Q: Where is it Illegal to Park a Car in BC?
It is illegal to park the car:
- where the curb is painted yellow
- on the ‘wrong’ side of the road i.e. against traffic direction
- where your vehicle obstructs the view of a stop sign or other traffic sign
- on a bridge
- in a highway tunnel
- in a bike lane
- within 15 meters of a railway crossing
- within 6 meters of a stop sign
- within 6 meters of a traffic light
- within 6 meters of a crosswalk
- within 6 meters of an intersection
- within 5 meters of a fire hydrant
- across the entrance to a driveway
- across the entrance to a back lane
- across the entrance to an intersection
- on a sidewalk
- on a boulevard
- where a traffic sign prohibits parking
- *when parking parallel, make sure your vehicle is within 30 cm (1 foot) of the curb.
Use common sense and be sure to park where it is safe and legal, and where you are not blocking traffic.
** These rules may vary according to municipal by-laws.
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!
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