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How far away do I park?

I received a request from a gentleman who wanted others to know how far away drivers have to park from roadside features. He has a problem with people parking across the end of his driveway rather than keeping their distance and is hoping that a reminder to other drivers might solve it. Is your measuring tape ready?

You cannot park in the following places: on a sidewalk or boulevard, in front of a driveway, in an intersection unless permitted by a sign, on a crosswalk, bridge, elevated roadway or in a tunnel, contrary to a sign, on the roadway side of a vehicle already parked, or on a highway for the purpose of advertising or selling.

You cannot park within 5 metres of a fire hydrant.

You must not park within 6 metres of: the approach side of a crosswalk, the approach to a flashing beacon, stop sign, or traffic control signal, the entrance or exit of a hotel, theatre, public meeting place, dance hall, fire hall, or playground in a rural area.

You cannot park within 15 metres of a railroad crossing.

Of course, if you must park somewhere forbidden due to a breakdown, a note on the car and a word to the property owner goes a long way to avoid misunderstandings.

The author is a retired constable with many years of traffic enforcement experience. To comment or learn more, please visit www.drivesmartbc.ca.

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About the Author

Tim Schewe has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his traffic enforcement service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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