Q&A - Parking an Uninsured Car on the Street

no parking signQuestion: Is whether it is illegal to park a car that is uninsured on a residental street? The driveway is full up and I wonder if parking anywhere else near the house uninsured can be fined or towed?

If so how much is the fine?

Uninsured and Unlicensed

Here in B.C. insurance and vehicle licence go hand in hand. Since both are obtained from ICBC together they are become effective and expire at the same time. If you are uninsured, you are also unlicensed.

Parking Unlicensed Vehicles

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It's an offence to park an unlicensed vehicle on a highway.


13(1) A person commits an offence if the person drives, operates, parks or is in charge of a motor vehicle or trailer on a highway

(a) without the licence required by this Act for the operation of that motor vehicle or trailer having been first obtained and being then in force,

(b) without displaying on it, in the manner prescribed, the number plates issued or designated by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia or otherwise prescribed to be displayed on that motor vehicle or trailer for the current licence term of that motor vehicle or trailer, or

Towing Illegally Parked Vehicles

In this case the police could choose to tow your vehicle away because it is unlicensed. Here is their authority:

Police may move parked vehicle

188(2) When an unattended vehicle is

(c) without proper or valid number plates, or

a peace officer may take it into the peace officer's custody and cause it to be taken to and stored in a safe and otherwise suitable place.


The fine under section 13(1) is $109. Towing and storage is likely to be inconvenient and will probably cost even more.

That's expensive for parking....

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you can't park an uninsured car or trailer on the public road. On private property you can, Also on private property you can also drive with out a license but as soon as you hit the road or cross it you need insurance and license. This is mostly used by farmers who have a farm truck to lug stuff around the farm. I learned to drive at the age of 10 simply because you can on private land. Now if you have an accident the land owner is liable but if that's your self are you going to sue your self. Now if you let someone else you could be sued which is why it's not recomended. Once you leave the road to say go off roading your insurance is useless since it doesn't cover off the road. So if you want a truck to go into the back woods once you leave the road you have no insurance coverage.