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(a) No person shall park a vehicle or permit it to stand, whether attended or unattended, upon any public vehicular area, street, highway or roadway in front of or within 15 feet in either direction of a fire hydrant or the entrance to a fire station.
(b) No person shall obstruct with building material or otherwise within 15 feet in either direction of a fire hydrant or fire station entrance.
(c) No person shall park a vehicle or permit it to stand, whether attended or unattended, upon any public vehicular area, street, highway or roadway in any area designated as a fire lane. This prohibition includes designated fire lanes in shopping center or mall parking lots and all other public vehicular areas. Provided, however, persons loading or unloading supplies or merchandise may park temporarily in a fire lane located in a shopping center or mall parking lot if the vehicle is not left unattended. The prima facie rule of evidence created by G.S. § 20-162.1 is applicable to prosecutions for violation of this section. The owner of a vehicle parked in violation of this subsection shall be deemed to have appointed the Surf City fire code official or any state, county or municipal law enforcement officer or his agent for the purpose of arranging for the removal, transportation and safe storage of such vehicle. The Surf City fire code official or law enforcement officer removing such a vehicle shall not be held criminally or civilly liable in any way for any acts or omissions arising out of or caused by carrying out or enforcing any provisions of this subsection, unless the conduct of the Surf City fire code official or law enforcement officer amounts to wanton misconduct or intentional wrongdoing.
(d) Violations of this section will result in fines specified in Sec. 7-8 of this chapter.
(Code 1977, § 10-2; Ord. No. 2018-06, § I, 9-4-18; Ord. No. 2020-01, § I, 3-3-20)
State law reference— Parking near fire hydrants, G.S. 20-162; blocking firefighting equipment, G.S. 20-157.