A No Parking Sign is a visual queue that shows that parking any vehicle nearby is prohibited. However, a no parking area may sometimes allow stopping to drop-off passengers and vehicle idling. Parking is restricted and even illegal in many areas. It is the responsibility of the driver to learn the parking rules, prohibitions, and restrictions, abide by this information, and rely on signs and colored curb markings. And if you need a No Parking Sign template, browse our library of templates below.
No Parking Signs Rules
Generally, most states have consistent rules – it is not allowed to park in the following areas:
- On intersections.
- On sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks.
- Within 20 feet of pedestrian crosswalks.
- In construction zones.
- Within 30 feet of "STOP" signs, "YIELD" signs, and traffic signal lights.
- Within 20 feet of fire station driveways.
- Within 50 feet of train tracks and railway crossings.
- Within 10 (sometimes 15) feet of fire hydrants.
- On bridges and overpasses.
- In tunnels and underpasses.
- Blocking private roads and driveways.
- On a lane of opposing traffic.
- On streets and highways next to parked vehicles - avoid double parking.
- In disabled parking spaces unless you have authorization.
Can I Put a No Parking Sign Outside My House?
Traditionally, No Parking Signs are only placed alongside the road by authorities or county sheriffs. All other signs placed in the public right of way are illegal and may be removed without notice. Nevertheless, it is allowed to buy or create a No Parking Sign and put it on your personal property. As a general rule, parking is prohibited if you block private roads, driveways, alleys, and entrances. So, for good measure, you can put a sign in your driveway and be within your rights. However, if you live on a residential street, but the front yard is a public easement, this road is open to all, and you do not have the exclusive right of parking at the curb. The parking space outside your house is not reserved for your car, so there is no legal way to forbid someone from parking there when this individual is not blocking your driveway.
How Far Does a No Parking Sign Extend?
Drivers have to interpret No Parking Signs correctly to avoid receiving tickets and paying fines for parking violations. Parking restriction signs differ according to the arrows and times/days of the week that accompany the "No Parking" heading:
- No arrows, sometimes with a stretch of yellow or red curb nearby. The painted section indicates an area where drivers cannot park. As far as the curb remains unbroken, the no parking zone stretches in both directions.
- Arrow points left - no parking zone to the left of the sign.
- Arrow points right - no parking zone to the right of the sign.
- Arrow points both directions - you may not park on either side of the sign.
- Times and days of the week - parking is prohibited during periods listed.
Always pay attention to the colored curbs:
- Red curbs - parking is completely prohibited.
- Yellow curbs - you are only allowed to stop there to pick up and unload passengers.
- Blue curbs - parking is only allowed for disabled individuals.
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