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Parking and Traffic Regulations

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Parking and Traffic Regulations--Automobiles, Motorbikes, Motorscooters, etc.

All provisions of the Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as supplemented by University Regulations, will be enforced on campus, and all non-University Park locations.

All vehicles to be registered must have a current license plate, a current inspection sticker (if required by the state where the vehicle is registered), and the applicant must have a valid driver’s license.

All graduate students who possess, maintain or operate a motor vehicle on any University property must register their motor vehicle(s) with the Parking Office in the Eisenhower Parking Deck. Motor vehicles are defined as automobiles, motorcycles, motor bikes, and motor scooters (except “mopeds,” which can be considered as bicycles under these regulations).

Parking is authorized ONLY in lots matching the color of the assigned parking permit and designated as student parking. If the assigned lot is full or unavailable for any reason, vehicles must be parked in another lot within the same classification as the registration permit. Each lot entrance has signs listing specific hours of reservation and any other lot restrictions. After 4 p.m., select faculty/staff lots are open to students with current permits displayed.

Parking regulations for students shall be in effect at all times, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to include the final examination periods, semester breaks and holiday recesses, unless otherwise publicly announced.

Ownership. Vehicles registered with the University by a student must be owned by either the registrant or a member of his or her immediate family. Vehicles must be registered by the first day of class each semester or by first business day following arrival on campus.

If you require access to marked handicapped parking spaces, you must apply for a state-issued handicap parking placard. Applications are available from the Parking Office; however, please keep in mind that the Parking Office is not authorized to issue the placards. All handicap parking placards, permanent or temporary, must be obtained from the state. You can download a Person with Disability Parking Placard Application (Form MV-145A) at the PENNDOT Web site.

In the event of accumulating snow, day or night and regardless of the amount, parking is prohibited in all faculty/staff surface lots from midnight to 7 a.m when "Midnight Clear" is announced. This restriction is necessary to clear lots for plowing and scattering of anti-skid material. During periods of snow, permit holders wishing to leave their vehicles on campus overnight must use either East, Eisenhower, the HUB, or Nittany parking decks, under covered areas only. Vehicles must be returned to their assigned parking areas by 8 a.m. the following day. Student storage lots are not on the priority snow removal list. Plowing the service drives and parking lot aisles may cause snow piling around your vehicle. Each permit holder is responsible for shoveling out their vehicle. Midnight Clear activity is announced over local radio and television stations and on the L-PSUPARK listserv.

Questions concerning procedures or interpretation of parking rules and regulations should be referred to the Parking Office, 1a Eisenhower Deck, 814-865-1436, or e-mail.

Penalties. Violations of these regulations may result in a citation including financial penalties. Student penalties are payable at the Parking Office, Eisenhower Parking Deck. All penalties are payable within 48 hours after receiving a violation notice. Penalties may also be paid the next school day if the final due date falls on a holiday or weekend.

Any person receiving a violation notice (ticket) who feels that the charge is unjust or in error, and who wishes to appeal, should complete anAppeal of Parking Violation Form. All appeals must be received by the Parking Office within 20 days of the date of violation.

Vehicle Accident Reports

An Accident Report must be submitted for any accident involving departmental or Fleet vehicles. Every employee driver must complete this form no matter how minor the accident. Complete all sections of the Vehicle Accident Report, located in the glove compartment of the vehicle, and submit the form to the Administrative Assistant for processing through the University system.