Avoid Getting a Parking Ticket

15 Tips from Parking Services

  1. Watch for Signs 
    • As the pressure for on-street parking continues to build, more areas of Burlington have posted parking restrictions.
    • New residential areas, time limit zones and rush-hour areas are added each year
    • Signs without specific times listed are in effect 24 hours a day
    • Tow-a-way signs are not required for vehicles to be towed.
  2. Read the Parking Meters and MachinesImage
    • Hurried motorists often forget to check the information on the meter or pay & display machines before activating the machine.
    • Always make sure you check
      • The days and hours the meter is in effect.
      • Amount of time registered on the machine.
  3. Be Courteous – Do Not Park in the Disabled Parking Spaces
    • Show consideration for the parking spaces reserved exclusively for Imagevehicles displaying a valid Disabled Person Parking Permit both on the street & on private property.
    • When non-permit holders park in these spaces, those with disabilities are often left with no other parking alternative.
    • Disabled Parking Permits, applications are available from the Ministry of Transportation at:
      • Motor Vehicle Licence Offices
        1. 3455 Fairview Street  (905) 681-7343
        2. 760 Brant Street (905) 639-6691
      • Driver Examination Centre
        1. 1250 Brant Street (905) 632-5453
    • vehicles that display valid disabled parking permits, may park at meters free.
  4. Be Safety Conscious  – Do Not Park in Fire Access RoutesImage
    • The intention of Fire Access Routes are to be kept free and clear for emergency vehicles.
    • Fire Access Routes are generally found on private properties such as a shopping mall, school, townhouse complex, condominium, place of worship, nursing home, office building and at public facilities.
    • Show consideration for emergency services vehicles and operators.
    • Vehicles parked in these zones may hinder vital life safety measures.
    • Remember, the life you save may be a relative or someone you know.
  5. Stay Away from Corners
    • The space at the end of the block is an inviting temptation to the frustrated driver looking for a parking space.
    • Beware – The City requires vehicles to park at least 6 meters from the curb line of the intersecting street.
    • The corner clearance by-law is intended to provide pedestrians, cyclists and motorists with a clear field of vision and plenty of space when approaching intersections.
  6. Leave Bus Stops for Buses
    • Drivers often pull into bus stops to wait for a friend, buy a cup of coffee or use a bank machine.
    • Even a quick stop blocks the zone, forcing transit drivers to unload or load passengers on the street.
    • This is a potential hazard for elderly and disabled passengers and an inconvenience for other motorists when the bus is unable to pull into the zone.
  7. Park Safely at Schools
    • Most schools have signed areas that are designed to accommodate motorists dropping off or picking up children.
    • Drivers should not use the “No Stopping” or “No Parking” zones in the vicinity of schools.
    • These areas must be kept clear to provide clear visibility for motorists and students.
    • Drivers should never double park to load or discharge children from their vehicles.
    • This places children in dangerous position of crossing lanes of traffic without seeing or being seen by other motorists.
  8. Use Off Street Parking
    • Utilizing off-street parking options will avoid the hassle of worrying about an expired meter, overtime parking or moving your vehicle before the beginning of rush hour.
    • Metered and time limit areas are designed to encourage the turnover of vehicles in places where there is a high demand for on-street parking.
  9. Know the Difference Between “No Parking” and “No Stopping”
    • The No Stopping Anytime Signs
      1. This is the most restrictive parking regulations.
      2. Once a vehicle has ceased moving, even if occupied, it is stopped.
    • No Parking Anytime symbol
      1. Means that drivers may use these zones while actually engaged in loading or unloading goods or to pick-up or discharge passengers.
      2. Remember, the key is “while actually engaged”.
      3. Do not leave your vehicle unattended in these areas
  10. Respect Residential Parking Restrictions
    • In responding to neighbourhood parking concerns, the City has established .
    • An “exemption to the 3-Hour Limit” by-law.
    • The Neighbourhood On Street Parking Program
  11. Err on the Side of Caution
    • Have I parked too close to the corner?
    • What do those signs mean?
    • Am I blocking another vehicle?
    • If you’re not sure, find another spot.
    • Parking Enforcement receives thousands of complaints each year from people inconvenienced by a poor parking decision.
  12. Parking On Private Property
    • Private property is defined as a shopping mall, school, townhouse complex, condominium, place of worship, nursing home, office building, etc.
    • Read the signs as you enter the parking lot .
    • Make yourself aware of the parking lot rules and regulations before you park.
  13. “Un-assumed Road” in New Subdivisions
    • The Developer or Builder posts these signs for their own benefit and liability.
    • Don’t be fooled by these signs or make incorrect assumptions.
    • All Services and By-laws apply to the subdivision and are subject to enforcement by the Police or City By-law Officer’s.
  14. “Parking bays” or Road Indentations
    • Parking bays are not exempt from the 3 hr by-law. You will be ticketed if you exceed the 3 hr limit.
    • These areas are for convenient parking and are governed by the parking by-laws and are subject to the “3 Hour Limit” by-law if no other signs are posted.
  15. Parking on SidewalksImage
    • At all times, sidewalks are built for pedestrians, whether they are walking, pushing a baby-stroller, in a wheelchair or for children playing.
    • Vehicles are not permitted to park and obstruct sidewalks at any time.
    • When parking in a driveway, ensure that the sidewalk is clear.

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