How far can you go? – Corporate Press

Q: Can traffic signs be displayed at any height from the ground? Fred Bartz says he had a discussion with a friend on the subject.

“Is there a minimum height from the ground to the bottom and/or a maximum height to the top of such a sign,” the Temecula resident wrote in an email. “For example, if a speed limit sign was 25 feet high, either at the top or the bottom of the sign, I’m sure a lot of people would say the sign was out of their line of sight – and it should therefore not be enforceable.

Their discussion began, Bartz said, when they observed a “no parking” sign that was 10 feet high between the sidewalk and the bottom edge of the sign. “That seemed too high to us,” Bartz said.

A: Guidance on the installation of road and traffic signs is detailed in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

“The manual does not specify a maximum height for (the top of a) traffic sign,” said Steve Leibring, traffic engineer for the city of Riverside. “There is a minimum height of seven feet (from the ground to the bottom of the sign) so that pedestrians can avoid banging their heads against the bottom of the signs. And for signs mounted on actual traffic (lanes), the minimum is 17 feet from the bottom of the sign.

Leibring noted that other factors are taken into account in mounting traffic signs.

“We also try not to stack too many panels on top of each other, so the top panel doesn’t get so high that it’s hard to read,” he said. “When mounting the signs, we also need to consider issues such as the potential for graffiti. We don’t want the signs to be mounted so low to the ground that they become easy targets for graffiti. In many areas, this translates to panels about 10 feet above the ground surface.

Q: Can a taxi driver carrying a disabled passenger legally park in a disabled parking spot? Oscar Ramirez asked this question.

“While driving into a local grocery store, I observed a taxi pull into a handicapped parking space and an elderly man got out of the car to enter the store,” the Riverside resident said. “Then sometime later I left the shop and noticed the taxi was still parked in the disabled plaza. I assumed it was waiting for its elderly customer. But the taxi was not displaying any signs or disabled license plate What are the rules in this scenario?

A: The taxi driver may have taken advantage of the situation. Disabled parking plates are issued to people, not vehicles. Ideally, when a taxi driver has a disabled person as a fare, the passenger should be asked if they have a disabled sign that the driver could use to legally park in a designated disabled parking spot while transporting that passenger .

According to internet research, it is common for a disabled person unable to drive to have a disabled person parking plate so that a taxi driver or other person driving them legally can display the plate and use the disabled parking lot disabilities.

Q: Is it true that minors are never allowed to use a mobile phone while driving, even with a hands-free device?

A: That’s right, indeed, as noted in a recent “Ask the DMV” column about motorist issues. Except in an emergency, a driver under the age of 18 cannot use a cell phone, even a hands-free device, unless their vehicle is stopped or parked safely.

Confused about state or local traffic laws? Send your questions and concerns, along with your name, email address, phone number and city of residence, to [email protected] Or call 951-375-3720.

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