New Parking Regulations
Neighborhood parking problems can affect even the calmest neighborhood’s quality of life. I am pleased to report on some recent code changes that the Board of Supervisors put in place in early December, following a public hearing.
Pedestrian and vehicle safety is particularly important, especially at intersections and crosswalks. Safety should be improved by Fairfax County code updates that prohibit parking within 20 feet of an intersection or a crosswalk.
New Commercial Vehicle Parking Restrictions
Commercial vehicles parked on public streets have long been a problem our communities. The Board of Supervisors has taken advantage of Virginia state code parking restrictions and adopted the following regulations:
- Taxi and limousines are limited to one per dwelling and must be registered in Virginia
- Commercial vehicles that exceed the following may not park on public streets:
- More than 21 feet long
- More than 8 feet high (including appurtenances)
- More than 102 inches wide
- A gross vehicle weight of 12,000 lbs. or more
- Vehicles carrying commercial freight in plain view
- Trailers or semitrailers – except camper, boat or single axle utility
- Vehicles with 3 or more axles
There are a few exceptions to these regulations and they include:
- Public service company vehicles
- Watercraft or motor home (these are prohibited by the Lee District CPD)
- School buses in current use
- Private vehicles with disability plates
- Cable service vehicles
- Rental/moving type vehicles within 48 hours of leasing
- Propane gas service vehicles
Parking a vehicle on a public street
Vehicles parked on a public street must now have both front and back license plates and display a current safety inspection sticker.
License Plates, Registration, Safety Inspections, and Fines.
In these difficult economic times, every penny counts. We have aligned our Fairfax County code with state code so that in addition to now being able to ticket the above violations, the fines associated with these tickets are remitted to Fairfax County, not the state.
We now include an out-of-state license tax of $100 on the Fairfax County Personal Property tax bill for vehicles not registered in Virginia. This fee is assessed annually as long as the vehicle remains registered outside Virginia. Because DMV registration is less than $100, this is an incentive for vehicles to be properly registered.
While it has long been illegal to park large commercial vehicles on residential streets, the fine was minimal and did not cover the cost of issuing the ticket. Many parking violators considered the $25 ticket the cost of doing business and continued to illegally park. The fine for this parking violation was increased to $100 on July 1.
Lee District Community Parking District (CPD)
Following a year of community input and study, Lee District joined Mount Vernon and Reston in approving a community-wide parking district (CPD). The CPD will increase pedestrian and traffic safety and save communities from the cumbersome and lengthy petition process required to create a parking district. The CPD that became law on November 18 prohibits boats and RVs from parking on residential streets.
After a one-month grace period, police will issue 48-hour warnings to move illegally parked boats and RVs. After 48 hours, the police will ticket the vehicle; 48 hours after that, the illegally parked vehicle will be towed. Please note that this restriction only applies to state roads and that residents may continue to park their boats and RVs in their driveways or in storage facilities.
Also in This Issue of Supervisor McKay's Lee District Update:
- Message from Supervisor McKay
- 2009 in Review
- Shop Local Year-Round
- Walking to School
- Walking Town Meetings
- Lee District Open House
- Snow Removal Update