Code of the District of Columbia

Part B. Miscellaneous.


§ 50–2201.21. Rules for towing and impoundment of vehicles, and vehicle conveyance fees.

The Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, may issue rules regarding towing and impoundment of vehicles in connection with enforcement of the District’s parking restrictions and to establish the amount of, and implement a system for collecting, a vehicle conveyance fee.


(Sept. 12, 1978, D.C. Law 2-104, § 505, 25 DCR 1275; Mar. 20, 2009, D.C. Law 17-303, § 4(d), 55 DCR 12803.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-704.

1973 Ed., § 40-603.1.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-303 rewrote the section, which had read as follows: “The Mayor of the District of Columbia is authorized to establish from time to time a reasonable fee to be charged for the cost of storing impounded vehicles. Such storage fee shall not be charged for the first 24 hour period in which a vehicle is impounded.”


§ 50–2201.22. Appeal from assessment of excise tax for title certificates; election of remedies.

Any person aggrieved by the assessment of any tax imposed by § 50-2201.03(j) may, within 6 months from the date the person entitled to a certificate of title was notified of the amount of such tax, appeal to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in the same manner and to the same extent as set forth in §§ 47-3303, 47-3304, 47-3306, 47-3307 and 47-3308, and as the same may hereafter be amended.


(May 27, 1949, 63 Stat. 129, ch. 146, title III, § 303; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 573, 581, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, §§ 156(a), 161(d)(2).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-705.

1973 Ed., § 40-605-1.


§ 50–2201.23. Mayor may enter into interstate agreement concerning enforcement of traffic laws.

The Mayor of the District of Columbia may enter into an interstate agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia or with the State of Maryland, or with both, pursuant to which the parties to such agreement may assist each other in the enforcement of its laws relating to traffic (including parking violations).


(June 30, 1972, 86 Stat. 392, Pub. L. 92-327, § 2.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-706.

1973 Ed., § 40-603-2.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to the District of Columbia Council and to a Commissioner of the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 50–2201.24. Office of Registrar of Titles and Tags.

The employee of the Department of Transportation who is charged with the immediate responsibility for, and exercises supervision over, the issuance of tags and certificates of title and the registration of motor vehicles and trailers shall be known as the Registrar of Titles and Tags.


(June 28, 1944, 58 Stat. 527, ch. 300, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-707.

1973 Ed., § 40-603a.

Editor's Notes

Department of Vehicles and Traffic abolished: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 50-2201.03.


§ 50–2201.25. Issuance of congressional tags.

After June 28, 1944, no part of any District of Columbia appropriations shall be available for any expense for or incident to the issuance of congressional tags except to those persons set out in § 50-2201.03, including the Speaker and the Vice President.


(June 28, 1944, 58 Stat. 532, ch. 300, § 8.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-708.

1973 Ed., § 40-603b.


§ 50–2201.26. Issuance of duplicate congressional tags.

Each Senator, member of the House of Representatives, and other individual who is authorized by law to be issued a congressional tag for his automobile shall, upon application therefor, be entitled to be issued a duplicate tag bearing the same number.


(Aug. 5, 1977, 91 Stat. 684, Pub. L. 95-94, title IV, § 410.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-709.

1973 Ed., § 40-603c.


§ 50–2201.27. [Reserved].

Reserved for future codification.


(Feb. 27, 1931, 46 Stat. 1429, ch. 317, § 5.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-720.

1973 Ed., § 40-612.

Editor's Notes

The act provision formerly codified at this location has been removed from the Code at the request of the Codification Counsel. See now the Editor’s note under §§ 50-1403.01, 50-2201.03, 50-2201.04, and 50-2201.05.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 50–2201.28. Right-of-way at crosswalks.

(a) The driver of a vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway within any marked crosswalk, or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, when the pedestrian is upon the lane, or within one lane approaching the lane, on which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning.

(a-1) Whenever a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk at an unsignalized intersection, a vehicle approaching the crosswalk in an adjacent lane or from behind the stopped vehicle shall stop and give the right-of-way to ensure the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists before passing the stopped vehicle.

(b) A pedestrian who has begun crossing on the “WALK” signal shall be given the right-of-way by the driver of any vehicle to continue to the opposite sidewalk or safety island, whichever is nearest.

(b-1) A person on a bicycle or operating a personal mobility device upon or along a sidewalk or while crossing a roadway in a crosswalk shall have the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances; provided, that:

(1) The bicyclist or personal mobility device operator yields to pedestrians on the sidewalk or crosswalk; and

(2) Riding a bicycle on the sidewalk is permitted.

(c) Any person convicted of failure to stop and give the right-of-way to a pedestrian or of colliding with a pedestrian shall be subject to a fine of not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, or imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both. Any person convicted of a violation of this section may be sentenced to perform community service as an alternative to, but not in addition to, any term of imprisonment authorized by this section.

(c-1) Civil fines, penalties, and fees may be imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles as alternative sanctions for any infraction of the provisions of this section, or rules or regulations issued under the authority of this section, pursuant to Chapter 23 of this title [§ 50-2301.01 et seq.]. Adjudication of any infraction shall be pursuant to Chapter 23 of this title [§ 50-2301.01 et seq.].

(d) The Mayor of the District of Columbia (“Mayor”) shall submit to the Council of the District of Columbia (“Council”) a proposed plan for an extensive public information program on the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians and drivers. This proposed plan shall include proposals for increasing police enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws. The proposed plan shall be submitted to the Council within 90 days of October 9, 1987, for a 45-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed plan, in whole or in part, by resolution within this 45-day review period, the proposed plan shall be deemed approved.

(e) Prosecution for violations under this section shall be conducted in the name of the District of Columbia by the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, or his or her assistants, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.


(Oct. 9, 1987, D.C. Law 7-34, § 2, 34 DCR 5316; Mar. 16, 2005, D.C. Law 15-224, § 2, 51 DCR 10533; Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-191, § 114, 53 DCR 6794; Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-269, § 2, 55 DCR 11015; Dec. 2, 2011, D.C. Law 19-49, § 2, 58 DCR 8945; Mar. 5, 2013, D.C. Law 19-206, § 2, 59 DCR 12505; May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-307, § 201, 60 DCR 2753; June 11, 2013, D.C. Law 19-317, § 273, 60 DCR 2064.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-726.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 15-224 rewrote subsec. (a) and, in subsec. (c), substituted “stop and give” for “yield”.

D.C. Law 16-191 added subsec. (e).

D.C. Law 17-269 added subsec. (c-1).

D.C. Law 19-49 rewrote subsec. (c-1).

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-206 added (a-1) and (b-1).

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-307 rewrote (a), which read: “When official traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall stop and give the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-317 substituted “of not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01” for “of not more than $500” in (c).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Pedestrian Safety Reinforcement Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-135, August 9, 2011, 58 DCR 6798).

For temporary amendment of (a), see § 201 of the Safety-Based Traffic Enforcement Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-635, January 19, 2013, 60 DCR 1731).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 273 of the Criminal Fine Proportionality Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-45, April 1, 2013, 60 DCR 5400, 20 DCSTAT 1300).

For temporary (90 days) safety-based traffic enforcement, see § 201 of the Safety-Based Traffic Enforcement Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-50, April 22, 2013, 60 DCR 6339, 20 DCSTAT 1356).

Editor's Notes

For requirement of the submission of a report and recommendations as to whether the DC Circulator buses and District-owned, heavy-duty vehicles should be equipped with pedestrian-alert technologies, see § 606 of D.C. Law 21-155.

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-307: Section 401(a) of D.C. Law 19-307 provided that the 2013 amendment to this section shall apply as of May 1, 2013.

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-317: Section 401 of D.C. Law 19-317 provided that the act shall apply only to offenses committed on or after June 11, 2013.


§ 50–2201.29. Bus right-of-way at intersections.

(a) A motor vehicle driver shall be prohibited from passing to the left and pulling in front of a bus to make a right turn when the bus is at a bus stop at an intersection to receive or discharge passengers; the vehicle shall stay or merge behind the bus to effect its turn.

(b) A person violating subsection (a) of this section shall be subject to a fine of $100.00 or twice the fine prescribed for illegal turns, whichever is greater.

(c) Within 60 days of September 29, 2006, the Mayor shall ensure that affixed on the rear of each bus operating in the District of Columbia is a sticker or decal advising drivers of the prohibition described in subsection (a) of this section.

(d) Nothing in this section shall relieve the operator of a bus from complying with all applicable traffic regulations or from otherwise exercising due caution in the operation of a bus.

(e) For the purposes of this section, “Bus” means public transit such as Metrobuses, the Downtown Circulator, the Georgetown Blue Buses, Maryland and Virginia State commuter charters, and Tourmobile vehicles.


(Oct. 9, 1987, D.C. Law 7-34, § 2a; as added Sept. 29, 2006, D.C. Law 16-165, § 2, 53 DCR 6190.)


§ 50–2201.30. Special signs for failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

The District Department of Transportation shall develop and implement a plan to create and post special signs with the following or substantially similar notation: “D.C. Law: Failure to stop for pedestrians in crosswalk punishable by $250 fine”. The signs shall be posted at selected District crosswalks and intersections to alert motorists of the fine for this infraction. The Director of the District Department of Transportation shall be responsible for determining which crosswalks and intersections shall have the signs.


(Nov. 25, 2008, D.C. Law 17-269, § 4, 55 DCR 11015; Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-171, § 141, 59 DCR 6190.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-171 substituted “pedestrians in crosswalks” for “a pedestrian” in the section heading.


§ 50–2201.31. Signs identifying the District as a strict enforcement zone.

Within 180 days of May 1, 2013, the Mayor shall post signs identifying the entire District as a strict traffic enforcement zone and warning that automated cameras are used to enforce a wide range of moving violations. The signs shall be posted throughout the District, in locations as determined by the Mayor to be necessary or appropriate.


(May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-307, § 102, 60 DCR 2753.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 102 of the Safety-Based Traffic Enforcement Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-50, April 22, 2013, 60 DCR 6339, 20 DCSTAT 1356).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-307: Section 401(a) of D.C. Law 19-307 provided that this section shall apply as of May 1, 2013.


§ 50–2201.32. Speed limit assessment.

(a) By November 1, 2013, the Mayor shall complete a District-wide assessment that evaluates the speed limits on the District’s arterials and other streets. The report of the assessment shall include the criteria used for assessing the speed limits. Upon its completion, the assessment shall be posted to the District Department of Transportation’s website. The assessment shall identify a list of recommended speed limits for all District streets based on each of the following independent approaches:

(1) Utilize factors common among transportation officials for the determination of speed limit;

(2) Use factors based on safety and mobility needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit drivers and all other potential road users, as well as factors based on input from local neighborhood representatives and organizations that promote road safety including Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, the Pedestrian Advisory Council, and the Bicycle Advisory Council;

(3) Evaluate whether comparable arterials should have comparable speed limits, and similarly do so for other streets; and

(4) Include, based solely on an engineering perspective, speed limits for the District’s arterials and other streets.

(b) By January 1, 2014, the Mayor shall revise, through rulemaking, existing speed limits throughout the District, as appropriate. Notwithstanding this requirement, the Mayor shall not cause an anti-deficiency as determined by a fiscal impact statement obtained by the Mayor from the Chief Financial Officer.


(May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-307, § 104, 60 DCR 2753.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 104 of the Safety-Based Traffic Enforcement Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-50, April 22, 2013, 60 DCR 6339, 20 DCSTAT 1356).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-307: Section 401(a) of D.C. Law 19-307 provided that this section shall apply as of May 1, 2013.


§ 50–2201.33. Emergency speed-limit changes. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(May 1, 2013, D.C. Law 19-307, § 105, 60 DCR 2753; Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 6002, 60 DCR 12472.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) repeal of this section, see § 6002 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) repeal of this section, see § 6002 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

Short Title

Section 6001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle A of Title VI of the act may be cited as the “Safety-Based Traffic Enforcement Fine Reduction Amendment Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.