I received a request from a gentleman who wanted others to know how far away drivers have to park from roadside features.
He has a problem with people parking across the end of his driveway rather than keeping their distance and is hoping that a reminder to other drivers might solve it.
Is your measuring tape ready?
You cannot park in the following places:
• On a sidewalk or boulevard;
• In front of a driveway;
• In an intersection unless permitted by a sign;
• On a crosswalk, bridge, elevated roadway or in a tunnel, contrary to a sign;
• On the roadway side of a vehicle already parked,
• On a highway for the purpose of advertising or selling.
You cannot park within five metres of a fire hydrant.
You must not park within six metres of:
• The approach side of a crosswalk,
• The approach to a flashing beacon, stop sign, or traffic control signal;
• The entrance or exit of a hotel, theatre, public meeting place, dance hall, fire hall, or playground in a rural area.
You cannot park within 15 metres of a railroad crossing.
Of course, if you must park somewhere forbidden due to a breakdown, a note on the car and a word to the property owner goes a long way to avoid misunderstandings.
For more information on this topic, visit www.drivesmartbc.ca. Questions or comments are welcome by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tim Schewe is a retired RCMP constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. His column appears Friday.