For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE. A motor vehicle that is inoperable and over five years old, and is left unattended on public property for more than 48 hours, or a motor vehicle that has remained illegally on public property for a period of more than 48 hours, or a motor vehicle that has remained on private property without the consent of the owner or person in control of the property for more than 48 hours; or a motor vehicle left unattended on the rights-of-way of any designated county, state or federal highway within the city in excess of 48 hours.
   ALLEY. An access right-of-way with a width of 20 feet or less that is not used primarily for through traffic, and provides access to rear entrances of buildings or lots along a street.
   CITY. The City of Heath, Texas.
   COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE. Any motor vehicle designed or used for the transportation of property, not including passenger automobile, motorcycle, pick-up truck or vehicle used in the delivery of the United States mail.
   JUNKED VEHICLES. Any self-propelled motor vehicle that is inoperative and that does not have lawfully affixed to it either an unexpired license plate or plates or a valid motor vehicle safety inspection certificate, and which is wrecked; dismantled; partially dismantled, or discarded, or that remains inoperable for a continuous period of more than:
      (1)   Seventy-two consecutive hours, if the vehicle is on public property; or
      (2)   Thirty consecutive days, if the vehicle is on private property.
   MOTOR VEHICLE. A motor vehicle subject to registration under the Certificate of Title Act (Tex. Trans. Code, Ch. 501), except that for purposes of this chapter, MOTOR VEHICLE includes a motorboat, outboard motor or vessel subject to registration under Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, Ch. 31.
   PARK or PARKING. The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading and unloading merchandise or passengers.
   POLICE OFFICER. A duly certified peace officer acting for or on behalf of the City of Heath, whether the peace officer is an employee of the city or is operating within the city pursuant to a contract.
   RECREATIONAL VEHICLE. A vehicular portable structure designed for a temporary or short term occupancy for travel, recreation or vacation.
   SIDEWALK. The portion of a street between the curb lines, or lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines intended for the use of pedestrians.
   STAND or STANDING. The halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving and discharging passengers.
   STOP or STOPPING. When prohibited, any halting, even momentarily, of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic-control sign or signal.
   STREET. The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the public for purposes of vehicular travel, and includes highways, alleys, boulevards, avenues and other public rights-of-way.
   UTILITY TRAILER. A towed vehicle that is designed, converted, altered or otherwise configured to allow for multi-purpose usage, including the hauling and storage of goods, materials, products, trash, garbage and the like.
(2005 Code, § 8-3-1)  (Ord. 911121A, passed - -; Ord. 941006B, passed - -; Ord. 200728A, passed 7-28-2020)