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For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(a) "Abandoned vehicle" means a vehicle that is left unattended on public property for more than 48 hours in violation of a stale law or local ordinance.
(b) "Multi-space parking meter" means a pay station located within a parking meter zone, placed or erected for the regulation of parking by authority of this chapter that allows for a single location for the payment and control of parking thereon for multiple parking spaces placed at various locations along streets or on surface lots.
(c) “Off-peak parking hours” means hours in a day that the hourly meter parking rate is subject to a base rate to be paid through a parking meter.
(d) "Official parking regulation sign." Any sign erected, constructed, or created by either the Virginia Department of Transportation or the County of Loudoun which conforms to the physical requirements set forth in the Federal Highway Administration Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and which is installed for the express purpose of regulation of vehicular parking within the County of Loudoun.
(e) "Park, parking" means the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, upon a street, or in a parking garage, otherwise than while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers or loading merchandise in obedience to traffic regulations, signs or signals or an involuntary stopping of the vehicle by reason of causes beyond the control of the operator of the vehicle.
(f) "Parking meter" means and includes but is not limited to any single-space or multi-space mechanical or electronic device or other meter not inconsistent with this section used, placed, or erected for the regulation of parking by authority of this chapter. Each parking meter installed shall indicate by proper legend the legal parking times established by the County and when operated shall at all times either indicate the balance of legal parking time and the expiration of such period shall indicate illegal or overtime parking, or produce a receipt which provides the same information.
(g) "Parking meter space" means any space within a parking meter zone which is duly designated for the parking of a single vehicle, or two motorcycles, by lines painted or otherwise durably marked on the curb or on the surface of the street adjacent to or adjoining the parking meters.
(h) "Parking meter zone" means and includes any restricted street or surface lot upon which single space or multi-space parking meters are installed and in operation.
(i) “Parking permit zone” means and includes any restricted street or surface lot designated and posted as being restricted to holders of valid parking permits.
(j) "Parking permit" means a printed sticker or card issued by the County Administrator or his designee to allow parking at a designated on-street location, as authorized by Code of Virginia § 46.2-1230.
(k) “Peak parking hours” means the hours in a day that the hourly parking rate is greater than the base rate to encourage greater turnover of the parking space.
(l) "Single-space parking meter" means and includes any mechanical or electronic device or other meter not inconsistent with this section used, placed, or erected for the regulation of parking at a single parking space immediately adjacent to the meter by authority of this chapter.
(m) "Street" means any public street, avenue, road, alley, highway, lane, path, or other public place located in the County and established for the use of vehicles.
(n) "Vehicle" means every device in, upon or which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices moved by human power.
(Ord. 19-20. Passed 12-11-19; Ord. 22-06. Passed 4-5-22.)