Authority to regulate certain events and pedestrians.
The authority in charge of the maintenance of a highway may by order, ordinance or resolution:
Regulate community events or celebrations, processions or assemblages on the highways, including reasonable regulations on the use of radios or other electric sound amplification devices, subject to s. 84.07 (4)
Regulate the traffic of pedestrians upon highways within its jurisdiction, including the prohibition of pedestrian crossings at places otherwise permitted by law and the erection of signs indicating such prohibition.
History: 1977 c. 116
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 83
Authority to require accident reports.
Any city, village, town or county may by ordinance require the operator of a vehicle involved in an accident to file with a designated municipal department or officer a report of such accident or a copy of any report required to be filed with the department. All such reports are for the confidential use of such department or officer and are otherwise subject to s. 346.73
, except that this section does not prohibit the disclosure of a person's name or address, of the name or address of a person's employer or of financial information that relates to a person when requested under s. 49.22 (2m)
to the department of children and families or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5)
Authority to prohibit use of bridges for fishing or swimming.
The authority in charge of maintenance of a highway on which is located a bridge or approach thereto which constitute an undue traffic hazard, if used by pedestrians for the purpose of fishing or swimming, may erect signs prohibiting the fishing or swimming off of such bridge or approach.
Authority to regulate school bus warning lights. 349.21(1)(1)
The governing body of any town, city, village or county may by ordinance provide for the use of flashing red or amber warning lights by school bus operators in a residence or business district when pupils or other authorized passengers are to be loaded or unloaded at a location at which there are no traffic signals and such persons must cross the street or highway before being loaded or after being unloaded.
The governing body of any town, city, village or county may, by ordinance, prohibit the use of flashing red or amber warning lights by school bus operators when pupils or other authorized passengers are loaded or unloaded directly from or onto the school grounds or that portion of the right-of-way between the roadway and the school grounds in a zone designated by "school" warning signs as provided in s. 118.08 (1)
in which a street or highway borders the grounds of a school.
Authority to appoint school crossing guards.
The governing body of any city, village, town or county may by ordinance provide for the appointment of adult school crossing guards for the protection of persons who are crossing a highway in the vicinity of a school. The school crossing guards shall wear insignia or uniforms which designate them as school crossing guards and shall be equipped with signals or signs to direct traffic to stop at school crossings.
History: 1979 c. 344
Authority to appoint traffic control attendants. 349.217(1)(1)
The governing body of any municipality or county may by ordinance provide for the appointment of traffic control attendants for the protection of persons who are crossing a highway in the municipality or county.
If a person is appointed as a traffic control attendant under sub. (1)
, the appointment shall specify all dates and times, and locations, for which the appointment is valid.
No municipality or county may appoint a person as a traffic control attendant under sub. (1)
unless the person has received prior training in traffic control and traffic safety.
During the dates and times, and at the locations, specified in the appointment as provided in sub. (2)
, a person appointed as a traffic control attendant shall wear an insignia or uniform that designates the person as a traffic control attendant and be equipped with signals or signs to direct traffic.
History: 2011 a. 141
Authority to establish mass transit way. 349.22(1)(1)
The department with respect to the state trunk highway system may by order, and any local authority with respect to highways under its jurisdiction may by ordinance, designate a portion of any highway under its jurisdiction as a mass transit way, designate the type and character of vehicles which may be operated thereon and specify those conditions under which any of said vehicles may be operated thereon. If car pool vehicles are permitted to use the mass transit way, the authority designating the mass transit way may specify the minimum number of occupants, including the operator, in the vehicles. In this section, the department's authority to designate a mass transit way is limited to freeway entrance ramps and state trunk highways connecting with or extending a mass transit way designated by a local authority.
Whenever the department or local authority designates any highway or portion thereof under its jurisdiction as a mass transit way it may establish priority of right-of-way thereon and make such other regulation of the use of the mass transit way as it deems necessary. The department or local authority shall cause appropriate signs to be erected giving notice of priorities or regulations established under this subsection.
The department or local authority designating the mass transit way may construct curbs, paint lines, erect signs or establish other physical separations to exclude the use of the mass transit way by vehicles other than those specifically permitted to operate thereon.
History: 1973 c. 86
; 1983 a. 130
Authority to designate bicycle lanes and bicycle ways. 349.23(1)(1)
The governing body of any city, town, village or county may by ordinance:
Designate any roadway or portion thereof under its jurisdiction as a bicycle lane.
Designate any sidewalk or portion thereof in its jurisdiction as a bicycle way.
A governing body designating a sidewalk or portion thereof as a bicycle way or a highway or portion thereof as a bicycle lane under this section may:
Designate the type and character of vehicles or other modes of travel which may be operated on a bicycle lane or bicycle way, provided that the operation of such vehicle or other mode of travel is not inconsistent with the safe use and enjoyment of the bicycle lane or bicycle way by bicycle traffic.
Establish priority of right-of-way on the bicycle lane or bicycle way and otherwise regulate the use of the bicycle lane or bicycle way as it deems necessary. The designating governing body may, after public hearing, prohibit through traffic on any highway or portion thereof designated as a bicycle lane, except that through traffic may not be prohibited on any state highway. The designating governing body shall erect and maintain official signs giving notice of the regulations and priorities established under this paragraph, and shall mark all bicycle lanes and bicycle ways with appropriate signs.
Paint lines or construct curbs or establish other physical separations to exclude the use of the bicycle lane or bicycle way by vehicles other than those specifically permitted to operate thereon.
The governing body of any city, town, village or county may by ordinance prohibit the use of bicycles and motor bicycles on a roadway over which they have jurisdiction, after holding a public hearing on the proposal.
Authority to restrict use of in-line skates on roadway. 349.235(1)(1)
The governing body of any city, town, village or county may by ordinance restrict the use of in-line skates on any roadway under its jurisdiction. No ordinance may restrict any person from riding upon in-line skates while crossing a roadway at a crosswalk.
The department of natural resources may promulgate rules designating roadways under its jurisdiction upon which in-line skates may be used, except that no rule may permit a person using in-line skates to attach the skates or himself or herself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
History: 1993 a. 260
Authority to regulate operation of electric personal assistive mobility devices. 349.236(1)
The governing body of any municipality or county may, by ordinance, do any of the following:
Prohibit the operation of electric personal assistive mobility devices on all roadways under its jurisdiction having a speed limit of more than 25 miles per hour or only on certain roadways, or portions of such roadways, under its jurisdiction having a speed limit of more than 25 miles per hour that are designated in the ordinance.
Prohibit the operation of electric personal assistive mobility devices on all sidewalks under its jurisdiction or only on certain sidewalks, or portions of such sidewalks, under its jurisdiction that are designated in the ordinance. This paragraph does not apply to the operation of such devices on any sidewalk at a permanent or temporarily established driveway.
Prohibit the operation of electric personal assistive mobility devices on all bicycle paths under its jurisdiction or only on certain bicycle paths, or portions of such bicycle paths, under its jurisdiction that are designated in the ordinance. This paragraph does not apply to the operation of such devices on any bicycle paths at a permanent or temporarily established driveway.
Designate and mark locations for electric personal assistive mobility devices to cross a state trunk highway or connecting highway that is not a controlled-access highway and on which the department has prohibited the operation of electric personal assistive mobility devices under s. 346.94 (18) (a) 2.
A municipality or county may erect official signs or otherwise mark a crossing designated under this paragraph only as directed by the department.
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, ch. 346
, and s. 59.84 (2) (j)
, the governing body of any municipality or county may not restrict the operation of electric personal assistive mobility devices on any roadway or sidewalk under its jurisdiction.
History: 2001 a. 90
Authority to license taxicab operators and taxicabs. 349.24(1)(1)
The council of any city and every village or town board may:
Regulate and license chauffeurs and operators of taxicabs used for hire;
Regulate and license the taxicab business by licensing each taxicab used for hire;
Prohibit any person from operating any motor vehicle for taxicab purposes upon the highways of the city, village or town unless the person is licensed as a chauffeur and operator and unless the taxicab business is licensed by the licensing of each taxicab;
Revoke any license mentioned in this section when in its judgment the public safety so requires.
Any person licensed by any city, village or town as a chauffeur and operator shall not be required to procure either a chauffeur's and operator's license or a taxicab license in any other municipality for the purpose of carrying taxicab passengers for hire from one municipality to another, but this exception does not permit the chauffeur or operator to operate a taxicab wholly within the limits of any municipality in which the chauffeur or operator is not licensed.
Any person licensed under this section is required to comply with the licensing requirements of ch. 343
History: 1989 a. 105
; 1993 a. 246
The restrictions in sub.(2) that prevent municipalities from requiring licenses from taxis and drivers with licenses from other municipalities do not pertain to the permits required under a Milwaukee County ordinance governing airport taxis as neither the county nor the airport is a municipality in the relevant sense. County of Milwaukee v. Williams, 2007 WI 69
, 301 Wis. 2d 134
, 732 N.W.2d 770
Authority to license hayrack and sleigh rides. 349.25(1)(1)
In counties containing a city of the first or second class, the owner of a vehicle to be operated upon a highway for the purpose of transporting persons for hire in what is commonly known as a hayrack ride, a sleigh, boxsled or bobsled ride or a ride of similar nature and every person who is to operate such a vehicle shall obtain a license from the county board before so operating such a vehicle. Any person operating any such vehicle under the circumstances described without first obtaining a license from the county board may be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned not more than 30 days or both.
No county board may issue a license for any of the vehicles mentioned in sub. (1)
unless the applicant does not have an arrest or conviction record, subject to ss. 111.321
, and until the applicant exhibits proof that liability insurance will be in force for the protection of passengers in the minimum amount of $10,000 for any one passenger and $50,000 for any single accident. Section 632.24
is applicable to the insurance required under this section, whether the vehicle is a motor vehicle or is propelled in some other manner. The county board shall set the amount for each license issued, not to exceed an amount reasonably related to the actual and necessary cost of providing the license.
The county board may, after notice and hearing accorded the licensee, revoke any license issued by it pursuant to this section whenever in its judgment the public safety so requires.
No vehicle licensed pursuant to this section shall be operated upon a highway for the purpose of transporting persons for hire unless it is equipped with at least one red reflector at each of the 2 rear corners of the vehicle and with at least one blue reflector at each of the 2 front corners of the vehicle and at the front end of the pole or tongue. All such reflectors shall be of a type approved by the department.
The county board in any county not containing a city of the first or second class may by ordinance require owners and operators of vehicles to be used for the purposes specified in sub. (1)
to be licensed. The actual issuance of the license may be delegated to the county clerk.
Authority to allow or prohibit the operation of low-speed vehicles. 349.26(1m)(1m)
The governing body of any municipality or county may by ordinance prohibit the operation of low-speed vehicles on any highway that is under the jurisdiction, for maintenance purposes, of the municipality or county. A county ordinance enacted under this subsection does not apply within any municipality that has enacted or enacts an ordinance under sub. (2)
The governing body of any municipality may by ordinance allow the use of a low-speed vehicle on a roadway that has a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less and that is located within the territorial boundaries of the municipality, regardless of whether the municipality has jurisdiction over the roadway.
See also ch. Trans 145
, Wis. adm. code.