Q.What are the different types of parking violations?
What constitutes a parking violation and how it should be dealt with varies across states, with differences in the severity assigned to a violation, the fines and penalties enforced, and so on. That being said, certain violations are usually common. Parking in handicap spots, double parking, parking in one place for over 24 hours (or more than the permissible time limit for that spot), and parking without a zone permit are a few examples of illegal parking.
If you park in a metered parking lot but don’t pay the parking fees or park for too long, that also constitutes a violation. Some other common parking violations include parking where you are not authorized, such as reserved parking spots and parking on a sidewalk. Parking too close to or at an intersection and in a fire lane or next to/near a fire hydrant are also common parking offenses.
Q.How can parking violations be reported?
In most situations and places, parking violations can be reported online or on call. Traffic/parking enforcement authorities usually have a dedicated portal or a number for such reporting, or you may even contact your local police. When reporting a violation, it is important that you clearly understand and keep specific details handy, including the vehicle make, model, color, number, and vehicle condition. It is a good idea to take a picture of the illegally parked vehicle and take it such that the picture shows how the parking is illegal.
You should also have a clear understanding of where exactly the vehicle is parked. Unless the violation is obvious, you may want to go over the parking regulations before taking action. Assumptions often do more harm than good, and you may then contact the relevant authority or submit a report online.
Q.Why is it illegal to park in a fire lane?
Fire parking lanes are crucial passages designed to allow fire trucks and emergency vehicles unobstructed access to a structure during an emergency. Regular vehicles parked in these lanes can prove rather dangerous and lead to a delay in the emergency response. Additionally, parking in these lanes can be risky for the driver of the vehicle. It is, therefore, crucial to follow the rules and refrain from parking in fire lanes at all times.
Q.What are parking violation stickers?
Parking violation stickers are labels designed to help people enforce parking rules. Placed on the windshield or the driver’s side window of a vehicle, these stickers communicate a strong message that the car is parked against the rules and may be towed.
Parking violation stickers convey the illegal parking message without depriving people of their vehicles and/or involving towing companies, which can often be unreliable. The stickers are generally fluorescent and grab attention unmistakably. Here is a short video to give you a better idea of parking violation stickers.
Q.Can using parking violation stickers be considered vandalism?
Vandalism is any wilful act that defaces or damages public or private property. Using parking violation stickers does not usually qualify as vandalism as long as you have authority over the area where the vehicle is illegally parked, and there is reasonable communication of a parking restriction or prohibition. However, you must never use these stickers in parking spaces that you don’t control, like on vehicles parked on public streets in front of your house. It may then be considered vandalism, and action may be taken against you.