The commissioner of transportation is authorized, subject to the approval of the city council, to determine the location of curb loading zones and shall place and maintain appropriate signs indicating the zones and the hours during which standing or parking is restricted. The commissioner of transportation is authorized to modify the duration of parking restrictions for curb loading zones located within the central business district, south of the south line of West Kinzie Street between Halsted Street and the Chicago River, and south of the south bank of the Chicago River between West Kinzie Street and Lake Michigan, to limit the restriction on standing or parking to Mondays through Fridays or Mondays through Saturdays, upon 20-day prior notice to the alderman of the affected ward. No such modification shall take effect until the commissioner has erected appropriate signs indicating the days of the week or hours of the day during which parking in such zone is restricted.
It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle in any place designated as a curb loading zone during the days of the week or hours of the day when the restrictions applicable to such zones are in effect, except for the expeditious loading and pick-up or unloading and delivery of materials from commercial vehicles and then for a period not to exceed thirty minutes; provided, however, the operator of a motor vehicle of the first division may stand in a curb loading zone for the purpose of and while actually engaged in the expeditious loading or unloading of passengers when such standing does not interfere with any vehicle used for the transportation of materials which is waiting to enter or about to enter such zone.
The commissioner of transportation is authorized to issue special permits to allow the backing of a vehicle to the curb for the purpose of loading or unloading merchandise or materials subject to the terms and conditions of such permits. Such permit may be issued to the owner of the vehicle and shall grant to such person the privileges as therein stated and authorized therein, provided that such permit shall be either in the possession of the operator or on the vehicle at the time such vehicle is backed against the curb to take on or discharge a load. It shall be unlawful for any permittee or other person to violate any of the special terms or conditions of any such permit.
The comptroller may issue a loading zone permit to the owner or lessee of a passenger vehicle normally used to transport property in the furtherance of a commercial or industrial enterprise in accordance with this subsection. Application for a loading zone permit shall be made to the comptroller on forms provided for that purpose. The application shall indicate: the applicant’s name, address and occupation; the name, address, telephone number and nature of the commercial or industrial enterprise served by the vehicle; the state license number of the vehicle for which the permit is sought; the types of property typically carried in the vehicle; and such other information as the comptroller may require. The applicant shall sign the application and submit it with a semiannual fee of $125.00. If the applicant is a corporation, the application may be signed by an officer of the applicant; if the applicant is a partnership, a partner may sign the application. If the application discloses that the vehicle meets the requirements of this subsection, the comptroller shall issue the loading zone permit. The permit shall include the name of the commercial or industrial enterprise and the state vehicle license of the vehicle. A valid loading zone permit displayed in the lower left corner of the windshield of the vehicle qualifies the vehicle as a commercial vehicle for purposes of subsection (b) of this section. Each permit issued under this subsection shall expire six calendar months after its issuance. No such permit shall be transferable.
(Added Coun. J. 7-12-90, p. 18634; Amend Coun. J. 9-11-91, p. 5008; Amend Coun. J. 12-11-91, p. 10832; Amend Coun. J. 7-7-92, p. 18778; Amend Coun J. 10-7-98, p. 78566, § 5; Amend Coun, J. 11-16-11, p. 13798, Art. I, § 7)