Violations

Violators of Valparaiso University parking and traffic regulations will be fined according to the following schedule. More than one violation may be cited and more than one fine assessed per ticket.

First violation in an academic year
$10
Second violation in an academic year
$15
Third violation in an academic year
$25
Fourth violation in an academic year
$35
Fifth violation in an academic year
$45

Six or more violations in an academic year are grounds for impounding of vehicle, revocation of vehicle registration, and loss of campus driving privileges.

Fines

In addition to the violation fines listed above, each ticket may include one of the following fines:

Illegal Parking / Parking in wrong permit zone
$10 + violation
Driving or parking on grass
$25 + violation
Improper permit display
$10 + violation
Unregistered vehicle
$50 + violation + registration fee
Falsification on registration form
$25 + violation + registration fee
Unauthorized transfer of registration
$25 + violation
Parking in ADA space
$50 + violation
Parking in fire lane/zone
$50 + violation
Seat belt violation
$15 + violation
Disregarding stop sign
$25 + violation
Reckless driving or driving left of center
$50 + violation
Speeding 10 mph over
$15 + violation
Speeding 11-20 mph over
$25 + violation
Speeding 21 mph or more over
$40 + violation

Vehicle Towing and Impoundment

There are several reasons the University tows vehicles:

  • The vehicle must be moved immediately for law enforcement and parking needs, such as it is blocking access to, prevents use of or inhibits operation of a facility, structure or activity; or it is causing damage, or represents a safety hazard, or is blocking a fire lane or Disability parking space.
  • The vehicle or permit has an extended history of parking violations and ticketing has failed to alter its use.
  • The vehicle has not been registered with the Parking and Transportation office.
  • The vehicle is located in a closed parking facility.
  • The vehicle has been abandoned.

Excessive Tickets:

Vehicles who have received more than 6 tickets per academic year will be eligible to be towed and impounded.

Notification:

The Parking and Transportation office will include a towing warning in the 5th and 6th ticket.

Upon issuance of the 7th ticket, and each ticket thereafter, the vehicle may be towed and impounded by the towing company.

Citation History:

The history of citations accumulated by a vehicle during a permit year accompanies that vehicle during the remainder of the permit year.

A vehicle with more than 6 tickets is eligible to be towed upon the issuance of each ticket thereafter.

Clean Record:

Vehicles will be cleared from the tow list at the beginning of the fall semester of each academic year, provided all fines have been paid.

 If fines are left unpaid, the vehicle will remain on the tow list indefinitely.

Vehicles not registered with the Parking and Transportation Office:

Vehicles not registered with the Parking and Transportation office may be towed at any time.

As a courtesy, the Parking and Transportation office will issue warning stickers for the first 2 citations on an unregistered vehicle.

That vehicle will be towed on the third violation.

 

Game Day / Snow Removal / Lot Closure:

Lot closures will be announced in advance by campus email.

Vehicles that remaining in a closed lot after the closure time will be ticketed and attempts will be made to contact the owner.

If unsuccessful, the vehicle will be towed to VUPD, or another designated location.

Towing fees will be billed to the individual’s parking fines account.

Abandoned Vehicles:

Abandoned vehicles may be towed and impounded at any time, without warning.  Valparaiso University Police Department will determine if a vehicle has been abandoned.

Unregistered vehicles that remain in the same location for more than 5 days may be considered .

 

Liability

The University assumes no responsibility for damage to a towed vehicle.

 

Call-out Fee

If the operator of the vehicle shows up after a tow truck has been summoned but before the tow is completed, any applicable fees from the towing company must be paid by the operator.

 

Reclaiming Your Vehicle:

Owners and operators must pay all outstanding tickets/fines to the parking office and obtain a release, after which the vehicle may be claimed from the towing company.  All fees must be paid to the towing company before the vehicle is released from impound.

 

Current Towing Provider:

Green’s Auto Service

Phone: 219-464-1173

458 Washington St,

Valparaiso IN 46383

Operating hours for the tow contractor are 7am -5pm, Monday – Friday.

 

 

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