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Motor Vehicle Regulations

Traffic Regulations on State-Operated Campuses

  1. The New York State Education Law authorizes the State University to adopt and make applicable to its campuses any and all provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Further, the University may develop its own rules to cover special campus circumstances.

  2. The new legislation provides that violation of any such statute or rule shall be punishable as provided in the adopted provision. That is, a campus created rule may be administered by the institution itself. Violations of provisions of the Vehicle and Traffic Law made applicable to the campus are adjudicated by the magistrate’s court having territorial jurisdiction over the campus and/or personal jurisdiction over the defendant.

ARTICLE I. University Regulations

Subdivision 1 (c) of section 362 of the Education Law empowers the University to develop its own traffic and parking rules not inconsistent with the Vehicle and Traffic Law. These may include the assessment of an administrative fine upon vehicle owners or operators for each infraction. Violation of University regulations is prejudicial to the common interest of all who operate motor vehicles on the campus and may result in fines or in the loss of parking privileges. These rules and regulations replace all prior orders that established traffic regulations on the grounds of Binghamton University, Town of Vestal, Broome County.

ARTICLE II. Application of Regulations

The rules and regulations adopted and promulgated by the Binghamton University Council and set forth in this part are effective throughout the year, from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, including all recess and intersession periods. They apply to students, employees, faculty and staff of the University, and all other persons (including visitors and officers or employees of other agencies) who operate or park, or whose vehicles are operated or parked, at any time on the grounds of the University, including visitors, officers and employees of other agencies whose vehicles are operated and parked regularly on the grounds of the University. The Vehicle and Traffic Law applies upon such premises notwithstanding any references in the law to public highways, streets, roads, or sidewalks. No person shall drive a vehicle on University streets, roads or highways at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing, but in no event shall a person drive a vehicle in excess of 20 miles per hour unless a different speed is authorized and indicated by the University.

Sidewalks and service drives are restricted to emergency and maintenance vehicles in the performance of their official duties. Any other vehicle being operated on a sidewalk or service drive must have prior permission granted by the New York State University Police.

ARTICLE III. Campus Registration of Motor Vehicles

  1. No vehicle may be operated or parked on the grounds of the University without a valid state registration and without displaying a current campus vehicle registration permit, as provided in this section, and upon payment of an annual vehicle registration fee as approved by the Chancellor or designee, unless the vehicle is not subject to such regulations.

  2. Prerequisites for registration:

    1. The applicant must be legally qualified to operate a motor vehicle in New York state.

    2. The vehicle must be registered in New York state or in some other state or jurisdiction that qualifies it for legal operation in the state of New York.

    3. The owner of the vehicle must be covered by effective public liability insurance in accordance with the minimum amounts required by New York state law. Such insurance must cover any liability incurred while the vehicle is driven either by the registrant or by someone with the registrant’s explicit or implicit permission.

    4. There must be no unpaid University-imposed parking fines outstanding against the applicant or the vehicle to be registered.

  3. Applicants may register only vehicles belonging to them or to a member of their immediate family. The term “belonging’’ means owning or operating a vehicle for one’s own benefit.

  4. Owners of registered vehicles who acquire an additional or different vehicle must register it within 48 hours of its acquisition. If a new license plate number is obtained for any registered vehicle, the New York State University Police must be notified within five days of the new license plate number’s being displayed.

  5. Vehicle registration permits must be permanently and entirely affixed and displayed when they are issued and as the University indicates. The person to whom a permit is issued is responsible for any parking violation of the vehicle. Taping and other temporary adhesion is not permitted. If the vehicle is sold or if the owner’s and/or employee status with the University is terminated, it is the owner’s responsibility to remove the permit.

  6. Faculty and staff vehicles. Upon completion of the vehicle registration form, and payment of the required fees, a vehicle registration permit is issued to faculty members and employees of the University including, but not limited to, the affiliates of the Research Foundation, Binghamton University Foundation, and those companies contracted to provide food, bookstore, vending and child-care services who have fulfilled the conditions set forth in this sub-division.

  7. Student vehicles. All students are required to register motor vehicles annually with the University and must do so within the time designated for academic registration at the beginning of the fall term. Students who enter the University at the beginning of the spring or summer term must obtain a campus vehicle registration permit upon entering. Students who reenter the University after a period of absence must obtain a campus vehicle registration permit upon reentering. Students who do not own, maintain or operate motor vehicles that must be registered for a campus vehicle registration permit at one of these times, but who later acquire a vehicle or otherwise become subject to campus registration requirements, must complete their vehicle registration within 48 hours after becoming so subject. Freshmen who reside in University residence halls are not permitted to register or park a vehicle on campus.

  8. Temporary three-day registration permits may be obtained 24 hours a day at the New York State University Police free of charge.

  9. Fees. Vehicle registration permits will be provided only after the appropriate fee, as approved by the chancellor or designee, has been paid. This fee is applicable to all permits issued during the year Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 by the University Parking Services Office. There is a fee for any replacement permits.

ARTICLE IV. Visitors

  1. A visitor is any individual other than a student or an employee of Binghamton University, the Research Foundation, the Binghamton University Foundation, or those companies contracted by the University to provide food, bookstore, vending and child-care services.

  2. Representatives of business firms and service companies who operate their vehicles on campus on a regular basis must obtain service, registration and parking permits.

  3. No cars will be allowed to enter the campus between midnight and 5 a.m. without a current campus vehicle registration permit and/or parking permit. A permit may be picked up at the Information Booth on Bartle Drive between midnight and 5 a.m.

  4. Visitor parking may be restricted to specific lots as determined by the chancellor or designee. Any visitor who parks a vehicle on campus must make proper reimbursement to the University at a rate approved by the chancellor or designee.

ARTICLE V. Parking Regulations

  1. Vehicles may be parked on the campus only when displaying a current University parking permit, as provided in these rules and regulations and on payment of a University parking fee approved as to amount by the chancellor or designee, unless the vehicle is not subject to such regulations and, if parked, is in a paid lot, at a parking meter or in the parking garage.

  2. No vehicle may be abandoned on any portion of the grounds or properties of the University.

  3. Vehicular living quarters may not be parked on any grounds or properties of the University at any time without the permission of the chief of University Police or designee.

  4. Parking in the following places is prohibited at all times: on a sidewalk or crosswalk; on the grass or lawn; in front of a driveway, doorway or steps; within an intersection; on the roadway side of any vehicle that is stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street or roadway, whether it is parallel or at an angle to the curb or edge; in any area marked restricted; and in any service driveways, loading zones and associated turn-around areas unless special arrangement has been made through the Parking Services Office. Parking is prohibited outside the confines of any specifically lined or designated space in a parking lot. Parking is prohibited in any area designated by yellow curbs and/or yellow diagonal hash marks on the pavement. Also, no person may park a vehicle on the grounds of the University so that it interferes with the use of a fire hydrant, fire lane designated by yellow curb and/or permanent markings, or other emergency zone; creates any other hazard; or unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the roadway.

  5. University parking permits must be displayed as the University indicates in vehicles parked on campus. Persons to whom permits are issued are responsible for any parking violations attributed to their parking permits. Ownership of parking permits is not transferable.

  6. Special parking zones.

    1. The library service area is reserved at all times.

    2. Lot V is reserved at all times for patients and physicians working at the University Health Service.

    3. Visitor parking may be restricted to specific lots as determined by the chancellor or designee.

    4. The sidewalk on the northeast side of the University Union facing the quadrangle, designated areas near the loading docks of the Engineering Building and Couper Administration Building, and a section in front of West Gym have been set aside for motor cycle and moped parking.

    5. A special paid parking lot is located south of Bartle Library and West Drive. No person may park a vehicle in the Visitors Paid Lot without making proper reimbursement to the University at a rate as approved by the chancellor or designee.

      • The lot is open 7:30 a.m.-midnight, Mon.-Sun. No parking midnight- 7:30 a.m., Mon.-Sun., November 15 through March 30.

    6. The Couper Administration lot, East Gym lot, Fine Arts East and West lots, West Gym lot, Bunn Hill Access lot, Tennis Court lot, parking garage and the University Downtown Center lot (a faculty/staff lot) may be reserved for University events.

    7. The following lots are reserved for commuters only Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. No overnight parking is permitted in these lots 1-6 a.m. daily: Campus Pre-School and Early Childhood Center, Cleveland Hall, College-in-the-Woods North, Delaware Hall, Digman Hall, East Access North, East Access South, East Gym, Fine Arts East, Fine Arts West, Institute for Child Development, Johnson-O’Connor Halls, Mohawk Hall North, Rafuse Hall, Science I, Research and Engineering Complex and the University Downtown Center lot (a faculty/staff lot).

    8. The following lots are snow removal lots. No parking is permitted in these lots 1-6 a.m., Nov. 15-March 30: Bunn Hill Access, Campus Pre-School and Early Childhood Center, Clearview Hall, Cleveland Hall, College-in-the-Woods North, Couper Administration, Delaware Hall, Digman Hall, East Access North, East Access South, East Gym, Fine Arts East, Fine Arts West, Health Service, Institute for Child Development, Johnson-O’Connor Halls, Lecture Hall, Library Tower, Mohawk Hall North, Rafuse Hall, Science I, Visitors Paid Lot, West Access (north of walkway barrier), West Gym, Research and Engineering Complex, Appalachian Collegiate Center lot and The University Downtown Center lot, a faculty/staff lot.

    9. Administration Circle is open for paid metered parking Mon.-Fri., 7 a. m.-5 p.m. This circle must be vacated by all vehicles 2-7 a.m.

    10. Special parking is available on campus for people with impaired mobility. Parking spaces reserved for this purpose are designated by the international access symbol painted on the ground, and/or by “Disabled Parking’’ signs. The University’s disability parking policy states that an individual seeking to park in designated disability parking areas on campus must:

      • Display a state disability parking hangtag (from the vehicle’s rearview mirror) or

      • Have disability parking license plates on the driven vehicle and

      • Comply with all University policies and procedures related to vehicle registration on campus.

      The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office will continue to authorize campus-based parking ONLY in the following circumstances:

      1. Temporary campus-based disability parking authorizations may be granted for a maximum of 14 days duration in order to allow applicants time to obtain a state disability parking hangtag from the municipality governing the address on their driver’s license or non-driver photo ID. To obtain a 6-month temporary state disability parking hangtag, you may go to your local municipality. While individuals seeking permanent NYS Disability Parking permits must apply in the municipality of their permanent residence, students with qualifying disabilities may apply for a temporary NYS Disability Parking permit, valid for 6 months or less, from the municipality governing their local address.

      2. Authorization of “L-Permit” parking for drivers who have state disability parking hangtags or disability license plates and whose disabilities limit them to such an extent that traveling from regular disability parking to building destinations is too far for them to physically manage. Medical applications for “L-Permit” parking are available in the SSD office.

      3. Issuance of “Wheelchair-Only” permits for drivers who meet the criteria in 2 (above) and whose wheelchair or scooter use necessitates access to wider transfer aisles between parking spaces.

      Vehicles not displaying the appropriate disability parking permit will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

    11. No person may park a vehicle in the parking garage (between Couper Administration and Fine Arts buildings) without making proper reimbursement to the University as approved by the chancellor or designee. Annual, fall, spring and summer garage parking permits are available at the Parking Services Office, G-8 Couper Administration Building, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at a fee approved by the chancellor or designee.

  7. University parking fees, as approved by the chancellor or designee, shall be charged for motor vehicles parked within designated lots, consistent with applicable collective bargaining agreements and in accordance with guidelines established by the chancellor or designee. Such guidelines shall provide that the determination of the amount of the fee be substantially based on an analysis of the costs attributable to the operation and maintenance of the parking facilities owned and operated by Binghamton University.

  8. A complete list of campus rules and regulations consistent with the Vehicle and Traffic Law relating to parking, vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and safety is on file with the Secretary of State, the office of the clerk of the Town of Vestal, and the Parking Services Office. The list may be reviewed within the normal business hours of these offices.

ARTICLE VI. Motorcycles, Mopeds, Motor Scooters, Motorbikes and Snowmobiles

  1. All such vehicles must be registered in the same way as any other motor vehicle (see Article III above), and are subject to the same restrictions.

  2. The law concerning motorcycles includes motorbikes and motor scooters and provides that any New York state driver’s license — whether new or renewal — issued after October 1, 1964, must have a special motorcycle endorsement if the driver operates a motorcycle or class A moped. A valid driver’s license is required to drive a class B or C moped.

  3. Persons driving a motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement on their license, or driving a class B or C moped without a valid driver’s license, may be arrested as unlicensed drivers. Persons who allow the use of their motorcycle by a driver who does not have a motorcycle endorsement may be arrested for permitting unlicensed operation of the vehicle.

  4. Snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles may not be operated on University grounds without specific permission from the New York State University Police Office.

ARTICLE VII. Enforcement and Penalties

  1. Complaints regarding any violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, or of any traffic ordinance applicable on such premises, are processed in ac cordance with the requirements of applicable law. Violations of any section of the Vehicle and Traffic Law are misdemeanors or traffic infractions as designated in such law, and are punishable as therein provided. Such laws and orders adopted by State University of New York above shall be enforced in any court having jurisdiction.

  2. Violations of campus permit requirements.

    1. Violations of the University rules and regulations relating to the display of current vehicle registration permits and University parking permits that lead to a summons (ticket) are subject to the following schedule of fines and penalties:

      • No current, appropriately displayed campus vehicle registration permit: $40
        The first ticket issued for this violation will be waived if the vehicle is registered at the Parking Services Office within five calendar days of issuance of the ticket.

      • No current, appropriately displayed University Parking Permit: $40
        The first ticket issued for this violation will be waived if a parking permit is purchased from the Parking Services Office within five calendar days of issuance of the ticket.

      • Vehicle may be towed away at owner’s expense. Owners/operators of vehicles that are towed to another location on campus must present a valid driver’s license and insurance card for checking at the Parking Services Office before they may claim their vehicles.

    2. Tampering with, fraudulent use of, or counterfeiting of campus vehicle registration and/or parking permits, any other unauthorized use of permits, or obtaining a permit by giving false information may lead to the following penalties:

      • The University may rescind campus vehicle registration permit and/or parking permit privileges in accordance with SUNY Board of Trustees policy.

      • Individuals may be subject to University disciplinary action and/or arrest.

    3. Persons entering the campus confines between midnight and 5 a.m. without a valid campus vehicle registration permit and/or parking permit may be subject to prosecution for trespass.

  3. Violations of the provisions of this part relating to the parking of vehicles on the grounds of the University (except violations of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law that apply to parking), which lead to a complaint issued by the Parking Services Office and returnable as specified on the complaint, are subject to the following schedule of fines and penalties:

    1. Parking in a tow-away zone - $40

    2. Parking in a fire safety zone - $100

    3. Parking in a disability zone - $100

    4. Parking on the grass - $40

    5. Overtime parking - $20

    6. Parking in a restricted area - $40

    7. All other violations - $40

    8. Parking while displaying a stolen, forged, altered or illegally obtained parking permit or registration decal - $50

  4. Vehicles illegally parked may be towed at owner’s expense or immobilized.

  5. The University may withhold unpaid fines from employees’ paychecks and/ or revoke parking privileges. All unpaid and unappealed student parking violations are entered on a delinquency list. Grades, transcripts and permission to register in courses may be withheld until fines are paid. All other violators may have parking privileges revoked. In all cases, a vehicular wheel immobilizer may be applied to render the vehicle inoperable. The wheel immobilizer will not be removed until unpaid violations and a service charge, in an amount determined by the chancellor or designee, are paid.

  6. Enforcement and appeals.

    1. A complaint regarding any violation of a campus rule shall be in writing, reciting the time and place of the violation and the title, number or substance of the applicable rule.

      • The complaint must be subscribed by the person witnessing the violation and be served on the violator or attached to the vehicle involved.

      • The complaint shall indicate the amount of fine assessable for the violation and advise that if the person charged does not dispute the violation, the fine must be paid within seven days of receipt at the Parking Services Office, G-8 Couper Administration Building.

      • The complaint recites that an appeal on a disputed violation may be requested, in writing, within 30 days after service of the charge by filing an appeals form, available from the Parking Services Office, G-8 Couper Administration Building, or such other place as may be designated by the council.

      • The complainant recites that should the alleged violator fail to appear at the time fixed for the hearing, or should no hearing be requested within a 30-day period prescribed by the college council as indicated in the preceding paragraph, the complaint is proved and shall warrant such action as may then be appropriate.

    2. The chief administrative officer shall designate a hearing officer or board not to exceed three persons to hear complaints for violation of campus traffic and parking regulations enforceable on campus. Such hearing officer or board shall not be bound by the rules of evidence, but may hear or receive any testimony or evidence directly relevant and material to the issues presented.

    3. At the conclusion of the hearing or not later than five days there-after, the hearing officer or board shall file a report, and a notice of the decision is promptly transmitted to the alleged violator. The report includes:

      • the name and address of the alleged violator;

      • the time and place when the complaint was issued;

      • the campus rule violated;

      • a concise statement of the facts established at the hearing based upon the testimony or other evidence offered;

      • the time and place of the hearing;

      • the names of all witnesses;

      • each adjournment, stating on whose application and to what time and place it was made;

      • the decision (approved or not approved) of the hearing officer or board.

  7. Freshmen who reside in university residence halls and who illegally park a vehicle on campus may be fined an amount approved by the chancellor or designee in conformity with 8 NYCRR section 560.3.

ARTICLE VIII. Appeals

  1. Parking appeals must be made in writing to the parking appeals board within 30 days of the notice of the violation; after that time, appeals are not accepted. Appeal forms may be obtained at the Parking Services Office. Notice of the decision of the parking appeals board is transmitted to the appellant.

  2. Towing appeals may be made only through personal appearance before the parking appeals board. Request must be made to the Parking Services Office within 30 days of the tow.

  3. At the conclusion of the hearing on a written appeal, a personal appeal may be arranged by calling the Parking Services Office within seven days of receipt of the written appeal adjudication.

  4. After the final adjudication of the hearing officer or hearing board, the violation will be removed from the delinquency list if the finding is in favor of the appellant.

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Last Updated: 7/25/11