Camping, loitering and soliciting outlawed, among other things

The City isn't just going to crack down on people parking illegally on streets and public right-of-ways.

Now its setting rules for parking in city owned parking lots and vacant lots as well.

Until now, the city has no regulations governing how long a a vehicle can be parked in a municipal lot or what people can do with their vehicles there.

On May 1, the Taft City Council unanimously approved a resolution setting rules for parking in the parking lots and city-owned vacant land to limit the length of parking and ban other uses of the lots.

the includes ban on repairing, washing or details a car, camping soliciting or loitering or parking a vehicle to sell items.

Violators could have their cars towed.

Here are the rules adopted by the City Council:

•No person shall be permitted to park any vehicle, trailer or recreational vehicle in any space on any City-owned parking lot for a period in excess of 24 hours with the exception of vehicles parked in the Park- and- Ride Lot adjacent to the City’s Transit Center where 72 hour parking is permitted for the purposes of ridesharing;

•No repair or maintenance of vehicles in parking lots or any posted City owned property;

•No washing, cleaning or detailing of vehicles in parking lots or any posted City owned property;

•No camping, soliciting or loitering in parking lots or on any posted City owned property;

•No vehicles displaying expired tabs allowed in parking lots or on any posted City owned property; and

•No vehicles parked for the purposes of selling in any parking lots or on any posted City owned property.

Any vehicle in violation of the above will be removed and towed at owners expense, according to a city staff report.

In April, the City Council approved an ordinance to tighten up existing codes on parking of recreational vehicles on city streets for excessive time periods and blocking sidewalks.

In addition, Chief of Police Damon McMinn said at the time, police and code enforcement officers will be a little more proactive enforcing parking violations.