No Parking No Stopping 2 Road Signs – What’s The Difference?

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Today we are looking at no parking no stopping road signs; what’s the difference between “no stopping” and “no parking” road signs? This is a good question, but it’s not too complicated to understand. If you need a more detailed version and overview of road signs, check out this article on Canada Road Signs.

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No Parking No Stopping: “No stopping” literally means, do not stop your vehicle.

It’s kind of like the opposite of a stop sign. In other words, ‘KEEP IT MOVING!’ If it helps to imagine a “Go” sign inside your mind, then go for it.

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These “no stopping” signs are usually found on roads where it’s not a particularly safe spot to be stopping, such as on bridge, near a hill or curve, or on the highway when driving through one of those “avalanche zones,” for example. Of course, you might actually have to stop there if there’s a good reason, like a traffic jam, construction, or an incident.

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No Parking No Stopping – “No Parking” means, do not park the car, turn it off, take the keys out and walk away

But, if you’re somewhere next to a “no parking” sign, you could still stop your car to load and/or unload passengers.

Check out some of our most popular articles on how to park, including:

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Motor Vehicle Act British ColumbiaOpens in a new tab. on No Stopping & No Parking

“park”, when prohibited, means the standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when standing temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading;

“stop” or “stand” means,

(a) when required, a complete cessation from movement, and

(b) when prohibited, the stopping or standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to comply with the directions of a peace officer or traffic control device;

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No Parking vs No Stopping Road Signs
No Parking vs No Stopping Road Signs


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