Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Reader Reminds Neighborhood Of City's 72 Hour Parking Policy

We received this email from a Blog reader on 42nd Avenue NE:
We are having quite a problem on our street, which has parking on only one side of the street. No one wants to call the city.  
However, vehicles are being left on the street for extended periods of time, often forcing a person to park a long way from his/her home.  This makes one uncomfortable because of car prowls in the area, and is certainly a problems when unloading the car.  It is greatly appreciated when those who have access from an alley park in the back.
Here is the City of Seattle 72-Hour On-Street Parking Ordinance from the Department of Transportation website: 
  • Regardless of whether or not there is any sign posted, the City's Traffic Code does not allow a vehicle to be parked on a city street for longer than 72 hours.
  • Although some people may not use their vehicles on a regular basis (and therefore leave them parked on the street), the vehicles must still be moved every 72 hours and comply with all posted signs, including the ones announcing temporary parking restrictions that may go into effect after 24 hours.
  •  The Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) prohibits vehicles over 80 inches (such as RVs, tractor trailers, and larger trucks) from parking on most city streets (any street except those adjacent to Manufacturing or Industrial zoning) between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. (SMC 11.72.440).
  • Use the non-emergency number (206-625-5011) to report violations as the Seattle Police Department routinely enforces these ordinances.
  • Street cleaning, construction activity, special events or other unusual circumstances may require that the street be cleared of parked vehicles. Official signs (easels) will be posted announcing the temporary change to parking restrictions with the dates and times when no parking is allowed (see Temporary No Parking Zones).

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