Idaho drivers know that they need to be careful and they need to obey the laws when they are out on the roadways. However, they also need to make sure they are abiding by the rules and regulations when it comes to parking. Those who park in areas where they shouldn’t, such as designated no parking zones, will likely receive fines. In some cases, they may also have their vehicle towed and impounded. To avoid these issues, you need to know and understand the various laws throughout the state.
The “no parking” zones
There are a number of laws when it comes to where you are able to park and where you are in danger of getting a fine. Many of these are common sense, but it pays to know the rules. You are not allowed to park on sidewalks or within intersections. You cannot double park either. This is when you park on the street side of a vehicle that is already parked. Doing so will take up space in the roadway, and it could become a hazard, not to mention an annoyance to other drivers who have to get down the road.
You are not allowed to park within 50 feet of railroad tracks, and you cannot park in front of a driveway. Never park on a bridge or an overpass, and make sure you are never parked within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. You have to park at least 20 feet away from crosswalks, and you have to park at least 30 feet away from traffic signals, yield signs, and stop signs.
Drivers are not allowed to park on the highway, and they are not allowed to park within 20 feet of a fire station in Idaho. You need to make sure you pay attention to the colors of the curbs as well. If there is a red, yellow, or white curb, you are not allowed to park there. If there are signs in these areas, pay attention to what they say as well. For example, they may allow for limited parking during certain hours.
Cities and towns may have different requirements
Keep in mind that towns and cities may have their own ordinances, which will take priority over the laws of the state. They are generally very similar, but it is still a good idea to check with the local laws to be sure. In addition, keep your eyes out for signs alongside the curbs and other areas, as these will often indicate whether you will be able to park in the area or not. Failure to adhere to these laws could result in hefty fines, and you might have your car impounded.
The fines for breaking these laws can vary based on the city or town where the infraction happens. If you do not pay your fines on time, they will become much more expensive. Always take care when you park your vehicle. Make sure you are in a safe location and that you are not breaking any laws.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as Idaho Parking Laws: Understanding the Basics and was authored by Valerie Johnston.