility trailer, travel trailer, boat trailer, truck trailer, or any commercial vehicle upon any street that lies within a residentially zoned area of the City. For the purposes of this chapter, such areas shall include all streets that either lie within, border or abut a residential zone, as such term is defined by the Planning and Zoning Code of the City.[1] In all nonresidentially zoned areas of the City, no person shall stand or park a tractor-trailer truck, motor home, utility trailer, travel trailer, boat trailer, truck trailer, or any commercial vehicle upon any street that borders a park or a school or upon any portion of any street that is located immediately in front or within 30 feet of a residence or residential property.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Title 7, Planning and Zoning Code.
B. 
No person shall stand or park a commercial vehicle, a piece of construction equipment or a tractor-trailer truck or truck trailer containing such equipment upon any street that is not directly adjacent to the site on which such equipment is actively being used.
C. 
Subject to the restrictions provided in Subsection A above, the parking of a tractor-trailer truck, motor home, utility trailer, travel trailer, boat trailer or truck trailer within areas that are industrial or manufacturing zoned areas of the City, as such are defined by the Planning and Zoning Code of the City, is hereby specifically authorized. For the purposes of this chapter, such area shall include only those streets lying within that zone.
D. 
Nothing in this chapter shall be intended to prohibit the parking of trucks for the purpose of the delivery or pickup of merchandise or goods during business hours, except that no such truck shall be permitted to park in a residential zone, on a street bordering a park or school or in front of a residence or residential property overnight in connection with such delivery or pickup activities.
E. 
The restriction contained in this section shall apply to any truck trailer or trailer commonly referred to as an "eighteen-wheel vehicle" as well as any truck or other vehicle with six or more wheels, panel and food vending trucks, school buses and pickup trucks or any other four-wheeled vehicle used for commercial purposes, and any tandem of similar use and purpose, as well as any truck trailer or trailer of any length. For the purposes of this chapter, "commercial vehicle" means one which displays writing or other indicia of the commercial purpose of the vehicle, such as pictures or names of products sold. This definition shall exclude those four-wheeled commercial vehicles which exhibit no commercial characteristics.

§ 3-131.9 Abandoned vehicles; storage of vehicles on streets.

[Ord. No. 64-1969]
A. 
No person shall abandon a motor vehicle in the City.
B. 
In addition to the definition contained in § 102 of the Vehicle Code,[1] the term "abandoned vehicle" shall mean:
(1) 
A motor vehicle that is inoperable and is left unattended on public property for more than 96 hours;
(2) 
A motor vehicle that has remained illegally on public property for a period of more than 96 hours; or
(3) 
A motor vehicle that has remained on private property without the consent of the owner or person in control of the property for more than 96 hours.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 102.
C. 
Notwithstanding the above, vehicles and equipment used or to be used in construction or the operation or maintenance of public utility facilities and which are left in a manner which does not interfere with the normal movement of traffic shall not be considered abandoned vehicles for the purpose of this chapter.

§ 3-131.10 Selling from parked vehicles.

No person shall park a vehicle upon any street for the principal purpose of offering for sale or selling therefrom any goods, wares or merchandise.

§ 3-131.11 Charges for parking in prohibited parking zones.

[Ord. No. 10-1983; amended 10-27-2009 by Ord. No. 13-2009]
A. 
Unless otherwise indicated in this chapter, any person who causes, allows, permits, or suffers any vehicle to be parked in any zone in which parking is prohibited, either in this chapter or otherwise by law, shall pay to the City or authorized agent an unlawful parking charge in the amount of $30. There shall be a separate unlawful parking charge of $30 for each consecutive separate period of one hour during which such unlawful parking continues. Failure to pay such unlawful parking charge within 96 hours after such violation will result in an additional processing/penalty charge of $20. The imposition and notifications of charges and penalties shall be applied, modified and otherwise enforced consistent with the schedules set forth in the Asset Transfer Agreement Schedule 5 and related provisions. entered into between the Harrisburg Parking Authority, the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority and the City of Harrisburg, effective December 1, 2013, which are hereby incorporated, with that Schedule 5 to be substituted and otherwise added to the list of fees and charges in the appendix to the Code of the City of Harrisburg.
[Amended 11-12-2014 by Ord. No. 13-2014]
B. 
There shall be a separate unlawful parking charge of $50 for parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Each consecutive period of one hour during which such unlawful parking continues shall constitute a separate violation. Failure to pay such unlawful parking charge within 96 hours after such violation will result in an additional processing/penalty charge of $11.

§ 3-131.12 Notice of unlawful parking charges.

[Ord. No. 7-1978; amended 10-27-2009 by Ord. No. 14-2009; 11-12-2014 by Ord. No. 13-2014]
Whenever any vehicle is caused, allowed or permitted by any person to be parked in any zone in which parking is prohibited either in this chapter or otherwise by law, any duly authorized employee of the City under the direction of the Mayor and the Chief of Police or other City authorized agent shall notify such person of the applicable unlawful parking charge by placing a written notice or ticket under the windshield wiper, or in some other conspicuous place on such vehicle, indicating:
A. 
The time of the violation.
B. 
The amount of the unlawful parking charge.
C. 
That such charge shall be paid to the City or authorized agent within 96 hours from the time of the violation.
D. 
That unless the unlawful parking charge is paid within such ninety-six-hour period, an additional late charge of $20 shall be added.
E. 
The place where such charge, including any additional late charge, shall be paid to the City or authorized agent no later than 10 days after the date of the violation.
F. 
That unless the unlawful parking charge, including any additional late charge, is paid within the time limits herein specified, the fine payable upon conviction of such unlawful parking and failure to pay such charges will be $30 plus costs and, in default of payment thereof, imprisonment for not more than 10 days.

§ 3-131.13 Registration number prima facie evidence.

[Ord. No. 11-1970]
In any proceeding for a violation of the provisions of this chapter, the registration plate displayed on such vehicle shall be prima facie evidence that the owner of such vehicle was then operating the same. If at any hearing or proceeding the owner shall testify, under oath or affirmation, that he or she was not operating said vehicle at the time of the alleged violation of this chapter and shall submit to an examination as to who at that time was operating such vehicle and reveal the name of the person, if known, then the prima facie presumptive evidence arising from the registration plate shall be overcome and removed and the burden of proof shifted.

§ 3-131.14 Stopping, standing and parking.

[Ord. No. 8-1994; 4-9-2013 by Ord. No. 3-2013]
Chapter 33, Subchapter E, Stopping, Standing and Parking, of the Motor Vehicle Code of the commonwealth, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3351 et seq., is hereby incorporated herein as if fully set forth, and any act which is a violation of such subchapter shall constitute a violation of this chapter for enforcement purposes.

§ 3-131.15 Double parking.

[Added 7-13-2004 by Ord. No. 24-2004]
A. 
No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle, except for an emergency vehicle, on the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street (double park) in the central business district of the City of Harrisburg on non-holiday weekdays, from the hours of 7:00 a.m. through 9:00 a.m. and the hours of 4:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m.
B. 
The central business district is that area of the City of Harrisburg bounded and between Paxton Street to Forster Street and North Front Street to the railroad tracks to the east of North Fifth Street.
C. 
Non-holiday weekdays are defined as Monday through Friday, excluding a nationally recognized holiday.
D. 
At all other times and locations within the City, double parking shall be regulated by § 3-131.14 herein.

§ 3-131.99 Penalty.

[Ord. No. 11-1970]
A. 
Whoever parks unlawfully as provided in this chapter and fails to pay any unlawful parking charge including the additional late charge provided in this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined an amount equal to $25.
[Ord. No. 4-1992; amended 10-27-2009 by Ord. No. 14-2009]
B. 
Whenever the unlawful parking violation involved also constitutes a violation of any applicable commonwealth law, prosecution of such violation shall nevertheless be instituted pursuant to this chapter.
[Ord. No. 8-1994]
C. 
Unless any other limitation of action is applicable, no prosecution of any violation of any of the provisions of this chapter may be instituted unless commenced by the filing of a complaint within six months after the date of such alleged violation.
D. 
Whoever shall violate § 3-131.15 herein, relating to double parking in the central business district, shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense, and $150 for the third and any subsequent offense.
[Added 7-13-2004 by Ord. No. 24-2004]
E. 
Whoever shall violate § 3-131.8 herein, relating to parking of tractor-trailer trucks, motor homes, utility trailers, travel trailers, boat trailers and truck trailers in residential areas, shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction therefor, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $250 plus all costs.
[Added 3-8-2005 by Ord. No. 1-2005]