Illegal Places to Park a Car

by Rebekah Richards

Although sometimes it can be difficult to find a parking space, parking illegally can endanger other people, slow traffic and result in a fine or your car being towed. Knowing where it is illegal to park can help you drive more safely.

Handicapped Spots

If you do not have a handicapped permit or licensed plate, it is illegal to park in a handicapped parking spot.

Fire Lanes

Parking in a fire lane is illegal and can present a safety danger in the event of a fire.

Bus Stop

Parking at a bus stop is illegal.

Tow-Away Zone

Parking in areas marked "Tow-Away Zone" is illegal and may cause your car to be towed.

Fire Hydrant

Parking by a fire hydrant is illegal.

Parking within a short distance of a fire hydrant is illegal; this also could pose a safety risk if there is a fire and emergency vehicles cannot access the fire hydrant. The distance varies according to the location, but within 10 to 15 feet of a hydrant is usually considered illegal.

Bicycle Lane

Parking your car in a bicycle lane is not legal.


It is illegal to park in a crosswalk.

Parking in crosswalks is illegal.

About the Author

Rebekah Richards is a professional writer with work published in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Brandeis University Law Journal" and online at tolerance.org. She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with bachelor's degrees in creative writing, English/American literature and international studies. Richards earned a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University.

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