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Chapter 8. Traffic Code

Sec. 8-04. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic at airport.

(1) Definitions. The following words and phrases are defined as used in this section:

Emergency equipment means crash, fire and rescue or police motor vehicles and such other equipment as the municipal airport manager may designate as necessary to safeguard airport runways, taxiways, ramps, buildings and other property.

Pedestrian means a person afoot.

Service, maintenance and construction equipment means approved equipment normally operated by Marshfield Airways, Inc., a fixed-base operator, and the Federal Aviation Administration on landing areas, runways, taxiways and peripheral roads for the servicing, maintenance and construction of airport facilities and services or for the servicing of aircraft. This includes equipment owned and operated by a contractor performing work on the airport under a contractual agreement with the city.

Vehicle means a device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn excepting aircraft.

(2) Operation of vehicles on runways, taxiways and ramps. Operation of vehicles on runways, taxiways and ramps shall be in accordance with the following:

  1. Prohibited. No vehicle shall enter, be driven upon, or operate upon any airport runway, taxiway, ramp, tie-down area or any area posted by signs prohibiting the entrance thereon.
  2. Exceptions. Exceptions shall be as follows:
    1. The provisions of this section shall not apply to emergency equipment and service, maintenance and construction equipment when engaged in performing normal duties.
    2. Aircraft owners may be granted authorization by the airport manager or his designated representative to operate a vehicle to reach their own aircraft in a tie-down area. Aircraft owners desiring to operate a vehicle for this purpose willrequest such authorization in advance. Any authorization granted shall apply to only a specific need request. Unless specifically authorized, aircraft owners shall not pass over any runway, taxiway or ramp and shall proceed through such tie-down area at a speed not to exceed ten miles per hour. They shall not at any time park a vehicle on any area used for the movement of aircraft. Such authorization shall not be granted contrary to the provisions of part 139, Federal Aviation Regulations.

(3) Speed of vehicles. No vehicle shall be driven upon any road within the perimeter of the airport, or upon other airport areas, in excess of the speed limit posted at the entrance to the airport, or within the boundaries thereof if more than one speed limit shall be applicable, nor shall the driver of any vehicle fail to adhere to any sign posted to regulate vehicular traffic on or about the airport.

(4) Pedestrian traffic on airport. No pedestrian shall be allowed beyond the administration area or upon the apron or aircraft tie-down area unless for the purpose of embarking in or disembarking from an aircraft, or unless authorized by the airport manager. There shall be no pedestrian traffic on taxiways, runways and outlying areas of the airport except for those employees of the city, county, state, or federal government or contractors engaged in airport construction or maintenance work.

(5) Enforcement and violation. The airport manager and the police department shall enforce this section, and any person who shall violate any of these provisions shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit a fine according to section 1-05 of this Code, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of the forfeiture and costs of prosecution shall be imprisoned in the county jail until the forfeiture and costs are paid, but not exceeding 90 days.

(Code 1982, 7.20)

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