2012-2013 Traffic & Parking Regulations
These regulations are prepared and distributed to assist individuals operating and/or parking motor vehicles on University of Alabama property. The University is committed to providing the highest level of service and ensuring the safest and most efficient use of University Parking Resources.
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These regulations are established by virtue of the authority vested in the Board of Trustees in accordance with state statutes. By virtue of the powers granted to the Board of Trustees by the Constitution, the Board of Trustees has the authority to adopt and promulgate reasonable rules and regulations for the management and governance of the institution. These powers may be delegated to various University officials for the governance of students and the administration of University Affairs, Ref: Alabama Code SS16-47-2, 34(1975).
The responsibility of obtaining knowledge of all laws and regulations in force rests with the motor vehicle operator. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to be familiar with and abide by these regulations. The fact that a violation notice is not issued when a vehicle is illegally parked does not mean or imply that the regulations or laws are no longer in effect.
All ordinances of the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, related to traffic which are not in conflict with or inconsistent with these regulations, are made a part thereof and are enforceable as provided herein.
As a result of the dynamic environment, every effort is made to ensure accuracy of information provided on written material such as maps or University signage. However, one should consult www.bamaparking.ua.edu for any recent updates pertaining to rules, regulations and announcements. The website, www.bamaparking.ua.edu, will supersede any written material as a determining factor.
The University of Alabama reserves the right to set aside areas for special events, i.e., concerts, athletic events, parades, funerals, etc., in all parking areas of the University campus. The University further reserves the right to temporarily block certain areas of streets and/or parking lots in order to facilitate repairs, without notice to the general public.
These Parking and Traffic Regulations are effective August 16, 2012, and are subject to change at any time. All vehicles operated on The University of Alabama campus by students, faculty, and staff between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday must properly display a current University of Alabama parking permit. Safety violations are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registration in itself is no guarantee of a parking space, or guarantee of a parking space near the location where one works or attends class. The responsibility of locating a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator. A lack of space where one prefers to park is not a valid excuse for violating any parking regulation. The use of emergency flashers or personal dash placards (notes) does not allow an individual to park illegally. Vehicles parked in such a manner are subject to receiving citations.
Please consult www.bamaparking.ua.edu for dates and information.
Please consult www.bamaparking.ua.edu for dates and information.
A Faculty/Staff parking permit shall be issued to the following:
- Full time faculty and staff members.
- Part time faculty and staff members who are NOT currently enrolled as a student.
Temporary employees must purchase a parking permit based on the following conditions:
- Those employed for up to three months must purchase a visitor/vendor permit for the period that they are on campus.
- Those employed for more than three months must purchase a regular faculty/staff parking permit.
Faculty, staff and students who visit The University of Alabama Campus from surrounding institutions must purchase a visitor/vendor permit from the Transportation Services office. Faculty or staff members employed by both The University of Alabama and a local college or university must purchase a faculty/staff permit. Dually enrolled students must purchase a University of Alabama student permit. It is the responsibility of faculty, staff, and students to know and abide by The University of Alabama's rules and regulations.
The University of Alabama welcomes all visitors to Campus. Visitors should bring their valid driver's license to the Transportation Services office, located in the Campus Drive Parking Deck at 451 Campus Drive East, to obtain a parking pass. Visitor/Vendor permits are available in the following increments: $5.00 for one day, $75.00 for one month, $125.00 for three months, and $175.00 for six months. Permits are available for purchase in the Transportation Services office from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Vehicle license plate information is required to purchase a permit. Parking is also available for $5.00 on the top levels of the Campus Drive parking deck and the North ten Hoor parking deck, and through the lower entrance of the Ferguson parking deck. Visitors must vacate prior to 7:00 am the following day. Vehicles parked in decks must display either a current permit or a valid parking receipt to avoid being cited. Vehicles that violate time restrictions are subject to being cited, up to and including towing and impoundment. Visitor/Vendor parking permits are valid in all legal parking spaces unless otherwise restricted to a designated zone or area (note the restrictions on the front of the permit).
- Visitor/ Vendor Parking Permit Form - This permit is for any visitor/vendor performing services at The University of Alabama.
- UA Patron Parking Registration Form - This permit is only for patrons of The University of Alabama who will be utilizing the services of the Recreation Center, the Aquatic Center and Moody Music. This permit will only be valid in the area specified on the permit.
- Students disabled on a temporary basis who need transportation beyond the capabilities of the University's transit system must obtain a parking permission slip from a staff doctor at the Student Health Center. Students must bring the parking permission slip to the Transportation Services office to obtain a temporary medical parking permit.
- Temporary emergency parking permits must be displayed from the rearview mirror in front of the University permit. All information must be visible at all times.
- Temporary Emergency parking permits are available at no cost to individuals with a current parking permit.
- A valid parking permit must accompany the temporary emergency parking permit, unless otherwise on file at the Transportation Services office.
Parking permits are issued according to zones. All parking permits must be displayed from the rearview mirror, with the permit number facing forward, at all times when parking on campus. Failure to display a valid permit could result in the vehicle being wheel-locked or impounded.
- Permits may be transferred and used on more than one vehicle. The permit owner is responsible for the permit at all times, and is responsible for any citations written while the permit is displayed.
- Lost or stolen faculty/staff permits can be replaced for a $90.00 replacement fee or the current prorated permit amount, whichever is less. A police report describing forcible entry must be presented in order for a stolen permit to be replaced free of charge.
- Lost or stolen student permits can be replaced for a fee of $90.00 during the Fall and Spring Semesters or $45.00 during the Summer term, or the current permit price, whichever is less. A police report describing forcible entry must be presented in order for a stolen permit to be replaced free of charge.
- Individuals who wish to exchange their permit will incur an exchange fee of $10.00 Permits must be exchanged in person at the Transportation Services office.
- All permits are the property of The University of Alabama and must be surrendered upon separation. Permits may not be given, resold, or transferred to another individual.
- Handicap permits and motorcycle permits must be purchased in person at the Transportation Services office.
- First semester graduate students may request a waiver in person at the Transportation Services office if their desired zone is no longer available online.
- Summer semester permits may be purchased at the Transportation Services office.
Items needed for front counter transactions
- Campus Wide Identification Number
- Photo Identification
- Documentation of on-campus residency (for residential students only)
- Vehicle license plate information
Permit Payment Methods
- Students are billed by the Office of Student Receivables.
- Faculty and staff who purchase permits in person may choose to payroll deduct the 12 monthly payments (if eligible), or pay in full with cash, check, money order, or credit card. Faculty and Staff who purchase permits online may choose to payroll deduct the 12 monthly payments (or for the number of months the permit is valid) or pay in full with a credit card.
Students who purchase a parking permit in the fall of 2012 will pay full price for the permit. Students who leave the University in December and do not plan on returning in the spring can return the permit for a partial refund through January 31, 2013. All permits are deactivated upon separation from the University, regardless of whether they are returned.
Faculty/Staff Refund Policy:
- Faculty and staff who pay in full for a permit and leave the University during the permit year are eligible for a refund if the permit is returned. The refund amount depends on the prorated price at the time the permit is returned. All permits are deactivated upon separation from the University, regardless of whether they are returned.
- Faculty and staff who pay the monthly fee for their permit and leave the University must return the permit to the Transportation Services office. If the permit is not returned, the remaining monthly fees will be deducted from the final paycheck. However, individuals may recover this charge up to one month after their separation date from the University if the permit is returned. Permit fees are charged one month in arrears, so individuals are still responsible for paying for the month the permit was returned. All permits are deactivated upon separation from the University, regardless of whether they are returned.
Accessible (physically handicapped)
Blue Zone or any legal parking space
Faculty/Staff and Administration
Green Zones, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Level of the North ten Hoor Parking Deck, Campus Drive Parking Deck, Ferguson Parking Deck, Level One Ridgecrest South Parking Deck, Student Upper Rec Lot, Perimeter and time limits
Reserve Faculty/Staff and Student
Designated reserve deck/lot, Upper Student Rec Lot, Perimeter and time limits
Commuter Student (resides off campus)
- West Commuter Zone: Includes West Commuter Zone surface lots, North ten Hoor Parking Deck, Level One of the Ridgecrest South Parking Deck, Upper Student Rec Lot, Perimeter and time limits
- Northeast Commuter Zone: Includes Northeast Commuter Zone surface lots, Upper Student Rec Lot, Perimeter and time limits
- Southeast Commuter Zone: Includes Southeast Commuter Zone surface lots, Upper Student Rec Lot, Perimeter and time limits
Any available, legal surface lot parking space except reserved lot areas
Tan Zone, Upper Student Rec Lot and time limits
Orange Zone, Upper Student Rec Lot and time limits
Silver Zone, Upper Student Rec Lot and time limits
Yellow Zone, Ferguson Parking Deck, Ridgecrest South Parking Deck, Upper Student Rec Lot and time limits
Faculty/Staff and Students
Perimeter Zone and time limits
Non-affiliated patrons of the University
Designated areas only
Permit holders with deck access must swipe their action card in the “A” slot to enter the parking deck. Swiping the action card in the “B” slot will result in a $5.00 deduction from the cardholder’s Bama Cash account. A one-time $5.00 refund will be issued for mistakenly swiping the wrong slot. Individuals may also deposit $5.00 in cash or a parking token to enter a parking deck. Tokens are available for $5.00 at each deck’s token machine or in the Transportation Services office. Vehicles parked in decks must display either a valid permit for the correct zone or a current day's parking receipt. Individuals who pay using Bama Cash will not receive a receipt when their card is swiped. Bama Cash users who receive a citation for improper entry/exit of the parking deck should call 348-5471 the following day to request a swipe inquiry. The citation will be voided upon verification by Transportation Services staff. Individuals must remove their vehicles from the decks by 7:00 am the following day, with the exception of residential students with deck access. Vehicles not displaying a current day's receipt are subject to being cited.
Blue permits will be issued to students, faculty, and staff who are certified for accessible parking by the State of Alabama, or by the state in which the accessible needs individual resides. Individuals should bring their state-issued accessible documentation (including placard and receipt) to the Transportation Services office to obtain a University Accessible permit. For access to the State of Alabama form, link here. Failure to obtain a University Accessible parking permit may result in a citation for failure to register.
Vehicles not parked in accordance with University Parking and Traffic Rules and Regulations, including safety hazards, are subject to being cited, towed or impounded and held until all citations, tow charges and storage fees are paid. Vehicles parked on campus without a license plate and/or vehicle identification number visible are subject to immediate impoundment until proof of ownership is established.
Note: Impounded vehicles not claimed by the third school day will be assessed a daily $5.00 storage fee.
- Standard rules of the road for the city, county, and state will be observed on campus.
- Zone enforcement hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Safety violations and handicap regulations are enforced at all times.
- Faculty in Residence regulations are enforced at all times.
- SPECIAL INTERIM AND SUMMER TERM RULE: Residential students will be allowed access to Perimeter Zones in conjunction with the individual's designated residential zone. Faculty reserve and faculty/staff permits will be allowed access to non- occupied Residential Communities. If you are unsure whether a Residential Community is occupied, contact Transportation Services prior to parking in that area.
- Driving or parking in a transit lane and parking at a yellow curb, yellow line, fire hydrant, blue ramped sidewalk, or in State vehicle parking is prohibited at all times and will subject vehicle to impoundment by Transportation Services.
- LOADING AND SERVICE ZONES: Parking is restricted to delivery service and vendor vehicles for the purpose of loading and unloading only. Individuals who wish to temporarily park their personal vehicle in a loading zone must first obtain permission from the Transportation Services office.
- Double parking on streets or in parking areas is prohibited at all times.
- Vehicles should be parked within a designated white lined parking space.
- Permits are only valid when your university status corresponds with your parking permit zone. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to notify Transportation Service with changes in campus status.
- All campus parking rules and regulations are enforced during registration and examinations as well as during Interim and Summer sessions.
- The speed limit is 25 mph, except where otherwise posted. Additional reductions in speed may be necessary in areas of vehicular and pedestrian congestion or during inclement weather.
- Parking on the grass, sidewalks, crosswalks and loading zones is prohibited.
- Motorists must yield to pedestrians in designated crosswalks.
- Motorcycles, bicycles, and other vehicles are subject to all traffic rules and regulations, and should move in the same direction on the same side of the street as other vehicles. They must not use sidewalks or lawns.
- The University assumes no liability for damages to vehicles operated or parked on campus. Any such damage is a risk assumed by the owner as operator of the vehicle.
- Trailers, boats, campers, and similar non-motor vehicles are prohibited from parking on campus.
- Inability to find a legal parking space is not accepted as a defense for violations.
- Faculty or staff members may not purchase a permit for use by a student.
- Failure to display a current parking permit while on campus will result in the issuance of a parking citation.
- Vehicles not displaying a license plate and/or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) are subject to wheel lock or impoundment.
- Non-registered vehicles with three outstanding citations are subject to wheel lock, towing or impoundment. All charges, including tow charges and outstanding fines, must be collected before the vehicle is released.
- Parking permits may be transferred between vehicles.
- Vehicles left in parking decks without a valid permit or receipt are subject to impoundment.
- Vehicles impounded and not claimed within 30 days are subject to State of Alabama abandonment code.
- No refunds will be issued for Patron Permits or Visitor/Vendor Permits.
- Student permits will be prorated by semester.
- Parking permits will be refunded at full cost if returned to the Transportation Services office within 10 business days from the date of purchase.
- It is the purchaser’s responsibility to report permits as lost in the mail if the permit is not received within 10 business days from the date of purchase. Failure to report a permit lost may result in the individual receiving parking citations and being required to purchase another permit at the current cost.
Motorcycle and motorized scooter permits are valid for one year, from August 16th of the current year through August 15th of the following year. Individuals with a current University of Alabama vehicle permit can register their motorcycle or motorized scooter free of charge. All motorcycles and motorized scooters must park in the designated area corresponding to the individual's University permit. Motorcycle and motorized scooter spaces are designated by signage and/or ground markings. Motorcycles and motorized scooters may not park in vehicle spaces or pedestrian areas. Violators are subject to citations and impoundment.
If the fine on a citation is greater than the amount indicated by the accumulation record, the greater fine will be levied against the violator.
Parking on yellow curb/fire lane
Parking on yellow line
No parking space
Parking on grass
Exceeding time limit
Parking at fire hydrant
Blocking ramped sidewalk (blue)
Parking in handicap (blue) space (1st offense)
Parking in handicap (blue) space (2nd offense)
Parking in a faculty in residence space
Tow away zone
Improperly affixed permit
Improper use of a permit
Failure to register
Use of a lost/stolen permit
Driving or parking in a transit lane
Removing or tampering with a wheel lock
Driving or parking in a bike lane
Parking of a motorcycle or motorized scooter in a space intended for an automobile
Motorcycle or motorized scooter parked in a pedestrian area (Sidewalks, grass, etc.)
Motorcycle or motorized scooter parked in a pedestrian area which impedes the flow of pedestrian traffic or creates a safety hazard
Towing and Impoundment
Use of a deactivated permit by original purchaser- A wheel lock will be placed on the vehicle but will be removed at no cost once the permit is returned. Only the $25.00 fine will be assessed.
Use of a deactivated permit by an individual other than original purchaser- A wheel lock will be placed on the vehicle, both $25.00 citation and $100.00 wheel lock fee will be assessed and permit must be returned.
Improper entry/exit of a parking deck (Tailgating, unauthorized swipe of another person, unauthorized person using an authorized ACTion card).
3rd failure to register offense subject to wheel lock plus all outstanding tickets
Wheel lock release fee
Failure to claim impounded vehicle after third school day (Storage fee).
$5.00 per day
5th and subsequent violations $50.00 or higher value of citation
10th and subsequent violations $100.00 or higher value of citation.
20th citation referred to Judicial Affairs
All vehicles impounded or towed are subject to a release fee in addition to all outstanding citations. (Storage fee of $5.00 after the third school day also will apply)
All citations are reflected in the accumulation record of violator. The accumulation period for violators is one (1) year beginning August 16th of the academic year and ending August 15th of the following year.
Individuals cited for moving violations will be issued a State of Alabama Uniform Traffic Citation.
Students - Parking citations are automatically charged to student accounts. Payments may be made at the Office of Student Receivables, 105 Student Services Center.
Visitors - Visitors can pay citations in person at the Transportation Services or by mail.
Faculty/Staff- Faculty and staff can pay parking citations in person at the Transportation Services office.
If payment is not made and an appeal is not filed within three days of citation issuance, the citation will automatically be processed for payroll deduction.
Students: May appeal citations to the University Parking and Traffic Student Court of Appeals.
Faculty/Staff: May appeal citations to the University Parking and Traffic Court of Appeals.
All Appeals are subject to the following stipulations:
- The citation appealed must be listed on the appeal form. Visit www.bamaparking.ua.edu for directions on completing the online appeal form.
- Denied appeals will be assessed a $5.00 processing fee.
- Individuals must specify on their appeal form, at the time of submission, if they wish to appear before the appeals committee.
- The following are not considered valid reasons for filing a citation appeal:
- Lack of knowledge of regulations
- Inability to locate available space in correct zone, inability to find a legal space, or inability to park legally due to other vehicles parked illegally
- Inclement weather
- Tardiness to class or an appointment
- Use of emergency flashers to justify illegal parking
- Permission to park given by anyone other than a Transportation Services employee
The University Parking and Traffic Subcommittee on Appeals and Petitions also exists to review appeals of student and/or faculty and staff that, because of extenuating circumstances, request a permit other than the one for which they originally qualify. These appeal forms are available, and must be filed, in the Campus Drive Parking Deck Center.
Any retired faculty or staff member is eligible to receive a University parking permit free of charge. Two-year permits are issued when retirement is verified and a registration form is completed. These permits expire bi-annually in October. Retired faculty/staff permits are valid in any surface lot on campus except reserve lots. These permits are not valid in any State-designated space, faculty-in-residence spaces, community director spaces, handicap spaces (unless a state issued plate or placard is displayed on the vehicle), or in parking decks. Retired faculty/staff permits are issued as a privilege and should only to be used by the retiree. Abuse of this privilege could result in the deactivation of the permit.
Call the Motorist Assistance Program at 348-0121 or 348-9494 after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends. Last updated 6/2012