What can I do if a car is blocking my driveway?
By Jim Radcliffe | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: July 16, 2018 at 9:20 a.m. | UPDATED: July 16, 2018 at 9:20 a.m.QUESTION. Can I park on the street and block my own driveway?…. In my area, I have a lot of apartment and condo visitors parked on the street in front of my house. I put up with it, but I’d be fine if they didn’t do it on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Those two days really annoy me, especially when it’s my immediate neighbors. What your mom once told you is correct: people should be courteous and, if possible, should park in front of their friends’ houses when they visit.Jim Fuchs, Santa Ana
My neighbor parks on my sidewalk
Finding a parking space on the streets of many cities is a real odyssey. That’s why some drivers, when they find a free space, no matter how fair it may be, decide to park their vehicle almost with a shoehorn. They do not mind making countless maneuvers to fit it perfectly and, in some cases, they do not even care if other motorists may have problems getting into their car or if it is impossible for them to get out of the space to start a new trip.
The images show how a black Dacia Duster has been parked in battery so close to the other cars that it prevents access to the interior of the other cars through the side doors. Failure to maintain a minimum distance can be financially penalized with up to 200 euros.
Many of the municipal ordinances in our country, such as those of Soria or Madrid, do not specify the minimum distance that must be maintained between vehicles when they are parked on the street, whether in a battery or in line. The two cases mentioned above, and certainly others, share the same text.
You may be prohibited from parking in front of your house.
You may only park in front of a driveway to unload passengers or unload something momentarily, but you may not leave the vehicle unattended. It doesn’t matter if it’s 9:00 a.m., 9:00 p.m. or the wee hours of the morning.
Sure, the cop who sees you doing it might just give you a warning, especially if you point out that it’s your home, but it’s best not to risk it, since you don’t know how the officer woke up (whether he’s in good or bad shape).
Also, they might tow and take your car to a municipal lot, where it will cost you a few bucks to get it out. And of course that comes with a parking ticket, which in the city of Los Angeles currently costs $68.
And you also can’t park within 15 feet of a fire station driveway. This since the trucks are so large that they must maneuver extensively to get them out or into the building.
What to do if my parking lot is occupied
2. If they are your neighbors or repetitive people, apply the following strategies in the proposed order. Of course, you must contemplate that if the person remains in the car, it is more complicated.a. As a first step, talk politically with the person. Even if you are annoyed, show the example and diplomatically tell him that the area must remain clear.b. If he or she ignores you, contact a traffic police officer, telling him or her the problem you frequently face.b. Keep in mind that he or she probably won’t be able to do much more than a courtesy call.