How Far Away do I Park?
I received a request from a gentleman who wanted others to know how far away drivers have to park from different 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?
Knowing how far away to park from something may be difficult as there often isn't a sign present to tell you. Drivers must know the proper distances from memory and it is worth being generous in your estimate to avoid a parking ticket.
A good rule of thumb to consider is that parking rules are made to insure good sight distances for drivers trying to enter the road. If you would have trouble seeing around the vehicle that you are parking, chance are you are too close.
- 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
- where parking would obstruct a sign
You must not park, stop or stand within 5 metres of a fire hydrant.
You must not park, stop or stand within 6 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
- a playground in a rural area.
You cannot park, stop or stand within 15 metres of a railroad crossing.
There are definitions to keep in mind here:
- Stop means that your vehicle's wheels have ceased to turn
- Stand means that you are in the process of exiting, loading or unloading a stopped vehicle
- Park covers all other circumstances
These rules are taken from our Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) which governs the whole province. Drivers must also be aware of municipal bylaws as they can impose parking rules in addition to those found in the MVA.
Our provincial driving manual, Learn to Drive Smart has some parking tips on page 58.
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.