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Washington Administrative Code

Title 478 WAC - University of Washington


Chapter 478-116 WAC: Parking and Traffic Rules of the University of Washington, Seattle

WAC 478-116-024: Definitions.


(1) Authorized agent. An entity or individual authorized by the director of transportation services to facilitate services provided by the department.

(2) Bicycle. Any device defined as a bicycle in chapter 46.04 RCW.

(3) Campus. The University of Washington, Seattle, and those lands and leased facilities of the university within UWPD jurisdiction and where parking is managed by transportation services.

(4) Fee. A charge for the use of services provided and facilities managed by transportation services.

(5) Impoundment. The removal of the vehicle to a storage facility either by an authorized agent of transportation services or UWPD.

(6) Immobilization. The attachment of a metal device to a wheel of a parked car so that the vehicle cannot be moved.

(7) Meter. A single fixed device that registers and collects payment for the length of time a vehicle occupies a single parking space. A meter does not produce a receipt, physical permit, or virtual permit. A meter is not a permit-issuance machine.

(8) Motorcycles and scooters. Motor vehicles designed to travel with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, on which the driver rides astride the motor unit or power train and which is designed to be steered with a handle bar. For the purposes of these rules, motorcycles, motorized bicycles excluding pedal assisted electric bicycles, and scooters are considered motor vehicles and are subject to all traffic and parking rules controlling other motor vehicles.

(9) Motor vehicle. An automobile, truck, motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle that is assisted by an engine or other mechanism, or vehicle without motor power designed to be drawn or used in conjunction with the aforementioned vehicles including, but not limited to, trailers, travel trailers, and campers. In addition, any bicycle with an electric motor that is disengaged will be considered a bicycle and not a motor vehicle under this chapter.

(10) Nonmotorized vehicle. A device other than a motor vehicle used to transport persons, including, but not limited to, bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, and roller skates.

(11) Operator or driver. Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle or nonmotorized vehicle.

(12) Overtime parking. The occupation by a vehicle of a time-limited space beyond the posted time limit or time provided on a permit, meter, or permit-issuance machine.

(13) Parking product. A product issued by transportation services to manage motorized and nonmotorized access to the university. Parking products include, but are not limited to, permits, access to bicycle lockers and other bicycle parking facilities, and parking access cards.

(14) Parking space. A space for parking one motor vehicle designated by lines painted on either side of the space, a wheel stop positioned in the front of the space, a sign or signs, or other markings.

(15) Permit. A document approved by and/or issued by transportation services that when properly displayed authorizes a person to park.

(16) Permit-issuance machine. A transportation services deployed and managed machine that issues physical or virtual permits for designated spaces. A permit-issuance machine is not a meter.

(17) Registered owner. The person who has the lawful right of possession of a vehicle most recently recorded with any state department of licensing.

(18) Roller skate/in-line skate. A device used to attach wheels to the foot or feet of a person.

(19) Skateboard. Any oblong board of whatever composition, with a pair of wheels at each end, which may be ridden by a person.

(20) Traffic. The movement of motorized vehicles, nonmotorized vehicles and pedestrians in an area or along a street as is defined in chapter 46.04 RCW.

(21) Transportation services. The university department that manages and maintains parking facilities, issues parking products, issues citations, processes citation appeals, and collects fees and fines.

(22) University. The University of Washington, Seattle, and collectively those responsible for its control and operation.

(23) UWPD. University of Washington police department.

(24) Vehicle. Any motorized or nonmotorized vehicle.

(25) Visitor. A person who is neither an employee nor a student of the university.

(26) Virtual permit. A permit stored within a permit-issuance machine that authorizes a person to park in a designated space. Virtual permits are valid for a space through the date or time stored in the machine.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.10.560 and 28B.20.130. 11-13-058, § 478-116-024, filed 6/14/11, effective 8/8/11.]