Driving Laws: All You Need to Know About Emerging from a Lane, Parking Lot, or Driveway

(Last Updated On: April 22, 2017)

Question : Hi, I am not sure if I understand this tip:

Did you know that you’re supposed to stop completely and treat as you have a stop sign, before any sidewalk? like when exiting a parking lot, lane (back alley) or driveway? This may cover the part where you leave the parking lot at the beginning of the road test. Read more here.

So I must stop always when crossing the sidewalk? Even when coming to a parking lot from a main road? It just does not feel right…

Hi, 

You’re right and I’m sorry for my sloppy wording. Of course no one is going to stop before turning into a parking lot if there are no pedestrians anywhere to be seen for miles, and ICBC nor any person in their right mind would expect you to do this either.

However, when exiting a parking lot/lane it is written in the motor vehicle act that vehicles must stop, and this is probably because when you turn into a parking lot you are turning right/left and you have somewhat decent visibility of where you’re about to go in terms of pedestrian traffic.

However when coming out of parking lots you have often very poor visibility of the immediate area (i.e. sidewalk/ or area there may be pedestrians and cyclists before vehicles) that your car is about to cross especially if there are shrubs/trees/bushes/ or anything else that blocks your visibility (fences, brick walls,..):

Emerging from alleys MVA

176 (1) The driver of a vehicle in a business or residence district and emerging from an alley, driveway, building or private road must stop the vehicle immediately before driving onto the sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across an alleyway or private driveway, and must yield the right of way to a pedestrian on the sidewalk or sidewalk area.

 

(2) The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from an alley, lane, driveway, building or private road must yield the right of way to traffic approaching on the highway so closely that it constitutes an immediate hazard.

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This is what you should see inside your mind:

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Thank you and be assured the original wording will be amended.

WRONG:

 

 

CORRECT:

 

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Many moons ago, Carmen became an ICBC-approved driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, and has spent many years working with new and experienced drivers around the lower mainland. She can be found reading the Motor Vehicle Act for fun while receiving strange looks from others. May the quest for great driving continue!