§12-102. Definitions.


In this Title the following definitions apply:

(1) Authorized Emergency Vehicle. Vehicles of the Fire and Police Departments, and such other emergency vehicles as meet the requirements of The Vehicle Code and are marked as specified by the Police Commissioner.

(2) Bus Stand. A fixed area in the roadway to be occupied exclusively by buses for lay-over in operating schedules or waiting for passengers.

(3) Bus Stop. A fixed area in the roadway parallel and adjacent to the curb set aside for the expeditious loading and unloading of passengers only.

(4) Curb Loading Zone. A space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials.

(5) Department. The Department of Streets.

(6) Laned Roadway. A roadway which is divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic.

(7) Limited Access Highway. A public highway to which the owners or occupants of abutting property or the traveling public have no right of ingress or egress to, from or across such highway, except as may be provided by the authorities responsible therefor.

(8) Loading and Unloading. The transfer of persons or property between a vehicle and the sidewalk, or between a vehicle and a nearby building or buildings.

(9) Official Time Standard. Eastern Standard time or daylight saving time, as may be in current use in the City.

(10) Official Traffic-Control Device. All signs, signals, markings and devices placed or erected by state or city officials having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning, or guiding traffic, in accordance with the provisions of The Vehicle Code.

(11) Parking Meter. Any device or mechanism having visible indicators mounted on top of a post, no higher than four and one-half feet over all, which when installed near the curb, adjacent to a parking space, shall indicate by proper legend the legal parking time established by the City.

(12) Passenger Loading Zone. A place adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers.

(13) Railroad. A carrier of persons or property upon cars, other than street cars, operated upon stationary rails.

(14) Stop. Complete cessation of movement.

(15) Stop, Stopping or Standing. Any stopping or standing of a vehicle whether occupied or not, except where necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device.

(16) Street. Every way or place, of whatever nature, open to the use of the public as a matter of right, for purposes of vehicular travel. The term "highway" shall not be deemed to include a roadway or driveway upon grounds owned by private persons, colleges, universities, or other institutions.

(17) Taxicab Stand. A place set aside for taxicabs to stand or wait for passengers.

(18) The Vehicle Code. The Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as amended.

(19) Valet Parking Zone. A place adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles for the expeditious loading and unloading of passengers and to turn control of the vehicle over to a valet parking operator for the expeditious removal of the vehicle from the valet parking zone to a licensed off-street parking facility.[2]