Road traffic and parking regulations on the CERN site

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General

In general, Swiss and French legislation applies on the corresponding parts of the CERN site.

Specific conditions governing parking are set out in the Subsidiary document to the Operational Circular No. 2.

Procédure

The CERN Guards Service is responsible for supervising compliance with the road traffic and parking regulations on the CERN site. 

1. Vehicle access and road traffic

All vehicles driven or parked on the various parts of the CERN site must meet the following conditions:

Special case: If required, it is possible to access the site with a trailer by submitting a Request access with a trailer to the CERN site via the Service Portal to the Head of the Reception and Access Control Service, including an explanation of why such access is necessary. If the request is accepted, it is forwarded to the security guards. If the request is refused, the requestor is informed. Access to the Meyrin site in such cases is only permitted via Entrance B.

N.B.: It must ne noted that the applicant must be in possession of an access card. In the case of a visitor, the guarantor must fill in a 

via the Service Portal.

In the event of a road accident on the CERN site, the Fire Brigade must be informed by calling 74444. 

In the event of a vehicle breakdown on the CERN site, a breakdown truck may be called in, subject to the submission of a Request for a permit for a breakdown truck (vehicule breakdown) via the Service Portal to the Reception and Access Control Service. The request will then be forwarded to the security guards. The owner of the vehicle acts as the guarantor for the driver of the breakdown truck and must stay with him or her throughout the duration of the recovery operation.

2. Parking

Authorised parking areas are clearly marked with a parking sign ("P"). Vehicles must be parked within the lines of the parking bays. Signs indicating that parking spaces are reserved ("tow-away zone", "disabled", "official vehicles", etc.) must be complied with.

Parking on the CERN site is limited to 5 consecutive working days, except in designated long-stay car parks.

Additional details are available on the SMB Department website.

In the event of a vehicle being found parked in an unauthorised area, a sticker requesting the driver to refrain from parking in such areas in future will be stuck to the side window. If the offence is repeated, the vehicle may be wheel-clamped.

Vehicles parked

  • without number plates, or
  • in such a way as to pose an obstacle to emergency services or disrupt the flow of traffic, or
  • for more than 5 days outside designated long-stay car parks

may be impounded at the owner's expense.

2.1 Authorisation for long-term parking

In the event of official travel lasting more than five consecutive working days, members of the personnel may obtain authorisation for the long-term parking of their private vehicle in one of the two car parks reserved for this purpose.

In Meyrin, one car park is available outside the fenced part of the site and in Prévessin one car park is available within the site.
The Organization declines all responsibility in the event of theft or damage caused to vehicles parked in these locations.

Subject to the availability of spaces and without the Organization being under an obligation to provide such a service, long-term parking may be requested for absences of a private nature (annual leave, home leave, etc.) or during the absence of associated members of the personnel when returning temporarily to their home institute (e.g. between two periods of activity at CERN).

During their absence, the member of the personnel must leave a spare set of keys for the parked car with a trusted person present on the CERN site so that, in the event of an emergency, the Registration and Access Control Service may move the parked car.

2.1.1 Request for long-term parking

At least one week before the planned departure date, the member of the personnel must complete the Request for a long term parking permit, via the CERN Service Portal, specifying the vehicle concerned, the dates and times of the start and end of the parking period, the CERN site on which they wish to park the vehicle and the name of the person chosen to hold the spare set of keys for the car.

By submitting the request, the member of the personnel certifies that:

  • their vehicle is insured and
  • they agree to collect their vehicle on the date indicated.

The request is forwarded to the Registration and Access Control Service, which:

  • checks the validity of the request and the availability of parking spaces in the car park requested, and
  • informs the person making the request if it has been accepted, detailing the procedure to follow for parking the vehicle in the chosen car park and for collecting it.
2.1.2 Modification or cancellation of an existing authorisation

If any of the key elements of the request, i.e.:

  • the date and/or time of the start and/or end of the parking period,
  • the registration number of the vehicle concerned,
  • the preferred car park
  • have changed before the start date of the authorisation, or if the parking space is no longer required, the person making the request must cancel their original parking request, adding an explanation (e.g. "change of date" or "full cancellation").

If a modification is required, the member of the personnel must then submit a new parking request, with the new information and a note in the “Further details” field (e.g. “Replaces request no. xxx”). The request is forwarded as per section 2.1.1.

If the vehicle is already parked in the long-term car park and the end date or time of the parking period is being modified, the person making the request must contact the service indicated on the parking authorisation provided by the Registration and Access Control Service.

2.2 Temporary “reduced mobility” parking permit

Members of the CERN personnel and members of contractors' personnel whose mobility is temporarily reduced, e.g. they are recovering from an accident, but who are not entitled to a disabled parking card from a national authority, may obtain a temporary “reduced mobility” parking permit for their vehicle.
This permit is valid only for parking spaces reserved for disabled persons within the fenced part of the CERN site. The permit is issued in the form of a sticker bearing the CERN logo, the registration number of the vehicle concerned and the expiry date.

The person concerned must submit a written request via e-mail to the Medical Service, indicating:

  • the circumstances justifying the request to park in spaces reserved for disabled persons (any necessary supporting documentation, such as a medical certificate, must be provided),
  • the expected duration of the period of reduced mobility,
  • the registration number of the vehicle (which must be authorised to access the CERN site, see Section 1).

The Medical Service will evaluate the medical condition of the person concerned and make a decision, if necessary in consultation with other services. The Medical Service will inform the person concerned of this decision.

If the decision is in favour of a permit being issued, the Medical Service will ask the Reception and Access Control service to issue the temporary “reduced mobility” parking permit, indicating its expiry date. The Reception and Access Control Service will invite the person concerned to collect the permit from its premises.

The permit is issued to the person concerned for personal use and cannot be loaned or sold to someone else. It should be affixed inside the windscreen of the vehicle. After its expiry, the person concerned must return it to the Reception and Access Control Service.

A request to extend the temporary “reduced mobility” parking permit may be submitted using the same procedure as for the initial request.

Révisions
No revision Modifications Approuved
1 Demande d'autorisation pour un stationnement de longue durée (via le CERN Service Portal).  05.12.2011
2 Apposition of new procedure regarding temporary “reduced mobility” parking permit 14.01.2015
3 New rules regarding long-term parking 08.09.2015
4 Update: removal of car stickers - February 2017 31.01.2017
5 Update: new requests for access to the CERN site with a tow truck and a car trailer (via the CERN Service Portal). 16.10.2017
6 Visible wearing of badge 02.05.2018

General

In general, Swiss and French legislation applies on the corresponding parts of the CERN site.

Specific conditions governing parking are set out in the Subsidiary document to the Operational Circular No. 2.

Procedure

The CERN Guards Service is responsible for supervising compliance with the road traffic and parking regulations on the CERN site. 

1. Vehicle access and road traffic

All vehicles driven or parked on the various parts of the CERN site must meet the following conditions:

Special case: If required, it is possible to access the site with a trailer by submitting a Request access with a trailer to the CERN site via the Service Portal to the Head of the Reception and Access Control Service, including an explanation of why such access is necessary. If the request is accepted, it is forwarded to the security guards. If the request is refused, the requestor is informed. Access to the Meyrin site in such cases is only permitted via Entrance B.

N.B.: It must ne noted that the applicant must be in possession of an access card. In the case of a visitor, the guarantor must fill in a 

via the Service Portal.

In the event of a road accident on the CERN site, the Fire Brigade must be informed by calling 74444. 

In the event of a vehicle breakdown on the CERN site, a breakdown truck may be called in, subject to the submission of a Request for a permit for a breakdown truck (vehicule breakdown) via the Service Portal to the Reception and Access Control Service. The request will then be forwarded to the security guards. The owner of the vehicle acts as the guarantor for the driver of the breakdown truck and must stay with him or her throughout the duration of the recovery operation.

2. Parking

Authorised parking areas are clearly marked with a parking sign ("P"). Vehicles must be parked within the lines of the parking bays. Signs indicating that parking spaces are reserved ("tow-away zone", "disabled", "official vehicles", etc.) must be complied with.

Parking on the CERN site is limited to 5 consecutive working days, except in designated long-stay car parks.

Additional details are available on the SMB Department website.

In the event of a vehicle being found parked in an unauthorised area, a sticker requesting the driver to refrain from parking in such areas in future will be stuck to the side window. If the offence is repeated, the vehicle may be wheel-clamped.

Vehicles parked

  • without number plates, or
  • in such a way as to pose an obstacle to emergency services or disrupt the flow of traffic, or
  • for more than 5 days outside designated long-stay car parks

may be impounded at the owner's expense.

2.1 Authorisation for long-term parking

In the event of official travel lasting more than five consecutive working days, members of the personnel may obtain authorisation for the long-term parking of their private vehicle in one of the two car parks reserved for this purpose.

In Meyrin, one car park is available outside the fenced part of the site and in Prévessin one car park is available within the site.
The Organization declines all responsibility in the event of theft or damage caused to vehicles parked in these locations.

Subject to the availability of spaces and without the Organization being under an obligation to provide such a service, long-term parking may be requested for absences of a private nature (annual leave, home leave, etc.) or during the absence of associated members of the personnel when returning temporarily to their home institute (e.g. between two periods of activity at CERN).

During their absence, the member of the personnel must leave a spare set of keys for the parked car with a trusted person present on the CERN site so that, in the event of an emergency, the Registration and Access Control Service may move the parked car.

2.1.1 Request for long-term parking

At least one week before the planned departure date, the member of the personnel must complete the Request for a long term parking permit, via the CERN Service Portal, specifying the vehicle concerned, the dates and times of the start and end of the parking period, the CERN site on which they wish to park the vehicle and the name of the person chosen to hold the spare set of keys for the car.

By submitting the request, the member of the personnel certifies that:

  • their vehicle is insured and
  • they agree to collect their vehicle on the date indicated.

The request is forwarded to the Registration and Access Control Service, which:

  • checks the validity of the request and the availability of parking spaces in the car park requested, and
  • informs the person making the request if it has been accepted, detailing the procedure to follow for parking the vehicle in the chosen car park and for collecting it.
2.1.2 Modification or cancellation of an existing authorisation

If any of the key elements of the request, i.e.:

  • the date and/or time of the start and/or end of the parking period,
  • the registration number of the vehicle concerned,
  • the preferred car park
  • have changed before the start date of the authorisation, or if the parking space is no longer required, the person making the request must cancel their original parking request, adding an explanation (e.g. "change of date" or "full cancellation").

If a modification is required, the member of the personnel must then submit a new parking request, with the new information and a note in the “Further details” field (e.g. “Replaces request no. xxx”). The request is forwarded as per section 2.1.1.

If the vehicle is already parked in the long-term car park and the end date or time of the parking period is being modified, the person making the request must contact the service indicated on the parking authorisation provided by the Registration and Access Control Service.

2.2 Temporary “reduced mobility” parking permit

Members of the CERN personnel and members of contractors' personnel whose mobility is temporarily reduced, e.g. they are recovering from an accident, but who are not entitled to a disabled parking card from a national authority, may obtain a temporary “reduced mobility” parking permit for their vehicle.
This permit is valid only for parking spaces reserved for disabled persons within the fenced part of the CERN site. The permit is issued in the form of a sticker bearing the CERN logo, the registration number of the vehicle concerned and the expiry date.

The person concerned must submit a written request via e-mail to the Medical Service, indicating:

  • the circumstances justifying the request to park in spaces reserved for disabled persons (any necessary supporting documentation, such as a medical certificate, must be provided),
  • the expected duration of the period of reduced mobility,
  • the registration number of the vehicle (which must be authorised to access the CERN site, see Section 1).

The Medical Service will evaluate the medical condition of the person concerned and make a decision, if necessary in consultation with other services. The Medical Service will inform the person concerned of this decision.

If the decision is in favour of a permit being issued, the Medical Service will ask the Reception and Access Control service to issue the temporary “reduced mobility” parking permit, indicating its expiry date. The Reception and Access Control Service will invite the person concerned to collect the permit from its premises.

The permit is issued to the person concerned for personal use and cannot be loaned or sold to someone else. It should be affixed inside the windscreen of the vehicle. After its expiry, the person concerned must return it to the Reception and Access Control Service.

A request to extend the temporary “reduced mobility” parking permit may be submitted using the same procedure as for the initial request.

Revisions

No revision Modifications Approuved
1 Demande d'autorisation pour un stationnement de longue durée (via le CERN Service Portal).  05.12.2011
2 Apposition of new procedure regarding temporary “reduced mobility” parking permit 14.01.2015
3 New rules regarding long-term parking 08.09.2015
4 Update: removal of car stickers - February 2017 31.01.2017
5 Update: new requests for access to the CERN site with a tow truck and a car trailer (via the CERN Service Portal). 16.10.2017
6 Visible wearing of badge 02.05.2018
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