Q&A - Parking Distance From a Bus Stop

Q&A ImageI am a driving student, and I am interested to know what the law is with respect to parking near bus stops. Sometimes there is a bus stop sign as well as a "no stopping before this point" sign about 5 meters after. Other times there is only the bus stop sign. In the latter case, how much space must legally be left between the rear of your car and the bus stop sign?


Parking Rules Can Be Difficult

Here are all of the places in British Columbia as a whole where one cannot stop (vehicle ceases to move), stand (vehicle is stopped but the driver is in it) or park (vehicle is stopped and not occupied):

When vehicle stopping prohibited

189 (1) Except when necessary to avoid conflict with traffic or to comply with the law or the directions of a peace officer or traffic control device, a person must not stop, stand or park a vehicle as follows:

(a) on a sidewalk or boulevard;

(b) in front of a public or private driveway;

(c) in an intersection, except as permitted by a sign;

(d) within 5 m of a fire hydrant measured from a point in the curb or edge of the roadway that is closest to the fire hydrant;

(e) on a crosswalk;

(f) within 6 m of the approach side of a crosswalk;

(g) within 6 m on the approach to a flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway;

(h) within 6 m either side of the entrance to or exit from a hotel, theatre, public meeting place, dance hall, fire hall or playground in rural area;

(i) within 15 m of the nearest rail of a railway crossing;

(j) subject to subsection (4), on a highway for the principal purpose of

(i) displaying a vehicle for sale,

(ii) advertising, greasing, painting, wrecking, storing or repairing a vehicle, unless repairs are necessitated by an emergency,

(iii) displaying signs, or

(iv) selling flowers, fruit, vegetables, sea foods or other commodities or articles;

(k) alongside or opposite a street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking obstructs traffic;

(l) on the roadway side of a vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a roadway;

(m) on a bridge or other elevated structure on a highway, or in a highway tunnel, except as permitted by a traffic control device;

(n) in a place in contravention of a traffic control device that gives notice that stopping, standing or parking there is prohibited or restricted;

(o) in a manner that obstructs the visibility of a standard traffic sign erected by or with the authority of the minister responsible for the administration of the Transportation Act, a municipality or a treaty first nation.

As you can see, your bus stop is not mentioned here, so in the absence of a sign telling you that you must not park as shown by the signs, or a yellow curb, you could park in a bus stop as far as provincial traffic laws are concerned.

However, municipalities are allowed to enact bylaws that regulate where drivers can and cannot park vehicles as well. There could be provisions in a bylaw that prohibit parking at a bus stop under the conditions stated in the bylaw as long as they were not inconsistant with the provincial rules. It would be impractical for me to discover and list all the bylaws here that may apply so I am going to have to leave you to use a search engine, or if your municipal bylaws are not available on line, to contact your local municipality and ask them.

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