Sec. 25-250. Stopping on highways—Generally.
(a) No vehicle shall be stopped in such a manner as to impede or render dangerous the use of the street, alleyway or highway by others, except in the case of an emergency as the result of an accident or mechanical breakdown, in which case the emergency flashing lights of such vehicle shall be turned on if the vehicle is equipped with such lights and such lights are operating, and a report shall be made to the nearest police officer as soon as practicable and the vehicle shall be removed from the roadway to the shoulder as soon as possible and removed from the shoulder without unnecessary delay; and if such vehicle is not promptly removed, such removal may also be ordered by a police officer at the expense of the owner if the disabled vehicle creates a traffic hazard.
(b) Except upon one-way streets, and when actually loading or unloading merchandise as provided in Section 25-259, no vehicle shall be stopped except close to and parallel to the right-hand edge of the curb or roadway. In no instance shall such vehicle be parked with the near wheels further than six (6) inches from the curb.
(c) No vehicle shall be stopped at or in the vicinity of a fire, vehicle or airplane accident or other area of emergency, in such a manner as to create a traffic hazard or interfere with the necessary procedures of police officers, fire fighters, rescue workers or others whose duty it is to deal with such emergencies. Any vehicle found unlawfully parked in the vicinity of such fire, accident or area of emergency may be removed by order of a police officer or in the absence of a police officer, by order of the uniformed fire or rescue officer in charge at the risk and expense, not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00), of the owner of the vehicle if such vehicle creates a traffic hazard or interferes with the necessary procedures of police officers, fire fighters, rescue workers or others whose assigned duty is to deal with such emergencies. Vehicles being used by accredited information services, such as press, radio and television, when being used for the gathering of news, shall be exempt from the provisions of this section, except when actually obstructing the police officers, fire fighters and rescue workers dealing with such emergencies.
(d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any vehicle owned or controlled by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation, or the city, while actually engaged in the construction, reconstruction or maintenance of highways. (Code 1959, § 20-134; Ord. No. O-88-014, § 1, 1-26-88; Ord. No. O-09-123, 10-13-09, eff. 1-1-10)
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