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.
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.
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.
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 parallel parking, reverse stall parking, parking on hills, parking in the correct gear, how to reverse a car, and turn signals when backing up.
Motor Vehicle Act British Columbia 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;