Motor Vehicle Regulations
The College's Motor Vehicle Regulations are enacted to increase safety on campus and to provide an orderly process for the operation of motor vehicles. It is the responsibility of all students, faculty and staff to register their vehicle and obey these regulations.
Every vehicle parked on the campuses of Bucks County Community College is required to display a valid parking permit. Permits are issued at the Office of Security and Safety located in Cottage 4.
COLLEGE MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS ARE ENFORCED AT ALL TIMES ON ALL CAMPUSES OF BUCKS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
- All vehicles parked on campus require a parking permit and must be registered with the Office of Security and Safety.
- BCCC parking permits are free and must be visible at all times.
- You may register as many vehicles as needed, since permits may not be transferred from one vehicle to another.
- Please adhere or hang parking permits behind the interior rear view mirror of the vehicle so they are visible through the front windshield.
- Temporary parking permits must be obtained by students and employees who use a leased, rented or borrowed vehicle. Please obtain a temporary permit from the Office of Security and Safety before parking your vehicle.
- Student parking is permitted in Lots A, B, C, D, and E. They are marked with white striped lines.
- Parking in the Visitors Lot by either employees or students is prohibited at all times and will result in a fine.
- Permits are valid for the two year period prior to the expiration date printed on the front of the permit.
- Bicycles and mopeds may be parked in the racks provided throughout campus.
- College staff and faculty must park in the specific areas designated for employees. Employee lots are marked with yellow striped lines.
- Student workers and per diem college employees carrying more than six (6) credits at Bucks County Community College must obtain student parking permits and park in student lots only.
- All visitors park in the Visitors area of Parking Lot B. Visitor lots are marked with yellow striped lines. (See Section III for detailed information.)
- . UNAUTHORIZED PARKING IN HANDICAPPED OR INFIRMARY SPACES WILL RESULT IN A FINE. (See Section III, Paragraph D.)
The following are violations of the College's Motor Vehicle Code:
- Parking without a valid permit or improper placement of permit.
- Permit must be displayed on the back of the rear view mirror, inside the vehicle, and must be visible at all times.
- Any alteration or transfer of a parking permit or handicapped permit renders it invalid.
- Parking or driving on grass area.
- Employee or student parking in visitor’s area, student in employee area, or employee in student area.
- Parking on roadways, or on shoulders.
- Unauthorized parking in any designated area.
- Parking in Loading/Unloading zone.
- Parking on crosswalk or within 20 feet of fire hydrants.
- Parking over the white line and/or obstructing two spaces.
- Failure to obey official traffic control signs or directions.
- Parking in fire lanes.
- Reckless driving.
- Unauthorized parking in a designated handicap/reserved infirmary area.
- Parking without a valid permit or improper placement of permit.
SECTION II SANCTIONS AND FINES
- Monetary fines are itemized on all violations notices and are subject to change without notice.
- An additional $5.00 processing fee will be assessed to vehicles which do not possess a valid BCCC parking permit and whose owner information must be verified throught the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
- There are additional charges for towing and/or immobilizing vehicles.
- Unauthorized parking in handicapped/infirmary spaces - $100
- Immobilization Boot - $100
- Parking in Fire Lanes, reckless driving - $50
- Parking without a valid Bucks County Community College permit and all other violations - $15
All parking fines payments are due within 14 calendar days of the date of the violation. Payments are accepted at the Student Accounts Office, Pemberton Hall’s Student Services Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During the evening, payments made by check are accepted at the Evening and Off Campus Programs Office, located in Founders Hall until 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
- Unpaid parking fines are considered unpaid financial obligations to the College and will result in withholding of student records, grades, transcripts, registration, or other official records.
- Employee fines not paid within 45 days or by the end of the semester, whichever occurs first, will result in suspension of parking privileges. Once suspended, the vehicle is subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
- The College has the right to seek judgment in the Court of the District Justice against any person who fails to satisfy any outstanding obligations according to these Motor Vehicle Regulations
- Towing/Immobilization Policy
The College reserves the right to remove and impound any vehicle which is parked in a driveway, fire lane, loading dock, handicapped area, or parked in such a way as to constitute a hazard to vehicular and pedestrian traffic or to the movement or operation of emergency equipment. The owner will be responsible for the costs involved in removing, impounding and storing the offending vehicle. All fees must be paid before the vehicle will be released. The College is not responsible for damage to a vehicle resulting from towing or immobilization.
- Any vehicle parked in violation of the motor vehicle regulations issued by Bucks County Community College may be immobilized by use of a wheel boot. Additionally, when a vehicle is determined to have three (3) or more parking violation notices charged against it, paid or unpaid, an immobilization boot may be used to impound the vehicle. The College will not authorize release of the vehicle to the owner or custodian until a cash or credit card payment of $100 is made to remove the boot and all outstanding fines have been satisfied. Also, any vehicle subject to towing may be immobilized instead. Flagrant violations of these motor vehicle regulations may result in the loss of parking and vehicle operating privileges on campus.
Notice of the placement of a wheel boot shall be posted prominently on the vehicle. Placement of the notice shall depend upon the type of vehicle. The College is not responsible for damage to a vehicle resulting from towing or immobilizing the vehicle. Only members of the Office of Security and Safety staff may remove wheel boots. Attempts to remove wheel boots by unauthorized personnel may result in criminal charges. Vehicles immobilized for longer than 36 hours may be moved to a storage facility. The owner/custodian of the vehicle shall be responsible for immobilization and removal fee as well as any storage fees.
SECTION III PROCEDURES
- Appeals of Violation Notices/Parking Privileges
- Violation Notices may be appealed to a special Traffic Appeals Committee.
- Appeal forms are available at the Office of Security and Safety in Cottage 4 and in the following locations:
- Evening and Off Campus Programs Office - Founders Hall
- Admissions Office – Pemberton Hall
- Student Life Information Center - Charles E. Rollins Center
- Appeal forms must be received in the Office of Security and Safety, within 14 calendar days of the date of the violation. The violation notice (ticket) must accompany the completed appeal form and be submitted by the person who received it. Ignorance of the provisions of these motor vehicle regulations will not be accepted as a defense for violations.
- An employee, whose parking privileges have been suspended, may appeal the suspension to the Traffic Appeals Committee. The employee must file an appeal with the Human Resources Department no later than five (5) working days after the notice of the suspension of parking privileges has been received.
- Decisions made by the Traffic Appeals Committee are final.
College departments expecting visitors should notify the Office of Security and Safety and secure visitor permits, which can be mailed to the visitor along with parking instructions.
- Visitors to campus must park in Lot B-Visitors Area, identified by yellow striped lines. If this area is full, visitors are requested to report to the Office of Security and Safety, located in Cottage 4, for issuance of a permit and instructions on where to park.
- Visitors are subject to all Campus Motor Vehicle Regulations.
- Special Parking
Arrangements for all special, temporary and visitor parking permits are coordinated through the Office of Security and Safety. Issuance of a permit does not guarantee a parking space. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of regulations
- “30 Minute” parking spaces are located in Employee Lot K for Admissions visits only.
- “Short-Term” (15 minute) parking spaces are located in front of the Cottages and may be used by anyone who requires only a few minutes to transact college business.
- Temporary permits for “Loading and Unloading” are issued yearly to all college departments and budget areas by the Office of Security and Safety. These permits may be used for a maximum of 30 minutes.
- PARKING IN THE AREAS OUTLINED ABOVE WILL BE TIMED AND STRICTLY ENFORCED. TICKETS WILL BE ISSUED TO ALL VIOLATORS
- Handicapped Parking/Temporary Mobility Impairments
- Permanent Mobility Impairments: Individuals with permanent mobility impairments must have an official Pennsylvania Bureau of Motor Vehicles handicapped license plate or placard on their vehicle in order to park in any of the designated handicapped spaces on campus. Students and employees must also possess valid campus parking permits.
- Temporary Mobility Impairments: Parking arrangements are available to individuals with temporary mobility impairments. Applications for these ”Infirmary”spaces are available from the Office of Security and Safety. Temporary permits are issued per semester.
- All reserved infirmary spaces are clearly marked and posted.
- Reserved infirmary parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Individuals with infirmary permits may not park in handicapped spaces.
- If all reserved infirmary spaces on campus are full, drivers must park in a regular lot.
- Disabled Vehicles
All disabled vehicles are to be reported to the Office of Security and Safety in order to avoid a violation. A specific period of time will be granted for the removal of a disabled vehicle, but must be coordinated with the Office of Security and Safety.
- Overnight Parking
Parking on campus between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m. is prohibited, except for those people who have prior approval from the Office of Security and Safety. Permission will be granted for disabled vehicles and vehicles belonging to people participating in college sponsored trips. In all cases, the owner/operator should contact the Office of Security and Safety.
- Motorists are advised that all Pennsylvania laws and regulations pertaining to the use of motor vehicles apply to all drivers and vehicles on the campus of Bucks County Community College.
- Any driver coming on campus to discharge or pick up passengers may do so in the area of Linden Lane designated for that purpose.
- Parking near the baseball field is at your own risk.
- The college is not responsible for the safety of vehicles or their contents.
- Bucks County Community College Motor Vehicle Regulations are in effect at all times.
- Charles E. Rollins Center - outside rear entrance connecting with the Library
- Charles E. Rollins Center - Fireside Lounge
- Handicap Parking Lot - ramp to center of campus and side entrance of Founders Hall
- Hicks Art Center - main entrance
- Cooper Homestead - main entrance
- Penn Hall - right side entrance
- Penn Hall - rear side entrance to lecture halls
- Portable Classrooms - each entrance
- Tyler Hall - front entrance and inside first floor
TDD - Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf:
EVENING STUDENT SHUTTLE SERVICE
The College operates a shuttle service Monday through Thursday nights between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Students are picked up in the parking lots and dropped off behind Penn Hall and Founders Hall. After class, students are picked up behind Penn and Founders Halls and dropped off near their vehicles.
Snow, ice or other types of emergency conditions may force the college to cancel or delay the start of classes. Announcements are made on the college main telephone number (215) 968-8000 and website, www.bucks.edu, as well as the following area radio stations: KYW RADIO 1060 AM (Philadelphia), WBCB RADIO 1490 AM (Levittown) WNPV RADIO 1440 AM (Lansdale), WHWH RADIO 1350 AM (Trenton), WPST RADIO 97.5 FM (Princeton) and television stations CHANNEL 3-KYW, 10 NBCWCAU, FOX-29 and WFMZ-69.
All stations announce the name of the school, except for KYW which uses code numbers to provide the status of classes at the college.
- 760 - Code number for Newtown/Bristol day classes, including Saturday and Sunday
- 759 - Code number for Perkasie day classes,.including Saturday and Sunday.
- 2760 - Code number for Newtown/Bristol evening classes.
- 2759 - Code number for Perkasie evening classes.
It is important for everyone to remember the following information when a delaye d opening is announced:
- One (1) hour delay - all classes ending prior to 10:00 AM are cancelled. Classes starting prior to 10:00 AM, but ending after 10:00 AM, would be held from 10:00 AM until regular class ending time. To aid Physical Plant in clearing roads/sidewalks, the gates to campus will not be opened until 9:30 AM. Employees and students are not to arrive at the campus prior to 9:30 AM.
- Two (2) hour delay - all classes ending prior to 11:00 AM are cancelled. Classes starting prior to 11:00 AM, but ending after 11:00 AM, would be held from 11:00 AM until regular class ending time. To aid Physical Plant in clearing roads/sidewalks, the gates to campus will not be opened until 10:30 AM. Employees and students are not to arrive at the campus prior to 10:30 AM.
NOTE: The College will not open for evening, Saturday or Sunday classes on a delayed basis.