Double Parking

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Definition - What does Double Parking mean?

Double parking refers to the illegal action of occupying two parking spaces or curbside parking along a public road/lane that otherwise blocks the direction of traffic. Many individuals often engage in double parking habits due to convenience and time constraints; however, the implications lead to traffic congestion and accidents, compelling authorities to revise current laws bolstered by fines/towing deterrents.

SureHire explains Double Parking

Although double parking is a common incident, it can intrude on other motorists’ right to park and leave at will, raising concerns to implement safety measures designed to modulate restrictive time limits to bar double parking infractions. Incidentally, citywide legislatures have effectively proposed mandates against double parking violations that can often disrupt traffic flow, an automatic repercussion for commercial businesses where delivery stops between destinations are necessary job requirements. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has introduced remedial solutions to buffer the impact double parking imposes in municipal areas, hedging the position by delivery/trucking businesses that double parking is secondary to corporate infrastructure.

DOT-centered guidelines have advanced 20-minute limitations for double parking in designated locations based on civic ordinances that highlight regulatory terms for CMV operators to remain actively engaged to accommodate service calls and deliveries in their route. Though large-scale enterprises can virtually bypass the tight restrictions through participation in discounted fine programs as an incentive to achieve latitude for double parking, small business delivery drivers are more susceptible to financial hardship via court penalties. While double parking remains problematic as many employers underscore insufficient parking spaces at various destinations, the pushback comes with recommended solutions including, off-hour deliveries and loading zone annexes, for example, to help deter potential accidents.

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