Is Parking Along Curbs In Residential Neighborhoods Illegal in Texas?
I feel like I learn something new about Texas every day. In this case, it was a subject I've witnessed start plenty of arguments between neighbors. We all have that neighbor who annoys us by parking along the curb in our neighborhood or encouraging the two dozen friends they have over to do the same, but what does the law say about that?
IS CURBSIDE PARKING A CRIME IN TEXAS?
The million-dollar question is this: what does Texas law say about parking on street along the curb in a residential neighborhood?
You can park along the curb, but there some things you need to know.
First, according to Texas' Transportation Code, your passenger side tires can be no more than 18 inches from the curb. That makes sense, right? Otherwise you'd practically be parked in the middle of the street. Your headlights need to be pointed in the direction of authorized traffic movement as well.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL
YourMechanic.com lists a few more things you need to keep in mind.
You can't park on a sidewalk, in a crosswalk, or in an intersection. I don't know why you'd event want to, but those are no-nos. You also have to be at least 20 feet from said crosswalk or intersection, at least 15 feet away from any fire hydrants, and at least 30 feet away from safety zones.
Going back to the Transportation Code, you also need to be at least 30 feet away from any stop signs, yield signs, flashing signals, or traffic lights.
You're also not allowed to block the entrance to any private or public driveways, unless it's just for a moment as you pick up or drop off a passenger.
HEY, I'M WALKIN' HERE!
You're also not supposed to block any sidewalks with your car, and if someone complains about it, there's a possibility you could get a ticket.