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How to Park Commercial Vehicles in Residential Areas

Updated February 21, 2017

When you drive a commercial vehicle such as a work van, tow truck, tractor trailer or taxicab, you may occasionally need to park your vehicle in a residential area. Residential neighbourhoods often have specific laws about the types of vehicles and length of time a commercial vehicle may be parked in the area. Whether you park your commercial vehicle in a residential area for a couple of hours or for a couple of days, it's best to follow certain rules when you do so.

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  1. Check with the city or local municipality to determine what the laws are for parking a commercial vehicle in a residential area. Obtain a written copy of the regulations just in case you are challenged on whether you are allowed to park in the area.

  2. Contact your local police department to determine what the local laws are for parking a commercial vehicle in a residential area. Calling them is wise since the police department is the agency responsible for enforcing parking laws.

  3. Explain to the police what type of vehicle you wish to park. There may be different laws in effect for smaller vehicles such as taxicabs or vans than there are for larger vehicles such as school buses and semi trucks. Vehicle size and weight may play an important part in where you are allowed to park.

  4. Park any commercial vehicle completely on your private property rather than on the street or on a neighbour's property. It's much more likely that if the vehicle is contained on your property, you will encounter no problems.

  5. Consider whether your commercial vehicle contains hazardous materials, and always follow the rules regarding such materials. In most cases, for a variety of reasons, hazardous materials are not permitted in residential areas. Trucks are usually given acceptable routing when they carry hazardous materials in order to prevent them from entering residential areas. Parking your propane delivery truck, garbage truck or cattle trailer in your driveway may well result in complaints from nearby residents.

  6. Be considerate when parking a commercial vehicle in a residential area. For example, don't rev your engine in the early hours of the morning when you prepare to leave for work. Don't block the view of your neighbour's driveway or windows.

  7. Tip

    Check with the company that owns the vehicle to ensure compliance with their policies for parking a commercial vehicle in a residential area.

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About the Author

Amie Taylor has been a writer since 2000. Book reviews, gardening and outdoor lawn equipment repair articles and short fiction account for a handful of her published works. Taylor gained her gardening and outdoor equipment repair experience from working in the landscaping and lawn-care business she and her husband own and operate.

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