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RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARKING

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City To Enforce Recreational Vehicle Parking

As of July 1, 2020, the City once again enforcing the municipal code when it comes to the parking of travel trailers, trailers in general and campers. Per Coalinga Municipal Code, Article 7, Section 4-7.22.2, such vehicles/trailers are to be parked on the street no more than 72-hours. We understand that these vehicles/trailers are often parked on the street to get them ready for family trips or unloading after trips. We are asking the community members who own/use them to follow the municipal code when it comes to parking them.
As a reminder, the Municipal Code for parking is as follows:

Sec. 4-7.722.2. – Recreational vehicles: Long-term parking of recreational vehicles, boats, and boat trailers on city streets or public ways prohibited.

(a) No person who owns or has possession or control of a vehicle, including but not limited to a recreational vehicle, camper, fifth-wheel trailer, boat or trailer, shall park or leave the vehicle standing on a public street, way or any public parking facility within the City for a period of seventy-two (72) hours or more. For purposes of this code, a vehicle is considered parked or left standing if it remains in the same location or has not been moved at least one-half mile during the seventy-two (72) hour period. If visible, the mileage reflected on the odometer of the vehicle shall be rebuttably presumed to be an accurate indication of the distance that the vehicle has or has not been moved. Obstruction of the odometer of the vehicle will result in the presumption that the vehicle has not been moved. Absent any presumption, the totality of the circumstances, including but not limited to tire markings, vegetation and vehicle condition shall be considered in determining whether the vehicle has or has not been moved.

(b) A recreational vehicle, camper, fifth-wheel trailer, boat or trailer that is parked or left on a public street, way or any public parking facility, once moved, shall not be re-parked or returned
to any location within one-half (½) mile of the location where such recreational vehicle, camper, fifth-wheel trailer, boat or trailer was first parked sooner than forty-eight (48) hours following the time that the recreational vehicle, boat or trailer is first moved.

(c) If a vehicle is parked or left standing on a public street, way or any public parking facility in violation of this section, any peace officer of this state or code enforcement officer for the City may issue a citation or cause the vehicle to be removed from the public street, way or public parking facility in the manner permitted by and subject to the requirements of the Vehicle Code.

(d) If a citation is issued, payment to the City of Coalinga of a fine in an amount established pursuant to this code, as it may from time to time be amended. Each day during which a violation continues is a new and separate violation of this section.

(e) Signage. The restrictions imposed by this section shall not be effective until the director of the department of public works shall have caused the placement of signs or markings as required by the California Vehicle Code at all City entrances to give notice to the public thereof. In addition, these restrictions shall not be effective as to state highways unless the City shall have received written authorization for such restrictions or prohibitions from the California Department of Transportation.

If there are any questions please contact me in person at the Coalinga Police Department, by phone (559) 935-1525, Ext. 152 or by email at dblevins@coalinga.com.

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