California State Polytechnic University
San Luis Obispo
Motor Vehicle, Parking, Scooter And Bicycle Regulations
Revised October, 2015
Authority and Purpose
In accordance with section 21113 of the California Vehicle Code and section 40203.5 of Title 5 of the California Administrative Code, The administration of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, hereby gives notice that the following regulations will be enforced on this campus.
This handbook can be located at police.calpoly.edu or at the University Police Department, Building #36.
The purposes of these regulations are to:
- Expedite university business and provide maximum safety and convenience;
- Regulate parking, with priority given to services of the university; and
- Provide and maintain suitable campus parking and traffic facilities.
Section 1: Definitions
- The concept of "pay for parking" on campuses of The California State University is at the direction of the State Legislature and is based on the theory that parking facilities must be paid for by the user. The money collected for parking permits reimburses the state for costs of constructing and operating parking facilities. Enforcement of parking regulations is the direct responsibility of the University.
- 1.2 Campus
- For the purpose of these regulations, campus is defined as all property owned, leased, and/or controlled by California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) which is, or may hereafter be dedicated mainly to the educational, research, housing, recreational, parking, or other activities of the university.
- Parking on campus is by permit only with the exception of metered spaces. This policy applies to the entire campus, which includes all outlying areas.
Cal Poly provides parking for a fee in the following classifications:
- 1.4.1 Staff
- For the purpose of these regulations, "Staff" includes all faculty, administrative and professional employees, temporary employees, other support personnel employed by the university, and the personnel of other entities located on campus. Student and graduate assistants are not considered staff members as they are primarily on campus for purposes related to their educational goals. Staff may purchase staff parking permits for their own use, which authorizes parking in staff lots, spaces, staff loading zones, and general parking spaces.
- 1.4.2 Commuter Students
- Any student who does not live on campus. Commuter students may only purchase "General" parking permits that authorize parking in general lots and/or spaces. Signs located within or at entrances to parking areas indicate general parking.
- 1.4.3 Resident Students
- Any student living on campus in a residence hall or apartment. Parking permit assignment will be determined by housing assignment and is subject to change. Resident students may only park in their assigned resident parking area or lot.
- 1.4.4 Visitors
- Persons who are not staff or matriculating students and who only visit the campus on an occasional basis. Visitors may purchase General permits or may be sponsored by a campus host. (See section 2). Federal, State (non-university) and county vehicles are not exempt from paying parking fees.
- 1.4.5 Motorcycles
- Any two-wheeled or three-wheeled motor vehicle as defined by these regulations and the California Vehicle Code.
- 1.5 Disabled Parking
- A parking zone identified with a sign bearing the international disability symbol is restricted at all times for use by vehicles displaying a valid Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued placard or license plates, and a Cal Poly parking permit or complimentary disabled visitor pass (See section 8).
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Section 2: Visitor and Sponsored Guest Parking
- 2.1 Visitor Parking
- Visitors may utilize metered zones or may purchase general parking permits and utilize general parking areas only.
- 2.1.2 Disabled Visitors
- See Section 8.
- 2.2 Sponsored Guest
Sponsored Guests are defined as any individual invited to Cal Poly whose parking fee has been paid for in advance by a benefiting college or department.
- Sponsored Guest permit requests may be submitted to the University Cashier's Office, the University Police Department, or the Grand Avenue Visitor Information Center.
- Sponsored Guest parking permits will be honored in designated sponsored guest, general or staff spaces.
- Sponsored Guest parking permits are not valid in metered spaces, residential spaces, state vehicle spaces, and disabled spaces unless the appropriate DMV disabled placard or plates are displayed.
- Any vehicle that is registered to or in use by a Cal Poly employee, a currently enrolled student, or a concurrently enrolled student is NOT entitled to the use of Sponsored Guest parking permits and will be issued a notice of parking violation if found displaying such a permit. Requests for exemption to this regulation must be submitted to the University Police Department prior to a vehicle being issued a citation for any related violations.
- Staff and students are prohibited from parking in sponsored guest spaces except after 5:00 p.m., weekends and holidays when campus is closed.
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Section 3: Staff Parking
- 3.1 Staff Parking Designations
Areas designated for those individuals with staff permits are identified by a sign or signs posted at the entrance to the parking area, marked wheel stops, pavement or curb markings with the word "staff" stenciled at the space. A number of staff parking spaces are designated for use by staff only until 10 p.m., or 24 hours per day/ 7 days per week. These spaces are identified with a white and orange wheel stop stenciled in black, "Staff 7am 10pm" or "Staff 24/7".
- 3.1.1 Unauthorized use of staff parking zones
- General, Conference, and Resident permits are not valid in staff parking areas.
- 3.2 Off-Duty Faculty/Staff Permits
Complimentary Off-Duty Faculty/Staff parking permits are available for faculty and staff who are on leave from Cal Poly, or otherwise on "zero" pay status during a specific academic quarter or quarters. These permits may be obtained through the University Police Department. Off-Duty Faculty/Staff permits allow faculty/staff on leave to visit campus briefly to pick-up mail, check schedules, messages, etc. These employees must purchase a staff parking permit on or before the date they return to active status. See section 1.4.1 for staff definitions.
- 3.3 Staff Carpool
- A number of staff parking spaces are designated for use by registered staff carpools. These spaces are identified with a posted sign stating Staff Carpool Parking Only. A Cal Poly carpool permit and staff parking permit must be displayed. After 10am, all valid staff parking permits will be honored in these designated spaces.
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Section 4: Resident Student Parking
- 4.1 Resident Parking Designations
- During construction of the "Student Housing South Project," residents are restricted to park in specifically assigned residential parking areas with their valid residential permit clearly displayed.
- 4.2 Resident Permits
- Student residents may only purchase resident parking permits. Student residents are not allowed to purchase any other type of permit, unless bringing a motorcycle and purchasing a motorcycle parking permit.
- 4.3 Use of Non-Resident Lots
- Resident permits are only valid in residential lots. Residential permits may not be used in general, staff, or sponsored guest spaces and are not honored in metered spaces or in the Grand Avenue parking structure at any time.
- 4.4 Unauthorized Use of Resident Parking
- General, Conference, Sponsored Guests, Staff, and Vendor permits are not valid in resident lots with the exception of Summer Quarter.
- Resident Students are limited to one (1) full-sized vehicle on campus at a time.
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Section 5: Emeritus Parking
- 5.1 Emeritus Defined
An "Emeritus", for the purpose of campus parking regulations, is any faculty or staff person, including employees of Cal Poly's official auxiliary organizations, who meets the required criteria of a minimum of 15 full-time equivalent years of meritorious service at Cal Poly. (Refer to the Campus Administrative Policies under Chapter 5 - Employee Benefits, Section 550.1).
- 5.1.1 Emeritus Parking Permits
- Emeritus permits are honored in staff, general, sponsored guest, limited time zones (posted time limit only), and staff loading zones (posted time limit only). Emeritus permits are not honored in metered spaces, disabled spaces (unless a DMV disabled placard or plates are displayed), state vehicle zones, and passenger loading zones.
- 5.1.2 Unauthorized Use of Emeritus Permits
- Emeritus permits are not transferable and are valid only for use by the Emeritus employee. The Emeritus parking permit cannot be used by either a friend or a relative.
- 5.1.3 Obtaining an Emeritus Parking Permit
- Those wishing to obtain Emeritus parking permits or those seeking to determine if they have emeritus status should contact Human Resources.
- When a retired annuitant is rehired, whether for an on-call, part-time, fill-in, or volunteer assignment, he/she is required to pay for parking on campus during the assignment. A staff parking permit must be purchased and emeritus parking privileges will be suspended for the duration of the assignment.
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Section 6: Executive Parking
- 6.1 Design
The Executive parking pass is designed to assist the University's Vice Presidents and College Deans by allowing limited privileged parking on campus. This arrangement benefits Cal Poly by accommodating those individuals with tightly scheduled University business trips on and off campus that would otherwise impede their duties.
- 6.1.1 Cost & Transfer
- There is no cost for the Executive Parking Pass. The Executive Pass cannot be loaned or transferred to any other guest, visitor, student, staff or faculty member. Vehicles found using the Executive Parking Pass without authorization will be subject to citation and tow away.
- 6.2 Use of Executive Parking Pass
- The Executive Parking Pass is to be used only in cases where staff parking is not readily available within reasonably close proximity to the driver's destination.
- 6.3 Display of Executive Parking Pass
- The Executive Pass should be displayed from the rear view mirror, facing forward, clearly visible from the exterior of the car. Staff parking permit rates must be paid annually or via payroll deduction for the Executive pass to be valid.
- 6.4 Executive Parking Zones
- Executive Parking Pass holders may utilize the following zones: staff, general, sponsored guest and executive parking spaces. The Executive Pass is not valid for lot A-1 located adjacent to the Administration Building. Limited-time staff loading and limited-time zones (excluding meters) may be utilized for the posted time period only.
- 6.5 Executive Parking Spaces
- Parking spaces have been specifically designated for vehicles using the Executive Parking Pass within the Transportation Services yard.
- 6.6 Unauthorized Zones/Executive Parking Pass
- An Executive Parking Pass is not valid in lot A-1, residential student lots, state vehicle spaces (yellow zones), red zones, non-designated spaces (outside of painted lines or zones), disabled spaces (without a DMV disabled placard or plates), passenger loading zones (white curbed areas) or metered parking zones.
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Section 7: Contractor/Vendor Parking
- 7.1 Contractor/Vendor Defined
Any individual not permanently employed by Cal Poly who is contracted to perform a service for the University or any agent of the University (i.e. building project, computer servicing or programming, etc.) or, any employee of a private business which maintains an office or offices on University property, must purchase the appropriate parking permit if they wish to park on campus. The issue of contract length or purpose of the services contracted is not relevant.
- 7.1.1 Vendor Parking
- Vendors who purchase vendor parking permits may park in general, staff, and staff loading zones (for the posted time limit). Vendor permits are not valid in meters, sponsored guest, state vehicle zones (unless prior authorization is received from the University Police Department), in Resident parking lots and structures, and Disabled Zones (unless displaying DMV disabled placard or license plates).
- 7.1.2 Contractor Parking
- The University Police Department and the Facilities Planning Project Manager will determine allocation of parking spaces and associated parking fees.
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Section 8: Disabled Parking
- 8.1 Disabled Parking/Visitors
- In accordance with Education Code 67301(b) visitors of Cal Poly displaying a valid disabled placard or license plates issued by the DMV are required to obtain a complimentary disabled parking pass. The complimentary parking pass can be obtained at the Grand Avenue Visitor Information Center, the University Police Department, and the Cashier's Office.
- 8.2 Parking for Persons with Disabilities/Students and Staff
- In accordance with Title 5, CCR 42200 (c), campus parking regulations do not permit complimentary parking for matriculating students or employees. Staff, faculty and student vehicles not displaying a valid Cal Poly parking permit along with the DMV issued disabled placard or license plates will be subject to citation.
- 8.3 Parking Spaces for Persons with Disabilities
- In compliance with state law and the American Disabilities Act, a number of parking spaces have been designated for use by disabled individuals only. These spaces are readily identifiable by a blue curb marking and a mounted sign with the international physical disabled logo. Disabled placards and/or license plates are honored in staff, general, sponsored guest, and disabled spaces. Individuals with disabilities choosing to utilize the parking meters on campus must (1) display their valid disabled placard or license plate and (2) either pay the metered rate, or display a valid campus parking permit or Complimentary Disabled Parking Pass. The Grand Avenue Visitor Information Center can assist disabled individuals that are unable to access the parking permit dispensers.
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Section 9: Commuter Student Parking
- 9.1 Student Defined
A student is defined as any matriculating student. For the purpose of these regulations, this includes any individual working towards completion of a senior project for a degree awarded or an individual whose intention is the completion of the necessary paperwork to officially withdraw from the current academic quarter.
- 9.1.1 General Parking Designations
- General permits are honored in general parking lots. Areas in which General permits are valid have plain or unpainted wheel stops and or curbs (that are not within a dedicated staff or resident lot or area), and may have a sign at the entrance to the specific general parking area. All parking zones and spaces not otherwise marked or indicated (such as in outlying agricultural areas) are authorized for use by general permit holders.
- 9.1.2 Use of Other Parking Lots
- General permits are honored not in sponsored guest and staff zones.
- 9.1.3 Continuing Education/Concurrent Enrollment Students
- For the purpose of these regulations, continuing education and concurrent enrollment students shall follow the same guidelines as visitors to Cal Poly.
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Section 10: Event Parking
- 10.1 Event Defined
- Any program held on campus where reserved or specialized parking for attendees is requested, or the size, location, time and date of the activity has the potential to impact the traffic flow and/or access to the campus, or the activity poses a potential liability to the university as determined by the University Police Department. A copy of the Event Management Plan may be obtained at the University Police Department or on line at: police.calpoly.edu
- 10.2 Event Parking
- For the purpose of clarification, the closest or most convenient parking to the event venue is referred to as "event parking." Event parking is contingent on parking space availability and is available on a limited basis due to the costs incurred by the event host, the logistics that must be handled by the event host and the University Police Department and the ability of the University Police Department to provide the service. Prior to offering event parking, event hosts must contact the University Police Department to provide sufficient lead-time for coordinating services and determining financial feasibility.
- 10.3 Event Restrictions
- For consistency purposes, event hosts may not schedule events on the same dates of the following events: Open House, Fall Commencement, Spring Commencement, Fall Quarter Residence Hall Move-In, and Fall Launch/Week of Welcome programs. The only exceptions to this restriction are made for the hosts of the events listed in this section. Parking during these events will remain under the control of the event organizers in cooperation with the University Police Department.
- 10.4 Event Parking Permits
- Event Parking Permits will be required seven days a week for any vehicle wishing to park within a designated event lot. All other non-event parking areas will remain under existing campus parking regulations and will be enforced Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm; and Friday, 7:00 am through 5:00 pm. It is Cal Poly's intent to keep the event parking permit fee consistent regardless of the event attended. The current event "per-vehicle" fee will be charged for all pre-sale and on-site event-parking permits. Campus quarterly, annual and Emeritus parking permits are honored in lieu of purchasing a separate event parking permit, however, daily and other limited-term parking permits will not be honored in the designated event lot(s). Campus parking permits will not allow access into designated preferred or disabled parking areas without additional authorization. All other campus parking areas (remote to the event venue and/or parking lots) will remain available for campus and community access at the daily campus parking rate.
- 10.5 Display of Event Parking Permit
- Vehicles that enter a designated event parking area are required to display a valid event parking permit on the left-hand side of the dash board.
- 10.6 Event Staff Directions
- In accordance with California Vehicle Code section 21100.3, it is unlawful to willfully disobey the lawful order, signal, or direction of any traffic officer or attendant staffing the event parking area.
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Section 11: Motorcycle Parking
- 11.1 Motorcycle Defined
Any motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground.
- 11.1.1 Motorcycle Parking Designations
- Motorcycles may park within one designated motorcycle parking space, or within one designated metered parking space (meter rates must be paid during meter enforcement hours). Parking in a full sized vehicle space (except as indicated for metered spaces), adding on outside of designated motorcycle parking, or parking in an otherwise unlawful or unsafe manner is prohibited.
- 11.2 Traffic Regulations/Motorcycles
- Two–wheel and three–wheel motor vehicles are permitted to circulate within the campus on paved public roadways only and are not allowed in designated bicycle lanes.
- 11.3 Off-Road Travel/Motorcycles
- Two–wheel and three–wheel motor vehicles are not allowed to hill-climb or trail-ride on Cal Poly property, except for special events approved by the University Police Department.
- 11.4 Motorized Scooters
- Refer to Bicycle Regulations section 20.9
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Section 12: Parking Permits
- 12.1 Permits
- Parking permits are available for sale on line or through the University Cashier's Office, Administration Building #1, Room #131E, or from the University Police Department, Building #36. PERMITS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE and are for use by the person they are issued to only.
- 12.2 Alternate Vehicles
- To accommodate multiple vehicles registered to a single owner, or those employees involved in a carpool for two or more people, permits are issued as a hang-tag to be displayed in the vehicle driven to campus and easily moved between vehicles as needed. If one of the alternate vehicles registered to an employee is a motorcycle, a motorcycle permit may be issued to accommodate it providing both vehicles will not be on campus simultaneously. When two vehicles, including motorcycles, share a permit and will be on campus at the same time, a daily permit for the additional vehicle must be purchased.
- 12.3 Hang-tag Permit Display
- The permit must be displayed from the rear view mirror with the permit fully visible from the exterior of the vehicle. Vehicles displaying hang-tag permits in any other manner are subject to citation for improper display of the permit. Drivers on campus without their permit should obtain a loan car permit from the Grand Avenue Visitor Information Center or from the University Police Department. For safety, permits should always be removed from the rear view mirror before the vehicle is in motion.
- 12.4 Conference Permits
- Conference permits may be purchased by conference attendees through their individual program registration or through the Office of Conference Services. Conference permit rates conform to daily and weekly permit rates. Conference permits are valid only in general lots and/or spaces and in outlying campus areas. Conference permits are not honored in metered spaces.
- 12.5 Weekly Permits
- Weekly permits are available for purchase. Weekly permits are not honored in metered spaces. Weekly parking permits that are purchased after a citation has been issued will not be considered for dismissal of the citation.
- 12.6 Daily Permits
- General and resident daily parking permits are available from parking permit dispensers located throughout campus. Permits purchased from these dispensers are valid only on the date of purchase. General parking permits are valid only in General parking lots/areas. Resident parking permits are valid for resident parking lots/areas. Daily permits are not honored in metered spaces. Daily parking permits that are purchased after a citation has been issued will not be considered for dismissal of the citation. General parking permits are not for use by resident students.
- 12.7 Daily Permits (Staff)
- Staff daily permits may be purchased at the University Cashier's Office, at the University Police Department, or at the Grand Avenue Visitor Information Center. Staff daily permits are valid in staff and general parking lots and/or spaces, in limited time zones for the posted time limit and in outlying campus areas. Staff permits are not honored in metered spaces.
- 12.8 Evening Permits
- Evening and Evening Staff permits are available for fall, winter, and spring quarters. Unless otherwise noted on signs or marked on wheel stops/curbs, Evening (general) permits are valid in general, staff and sponsored guest parking zones Monday through Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- 12.9 Event Permits
- Event Permits are only honored in lots designated to be event lots. Event permits are valid one day only and are not reusable. Event permits are offered for sale by participating event hosts (i.e. Performing Arts Center box office) or sold at the entrance to event lots.
- 12.10 Scratch–Off Parking Permits
- Permits must have correct month, date, and year completely scratched to be deemed valid. This permit is valid for one calendar day.
- 12.11 Staff Loan Permits
- At no additional fee, Staff Loan permits are available for individuals who possess a valid annual or quarterly staff permit and have brought a vehicle on campus and did not bring the permit to campus. Staff Loan permits may be obtained at the Grand Avenue Visitor Information Center or at the University Police Department.
- 12.12 Temporary Medical Permits
- Temporary Medical parking permits are available to students with short-term disabilities to facilitate movement from one area of the campus to the other during the length of their disability. Authorization for acquisition of these permits must be processed through the University Cashiers Office with written verification from the student's physician. Temporary Medical permits are valid in general and staff parking zones only. Temporary Medical permits are not valid in resident spaces, disabled spaces, sponsored guest spaces, limited time zones over the posted time limit or in metered spaces without paying the meter rate.
- 12.13 Vendor Permits
- Vendor parking permits are available for daily, weekly, quarterly or annual periods. Vendor permits are valid in general, staff, and staff loading zones (for the posted time limit).
- 12.14 Motorcycle Permits
- Motorcycle permits are available for daily, weekly, quarterly, annual or multi-year periods. The daily and weekly parking rates for motorcycles are the same as the daily and weekly parking rates for full-sized vehicles. The permit must be displayed on the right front quarter of the motorcycle, so that all portions of the permit are fully visible from the front.
- 12.15 Display of Permit/Full–sized Vehicles
- Only valid permits may be displayed. Cal Poly authorizes three options for legal display of a parking permit: 1) By displaying the hang-tag permit from the rear-view mirror; or 2) by using a repositionable permit, affixing to the vehicle front inside windshield, in the lower corner of the driver's side; or 3) the floater permit holder is available for purchase from the University Cashier's Office or the University Police Department. This option is intended for individuals who utilize the permit on two or more vehicles.
- 12.16 Replacement of Lost/Stolen/Destroyed Permits
- Permits lost, stolen or destroyed should be reported immediately to the University Police Department. The University Police Department will charge a fee for replacement permits. The permit should be removed from the vehicle when a change of ownership takes place.
- 12.17 Daily Permits (Metered)
- Metered daily permits may be purchased at the University Cashier's Office, at the University Police Department, or at the Grand Avenue Visitor Information Center. Metered daily permits are valid in metered spaces (excluding the Administration A-01 parking lot) and general parking lots and/or spaces, in limited time zones for the posted time limit and in outlying campus areas. Permit must have the correct month, date, and year completely scratched to be deemed valid. This permit is valid for one calendar day. A permit that is purchased, or scratched off after a citation has been issued will not be considered for dismissal of the citation. Metered parking permits are not for use by resident students.
- 12.18 Hourly Permits (General)
- General hourly parking permits are available from parking permit dispensers located throughout campus, excluding those in the Poly Canyon Village parking structures. Permits purchased from these dispensers are valid only on the date of purchase and for the time specified. Hourly parking permits are valid only in general parking lots/areas. Hourly permits are not honored in metered spaces. Hourly parking permits that are purchased after a citation has been issued will not be considered for dismissal of the citation. Hourly parking permits are not for use by resident students.
- 12.19 Monthly Permits (Staff/Faculty)
- Monthly staff/faculty parking permits are available at University State Cashier, University Police Reception Center and the Grand Avenue Visitor Information Center. Monthly permits are valid from the date of sale for one month. For example, if the permit is sold on January 15th it will be valid through February 14th. Monthly permits are considered short-term permits and are non-refundable. Staff/faculty may not purchase multiple permits where validity dates overlap. Replacements will be charged at the full permit rate. Staff/faculty monthly permits are valid in staff and general parking lots and/or spaces, in limited time zones for the posted time limit and in outlying campus areas. Staff/faculty monthly permits are not honored in metered spaces and are non-transferable.
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Section 13: Parking Regulations
- 13.1 Hours of Enforcement
- Unless otherwise indicated in this section, all permit regulations are enforced Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am through 10:00 pm; and Friday, 7:00 am through 5:00 pm.
- 13.2 Color Markings and Posted Signs.
- 13.2.1 Dark Green/White Stenciling
- Limited-time zones or metered zones as indicated.
- 13.2.2 Yellow-Green/Black Stenciling
- Sponsored Guest parking.
- 13.2.3 Brown or white with stenciling indicating Staff
- Staff parking only. Temporary medical permits, vendor permits, and sponsored guest permits are also honored in staff parking areas.
- 13.2.4 Blue/White Stenciling
- Blue/White Stenciling indicates Disabled Parking. It is unlawful for any person to stop, park or leave standing any vehicle in a stall or space designated for persons with disabilities unless the vehicle displays either a special identification license plate or a distinguishing placard issued by the DMV.(C.V.C. 22507.8(a)).
- 13.2.5 Blue – Disabled Loading/Accessibility
- No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle in any area of the pavement adjacent to a parking stall or space designated for persons with disabilities that is marked by crosshatched lines and is designated for the loading and unloading of vehicles parked in the stall or space (C.V.C. 22507.8(c).
- 13.2.6 Red/Wheelchair Access
- No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle whether attended or unattended in front of a curb which has been cut down, lowered, or constructed to provide wheelchair accessibility to the sidewalk and which is designated for wheelchair access by either a sign or red paint on the curb (C.V.C. 22500).
- 13.2.7 Red/Designated Access Ramps
- No person shall park a vehicle within three feet of any sidewalk access ramp constructed adjacent to a crosswalk so as to be accessible and usable by the physically disabled if the area adjoining the ramp is designated by either a sign or red paint (C.V.C. 22522).
- 13.2.8 Red/Fire Lanes
- No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, at any curb, or in any location designated as a fire lane. The designation shall be indicated (1) by a sign posted immediately adjacent to and visible from the designated place; (2) by outlining or painting in red with the words "FIRE LANE" stenciled in white; or (3) by a red curb or red paint on the edge of the roadway with the words "FIRE LANE" stenciled in white (C.V.C. 22500.1).
- 13.2.9 No Parking Zones
- No parking anytime. These areas will be posted with "No Parking" signs or "No Parking or Stopping" signs. (C.V.C. 21113(a)).
- 13.2.10 Red Curb or Red Crosshatched Lines
- No Parking.
- 13.2.11 Yellow Zones
- State Vehicle Zones. Enforced 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
- 13.2.12 White/Passenger Loading
- Passenger loading and unloading only. Enforced 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
- 13.2.13 White/Staff Loading
- Staff Loading/Unloading Zone – 30 minutes maximum.
- 13.2.14 White/Electric Vehicle (EV)
- Charging enforced 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
- 13.3 Use and Enforcement of Yellow and White Zones
- 13.3.1 Yellow Zone Restrictions
- Parking other than by University Service Vehicles is not permitted in any yellow zone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Yellow zones on campus are provided for University Service Vehicles conducting university business.
- 13.3.2 White Zones/Passenger Loading
- Passenger loading zones are provided for loading and unloading of passengers only and are enforced 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Vehicles utilizing these zones must have an able driver in the vehicle at all times. The maximum time allowed for any vehicle to occupy a passenger loading zone is ten minutes. For those passenger loading zones situated adjacent to campus childcare facilities, vehicles may be left unattended when displaying an authorized on-campus childcare facility pass (issued by the individual childcare facility). Childcare facility passes will not be honored in other areas of the campus, nor will they be honored when the driver is not actively picking up or dropping off a child.
- 13.3.3 White Zones/Staff & Faculty Loading
- Staff loading zones are provided for staff and faculty who are temporarily unloading or loading equipment or materials. Maximum time allowed for any vehicle to occupy a staff loading zone is thirty minutes.
- 13.3.4 Specialized Parking
- Parking identified by paint or signage reserved for exclusive or individual use.
- 13.4 Obstruction of Passageways/Roadway
- Parking will not be permitted in any way that may obstruct a roadway, passageway or doorway of a building.
- 13.5 Obstruction of Fire Hydrant
- Parking will not be permitted within fifteen feet of any fire hydrant (C.V.C. 22514).
- 13.6 Direction of Vehicles/Roadway
- Vehicles parked on campus roadways must always comply with applicable sections of the California Vehicle Code.
- 13.7 Direction of Vehicles/Parking Stalls
- Vehicles shall not be backed into parking stalls. All four-wheeled vehicles must park with the front of the vehicle directly in front of the wheel stops or curbing in marked spaces.
- 13.8 Parking/Designated Space
- All vehicles must park within the lines of one designated parking space. Vehicles larger than one designated parking space must make parking arrangements by obtaining a special permit from the University Police Department or from the Grand Avenue Visitor Information Center prior to parking their vehicle. Vehicles will be charged for each space they occupy.
- 13.9 Limited Time Zones
- Limited time zones are intended for short -term use. Each occasion that the time limit is exceeded is considered a separate violation of the parking regulations, and as such, a vehicle may receive multiple citations on one day in the same space. Limited time zones should not be confused with metered zones. Permits are required in limited timed zones.
- 13.10 Outlying Areas of Campus
- Parking permits are required in all outlying campus areas; i.e. paved/unpaved agricultural areas designated for parking.
- 13.11 Metered Parking
Metered parking spaces are available throughout campus and are intended for short-term use. A number of metered spaces are enforced 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. These zones include all meters in the Village Drive and Canyon Circle Parking Structures and other areas throughout campus. These meters are identified by a green curb or wheel stop with stenciling indicating the time limit and "24 HRS," or a sticker on the meter indicating the same.
All other metered parking spaces are enforced seven days a week, Sunday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. (Including academic days off).
One-day metered parking permits are valid in metered spaces (excluding the Administration A-01 parking lot) for the date in which they are marked, with no time limit. Other permits are not honored in metered spaces. Payment of metered rate is required of all vehicles utilizing these spaces not displaying the metered day permit. Each occasion the time limit is exceeded, it is considered a separate violation of the parking regulations, and as such, a vehicle may receive multiple citations on one day in the same metered space.
- 13.12 Bus Zone
No vehicle shall stop or park at any time in a designated bus zone. Exceptions include:
A bus zone is indicated by a sign and a red painted curb. (C.V.C. 22500(i))
- Emergency vehicles
- SLO Transit vehicles
- RTA vehicles
- Disability Resource Center (DRC) vehicles
- 13.13 Health Center Patient Zone
- Designated spaces at the campus Health & Counseling Services Center are for the use of patients. Those patients expecting longer appointments are encouraged to use alternate parking. A health center pass (obtained from Health & Counseling Services) must be displayed during posted time limits along with a valid Cal Poly parking permit. A valid Cal Poly parking permit is required during all permit enforcement hours.
- 13.14 Specialized Parking
- Use of any reserved or specialized parking space or area without prior permission of the President or his designee will be subject to citation and tow away.
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Section 14: Traffic Regulations
- 14.1 California Vehicle Code
- All state laws, including the California Vehicle Code provisions, are enforced on the Cal Poly campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
- 14.2 Pedestrians
- Except in situations where University Police representatives are controlling traffic flow or direction, pedestrians have the right-of-way but must use crosswalks and may not cross in unmarked areas.
- 14.3 Traffic Signs/Signals
- It shall be unlawful for any driver to fail to obey any sign or signal erected or maintained to indicate and to carry out the provisions of this code or any other traffic regulations (C.V.C. 21461(a)). All stop signs and special road signs must be observed.
- 14.4 Traffic Control Devices
- Barriers, barricades, fences or posts may be placed at any point and at any time to restrict traffic as may be deemed necessary for safety and convenience. The removal or moving of such barriers, barricades, fences or posts, except for emergency purposes, is forbidden without the express permission of the University Police Department (C.V.C. 21461(a)).
- 14.5 Traffic Officer
- It is unlawful to fail to comply with any lawful order, signal or direction of any traffic officer or to refuse to submit to any lawful inspection (C.V.C. 21100.3).
- 14.6 Bicycle Lanes
- Motor vehicles may not park, drive or stop for passengers in designated bicycle lanes (C.V.C. 21211(b)).
- 14.7 Circulation of Traffic
All motor vehicles must circulate within the main campus on paved motor vehicle roadways only. Motor vehicles are prohibited at all times on Via Carta Road between North and South Poly View Drive. Exceptions include:
- Emergency Vehicles
- Facilities Services Vehicles
- 14.8 Speed Limit on Campus
- Unless otherwise posted, the maximum speed limit is 25 miles per hour on all campus roadways.
- 14.9 Special Road Regulations
Motor vehicle traffic is not allowed on Poly View Drive from 10 minutes before the hour until 10 minutes after the hour (Passing Time). Exceptions include:
- Disabled drivers accessing parking
- Disability Resource Center vehicles
- Emergency vehicles
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Section 15: Enforcement
- 15.1 Unauthorized parking/Violation of Parking Regulations
- Vehicles found to be parked in violation of any campus parking regulation(s) or parked in violation of any section or sections of the California Vehicle Code will be issued a Notice of Parking Violation (citation) by a representative of the University Police Department.
- 15.2 Campus Posting of Tow Away Notices
- Cal Poly has posted tow away notices throughout campus parking areas. Tow away notices are posted in the following manner, "Notice: Vehicles parking illegally may be towed away at owner's expense. Vehicle Code Section 22659."
- 15.3 Unattended Vehicles
- Any vehicle left standing on any highway, roadway or other property of the University in violation of posted provisions, or in violation of any provision of the Vehicle Code, may be towed away and stored at the owner's expense (C.V.C. 22659).
- 15.4 Illegal Use/Possession of Permit
- Any vehicle displaying a lost, stolen, forged or fictitious parking permit, or a permit obtained by means not permitted under the University Parking Regulations will be issued a Notice of Parking Violation and may be towed away at the owner's expense. It is unlawful to use a permit previously reported lost or stolen. All found permits should be returned to the University Police Department. Any vehicle displaying a stolen, forged or fictitious parking permit is evidence of a crime and may be entered by a University Police Officer for the purpose of confiscating the evidence.
- 15.5 Impound by Wheel Lock or Towing
- As authorized in California Vehicle Code sections 22651(i)(1) and 22651.7: Any vehicle, other than a rented vehicle, found upon a highway or public lands and it is known that the vehicle has been issued five or more Notices of Parking Violations (citations) to which the owner or person in control of the vehicle has not responded within 21 calendar days of citation issuance or 14 calendar days from the Notice of Delinquency may be impounded by immobilization (wheel lock) or towing until that person furnishes to the impounding law enforcement agency evidence of his or her identity and an address within this state at which he or she can be located and satisfactory evidence that the fines have been deposited for all Notices of Parking Violations issued for the vehicle.
- 15.6 Tow away of Impounded Vehicles
- Any immobilized vehicle may be removed/towed away from the campus at the vehicle owner's expense at any time following the original impound if, for any reason, the removal is requested by a representative of the University Police. To legally reclaim an impounded or immobilized vehicle, the vehicle owner or his/her designee must deposit the total parking fines due with the University Police Department. An Administrative fee will be charged for all immobilized or towed vehicles.
- 15.7 Towing/Cancellation
- When any vehicle is in the process of being towed from the University using an applicable towing authority section of the California Vehicle Code other than 22651(i) and the driver of the vehicle arrives on scene, a Notice of Parking Violation (citation) will be issued and tow away canceled unless the towing service has arrived and initiated tow away procedures by making physical contact with the vehicle. If the towing company has made physical contact with the vehicle, arrangement for towing fees is subject to agreement between the driver of the vehicle in question and the towing service. If the vehicle is being towed for a violation of section 22651(i), tow away will not be canceled unless the driver has immediate means by which they can pay all applicable outstanding parking citations on file with the University Police.
- 15.8 Fine Schedule for Cal Poly Parking Citations
- A schedule of fines is reviewed annually and made available at the University Police Department (Building #36).
- 15.9 Failure to Display Parking Permit
- Vehicles not displaying a valid Cal Poly parking permit will be issued a notice of parking violation. Vehicles may receive a reduction to the citation fine if a valid Cal Poly parking permit, purchased prior to the citation, is presented at University Police within 21 days of the citation issue date.
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Section 16: Payment of Fines
- 16.1 Payment of Fines
- Parking citations may be paid on-line at police.calpoly.edu, at the University Cashier's Office or at the University Police in person or by mail.
- 16.2 Late Payment of Fines
- If a citation is not paid or appealed within 21 calendar days from the date it was issued, or 14 calendar days from the mailing of the Notice of Delinquency fines will increase and your right to appeal will end. Failure to pay or successfully appeal a citation within the time limits imposed by the California Vehicle Code will also result in a hold being placed on the vehicle registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Cal Poly imposes a late fee for each delinquent citation in addition to any penalty imposed by the DMV. If a vehicle has 5 or more unpaid citations at any time the vehicle is subject to immobilization or impoundment. Release of the vehicle will only occur after all citations are paid in full including late fees and boot fees.
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Section 17: Citation Appeals
- 17.1 Appeal of Citation
- Parking citation appeal forms may be requested in person, in writing or by telephone from the University Police, or obtained from the University Police website, calpoly.t2hosted.com. Cal Poly follows the procedures for contesting parking violations as stated in the California Vehicle Code, Section 40215.
- 17.2 Administrative Hearings
An Administrative Hearing to contest the results of the initial citation review must be requested within 21 days following the mailing of the appeal response. A request for an Administrative Hearing can be made in writing, in person or by phone. The person requesting a hearing shall have the choice of a hearing by mail or in person. In addition, the full amount of the parking penalty due must accompany the written request. Requests that do not meet the required deadline or include the full payment of the parking penalty will not be eligible for further review and the decision of the issuing officer will stand. The citation will be processed pursuant to California Vehicle Code Section 40220(a).
- 17.2.1 Financial Hardship
- In accordance with CVC 40215b a person may request a hearing without payment of the parking penalty upon satisfactory proof of inability to pay the amount due. If a waiver of the penalty required for deposit is requested due to a financial hardship, a Waiver of Penalty Deposit form must be completed and submitted with the request for an Administrative Hearing.
- 17.2.2 Location of Hearings (in person)
- Hearings are held by appointment at the University Police Department, Building #36. The person requesting a hearing must be present at or before the appointed time. Documentation relating to the appeal (i.e. vehicle registration, permit information, placards, etc.) must be present at that time for consideration.
- 17.2.3 Notification of the Decision
- Results of the hearing will be mailed to the address listed on the Administrative Hearing form within 15 days of the hearing date.
- 17.2.4 Failure to Appear
- Failure to appear for the scheduled hearing as promised will result in forfeiture of penalty posted. If you decide to forfeit the posted penalty in lieu of appearance, please notify University Police at least two (2) days before the scheduled appearance.
- 17.2.5 Rescheduling Administrative Hearings
- Rescheduling requests will not be honored if less than 24-hour prior notice is given. If a hearing is not rescheduled within 24 hours, or when an appellant fails to appear as scheduled, a disposition will be entered with or without the appellant in attendance.
- 17.2.6 Contesting the Results of the Hearing Officer
- The final determination of the Hearing Officer may be appealed to the San Luis Obispo Superior Court within 20 days following the mailing date of the Administrative Hearing results. A filing fee must be deposited with the Superior Court prior to scheduling a hearing date. All necessary Court documents may be obtained through the San Luis Obispo Superior Court, County Government Center, 1050 Monterey Street, Room 220, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93408.
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Section 18: Storage, Repair, and Car Wash Facilities
- 18.1 Storage of Vehicles
- Vehicles with valid permits may request long-term storage on university property or property under jurisdiction of the university under the following conditions: 1) The owner or authorized driver is currently enrolled and attending classes or is employed by the university, 2) Permission is received from the University Police, 3) No other vehicle on campus is in use by the driver of the vehicle and/or registered owner and 4) extenuating circumstances exist.
- 18.2 Abandoned Vehicles
- Abandoned vehicles or vehicles stored without proper permission for storage will be towed away at the owner's expense after ten (10) days. Written notice from the University Police will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle in question.
- 18.3 Inoperative Vehicles
Any parking permit issued pursuant to campus regulations shall become invalid when the vehicle displaying the permit is determined to be inoperative by a representative of the University Police. The following standard of in-operability shall be applied in any such determination:
A motor vehicle is inoperative if it cannot be moved under its own motor power and remains stationary in excess of ten (10) consecutive days. When a representative of University Police determines a vehicle to be inoperative, the vehicle shall be deemed parked without a valid parking permit and shall be issued a Notice of Parking Violation (citation) on the same basis as any vehicle not bearing a permit. If, in the judgment of a University Police representative, the vehicle is restored to an operative condition, a permit for the vehicle may be reissued.
- 18.4 Repair of Vehicles
- No repair of private vehicles shall take place on the Cal Poly campus.
- 18.5 Car Washing
- Washing of private vehicles on the Cal Poly campus is prohibited.
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Section 19: Use of Motor Vehicles for "Living" or "Human Habitation" on Campus
- 19.1 Human Habitation
- No person shall use any motor vehicle in any area of the campus for the purpose of human habitation or camping without the express written permission of the University President or designee (Vice President for Administration and Finance). Human habitation includes one or more of the following activities: sleeping between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., cooking or elimination of body waste.
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Section 20: Bicycle Regulations
- 20.1 Bicyclist Rights and Responsibilities
- Every person riding a bicycle within the campus has all the rights and is subject to all obligations and responsibilities incumbent upon a driver of an automobile. In addition, California Vehicle Code Sections 21200 through 21210 are incorporated within these regulations and are applicable to the campus.
- 20.2 Bicycle Prohibition/Outdoors
Bicycle riding is prohibited in the following areas:
- On any portion of Poly View Drive.
This is a "Walk Your Bike Zone", violators are subject to citation.
- On sidewalks.
- Outside of bicycle lanes where bicycle lanes are provided.
- 20.3 Bicycle Prohibition/Indoors
- Bicycles are not to be ridden or parked inside buildings or stairways.
- 20.4 Bicycle Storage/Parking
- Unattended bicycles must always be securely locked in bicycle racks provided by the University. Bicycles shall not be parked where they impede pedestrian traffic or create a hazard i.e., parked on lawn areas, sidewalks or secured to lampposts, landscaping, stairs, railings, etc. Bicycles parked at any location on campus outside of a bicycle rack will be impounded and a fee will be charged prior to release.
- 20.5 Bicycle Lockers
- Bicycle lockers are located at various locations on campus for use by students, staff and faculty. The lockers are key operated and rented on an annual basis through the University Police. Storage of personal items other than bicycles is prohibited. The University Police reserves the right to inspect any bicycle locker without notice.
- 20.6 Bicycle Registration
- Campus residents are required to register/license their bicycles with the University Police. There is no charge for this service.
- 20.7 Impounded/Unclaimed Bicycles
- Impounded or found bicycles which remain unclaimed for a period of six months or more may be disposed of or sold through auction by Cal Poly.
- 20.8 Exemption
- Bicycles used in the course of duty by University Police enforcement personnel are exempt from the university bicycle regulations.
- 20.9 Motorized Scooters Defined
- Any two – wheeled device that has handlebars, is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, is powered by a motor that is capable of propelling the device with or without human propulsion. A motorcycle, motorized bicycle or moped is not a motorized scooter.
- 20.10 Motorized scooters must be parked in bicycle racks.
- Motorized scooters are not to be ridden or parked inside buildings or stairways. Parking permits are not required for motorized scooters.
- 20.11 Reserved parking
- Reserved Parking is not provided in campus bicycle racks. Any locking device found abandoned and/or stored attached to a campus bicycle rack not directly securing a bicycle will be removed.
- 20.12 Posting for Removal
- Bicycles may be removed when signs have been erected or placed at least 24 hours prior to the removal by University Police.
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Section 21: Skateboard Regulations
- 21.1 Regulation
- The use of skateboards, motorized skateboards, roller skates, roller blades, coasters or similar devices on the Cal Poly campus is prohibited.
- 21.2 Violations
- Violators of the President's order regarding skateboarding on university property will be subject to citation and/or discipline as provided by Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, Sections 41301 - 41304.
- 21.3 Exemption
- Special events involving skateboards, motorized skateboards, roller skates, roller blades, coasters or similar devices which have been authorized by Student Life and Leadership and approved by University Police, are exempt from the above prohibition.
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Section 22: Use of Electric Vehicle Charging Spaces (EV)
- 22.1 Purpose
- Cal Poly's charging stations are meant to be "top off" locations for commuters as it is anticipated that primary charging will happen at home. Electric vehicle charging spaces are located on the lowest level of the Grand Avenue Parking Structure and in the H2a parking lot (adjacent to the Library.) All users may utilize maps at chargepoint.com to determine if the chargers are in use.
- 22.2 Permit Requirement
- All vehicles occupying an EV charging space must display a valid Cal Poly parking permit and have an active charging session engages. Vehicles parked and not displaying a valid Cal Poly parking permit are subject to a citation per CVC 21113(a). Vehicles parked and occupying the space without an active charging session are subject to a citation per CVC 21113(a).
- 22.3 Charging Fee
The fee to utilize the Cal Poly Electric Vehicle Charging Stations is based on campus kilowatt per hour rate for the first four (4) hours. To promote turnover of the spaces throughout the day, the charging fee increases to $0.10 per minute after the first four (4) hours.
Payment options include:
- ChargePoint Card: ChargePoint cards allows customers to start charges immediately, stop and start sessions remotely and receive usage data notifications. University Police/Parking Services will also be able to access usage data to help expand the current electric vehicle charging program. Customers can sign up for a free account at www.chargepoint.com/join
- Credit Card: Customers using credit cards are required to call the toll free number posted on the charging units at the beginning of each session authorization.
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Section 23: Parking University Service Vehicles on Campus
- 23.1 Definition
- A University Service Vehicle is defined as any service related vehicle owned, leased or assigned and operated by Cal Poly, Cal Poly Corporation or Associated Students Inc. (ASI) that is used for the purpose of conducting service, maintenance or delivery. University Service Vehicles may occupy any parking space, zone or any non-designated area for the purpose of conducting or providing services. Disabled spaces may not be used without displaying a DMV issued disabled placard. The use of bus zones and fire lanes by University Service Vehicles is prohibited at all times.
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Section 24: Power Cart Policy, Operating & Parking Procedures
- 24.1 Purpose / Scope
- To efficiently move people and materials around campus, many departments have acquired carts and other small vehicles (herein referred to as power carts). The following rules and guidelines apply to all power carts, whether electric or gasoline powered. The power cart policies apply to all departments, including auxiliary organizations, and their employees, who operate carts on campus property. This policy is written in accordance with the CSU Use of University & Private Vehicles Policy Guidelines.
- 24.2 Safety Training Program
- Prior to operating a power cart on campus property, all operators must complete a brief safety program. The safety program is assigned through Skillsoft by a supervisor within the operators' campus department. The campus department will assume responsibility to verify program completion. This safety program and associated materials are maintained and updated by University Police.
- 24.3 Campus Rules
- Safe Cart Operation
- Operators shall be familiar with and observe all established traffic laws. Citations will be issued for violation of traffic and speed laws.
- Carts shall not exceed a safe speed at any time.
- Stunt driving and horseplay are prohibited at all times.
- Carts shall not be driven outside the boundaries of campus.
- Passengers may ride in a cart only where there is a fixed seat for that purpose.
- Where provided by the manufacturer, seat belts must be worn by all vehicle occupants any time the vehicle is in motion.
- Operators and passengers shall keep arms and legs inside the cart at all times. Operators must keep their feet in / on the floorboard of the cart and control pedals. Passengers must keep their feet on the floorboard of the cart.
- Carts must never be left unattended with the key in the ignition.
- Carts should be driven on university streets whenever possible. In the event a sidewalk must be used, the operator must yield to pedestrians and speed should be no faster than the average pedestrian.
- Except as required in the performance of specific tasks by Facilities Services, carts shall not be driven or parked on lawn or landscaped areas, or campus plazas, including by not limited to the University Union, Poly Canyon Village, Campus Market, and REC Sports plazas.
- Carts may not obstruct doorways and/or accessibility ramps at building entrances.
- No cart shall be operated at night without properly working headlights and stop/taillights.
- Material and equipment loads may only be carried on carts designed to carry such loads and only to the load limit specified.
- Materials and equipment shall be loaded securely as to not cause a hazard by shifting or falling off.
- 24.18 Assigned Department Parking
- Prior to the acquisition of a power cart, the department must initiate the Building Permit Process through Facilities Services. Through this process, the appropriate area/space will be identified as the designated parking space for the power cart. The review will include electrical requirements, egress and ingress to the assigned parking space, and related signage and curb markings. All costs associated with required improvements will be incurred by the requesting department. Carts must park in the designated parking space when left unattended at their department office.
- 24.19 Parking Regulations
- Small Carts. When parking the power cart at other campus locations, all university parking rules and regulations apply. As with all university service vehicles, parking is authorized in State Service, Staff, General, limited time zones, and in meters. Parking in red zones, passenger loading, and disabled is not permitted at any time. The use of sidewalks, walkways, and campus plaza areas are only permitted in instances where adjacency to the work site is required and does not otherwise obstruct ingress or egress.
- 24.20 Cart Markings
- All power carts must clearly display the assigned state vehicle number and department ownership with phone number. This information will be applied by Transportation Services prior to the department taking possession of the cart. All costs associated with required identification and markings will be incurred by the department taking possession of the cart.
- 24.21 Insurance Requirements
- In accordance with Chapter 2400 of the State Administrative Manual, all vehicles, including power carts, must be reported on the annual inventory or contracted through state process and shall be covered through the liability self-insurance program. The university vehicle insurance program is administered through the Office of Risk Management.
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Section 25: Emergency Vehicles
- 25.1 Emergency Vehicle Exemption
- With the exception of those regulations outlined in the California Vehicle Code, emergency vehicles are exempt from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Motor Vehicle, Parking, and Bicycle Regulations. For the purpose of these regulations, an emergency vehicle is defined as any publicly owned two-wheeled, three-wheeled or full-sized vehicle used in response to emergency calls for fire or law enforcement or for the immediate preservation of life or property or any publicly owned vehicle that is engaged in law enforcement work whether or not said vehicle is responding to an emergency.
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