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No Parking Signs Explained

I don’t know how I’ve never figured this out, but “No Parking” signs are a mystery to me. Of course it means there is a no parking zone, but the question is where. In front of the sign? Behind it? 20 feet on either side?

Parking on the street always makes me paranoid for this reason. I’ve heard people say it means no parking between the sign and the next corner, but what if there is a sign 100 yards back and I didn’t notice it? There’s rarely a Yes Parking sign to let me know it’s safe again.

Maybe the signs or laws in your town are more clear, but after failing to find a definitive answer on Google, I resorted to sifting through the Georgia Code [O.C.G.A. § 40-6-203]. It specifies how far you can park from a crosswalk, fire hydrant, stop sign, railroad crossing, driveway, and fire station. But when it gets to No Parking signs it just says not to park “at any place where official signs prohibit.” Thanks for the clarity.

The bad news is, I’m still not sure which side of the sign, and how far from the sign I can park. The good news is, since GA law doesn’t spell it out, I may be able to get out of a parking ticket. If you know how No Parking signs are supposed to work, please tell me in the comments.

On a similar note, I always thought it was illegal to park directly in front of a fire hydrant. Wrong. You can’t park within 15 feet of one. I had no idea.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ari.velazquez Ari Velazquez

    Here in San Francisco, you generally just have to avoid blocking driveways and painted curbs. The rest is (usually) fair game.

    • http://stuffigoogle.com/ Steve Thorson

      Wow Ari, you are the last person I expected to get driving advice from. Tell me you didn’t buy a car.

      • http://twitter.com/roxaloxa Ari Velazquez

        Hahaha, I did not. But us non-drivers, we listen. We hear. We watch.

  • JParm

    YES! And you know what else bugs me? Signs that END a speed limit. “End 45 mph zone.” Ok, cool, but what is the speed limit NOW? Wouldn’t it be more effective to just say “Aight, it’s now 55 mph.”

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  • LAH

    Has to be within 15 feet to allow firetrucks to have room. About the no parking sign…on our street it actually says “from here to corner” on the sign. Hoping that is a new trend bc it makes it clear. :)