City of Erie, PA
Erie County
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CROSS REFERENCES
Special privileges — See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3105.
Right of way of emergency vehicles — See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3325.
Lights, sirens and warning devices — See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 4571.
[Ord. 98-1973 § 1, passed 9-26-1973]
(a) 
EMERGENCY VEHICLE DRIVER-IN-TRAINING — A person who has successfully completed the Emergency Driver Training Course and is registered by the Emergency Vehicle Driver Committee to operate an emergency vehicle under the supervision of a Registered Driver.
(b) 
EMERGENCY DRIVER TRAINING COURSE — A program established to qualify, train and certify emergency vehicle drivers.
(c) 
EMERGENCY LANE — On two lane roadways, the emergency lane shall be the right hand lane in the direction the emergency vehicle is traveling. On three lane roadways, the emergency lane shall be the center lane. On roadways with four or more lanes, the emergency lane shall be the closest thru lane to the center of the roadway in the direction the emergency vehicle is traveling.
(d) 
EMERGENCY VEHICLE — Any police vehicle, Fire Bureau vehicle, rescue wagon, ambulance or the private vehicle of the Chief of any fire department, Assistant Chief of any fire department or Fire Marshal responding to an emergency.
(e) 
EMERGENCY VEHICLE DRIVER — A person who is registered and authorized by the Emergency Vehicle Driver Committee to operate an emergency vehicle.
(f) 
EMERGENCY CONTROL BEACON — A white flashing light mounted adjacent to the traffic signal. Traffic signal installations equipped with emergency preemption equipment are provided with a safety indication (a fail-safe indication) to notify the driver of any emergency vehicle approaching the intersection that his emergency equipment has preempted the traffic signal.
(g) 
REGISTERED EMERGENCY VEHICLE DRIVER — A person registered by the Emergency Vehicle Driver Committee who has successfully completed the Emergency Vehicle Driver Training Course and six months of supervised behind the wheel training; or any Veteran Emergency Vehicle Driver with six months of behind the wheel driving experience. Six months of experience must have occurred prior to the date of final passage of this article (September 26, 1973).
(h) 
EMERGENCY VEHICLE DRIVER COMMITTEE — A group comprised of seven members appointed by the Mayor and Council whose purpose is to carefully and objectively screen all applicants to the Emergency Driver Training Course and to register and govern the drivers who have successfully passed the provisions therein provided.
(i) 
SIREN — A warning device of a type approved by the Secretary of Revenue capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than 200 feet.
[Ord. 98-1973 § 2, passed 2-26-1973]
(a) 
An Emergency Vehicle Driver Committee is hereby created and established. The word "Committee" when used in this article means the Emergency Vehicle Driver Committee.
(b) 
The Committee shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor and approved by Council; four of whom shall be residents of the City and three who shall be residents of the political subdivisions which participate in the program. Any four members shall constitute a quorum. The chairman of the Committee shall be appointed by the Mayor and Council for the duration of his term.
(c) 
Four members of the Committee shall be appointed to serve until the first Monday of January, 1975 and three members shall be appointed to serve until the first Monday of January, 1976 or until their successors have been appointed. These successors shall be appointed on the expiration of their respective terms to serve two years. Any appointment to fill a casual vacancy shall be only for the unexpired portion of the term.
(d) 
The Mayor shall appoint and Council shall approve a Secretary to the Committee. The Secretary shall be appointed to serve until the first Monday of January, 1975. Any appointment to fill a casual vacancy shall be only for the unexpired portion of the term. The salary for the Secretary shall be determined by the Mayor and Council. The office of the Secretary shall be located in the City Municipal Building. The duties of the Secretary shall include the clerical work as required by the members of the Committee and liaison work between the Committee and residents of the political subdivisions who participate in this program.
[Ord. 98-1973 § 3, passed 9-26-1973]
Meetings of the Committee shall be held at least once a month and at such other times as the committee may determine or upon call of the Chairman. The Committee shall adopt its own rules of procedure and shall keep minutes of its proceedings and shall keep records of its examinations and other official actions. Every rule or regulation adopted by the Committee shall be filed in the office of the Committee and shall be a public record. All decisions by the Committee must be carried by a simple majority.
[Ord. 98-1973 § 4, passed 9-26-1973]
The Committee shall:
(a) 
Establish and supervise an Emergency Vehicle Driver Training Course of instruction.
(b) 
Furnish application forms to interested parties.
(c) 
Review applications and based on their analysis either reject or place applicants in the driver training course.
(d) 
Based on the instructor's report, either reject applicant or elevate applicant to Driver-in-Training status.
(e) 
Based on supervisor's report, either reject, require additional training or elevate to Driver status.
(f) 
Issue registration cards (Driver-in-Training and Driver) and Driver certificates.
(g) 
Prepare annual roster of Drivers and Drivers-in-Training.
(h) 
Review all accidents involving emergency vehicles.
(i) 
Suspend or revoke a registered driver certificate and card for failure of a Registered Driver to comply with the requirements of applicable laws and ordinances, but only after warning and such reasonable time for compliance as may be set by the Committee.
(j) 
Prepare and keep on file at its office, such rules and regulations which may be necessary in order to carry out the provisions of this article.
[Ord. 98-1973 § 5, passed 9-26-1973]
(a) 
The Committee shall, within a reasonable time after receipt of an application as provided for herein, investigate as it deems necessary in order to properly evaluate the application.
(b) 
The Committee shall issue a registered driver certificate and card. The card shall be valid for a period of two years unless earlier suspended, revoked or terminated, when it finds that:
(1) 
The applicant is not addicted to use of intoxicating liquors or narcotics and is morally fit for the position.
(2) 
The applicant is able to speak, read and write the English language.
(3) 
The applicant has been found free from physical defects or diseases that might impair the ability to drive an emergency vehicle.
(4) 
Each applicant for a registered driver certificate, has successfully completed the Emergency Driver Training Course and has successfully completed six months of supervised behind the wheel driving or is a Veteran Emergency Vehicle Driver with six months of behind the wheel experience.
(5) 
Provided that no one shall be licensed unless he holds a currently valid driver's license from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
(c) 
A registered driver certificate and card issued hereunder shall not be assignable or transferable and must be carried at all times.
(d) 
No official entry made upon a registered driver certificate and card be defaced, removed or obliterated.
[Ord. 98-1973 § 6, passed 9-26-1973]
(a) 
The Committee may, and is hereby authorized to, suspend or revoke a registered driver certificate and card issued hereunder for failure of a Registered Driver to comply and to maintain compliance with, or for his violation of, any applicable provisions, standards or requirements of this article or of regulations promulgated hereunder; or of any other applicable laws or ordinances or regulations promulgated hereunder, but only after warning and such reasonable time for compliance as may be set by the Committee. Within 30 days after suspension, a Registered Driver shall be afforded a hearing, after reasonable notice. The Committee or its authorized agent, shall within seven days after conclusion of such hearing, issue a written decision (which shall include written findings) as to the suspension. Such written decision shall be promptly transmitted to the Registered Driver to whom it refers.
(b) 
Upon suspension, revocation or termination of a registered driver certificate and card hereunder, operations as such shall cease with all emergency vehicles and no person shall employ or permit such individual to drive any emergency vehicle.
[Ord. 98-1973 § 7, passed 9-26-1973]
(a) 
The driver of an emergency vehicle, whether he be a Registered Driver or a Driver-in-Training, when responding to an emergency call or while transporting a patient, may exercise the privileges of Subsection (b) hereof, but subject to the conditions herein only when such driver has reasonable grounds to believe that an emergency in fact exists that requires the exercise of such privileges.
(b) 
Subject to the provisions of Subsection (a) hereof, any Registered Driver or Driver-in-Training may:
(1) 
Park or stand, irrespective of the otherwise applicable provisions of law, ordinance or regulation.
(2) 
Proceed past a red traffic signal indication, but only after making a complete stop and providing there isn't any evident pedestrian or vehicular pedestrian or vehicular conflict.
[Ord. 98-1973 § 8, passed 9-26-1973]
All present drivers of emergency vehicles shall become registered within 12 months from the final passage and approval by the Mayor, of this article (October 1, 1973).
[Ord. 98-1973 § 9, passed 9-26-1973]
All drivers of emergency vehicles shall use their seat belts when the vehicle is in motion.
[Ord. 103-1981 § 1, passed 12-16-1981]
No person shall operate, use or interfere with the operation of the emergency control beacons heretofore established in the City for any purpose whatsoever, nor shall any person construct or possess any device capable of operating emergency control beacons, unless he is an emergency vehicle driver or is operating an emergency vehicle, as those terms are defined in this article, or, unless he is otherwise expressly authorized to use such beacons by the emergency vehicle driver committee heretofore established.
Whoever violates any provision of this Traffic Code, for which no penalty is otherwise provided, is guilty of a summary offense and shall be fined not more than $25.